Environmental Interpreter

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Allegany State Park, NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728886
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 design, market, and deliver formal interpretive programs at each park: Lake Erie State Park and Long Point State Park

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Environmental Interpreter position will continue development of interpretive programs for onsite delivery at Lake Erie State Park and Long Point on Chautauqua State Park that will include but are not limited to a variety of potential interests such as: natural history including erosion and water quality issues, birding, native plant species, invasive plant species, local, wildlife, etc. Lake Erie and Long Point on Chautauqua State Parks each have over 100,000 visitors annually.
  • 2017 was our first experience with an Environmental Interpreter Intern with the SCA program. The past threeInterns did a great job beginning to establish and create programming for both parks. The position this year will expand upon the groundwork lain by the previous Interns. Increasing publicity of that programming will be major need this year as well.
  • The SCA Environmental Interpreter will design, promote and present programs at both parks. Each park will have at least three programs presented each week during the “on” season Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; more can certainly be delivered. These programs will be developed, designed and packaged so that delivery could be achieved by future seasonal park Interpreters in an off-the-shelf manner. 
  • Additionally, certain special programs at each park will be the Intern’s responsibility, with Park Manager support. These programs include “I Love My Park Day” at Long Point in early May; “Kick-Off to Summer” at Lake Erie in late June; and other programs that may arise and be of mutual interest and benefit to the Park and the Intern.
  • The SCA Environmental Interpreter will be housed in Allegany State Park, office workspace will be provided at both Allegany and Midway State Park and programs will be delivered at Long Point on Chautauqua and Lake Erie State Parks. The experience will truly offer a wide range of resources and experiences throughout the region. Those resources will include the opportunity to work with and be supported by the Allegany Interpretive staff along with various other trainings and opportunities as they occur.
  • 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: Create, market and deliver at least three programs presented each week during the “on” season Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Package these programs for use by future interns and park staff
Goal 2: Recruit volunteer and guest speakers for weekend talks and programs from Mid-June to Labor Day. As the deadline for advertisement in local papers is late February, this will be one of their first duties.
Goal 3: “I Love My Park Day” at Long Point in early May – act as point of contact, coordinate and work with the park manager to plan for, market and run the day of the event.
Goal 4: “Kick-Off to Summer” at Lake Erie in late June– act as point of contact, coordinate and work with the park manager to plan for, market and run the day of the event.
Goal 5: “Paws in the Park”- An August event to benefit local shelters -act as point of contact, coordinate and work with the park manager to plan for, market and run the day of the event.

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 and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing 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 Midway State Park, and provided housing is a 45 minute commute from office at Allegany State Park. Educational Programs will require travel to Long Point and Lake Erie State Parks.
  • 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
Biology
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Education
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Ecology & Restoration
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Bird Identification
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Camping
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Community Engagement
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Plant Identification
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Public Speaking
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Writing/Publishing
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Volunteer Coordination
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Working with Children
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