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Education Program Management Internship

Sunday, December 1st, 2019 to Sunday, April 26th, 2020 (MT)


Created ForASU Community Engagement Programs, Education Placements
Supervisor(s)Emily Macklin
FacultyEmily Macklin
Hiring ManagerEmily Macklin
TimeframeFall, Spring

Motivated, energetic assistant will manage and teach our afterschool program, River Keepers, serving under-privileged youth 2nd-6th grades. Topics covered include Rio Salado birds, water quality, mammals, and reptiles. You will receive experience in all aspects of educational program management: marketing, curriculum development, teaching and program evaluations.
Audubon Arizona will provide training on Sonoran desert flora and fauna. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in organizing, managing and teaching educational programs in a non-traditional setting for diverse audiences.

This program typically runs Tuesday-Thursday in the afternoon/evenings from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Reliable transportation is required.

Our education programs serve primarily underprivileged families within the South Phoenix community, as well as schools from local areas/districts.

All too often, lower-income, inner-city children find themselves with limited access to quality science education. Audubon Arizona and the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center offers a unique chance for Phoenix youth to connect to the amazingly diverse Sonoran Desert. As urban areas continue to expand, their residents become increasingly disconnected from the natural world. For this reason, youngsters growing up in low-income inner-city neighborhoods are even less likely to spend time exploring nature. This trend underlines a worrisome future for conservation and the sustainability of Arizona's cities and natural spaces. It is programs like those offered by Audubon connecting urban youth to nature through meaningful conservation work, that are critical in reversing this trend and ensuring a positive future for our environment.

Connecting kids to their natural surrounding promotes a feeling of stewardship that will stay with them through adulthood. Through Audubon’s education programs, students learn critical scientific inquiry skills and substantive science content in an exciting and relevant setting in their own community. Providing diverse, urban, underserved students the opportunity to learn about and appreciate their natural world builds a community of conservation-minded youth in areas that need them most. The work provided by these students will leave a lasting impact on Phoenix's landscape - giving future generations of students a place to explore nature in their own neighborhood.

CAPACITY: 1 intern

Background check
Requirement DetailsEnjoy working with children and/or teens in outdoor settings (training in field methods provided)
Have reliable transportation
Organized and punctual
Able to work independently and solve problems creatively
Comfortable with public speaking
General knowledge of Sonoran Desert natural history preferred, but not required



A basic background clearance is required. There are no associated costs, and the processing time can vary. The assistant may begin the internship while the background clearance is processing.

Location: Audubon Arizona, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040