Jamestown, N.Y. – Every year Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) offers internships that help college-aged individuals discover their passion for environmental conservation and education. 

Many Audubon interns go on to pursue degrees in environmentally related fields. Careers opportunities include biologists surveying for endangered species on construction sites, science teachers, herpetologists, nature center administrators, geneticists, forest service technicians, and nature educators.

If you are 18 or older and would like to gain experience as a nature educator, ACNC is accepting applications through Wednesday, March 5, for Summer Nature Education Internships. 

Interns lead Discovery Walks for school students in May and June, serve as summer day camp counselors in July and August, participate in walks and classes for professional development, and assist with trail and ground work as well as daily operations of the Nature Center, including recycling, compost, cleaning, and maintenance. 

In addition to income and possible college credit, summer nature education interns gain significant experience working with elementary-aged students, a better understanding of the workings of a small non-profit, knowledge of the natural world, and an appreciation that environmental education is a way of life, not a field of interest.

Full details for the position can be found at AudubonCNC.org/jobs.

For students who want the experience but do not have the qualifications for an internship, ACNC offers volunteer positions called Counselors-in-Training and Junior Counselors for high school students and Assistant Counselor positions for college students. Anyone interested can contact Education Coordinator Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345 or SHatfield@AudubonCNC.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

You are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski the six miles of trails and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.