2020 Environmental Education, Biodiversity and Stewardship Internship

Bamberger Ranch is currently accepting applications for a seasonal Environmental Education, Biodiversity and Stewardship Internship program at Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve

A 4-month internship is available starting January 17, 2020 and ending July 12, 2020.

We are seeking outdoor enthusiasts who have a passion for environmental education. They will help inspire and teach up to 1,000 guests during their time here as well as building experience for a potential career in a related field.

Assistance with maintaining our 5,500-acre outdoor classroom is also a vital role in the internship. Training in facets such as public speaking, biological surveying and land stewardship are provided.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with site tours and school visits
  • Public Speaking on topics such as water conservation, endangered species, and bat conservation
  • Assistance with ongoing biodiversity project which includes areas such as amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles
  • Assistance in work with endangered species
  • Maintaining our nature trails for use in educational programs
  • Assistance in fundraising events
  • Assistance in building an archival library of photos and slides from previous years

Benefits

This internship allows hands-on training in variety of subjects. Depending on work ethic and interest you can develop and build career skills for a range of jobs. These jobs include, public/private education, biological fieldwork, wildlife management, range management, water conservation and park maintenance, to name a few.

A wide range of visitors come to the ranch on a daily basis, which exposes you to many different career fields not listed. Housing is provided in an onsite 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house with utilities provided.

Access to a ranch vehicle for onsite work is also provided. Many meals will be provided through ranch programs as well as staff families. A modest monthly stipend will also be given for food, gas, and incidentals.

Qualifications

Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve is an ongoing habitat restoration project that has received numerous state and national awards in its 50 years of existence. Experiences here are recognized and respected on resumes and college transcripts.

Our internship is designed for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students. It can be ideal for those in between schooling or taking their next step toward their professional career.

Work hours are not traditional Monday thru Friday 9-5. There is room for commuting to area schools for classes in some cases.

Candidates must have the following skills:

  • Outward enthusiasm for nature and the environment
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work around changing schedules and priorities
  • Good verbal communication skills, comfortable speaking in public
  • Must like and be comfortable around kids (they make up over half our visitation)
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve
  • Receptive to the watch and learn training method
  • Natural history museum techniques a major “plus”.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and letter of recommendation by December 30, 2019. Also include a personal philosophy statement about why you would like to be a part of the Selah family.

We are looking for something about you that does not come across from a transcript. Stories about places and people that have formed you and your love for nature. We want this internship to be beneficial for you as well as us.

We will conduct interviews and make a decision by January 7, 2020.

Submit applications to Jared Holmes, Ranch Biologist. Bamberger Ranch Preserve, 2341 Blue Ridge Drive, Johnson City, Texas 78636. Or email applications to Jared Holmes.

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