Internship Opportunity: Environmental Education

Help lay the foundation for a new generation of environmental stewards and scientists in Austin! The Environmental Education Internship is a great opportunity for anyone who cares about water issues and enjoys interacting with young people—no experience necessary! Our interns gain comprehensive training, professional development consultations with our staff, networking and resume-building opportunities, and a $250 stipend upon completion of a successful semester-long internship.

If hired, interns will be placed in one of our two educational programs based on weekly availability, program needs, and preference.

How To Apply

To apply, complete the application form here

For any questions, please email Redbud Manager Katie Bedrich.

Redbud Field Trip Program

Launched in 2009 as a collaboration between Colorado River Alliance, LCRA, and Austin Independent School District (AISD). Redbud is a four-hour, outdoor field trip program for students in grades 3–5. Redbud interns teach four core topics during each field trip: the Texas Colorado River & Highland Lakes, watersheds and watershed pollution, water conservation, and the water cycle.

Location:  LCRA’s Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education/CRA Office (3625 Lake Austin Blvd Austin, TX 78703) 

Hours: 8:45am – 1:30pm, Tues-Fri. Minimum commitment of 10 hours/week. A few evening and weekend hours may be required for community outreach/action events.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teach hands-on water science activities for 3rd-5th grade students during Redbud Field Trips.
  • Help prep and break down field trip materials including keeping materials clean, stocked, and ready for the next day.
  • Enter data from Redbud Program participants and community action events.

Qualifications: 

  • Spanish proficiency a plus but not required
  • Can be any year in school or a grad
  • For class credit not required

Skills you’ll develop:

Reports to: Redbud Program Manager

Mobile River Program

The Mobile River brings a water-science-center-on-wheels and classroom curriculum directly to the schools of 7th graders in the Texas Colorado River basin. Launched in 2015 in partnership with AISD and Austin Water, the Mobile River program features interactive models and fun, educational videogames housed inside a 42-foot trailer. 

Location: Middle schools all over Austin!  For this reason, Mobile River interns must have a reliable form of transportation.

Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Mon-Fri.  Hours vary based on the campus we are working with that week and work windows will be based off intern schedules.  Must be available 15 hours per week within the above timeframe.  A few evening and weekend hours may be required for community outreach events.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teach hands-on water science activities in 7th grade science classes alongside teachers and/or Alliance staff
  • Guide students through the Mobile River Exhibit
  • Enter data collected from Mobile River participants
  • Occasionally assist with maintenance and upkeep of minor exhibit issues and classroom models

Qualifications:

  • Spanish proficiency a plus but not required
  • Can be any year in school or a grad
  • For class credit not required

Skills you’ll develop:

Reports to: Mobile River Program Manager