Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
Site
Mine Kill State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00732567
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.  

Conditions of Employment Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.


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 assist in park environmental education programs and public outreach as well as learn how a State Park operates.


Community Needs that the Program Serves: Public education, free school programs for children, outdoor and wildlife education, volunteerism, and land stewardship.


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, additional SCA and volunteers to provide environmental education programming at Mine Kill State Park and satellite facilities.  Member will develop and implement environmental education programs tailored to regional school groups grades K-12, community organizations and the general public.  

 

The SCA member will help promote and expand volunteerism in our parks, through programs such as I Love My Park Day and National Public Lands Day.

 

During the summer months, the SCA member will serve as a park ambassador, providing roving interpretation and visitor assistance as needed.  Additional tasks will include trail building and maintenance, invasive species removal and other land stewardship projects.


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 conduct environmental education programs.

 

Goal 2: Develop new lesson plans and interpretive materials that can be used in State Parks.



Goal 3: Become familiar with 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