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Wildlife Education Project

County: Lee
Categories Environment
Marketing/PR/Event Planning
Special Needs
Details: Wildlife Education Project, or WEP, was founded to instill a lifelong respect for wildlife through education and to empower mankind to take responsibility for the protection of all living things.

Inspired by the true story of federally licensed wildlife ambassador Trouper the Blind Raccoon, who survived a beating he received as a baby that was perpetrated by a human, the organization makes educational presentations to groups to share Trouper's Teachings about respecting wildlife and all living things.
Job Description: Writers: Students from writing-related majors such as journalism, public relations or English are needed to write copy for WEP's new website. Students pursuing environmental, biology, or education majors may be considered to write ongoing educational blog postings once the new website is online.

Marketing and Public Relations: Students with major in these fields needed to help WEP with fundraising and public awareness campaigns.

Assistants for Presentations: The organization needs student volunteers to assist when WEP goes to make educational public presentations at schools, public festivals, nursing homes, environmental lectures, children's camps, special needs classes, and other public opportunities. Duties may include distributing literature, having guests sign a mailing list, lifting boxes to transport materials, and helping arrange the public into an orderly line as they wait to personally meet Trouper the Blind Raccoon at presentations.
Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekdays evenings, Weekends daytime, Weekends evenings
Primary Contact: Mr. Brandon Phillips
1027 Sand Castle Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone: (239) 274-0048 110
Secondary Contact: Dorothy Lee
Phone: (239) 482-7176
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered: WEP T-shirt for students who assist with public presentations.

Opportunity for student Writers to have their work published on a website poised to receive growing attention, thus providing a portfolio piece and resume experience.

Opportunity for Marketing and Public Relations majors to gain real-world experience to add to their resumes.

Opportunity for education majors to gain experience by assisting at presentations given to school children.

Additional Information: Trouper the Blind Raccoon is an actual live raccoon, not a person dressed in a mascot suit. He was left blind, brain damaged, and unable to feed or defend himself after he was beaten by a golfer with a golf club when he was only eight weeks old. He lives with a wildlife rehabilitator Dorothy Lee, who provides him with the near-24-hour care he requires.

He is not a pet. He is a federally licensed wildlife ambassador who helps to teach the public to treat wildlife and all living things with respect. He is the subject of the book Trouper, The Beginning: The True Adventures of a Blind Raccoon by local children's author Kyle Miller, a retired educator. The book includes Trouper's Teaching, which teaches people respect for wildlife and all living things.

Trouper's harrowing story inspired the founding of WEP in the hopes that educational intervention would stop other people from perpetrating such acts of animal cruelty.

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