Internship Opportunities, Fall 2017


EnvIronmental Education Internship

Please contact our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, at if you are interested in applying. 


Blue Heron Nature Preserve (BHNP) is seeking college Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors interested in outdoor and environmental education. The Environmental Education Intern(s) will work alongside BHNP's Education Director and Lead Environmental Educator to develop their skills as an outdoor educator. BHNP's education programs are entering their 4th year of existence and experiencing an exciting amount of growth and change! The chosen intern will have the opportunity to learn the foundations of being an effective environmental education, while being actively involved with helping our organization create new education programs and opportunities. Other benefits will include membership in the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia, and priority consideration for paid contract Environmental Education work during our winter break and summer break camps. This is an unpaid internship.


Hours and Schedule:

The preferred candidate will be able to commit to 6-12 hours of work per week from mid-September to mid-December.  The schedule is flexible and based on the intern’s availability. Work is available both during the week and on the weekends. Morning and afternoon times are available. The intern will work with the education director to create a schedule that allows for a healthy combination of observing education programs, assistant teaching education programs, leading education programs, and office work. All education interns must pass a background check prior to starting work at Blue Heron.


Required Experience:

None. BHNP values outdoor time and providing our program participants the space and time to experience the urban wildlife of Atlanta for themselves. Interns should expect to spend the majority of their time outside, and be prepared to work in all types of weather and conditions. A knowledge of Georgia's native wildlife is a plus, but not required. Experience with teaching or working with groups is beneficial but not required. What is required is a strong desire to work outside with people of all ages and help them value and treasure the wildlife we find in our own backyards.


The Environmental Education intern will report directly to the Lead Environmental Educator and the Education Director. The internship will include, but is not limited to, the following duties:

  1. Assist Lead Educators with planning, teaching, and evaluating of school programs, Scout programs, day camp programs, and public programs.

  2. Help maintain an organized classroom and outdoor space.

  3. Observe and reflect on BHNP education programs and practices. The intern will keep a weekly journal that will be read by the Education Director and Lead Environmental Educator.

  4. Read articles and sections of books as assigned by the Education Director on the history, theory, and practice of environmental education. Cite articles in journal entries, to provide support for observations, reflections, and evaluations.

  5. Complete a self-evaluation at the start and end of the internship. Go over the evaluation with the Education Director.

  6. Create 3 lesson plans that reflect an understanding of environmental education theory and practice, and the educational practices of the BHNP Education department. Submit lesson plans for evaluation to the Lead Environmental Educator and Education Director. Make suggested alterations and teach at least 2 of the 3 programs by the end of the internship.

  7. Observe and document Blue Heron education programs through note taking and photography.

  8. Assist with the gathering and organizing of tools and materials prior to programs, ensure clean-up and return of all program materials, and help ensure supplies stay well-stocked and available.

  9. Assist with group management and learn skills for working with large groups and mixed-age groups.


Other Details:

This is an exciting internship opportunity for a dedicated college student, who has an interest in the environment and education. The work will be very hands-on and the intern can expect to be involved with teaching programs throughout the course of the program. Our education staff is small but highly experienced and the intern can expect to be able to work with environmental professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Additionally, we partner with two other non-profits, Atlanta Audubon Society and The Amphibian Foundation, and the intern can expect to have opportunities to learn from these highly skilled professionals too. This is our first education internship opportunity, and we are excited to welcome one or more dedicated interns to our staff!

Marketing and Communications Intern

Please contact our Executive Director, Kevin McCauley at if you are interested in applying.

We are seeking a highly-motivated, Junior- or Senior-year student interested in joining a innovative, local environmental non-profit working to make a difference in our community.  You will play a key role in promoting the work of the Preserve to increase engagement and support from the community.



  • Must have a passion for environmental causes and embrace the mission of BLUE HERON NATURE PRESERVE

  • Field of study in Communications or equivalent with desire to apply learning in the real world

  • Proficient using design tools such as InDesign, Photoshop, MS Publisher or similar in developing communications collateral.

  • Experience with website content management and design.   Proficiency with Squarespace and Wordpress a plus.

  • Strong communications and writing skills.

  • Photography and graphic arts skills a plus.

  • Experience with various social media platforms in leveraging them as a communications and promotion tool.

  • Possess the skills to collaborate with others.

  • Be a self-starter who can take instruction and complete tasks independently

  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.



  1. Design and produce collateral used to promote our programming and events.

  2. Help plan, organize, promote and execute events at the Preserve which engage the public and effectively communicate our mission and values.

  3. Maintain our website in coordination with out Project & Operations Manager by posting content and maintaining our online calendar.

  4. Actively engage with staff, partners, volunteers and visitors to capture the stories of what is happening at the Preserve and to tell those stories in words, pictures and video via our social media platforms.

  5. Work with the Board’s Communications and Engagement Committee to provide input and to carry out their plans.

  6. Ensure branding, messaging and style elements are consistently applied across all communications platforms.

  7. Collaborate with eNewsletter editor to provide content for publication on a monthly basis.

  8. Work with Executive Director to properly record donor activity in our Donor database and to acknowledge donation.

  9. Maintain email lists between our various platforms and ensure they are current and consistent.



Upon successful completion of the internship period a modest stipend will be offered.  In addition, past internship participants who have demonstrated exceptional skills have been offered a paid part-time position.