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Naturalist presenting live animal program with Sharp-shinned Hawk to visitors.

Careers and Internships

Join our dedicated team of professionals who work closely together to achieve our important mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world and our vision of being the premier environmental site in the region.

Careers

Blue Heron School Director, Non-teaching

Employment Classification: Full-time, Exempt, salaried position
Immediate Supervisor: Education Director
Salary Range: $40,300 to $50,400

Summary of Position: The Blue Heron School Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining the core values of the program with the staff. They will bring a love of nature and early childhood education to this program, supporting an environment that nurtures a love of learning and nature in children. They manage school enrollment and communications with families, other teachers, programs, and visitors. They manage compliance with New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing rules. They hire, manage and support the staff in their roles in the classroom and their interactions with the children and the environment. This is a full time, year round position. A detailed job description will be provided to interested candidates.

Highlight of responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance for staff to maintain consistency with authentic Montessori practices, to understand nature preschool and outdoor education, and integrate with Montessori best practices
  • Communicate with NH BCCL and ensure compliance with licensing rules
  • Supervise school staff, training, observing, giving feedback, evaluating, and scheduling
  • Create and manage annual BHS budget as part of overall Science Center budget

Specific requirements of the position

  • Must be MACTE certified in Montessori training
  • Able to successfully pass a background screening as required by NH BCCL
  • Have three credits in management or supervision awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, or a minimum of two years’ experience in a supervisory or management position in lieu of the three credits in management and supervision.

Benefit Summary: Full range of benefits including paid vacation, personal, and sick time, health insurance (SLNSC covers 80% of the premiums,) SLNSC sponsored short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, and EAP (Employee Assistance Plan). A 403b retirement plan (5% match after two years), and a free 8-person membership to the Science Center.

To Apply: Please apply by remitting a current resume and letter of interest to HR/Finance Manager, Bonnie Baker at .

Internships

Interns gain practical learning experience and knowledge, work with professionals, and achieve personal growth toward educational and professional career goals. The Science Center offers one Animal Care Internship, two Education Program Internships, one Nature Day Camp Internship, one Marketing Internship, and one Volunteer Program Internship each summer.

Animal Care Intern - Position filled for 2022

The Animal Care internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in native wild animal husbandry at a nationally accredited nature center. The Animal Care Intern assists staff with all aspects of caring for the Science Center’s animal ambassadors. The Animal Care Intern also gains experience with interpretation by presenting Up Close to Animals programs about native New Hampshire wildlife.

    Internship Experiences
  • Animal observations and record keeping
  • Animal handling, capture and restraint
  • Proper diet preparation and distribution
  • General husbandry of animal and keeper areas
  • Proper Association of Zoos and Aquariums protocols, policies, and procedures
  • Animal training and enrichment
  • Basic avian wildlife rehabilitation
  • Training in environmental education and interpretation techniques
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR certification
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short, live animal presentations in trailside amphitheater
  • Assisting with special events, and additional duties as assigned
  • Complete a final project in animal training or enrichment under the guidance of animal care staff
    Requirements
  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in biology, zoology, natural sciences, or related field
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, strong time management, and a desire to work with people and animals
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., work boots, hiking shoes) and outerwear is required for all weather conditions (e.g., cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. The remainder of the summer is a Friday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. schedule.
    Benefits
  • Stipend of $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in rustic cottage

Education Program Intern - Position filled for 2022

The Education Program internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education at a nationally accredited nature center. Education Program Interns assist with presenting live animal programs to the public and teaching nature day camps.

    Internship Experiences
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education techniques
  • Learn to handle live, native animal ambassadors
  • Receive First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Assist with Guided Discoveries, week-long nature day camps for children ages 4 to 12, by planning and leading hands-on experiences that help children discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short live animal programs at outdoor trailside amphitheater
  • Assist with presenting live animal outreach programs offsite at a variety venues including campgrounds, libraries, summer camps, and environmental organizations
  • Interact with visitors and provide an educational presence on the exhibit trail with a live animal or biofacts (e.g., pelts, feathers, skulls)
  • Assist with special events and additional duties as assigned
  • Complete one or more projects supporting Education Program goals

