Environmental Educator

Site
Moreau Lake State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728905
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.
           
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: 

Moreau Lake State Park comprises about 7,000 acres of pristine forest with 44 miles of hiking trails, 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 shore of Moreau Lake that offers educational programs year- round. Recreational activities include, but are not limited to: 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 Park has been named “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 to maintain its unspoiled beauty.

Position Duties: Park Placement and Job Description
Overall, Moreau Lake will use about 90% of the time, leaving 10% for SCA needs such as trainings. Out of the 10 months, the winter (January- March) will be on the slower side, this is the time to do your research and plan. Create educational programs, find out how you want to improve the nature center. The spring (April- May) will be the busiest time. This is field trip season and everyday will be multiple schools and programs. The summer months (June-August), you will have to staff the nature center daily and talk to visitors. During this time there will be a lot of over night guests, local residents and public summer camps that revolve around the nature center. When fall approaches (September- November) there will be festivals and school programing that picks up again. During the whole 10 months, you will be required to take care of all the animals. Daily feedings and cleanings for all our reptiles.
A break-down for the Position Duties:
    1. Preforming interpretive and educational programs in the park for school groups and the general public to draw people into the nature center. (This includes staffing the nature center during the summer.) Assist Moreau Lake Environmental Education staff to preform education programs outside the park at schools and conservation fairs (55%)
    2. Animal care. Taking care of all the reptiles and amphibians. There is daily feedings, bathing, exercise and tank care. (15%)
    3. Help insure all natural resources in the park. Trail work, monitoring, invasive pulling, etc. (10%)
    4. Brainstorm ideas and design new ways to improve the nature center, already existing environmental programs, and additional programs. (10%)
    5. Participate in all SCA Corps- wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting. (10%)

Candidate Qualifications:
Ability to pass a background check.
Valid Drivers License for 3 Years Prior to Start Date

  • 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
Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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 WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, 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
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