William and Mary

Maymont Foundation

Kate Quarles

Phone Number: (804) 358-7166 ext 308
Number Internships available: 2
Summary: Maymont Nature Center internships are directed at life sciences, environmental science, and science education majors, with opportunities to work with zoologists, aquarists, and environmental educators. For more information, please see the detailed description.
Interview Required: Yes
Special Requirements: Students must provide their own lodging and transportation. Staff shirts will be provided. Interns will not work more than five days per week. Typical work hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Interns must have experience working with children, preferably preschool through middle school ages. Animal handling is also required, training will be provided.
Minimum Time Commitment: 8 Weeks


Maymont Nature Center internships are directed at life sciences, environmental science and science education majors. All interns will receive some orientation to each department at Maymont in order to learn what is needed to operate a large, complex institution. There are three main types of summer internships:

1) Working with the Environmental Education staff in the planning and teaching of summer camps for children grades 4-6 in the Nature Center, Children's Farm, and other Maymont grounds, as well as interaction with guest, presentation of public programs, and developing lessons and activities,

2) working with the zoologists assisting in care of the animals on exhibit, and

3) working with aquarists and zoologists.

Internships involve working with animals (including handling tame domestic or exotic specimens), children, and interacting with the public. Daily journal and directed readings are required (with time afforded during regular hours). Assigned special projects require computer literacy and written results.

Maymont is a 100-acre park and museum complex in Richmond VA. The nature center complex includes the 28,000-sq.ft. Robins Nature & Visitor Center, outdoor Native Virginia Wildlife Habitats, the Children's Farm and all environmental education programs. Over 400 animal specimens representing over 100 different species are exhibited and maintained throughout Maymont. A comprehensive education program focuses on the natural history and ecology of the James River, native Virginia wildlife and numerous environmental science topics. The combination of live animal exhibits, interactive science displays, and a wide variety of educational programs provide a unique opportunity for college students to learn the operation of a large, complex nature center through hands-on participation.