Educator-Naturalist

Expected Dates
May 11, 2020 to October 9, 2020
Site
Audubon New York
Position ID
PO-00730294
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.

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. 

The Educator-Naturalist position is located at Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sancutary in Garrison, NY. 

Purpose of the Program:
The Educator-Naturalist will assist in developing and executing conservation-based school and community education programs. In addition, this position will assist with daily operations, educational exhibits, and in the care of the Center and property.
 
Community Needs that the Program Serves:
The member will assist in the educational aspects of the Center. Throughout the year, the AmeriCorps member will assist with teaching over 100 school and public based environmental conservation education classes that serve suburban and urban populations from the region. Focusing on topics such as Marsh ecology, bird conservation and the Hudson River, the AmeriCorps member will help reach approximately 1200 students and adults and provide roughly 8,000 environmental education contact hours. Additionally, the AmeriCorps member will be assisting in the daily operations of the Nature Center that will reach another 7,000 people through Center visitors and hikers
 
SCA AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities: The SCA member will assist in and work closely with other education staff to develop and execute conservation-based school and community education programs; Work with the education manager in revising lesson plans and curriculum; Prepare lesson plans/curriculum, program set-up and clean-up, and program evaluation; Maintain inventory, condition and organization of educational materials, supplies and equipment; develop and execute conservation-based education through Center visitation, public canoe trips and school groups; Assist with daily operations and light maintenance of center properties, including general housekeeping; Participate in other conservation efforts, science research, and restoration work that includes learning how to collect and identify invertebrates in the field, eel monitoring, invasive species control, conducting plant surveys, or marsh birds surveys. They will also be required to develop a sound understanding of; Wetland management, Wetland ecology, Invasive species control, Native Bird and wildlife communities and Non-profit operations.

All SCA Hudson Valley Corps members are required to attend SCA monthly events and completed SCA/AmeriCorps paperwork and reporting. This will account for roughly 15% of your time. 
 

Performance Goals for the SCA AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: AmeriCorps member will assist with teaching over 100 school and public based environmental conservation education classes that serve suburban and urban populations from the region. This will be done by conducting 50% of school based programs throughout the seasons and developing 1 new education program during their service.
 
Goal 2: Focusing on topics such as Marsh ecology, bird conservation and the Hudson River, the AmeriCorps member will help reach approximately 1200 students and adults and provide roughly 8,000 environmental education contact hours. They will be evaluated on several points that will help increase the number of programs and visitation through, but not limited to; arranging/conducting ~10 public canoe trips/ increasing visitation by 150 new people, and assist in reaching the public through social media. (50% between goal 1 and 2)
 
Goal 3: Additionally, the AmeriCorps member will be assisting in the daily operations of the Nature Center that will reach another 7,000 people through Center visitors and hikers (30%).  They will also participate in other conservation efforts at the sanctuary, including songbird monitoring and invasive species control (20%)    .

Candidate Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license of at least 3 years with a clean driving record
  • Ability to pass a federal background check
  • Undergraduate, or equivalent experience focused in Environmental Education, Wildlife Biology, or related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills with adults & children a must.
  • Prior teaching experience is preferred.
  • Canoeing experience a plus.
  • Ability to work well as part of the team.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Be flexible and motivated
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Personal transportation is important.

Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance 
  • This position will have housing provided for the SCA member
  • 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 WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that arise. 

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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
GIS
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Working with Children
some experience