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    Naturalist Intern

    Naturalist Interns are key members of the program staff at the IDELC. Naturalist Interns will develop their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. They will instruct children and adults regarding the diversity of ecosystems, plants and animals, and cultural history of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and southern Lake Michigan region. Responsibilities: •Pres ent IDELC programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based science, and resource stewardship for children and adults; primarily students in grades 4-12 •Lead half-day and day-long educational/interpretive hikes on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore trails •Assist in the design of customized environmental education programs for students •Attend training workshops and regularly scheduled staff meetings •Ensure safety and well-being of program participants •Conduct evening and weekend programs •Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities •Assist with other duties as required Required Qualifications •BA/BS in Natural Sciences, Biology, Education, Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Resource or Heritage Interpretation, Outdoor or Environmental Education, or related field •Excellent verbal and written communication skills •Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles over hilly dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack •Great independent worker and team player •Possess valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation (car, bike, etc) Desired Qualifications •Prior experience in classroom teaching, outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature centers, or day camps •Lifesaving and water safety certification


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    Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center

    Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center (IDELC) is a residential education facility located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Learning Center is a not for profit organization that works in close partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). The IDELC mission is to provide an in-depth exploration of the dynamic relationship between people and their environments using the natural and cultural resources of the Indiana Dunes where nature and society co-exist. A variety of two, three, and five day residential programs are offered, primarily for students in the upper elementary grades.

    700 Howe Road
    Chesterton, Indiana