Environmental Education Steward

Expected Dates
January 23, 2019 to November 20, 2019
Site
Central Office, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00726782
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 NYS Parks Corps Overview
: The SCA New York State Parks Corps covers four regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands. Corps members serve at one of these host sites at the state parks in their region. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration and volunteer initiatives. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other community events. The mission of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources.

Purpose of the Program: Work with State Parks Staff and Park Friend’s Group to enhance education and interpretation efforts at Chenango Valley State Park. Also, lead volunteers in project to improve trails, and trail map, at park.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Write and implement school field trip programs to local Title 1 schools through the Connect Kids Transportation Grant Program. Provide safe and enjoyable hiking trails for public use.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • School Field Trips: Mainly at Selkirk Shores and Green Lakes
    • Present curriculum based school field trip programs
    • Assist with writing field trip school programs
    • Market school field trip/Connect Kids to local schools
    • Coordinate school field trips 
    • Assist with Environmental Field Days at Green Lakes State Park
  • Write and present public programs (strong focus on summer programs)
  • Support special events in the parks.
  • Prepare interpretive materials: Nature center exhibits, Interpretive signs/trails, brochures
  • Coordinate I Love My Park Day events
  • Coordinate invasive species removal.
  • State fair support
  • All SCA Parks Corps members are required to attend monthly SCA events and complete SCA/Americorps paperwork and reporting. This will account for roughly 15% of your time

Performance Goals:
Goal 1: Work with State Park’s Environmental Educator and the Friends of Chenango Valley State Park to offer standards based field trips to local title 1 schools through the Connect Kids Field Trip Program as a first priority; and other schools and groups as demand allows.

Goal 2: Work with State Park’s Environmental Educator and the Friends of Chenango Valley State Park to increase the number and quality of interpretive programs offered to park patrons throughout the year, with a focus on summer programming.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and public speaking skills
  • Must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds; especially school children
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • A general knowledge of basic ecological principles, and NY state flora and fauna
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Over 21 preferred but not required

Benefits:

  • All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and housing provided
  • 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 Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development.  Environmental Educator members receive Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula, Certified Interpretive Guide, roving, and other opportunities that arise.
 
*Please ignore fit rating/eligibiity notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.

  • Members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development.  Environmental Educator receive CIG, Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula
  • Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development.  Environmental Educator members receive Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula, Certified Interpretive Guide, roving, and other opportunities that arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience