Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

February 18, 2011

Applications being accepted for Nature Play Corps Volunteer Internships
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Do you enjoy being in wild places facilitating creative activities with children? Are you motivated to learn the playwork approach to becoming a new type of green professional working in the nation’s parks and refuge systems? Are you between the ages of 18 and 25? This may be the opportunity of a lifetime for you!

The National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for 15 highly motivated, creative people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are passionate about interacting with children and families outdoors. Volunteer interns will spend three weeks in wildlife refuges learning to be playworkers, including designing and managing natural play and learning environments, developing pilot “play animation” programs, delivering them to visiting children and families, and learning how creative outdoor play can connect kids to the natural world. The program will include developing recommendations on how to expand this pilot project to other parks and nature centers as well as designing a future installation near the Refuge Visitor Center.

Bonnie Strawser, Visitor Services Manager for Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, is hopeful there will be some local applicants. "This program is a national initiative. We're thrilled our refuges were selected to be the 'home' for the first one. This would be a great opportunity for a high school senior, a college student, or a young teacher. What a treat it will be to have this group design a nature play area to be considered for our new Gateway Visitor Center!"

When: June 6 to June 24, 2011.
Where: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeastern North Carolina in Dare County near Manteo and Manns Harbor; and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, located on the north end of Hatteras Island.
Responsibilities: Interns will be trained in playwork methods, engaging in teams to design, manage, and deliver nature-based play programs in two events for children and families visiting the refuge. Days will be long and hours irregular, and may include some weekend responsibilities. Environment will be hot and humid and biting insects may be present.
Support: Housing and a $450 per week food stipend will be provided.
Living conditions: Interns will share living space equipped with A/C, electricity, running water, and community kitchen facilities. No pets.
Vehicle: A personal vehicle is not required. Transportation will be provided from lodging areas to the training site.
Requirements: Between the ages of 18 and 25, high school diploma or equivalent, demonstrated interest in outdoor recreation/education and parks and wildlife management, aptitude for working with children. Skill in creative or performing arts encouraged but not required.

To apply for this volunteer opportunity (submission deadline March 14):
1) Email your resume and Statement of Interest (see prompt at beginning of online application) to: natureplaycorps.app@gmail.com.
2) Complete an online application at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/NaturePlayCorpsApplication

This program is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service through the 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps Initiative. For more information, contact Robin Moore or Nilda Cosco at 919-515-8345, or email natureplaycorps.app@gmail.com.