Internship/Volunteer: Children’s Programming

Volunteering with Children and Family Programming

Do you love working with young children?  Do you have a few hours each week you’d like to volunteer working with our environmental educators at the Hitchcock Center?  Would you like to spend time outdoors with small groups of elementary age children helping them to explore and gain an appreciation for the natural world?  Each year the Hitchcock Center relies on the vital support from community volunteers to make our high quality outdoor programming possible.  If you might be interested please contact Dan Butterworth via email for more information about available opportunities.

Children and Family Programs Internships

Are you interested in a career in environmental education?  An internship at the Hitchcock Center may be a good fit for you. The Hitchcock Center offers several internships each year to students and graduates who are interested in environmental education. Speak with your academic advisor about whether you can receive credit for a Hitchcock internship. Most internships are volunteer, with limited work study options available. Please contact Dan Butterworth via email or 413-256-6006 to inquire.

Each season the Hitchcock Center hires several volunteer interns to assist with our Children and Family Programs such as homeschool, afterschool, and preschool. Interns assist once per week at an agreed-upon time to assist with all aspects of teaching the program. Interns must be responsible, mature and enthusiastic. Preference will be given to interns who can commit to the entire semester.

We are now accepting applications, on a rolling basis.
Download our application for internships

Hitchcock Afterschool Programs

Fall/Winter/Spring | Mondays – Fridays 
See our current schedule of Afterschool programs

Our Nature Play Afterschool program is designed to give children extended periods of unstructured play outdoors. Research has shown that unstructured play has enormous benefits for children’s wellbeing, imaginations, emotional health and self esteem. Afterschool interns must have a playful spirit, be mindful of safety, and have a lot of energy.

Hitchcock Homeschool Internship

Fall/Winter/Spring | Tuesdays 9:30am–2:30pm

The Hitchcock Homeschool program serves families from all over the Pioneer Valley between September and June each year. We work primarily with children ages 6 -12, teaching a diverse array of subjects in science and nature. Homeschool interns assist with all elements of teaching and classroom preparation and clean-up. Prior work with children is required.

Independent Study Projects

We have a number of openings for independent study projects each year. Interns work with Colleen Kelley, Education Director to develop a project. Past projects have included art project development for our annual Enchanted Forest event, assembling a Story Walk on our nature trails, and developing curriculum for our summer camps. Interns must be self-motivated and have a collaborative spirit. Contact Colleen to inquire about independent study internships.

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