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Summer Outreach Intern

Summer Outreach Intern (Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt) 

Site: DuPont Environmental Education Center (Wilmington, DE) 

Schedule: Monday – Friday, may include some evenings and weekends 

Dates:  June 3 – August 23 of 2024 (virtual training may occur prior to the start date, internship may end early if needed) 

Position Description 

The Summer Outreach Internship is a 12-week paid internship program at DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) in Wilmington, Delaware. DEEC welcomes thousands of guests throughout the year. Delaware Nature Society’s goal is to interact with these visitors and introduce them to DelNature, the site’s nature and wildlife, and the menu of programs and activities available to them. The Summer Outreach intern primarily supports the effective delivery of summer educational lessons and activities. Summer educational programming includes group field studies, summer camp, and outdoor engagement activities with local Wilmington youth (RENEW Program). The intern will also work throughout the summer on an environmental education capstone project. This position reports to the DEEC Education Coordinator, Ashley Dussault. 


  • Supports the effective delivery of educational lessons and activities both on- and off-site
  • Assists in the facilitation of outreach programs to engage Wilmington youth
  • Interacts with Wilmington community through on-site engagement and local outreach
  • Greets and interacts with visitors to the site
  • Completes an environmental education capstone project
  • Participates in instructor training events and activities
  • Assists with other projects, programs, and duties as needed


Training and resources are provided to gain knowledge in site-specific and regional environmental science topics. Interns attend summer camp instructor training (includes canoe training and CPR/First Aid certification). Training consists of formal all-staff events, mentoring, and opportunities to work alongside educators with different teaching styles and skill sets.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Passion for the outdoors, enthusiasm for environmental awareness, and excitement for outdoor recreation
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ)
  • Teaching experience or experience working with children
  • Excellent communication skills with an ease and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages
  • Ability to always interact in a positive and professional manner
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team, indoors and outside under variable weather conditions
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn social media marketing
  • Ability to or the willingness to learn how to ride a bike, kayak and/or canoe
  • Reliable transportation – must be able to get to/from outreaches and transport materials
  • 18 years of age or older

Additional Considerations 

  • Delaware Nature Society is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQIAS2+ community, and/or other historically marginalized communities.
  • Preference is given to Wilmington residents or locals of Delaware.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee frequently is required to sit and reach and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and be able to carry, move and setup necessary supplies and equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Ability to lead and participate in activities across a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings, weather, and terrains.

Highlights of the Summer Outreach Intern Experience

  • Working with supportive, experienced, and knowledgeable staff
  • Being outdoors and teaching children
  • Gaining practical professional experience in the field of environmental education
  • Participating in fun outdoor activities (canoeing, kayaking, hiking, photography, and many other exciting adventures!)
  • Exploring the preserves managed by Delaware Nature Society