Paid and unpaid internships and animal volunteers are available depending on need and staff availability throughout the year.
Summer Wildlife Camp Counselor Internship 2016
Unpaid Summer Internship
Our mission at the TWRC Wildlife Center is to promote conservation through public education and native wildlife rehabilitation. Nearly 5,000 ill, injured or orphaned native animals find care with our volunteer wildlife rehabilitators each year. The few animals that cannot be successfully released back to their native habitats remain with our center and represent their wild brethren in our education outreach programs, camps, workshops and other public education programs aimed at spreading awareness regarding urban wildlife conservation.
The Summer Wildlife Camp Leads at TWRC Wildlife Center will coordinate, train volunteers on and lead programming for summer wildlife camps, outreach programs and summer wildlife workshops. The Summer Wildlife Camp Counselors will implement, analyze and improve the Summer Wildlife Camp program with focus on the facilitation of summer camp programming while working hands-on with native and exotic wildlife. As a vital team member of an active non-profit, the Summer Wildlife Camp Counselors will be called upon to develop and coordinate marketing, promotional, and community awareness materials and events in relation to the Summer Wildlife Camp program with focus on promotion of the summer camp activities.
Taking on this growing position, the Summer Wildlife Camp Counselors will have a direct and vital hand in growing the support structure behind TWRC’s conservation education programming. Our interns will have the opportunity to grow and develop skills related to non-profit management, program coordinator, wildlife conservation and public education. The interns will be trained, mentored and supervised by the Education Department Assistant Curator of Daily Care.
Summer Wildlife Camps
TWRC Summer Wildlife Camps give youth, ages 7-11, the opportunity to explore native wildlife and local ecosystems through hands-on, eye to eye learning experiences with wildlife and wildlife care experts. Fur, Feathers and Scales: A Wildlife Adventure, for ages 7-11, are camp weeks that focus on developing communication skills in relation to wildlife and nature.
- Develop social media promotional material supporting Summer Wildlife Camp program
- Arrange junior counselor training session and follow-up training activities
- Supervise interns and junior counselor participants in all summer education programming
- Participate in Summer Wildlife Camp as a supervising counselor
- Analyze and implement improvements to Summer Wildlife Camp program
- Develop and implement education program improvements as a member of a summer internship team
- Facilitate and present outreach and offsite wildlife education programs
- Supervise and assist with care for native and exotic education wildlife (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects)
- Assist in training and enrichment efforts for native and exotic education wildlife (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects)
- Ability to handle diverse tasks independently, efficiently and accurately
- Self-motivated to organize, set goals and meet deadlines
- Ability to lift/carry equipment and animals up to 50 pounds
- Team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
- Experience working with children, teens or in a camp setting
- Comfortable with or curious about wildlife
Preferred, but not required
- Reliable transportation
- First aid/CPR certification
- Experience with Microsoft Outlook
- June 1 – July 29, 2016
7:30 am – 3:30 pm daily (with some evening and weekend programming required)
Applicants should submit resume and cover letter via email, mail, fax or delivery to the Education Department, Attention: Victoria Hepburn. In the cover letter, please indicate what methods you would be available for interview.
TWRC Wildlife Center
10801 Hammerly Blvd., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77043