Work Study

Shaver’s Creek is a great place for Penn State students to earn money through Work-Study during their time at Penn State. Work-Study is a Federal student financial aid program for Penn State undergraduate and graduate students that allows you to earn money to help cover nonbillable educational expenses by working in your college or campus, University office, or at an off-campus, nonprofit organization.

Please check with the Penn State Office of Student Aid for information on eligibility and the application process. You may also be eligible to earn money through the America Reads Program. Students must be appointed to their Work-Study position by the second week of classes in the current semester.

Once you have been awarded a Work-Study grant by the Office of Student Aid, you can put your skills and talents to work at Penn State’s nature center in the following areas:

Undergraduate Work-Study Positions

Raptor Center Assistant (four to six positions)
Assist with the daily operations and educational presentation of Shaver’s Creek’s animal ambassadors: amphibians, reptiles, and raptors. Gain hands-on experience in husbandry, enrichment, interpreting behaviors, and training animals using positive reinforcement. Develop your public speaking and conservation interpretation skills through engaging diverse audiences.
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Caretaker Assistant (two to four positions)
Help to maintain and assist with trail construction and maintenance; manage wildlife habitats and Bluebird trails; maintain exhibits; perform general “handyman” duties.

Landscaping Assistant (one position)
Tasks may include plant/tree collection, study, and preservation; field and survey processing and database management; and seasonal landscaping tasks and activities.

School Programs and Special Events Assistant (three positions)
Lead or assist school groups through our daily educational programs; assist in preparation and delivery of our Fall Harvest Festival and Children’s Halloween Trail in October, Maple Harvest Festival in March, and/or Native Plant Festival in May.

Education Program Assistant (two to three positions)
Teach and lead nature education, team building, adventure, school, youth, and community programs. Greet visitors and work in the bookstore. Develop curriculum and teach children at summer camp. Prior teaching experience preferred; excellent work habits and people skills; self-motivation.

Graduate Work-Study Positions

Education Program Assistant (three positions)
Teach and lead nature education, team building, adventure, school, youth, and community programs. Greet visitors and work in the bookstore. Develop curriculum and teach children at summer camp. Prior teaching experience preferred; excellent work habits and people skills; self-motivation.

Project Coordinator (two positions)
Supervise undergraduate Work-Study students. Schedule, supervise, and manage projects at Shaver’s Creek. Perform various set-up, support, clean up, and duties as assigned. BA/BS in RPTM or related field; requires past program delivery, managing groups, strong customer service skills, and own transportation.

For more information

For more information about our Work-Study positions at Shaver’s Creek, please contact Doug Wentzel via email or by calling Shaver’s Creek at 814-865-4123.

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