Open Volunteer Positions
Bear Educator Intern 2017
Summer applications due February 10, 2017; Fall applications due May 1, 2017
Organization: North American Bear Center (NABC), Ely MN 55731
Location: Ely, MN
Number of Positions: (Summer) 6 positions (Fall) 2 positions (Each with stipend of $1,200)
Reports to: Curator and Director of Education Contact: [email protected]
Application: Fillable PDF (click to open)
Educate NABC visitors about the four ambassador bears (via on-site programs and Q&A) and wild black bear behavior (via videos, exhibits, and Q&A). You will be required to give Power Point Presentations (already prepared for you) to groups of visitors. This position will be responsible for all aspects of bear care including maintaining a clean bear enclosure, bear foraging feedings, bear enrichment activities, and food preparation. Worldwide broadcasts of our daily bear enrichments will require speaking to our on-site and global followers.
- Minimum 500 hours (5 days per week, every week)
Length of Position:
Summer: Starting date May 19 to Aug 7, 2017; Fall: Starting date Aug 1 to Oct 24, 2017
Dates are flexible based on intern’s school schedule.
STATED GOAL OF INTERNSHIP:
The goal of the Bear Educator Internship program is to give the interns a strong background in black bear information and experience in conveying accurate information to the public. This program is intended to directly support the mission statement of the North American Bear Center. “The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing the misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in the ecosystems, and their relations with humans.” (www.bear.org).
Educate NABC visitors about the four ambassador bears (via on-site programs and Q&A) and wild black bear behavior (via videos, exhibits, and Q&A). You will be required to give Behind-the-Scenes tours to visitors. This position will be responsible for all aspects of bear care including maintaining a clean bear enclosure, bear foraging feedings, bear enrichment activities, and food preparation. Worldwide broadcasts of our daily bear enrichments will require speaking to our on-site and global followers. This position will require giving visitors information on local, frogs, turtles, fish and non-poisonous snakes, utilizing our touch-screens in our Northwood’s Ecology Hall for accurate information. Some additional research on one of these animals will be required as an intern project.
Expectations for all NABC On-Site Volunteers::
- Represent the NABC/WRI in a positive manner with members, donors, visitors, vendors, and the communities we serve.
- Interact effectively with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers, and visitors.
- Uphold the Mission Statement of the North American Bear Center.
- Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
- Dress appropriately for your position, including wearing NABC identification.
- Follow all rules and guidelines during your intership.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge on ambassador bears and wild bear behavior.
- Sign a release for the NABC to use photos taken while an intern.
- Submit Emergency Contact information and sign Waiver of Responsibility.
Specific Bear Educator Duties:
- Learn all the information at the NABC and www.bear.org and www.bearstudy.org.
- Answer visitor questions and assist with any groups.
- Give talks to visitors via power point presentations.
- Feed the bears and assist with all aspects of bear care.
- Maintain food supplies and the preparation of bear food.
- Assist in maintaining established bear feeding schedule.
- Document diets for the bears.
- Follow established bear food distribution guidelines to increase both bear activity/exercise and bear interaction within the habitat.
- Maintain the bear enclosure habitat, fencing, and supporting areas for proper year-round care of the bears.
- Assist in maintaining exhibit hall areas to keep them presentable.
- Handle local frogs, painted turtles and non-poisonous snakes native to the Ely MN area for our visitors’ learning experience.
- Feed and maintain records on terrarium and aquarium animals.
- Give informational talks on the live critters in the Northwood’s Ecology Hall.
- Utilize the touch-screens in the exhibit hall to obtain accurate information about the Northwood’s animals in our terrarium and aquarium. Undertake research on one animal for visitor talks.
Support: Training will be provided on an on-going basis by the staff at the NABC. Retention as a Bear Educator INTERN will be reviewed at the end of each month or sooner, if necessary.
- At least 20 years of age.
- Fluent in English language.
- Desire to educate the public about black bears.
- Calm and positive demeanor.
- Good observation, judgment and problem-solving skills.
- Reliable and highly motivated.
- Comfortable interacting with diverse groups of people.
- Successful completion of a training session.
- Familiarity with the information on bear.org and bearstudy.org.
- Teaching or public speaking background helpful.
- Work under supervision.
- Stand for 4 hours, lift 30 pounds, walk quickly over uneven ground.
- Operate small, powered equipment safely.
- Respond quickly and accurately to any unforeseen action of the bears, without impairment from a medical condition, physical limitation, or OTC or prescription medications.