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Education Resource Design

Posted on: 01/28/2019

Summary / Description

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.

Skills Required

This internship is suitable for either undergraduate or graduate students as the scope of education resource development can be scaled up or down, depending on individual skills and experience. The intern should have a background in environmental or social sciences, with a strong interest in education, outreach or science communication. The person in this position should be comfortable working outdoors along wooded trails and sandy, muddy or grassy intertidal areas, as well as indoors in an office setting. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are desired. Experience with graphic design, photography, videography, exhibit design or mobile app development would be an advantage.


Charleston, OR

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Jaime Belanger
Number of Slots Available:
Is free housing available:
Can international students be placed:


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