The Environmental Educator AmeriCorps member will work with Refuge staff and volunteers to develop and expand environmental education (EE) and interpretive opportunities that foster understanding of and responsibility for Deer Flat NWR and other local ecosystems. Projects will include:
• Conducting on- and off-site EE programs for pre-K-12 students and community groups, including on-site field trips, classroom programs, and preschool reading programs.
• Coordinating on-site interpretive programs for community groups and the general public, including special events like Creepy Critter Encounters.
• Designing, piloting, and troubleshooting new lesson plans that support state educational standards and benchmarks and incorporate citizen science and service learning projects.
• Developing and sustaining partnership(s) with local schools and/or community organizations to encourage area youth to connect with nature through on- and off-site outdoor activities.
• Helping coordinate large-scale events working closely with colleagues
• Increasing awareness of Refuge EE programs through on-site and community outreach.
• Helping coordinate Deer Flat Master Naturalist chapter education sessions.
• Recruiting, training, and facilitating volunteers to help with EE programs.
Full Time position for 11 months between approximately September 2017 and July 2018.
Important Note: This position is contingent on funding . Funding should be confirmed in late July or early August.
Member Benefits include:
• A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,630.00 paid over the term of service).
• Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $5,775.00 for a full-time position. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
• Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable.)
• Basic medical insurance for those who qualify.
• Childcare allowance for those who qualify.
• Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.
• Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in full accessible settings.
• Free housing may be available on site.
• Access to government vehicle for member service activities.
• Funding available for some position-related training.
• A background in environmental education, wildlife biology, natural resources, or a related field. A bachelor’s degree is a plus, but not required.
• Teaching experience.
• Prefer experience working with the general public and children in indoor and outdoor settings.
• Prefer familiarity with the natural history of southwest Idaho.
• Prefer experience developing and conducting EE and interpretive programs.
• Prefer experience correlating EE programs with national and state educational standards.
• Prefer experience overseeing volunteers or staff, preferably in a natural resources context.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and computer skills.
• An independent, self-motivated, creative, and resourceful individual to work with diverse groups.
• Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
Complete applications must be received by July 12, 2017 . Please submit: 1) Resume, 2) Cover letter, 3) Narrative responses to these questions: a) Describe experiences that demonstrate your knowledge of and skill in planning and conducting environmental education and interpretive programs about wildlife and habitat and b) Describe experiences that demonstrate your skill in communicating complex information and ideas (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups with varying levels of education and diverse backgrounds.