Nature Net Is Hiring!
Who We Are Looking For
We seek a motivated, organized, and creative individual who is excited about the field of environmental education and the world of non-profit organizations. The primary function of this internship is to offer you the opportunity to learn about non-profit functionality and connect with network members, while increasing the capacity of the Nature Net program to do meaningful work in our community. In this role, you will work behind the scenes, interact with multiple impactful organizations, and promote nature learning and exploration to children, teachers, and families.
Key methods through which you will do this include:
- Maintaining or increasing Nature Net’s social media presence with timely, entertaining, and educational posts.
- Collecting input from Nature Net members and organizing content for various outreach projects, including Earth Day, teacher mailings, and other projects as they arise.
- Assisting in developing, promoting, and distributing the Nature Passport program (spring semester).
- Researching and preparing content for monthly and seasonal e-newsletters, events calendars, and webpages.
- Maintaining and updating the Nature Net website – using WordPress to update content for accuracy and relevancy, and increasing SEO.
- Assisting Nature Net staff in preparing for and staffing outreach events as they arise.
- Assisting Nature Net staff with regular administrative duties as needed.
- Presenting your own project or ideas for consideration – make it yours!
More About Us
For over twenty years, Nature Net has been connecting children, families and educators to nature through hands-on, outdoor learning and exploration across south central Wisconsin and beyond. Nature Net’s network of nature centers, parks, and museums works together to ensure school-age children are exposed to the best possible environmental education experiences.
We do this through a variety of programs, including Nature Express funding for school/nature projects, Nature Passport journal and adventure guide, online resources, and monthly blog posts.
Nature Net is a project of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and as such is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and serving a more diverse staff and community, and qualified applicants of under-represented backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply.
More About You
- Committed and reliable: you are a junior, senior or post-graduate who has the time and organizational skills to reliably dedicate time to Nature Net.
- Friendly and warm: you are cheerful, positive and have an open attitude. You are able to interact with the public of all ages, and will fit in with our fun and committed staff.
- Communicator: you have great communication skills, both oral and written.
- Environmentalist: your degree major does not need to be focused on environmental studies, but it helps if you are interested in protecting and enjoying our planet Earth and teaching or encouraging others to do the same. You probably have a favorite nature-based memory or tradition that shapes who you are today.
- Technologically adept: you have basic computer skills and can either work with or easily learn to use WordPress, Canva, Mail Chimp, and various social media platforms.
- Multi-tasker: you can take direction from leadership but then work independently to manage projects and your time.
What You Will Get
- You will wake up knowing you are dedicating your time to promoting the idea that children belong outdoors exploring, learning, and adventuring, which is critical to their health and well-being. And that you’re working to promote the meaningful work of twenty impactful organizations in our community.
- You will gain connections with all of Nature Net’s member sites and their staff. This is a great way to learn how different non-profits function and meet key employees (who may become great references or a potential future employer – you’ll get out of it what you put in).
- Your work here can help build your portfolio to include project coordination, outreach and communication, and web content development, among other skills.
- Nature Net will provide (and pay for) various professional development experiences, including relevant workshops and conferences where networking opportunities abound.
- This position is 10 hrs/week: hours are flexible with a weekly check-in with Nature Net staff.
- Compensation: this internship is paid with a starting rate of $10/hour. Includes paid professional development opportunities.
- In-person or Virtual: this position currently remote with occasional in-person projects. However, the position is flexible based on your needs and preferences.
- We often offer the opportunity to continue the following semester.
Individuals interested in this position should fill out this online form (in lieu of a cover letter) and then send your resume and 1-3 references to:
Betsy Parker, Nature Net Director – email@example.com
- Currently accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2023
- Accepting applications: now through Dec. 15th
- Interviews and reference checks conducted through Dec.19th
- Ideal start date: Mid-January