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Education Intern (Spring 2019)

About Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Become a part of a dedicated team who make a difference in exotic animals' lives every single day.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit and true sanctuary committed to rescuing abused, abandoned and un-wanted Exotic Cats fallen victim of the exotic animal trade. We are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), a USDA licensed facility, and have all of the proper state permits in Arkansas. For 26 years, TCWR's mission has been to provide a lifetime sanctuary for the survivors of the exotic pet trade. With the care, safety, and welfare of animals being the number one priority at the Refuge, it is important that each animal is treated with the dignity and compassion they desperately need and deserve. Because of this mission, TCWR has developed a reputation for compassionate care across the country.


TCWR is seeking a full-time, 6 months Education Intern. The Education Intern will research, develop, and present educational programming to the public and school/special groups following the National Association for Interpretation guidelines.

Applicants must be self-motivated, with high desire to spread awareness about all the species that call the refuge home and help educate the public on the negative impacts of the exotic pet trade. The ability to work in a team environment or independently is important.

A degree in Education, Zoology, Biology, Conservation, or related field is preferred

Currently we are seeking one position for the internship. Internships run every six months. If you are looking for a full-time internship where you can be the voice for animals and spread awareness for their protection, you have come to the right place.

Job Description:
Public Education-Responsible for presenting programs each day to the general public and special group tours along with giving guided tours.
Special Programming-The education department at the refuge is in charge of organizing programs for special animal holidays such as World Wildlife Day, Animal Rights Day, Tiger Day, etc. The intern will assist in planning and presenting programs on these special days.
Research-Responsible for researching and developing programming according to National Association for Interpretation guidelines (Education Coordinator will cover the guidelines during training).
School Groups-Responsible for assisting with organizing/presenting school groups both at the refuge and offsite locations
Advancing Education- Multiple opportunities for the intern to further their education during their 6-month stay.
Educational Writing-Responsible for writing education articles for the website, blog posts, and newsletter.
Wayside Exhibits-The intern will assist in research and planning for wayside exhibits for the refuge
Summer Day Camps-Responsible for assisting with summer day camps including the planning and presenting of programs and activities
Animal Safety Training-The intern will participate in the first 2 weeks of safety training in order to have a better understanding of the animal care, safety protocols, food preparation, etc.
Special Events-Responsible for assisting with special events wherever help is needed

Compensation:
Weekly cash stipend for food. Housing is provided on the Refuge. Amenities include heat, A/C, utilities paid, full bath, kitchen, washer & dryer, satellite TV, free long distance, and Wifi.

Important Dates:
 Fall Position: August 15th – February 10th
Spring Position: February 1st – August 25th
Deadline for Fall internship applications: June 1
Deadline for Spring internship applications: November 1