Estuary Habitats Educator

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Site
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID
PO-00724372

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:
Enhance informed, science-based decision making on estuarine issues by providing training and access to scientific and technical information to audiences that influence the management and stewardship of estuary resources.
 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
Help carry out the outreach and communication strategy of the sustainable shorelines project, including integration with other state programs.   Create educational materials for shoreline demonstration sites.  Research new literature on the subject and update resources list on website. Create website material and interpretive posters. Help with education event on shoreline monitoring protocol. Research and find speakers for three 1.5 hour training events via webinar on relevant sustainable shoreline topics.  (40%)
Carry out a bi-annual assessment of the innovative shoreline projects. (5%)
Assist in developing and delivering educational forums for the general public and collaborating environmental organizations on topics such as communication of environmental issues, behavior change and collaborative learning, Hudson River habitat protection, climate resilience and sea level rise. Duties include developing content, finding appropriate expert speakers, identifying audiences, managing database of partners, assisting with outreach events, managing evaluative data, creating informational resources and maintaining educational website.  (35%)
Assist Education and Research Programs with field, education, and canoe trip programs as needed (5%)
Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects. Completion of AmeriCorps reporting requirements including bi-weekly timesheets, monthly reports, pre/post tests for any education provided, evaluations at the beginning, mid-point, and end of term.  (15%)

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1: Implement three 1.5 hour training events via webinar on relevant sustainable shoreline       topics for 200 audience members.
            Goal 2: Research and create at least two new case studies on shoreline or habitat restoration       and update existing case studies with information from biannual assessments. Educate key   audiences on the results.          
            Goal 3: Work with partners to implement at least one educational event on a topic based on        needs assessment and advice from partners for 100 audience members.
 
Candidate Qualifications:
Valid Driver’s License
Ability to pass a background check
BA or BS in environmental sciences, ecology, biology or natural resources or related field. Course work in communications and psychology would be helpful. MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint. Excellent organizational, oral and written communication, and computer skills. Education and outreach experience. Experience with website design and maintenance is desired. Experience with Geographic Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems is desired. Personal transportation is necessary.
 
Skills:
Desire to build knowledge of new topics and issues, interest in the social science of environmental issues, self -directed and flexible. Oral and written communication skills.
 
Knowledge:
Knowledge of climate change, natural processes, estuary ecology. Experience with canoes and/or kayaks.

Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $750/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.

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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Web Site Design
some experience