Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
Site
Clay Pit Ponds State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00732444
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:
The mission of the 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. 

Community Needs that the Program Serves:
Because of the density of development, the New York City region has limited access to open space and natural resource areas. There is an increasing interest in accessing such resources by the general public and local schools. NYC public schools are under increasing pressure to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming. With Covid-19 closures of many indoor public spaces, people have flocked to Parks. New patrons to our Parks increasingly need accessible educational resources that promote stewardship and safe recreation practices.


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:
  1. Assist the Environmental Educators in planning, setting up, teaching, and evaluating in-person programs and workshops. Lead interpretive hikes on forested trails. 
  2. Assist with the development of program materials. Keep materials organized.
  3. Assist with virtual education by creating content for social media, designing missions for Agents of Discovery, and supplementing virtual field trips.
  4. Conduct research and perform field work to support environmental education programs and stewardship.
  5. Manage a farm plot and provide care and upkeep of resident chickens at the historic Gericke Farm to support programming.
  6. Assist with maple syrup production and education. 
  7. Engage in outreach to principals, teachers, and the public. Help to design and distribute marketing materials. Aid in volunteer recruitment and coordination. Represent NY State Parks at large events. 
  8. Assist with general Nature Interpretive Center upkeep including, but not limited to: designing and creating new exhibits, handling and caring for live animals, garden maintenance, greeting and interacting with visitors, and composting. 
  9. Travel to other State Parks throughout NYC to assist with special events.
  10. Spend at least one work day each month with the region’s Stewardship Team removing invasive species from Parks and conducting research.  
  11. Other duties as assigned by management based on the facilities’ operational needs. 



How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
The AmeriCorps members will conduct stewardship initiatives and educate the public about how to be better stewards of their environment. Members will also encourage passive recreation in the Parks by conducting outreach and providing information at the Nature Interpretive Center. Members will support our programs to enhance visitor experience.

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:

Goal 1: Write, prepare, conduct, and evaluate one new program or event at Clay Pit.

Goal 2: Create one exhibit to be installed in the Nature Interpretive Center. 

Goal 3: Conduct one community science initiative OR stewardship project at Clay Pit.     

Candidate Qualifications:     

  • Member MUST be able to lift 30 lbs
  • Member MUST be willing to work outdoors year-round and in all weather conditions. 
  • Member MUST be willing to handle and care for live animals. 
  • Member MUST be willing to live in provided housing at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve. 


Skills:  

  • Member must be willing and able to speak publicly to audiences of all ages, from infants to adults.

Knowledge:

  • A creative background in art, design, graphic arts, marketing, etc. is very helpful in this position
  • Knowledge of local species and ecology; knowledge of environmental issues   

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.




 

  • 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
History
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision