Urban Avian Educator - EAO

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
Site
Audubon New York
Position ID
PO-00732406

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.

 

Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the Hudson Valley region. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

 

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:

Audubon’s education and outreach programs raise awareness of conservation issues, directly engage community members in environmental stewardship, and create a ladder of engagement for the next generation of environmental leaders through meaningful learning, volunteer, and employment opportunities.

We currently have 2 New York City Education Programs

 

For the Birds! (FTB!) is a place-based City conservation education program serving 2,000+ NYC youth and community members with a focus on schools and communities across all five boroughs that are underserved by environmental education.  The mission of FTB! is to get youth excited about helping birds and the places they need to survive.  For the Birds! not only provides knowledge of local species and habitats, but also encourages a sense of ecological place in one’s own community and empowers youth to take an active interest in protecting their local environment for birds and people.  

 

Audubon New York’s LARK (Learn, Advocate, Rise-up & Keep Conserving) works to increase access to conservation education in NYC for BIPOC and under resourced communities and instill a culture of lifelong environmental stewardship for high school and young adults through school lessons, internships/mentorships and our Youth Leadership Council (YLC).  LARK offers the following program experiences for NYC high school students and young adults.  

Community Needs that the Program Serves:

Audubon’s NYC education programs work to seed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fiber of contemporary environmental stewardship. The future of birds is in the hands of today’s younger generation. FTB! is a local effort to ensure that all youth have ample opportunity to engage with the environment, regardless of race, background, or economics. We mindfully partner with communities that reflect the demographic diversity of New York and who are underserved by environmental education. We also focus on growing our support of Title I schools; currently, Title I schools comprise 55 percent of those with whom we partner.

Values and Standards of the Program: SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. 

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:

 Audubon NY City Educator interns will be responsible for assisting with the implementation of FTB! and LARK throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  They will also be responsible for teaching independently in multiple schools, classrooms, after school program sites as well as lead weekend/evening programs (e.g. public bird walks and tabling events). Additionally, interns will assist the FTB!/LARK Program Coordinator with administrative duties related to the delivery and expansion of the program.  This includes but is not limited to: curriculum development and revision, materials preparation and inventory, school set up, follow up and wrap up, and other administrative duties as needed. 

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:

Throughout their internship, interns will work closely with the FTB!/LARK Program Coordinator to inspire a new generation of conservationists through the study of birds.   Interns will gain experiences in both formal and non-formal environmental education and learn valuable and transferable skills such as project management, curriculum development, volunteer management, and community engagement.  

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:

Goal 1: Deliver FTB!/LARK programming to students grades 2-12 in New York City schools and afterschool site throughout the five boroughs, , plan and implement habitat projects in new and existing native plant gardens, and lead weekend/evening programs.

Goal 2: Independently lead student on bird outings and outdoor activities in New York City parks and green spaces.

Goal 3: Independently research, develop, and execute at least one new lesson that will be added to our FTB!/LARK curriculum. 

 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license of at least 3 years with a clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.
  • Experience working in the field of environmental education and/or formal education is preferred.
  • Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to make decisions requiring good judgment and complete knowledge of subject matter, including task sequencing and office administration procedures.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with conflicting deadlines while effectively managing priorities.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats or a willingness to learn.
  • An interest in basic natural history and environmental science, as well as basic bird biology, ecology, and identification.
  • Experience working with students of all ages.
  • Must be able to teach independently in NYC schools and afterschool program sites.

Benefits:

  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
  • This position will receive a taxable $900/month housing allowance 
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time 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 WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that arise.


 

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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Working with Children
some experience