Naturalist Educator Internship
Blue Ridge Discovery Center
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? Are you a student in the field of natural sciences
or recreation? Do you love to hike, camp, and fish? Do you have experience working
with kids? The Blue Ridge Discovery Center has an opportunity for you to utilize your
skills while taking advantage of all that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer!
The Blue Ridge Discovery Center is creating a bold new approach to ecological awareness
and outdoor learning that encourages healthful outdoor activity while supporting the
growth of a prosperous, sustainable economy based on the Blue Ridge region’s amazing
natural assets. Our mission is to inspire curiosity, discovery, and stewardship through
the wonders of the Blue Ridge.
A naturalist educator intern will be responsible for leading and implementing outdoor
experiences for adults and children in a small group setting under the guidance of
BRDC staff. They will also be responsible for the general safety and development,
growth, and skill achievement of the participants. The incumbent will provide high
quality natural history and recreational experiences for participants based on the
Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsibilities will include participant safety, assisting in crafts, games, hikes,
animal encounters, behavior management, assisting in the preparation of meals and
other activities, and assisting in the set-up, clean up, and running of camps and
events. Must be willing to spend multiple nights primitive camping. Interns will be
expected to use their education and specialized skills to plan and lead related activities.
• Must be 18 years of age
• Must be enrolled in college-level courses
• Experience working with youth a plus
• CPR and/or Wilderness First Aid certified a plus
• Interest in the fields of Education, Environmental Studies, Biology, or Recreation
• Special interests in aquatic insects, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, dendrology,
• Outdoor/camping skills: fire building, cooking on fire and/or cook stoves, storytelling/games,
• Specialized skills a plus: fly fishing, watercrafts (canoe/kayak/raft), orienteering,
May - August. The internship begins with orientation one week prior to our annual
Mt. Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally. We offer four overnight camps and four day camps
from June 12 - August 9. The internship concludes the week following our annual Mt.
Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally.
$350 per week
How to Apply:
Please complete our online application at: http://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/internships
Upon securing the position, academic course credit may be available. Contact UCS for
details regarding academic course process.