Thursday, June 05, 2008

Fall Seasonal Naturalist Position

The Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest near Harleyville, South Carolina is searching for two (2) seasonal naturalists for the fall (September 3 - December 14). College internship credit is possible, in accordance with individual institutional guidelines.

1) Lead groups of all ages (mostly school children) on interpretive boardwalk tours.
2) If Fall water levels allow, lead occasional canoe trips into the swamp’s interior (trips last 4 hours). Take responsibility for the canoe trip reservation process.
3) Help run the Visitor Center on weekends and other days as needed. Includes staffing reception desk, greeting visitors, informal interpretation. Center “housekeeping.”
4) Assist with ongoing projects and programs. For example: Water Chemistry and Benthic Organism Survey, Water Level Monitoring, BOO In The Swamp, misc. fundraising, other special events assistance, etc.
5) Lead occasional general public Naturalist Walks on weekends.
6) Assist with general maintenance of building, boardwalk, and grounds.
7) Completion of a special, independent project that blends the needs of the sanctuary with the skills/interests of the Seasonal Naturalist. To be decided after arrival.

Present enrollment in, or recent completion of a degree program in some area of the Natural Sciences. Interest in pursuing a career in Environmental Education, Naturalist-Interpretive work, Nature Center/Wildlife Sanctuary operations, or related careers.
**Not required, but helpful: Canoeing skills, handiness with tools, research/data collection experience, previous experience in public speaking/leading groups, computer skills.

September 2 through December 14, 2008.

Should be received by July 15, 2008.

Send or fax a resume’, a list of three references, and a letter of application to Michael Dawson, at Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, SC 29448, (843) 462-2713 FAX or e-mail to

Housing is provided in a new, modern 3 bedroom/2 bath house located on a remote, secluded, and beautiful site on sanctuary property overlooking Mallard Lake. Utilities provided. Salary is $260/week. Uniform vest also supplied.

Images by Mark Musselman

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