Regional Environmental Educator

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Site
Clay Pit Ponds State Park NYS OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00724363
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: The mission of the 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.

Community Needs that the Program Serves:  Because of the density of development, the New York City region has limited access to open space and natural resource areas.  There is an increasing interest in accessing such resources by the general public and local schools.  NYC public schools are under increasing pressure to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming.
 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Assist the Environmental Educators in planning, setting up, teaching, and evaluating programs and workshops. 
  2. Assist with the development of program materials.  Keep materials organized and manage transport of program materials.
  3. Conduct research and perform field work to support environmental education programs and stewardship.
  4. Plan and maintain a plot at the historic Gericke Farm.
  5. Engage in outreach to teachers and the public.  Help to design and distribute marketing materials.  Aid in volunteer recruitment and coordination.  Represent NY State Parks at large events.
  6. Assist with general Nature Interpretive Center upkeep including, but not limited to: designing and creating new exhibits, caring for live animals, garden maintenance, and composting.
  7. Other duties as assigned by management based on the facilities’ operational needs.
  8. Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting (15%)

 
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1:  Come up with 3 personal, measurable goals to be met by the end of the term.
            Goal 2:  Plan and implement one long-term project at one State Park in the NYC region that will leave a lasting impact.
            Goal 3:  Plan at least one activity to be run in a forested setting and at least one activity to be run in an urban setting.
 
Candidate Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Member MUST be comfortable operating the state vehicles.  Member MUST be willing to work a varied schedule.  Member MUST be willing to spend up to 4 hours traveling in a given day between sites and be comfortable beginning their work day as early as 6:00 am (with adjustments for early dismissal).  Member must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  • Member must be comfortable with public speaking to all ages, from infants to adults.
  • Member must possess strong organizational skills.
  • Member must be able to balance working at different sites and projects at one time.
  • Ecology background is a plus but not required

Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $600/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $800/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. 

  • 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
History
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision