NH Conservation Corps - Interpretive Ranger

Expected Dates
April 4, 2022 to October 27, 2022
Site
SCA NH Corps
Position ID
PO-00732368
The SCA’s NH Conservation Corps Program:
Have you ever wanted to live in a park where you can explore thousands of acres of prime New England forest? Do you want to make life-long friends who are passionate about the environment and from all over the United States? Does the chance to learn environmental education and leadership skills and start your career off with a one-of-a-kind experience sound exciting? If you said yes to any or all of these questions, then the New Hampshire Conservation Corps is the place for you!

The SCA NH Corps is a collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and AmeriCorps. Since 1994 the SCA NH Corps has provided over one million hours of service to the great little state of New Hampshire while training young adults to do valuable conservation work. Each year young adult volunteers contribute thousands of service hours, providing environmental education programs to the state’s residents and visitors and completing conservation service projects to improve and protect the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources from the Atlantic Coast to the White Mountains and beyond.

This program has been branded the Discover the Power of Parks (DPP) as a way to engage visitors with the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of New Hampshire State Parks.  In this program you will connect residents and visitors through fun and engaging programs throughout your service term.

Training Season:
This season runs April - mid June. Throughout training you will learn from experienced staff and trainers as you engage in:
  • SCA, AmeriCorps, and NH State Park policies and protocols
  • Leadership development and teamwork discussions and scenarios
  • Leave No Trace 
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • Environmental education program development, delivery, and evaluation
  • NH natural and cultural history
  • and Certified Interpretive Guide training 

During May you will work in groups to deliver outreach programs for our partners across NH.  Programs may include a stand alone event or series of events. The programmatic structure may include field-days, hour long in person sessions outdoors, or shorter virtual programs.  Partners include:

  • Elementary and middle school classes
  • Multi-age afterschool programs
  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Other non-profits

Discover the Power of Parks Season:
This season runs from mid June-October. During this time members will serve in the field at one or more state parks across NH.  These parks include:

  • Monadnock State Park - Jaffrey, NH
  • Greenfield State Park - Greenfield, NH
  • White Lake State Park - Tamworth, NH
  • Umbagog Lake State Park - Cambridge, NH
  • Pawtuckaway State Park - Nottingham, NH
  • Bear Brook State Park - Allensrtown, NH
  • Crawford Notch State Park - Harts Location, NH
  • Franconia Notch State Park - Franconia/Lincoln, NH
  • And More!

During your time at your designated park you will assist with visitor services and develop and deliver environmental, cultural, and recreational programs for park patrons and community organizations.  From mid June - August you will create and staff educational drop-in tables or run 45 minute to hour long interactive programs for multi age groups.

After Labor Day until Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day you will spend half your week delivering outreach programs for organizations based in the communities surrounding your park. The remainder of your week, mainly Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday, will be spent delivering programs or assisting with visitor services at your park(s).

For the last several weeks of the program, in October, everyone will return to the NH Corps site at Bear Brook.  During this time folks will clean and return gear, complete facilities projects to get camp ready for winter, finish programmatic paperwork and reporting, and celebrate before everyone departs for their next adventure.

Through this 7 month commitment you will serve communities throughout New Hampshire while contributing as active members of the SCA NH AmeriCorps program. For more general information about this and other positions with the SCA NH Corps please visit, https://www.thesca.org/NHcorps.

POSITION BENEFITS:

  • Stipend $6,181 – $206.06/week
  • AmeriCorps Education Award $4,441.50, for qualifying educational expenses and loans,upon completion of 1200 hours of service
  • All food is provided – estimated value is $1500
  • Housing is provided – estimated value is $4,000
  • Health Insurance – $360/month
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification $400 – includes CPR
  • Certified Interpretive Guide training – $400
  • Leave No Trace - Trainer Certification – $150
  • Hands-on experience in education, including program development, lesson and curriculum planning, and evaluation
  • Opportunity to develop a network of professional contacts and great friends

Requirements in Order to Serve:

  • Needs 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.
  • US citizenship is required.
  • Ability to pass required state and federal background checks.
  • Bear Brook State Park:
    This position is unique in that service takes place all over the state. However, the programs home base, which includes “rustic camp” cabins is Spruce Pond Camp within Bear Brook State Park (BBSP). BBSP is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire with over 10,000 acres and 40 miles of trails. Whether you are headed from here to do service or just have fun recreating you will certainly enjoy the trails, ponds, wildlife and other gems this park and state have to offer.

    Discover the Power of Parks Locations:
    During the program you may have the opportunity to serve in the Monadnock, Merrimack Valley, Seacoast, Lakes, White Mountain, or Great North Woods region(s) of NH.

  • Education Program Development, Management, Delivery, and Evaluation
    NH Natural History
    Advanced Wilderness First Aid & CPR
    Certified Interpretive Guide
    Leave No Trace
    Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    Leadership and Teamwork
    Risk Management & More!
  • Additional educational opportunities may include trainings provided by AmeriCorps, NH environmental organizations, and UNH Cooperative Extension. Also, NH is an outdoor recreational paradise with every activity available at your doorstep.
  • NH Conservation Corps members will have an abundance of opportunities to learn many skills, volunteer with environmental and other local nonprofit organizations throughout NH, and learn from one another.

    Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills while serving on teams to create and deliver engaging interactive lessons throughout their term of service.

    Program partners work in a variety of fields.  These career fields include, but are not limited to, education, youth development, land management/stewardship,  land conservation, outdoor recreation, and forestry to name a few.  Serving alongside and learning from these professionals is an invaluable experience that will help you jump-start your career.
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Camping
some experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision