Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
June 3, 2019 to October 31, 2019
Site
Mine Kill State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00727340
This position has a flexible start/end date.

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 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. 

Purpose of the Program: To assist in daily education programs and public outreach as well as learn how a State Park and programs operate.
 
Community Needs that the Program Serves:  Public education, free school programs for children, outdoor and wildlife education, free family festivals and events

  
 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:  The SCA member will work with park staff and volunteers to provide environmental education programming at Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Parks and the John Burroughs Memorial Historic Site.  Member 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.
 
Together with an additional SCA member, they 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 such as I Love My Park Day, Snow Fest, Summer Fest, Summer Nature Tent series, kayak clinics and tours, guided hikes, and the Fall Haunted House programs.
 
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 programs
 
            Goal 2:  Develop new lesson plans and interpretive exhibits that can be used in State Parks
 
            Goal 3:  Learn about all phase of park operations, and assist park staff with a variety of projects
 
 
Candidate Requirements:
 
  • Valid Driver’s License for 3 years prior to start date.
  • 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 Quick Start Your Canoe, 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.
  • 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
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