Shorebird Ecology Ambassador (local NYC-area applicants preferred) (PO-00728245)

Do you love cities AND the outdoors?

Gateway National Recreation Area was established 50 years ago as the country's first urban National Park to bring the NPS idea and values closer to people living in New York City. Experience summer in the city through an internship with Gateway's Interpretation and Education team, focusing on expanding interpretive and recreational opportunities at Gateway's beach locations.  Interns will work directly with local non-profit NYC Plover Project and their volunteers to educate visitors about sharing the shore with the threatened shorebirds that nest on Gateway's beaches.  Interns will also have an opportunity to engage local communities, attending events like NYC's Plover Day to help broaden awareness of the piping plover and other protected species.  Interns will also have an opportunity to plan stewardship events, like beach clean-ups, with park partners and to develop content for the park's social media pages and website.  Interns will benefit from a robust training program that focuses on audience-centered interpretation, operational leadership, resource stewardship ethics, and conflict de-escalation.

As a cohort, interns will learn about the other National Park sites within New York City and have the chance to visit and meet with park managers and staff.

Compensation (pre-tax):

  • 600/week Living Allowance
  • $1,718 AmeriCorps Education Award (requires successful completion of the position/required total hours of service).

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Position ID: PO-00728245

Expected Dates: May 21, 2023 - August 26, 2023

1 Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn, NY 11234

Training Provided: - Introduction to NPS and Gateway training - Opportunity to visit other NYC National Park sites - Introduction to birding and shorebirds

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The interns will have full access to natural, cultural, & recreational resources of the 10 NPS parks in NYC.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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