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the MacKenzie Center property.
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new outdoor skills and participate in environmental education.
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a day program or overnight field trip to the MacKenzie Center. (Educator materials)
Contact information
For more information about the MacKenzie Center, contact:
MacKenzie Center
W7303 County Highway CS
Poynette WI 53955
608-635-8105

MacKenzie Center Internship Program

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is a diverse environmental education and outdoor skills center with a remarkable conservation history. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world.

The MacKenzie Center is looking for hardworking, energetic and flexible interns to assist with multiple aspects of the center’s operations. Apply today and join our team.

Current openings

Wildlife Technician

Wildlife Technician Internship

Work directly with wildlife staff to care for 14 different species of non-releasable native Wisconsin wild animals in the MacKenzie Center's Wildlife Area.

Position Summary:

This part-time position is responsible for duties associated with the care of live wild animals. The Wildlife Area is a teaching tool for our visiting schools, groups and individuals. Caring for animals directly influences the quality and quantity of education programs offered at MacKenzie. This position works under the immediate direction of the wildlife team leader and is supervised by the MacKenzie Center Director. This position represents and supports the rules, policies, missions and practices of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Intern Duties:
  • Prepare and deliver natural diets and enrichment
  • Monitor health and well-being of all animals
  • Assist staff with animal handling and restraint for veterinary and transport purposes
  • Maintain clean habitats and assist with routine maintenance of Wildlife Area grounds
  • Assist with special projects and complete an individual project
Qualifications:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to apply
  • Experience caring for animals and working outdoors
  • Positive attitude, initiative, responsible, good observation skills and attention to detail
  • Physical activity: walking on varied terrain, bending, squatting, reaching, and carrying materials
Compensation:
  • This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided
  • Gain experience with and knowledge of 14 different species of non-releasable native Wisconsin wild animals
  • Analyze and develop professional skills through evaluation and mentor relationships with professional staff
Time Commitment:
  • Approximately 14-21 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • Hours are flexible. Weekday and weekend hours are available.
How to Apply:
  • • Please submit 1-page cover letter, 1-page resume, and references to Katherine.Scheffer@wisconsin.gov Subject line: 2017 Fall Internship - WILDLIFE
  • Include animal care experience in cover letter
  • Applications deadline: September 10, 2017 at 11:59pm
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview

Wildlife Technician Internship Description [PDF]

Summer, winter and spring internships are also available. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Education Intern

Education Internship

Work directly with the MacKenzie Education Team to provide environmental education and outdoor skills programs for schools and other groups visiting the center.

Position Summary

This part-time position is responsible teaching environmental education and outdoor skills programs and assisting the Education Team. Training will be provided for all areas of responsibility. This intern will actively participate in special events and projects, learn about promotion and marketing and help to develop new programs as part of the MacKenzie Center team. This position works under the immediate direction of the Education Team Leader, and is supervised by the MacKenzie Center Director. This position represents and supports the rules, policies, missions, and practices of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. If a special project is needed to complete internship credit, we are happy to work out those details based on interest.

Intern Duties:
  • Teach classes and lead tours for school and youth groups of a variety of ages
  • Participate in outreach programs and special events
  • Develop educational materials and special projects as assigned
  • Assist with marketing and promotion efforts
Qualifications:
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Interest in environmental education; coursework in environmental education or a related field is encouraged
  • Ability to organize time and work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner
  • Experience with computers
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with people
  • Appreciation for conservation and ecological sustainability
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of ecology, biology and natural history
Compensation:
  • This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided
  • Learn from professional naturalists and educators
  • Gain experience teaching school groups with a variety of environmental education and outdoor skills topics and learn effective teaching tools and strategies
Time Commitment:
  • Approximately 20-24 hours per week for 12 weeks
How to apply:
  • Please submit cover letter and resume to dnrmackenziecenter@wisconsin.gov
  • Subject line: 2017 Fall Internship - EDUCATION
  • Include relevant course work in your cover letter
  • Applications deadline: September 2, 2017
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview date.

Education Internship Description [PDF]

Summer, winter and spring internships are also available. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Facilities and Grounds

Facilities and Grounds Internship

Work directly with the Facilities and Grounds Team to assist with upkeep and maintenance of the Center's facilities and grounds and overall operations of the center.

Position Summary:

In addition to helping with daily operations, the intern will actively participate in special events, projects, trail upkeep and invasive control. This intern will also learn about and implement preventative maintenance for plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. This position works under the immediate direction of the Facility and Grounds Lead and is supervised by the MacKenzie Center Director. This position represents and supports the rules, policies, missions, and practices of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. If a special project is needed to complete internship credit, we are happy to work out those details based on interest.

Intern Duties:
  • Help with plumbing, electrical and HVAC repairs
  • Participate in property development projects
  • Assist with snow removal
  • Maintain trails, picnic areas and roadways
Qualifications:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to apply
  • Interest in park operations
  • Ability to organize time and work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner
  • Experience with computers
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with people
  • Appreciation for conservation and ecological sustainability
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems
Compensation:
  • This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided
  • Learn from facilities and grounds team
  • Gain experience operating a diverse property
Time Commitment:
  • Approximately 24 hours per week for 12 weeks
How to apply:
  • Please submit cover letter and resume to dnrmackenziecenter@wisconsin.gov,
  • Subject line: 2017 Fall Internship – FACILITIES
  • Include relevant course work in cover letter
  • Applications deadline: Septemeber 8, 2017
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview date.

Facilities and Grounds Internship Description [PDF]

Summer, winter and spring internships are also available. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Last revised: Monday August 28 2017