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Curriculum Development Intern Position

Phenology Curriculum Development Intern – Spring/Summer 2015

Our MassLIFT-AmeriCorps program works to build public support and increase the pace of land protection in Massachusetts. The Service Learning Program goal is to engage local youth in service learning experiences that inspire personal connections with the natural world and foster a land stewardship ethic.  We are seeking assistance with environmental curriculum development for the Service Learning Program.

Curriculum Development Intern Duties and responsibilities

Mount Grace has curriculum resources for K-12 educators including topics such as Vernal Pool Ecology and Certification, Stream Health and Land Use Assessment, and Phenological Monitoring and Climate Change. Last year, some talented interns from Antioch created “Phenology in the Wild Schoolyard” curriculum geared towards grades 3-5. This amphibian, tree, and pollinator-based curriculum consists of lessons that utilize the natural areas surrounding a school, eliminating the need for expensive field trips.

We would like these lesson plans adapted to a wider range of grade levels. This could be accomplished by increasing the complexity and depth of lessons and/or creating new units within the theme of local phenology. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in curriculum design to build creatively on an existing resource.

To ensure our program is accessible for public schools, all curricula must meet learning standards from the Massachusetts Department of Education curriculum frameworks, but the primary goal is to inspire students with a personal connection to nature and a sense of responsibility for the environment.

Project Goals

Wild Schoolyard lesson plans adapted for middle and high school levels (and possibly preschool / K-2)

Skills required

  • Instructional design, curriculum development, and service learning pedagogy
  • Working knowledge of natural resources, biology, phenology, wildlife, ecosystems, etc
  • Ability to work collaboratively with current and retired teachers
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills to integrate experiential education into the context of K-12 public school curriculum and MA frameworks
  • Excellent writing and communication

Commitment – Please be prepared to commit to the following terms:

  • 10 week minimum spring or summer project
  • Unpaid with reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses
  • Hours are flexible – work can be completed remotely
  • Check-in with staff & AmeriCorps member every 1-2 weeks for feedback & direction

For more information or to apply, contact

Martine Wong
Service Learning Coordinator, MassLIFT-AmeriCorps