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Forest Preserve–Youth Outdoor Ambassador Intern

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Seasonal Youth Outdoor Ambassador Intern

Organization:  Forest Preserve District

Work Locations:

536 N. Harlem

Job Posting:  May 11, 2015   Closing Date:  May 24, 2015

Job Summary

This position will support the operations of the Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming (CEP). Interns will assist all CEP staff and could work in all/any CEP locations including, but not limited to, General Office, Nature Centers, Campgrounds and Aquatic Centers. Interns will provide support in a variety of administrative tasks, assignments, programs and operational functions, and will performs other duties as required or assigned.  This is a seasonal position and the duration of this position is flexible.

Typical Duties

Assists with program activities including camps, workshops, hikes, games, projects, etc.

Assists with general operations of assigned site.

Assists with general office and administrative work.

Assists with management of photo documentation for programs.

Provides support at information desk or table at assigned site or event.

Provides support at Natures Center with live animals and animal displays.

Supports staff with set up, program operations and tear down for events.

Assists with outdoor restoration and maintenance of site as needed and is appropriate.

Attends meetings and workshops with other interns as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have completed freshman year in high school at the time of application.

Must be at least sixteen (16) years of age but not older than nineteen (19) years of age at the time of hire.

Must be a current Cook County resident.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous volunteer or participant with Forest Preserves in the Conservation and Experiential Programming Department or with a Forest Preserves partner group.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics

Enthusiasm and passion for nature.

Enthusiasm for learning about conservation and outdoor activities.

Ability to travel to different locations throughout the District and provide own means of transportation.

Outgoing and self-motivated and able to adapt to changing plans and environments.

Ability and willingness to learn new things.

Ability to work indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions.

Effective written and oral communication skills.

Interest in learning about conservation and outdoor activities.

Available to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evenings.

Able to travel to different locations throughout the District and provide own means of transportation.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work.  They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

For full description and to apply, please click link below or go to the Forest Preserve website under careers.


Author: Debra Kutska

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