Woodfordia Inc.

Science Communication, Engagement and PR Internship

This internship is an opportunity to gain unique experience in conservation science communication and public engagement. Work alongside and be mentored by Woodfordia’s passionate Environmental Projects Officer, a mycologist and a public speaker – Dr. Sandra Tuszynska. Become involved with Woodfordia’s dedicated volunteers, community members and experts on projects related to habitat restoration, conservation and sustainability.

Skills to Developed

  • Understanding Woodfordia Inc. as an organisation, its core values and underpinning principles
  • Relationship building with volunteers, collaborators and project leaders
  • Science communication and engagement via various mediums
  • Citizen and community science engagement
  • Project development, organisation and management
  • Data collection and presentation
  • Research and development
  • Database building and development
  • Public relations, communication and promotion
  • Wildlife photography

Additional Training possibilities include

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • RSA
  • Basic First Aid
  • CRM use

Experience to be gained

  • Communicating conservation science at the Woodford Folk Festival
  • Science communication skills through various media forms
  • Contributing to conservation and sustainability activities and protocols
  • Developing and updating databases
  • Understanding Woodfordia’s conservation and sustainability model
  • Engaging the community in science activities
  • Documenting data gathered from various projects
  • Working with science communicators
  • Collaborating with experts across sciences, development and communication fields

Essential Skills (these are skills we require of any interns in this area)

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain a positive and friendly attitude in a busy environment
  • Strong desire to learn about producing science communication events
  • Ability to keep track of multiple tasks, prioritise scheduled work, seek assistance when necessary, take direction and contribute your own ideas
  • A sense of fun and adventure
  • Desire to learn all aspects of the role
  • Valid open driver’s licence

Desirables (these are skills we would like in any interns in this area, but which are not essential)

Have a special interest or experience in 

  • conservation science, ecology and/or sustainability
  • science communication and PR and/or conservation science
  • community engagement
  • documentation
  • database understanding and building
  • volunteering in conservation and/or science events
  • photography and/or videography

* We work in a Mac-based office environment. It is preferable that you are able to willing to learn in your own time. Being proficient in both Mac and PC is a plus.

Internship Timeline

* Please note that the schedule for activities from the 15th of October to the 4th of January is a suggestion only and may change as required by circumstances, and your interest areas.

2 & 3 October Welcome and Orientation including:

  • Bill’s Welcome, Uncle Noel’s Welcome
  • History of Woodfordia (documents provided, please read before your arrival)
  • Time for getting to know one another – (prepare a 3-5 min presentation

about yourself)

  • Site Tour
  • Safety induction
  • Organisation and its culture
  • Review of important dates
  • Dinner at Festival Hall (1st evening)
3 – 7 October Familiarisation with the role and activities

This may involve:

  • Learning how the role evolved and its contribution to Woodfordia Inc.
  • Briefing about current and upcoming projects
  • Meeting and understanding collaborators and relevant staff
  • Time allocation for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) study
8 – 12 October Citizens’ Day and Programme Launch preparation

This may involve:

  • Staff meeting and brainstorming ideas
  • Activity planning
  • Time allocated for MHFA
13 October Citizens’ Day and Programme Launch

  • MHFA course in the morning
  • Citizens’ Day venue prep in the afternoon
  • Assisting with the programme launch
15 – 19 October Blog post and article writing

This may involve:

  • Research and development of ideas
  • Choosing current conservation science topics and how to present

them to a specific audience

  • Interviewing relevant people eg. scientists, volunteers or experts
  • Leasing with the communications team

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

22 – 26 October Review and feedback on previous week.

Understanding conservation science, and habitat restoration

This may involve:

  • Research and reading of relevant articles or educational materials
  • Critical assessment of science articles and presentations
  • Learning in the field through observation and documentation

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

27 & 28 October

(Treehugger Weekend)

Treehugger Weekend – volunteering in land restoration projects

This may involve:

  • Saturday night social
  • Joining and documenting conservation and biodiversity projects
  • Planning Forest Woodfordia Venue activities for The Festival
  • Engaging in an educational seminar
  • Networking and getting to know project leaders, conducting interviews etc.

