Contact Raina DeFonza
Waynesboro, VA, US

Education Outreach Training
The Center’s outreach department offers two training opportunities to students and others interested in gaining in-depth practical experience in the fields of education and outreach.

The Wildlife Center's outreach department presents hundreds of programs in schools and libraries throughout Virginia and at the Center; the team also presents dozens of online classes through the Center’s Critter Cams and moderated discussion.

The conservation themes emphasized in all of the Center’s education and outreach programs and materials are drawn directly from the stories of the thousands of wild animals that arrive at the Wildlife Center’s hospital every year in need of care. The stories of these animals illustrate the wider problems wildlife face and challenge people of all ages to take action to protect wildlife.

Education Outreach Externship
Outreach externship students will learn about native wildlife, develop enhanced communication skills [public speaking, writing], and will learn handling procedures for education animal ambassadors.

All applicants must be self-motivated individuals with a sincere interest in wildlife, educational outreach, and environmental conservation. Attention to detail, punctuality, initiative, flexibility, and strong writing skills are required. Applicants should have at least two years of college education. Most fields of study will be considered.

Externships are available during the spring, summer, and fall. Both full-time and part-time opportunities are available during the spring and fall, only part-time opportunities are available during the summer. Externs receive no stipend; however, housing is available for full-time students.

For more information, please review our education outreach externship description. Application forms are available here. Please note that the completed application includes a form, cover letter, résumé, and a writing sample. Please email with any questions.

Application deadlines: Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Externships last between 12 and 16 weeks, depending on the student’s schedule and the outreach department’s needs.
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