Environmental Educator Assistant

Expected Dates
June 22, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Site
Region 2 Office NYS DEC
Position ID
PO-00723616
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. 

Member Position Summary:
Members will provide the primary support for the After-School Conservation Club (ASCC) and Summer Camp Conservation Club (SCCC) programs. Both programs use a collaborative approach where members and staff of participating sites separately lead environmental education lessons with 3rd-5th graders in NYC after-school and summer camp programs. Support provided by members will include facilitating training sessions on how to lead environmental education lessons for approximately 85 program staff from 25 participating sites and delivering environmental education lessons to at least 350 youth. Outside of these two programs, members will develop and conduct environmental education programs in local schools and organizations and at local community events in order to increase community awareness of and involvement with the environment. Members will facilitate up to 15 professional development trainings for up to 230 formal and informal educators that cover activity guides produced by Projects Learning Tree, WILD, and WET.  Members will interact with and educate up to 60 youth during one or two weeks spent at a DEC sleepaway camp, including 6 campers from the DEC’s NYC Camps Diversity Program. Members will also have the opportunity to attend or participate in professional development and service opportunities in and around New York City, including SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects.
 
Essential Functions of Position:
  • Facilitate up to 6 training sessions for the ASCC and SCCC programs with the regional environmental education staff.
  • Deliver environmental educations lessons to at least 350 youth attending sites participating in ASCC and SCCC.
  • Develop and conduct environmental education programs at local schools and organizations and at local community events.
  • Facilitate up to 15 professional development trainings for formal and informal educators that cover activity guides produced by Projects Learning Tree, WILD, and WET.
  • Attend training and professional development functions, such as seminars, and participate with intra- and inter-agency partners.
  • Participate in SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting.
  • Completion of AmeriCorps reporting requirements including bi-weekly timesheets, monthly reports, pre/post tests for any education provided, evaluations at the beginning, mid-point, and end of term. 

 Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Ability to work independently on select projects
  • Knowledge of urban audiences
  • Driver’s license with clean driving record
  • Willing and able to drive a DEC vehicle throughout New York City
  • Members must be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service. Members must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; and must satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

  • College degree, experience, and/or passion for education, environmental biology or science, ecology, or related fields
  • Members will receive training in multiple curricula produced by Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET. Additional internal trainings will be offered to further members’ professional development and performance.
  • SCA offers all Hudson Valley Corps members with Wilderness First Aid certification, CPR certification, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, and Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and other opportunities which may arise.

    Host-site trainings may inlcude:
    • An initial orientation will provide members with an understanding of the DEC’s mission, its organizational structure, and its operational policies and procedures.  In addition to in-person trainings covering this material, members will receive a staff manual to refer to during their term.
    • Members will receive training in multiple curricula produced by Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET totaling up to 24 hours in training time.
    • DEC environmental education staff will provide guidance as members begin to facilitate training sessions and lead lessons for outside organizations. Members will be periodically observed during these presentations in order to provide constructive feedback.
    • Additional internal trainings will be offered to further members’ professional development and performance. Past trainings have included classroom management and leading educational lessons outdoors.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Working with Children
some experience