SCA NH AmeriCorps Interpretive Ranger – Env. Education, Park Interpretation, and Community Outreach

Expected Dates
January 6, 2020 to October 22, 2020
Site
SCA NH Corps
Position ID
PO-00728541

SCA NH AmeriCorps:The SCA’s NH AmeriCorps Program:
Have you ever wanted to live in a park where you can explore thousands of acres of prime New England forest by ski, snowshoe, foot, or bike? Do you want to make life-long friends who are passionate about the environment and from all over the United States? Have you ever dreamed of delivering campfire talks or educating the public as a park ranger? Does the chance to learn conservation and education 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 you should consider being an Interpretive Ranger with the SCA’s NH AmeriCorps Program!

The SCA NH Corps is collaboration between the SCA, the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (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 30 full time young adult volunteers contribute more than 50,000 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.

Education Season:
Interpretive Rangers will conduct environmental education programs in local elementary schools in the Concord-Manchester Region of New Hampshire from January-April. During this time teams of 3 to 4 develop a 9-week curriculum that fosters connections between their students and the natural world.

Field Trip Season:
Field Trip Season runs during the month of May. During this portion of the year members will work in teams of 2 to lead students in a hands-on exploration of Bear Brook State Park.

Park Season:
In June Interpretive Rangers move to their designated state park(s) for the remainder of the programmatic year. During this time members lead interactive programs for park visitors of all ages engaging and connecting them with local natural and cultural history.

Outreach Season:
You may get the opportunity to bring parks programming to town residents during Outreach Season. This entails scheduling and delivering programs with community organizations located near your park.

Through this 10 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.

  • Bear Brook State Park:
    The programs home base with “rustic camp” cabins is at Spruce Pond Camp within Bear Brook State Park (BBSP). BBSP is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire with over 10,000 acres of land. 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 has to offer. During Education Season you will live at BBSP and primarily serve in Manchester, the largest and most diverse city in NH.

    Park Season Locations:
    Parks are located across the state and Interpretive Rangers may spend the summer and fall in the quaint towns of the Monadnock Region, the bustling seacoast and White Mountain regions, or the serene Great North Woods.

  • Environmental Education Training - Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, & EE Curriculum Guides
    Wilderness First Responder & CPR
    Certified Interpretive Guide
    Leave No Trace
    Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork Skills
    Risk Management
  • Interpretive Rangers will have the opportunity to learn many skills by partaking in conferences, volunteering wih environmnental organizations and like minded folks across NH, and learning from one another.  

    Members will learn leadership and teamwork skills while collaborating in their teaching teams during Education Season as well as developing programs with NH Parks partners during Interp Season.

    Program partners work in a variety of fields that include education, youth development, land management/stewardship, land conservation, outdoor recreation, and forestry to name a few.  Learning from and collaborating with these professionals is an invaluable experience that will certainly help you jumpstart your career.

Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
degree minor or extensive experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision