Education and Outreach Assistant

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
Site
The Environmental Coop at the Vassar Barns
Position ID
PO-00732442

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. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

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:

The mission of The Environmental Cooperative is to expand and coordinate conservation efforts and to strengthen place-based environmental awareness throughout the Hudson Valley by inspiring engagement, supporting current efforts, and developing new opportunities for conservation education, outreach, and research.

The Environmental Cooperative is an outreach and education initiative through Vassar College focusing on conservation efforts locally.  The Cooperative works towards engaging the local and campus community in structured conservation program including volunteer opportunities, environmental education field trips, guided walks, conservation based workshops and other outreach and education events

Community Needs that the Program Serves:

The Environmental Cooperative works closely with the City of Poughkeepsie, surrounding communities and Vassar College to address needs in regards to conservation and environmental education and public engagement. We connect Vassar students with conservation-based volunteer and educational opportunities in the wider community and on campus.

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 Education and Outreach Assistant will report to and work closely with the Director of the Environmental Cooperative. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of “Exploring Science” an elementary level field trip based program.  Exploring Science consists of in-school and after school programming.  Exploring Science trains Vassar students to teach K-3rd graders environmental science curriculum both in the classroom and on field trips to the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. The Education and Outreach Assistant will:

  1. Assist with the development of a classroom/schoolyard based curriculum
  2. Assist with the development of after-school programming
  3. Assist with the development of age-appropriate field trips
  4. Teach elementary students participating in the Exploring Science Program
  5. Train Vassar students to teach the Exploring Science curriculum
  6. Develop on-line programming to meet the needs of the Community during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Additionally, the Americorps member would assist with general outreach and education initiatives of the Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve such as guided hikes, community volunteer opportunities and hands-on and virtual workshops.

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:

The Americorps member would report directly to the Director of the Environmental Cooperative director and would be an integral part of programming and activities sponsored by the Cooperative.

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:

Goal 1: Work with the Environmental Cooperative Director to develop an environmental science curriculum (“Exploring Science”) that includes classroom visits field trips, after-school and summer programs for local elementary school children

Goal 2: Teach Exploring Science in the Spring and Fall semesters to at least one class at two different Poughkeepsie Schools. Successfully help to train Vassar student to teach the Exploring Science program. Teach summer environmental education programs.

Goal 3: Design and implement environmental workshops, volunteer opportunities and programs for Vassar college and the community

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license of at least 3 years with a clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, must have plant and animal identification skills, must be able to work independently,  be organized, creative, must enjoy working with children and the general public.  Experience working with children is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge: Course work or experience in environmental interpretation or education.  Experience or strong interest in educating children and young adults necessary.  Knowledge of classroom behavior management techniques, public school state standards, and lesson plan development desirable.  GIS training a plus.
  • Training: BA/BS in Ecology, Botany, Wildlife Biology, Education, Environmental Science or related field; knowledge of Microsoft and Google suite of applications; valid driver’s license

Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
degree minor or extensive experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
GIS
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision