Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
June 10, 2021 to November 11, 2021
Site
Bowman Lake State Park
Position ID
PO-00731781
SCA and New York State Parks seek enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental education and stewardship for State Parks in the Allegany, Finger Lakes, Central, Niagara, and Thousand Islands regions of New York State. Members share housing in groups of 3-5 members per location. Service activities range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration, wildlife management, and organizing volunteer events. All Parks Corps members will join together regularly in Central NY for SCA trainings that include Wilderness First Aid Certification, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer, and other professional development opportunities as they arise. Members serving in a stewardship role will also receive Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification, while members serving in an education role will receive Project Learning Tree and/or Certified Interpretive Guide. 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. NYS Parks Corps members serve under the direction of regional Parks staff to assist in accomplishing this mission.  

Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the state of NY. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

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
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SCA NYS Parks Corps Overview: The SCA New York State Parks Corps covers five regions of New York State: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Niagara, and Thousand Islands. Corps members are placed at one of these host sites and serve 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: Educate public about native and invasive plants and animals.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Educate public about local plants/ animals. Provide information on invasive plants/ animals.

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: Educate public in environmental stewardship, further develop nature center through programming, demonstrations, interpretive hikes. 

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: provide public with information and demonstrations to enhance their outdoor experience in the park

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: personal and professional development
Goal 2: provide public with information/ activities related to environmental stewardship, local plants/ animals and conservation
Goal 3: Further development of the nature center

Candidate Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check

Benefits:

  • All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and housing provided
  • 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, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Trail Steward members receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.

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

  • Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Trail Steward members receive Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
some coursework or experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Working with Children
some experience