Au Sable is a Christian, environmental non-profit dedicated to educating people about the natural world. Our environmental education program has been in operation for 34 years and works to educate local school children through hands-on, experiential lessons that range from one to several days in length. Interns are trained in the basics of natural history, teaching methodology, group leadership, presentation skills, and program content. Our campus is located 35 miles east of Traverse City in Mancelona, MI and is situated on 120 acres of mixed-coniferous forest, pond, bog, meadow, and kettle lake ecosystems. Photos of interns at work with students can be viewed in the Environmental Education Internship photo gallery.
Lead and teach natural history lessons for K-12 students in groups of 8-12, assist with cleaning and preparation of campus facilities, maintain some educational equipment; occasionally lead night programs or canoe trips; winter internship involves daily snowshoeing and some cross-country skiing.
Fall 2016: September 19 - October 28
Winter 2017: January 23 - February 17
Spring 2017: Apri 24 - June 2
Stipend pay of $200/week paid on bi-weekly basis; free housing with private room, communal kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Additionally the Internship:
• Partially fulfills requirements for a Naturalist Certification from the Institute.
• Provides experience in environmental education and natural and cultural interpretation.
• Is a wonderful opportunity to explore career options, discover your gifts, and grow spiritually in a small Christian community in a rural setting.
B.S. or B.A. preferred in biology, environmental studies, education, or related field. Preference is given to students of at least junior status and recent graduates from Au Sable’s participating colleges. Must be enthusiastic, conscientious, and able to build rapport with children.
Paul Wiemerslage, Environmental Education Coordinator
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
7526 Sunset Trail, NE, Mancelona, Michigan 49659