Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Site
Moreau Lake State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00724379
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. 
           
Organization/Agency Mission and/or Goals:  
The mission of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) 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.
 
Program Mission and/or Goals:
The Moreau Lake State Park Environmental Education Department aims to offer programs and experiences that enrich the patrons time at Moreau Lake and other surrounding natural areas.  While offering programs and experiences we strive to facilitate a safe, enjoyable and educational facility, which can continue on as a unique and sought after destination for our patrons. 
The mission of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is to assist OPRHP in its responsible stewardship of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources, as well as in providing safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors.
 
Member Position Summary:
This intern will be splitting their time between two facilities, two different positions and two supervisors who will be in close contact about the work load and expectations.  Moreau Lake will use about 90% of the time, leaving 10% for SCA needs. 
Moreau Lake State Park comprises over 4200 acres of pristine forest including 7 miles of Hudson River shoreline in northern Saratoga and southern Warren Counties. The park has over 140 camping/RV sites and is usually 99% full during the camping season. Moreau Lake offers visitors a wide range of activities including a beautiful nature center right on the shores of Moreau Lake that offers environmental programs year-round. 20 miles of hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails with all levels of difficulty. Moreau Lake offers beautiful vistas of the Adirondacks to the north and the Hudson Valley to the south. Moreau Lake State Park has been named an “Important Bird Area” by Audubon and also has the distinction of being the 10th biggest State Park in New York and 95% of the park is in its natural state making it a wonderful classroom for environmental education. Educational efforts focus on the balance between the use of the park as a multipurpose facility and conservation efforts to maintain its unspoiled beauty. Duties: Developing public programs for overnight guest’s, local residents and public schools that revolve around the nature center programs while also conducting field visits in the park to determine the current conditions in the park and the best uses for interpretation. 

A.  Staff Nature Center in summer months as needed, which can be daily and some weekends which will be scheduled ahead of time. (20%)

B. Perform interpretive programs in the park for school groups and the general public designed to complement the Moreau Lake Nature Center. (25%)

C. Helping Moreau Lake State Park Environmental Education Staff design new and improve upon already existing environmental programs at the park. (15%)

D. Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting. (15%)

E. Helping to insure that all the natural resources in the park are not exploited and viable prior to environmental programs. Trail work, trail checks and monitoring (10%)


F. Assist Moreau Lake Environmental Education staff to perform education programs outside the park at schools and conservation fairs. (15%)
Essential Functions of Position:
Engage public during site visits and through educational programming
Create and carry out public programming
Assist in trail monitoring and trail projects
 
Candidate Requirements:
 
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • BA/BS or equivalent in a natural science, environmental education or related field. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Confidence and comfort working with the public in various settings both indoor and outdoor.  Knowledge of New York Ecology, or willingness to learn.  Must also have the ability to work independently and self-study.  Ability to perform technical tasks with little supervision. Ability to assess conditions and activities in the framework of adaptive management in order to propose and implement appropriate monitoring, restoration, and outreach initiatives. Ability to help with animal care as well as teach with live reptiles. Physically fit and able to complete 6 mile hikes while safely leading a group on various terrain and in all weather conditions and seasons


Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $600/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $800/month housing allowance for positions in NYC metro area.
  • 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 WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 
 
First Aid Certification, Hudson Valley ecology and natural history education and on-the-job training. 

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
History
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
some experience