Outdoor Education Intern
Echo Hill Outdoor School, located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, provides residential learning experiences designed to introduce and acclimate children to the outdoors and foster respect for and awareness of themselves, each other and their environment. Course areas include: Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay conducted on historic work boats, Swamp Ecology including Swamp Canoe and Swamp Walks; Group and Individual Development on our low and high ropes adventure course; Outdoor Skills in classes like Orienteering and Survival; and History and the Human Environment with classes such as Early American Studies and the "Mystery Tour", an exploration of the cultural and historical landscape of Kent County. The program is flexible so as to meet the needs of a wide range of students, typically 3rd through 9th grade, from both public and private schools.
Responsibilities include: co-teaching of courses with experienced staff, creation and implementation of new curriculum ideas, overnight tent or cabin duty for groups of seven to ten students, supervision of students, and assisting with special programs and events.
Orientation, Supervision, and Evaluation provided during the Internship
- The Intern will be given a complete overview of the organizations functions and how their role as an intern will relate to the work of others.
- An educational guideline will be created by the Intern and the Supervisor to ensure that the needs of both are met and understood.
- The Intern will have weekly meetings with a staff member. Constructive feedback is an integral aspect of these evaluations.
- When applicable, contact with the Intern's college or university is made on a regular basis.
Interns are encouraged to create their own goals and objectives for their experience. The internship should be integrated into the intern's course of study. It is extremely beneficial for the intern to maintain a journal throughout their tenure at Echo Hill. The Intern will complete a special project of their own design.
Qualifications: Individuals pursuing careers in the areas of education, recreation, and other related work are encouraged to apply. We are seeking motivated, energetic individuals with creativity and commitment. Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students with coursework in environmental science, biology, recreation, education, adventure learning and related fields. Experience working with children of all ages is desired. Residential experience is beneficial.
Individuals will be required to submit to a criminal background check and participate in a random and periodic drug testing program. Interns must hold current adult, child and infant CPR/FA/AED certification for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider during the term of their Internship.
Benefits: Full room and board are a condition of this residential position. A small weekly stipend is included.
Annual Sessions: Spring (March through June), Summer (June through August), and Fall (Late August through November). Application deadlines are February 15th, April 15th and July 15th respectively.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, two phone references and two additional letters of recommendation.
If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding experience please contact:
Betsy Zelter McCown, Associate Director
Echo Hill Outdoor School
13655 Bloomingneck Road
Worton, Maryland 21678