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Calvin Student Opportunities: Employment

Nicole in field with campers

Summer camp leader, Nicole, catching insects with campers.

Academic Year Positions:

Educational Program Leaders

Teach environmental education programs to visiting elementary and middle school students who visit the Ecosystem Preserve during the fall, winter, and spring. Eight to ten Program Leaders positions are available for the academic year. If interested please first read the job description and more about the position. If the job sounds like a good fit for your skills, interests, and schedule please email or drop off a completed application to Jeanette Henderson's office in the BIC room 108 B.

Program Assistants

Assist the program manager and director in developing and executing programs for the Bunker Interpretive Center and the Ecosystem Preserve. To learn more about this position read the job description. If the job sounds like a good fit for your skills, interests, and schedule please email or drop off a completed application to Jeanette Henderson's office in the BIC room 108 B.

Animal Care Assistant

Assist the program manager and director in caring for our live animal and plant educational exhibits at the Bunker Interpretive Center. To learn more about this position read the job description. If the job sounds like a good fit for your skills, interests, and schedule please email or drop off a completed application to Jeanette Henderson's office in the BIC room 108 B.

Preserve Stewards

Assist the director and manager with the day to day onsite management of the Ecosystem Preserve by walking the trails to observe and record visitor usage, trail maintenance needs, and wildlife observed. They also assist with light maintenance needs such as litter pick up, weed removal, and raking. Open to sophomore level and above biology or environmental studies majors. If interested in this position speak with Professor Randy Van Dragt.

Stewardship Interns

Engage in a variety of tasks (plant propagation, restoration plantings, landscape maintenance, etc.) to allow Calvin College to pursue active stewardship of lands within the boundaries of the Ecosystem Preserve. Open to junior and senior level students majoring in biology or environmental studies. If interested in this position speak with Professor Randy Van Dragt.

Summer Positions:

Summer Camp Leaders (10-12 weeks)

Prepare for, teach, and supervise summer camp programs for pre-school to middle school children in an outdoor setting. Check out this job description to learn more about the positions or speak with Jeanette Henderson. Applications are being accepted now until March 5, 2014. Interviews will be held March 10-14, with a decision made by spring break. Summer employment dates are May 27 - August 15, 2014, with one week of unpaid vacation the week of June 30.

Summer Preserve Stewards (12 weeks)

Work on a variety of ongoing research projects including mammal, bird, and trees surveys, and assist with removal of invasive species, general trail maintenance, creation of new trails, native plantings, etc. Two to three positions are available each summer. To apply for these positions visit the science summer research page.

To Be a Student Employee

Students interested in applying for a position must submit a job application to the individual listed on the job posting.
(Note to Mac users: you must complete this application using Adobe Reader, not Preview.)

Heather leading programs

Program Leader, Heather, watching birds with a group of elementary students.

Dan removing invassive species

Summer Preserve Stewards removing invasive species.

Jodi and Josh

Josh and Jodi, summer preserve stewards, measuring the foot of a mouse.

Nicole identifying a mushroom

Nicole, a program assistant, identifying a mushroom in the preserve.

Peter collecting seeds

Peter collecting native seeds in the gardens around the BIC.