Education Internship

The Education Internship is for those interested in a "hands-on" experience in interpretation and education practices about the natural world at Westcave Preserve. This internship provides the perfect opportunity to build one's skills in interpretation of sustainable land management, native species identification, and working with the public to make nature accessible for all.

Education interns will serve as trail guides for Preserve visitors. On the 1 ½ hour tours, interns will lead groups from an arid grassland, through a limestone crevice, into a cool, sheltered canyon to view the Preserve’s magnificent waterfall, grotto and cave. During the tour, interns will provide information on the Preserve’s natural history, geology and biology. Interns will also assist with special family programs on some weekends, work the Environmental Learning Center desk between tours and other assigned tasks to support the Preserve. Other duties may include researching curriculum and specialty projects. Training will be provided for all internship positions.

Westcave Preserve, located on the Pedernales River in southwest Travis County, is considered by many naturalists to be the crown jewel of the Texas Hill Country. This 76-acre nature preserve has an environmentally rich canyon with a spectacular 40-foot waterfall tumbling over fern-covered travertine columns into an emerald pool. (see www.westcave.org) Westcave’s mission is to inspire people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature. Westcave provides weekday environmental education programs and tours to more than 3,500 children annually. An additional 6,000 visitors participate in weekend or evening programs.

Desired Qualities

A creative team-player with a curiosity and interest in the natural world with a willingness to work with the public and youth from all backgrounds. Demonstrates a commitment to the outdoors and equity. Excellent work ethic. Reliable transportation. Ability to work outside and hike 1 mile.

Location:

The Preserve is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Austin.

Days and Times: Friday - Sunday 9am-5pm (flexible days as well)

Hours Per Week: Flexible

Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd., Round Mt., TX 78663

Compensation: No compensation for internship.

Apply to:

meagan@westcave.org with cover letter and resume