Environmental Educator/Natural Resources Assistant

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Allegany State Park, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728904
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 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: To become a well rounded environmental steward - serving as both an educator and an intern in the natural resource field. 

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The intern will develop new interpretive programs for Allegany State Park, lead programs for school age children and assist with outdoor recreation programs.
  • They will also have the ability to work within the Natural resource department on invasive species projects and other projects as they arise.
  • Assist in events like I Love My Park day, Great Outdoors Day, and National Public Lands Day and the potential to develop or add to one of our already ongoing events such as Dog Days of Summer, the Beach party or Rock the park.
  • School programs would be the focus from May to Late June. Summer Peak season programs run from the last week of June until Labor Day. May to September would be the main educational part of the program with the rest of the year being used to assist the Natural Resource department with the exception of helping to run some winter programs including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat bikes.
  • All SCA Parks Corps members are required to attend monthly SCA events and complete SCA/Americorps paperwork and reporting. This will account for roughly 15% of your time.

Performance Goals:
Goal 1: Develop, assist and create environmental educational programs for all ages, help with school programs and  to inform patrons about the local flora and fauna and natural history of Allegany State Park
Goal 2: become more knowledgeable on invasive plants, wildlife and forestry practices  
Goal 3: Become better prepared for the environmental field work force. 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and ability to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Must be detail-oriented, dependable, self-motivated and can work very well independently
  • Ability to physically move through the environment where the programs are being conducted; to include, walking, hiking, reaching, lifting, squatting, crawling etc. in all seasons and weather
  • Computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check

Benefits:

  • All NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
  • 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.  Environmental Educator members receive Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula, Certified Interpretive Guide, roving, and other opportunities that arise.
 
*Please ignore fit rating/eligibiity notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.

  • Office space for the position is located at Allegany State Park.
  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, 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
  • 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.  Environmental Educator members receive Project WET, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curricula, Certified Interpretive Guide, roving, and other opportunities that arise.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
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Public Speaking
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Writing/Publishing
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