Arboretum Educator AmeriCorps Member – Nevada

Agency
Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Location
Reno, Nevada
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
living allowance of $12,630, a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service
Last Date to Apply
08/31/2017
Description
Arboretum Educator AmeriCorps Member

Member Supervisors:
Bill Carlos, Horticulturist
Wilbur D. May Arboretum
bcarlos@washoecounty.us
(775) 785-4153

Heidi Anderson, AmeriCorps Program Director
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
heidi@tmparksfoundation.org
775-453-0278

Member Position Summary:
The Arboretum Educator, an AmeriCorps Member, will be an essential member of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum team. This person will be responsible for managing, implementing, and assisting the horticulturist with the May Arboretum Environmental Backpack program. This includes connecting and maintaining relationships with Washoe County School District teachers and other groups for this field trip program. This AmeriCorps member will also develop teacher training workshops to enhance the program in the classroom. The Educator will also create brochures, flyers, and environmental tour guides for the Arboretum and will train volunteers and docents.

Primary Responsibilities:
Implement and manage curriculum for the May Arboretum Environmental Backpack program;
Develop and implement teacher training workshops;
Reach out to the Washoe County School District, community, garden clubs, and other organizations and create relationships for field trips and volunteer service opportunities.

Secondary Responsibilities:
Provide annual program impact and status report to Horticulture Manager;
Create needs assessment and survey tools;
Develop brochures, flyers, and environmental tour guides for the Arboretum;
Train volunteers and docents;
Perform minimum arboretum preservation.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional writing skills;
Strong communication skills;
Strong organizational skills;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a graduate degree in environmental science, botany, horticulture or a related field such as biology, natural resource management.

Host Site Agency Mission:
Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 23-acre living plant museum with over 4,000 native and adaptive plant species. The Arboretum’s mission is education, research, conservation, and to demonstrate how introduced plant species and native plants grow in a high desert environment.

Program Mission:
The Wilbur D. May Arboretum Education Program mission is to educate the K-12 students about the intrinsic and economic value of plant species in the Truckee Meadows.

Additional Guidelines or Expectations: AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, every day during their term of service. When the member is facilitating a program, they should wear the t-shirt their site supervisor provides them with the AmeriCorps button pinned on this shirt. AmeriCorps members must participate in a minimum of three National Days of Service during their term of service and may participate in additional service projects. The AmeriCorps member must disclose all criminal convictions during application process and undergo National Service Criminal History Check and have no statutory exclusionary offenses to AmeriCorps service reported. The AmeriCorps member must be at least 17 years of age, and a US Citizen, US National, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

Member Benefits:
AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $12,630, a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.

Evaluation and Reporting:
Members will receive a mid-year and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum Horticulturist Bill Carlos at bcarlos@washoecounty.us Visit the TMPF website, www.tmparksfoundation.org or email/call Bill at (775) 785-4153 for more information.

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Qualifications
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional writing skills;
Strong communication skills;
Strong organizational skills;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service.
Contact Person
Bill Carlos, Horticulturist
Contact Phone
(775) 785-4153
Contact eMail
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