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Early Childhood Education Intern/Volunteer

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Irvine Nature Center

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Organization Description:

Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs of environmental studies and natural science to children and adults of the greater Baltimore area. Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.

Internship Description:

This internship is UNPAID, but eligible for academic or course credit if approved by your educational institution. Volunteers and interns in the Early Childhood Education Department at Irvine work with one or more of the following programs:

  • Little Birds, our caregiver and child class for infants and toddlers,
  • The Nature Preschool, a mainly outdoor licensed preschool for children 3-5 yrs old,
  • Forest Explorers, our exclusively outdoor Forest Kindergarten for children 5-7 yrs old,
  • Earth Friends Outdoors, our exclusively outdoor nature classes for homeschoolers, 6-12 yrs old.

Volunteers and interns serve as teaching aides to help facilitate nature-based play and investigation in an environment that values hands-on learning, risky play, and getting muddy. Duties include assisting children with self-help skills, facilitating social interaction and cooperation, engaging in play with children, recording anecdotal records, reading to children, assisting with outdoor exploration, and helping with set-up and clean-up. Volunteers/Interns must be physically capable of hiking up to two miles per day. Interns also collaborate with the ECE staff and the Director in completing a project to benefit the program and its students or families. All interns/volunteers must complete a background check and attend an orientation. Preschool volunteers and interns must also comply with other state requirements.


  • Experience and/or a strong desire to work with children of all ages
  • Trust in children’s abilities and a willingness to step back and let them take the lead
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity about the natural world
  • Ability to work as part of a team
    * Strong communications skills
    * Positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Your own transportation

*Current First Aid/CPR helpful, but not required.

Variable depending on Program needs. Minimum time commitment is 4 hours/week. Maximum is 30 hours. Must commit to a full semester (Sept. - Dec. or Jan.-May) or for a full school year (Sept.-May).

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About Irvine Nature Center



Mission Statement

We all thrive outdoors. We encourage lifelong engagement with the natural world through environmental learning and green living. At Irvine, we inspire people to explore, respect, and protect nature.


Irvine Nature Center is a private, non-profit nature center located in Owings Mills, Maryland. We have 211 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows that support a diverse population of wildlife. We provide more than 800 environmental education programs annually to roughly 95,000 individuals of all ages. Our goal is to expose people to the importance of environmental literacy and show those visiting our property the importance of environmental stewardship. We aim to teach a concern for the planet that translates into actions that help preserve our ecosystem and create a healthier planet!

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


Mon Jan 31, 2022 - Sun May 01, 2022


Irvine Nature Center11201 Garrison Forest RoadOwings Mills, MD 21117



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Child Development
  • Environmental Science
  • STEM




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must be capable of lifting up to 25 lbs and hike a minimum of 2 miles.

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