The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers paid internships

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers a 10 week internship opportunity in the Center for Wildlife Education’s building next to the Pisgah Fish Hatchery in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.

The Center seeks applicants with majors including Wildlife/Wildlife Biology, Biology, Fisheries, Science Education, Early Childhood, Education, Zoology, Natural Science, Natural Resource Management, Parks and Recreation, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and Environmental Sciences.

“The primary purpose of Wildlife Education is to administer and coordinate educational programs designed to facilitate the conservation of the state’s wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and the environment humans share with these resources. The intern will teach existing programs to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education’s program participants and interpret the exhibits to the center visitors,” it says according to the job description in the 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet.

The intern would be expected to teach wildlife education programs to children in preschool to high school including fishing programs. The intern would also be expected to produce enhancement for the visitors through exhibit explanations. The intern will gain experience in non-formal teaching of adults and children, knowledge of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, wildlife education as well as public speaking experience.

According to the State Government Internship Program Booklet, the intern will understand the importance of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s mission “to conserve North Carolina’s wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.”

The intern will work for 10 weeks at $8.25 per hour for 40 hours per week.

To be eligible, students must be a North Carolina resident with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must be rising juniors or seniors and must be continuing their education in the fall after the internship. Students that have previously held paid internships with the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office are not eligible.

Students have until December 16 to apply.

The Internships will run from May 27, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

For more information about how to apply, refer to the 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is about an hour and fifteen minutes from WCU.