During the 2019 summer education season at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR), the intern will assist education staff with the improvement and expansion of educational tools and resources used in classroom lessons, teacher workshops and summer camps. This person will work closely with South Slough Reserve’s education coordinator to identify resources and materials used in programs that need to be modified, updated or changed. The intern will recommend design and carry out development of modified and new resources for programs.
The internship period will span three diverse program areas in need of resource development and modification: K-12 classroom and schoolyard lessons, Teachers on the Estuary professional development for educators, and summer day camps for children ages 5-18 years. The intern in this position will support the delivery of these programs by assisting the education coordinator and other staff with the planning and implementation of these programs. Following implementation, the intern will focus on one or more of the tools used during the program and design improvements based on observation of program participants, participant evaluations, education staff reflections and informed research.
South Slough Reserve makes concerted efforts to provide all interns with diverse, enriching professional experiences. Throughout the internship period, the intern will have opportunities to assist with all education program areas, estuarine research projects, scientific monitoring and regional professional development when offered.
The intern work site and housing location are relatively remote. The Reserve recommends that interns have a personal vehicle to travel back and forth from the work site, as well as to town for food and other necessities.