Qualifications

  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in the natural sciences, environmental education or related field
  • Experience working with children in educational and/or recreational settings preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with children, adults and animals
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., hiking shoes) and outerwear for all weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August, and able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. Schedule will vary the remainder of the summer.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Naturalist Jeremy Phillips at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Nature Day Camp Intern - Position filled for 2022

The Nature Day Camp Internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in environmental education at a nationally accredited nature center. Guided Discoveries are weeklong nature day camps that provide children ages 4 to 12 with hands-on experiences that help them discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world. The Nature Day Camp Intern assists the Instructor with the planning, preparation, and instruction for these theme focused day camps. The Nature Day Camp Intern also gains experience handling and teaching about native New Hampshire wildlife.

    Internship Experiences
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education techniques
  • Learn to handle live, native animal ambassadors
  • Receive First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Co-teach eight weeks of Guided Discoveries, week-long nature day camps for children ages 4 to 12, by planning and leading hands-on experiences that help children discover and connect with New Hampshire’s natural world
  • Assist with special events and additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status or graduate student with a major in the natural sciences, early childhood education, elementary education, environmental education, or related field
  • Experience working with children in educational and/or recreational settings preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and a desire to work with children and animals
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and volunteers
  • Appropriate footwear is required (e.g., closed toed shoes) and outerwear is required for all weather conditions (e.g., cold, rain, wind)
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Available from late May to mid to late August, on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling. Remainder of internship is planning and teaching Guided Discoveries nature day camps.

Benefits:

  • Stipend of $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in rustic cottage

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Naturalist Jeremy Phillips at . Cover letter should address your interest in applying for this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will contribute to your professional development.

Marketing Intern - Position filled for 2022

The Marketing Intern will gain experience working in a nationally-accredited nature center. The Marketing Intern will work with the Development and Communications Director to help strategically manage the Science Center’s promotional and marketing efforts for its environmental education programs, mission to the general public, membership, and school groups.

    Internship Experiences
  • Video creation and editing for social media channels
  • Press release, blog, and other publicity related writing
  • Analysis of online pay-per-click advertising
  • Photography of all aspects of the Science Center
  • Surveying trail and lake cruise visitors including weekly scheduled time on the live animal exhibit trail
  • Opportunity to receive First Aid/CPR certification
  • Editing and proofreading materials
  • Designing event flyers
  • Updating calendar of event listings
  • Managing press lists
  • Assisting with special events

Qualifications:

  • College junior or senior status
  • Strong time management skills and ability to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Ability to manage multiple projects on deadlines
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products is a plus
  • Available from late May to mid to late-August, approximately 40 hours per week. Schedule may include occasional evening and weekend event assignments.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage

Volunteer Program Intern - Position filled for 2022

The Volunteer Program Internship is an opportunity to learn and grow while gaining experience in volunteer administration, public speaking, and live animal handling at a nationally accredited nature center. Over 300 volunteers contribute more than 9,000 hours each year supporting all aspects of Science Center operations from education to animal care to facilities to events. The Volunteer Program Intern assists the Volunteer Manager with overall support and administration of the volunteer program.

    Internship Experiences
  • Plan and lead volunteer training sessions
  • Serve as mentor for new volunteers
  • Help manage volunteer schedule and communicate with volunteers on schedule updates
  • Lead group volunteer events
  • Assist docents with handling live animals
  • Receive training in interpretation and environmental education
  • Present Up Close to Animals – short, live animal programs at outdoor trailside amphitheater
  • Receive first aid/CPR training and certification
  • Opportunities to assist with special volunteer projects, such as evening bat counts
  • Complete independent projects
  • Assist with some raptor care tasks
  • Assist with education outreach programs

Qualifications:

  • College junior/senior status with an interest in the natural sciences, human resources, nonprofit management, or volunteer administration
  • Experience as a volunteer, in volunteer administration, or human resources preferred
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to work with animals and people of all ages
  • Available from late May to mid- to late-August. First three weeks are training in education/interpretation and animal handling with a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. The schedule the remainder of the summer will be Thursday-Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some evenings for trainings and special events.

Benefits:

  • Weekly stipend $250/week
  • Onsite, shared housing in a rustic intern cottage
Volunteer

Volunteering at the Science Center presents opportunities to learn something new and meet interesting people while sharing your talents and skills.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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