Polk County 4-H Summer Program Intern

Base County
Counties Served

Position is responsible for working with County Youth Coordinators to facilitate in-person programming to youth with partner organizations throughout Polk County (potential for virtual approach). Intern will develop lesson plans utilizing research-based curriculum provided by Extension. This individual will be responsible for planning, organizing, and facilitating lessons to the youth, as well as documenting and reporting youth participation. Intern will be expected to help with Polk County Fair as needed. Must be reliable, detail-orientated, self-motivated and work well with youth. 


•    Create detailed lesson plans utilizing research-based curricula
•    Organize supplies and equipment for programs as scheduled by County Youth Coordinator
•    Communicate with host-site coordinator as needed via email
•    Deliver programming virtually with the potential to deliver face to face 
•    Chaperones youth on field trips, day camps and conference/retreats
•    Prepare for county fair by processing entries and organizing materials
•    Assist with daily county fair events during the Polk County Fair, July 13-19


•    One year of college completed
•    Enjoy building positive relationships with youth and adult clients
•    Comfortable speaking and presenting publicly to groups
•    Experience using a variety of video platforms such as Zoom, video editor, Adobe Rush, etc. 
•    Able to work independently or on a team
•    Reliable transportation daily with ability to travel within Central Iowa
•    Successful completion of Child Protection and Safety Program/background screening
•    Possess computer skills including email, internet, video conferencing, Microsoft Office programs
•    Maintain a close working relationship with staff, volunteers, and partners
•    Well organized and capable of managing duties and schedules
•    Available during the entire Polk County Fair with the ability to work long hours
•    Able to lift 40 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

•    Knowledge of 4-H Program, specifically program priority areas: STEM, Healthy Living, Arts and Communication, and Civic Engagement & Leadership 
•    Experience working with diverse audiences
•    Education Major or similar 
•    Experience preparing youth-centric lesson plans
•    Experience with formal and informal education settings 

Additional Information

If enrolled in college and in need of college credit, with prior approval, Extension staff will supervise an internship for completion credits.

Required Documents (.pdf format) emailed to pgibbins@iastate.edu     
1.    Cover Letter
2.    Resume
3.    ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County Employment Application

February 5 by 5 PM or until filled

Job Type
Temporary, Full-time position May 20th through July 26th. 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with occasional evening and weekend hours to be expected. Must be available to work during the entire Polk County Fair, July 13-19.
Wages (type)
Wages (status)
17.00/hour Non-exempt, hourly. Mileage paid for approved work travel at current IRS rate. Classified as Associate Educator.
Application Deadline

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

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