Now Taking Applications for Volunteer Internships
Sorry, there are no paid internships available at this time. All internships are volunteer only.
Interested in a a career in Environmental Education or Interpretation? Have your sights set on the fields of Conservation or Ecology? Are your occupational goals in the field of Non-Profit Management? If so, Ruffner Mountain has a summer internship opportunity for you! Learn from practical hands-on experience. Please send: 1. a cover letter; 2.copy of your resume; 3. three references; and 4.dates of your availability to
or mail to: Ruffner Mountain Summer Internships, 1214 81st Street South Birmingham, AL 35206. No telephone calls or solicitations, please.
Background in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Environmental Science, or a related field or course of study. The intern will work with the Conservation Land Manager at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center on trail maintenance, invasive species control, plant and animal species inventories, habitat restoration and other related projects on a 1,011 acre nature preserve. This position requires the physical abilities to walk on uneven terrain, work outdoors in summer weather conditions and to lift 25 pounds. The Intern may also have the opportunity to use GPS and GIS software, to assist in the care and feeding of live captive animals, and to interact with the general public in a visitor service role. Computer skills are required using MS Word and Excel and the internet for research. The Intern will assist in research which will contribute to revision of the Conservation Plan for Ruffner Mountain and the development of a Land Management Plan.
Environmental Education Intern
Background in Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Environmental Studies or a related field or course of study such as Biology, Outdoor Recreation, or Education. The intern will work with the Education Coordinator at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center assisting with summer environmental educational programming primarily for children aged 6-12 and families, including program development, summer day camps, and a variety of programming for the public. The position requires the ability to walk on uneven terrain and work outdoors in summer weather conditions. The Intern may also have the opportunity to assist in the care and feeding of live captive animals and to interact with the general public in a visitor service role. Computer skills are required using MS Word and Excel and the internet for research. The Intern will assist in research which will contribute to the development of a program for a teacher’s workshop and a brochure for teachers.
Background in Business, Non-Profit or Public Management, Leadership Studies, Marketing, Public Relations, Sociology or a related field or course of study. The Intern will work with the Office Manager and Executive Director at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center assisting with the administrative functions of the non-profit. Projects may include: updating the website, learning specialized donor database software, assisting with purchasing, special events, and other projects related to the everyday operations of the nature center. The work is performed primarily in an office, but the intern will also have opportunities to experience the outdoor environment of the nature preserve. The Intern will also interact with the general public in a visitor service role. Computer skills are required using MS Word, Excel, Power Point and the internet for research. The Intern will assist in research which will contribute to the development of updated organizational policy and procedural manuals.