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.
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 underserved schools, developing and maintaining relationships with Washoe County schools administration and teachers, and developing and writing curriculum. 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. In addition, members will have the opportunty to develop educational programming to be implimented at a future nature study area currently in the planning phase.
Service Location: Reno, NV
Timeline for Service: September 2018 - August 2019
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 educational programming to be implemented at a future nature study area currently in the planning phase.
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $13,732/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920.00.
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.