Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
June 1, 2021 to November 2, 2021
Site
Sharpe Reservation, The Fresh Air Fund
Position ID
PO-00731951
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.

Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the Hudson Valley region. 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.  


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: Introduce young people interested in environmental and outdoor education to a wide variety of activities, professionals in the field, and the different aspects of running an outdoor education center.

Community Needs that the Program Serves: Environmental education interns help connect school and user groups, Fresh Air Families, and other groups to nature. Programs introduce groups to environmental stewardship, basic farming and sustainability practices, and connect groups with nature. Environmental education interns will also be an integral part in helping coordinate trips to bring NYC families to The Sharpe Reservation. These trips allow Fresh Air Families to connect with each other, the environment, and the place their children call home every summer.

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:
  • Help in the logistical set up and break down for all groups before and after arrival.
    • This includes supplies and facilities
  • Assist in on-site group facilitation:
    • Teaching
    • Greeting
    • Meal facilitation
    • Evening programming
    • Light maintenance
  • Learning and facilitating lessons
  • Facilitating group dynamics and teams course sessions.
  • Maintaining program supplies
  • Trail maintenance and invasive species remediation
  • Farm care and education


How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization: The Fresh Air Fund’s mission is to provide new and exciting outdoor experiences to youth living in New York City. As an intern with The Sharpe Reservation the member will be able to facilitate programs and trips with our Fresh Air Children and beyond. The intern will work to help us connect people from New York City and the larger tri-state area with the outdoors and show participants that nature exists not only here but everywhere.


Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
              Goal 1: Feel confident leading environmental and outdoor education lessons with a wide range of groups from schools to families, to adult learners.
              Goal 2: Understand the scope of administrative and logistical process and steps that go into coordinating and running an environmental center.
              Goal 3: Gain a better understanding of risk management, and how to analyze and prioritize risk.
List any specific qualifications for AmeriCorps member:

  • Valid driver’s license for 3+ years
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • A passion for environmental and outdoor education
  • A willingness to learn.
  • A commitment to anti-racism.
  • Some prior experience in environmental/outdoor education or summer camping preferred.
  • Self-started and highly motivated individual with a demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision to complete tasks.
  • Training: Previous or current ARC lifeguarding and waterfront certification or willingness to obtain preferred

 Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $700/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $900/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 Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Arts/Humanities
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
History
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Boating
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision