This program occurs in the spring and fall and is for teenage volunteers interested in learning about care and natural history of animals native to the Southern Appalachian region.
Young Curator responsibilities vary seasonally and may include assisting with care of education animals, animal enrichment, natural history educational programs and visitor stations, special events, petting area/barn operations, and special projects.
Please read the following criteria carefully to find out if you are eligible for this program before filling out and submitting the application.
Qualifications to become a Young Curator:
- Be between 14 and 18 years of age on the first day of the semester you are applying for.
- Be available Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm (generally) to attend at least 10 of the 13 weekends of semester service
- Pay close attention to detail and follow directions
- Work independently on assigned tasks
- Be willing to handle and care for reptiles, amphibians, and barn animals
- Demonstrate passion and willingness to learn about the animals living here at the Nature Center
- Must enjoy speaking to the public and engaging passing visitors
Previous experience in the Young Naturalist program is preferred, but applicants who are new to the Nature Center are eligible to apply. Applicants will be evaluated by their application, letters of recommendation, and previous volunteer experience, if applicable. Due to the size of the program, only a small portion of applicants can be accepted each semester.
How to become a Young Curator:
1. Fill out the Young Curator Application for the semester you are applying for. Fall 2020 dates/applications are expected to be available in August.
- Applicants who have not previously participated in the Young Naturalist program must submit two letters of recommendation along with their application.