Westcave Preserve

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About Westcave Preserve:
Westcave Preserve, located on the Pedernales River in southwest Travis County, is considered by many naturalists to be the crown jewel of the Texas Hill Country. The highlight of the site is an environmentally rich canyon with a spectacular 40-foot waterfall tumbling over fern-covered travertine columns into an emerald pool. (see www.westcave.org)

Westcave’s mission is to inspire people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature.  Westcave provides weekday environmental education programs and tours to more than 3,500 children annually.  An additional 6,000 visitors participate in weekend or evening programs.

Weekend interns will serve as trail guides for Preserve visitors. On the 1 ½ hour tours, interns will lead groups from an arid grassland, through a limestone crevice, into a cool, sheltered canyon to view the Preserve’s magnificent waterfall, grotto and cave. During the tour, interns will provide information on the Preserve’s natural history, geology and biology. Interns will also assist with special family programs on some weekends, work the Environmental Learning Center desk between tours and other assigned tasks to support the Preserve. Weekday interns will assist with school programs by leading guided tours for visiting schools. Other duties may include researching curriculum and specialty projects. Training will be provided for all internship positions.

Additional Offering for Spring 2018: Westcave is partnering with Travis Audubon to provide a nature immersion afterschool program on Monday and Thursday from mid-February thought early May.  This program will occur at Blair Woods (5401 E. MLK Jr. Blvd; Austin, TX 78721).  Time commitment to support this program will be 2-6pm those days.  Interns would support this elementary school program by leading activities based on a daily theme and explore Blair Woods with students.  Additional details can be provide for those that have interest in learning more.

For additional information about Westcave Preserve visit  www.westcave.org.

The Preserve is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Austin.

Some mileage reimbursement may be possible and a monthly maximum may be determined.
 

Desired Qualities: 

A strong interest in the natural sciences and a willingness to work with the public and youth. Excellent work ethic. Reliable transportation. Ability to work outside and hike 1 mile.

Days and Times: 

Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm or
Monday- Friday 9am-2:30pm
 

Hours Per Week: 
15 -20 hrs/week
Address: 
24814 Hamilton Pool Rd., Round Mt., TX 78663
Contact Name: 
Paul Vickery
Contact Title: 
Education Director
Contact Email: 
paul@westcave.org
Contact Phone: 
830-825-3442 office