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Intern, Calumet Communications and Stewardship Engagement

The Field Museum
Illinois Medical District, Illinois
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Full Time
Museum Studies
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The intern will work in collaboration with Field Museum Keller Science Action Center staff to advance awareness of and participation in Calumet region nature and culture based activities happening under the Calumet Heritage Area umbrella. Promoting existing outdoor initiatives and events, their documentation, climate communications tool development, and helping with event logistics and planning are central to the work. The position will start as a work-from-home virtual internship and will likely persist that way for the duration. This is a part-time (14 hours per week), 12 week paid internship that requires some Saturdays and evenings during Summer 2021.


* Assist with communication for stewardship work and visibility of programs: create and send Cal Outdoor Series Invites, including outreach to partners for the event description materials; Work with KSAC partner Openlands on completing the Calumet entries to the Get Outside map, and its promotion as a regional tool; Add ecological events to the Calumet Heritage Area calendar
* Support logistical needs and content development for upcoming events and meetings (e.g. curatorial meeting, Calumet Outdoors gatherings, Beaubien Workdays, etc.)
* Develop a tool that celebrates and disseminates climate considerations as part of stewardship work and planning in the Calumet region Collaboratively with YCA assistant and Urban Anthropology Manager
* Help prepare, conduct, and archive documentation of events, initiative process, and outcomes
* There is a possibility of participating in and supporting occasional ecology activities outdoors, if COVID-19 conditions allow and transportation is available

* Appropriate for an undergraduate or graduate student in ecological or social sciences, or a recent graduate
* Ideally, live in or have recent familiarity with the Calumet region of IL/IN
* Interest in community-based conservation and working with diverse communities; Comfortable crossing social and cultural boundaries
* Knowledge of Word, spreadsheets, Google Docs, Google Slides, Facebook, Constant Contact, and Zoom; or a willingness to learn one or more of them
* Ability to communicate clearly in writing
* Understanding of, or ability to learn, ecological terminology and concepts (such as restoration of Midwestern natural communities - prairies, savannas, woodlands, and/or wetlands) for the purposes of creating written materials
* Ability to lead small group discussion or activities in a virtual platform
The Keller Science Action Center is committed to a workforce that is diverse and inclusive and the Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Field Museum strives to create a working environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and that promotes human dignity among all staff. Realizing that good relations between co-workers are an integral part of job satisfaction, The Field Museum strives to create a climate of mutual respect among all employees.
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