Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 17, 2018 to November 13, 2018
Site
Thousand Islands Regional Parks, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00724391
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: The New York State Parks Corps is seeking enthusiastic environmental educators to expand the impact of the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center at Wellesley Island State Park.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center will be renovated by the spring. The SCA members will bring new ideas and life to the nature center, will expand environmental education to other parks, and will undertake projects such as an increase in sustainability which have been impossible with the amount of current staff.


AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities: 
•    Focus on and improve a particular aspect of nature center operations. Areas of focus for 2018 are: garden maintenance and development, animal caretaking, social media, and school program curriculum development
•    Members will also help run the front desk, manage our live animals (feeding animals and cleaning aquariums), write pieces for our quarterly newsletter, maintain our many gardens, work on needed construction/maintenance projects, like building compost bins and painting signs or trail bridges
•    Members will plan and conduct a minimum of 10 interpretive and environmental education programs across two state parks other than Wellesley Island State Park during the summer 2018 season, reaching 1,000 people. Program development will include preparation of program proposals, creating and distributing posters, flyers, etc. to promote programs, working with park staff to ensure site readiness and park involvement, and more
•    Members will prepare interpretive and environmental education logs at each of two parks to document progress, and to ensure sustainability of educational efforts in future years
•    All ten members of the Parks Corps in the Thousand Islands will come together at least twice a year for larger projects and trainings
•    Members will be required to camp occasionally for offsite trainings and projects with the SCA Thousand Islands Conservation Work Crew
•    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: Plan and conduct a minimum of 10 interpretive and environmental education programs across two state parks other than Wellesley Island State Park
Goal 2: Work at Minna Anthony Common Nature Center located in Wellesley Island State Park, helping with daily operations of the nature center and its trails, and conducting programs for school groups, local community organizations, park visitors, and the general public
Goal 3: Focus on and improve a particular aspect of nature center operations. Areas of focus for 2018 are: garden maintenance and development, animal caretaking, social media, and school program curriculum development

Candidate Qualifications:
•    Must be well organized, possess strong interpersonal communication skills
•    Ability to work alone and in group settings
•    Enthusiastic about work and personable
•    Comfortable working in an outdoor setting 
•    Comfortable working in and around water
•    Valid Driver’s License
•    Ability to pass a background check

*Please ignore fit rating/eligibiity notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.

Benefits:
•    All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance
•    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, 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. 
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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
Camping
some experience
Customer Service
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Working with Animals
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Swimming
some experience
Working with Children
some experience