Each year Sweetbriar Nature Center accepts interns to help out at the nature center. Students can take an internship for college or high school credit, to bulster their resumes, or simply to gain work experience in a field of interest. In the summer there are often stipends offered for up to five or six internships. It is an excellent way for the nature center to increase its job force and also help young people to start on the path to becoming naturalists, rehabilitator, scientists, and educators. Internships are offered in educaton, wildlife rehabilitation/animal care, gardening, and in our Butterfly/Moth Vivarium. See descriptions below for more details.
Animal Care/Wildlife Rehabilitator Internship
Sweetbriar is seeking a summer intern to assist with the animal care of permanently disabled wildlife and the rehabilitation of wildlife brought to the center. Sweetbriar Nature Center, located on a beautiful woodland preserve in Smithtown on Long Island, is a not for profit organization, dedicated to providing native wildlife rehabilitation services and natural science education. The candidate should have a love of animals and experience working with animals. This is a unique opportunity to work with a variety of wildlife, from turtles to owls, up close. With the help of experienced naturalists and rehabilitators the intern can learn a great deal about the natural history and habits of each individual species as he/she helps prepare them to return to the wild. The animal care intern will assist with feeding, record keeping, routine care of patients, treatments and evaluations. Although we are excited to accommodate an intern at any time during the year our greatest need is during the months of May, June, July, August, and September. It is preferred that interns work at least 15 and 20 hours per week. Salaried positions may be available. Those willing to volunteer their time are always welcome.
Sweetbriar presents a variety of nature programs most of which involve wildlife that reside here at the nature center. The educational intern here at Sweetbriar’s major responsibility will be to train for and teach both our on site and in-school programs for children of all ages , which means they must learn to handle the animals necessary to present each program, such as turtles, snakes, rabbits, and chickens. Interns may have the opportunity to work with our birds of prey if they are interested. An intern certainly should enjoy working with children, have a love of nature and animals, and have ability to present programming in front of large groups. The intern is under the supervision of the Program Director. With this in mind part of their responsibility will be to lend support to the director with program preparation and clean up, organization of educational materials, and much more. We ask that each intern complete a project that will benefit the educational programs. The internship lasts one academic semester, such as September to December, and the hours are flexible. In return, Sweetbriar will be willing to work with your university/college to offer credit for this experience. Salaried positions are also available for students interested in working part-time. Those willing to volunteer are always welcome.
Butterfly and Moth Vivarium Internship
Sweetbriar is offering an opportunity to intern in our beautiful enclosed butterfly house, also known as a vivarium. A vivarium intern will be responsible for supporting the head volunteer, which includes assisting with rearing the butterflies & moths, maintaining the garden, and educating the public. A candidate should have a love of nature, more specifically butterflies/moths and gardening. He/she should be comfortable with insects since an intern will be raising butterflies & moths through their life cycles. It is a wonderful opportunity to work among these beautiful rainbow flyers. The internship requires at least a four week commitment and from 20 to 40 hours/week anytime between the months of May and September. In return an intern can receive high school or college credit. Salaried positions may be available. Those willing to volunteer their time are always welcome. Internships are only available late mid-April through August.
One of the jewels of Sweetbriar Nature Center is the volunteer formal gardens. Since the gardens are maintained completely by volunteers, it is always in need of helping hands. The garden intern will assist the head volunteer gardener in all aspects of the garden’s operation, including planting, pruning, weeding, etc. A project is included in the internship, which will be decided upon by the intern and the head gardener. The intern should have a green thumb and enjoy being in the outdoors. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a dedicated, caring crew of volunteers in a beautiful setting. Salaried positions may be available. Those willing to volunteer their time are always welcome. Interns can work from 20 to 40 hours a week for 4 to 8 weeks.
Summer Education Internship
The Summer Educator Internship is a unique opportunity to learn how to use the natural world as a teaching tool, enhance your leadership skills, and to learn how to handle captive wildlife. Candidates should have experience working with small groups of children, be comfortable working in a team situation, and have an enjoyment of children and the natural world. This internship requires a commitment of four to eight weeks from July fifth to September first to be a lead educator for a group of up to fifteen elementary school aged children. It is a fairly typical work week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm daily. College credit can be arranged. Salaried positions may be available. Those willing to volunteer are always welcome.
To express your interest in any of these opportunities, please contact: Eric Young, Program Director at 631-979-6344, ext. 302, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.