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CAC AmeriCorps Environmental members will serve 1,700 hours over 47 weeks between August 6th, 2018 and June 29th, 2019 and will receive a living allowance of $12,530 over the course of their year of service. Upon completion, CAC AmeriCorps Environmental members will receive an education award of $5,920.
The AmeriCorps member will serve 40 hours per week on a Monday through Friday schedule.
Primary duties include researching, developing, presenting, and evaluating environmental education programs offered on the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The programs occur at several locations in the park on a variety of natural and cultural resources topics and use a variety of techniques
that are interactive, placed-based and hands-on. Lessons are guided by Tennessee and North Carolina state and national standards and emphasize science and cultural history education. Lessons and field trips are provided at no cost to the schools and teachers. The AmeriCorps supervisor and the Education Staff will provide coaching and training throughout the service year, allowing member the chance for
continuous improvement. The member will also assist park staff in reaching out to new audiences especially focusing on local schools that aren’t currently participating in programs. The member will also assist with the research, development, and presentation of MS/HS initiatives such as Student Volunteer Days, Career Days,
citizen science field-based programs, and technology-based education products. During the winter months, the AmeriCorps member will organize a program called “Parks in Classrooms” which includes visits to schools doing curriculum-based activities that relate to the park.
Primary Functions of Position:
1) Presenting K -12 grade field programs based out of Headquarters & Twin Creeks areas.
2) Assisting with the research and development of educational material/content for Resource Protection
and Education. Example: Social Media content, signage, print and web based media, website
management, video production etc.
3) Assisting with student volunteer days, citizen science based field programs.
4) Coordinating the winter Parks in Classrooms program to local schools. Includes recruiting and
scheduling programs, organizing materials, scheduling with park staff and presenting programs in the
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must have own transportation & a valid driving license (*no moving violations allowed)
Paid or unpaid experience with teaching or working in other educational institutions
Paid or unpaid experience in outdoor environmental education
Strong interest in environmental education and resource conservation
Must be able to work as a team for education programs and projects
Able to work independently
Capable of working with people from diverse backgrounds
Solid organization and leadership skills
Commitment to honesty, excellence and professionalism
Comfortable making presentations to large groups (20 to 100+ people)
Able to motivate others to change habits and behaviors
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent computer skills and experience with word, excel, InDesign, photo shop,
video editing, graphic design
Experience with website management and social networking tools (Facebook and Twitter)