Naturalist Educator – Nevada

Agency
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF)
Location
Reno, Nevada
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$12,630/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815.00
Last Date to Apply
08/31/2017
Website
http://www.tmparksfoundation.org/
Description
Naturalist Educator
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF)

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Are you ready to make an impact? Become an AmeriCorps member in Reno today at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation!

Teaser:
The Naturalist Educator will primarily build and enhance the Student Stewards Program, which uses public parks as learning laboratories where students engage in hands-on citizen science.

Mission:
The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is to support the parks department's operating in Truckee Meadows, including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. We do this primarily by providing in-park programming and opportunities for citizen engagement. TMPF is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing peoples’ appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.

Position Description:
The Naturalist Educator, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This person will primarily implement and support the Student Stewards Program. The Student Stewards Program uses public parks within walking distance of under-served schools as learning laboratories. Students engage in hands-on citizen science research with a goal of improved academic engagement and better preparation for educational success. This will include teaching a three part class to under served schools, developing and maintaining relationships with Washoe County schools administration and teachers, developing and writing curriculum, and training teachers and volunteers. This AmeriCorps member will also develop and implement the Student Stewards Spring and Summer Camps, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camp for economically disadvantaged students.

Service Location: Reno, NV

Timeline for Service: September 2016 - August 2017

Primary Responsibilities:
Facilitate the Student Stewards Program;
Write new and enhance current STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curriculum using Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards;
Develop and maintain partnerships with school administrators and teachers;
Create, write, and implement STEAM and recreational camp programming for the Student Stewards Summer Camp and school break camps;
Facilitate other interpretative programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks;
Create new adult education programs and events;
Develop and implement teacher training workshops based on Student Stewards Program.

Qualifications:
Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision;
Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or a related field;
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;
Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings;
Preferred: experience working at or managing summer camp programs;
Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.

Compensation:
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $12,630/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815.00.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to AmeriCorps Program Director Heidi Anderson at heidi@tmparksfoundation.org.

Visit the TMPF website, www.tmparksfoundation.org or email/call Heidi at 775.453.0278 for more information.

http://www.tmparksfoundation.org/#!employment/idsv3
Qualifications
Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision;
Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or a related field;
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;
Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings;
Preferred: experience working at or managing summer camp programs;
Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.
Contact Person
Heidi Anderson
Contact Phone
775.453.0278
Contact eMail
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