Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
April 15, 2020 to September 16, 2020
Site
Mine Kill State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00729901
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.


This position is located in North Blenheim, NY


Purpose of the Program: To serve as part of an environmental education team based at Mine Kill State Park which provides outreach and programming in the park, in the community, and at partner locations.  As an integral part of this dynamic team, the SCA member will have opportunities to develop new and expand existing programs, and to gain first-hand knowledge on the daily operations of State Park facilities.



Community Needs that the Program Serves: Located in the scenic Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park provides incredible recreational facilities in a rural part of New York State.  Highlights include an olympic-sized swimming pool, 10 miles of trails, an 80-foot cascading waterfall, 18 hole disc golf course, athletic fields, fishing and boating access, picnic facilities, and a brand new nature classroom.  All these facilities, as well as the programs offered in the park, are free to the public.  And, as part of working at Mine Kill State Park, the SCA member will also work in our partner facilities, which include Max V. Shaul State Park, a 30-site campground, John Burroughs Memorial Field Historic Site, the gravesite of the famous naturalist/author set in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, and the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center, an educational center built into a huge old dairy barn, which includes exhibits, meeting spaces, and a theater.   



Values and Standards of the Program: SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. 


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: The Member will play an integral role in providing safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities in New York State Parks.


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 phases of park operations, and assist park staff with a variety of projects

Candidate Qualifications:
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Valid driver license of 3 years with a clean driving record. 
  • Skills:  Coursework in environmental education, environmental studies or related field.
  • Knowledge:  Familiarity with the flora and fauna of New York State
  • Training:  Specialized trainings in environmental education such as Project WET and Project WILD considered a plus.


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.

  • 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