What's Your Nature?

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2018 Summer Naturalist Internship

Student intern sitting on Mount Coney at sunset.


The Nature Up North project seeks student interns for summer 2018. Students who have interest in the environment, outdoor leadership, community outreach, web development, social media, and/or education are encouraged to apply.  Interns will work 40 hours/week, including some weekends.  The 10-week internship includes campus housing and a stipend of $3,750.  All application materials should be emailed as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT to Emlyn Crocker, Nature Up North Project Manager (ecrocker@stlawu.edu). Completed applications must be received by Friday, February 23, 2018.   

Please read the internship description and download the application form below.  


What is Nature Up North?

Nature Up North combines experiences in nature with web-based technologies to spark new interest in the natural world.  We lead hikes, paddles, and educational workshops in the community and in local schools.  Our website, natureupnorth.org, is designed to be a "virtual nature center" where users can download trail maps, share nature photos, learn about local outdoor events, find out how to identify flora and fauna, and participate in citizen science projects.  We aim to make technology a tool, and not a barrier, to building an environmentally aware community in the North Country.  We seek motivated student interns to lead programs and create environmental communication strategies that will inspire North Country residents to engage with nature. 


Summer naturalist intern responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Leading community outreach events such as guided hikes, paddles, and skill-based outdoor workshops
  • Creating lesson plans and educational materials to bring Nature Up North’s citizen science initiatives into local K-12 classrooms
  • Developing web content including blog posts, trail maps, and videos for natureupnorth.org
  • Creating promotional materials such as newsletters, posters, and flyers
  • Representing Nature Up North at public events including fairs, festivals, and farmer’s markets
Left to right: Two summer interns at the Canton Farmer's Market; an intern leading volunteers at a water sampling event; and an intern with a young boy at a fishing workshop.


  • Strong public speaking, writing, and leadership skills
  • Interest in the environment and ability to identify North Country flora and fauna
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team on projects including event planning and leadership
  • Motivation and enthusiasm for teaching and learning
  • Ability to hike moderate distances carrying a backpack, and willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms is required. Additional web development, GIS, video production, photography and/or graphic design skills are highly desired