Aquatics Trailguide: Lead student groups to explore Bear Creek (a year-round stream on the SCICON campus). Students learn about aquatic ecology and focus on aquatic insects and the highly visible salamander populations. Interns in the Aquatics Trailguide position work closely with the SCICON Aquatic Naturalist.
Museum/Raptor Center Trailguide: Lead student instructional groups to the SCICON Museum of Natural History to learn about the diverse wildlife and natural resources at SCICON. A visit to the Raptor Center is always a highlight for the students. The Museum/Raptor Center intern works closely with the Museum/Raptor Center Specialist to gain skills in raptor care and handling as well as museum curation.
Tree Nursery Trailguide: Develop lessons using the many hands-on opportunities in the Tree Nursery. Students learn about recycling food waste at the Worm Farm and compost bins. Students learn about food production and agriculture in the Apple Orchard. The life cycle of trees is explored as students collect native seeds and plant new tree seedlings. The Tree Nursery Naturalist works closely with the intern in this position.
Birding Trailguide: Lead instructional groups in discovering the rich and diverse bird life at SCICON. Students learn about bird adaptations, ecological roles, and how to use binoculars and field guides. Interns in the Birding Trailguide position work closely with the SCICON Birding Naturalist.
Geology Trailguide: Working closely with our Geology Naturalist, lead groups of students to learn about earth science concepts such as plate tectonics, erosion, topography and the make-up of the earth. Using nearby geologic formations, and a very popular quartz mine, students get to observe and experience geology first hand.
Astronomy Trailguide: Lead astronomy sessions to teach concepts ranging from our solar system to far-off galaxies. The Astronomy Trailguide has access to a fully equipped planetarium as well as two observatory sites with multiple telescopes. Interns in the Astronomy Trailguide position work closely with the SCICON Astronomy Naturalist.
Village Coordinator: Train, supervise, and evaluate high school-age cabin leaders and the sixth-grade students that are in their cabins. Provide leadership to the "Village" of seven to ten cabins assigned. Village Coordinators work closely with the Lead Teacher and Activity Specialist.
Lodge Coordinator: Supervise and coordinate all meals and activities in the lodge. Learn management of large groups. Learn kitchen and dining hall management procedures. Lodge Coordinators work closely with the Lead Teacher and Activity Specialist.
Lead Intern: Coordinate and supervise evening recreational activities (campfire, folk dance, night hikes, new games, etc.) Coordinate campus activities. Work on special projects. Make school visitations and presentations. Attend off-campus board meetings. The Lead Intern will work closely with the Activity Specialist, Lead Teacher and SCICON Administrator.
Interns rotate through the above mentioned positions as they work intensively with each part of the outdoor school program. Interns must have a high energy level and a real love for children and the out-of-doors. Days are long and varied. Occasional weekend duties are required. Everyone, no matter what their position, pitches in until the job is done. "SCICON is people working together."
The SCICON students come from sixth-grade classrooms across Tulare County, California. Tulare County is a rural agricultural area. The students that attend represent every ethnicity and economic level. Even though the students live close to the Sierra Nevada mountains, for many of them this is their first experience away from their hometown into the beauty of nature. Our goals for these students are: (1) to experience nature firsthand and develop a sense of appreciation for the natural world; (2) to strengthen student learning of science and ecological concepts through hands-on outdoor activities; (3) to have a positive social living experience in a group setting; (4) and to consider the challenge of the wise use of natural resources for present and future generations.
SCICON's goal for the internship is that you will gain a comprehensive experience and wide-ranging skills in outdoor education program operation. We feel this breadth of skills and experience is a vital foundation for those serious about a career in outdoor education or education. SCICON maintains a long-term relationship with those who have completed internships. SCICON is very committed to helping current and former interns reach their career goals. Former SCICON interns are very successful in the fields of education, science education and environmental education.