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2019 Education Assistant Internship

Accepting Applications for Education Assistant Internship 

Missouri River Relief is seeking applicants for the position of Education Assistant Internship. 

  • Status:  Seasonal/Internship/Full-Time 
  • Start Date: May 6th, 2019
  • End Date: August 9th, 2019 
  • Stipend: $100/a week & possible housing opportunity.
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri 
  • Deadline: Friday, February 15th, 2019

The position will assist in the organization, implementation, and marketing of education programs targeting schools and community organizations. The position will be responsible for working with the education coordinator to prepare five major education programs over the course of the summer.

Click here to download the complete job description.

Click here to download an internship flyer. 

To apply, send a cover letter, a resume and two references to the Education Director, Kristen Schulte by February 15th, 2019. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. 

Words of Wisdom to The Next Education Assistant

Each year we ask our Education Assistant to reflect on their experience and share a few words of wisdom to the next education assistant. If you are wanting a feel for the position and an idea of what you might walk away with from the experience our former education assistant blogs offer all of that. 

"Here’s the thing: this internship and Missouri River Relief as a whole has got me so excited to keep figuring out what I don’t know, to jump into new experiences, to never stop learning, to crank up the river AC and embrace my weird. And for that, I’m eternally grateful." - Summer 2018 Intern 

Job Description

Position Summary: 

Missouri River Relief is a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska to St. Louis, Missouri. We do this through three avenues: Missouri River clean-ups, education programs, and outreach events. This position will work directly with the Missouri River Education Programs, engaging the participant’s innate sense of wonder and natural curiosity to explore the Missouri River through a place-based program that is interdisciplinary in nature and experiential in character. The Education Assistant will seek to build participants’ knowledge and understanding of the Missouri River through hands-on experiences that will deepen the participant’s connection and sense of responsibility to its care and stewardship. The Education Assistant will assist in the organization, implementation, and marketing of education programs targeting schools and community organizations. The position will be responsible for working with the education coordinator to prepare for up to five education programs.

Education/Qualifications:

  • Experience in environmental education or river-related conservation activities.
  • Ability to present to a diverse audience with poise and confidence.
  • Comfortable with handling budgets and the ability to track expenses and revenue information.
  • Self-directed, with the ability to plan for lessons with minimal supervision.
  • The desire and skills necessary to be accountable for assigned tasks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer skills, including experience with PowerPoint, MS Word, and Excel.
  • Good sense of humor; the ability to keep things in perspective. 
  • A valid driver’s license and proof of mandated state automobile insurance.
  • A reliable computer to use for assigned tasks. 

Core Competencies:

To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate or will learn the following competencies.  These core competencies represent effective program instruction of the Missouri River Education Programs:

High level of Management: Assist in the organization and implementation of Missouri River Education Programs for participants. In order to accomplish this, the candidate must have the ability to learn how to develop lesson plans, present engaging lessons and activities, assist with program expectations and management, track results and develop healthy relationships with participants.  

Job Knowledge:  Comprehend the scientific principles of the Missouri River ecosystem and possess the ability to deliver this information engagingly to students

Communication:  Communicate effectively with participants using a variety of formats.  Examples include written communications that clearly outline a program schedule; a lesson plan; verbal presentations during programs; e-mail exchanges with program participants, partners, and the education coordinator. 

Dependability:  Seek increased responsibility while remaining conscientious, thorough, accurate, and reliable with respect to achieving the programs' goals, and the needs of the participants.

Performance Duties:

  • Assist in the organization, implementation, and marketing of educational programs targeting schools, community organizations, and citizens to increase public awareness and participation. 
  • Assist in the oversight of activities associated with planning and conducting education programs. 
  • Collaborate on program outreach including news releases, media announcements, brochures, fliers, newspaper articles, websites, and social media.
  • Purchase, organize and inventory materials to maintain adequate supplies. 
  • Plan, purchase and prepare healthy, well-rounded meals for participants. 
  • Collaborate with the education coordinator to prepare the curriculum and schedules.
  • Ensure activities and programs are safe for participants.
  • Set up clear lines of communication for working with partners and participants.
  • Assist with preparation and analysis of program records, assessments, and evaluations for grant and annual reports.
  • Enhance programs via participant feedback and experience.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Education Director.

Expectations:

  • Require flexible hours and will include working several weekend programs. 
  • Require regional travel to and from education programs. All travel will be completed using Missouri River Relief vehicles. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to draw on core values, knowledge, and personal experience to make judgment calls and decisions. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to think, function and teach effectively under conditions of mental pressure and stress. 
  • Capability to perform manual labor in all kinds of weather, including standing, walking, lifting, kneeling and crawling.
  • We all must perform additional duties that may or may not be outside our specific area of expertise from time to time.  The willingness that we exhibit to work as a team and to meet our challenges will be the key to our success.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer granting equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or veteran status. 

If you have questions, feel free to contact Kristen Schulte at 573.443.0292 or by email.

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