Overview of position: Up to 2 internships in 2017: Mid-May – Labor Day
The NTC is an environmental learning center created in 2009 and dedicated to educating the public about the coldwater fishery resources of the unglaciated region of the upper midwest, comprising southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, southwestern Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois. Interns will assist in developing and delivering multi-media educational programs, exhibits, displays, clinics, and workshops. Subject matter will include basic geology, biology, natural history and fisheries of the region with special emphasis on aquatic ecology, entomology, trout and their habitat requirements. Audiences will include persons of all ages and abilities, from individuals to families, and small and large groups. Interns will participate in programs for schools, 4-H groups, scouts, community recreation groups, senior citizens and prospective sponsors of the NTC. They will maintain records of visitations to the center and requests for information, and will construct and maintain exhibits and compile information from library, internet, and professional resources in the region. In addition, interns will do an intern project for credit in consultation with their advisor in their educational institution.
Qualifications: Interns will have well-developed organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, and experience with basic computer application programs. Desirable qualities include enthusiasm for the subject matter and for sharing knowledge and learning about aquatic ecosystems, trout and trout fishing. Interns interested in the marketing, fund-raising and operation of non-profit or charitable institutions are encouraged to apply. Interns are expected to exhibit cheerful, helpful and approachable demeanor in dealing with the public.
Preference: We are seeking applicants who enjoy fishing and outdoor activities and have some experience related to environmental education and/or trout fishing. We also encourage applications from interns interested in communications, graphic design, and multi-media exhibit and website development.
What you should know: Interns will work independently at the NTC, arrange their own transportation to NTC functions, and should hold a Minnesota fishing license (with trout stamp). Interns will be responsible for their own attire and all-weather field gear (including footwear) that may be necessary for field trips and demonstrations. Internship Location: 120 St. Anthony St. South, Preston, MN 55965
Hours: Interns will be expected to work at least 3 days per week, some of which will occur during times that the Trout Center is open to the public (Thursday–Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, through Labor Day). Interns may be involved in field trips or excursions at other scheduled times.
Stipend: $1500 per internship.
To Apply: Mail or email a cover letter, resumé, names and contact information of 3 references who may be contacted during the selection process, and proof of student status during the most recent academic term at your educational institution. Please state clearly your interest in participating in an internship at the NTC.
Applications must be received by May 1, 2017.
Postal address: National Trout Center, Attn: Intern Search, P.O. Box 512, Preston, MN 55965