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Environmental Education

Work with the Environmental Education Outreach Coordinator and other Plantations staff to implement an environmental education outreach program. Plantations’ EnvironmentalEducation program focused around a “Sustainable Backyard” garden at Plantations and it is the lens through which environmental education themes are taught primarily to teen-aged youth but also to Cornell students and the general public. The program consists of daily gardening and hands-on activities, weekly field trips, community projects and discussions
with teens about environmental topics.

Printable Job Description.

Activities may include:

  • Researching and designing educational discussions or activities around the weekly themes of the Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability.
  • Preparation and coordination for daily activities.
  • Assistance and participation in daily activities, including outdoor projects such as gardening, nature hikes, hands-on plant-based activities, discussion groups, community outreach and other scheduled activities.
  • Work directly with and provide support to teen students in the program.
  • Provide mentorship and support for teen students’ roles as leaders.
  • Work in the gardening site associated with this program.
  • Participate in regular nature hikes and other activities associated with environmental interpretation.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Plantations Staff, Cornell University staff and graduate students.
  • Participate in the delivery of tours or other activities directed at teens
  • Participate in weekly group intern activities as scheduled
  • Maintain a portfolio of work that will be shared with all staff on the last official day of the internship.
  • May include developing and administering evaluation of program
  • Assist with other education initiatives and activities.


  • Ability to commit to the entire internship period,
  • Currently enrolled or accepted Cornell University student, 
  • Plant science and/or education background, 
  • Good communication, writing, design, and computer skills, 
  • Interest in working with teen aged youth and interacting with many different audience groups
  • Work various weekend events throughout the summer, 
  • Participate in weekly group intern activities as scheduled, and 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and 2-3 years driving experience.

This is a full-time internship (39 hrs./week).