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Internship: Endangered Species Research

GOAL: Help design, research, and develop content for “Hero Quests” as part of Project Hero; learning Quests based on prioritized species and ecosystems.

About Captain Planet Foundation:

For the last 25 years, the Captain Planet Foundation has developed and provided project-based environmental learning strategies that bring education to life. Our comprehensive programming supports educators who are looking to: 1) Take learning outside;  2) Connect youth to their local environment; and 3) Empower students to become active agents of change.

About Project Hero:

Project Hero is a new program being led by the Captain Planet Foundation in partnership with about a dozen national conservation organizations. It’s a web platform that guides kids on “Hero Quests” to help locally threatened and endangered species, connecting them with real-world data and experts, and culminating in a hands-on conservation project to help the species they are focused on helping. Project Hero is still in testing phase.

Project Description:

The next version of Project Hero will feature multiple Hero Quests available to students in different regions of the country focused on locally relevant and prioritized species and/ or ecosystems. Each Quest will require content development based on that ecoregion and the species that make up that prioritized ecosystem. Captain Planet Foundation is actively seeking a summer intern with knowledge in conservation biology, ecology, and/ or wildlife management that can help develop a new Quest (exact Quest TBD but current contenders include Wolves of the Southern Rockies, Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, Birds of Metro Atlanta, Amphibians of the Southeast, Pollinators of North America). This project will entail:

  • Working with the project manager to design a Quest including spatial definition and species arrangement
  • Identifying data and content sources (informational and imagery) to develop Quest
  • Working with Hero Society members and others to vet and edit content for young readers
  • Identifying and vetting external supporting resources for species/ ecosystem
  • Identifying and vetting educational resources to support Quest

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of conservation biology & ecology
  • Adept at online research including validating sources
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • Ability to self-manage and think independently
  • Passionate about engaging and empowering kids to be positive agents of change

Skills You’ll Develop:

  • Research
  • Content development
  • Systems thinking
  • Project management
  • Education-oriented design
  • Teamwork

*please send resume and cover letter to Julia Kesler: julia@captainplanetfdn.org

*Approximately 10-20 hours a week. All internships are unpaid. We are looking for motivated Interns and volunteer positions who are able to handle multiple tasks.