Naturalist Apprentice –
Woodlands Nature Station, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Apprenticeship positions are designed for college graduates who desire a well-rounded experience with interpretive program planning and delivery, animal husbandry, special events, and facility operations at a nature center. The goals of the apprenticeship program are the following: (1) provide quality training and practical experience for individuals in a wide range of disciplines, (2) introduce apprentices to the operational procedures of a federal agency, and (3) provide experiences in environmental education and interpretation for the diverse customers who use Land Between the Lakes (LBL).
The Naturalist Apprentice is employed by the U.S. Forest Service. It is a full-time position, lasting 9 months to 1 year, at the Woodlands Nature Station within Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. A $200/week allowance (non-taxed) and onsite government housing within LBL will be provided.
Job duties include:
Start Date: late May, 2017
Description of Site: The Woodlands Nature Station serves as the main interpretive nature center for the U.S. Forest Service’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, a 170,000-acre parcel of mainly bottomlands hardwood forest nestled between two large freshwater lakes in western KY and TN. The primary goals of LBL are high quality environmental education, recreation, customer service, and multiple use management for sustainability. The interpretive activities and programs at the Nature Station focus on regional natural history, natural resource conservation, and outdoor recreation activities. One of our main attractions is our live native wildlife, which are mainly rescued and permanently non-releasable animals, including a bald eagle, birds of prey, endangered red wolves, small mammals, reptiles, and more. Another highlight is our demonstration backyard habitat area, featuring native gardens and bird feeding stations. We offer a variety of interpretive programs and activities, including roving on-site interpretation, special events, live animal programs, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, puppet shows, wildlife-viewing tours, school programs, and community outreach programs. Over 40,000 people per year visit the Nature Station.
How to Apply: Applications are due by March 12. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Aviva Yasgur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Employment: Applicants will be considered without regard to religion, sex, National Origin, political affiliation, marital status, or physical handicap.
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