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February 9, 2009
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Please direct questions and comments to: stippel@muskingum.edu

In this issue:

  • Be a Naturalist at The Wilds
  • Be an Interpretive Guide at The Wilds
  • Conservation Education Internships at The Wilds
  • DePauw University Research Experiences in Computer Science

Science Humor

You might be a Mathematician if you have calculated how many ways (ignoring reflections) there are of lacing your sneaker

You might be a Chemisty if you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom.

You might be a Physicist if you know vector calculus but you can't remember how to do long division.


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Be a Naturalist at The Wilds:
3-, 5- and 7-Month Positions

Work at North America's largest wildlife conservation facility--9,200 acres with native wildlife research, ecological restoration, conservation education, endangered species, captive breeding, and conservation medicine. The Wilds has rhino, deer, antelope, giraffe, bison, Przewalski's horses, takin, zebra, oryx, cheetah, and African wild dogs.

Naturalist Duties:

Housing allowance and camp meals provided. You will be required to take first aid and CPR training.

  • Lead interpretive programs
  • Supervise youth overnights & summer camps
  • Conduct on-site visits
  • Teach campers to appreciate the wild world
  • Create education programs
  • Assist with wildlife research
  • Schedule groups
  • Educate people on conservation
  • Guide outdoor skills
  • Conduct Wilds Safari tours
  • Restore habitats
  • Maintain trails and camp

Lead Naturalist Duties:

All the duties listed above, plus assist Conservation Education Specialists with seasonal training, teaching field classes, and mentoring seasonal naturalists. Mid-March to Mid-November.

Conservation Education Internships are also available for 2-week periods in the summer.

Positions Dates:

March 22 to October 31 and June 1 to August 22.

INTERVIEWING BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 16, 2009.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Education Jobs~Human Resources
hr@thewilds.org

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Be an Interpretive Guide at The Wilds

Work at North America's largest wildlife conservation facility--9,200 acres with native wildlife research, ecological restoration, conservation education, endangered species, captive breeding, and conservation medicine. The Wilds has rhino, deer, antelope, giraffe, bison, Przewalski's horses, takin, zebra, oryx, cheetah, and African wild dogs.

Interpretive Guide Positions:

Be a Wilds ambassador who entertains and educates Wilds' visitors. Learn about wildlife and share your live for wildlife with others. Interpret the work of the Wilds and our conservation message to our visitors. Guide/drive visitors through the open-range pastures and/or at the Wilds unique destinations.

Visitor Operations Position:

A summer job in one of the many Wilds retail venues such as admission clerk, restaurant, gift market, and a variety of destination locations all supporting the Wilds. Assist visitors, handle purchase transactions, and create an attractive environment. As a visitor operations staff member and front-line worker, you make a visit to the Wilds a special time for our visitors.

Position Dates:

March 22 to October 31.

INTERVIEWING BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 16, 2009

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Visitor Operations Jobs ~Human Resources
hr@thewilds.org

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Conservation Education Internships (CEIs) at the Wilds

Minimum Requirements for CEIs

  • Volunteer for at least four consecutive weeks during the spring, summer, or fall period (approximately 180 hours).
  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • Must be currently enrolled or intending to pursue college education in the Natural Resources, Environmental Interpretation, Education, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife Management, or Biolgy fields of study.
  • Must be willing to work with campers, wildlife, and Wilds visitors to reflect a positive and professional image for the Wilds.
  • Must be willing to attend training, sign volunteer waivers, and accept a criminal background check. Note: CEIs will be required to pay $35.00 for their CBG check.

Wilds CEIs will assist Wilds Naturalists with:

  • Interpretive program.
  • Encouraging appreciation of the natural world.
  • Wildlife research.
  • Restoration of habitats.
  • Maintenance of trails and camp facilities.
  • Operate camp vehicles.

And will agree to:

  • Follow Wilds protocol and rules as trained.
  • Report for duty as scheduled or find substitute interns.

Conservation Education Interns (CEIs) at the Wilds will report to the Conservation Education Specialist. CEIs work areas include camp, field project areas, overlook, and animal areas when accompanied by Wilds staff. At the end of their field season with the Wilds, each intern will be expected to write a brief report of their work, their perspective on the importance of the volunteer work that they performed, and offer suggestions for improvement of the CEI program and other Wilds programs. The CEI program offers interested individuals the opportunity to learn and gain practical experience in wildlife conservation and environmental education. It is not a position that accrues merit or compensation. The Education Department of the Wilds hopes that these individuals will be future Naturalists, Educators, and Biologists for the Wilds, Ohio, and future generations.

For more information, please contact the Wilds:

(740) 638-5030, ext. 2116

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DePauw University Research Experiences in Computer Science

This National Science Foundation sponsored prgram allows talented undergraduates to work on a reseach team with other students and a faculty mentor. Each team will present their progress at various points throughout the summer. The teams will also present the final results of their work at regional and/or national conferences when appropriate. Additional highlights of each summer will include presentations by visiting scholars, group lunches, BBQ-s, and an overnight visit to a major university to learn about opportunities for graduate studey in computer science.

The program runs from May 27 through July 31, 2009 at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana (about 1 hour from Indianapolis).

Each of the eight selected students will receive a $4,400 stipend for the summer. In addition, a travel allowance (not to exceed $350) will be provided for those students who travel to DePauw from a distance. Accepted applicants will live in one of DePauw's theme houses. Room and board will be available at a highly subsidized rate.

Application procedures are available at http://www.depauw.edu/univ/reu. Completed applications must be received by March 13, 2009. Decisions will be mailed by March 20.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and must plan to be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a primarily undergraduate institution as of September 2009.

Questions may be directed to:

Dr. Scott Thede
sthede@depauw.edu
(765) 685-4736

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