The Wild Center offers many opportunities for personal and professional development. All summer interns receive training and certification through the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide. This training provides an intensive look at how to develop and deliver meaningful programs to a variety of audiences using the principles of interpretation. All interns are also provided CPR/AED training and certification.
Canoe interns are assisted by staff to earn their New York State Guide License before the season begins. This is a NYS requirement in order to lead the daily, on-site canoe trips.
Animal care interns receive specialized training in the care of the Center's education animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Maple interns receive in-depth training regarding the sugaring process and the use of sugaring equipment.
In addition to the shared responsibilities that all interns fulfill, like leading walks on the trails and developing and implementing live animal programs, each intern also chooses special projects based on their personal interests and professional goals to work on throughout their internship. To see some examples of special projects, take a look at the "Special Projects" block on this page.