Environmental Educator Intern

MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

  • Internship
  • on site
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-31

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is a diverse environmental education and outdoor skills center with a remarkable conservation history. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world.

Position Summary

The MacKenzie Center is looking for energetic and flexible interns to assist with environmental education and outdoor skills programs for schools and groups visiting the Center. Training will be provided for all areas of responsibility. In addition to leading environmental education and outdoor skills programs, interns will actively participate in special events, projects, and help to develop new programs as part of the MacKenzie Center team. This position works under the immediate direction of the Education Team and is supervised by the MacKenzie Center Property Manager. This position represents and supports the rules, policies, missions, and practices of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Hours and Duration

  • Average 8-24 hours per week for 6-12 weeks; with potential to extend. Flexible scheduling between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Some weekends required.


  • This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided
  • Learn from professional naturalists and educators
  • Gain experience teaching school and youth groups with a variety of environmental education and outdoor skills topics and learn effective teaching tools and strategies


  • Teach classes and lead tours for school and youth groups of a variety of ages
  • Participate in outreach programs and special events
  • Develop educational materials and special projects as assigned
  • Optional Focus in Maple Program Coordination and Teaching


  • Experience or interest in teaching or speaking with large groups of people from a range of backgrounds
  • Interest in environmental education. Coursework in natural history or education preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of ecology and natural history
  • Appreciation for conservation and ecological sustainability
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of an evolving work environment
  • Able to work independently, follow directions, and complete tasks in an efficient manner

How to Apply

Submit a resume, cover letter, and references to the address or email below.

Attn: Education Internship
MacKenzie Center, W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, WI 53955
sarah.benkert@wisconsin.gov or austyn.long@wisconsin.gov

Application deadline: May 31

Orientation: June 13

To apply for this job email your details to Austyn.long@wisconsin.gov