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.
This position is located in North Blenheim, NY
Purpose of the Program:
To assist in park environmental education programs and public outreach as well as learn how a State Park operates.
Community Needs that the Program Serves:
Public education, free school programs for children, outdoor and wildlife education, volunteerism, and land stewardship
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:
The SCA member will work with park staff, additional SCA and volunteers to provide environmental education programming at Mine Kill State Park and satellite facilities. Member will develop and implement environmental education programs tailored to regional school groups grades K-12, community organizations and the general public.
The SCA member will help promote and expand volunteerism in our parks, through programs such as I Love My Park Day and National Public Lands Day.
During the summer months, the SCA member will serve as a park ambassador, providing roving interpretation and visitor assistance as needed. Additional tasks will include trail building and maintenance, invasive species removal and other land stewardship projects
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
The Member will play an integral role in providing safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities in New York State Parks.
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Successfully organize and conduct environmental education programs
Goal 2: Develop new lesson plans and interpretive materials that can be used in State Parks.
Goal 3: Become familiar with all phases of park operations and assist park staff with a variety of projects
- Ability to pass a background check.
- Valid driver license.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- At least two years of college experience in a relevant field
Skills: Coursework in environmental education, environmental studies or related field.
Knowledge: Familiarity with the flora and fauna of New York State.
Training: Specialized trainings in environmental education such as Project WET and Project WILD considered a plus.
Amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award being offered for successful completion of the member’s term of service: $3,447.50
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 First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise.
Position ID: PO-00735227
Expected Dates: June 13, 2023 - November 14, 2023
161 Mine Kill Road
North Blenheim, NY 12131
Handicap Accessible?: No
Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Required
The site is in a rural location therefore 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
Housing offered onsite at Max V. Shaul State Park. Cabin shared with another SCA member.
US Citizenship: Yes