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

29 October – 2 November Review and feedback on previous week.

Biomaterials workshop development and communication

This may involve:

  • Workshop preparation and promotion
  • Workshop documentation and presentation

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

5 – 9 November Review and feedback on previous week.

Database development and updating

This may involve:

  • Understanding and learning about relevant database set up
  • Inputting new contacts, ideas or resources
  • Testing database accessibility of content

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

12 – 16 November Review and feedback on previous week.

Conservation science communication

This may involve:

  • Reviewing conservation science communication methods
  • Monitoring and photographing wildlife
  • Submission of sightings for identification and mapping
  • Working with environmental projects leaders on individual projects
  • Liaising with bio-experts in different fields
  • Interviews with experts

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

19 – 23 November Review and feedback on previous week.

Understanding Woodfordia’s conservation and

sustainability model

This may involve:

  • Reading through relevant materials
  • Interviewing project leaders
  • Getting involved in volunteer socials and working bees

Developing ideas for:

  • Efficiency in structure and running of projects protocols
  • Future projects
  • Communication and promotion of conservation efforts
  • Citizen science engagement and outreach
  • Community engagement

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

24 & 25

(Treehugger Weekend)

Treehugger Weekend

  • Planning Forest Woodfordia venue set up and function
25 – 29 November Review and feedback on previous week.

Understanding Forest Woodfordia – the umbrella structure

for environmental projects

This may involve

  • Understanding different roles within the structure
  • Interviewing department heads and project leaders
  • Research and interviews with department heads and project leaders
  • Developing ideas for future projects
  • Planning the Forest Woodfordia venue
  • Working with department heads and volunteers

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

3 – 7 December Review and feedback on previous week.

Planning of the Forest Woodfordia venue and events

This may involve

  • Liaising with department heads, volunteers and project leaders

in envisioning the venue

  • Brainstorming ideas on the most effective presentation of

Forest Woodfordia

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

8 December Build Launch Party and Organisers Meeting
10 – 14 December Review and feedback on previous week.

Inviting and working with presenters in conservation science

and science communication fields

This may involve:

  • Researching relevant topics and conducting interviews
  • Researching relevant resources on public speaking
  • Writing a protocol for the process

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

16 – 20 December Review and feedback on previous week.

Communicating science – presenting talks/seminars

This may involve:

  • Researching topics of your choice
  • Researching how to be a good presenter
  • Creating and presenting a short presentation
  • Writing a protocol for the process

Produce a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and the experience you have gained.

22 December Move out of Half Star Hilton
22 – 24 December Review and feedback on previous week.

Portfolio preparation made up of your reports

This may involve:

  • Clarifying any gaps in understanding or finding out more
  • Exploring your audience and how your portfolio can be used
  • Exploring best ways to present and communicate your experience
24 December Day off
25 – 27 December Forest Woodfordia venue set up

This may involve:

  • Working with the set-up team and documenting the process
  • Being creative and resourceful in communicating the conservation

value of the venue

27 December – 1 Jan

(Festival Period)

Shadowing the Environmental Projects Officer

This may involve:

  • Going to talks and workshops
  • Note taking
  • Video recording and photography of events
  • Interviews with presenters and patrons
  • Recording feedback
  • Enjoying the festival
2 January Rest Day
2 – 4 January Forest Woodfordia Pack-down

Portfolio preparation and hand in

  • Prepare a report in a medium of your choice on your understanding

and experience of the conservation value of The Festival

  • Add it into your portfolio
4 January Internship Finale and Farewell

  • De-brief with Area Manager
  • Group presentation on key learning, highlights, challenges and

feedback

  • Goodbye dinner and ceremony, presented with certificate of completion

and letter of reference