Conservation & Outreach Internship

Conservation & Outreach Intern (updated 2021)

Position Summary: Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) is seeking a hardworking and independent Conservation and Outreach intern to help us manage habitat, maintain park grounds, and conduct community outreach that promotes our mission to connect people with each other and the land through the arts. If interested, intern may design and implement their own program or project. Intern will also work with art studio interns to maintain park grounds and assist with events. The internship ranges from 10-20 hours per week from late May/early June through August (hours and dates are flexible and to be finalized with staff). Intern is responsible for making their own schedule and managing their time to complete tasks as assigned. Training provided as needed.

JSP is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and seeks to create a welcoming community for all staff, volunteers, and visitors. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reports To: Park Manager (primary); Program Director & Founding Director (secondary) 

Summary of Essential Job Functions (*may change due to COVID-19): 

  • Help maintain park grounds to enhance native habitat. Assist in habitat and park management projects, such as installing nature playground, planting and caring for trees and native plants, addressing erosion issues, maintaining walking trails, mowing, weed eating, and removing invasive plant species. 
  • Document conservation and environmental education projects for social media and website content.  
  • Assist Program Director and contracted teaching artists in facilitating environmental education programs (often incorporating the arts), as needed. 
  • Assist staff, interns and volunteers in event setup, coordination and teardown, as needed.*   
  • Represent JSP info/activity booth during partner events in the community, as needed.* 

Minimum Requirements: Passion for the mission of the organization. Excellent communicator. Flexible. Willing to work independently and with a team. Willing to work hard outdoors and learn new skills that involve manual labor. Some college experience preferred (not required). Some experience in landscaping, trail maintenance, or related preferred (not required). Some experience in environmental or other education preferred (not required). 

Compensation and Benefits: Primitive housing on park grounds is available but optional. Preference may be given to applicants who can commute from home or campus due to limited housing during COVID-19. Some work may be completed remotely. We will work with you and your institution to offer internship/course credit. We encourage you to apply for internship funding through your institution.

To Apply: Please send resume or CV, cover letter and references to Jeri K. Howell, Program
Director, at [email protected]. Due Monday, March 1 by 11:59 PM EST. Phone or virtual interviews will take place the week of March 8. 

Questions: Jeri K. Howell at [email protected] or 502-352-7082

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