Nature Net Is Hiring!

Who We Are Looking For

We seek a motivated, organized, and creative individual who is excited about the field of environmental education and the world of non-profit organizations. The primary function of this internship is to offer you the opportunity to learn about non-profit functionality and connect with network members, while increasing the capacity of the Nature Net program to do meaningful work in our community. In this role, you will work behind the scenes, interact with multiple impactful organizations, and promote nature learning and exploration to children, teachers, and families.

Key methods through which you will do this include:

  • Collecting input from Nature Net members and organizing content for various outreach projects, including Earth Day, teacher mailings, and other projects as they arise.
  • Assisting in developing, promoting, and distributing the Nature Passport program (spring semester).
  • Researching and preparing content for monthly and seasonal e-newsletters, events calendars, and webpages.
  • Increasing Nature Net’s social media presence with timely, entertaining, and educational posts.
  • Maintaining and updating the Nature Net website – updating content for accuracy and relevancy, increasing SEO.
  • Assisting Nature Net staff in preparing for and staffing outreach events, including developing and running educational activities for diverse audiences.
  • Assisting Nature Net staff with regular administrative duties as needed, including mailings, correspondence, database entry, meeting preparation and follow-up, filing, deliveries, inventory, etc.
  • Presenting your own projects or ideas for consideration – make it yours!  

More About Us

For over twenty years, Nature Net has been connecting children, families and educators to nature through hands-on, outdoor learning and exploration across south central Wisconsin and beyond. Nature Net’s network of nature centers, parks, and museums works together to ensure school-age children are exposed to the best possible environmental education experiences.

Nature Net was started on the belief that a rising tide raises all ships. By working together to encourage and foster the “children and nature movement,” Nature Net member sites create a collective impact, increase awareness of area resources and the field of environmental education, and help parents and teachers get children out into nature.

We do this through a variety of programs, including Nature Express bus funding for nature field trips, Nature Passport journal and adventure guide, online resources, and monthly blog posts for teachers and parents to learn about the world around us and discover existing resources.

Nature Net is a project of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and as such is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and serving a more diverse staff and community, and qualified applicants of under-represented backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply.

More About You

  • Committed and reliable: you are a junior, senior or post-graduate who has the time and organizational skills to reliably dedicate time to Nature Net. Ideally you have dependable transportation to get to the Nature Center and to outreach events year-round and all weather (sorry, we’re not on a great bus line!)
  • Friendly and warm: you are cheerful, positive and have an open attitude. You are able to interact with public of all ages, and will fit in with our fun and committed staff.
  • Communicator: you have great communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Environmentalist: your education does not need to be focused on environmental studies, but it helps if you are interested in protecting and enjoying our planet Earth and teaching or encouraging others to do the same. You probably have a favorite nature-based memory or tradition that shapes who you are today.
  • Multi-tasker: you have basic computer skills and can either work with or easily learn to use WordPress, html, Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, and social media platforms. You can take direction from leadership but then work independently to manage projects and your time.

What You Will Get

  • You will wake up knowing you are dedicating your time to promoting the idea that children belong outdoors exploring, learning, and adventuring, which is critical to their health and well-being. And that you’re working to promote the meaningful work of twenty impactful organizations in our community.
  • You will gain connections with all of Nature Net’s member sites and their staff. This is a great way to learn how different non-profits function and meet key employees (who may become great references or a potential future employer – you’ll get out of it what you put in).
  • Your work here can help build your portfolio to include project coordination, outreach and communication, and web content development among other skills.
  • Nature Net will provide (and pay for) various professional development experiences, including relevant workshops and conferences where networking opportunities abound.

Apply!

Individuals interested in this position should fill out this online form (in lieu of a cover letter) and then send your resume and 1-3 references to:

Betsy Parker, Nature Net Director – info@naturenet.org  

Or mail to: Nature Net, c/o Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI  53716

Application Timeline:

  • Currently accepting applications for spring 2020 semester
  • Accepting applications: now through December 1, 2019 
  • Interviews and reference checks conducted through December 13, 2019
  • Ideal start date: early to mid-January 

Other Details

  • This position is 10 hrs/week: hours are flexible and much of the work can be done remotely, as long as you can commit to 3-4 hours/week on site during regular business hours. There will be some required special events on evenings/weekends. 
  • Compensation: this internship is paid with a starting rate of $7.25/hour. Includes paid professional development opportunities. 
  • We often offer the opportunity to continue the following semester.