Environmental Educator Intern

Expected Dates
April 20, 2020 to September 18, 2020
Site
Letchworth State Park
Position ID
PO-00729897
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 five regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Niagara, and Thousand Islands. Corps members are placed at one of these host sites and serve 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: To assist the Humphrey Nature Center and Genesee State Park Region in delivering environmental education opportunities to the public.     

Community Needs that the Program Serves: The Genesee Region of New York State Parks sees over 1 million visitors each year.  As attendance grows each year, so does the need for interpretation and education.  Environmental Educator Interns in the Genesee Region educate the public about our local natural resources and communicate a need for responsible stewardship.     

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct environmental education programs to diverse audiences by leading interpretive walks, preparing and teaching lessons, presenting slide and film programs, and conducting programs off site.
  • Assist in planning, preparing and building displays, exhibits and other teaching aides.
  • Assist in researching, writing and producing educational materials.
  • Clean, repair and maintain equipment, exhibits, and facilities, including housing area.
  • Assist with basic trail maintenance.
  • Assist with invasive species management and other environmental stewardship projects.     
  • 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: Deliver interpretive programming to visitors of the Humphrey Nature Center, Letchworth State Park, and other parks in the Genesee Region.     
    Goal 2: Build skills in preparing and delivering educational programs, as well as interpersonal skills.      
    Goal 3: Develop new programs, displays or other interpretive materials.  

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Associate’s degree or higher in environmental science, conservation, environmental education, or related field preferred.
  • Experience working with children preferred.     
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Works well in small groups and individually
  • Comfortable working outdoors and walking up to 5 miles per day  
  • Basic knowledge of local natural history (training provided)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check

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.

  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace, Certified Interpretive Guide and Project Learning Tree curricula. Optional trainings include American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities as they arise.
  • 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
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Public Speaking
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