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DETOUR:  The White Woods Rd. bridge over Bantam River is closed due to construction.  

This may impact the canoe and kayak launch.

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Just like many non-profit organizations, our efforts would not be possible without the passion and dedication of volunteers. As a volunteer, you will be able to participate in initiatives that help conserve the beauty of White Memorial Foundation’s property or advance our mission in the areas of education, recreation, research, and conservation. Because we are such a multi-faceted organization, there is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from. You will receive training and leadership from the staff, but will also be able to work independently, meeting periodically to share observations and report findings.

Please fill out this Volunteer Application so we can get to know more about you, and mail it back to: White Memorial Conservation Center, Attn: Volunteer Application, P.O. Box 368, Litchfield, CT 06759. We will contact you if we have any volunteer opportunities that match your interests.

If you are in need of fulfilling community service hours, please contact Lukas Hyder, our Forest Superintendent: lukas@whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857 x12.

White Memorial Conservation Center offers volunteer internship opportunities for college and high school students. These professional opportunities help students explore career paths in Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Education. Interns are expected to complete a product demonstrating their internship experience and be in good academic standing with their school. Please fill out this Volunteer Application and contact the appropriate staffperson to guide you through our internship program.

If you are a high school student (no parent contacts, please) in need of fulfilling hours for an Agricultural Sciences program, please contact Gerri Griswold, our Director of Development and Administration: gerri@whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857 x18.

We also have the following unpaid internship available in the Education Department:

Education Intern at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT

The White Memorial Conservation Center is a private, nonprofit nature center and museum that provides year-round education programs for children and adults. The Center is nestled in the heart of The White Memorial Foundation, a 4,000 nature sanctuary in the northwestern hills of CT. Four guiding principles direct our work: education, conservation, recreation, and research. Please peruse whitememorialcc.org for more information on our property.

White Memorial is looking for an Education Intern to work under the supervision of the Education Director for 13 weeks, spanning from May 22 to Aug. 18, 2017. This internship will be designed to demonstrate the multitude of activities required of an Education Department at a small, but well-used nature center and museum. Unfortunately, compensation and housing cannot be provided, but our intern will gain very relevant experience in the fields of environmental education and/or interpretation. The work schedule will vary based on programming, but will typically run Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday and consist of 40 hours per week. Center hours are 9am-5pm, but evening programming may be assigned.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
– Developing pre and post activities for school groups to supplement field trips to White Memorial
– Developing a program evaluation for group leaders to complete after visiting White Memorial
– Shadowing, and then teaching classroom programs, as well as leading nature hikes and pond investigations for mostly elementary-aged children
– Working on a temporary exhibit for the Nature Museum
– Providing roving interpretation to visitors in the Museum
– Handling and the occasional husbandry of education animals, including snakes, turtles, a salamander, and two birds of prey
– Preparing marketing materials and supplies/props for education programs, including an extensive summer day camp
– Assisting with the facilitation of a 5-week day camp consisting of outdoor trips across northwestern CT
– Shadowing and assisting with outreach programs to general public audiences – Providing live animal demonstrations for weekend birthday parties
– Align current programs with Next Generation Science Standards
– Contributing to the upkeep of the Museum
– Various other duties as assigned by the Education Director

– Completion of at least 2-3 years of college education in the fields of environmental education, natural history interpretation, conservation biology, or a related field. Equivalent experience may be considered.
– Prior work experience is not required, but applicants must possess a strong desire to pursue this line of work.
– Willingness to work a varied schedule (most holidays are not worked)
– Willingness to work with and occasionally take care of live animals
– Enjoyment of interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world
– Comfort in speaking publicly and managing groups of up to 30 people
– Proficient knowledge of the area’s natural history
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
– A valid driver’s license

How to Apply: Applications are due by Monday, April 3. Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at carrie@whitememorialcc.org, or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759