Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 17, 2018 to November 13, 2018
Site
Chenango Valley State Park, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00724403
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: Work with State Parks Staff and Park Friend’s Group to enhance education and interpretation efforts at Chenango Valley State Park. Also, lead volunteers in project to improve trails, and trail map, at park.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Write and implement school field trip programs to local Title 1 schools through the Connect Kids Transportation Grant Program. Provide safe and enjoyable hiking trails for public use.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Under the Connect Kids Transportation Grant:
    • Write and present curriculum based school field trip programs
    • Market school field trip/Connect Kids to local schools
    • Coordinate school field trips
    • Assist with Environmental Field Days at Green Lakes State Park
  • Write and present public programs (strong focus on summer programs)
  • Prepare interpretive materials:
    • Nature center exhibits
    • Interpretive signs/trails
    • Brochures
    • Augmented reality games
      • CCC/historical significance
      • Scavenger hunts
      • Invasive species (based on two current examples)
  • Coordinate I Love My Park Day events
  • Lead a group of volunteers to maintain and improve hiking trail system
  • Coordinate invasive species removals
  • State fair support
  • 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: Work with State Park’s Environmental Educator and the Friends of Chenango Valley State Park to offer standards based field trips to local title 1 schools through the Connect Kids Field Trip Program as a first priority; and other schools and groups as demand allows.

Goal 2: Work with State Park’s Environmental Educator and the Friends of Chenango Valley State Park to increase the number and quality of interpretive programs offered to park patrons throughout the year, with a focus on summer programming.

Goal 3: Work with State Parks Staff and volunteers to coordinate hiking trail

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and public speaking skills
  • Must enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds; especially school children
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • A general knowledge of basic ecological principles, and NY state flora and fauna.
  • Interest in trail work
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Over 21 preferred but not required

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

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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
Bird Identification
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience