Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Site
Mine Kill State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00724383
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. 
 
 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities: The SCA members will serve as assistant environmental educators at Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Parks and the John Burroughs Memorial Historic Site during the 2018 season. Members will develop and implement environmental education programs tailored to regional school groups grades K-12, the Schoharie County Youth Bureau, the Schoharie River Center, SUNY Cobleskill students and other organizations, as well as to the public.
 
Members will assist with all programs and events scheduled at Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul and the New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center including I Love My Park Day, Eagle Fest, Snow Fest, Summer Fest, Summer Nature Tent series, Fireside Jams, the Mine Kill Disc Golf Course tournaments, kayak clinics and tours, guided hikes, and the Fall Haunted House programs.
 
Members will be required to organize and run the Fireside Jams and monthly education programs at Max V. Shaul’s stage. Members will be required to work weekends and some nights. Members will be required to assist with all events and programs and sometimes will be required to run programs on their own. Additional tasks may include trail building and maintenance, invasive species removal, and daily interaction with the public at the parks.
 
 
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: Members play a huge role in the park’s programs. SCA members become the back bone of many programs and continue to help us implement fresh and new programs, as well as grow old ones.
 
 
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1: Successfully organize and run education and music programs at Max V. Shaul State Park.
 
            Goal 2: Take initiative to create new programs and improve old ones.
 
            Goal 3: Run programs, events, and create lesson plans without assistance.
 
 
Candidate Requirements:
 
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Reliable transportation
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

 
Knowledge:

  • Experience with children
  • Some kayaking knowledge or willing to learn
  • Computer experience

 
Training:

  • CPR & First Aid (can be obtained through SCA, but required for kayaking)

 
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. 

In-park trainings may include the following: wilderness first aid, first aid and CPR for the first responder, administering emergency oxygen, UTV training, Level I/II kayak instructor training, Disc Golf Clinics, ACA Kayak Level I, and more.

  • Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Parks are located in a very rural setting and attract a diverse population of adults, youth and children. We focus our attention on family oriented activities and programs.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Boating
competent without supervision
GPS
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Writing/Publishing
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision