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Notebaert Nature Museum–TEENS Education Intern (Paid)

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Position: Education Intern, Teen Programs
Background: The Nature Museum seeks Education Interns with a background in environmental science, ecology, environmental education, and/or youth development to assist with the Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) summer program. This six-week program engages a cohort of thirty Chicago high school students in a detailed study of ecosystems found in the city’s parks and neighborhoods. Youth contribute data to existing local, regional and global research projects, and develop their own research questions to investigate. TEENS participants learn how to perform a wide range of environmental science field and laboratory methods, and investigate the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems. Students also learn to use global positioning system (GPS) enabled tablets to collect spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) software to analyze data and create maps and other visualizations of project data. Education Interns will assist with the implementation of TEENS summer program curriculum and mentor youth as they develop field-based research projects.

Objectives: The goal of this internship is to gain experience implementing outdoor science education in a nonformal setting and mentoring high-school aged youth from diverse backgrounds.


 Be available to work from June 18th –August 1st, Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 2:00pm
 Work closely and collaboratively with Museum staff to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for the participants.
 Assist with the implementation of a youth-driven, inquiry-based curriculum emphasizing environmental science and ecological concepts, mobile data collection, digital mapping, data visualizations and analysis.
 Assist instructors leading groups of 15 youth during lab and field-based science investigations at the Nature Museum and off-site.
 Guide youth in developing their own investigations that they will present in the last week of the program.
 Exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills and professional behavior to support a positive and successful workplace environment.
 Assist with other program activities as necessary.
Final Product: The final product will be a project webpage where youth participants will display project data and findings through photographs, blog posts, and youth-created maps. Interns will play a crucial role in development of the project webpage by mentoring youth throughout the summer as they design research projects, collect and analyze data, and produce digital maps and other visualizations.
 Interest in nature and science required.
 Eager to work with teenagers from diverse backgrounds.
 Experience teaching science in formal and/or informal education settings to high-school or middle-school students preferred.
 Experience teaching in both classroom and outdoor settings preferred.
 Ability and interest in facilitating activities both indoors and outdoors.
 Previous experience teaching to a diverse population of learners preferred.
 Available to work hours and dates described above.
 First Aid or CPR certification preferred but not required.
 Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
 Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
 Experience with field mapping, GPS, and GIS a plus.
 Must pass a criminal background check required by After School Matters.
Desired year in school: Post sophomore year of college through graduate level students
Desired majors: Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Education, Science Education, or related field.
Compensation: Paid ($1000)
Time Commitment: June 29 – August 13, Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 2:00pm

To apply: Email resume and cover letter in PDF or Word document to Please include both documents as attachments in one single email. Applications will be accepted until this internship is filled.


Author: Debra Kutska

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