This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps. If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process. No travel allowance will be offered for this position even if it is stated on your confirmation of acceptance.
Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the Hudson Valley region. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, and a reduction of education programs.
Conditions of Employment Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.
SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events.
Purpose of the Program:
Introduce young people interested in environmental and outdoor education to a wide variety of activities, professionals in the field, and the different aspects of running an outdoor education center.
Community Needs that the Program Serves:
Environmental education interns help connect school and user groups, Fresh Air Families, and other groups to nature. Programs introduce groups to environmental stewardship, basic farming, and sustainability practices. The Environmental education intern also helps facilitate team and community building programs. Environmental education interns will also be an integral part in helping develop community building programs for our 6 summer camps.
Values and Standards of the Program:
SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
- Help in the logistical set up and break down for all groups before and after arrival.
- This includes supplies and facilities
- Assist in on-site group facilitation:
- Meal facilitation
- Evening programming
- Light maintenance
- Learning and facilitating lessons
- Facilitating group dynamics and teams course sessions.
- Maintaining program supplies
- Trail maintenance and invasive species remediation
- Farm care and education
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
The Fresh Air Fund’s mission is to provide new and exciting outdoor experiences to youth living in New York City. As an intern with The Sharpe Reservation the member will be able to facilitate programs and trips with our Fresh Air Children and beyond. The intern will work to help us connect people from New York City and the larger tri-state area with the outdoors and show participants that nature exists not only here but everywhere.
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Feel confident leading environmental and outdoor education lessons with a wide range of groups from schools to families, to adult learners.
Goal 2: Understand the scope of administrative and logistical process and steps that go into coordinating and running an environmental center.
Goal 3: Gain a better understanding of risk management, and how to analyze and prioritize risk.
- Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
- Ability to pass a federal background check.
- A passion for environmental and outdoor education
- A willingness to learn.
- A commitment to anti-racism.
- Some prior experience in environmental/outdoor education or summer camping preferred.
- Self-started and highly motivated individual with a demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision to complete tasks.
Amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award being offered for successful completion of the member’s term of service: $6,495
Amount of living allowance member will receive:
- $300/week living allowance
- $1,000/month housing allowance upstate (if housing is not provided)
- $1,100/month housing allowance in NYC (if housing is not provided)
Healthcare coverage (if applicable):
Eligible for free health insurance
Childcare coverage (if applicable):
Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps
Student loan forbearance and interest payments, (if the member qualifies): Eligible for Federal Student Loan forbearance and interest payment deferment through AmeriCorps for qualifying student loans.
All Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise.
Position ID: PO-00734726
Expected Dates: February 21, 2023 - December 19, 2023
436 Van Wyck Lake Road
Fishkill, NY 12524
Handicap Accessible?: No
Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Required
A personal vehicle is required to access amenities such as grocery stores, libraries, etc. as well as travel to Hudson Valley Corps trainings and events.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member
US Citizenship: Yes