2021 Digital Educator Naturalist

Expected Dates
January 11, 2021 to May 6, 2021
Site
SCA NH Corps
Position ID
PO-00730775

The SCA’s NH AmeriCorps Program:
Have you ever wanted to live in a park where you can explore thousands of acres of prime New England forest by ski, snowshoe, foot, or bike? Do you want to make life-long friends who are passionate about the environment and from all over the United States? Does the chance to learn conservation and education skills and start your career off with a one-of-a-kind experience sound exciting? If you said yes, to any or all of these questions, then you should consider being  a Digital Educator Naturalist with the SCA’s NH AmeriCorps Program!

The SCA NH Corps is collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). Since 1994 the SCA NH Corps has provided over one million hours of service to the great little state of New Hampshire while training young adults to do valuable conservation work. Each year 30 full time young adult volunteers contribute more than 50,000 service hours, providing environmental education programs to the state’s residents and visitors and completing conservation service projects to improve and protect the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources from the Atlantic Coast to the White Mountains and beyond.

Education Season:
Digital Educator Naturalists will create and curate environmental education programs for local elementary schools in the Concord-Manchester Region of New Hampshire from January-April. During this time teams develop a curriculum that fosters connections between their students and the natural world.

Field Trips:
During this portion of the program members will collaborate on the creation of digital field trips.  Bear Brook State Park is full of unique habitats that are exciting to explore and investigate.  You will get to guide students through the exploration of vernal pools, Hemlock, hardwood, Pine forests, freshwater marshes,  and much more as you create the digital content for the virtual tour of Bear Brook State Park.  

Through this 4 month commitment you will serve communities in New Hampshire while contributing as an active member of the SCA NH AmeriCorps program. This is a unique opportunity that gives members the chance to live in nature and experience what they are teaching first hand. Lastly, this position ends in early May, which sets folks up nicely to step into other seasonal positions upon completion of this service term.

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  • The programs home base, with rustic camp cabins, is at Spruce Pond Camp within Bear Brook State Park (BBSP). BBSP is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire with over 10,000 acres of land. Whether you are headed from here to do service or just have fun recreating you will certainly enjoy the trails, ponds, wildlife and other gems this park has to offer. During Education Season you will live at BBSP and primarily serve schools in the Merrimack Valley region of NH. This region is host to Manchester, the largest and most diverse city in NH, and the state’s capital - Concord.
  • Environmental Education Training - Digital Content Creation, Lesson Planning, EE Curriculum Guides, and New Hampshire Ecology Leave No Trace Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork Skills Risk Management

  • Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills while collaborating in their teaching teams throughout the program. Educator Naturalists will also learn to develop lessons and curriculum, use technology to engage in school and at home audiences, and learn all about the ecology of New Hampshire.
     
    Program partners work in a variety of fields that include education, youth development, land management/stewardship, land conservation, outdoor recreation, and forestry to name a few. Learning from and collaborating with these professionals is an invaluable experience that will help you jump-start your career. 
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
degree minor or extensive experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision