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Humane Education Internship

Qualification Requirements

●      College student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in any field.
○      Ideal focuses: Education, Early Childhood Education and/or Development, Social Work, Communication, Public Relations, Business Administration or Psychology and Sociology
●      A desire to learn more about the animal shelter environment
●      Comfortable working with children ages 4 – 17
●      A highly developed attention to detail
●      Well-developed interpersonal and writing skills
●      Excellent and professional customer service and communication skills
●      Excellent time management and prioritization skills
●      The ability to work independently or in a team environment
●      Flexibility in hours; working some nights and possible weekends

Job Responsibilities

●      Assist in the implementation of Humane Society of West Michigan’s Youth Education Program
●      Plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate Kids' Night Out events, Spring Break Camp and Summer Camp
●      Assist with planning and executing children’s daily camp activities
●      Assist with group and school presentations and in the development of program curriculum
●      Communicate with external groups including parents, community members, groups, and media
●      Communicate with parents of campers on changes to program in person or via email
●      Assist with volunteer management and training as available
●      Coordinate and lead activities with volunteer groups
●      Develop and/or share communication pieces for volunteers and summer camp families
●      Data entry for program touch points
●      Research innovative ideas for our summer, day, and overnight camps
●      Research and create a project proposal for a new day or night camp
●      Develop potential new outlets for funding/partnership for specific volunteer and camp needs
●      Develop training protocol proposal for animal handling for junior camp counselor and camp counselors
●      Other duties as assigned by the Programs Coordinator, Director of Community Programs, and other HSWM staff

Work Environment

HSWM Expectations of Employees
●      Treat animals, staff, and volunteers humanely, with compassion, both on and off the job, and transmits these values to others
●      Adhere to all state and local laws regarding personally owned animals
●      Provide accurate information and courteous service to the public at all times
●      Discretion with confidential information
●      Adhere to HSWM Culture Commitment
Work Environment
●      May be exposed to unpleasant noises, odor and animal feces
●      May be exposed to bites, scratches and zoonotic diseases
Physical Demands                                                                                                                                                                        
●      Work requires lifting and carrying items & animals that weigh up to 40 pounds. Will be assisted by other staff members with items & animals weighing over 40 pounds
●      Will be required to walk or stand for extended periods of time. Will frequently work in a bent position