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The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation (The Friends) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization in the Metro North Boston area. The Friends’ mission is to strive for the protection and harmonious use of the Fells, and to promote awareness, policies and programs that celebrate and preserve this public resource for current and future generations. The Friends relies primarily on volunteers and part-time staff to serve the community by providing educational and recreational programs in and about the Fells.

We are currently looking for qualified individuals for the following positions:

Seeking a Video Production Intern for Summer, 2021

Goal:  Improve and expand the online communications presence of the Friends of the Fells, particularly with video production.

Specifics:  Since COVID-19 has eliminated our ability to run in-person nature and historical programs, the Friends of the Fells has begun a YouTube channel to fill the gap, and have created 16 short videos to date, with several more in production.  The videos were created by volunteers. 

We’d like to expand and improve upon this start by hiring an intern with expertise in video production and an interest in ecology.  Depending on the skills of the person we hire, we could expand in one or more of the following ways:

  • Produce more videos along the lines of those already produced, including scheduling with the subjects of the interview, editing, and publishing;
  • Inject creativity into communications regarding environmental science and/or advocacy topics related to the Fells;
  • Identifying other potential subjects;
  • Creating videos featuring the intern as the expert;
  • Creating alternative approaches to online communications regarding environmental science and/or advocacy topics;
  • Exploring opportunities that involve TikTok;
  • Editing or collaborating with volunteers; and
  • Working as a team with volunteers.

We will work with the intern to structure a project that meets the needs of our organization and your own creative vision.

This is a seasonal, part-time paid internship running for 3 months (6/1/21 – 8/31/21).

Requirements: 

  • Demonstrated experience with video production, recognizing that this internship could provide valuable opportunities for growth.
  • Timely responsiveness to e-mail communication.
  • The intern would need to provide their own video recording equipment ( A smartphone will likely be adequate) and a computer on which to edit the video. If you have your own sound recording equipment, that’s a plus, but we can arrange for a loan of this equipment. Depending on how social distancing requirements evolve, there may be opportunities to become a member of one of the community access TV stations that provide equipment loans and instruction.

Outcome:  Depending on the direction the work takes, the result will be a portfolio of communications suitable for sharing with job or graduate program applications.  You will develop video and/or other communications skills, and get an opportunity to exercise your creative vision.

Compensation:

We have a budget of $1,000 for this internship, which assumes $900 for labor (60 hours x $15/hour) plus $100 for equipment or incidental expenses.

To Apply:
Please send the following items to Jeff Buxbaum, Board Chair, at Jeff.Buxbaum@fells.org
  1. 3 professional or academic references
  2. Samples of your work
  3. In a few paragraphs, please:
    •  Explain how you would structure this opportunity to improve the Friends of the Fells video or other communications;
    •   Describe the outcome
    •  Tell us the relevant skills you bring to the opportunity, and what skills you may need to develop.
    •   What equipment you have at your disposal or may need to borrow.

Seeking Forest Instructors for Summer, 2021

 

2021 Fells Forest Camp

— Forest Kindergarten (ages 4-5) – Program Leaders 
— Forest Explorers (ages 5+-7) – Program Leaders 
— Forest Adventurers (ages 8-12) – Program Leaders 

Job description

The Friends of the Fells is seeking program instructors for our 2021 Fells Forest Camp programming (Monday, June 28th through Friday, August 27th) to facilitate the morning, afternoon, and full day sessions of the following programs: Forest Kindergarten (ages 4-5), Forest Explorers (ages 5+-7), and Forest Adventurers (ages 8-12).  All three age groups will be based from Medford High School and the adjacent Lawrence Woods section of the Middlesex Fells.

While session times vary according to program, age, and registration, leaders will generally need to be available to work between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday — with some exceptions.

Each of these programs is designed to meaningfully connect children with nature through experiential learning, and unstructured outdoor play. We are seeking applicants who are passionate about both nature and children to lead this outdoor summer program. If you are interested in leading any of these programs, or to read more about them, please visit our Forest Camp web pages for details.

Desired skills, experience and requirements

  • Knowledge and experience as a naturalist, hike leader, and/or early-childhood educator
  • Passion for being outdoors, and for sharing nature with children
  • Demonstrated understanding of experiential education concepts and methodology
  • Basic knowledge of local flora and fauna (or the willingness to learn)
  • Energy and enthusiasm for playing, communicating, and simply being outdoors with young children
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Certification or willing to become CPR/First Aid certified
  • CORI/SORI background checks (Friends of the Fells will perform)
  • Skill with photography also a plus

Hours and compensation
This is a seasonal part-time position, hours vary (part-time and full-time schedules available), but summer programming is held Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am to 4 pm for all sessions.  Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and three references to Chris Redfern, Executive Director, or email forestcamp@fells.org.

Chris Redfern
Executive Director
Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
c/o The Beebe Estate
235 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176


Volunteer Positions

In addition to these paid opportunities, we can always use more people involved in our work. Please check our Volunteer Opportunities page for information about how you can get involved.


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