Education and Community Engagement Assistant

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Site
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Position ID
PO-00724376
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:
Scenic Hudson is a regional Hudson Valley land trust and environmental organization that operates throughout 10 counties in New York, from Albany to New York City. We welcome thousands of annual visitors to our parks and preserves each year.
We offer environmental educational programming free of charge to schools throughout the Hudson Valley with a focus on reaching low income and urban communities, specifically in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. Our educational goal is empower students of all ages to learn and care about the environment and become engaged in protecting it.
Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley’s prosperity. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. To date Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 65 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved nearly 40,000 acres. www.scenichudson.org
 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist Education and Community Engagement Coordinator in the promotion, outreach and coordination of educational programming including school fieldtrips.  Assist in the development of educational resources and materials. (30%)
  • Outreach to schools and other educational organizations for the purpose of developing lasting relationships. This may include engaging the educational community and general public at tabling events or direct communication with teachers and educators (10%)
  • Assist in implementation of public recreational and educational events. Includes evening and weekend work. (10%)
  • Develop, facilitate and promote citizen science projects in Scenic Hudson parks including amphibian monitoring, eel monitoring and phenology data collection. This includes collecting, cataloging and organizing data. (15%)
  • Assist Event and Community Project Manager with volunteer projects and events in Scenic Hudson parks and other opens spaces. (15%)
  • Assist Parks and Community Engagement Team with park projects as needed. Duties including park cleanup, flyer distribution, park and trail maintenance. (5%)
  • Participate in all required SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting. (15%)

 
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
As part of the Scenic Hudson’s Parks and Community Engagement Team the Education and Community Engagement Assistant will work to help advance the education and community engagement goals of Scenic Hudson. Outreach takes place throughout the Hudson Valley in and around Scenic Hudson parks.  The Education and Community Engagement Assistant will help to optimize the public’s use of Scenic Hudson parks for learning opportunities by leading and coordinating educational activities. Scenic Hudson’s goal is to provide programming in underserved communities and launch a civic engagement component for youth, particularly high school students. This position will help to reach out to low income schools in the Hudson Valley.
The Education and Community Engagement Assistant will serve as an ambassador for Scenic Hudson by interacting with regional and local organizations and the public through direct educational programming as well as special events, hikes, volunteer activities. Much of this work will be done as part of a small team, some with volunteers and some independently. This position will also help to implement multiple citizen science initiatives in Scenic Hudson parks. Position requires travel with personal vehicle throughout the Hudson Valley. Evening and weekend work will be required on an average of twice per month.
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1: Help to design and implement educational programs, including classroom presentations, field trips, civic engagement activities for youth about the Hudson River.
 
            Goal 2: Coordinate citizen science programs in Scenic Hudson parks to educate and engage public in data collection.
 
            Goal 3: Assist Scenic Hudson staff in the implementation of community outreach, volunteer programming, public events and park maintenance.
 
 
Candidate Requirements:
 

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science or related field. Equivalent knowledge and experience acquired through professional experience accepted.
  • Previous experience working in outdoor education, environmental education and/or with children/students/families preferred.
  • Enthusiastic about work and personable.
  • Flexible with work schedule. On average 2-3 days in the office and 2-3 days in the field each week. Occasionally including weekend, evening and early hours.
  • Comfortable working in an outdoor setting and physically able to walk 4+ miles a day over varied terrain and able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Enjoy working with students grades K-12, and comfortable engaging with diverse community members in structured and unstructured settings.
  • Ability to speak Spanish and translate written materials a plus.
  • Comfortable working in a variety of settings including urban and rural.
  • Must be well organized, possess strong interpersonal communication skills, detail oriented, and supportive of Scenic Hudson’s mission, www.scenichudson.org
  • Curriculum development and educational planning experience a plus.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Experience and comfortable with light trail maintenance.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite—Word, Excel, Access.
  • Experience with Adobe suit—InDesign, Photoshop—a plus.


Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $750/month housing allowance for positions in NYC metro area.
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps.
  • Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps.
  • Eligible for free health insurance
  • Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

 
Training Opportunities:
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. 
 

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Working with Children
some experience