Environmental Restoration Intern (18+)

Department: Interns
Location: Miami, FL

PURPOSE: The Environmental Restoration Intern at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science) will coordinate on behalf of the Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) program to facilitate habitat restoration projects at the Batchelor Environmental Center and East Greynolds Park. MUVE is a volunteer-based habitat restoration project that uses social media, eco-art, and science exhibits to engage local residents in restoring coastal environments that once thrived in Miami. Interns must have a strong interest in the life sciences as well as strong interpersonal and organizational skills. 

This internship position provides an exceptional opportunity to directly impact both people and the environment in a positive way. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in an academic program that will allow them to receive credit for completing this position. Duration of the position is based on the credit requirement.

SALARY: Unpaid, for academic credit.

SKILLS AND OPPORTUNITIES GAINED:  

  • Event planning and volunteer management skills as applied to monthly restoration workdays and other service events.
  • Science communication skills gained through training and participation in public education and outreach.
  • A comprehensive understanding of ecological restoration, including the scientific documentation necessary to both obtain and retain grant funding. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Plan and facilitate regularly-scheduled Restoration Workdays.
  • Remove and monitor invasive plant populations at MUVE's restoration sites.
  • Assist with planting native plants to stabilize soil and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Record wildlife population densities and plant growth rates in collaboration with the museumís ongoing citizen science efforts.
  • Develop and complete special projects as needed.
  • Perform other assigned tasks. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Must be actively enrolled in high school or college/university and have a faculty advisor, or be enrolled in an internship program, to verify the hours and provide educational credit for the internship.
  • Interest in Frost Scienceís mission.
  • Background or interest in ecological restoration, environmental science, or wildlife biology desired (familiarity with Florida ecology preferred).
  • Reliable and punctual, with good attendance.
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work well with different personalities in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team. 
  • Must be 18 years or older.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:  

  • This position requires working with tools and chemicals using appropriate personal protective equipment.
    • Work activities include bending, reaching, and lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of weight.
    • Work is performed outdoors, sometimes under direct sunlight or light rain, with some office work as well.  

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Level 2 criminal background check clearance.
  • Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program.

SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours a week.
  • Availability for Saturday events is required.

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