New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) seeks sixteen AmeriCorps STEM Education Ambassadors (SEA) to join the national movement of 80,000 Americans who choose to serve in communities that need it most. NESS SEA Members will implement NESS’s AmeriCorps program, in partnership with the New London Public School District (NLPS). The NESS SEA AmeriCorps program works with grades K through 12 throughout the NLPS. NESS is looking for service members to implement programs across a large range of ages, therefore, our team will be comprised of two parts: an elementary school track and a middle school track. The elementary school team will serve primarily in one of four New London elementary schools to implement Academic Day Enrichment Programs for students in grades K through 5. The middle school team will primarily serve grades 6-8, with the possibility of also serving grades 9-12, in the classroom and in the field. All members will serve in the field during the height of the outdoor season, May-July.
Training and certifications will include:
➢ Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross certification)
➢ First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross certification)
➢ Kayaking Instruction (American Canoe Association certification)
➢ Classroom management skills
➢ Culture & diversity training
➢ Lesson planning & introduction to inquiry-based teaching practices
➢ Career Development
Duties and responsibilities:
➢ Commit to 12-month, full time assignment (35-40 hours/week), beginning August 6, 2018 through July 31, 2019.
➢ Must complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service.
➢ Undergo orientation and training at beginning of term, then regular training throughout service term.
➢ Serve in NLPS classes during the academic day providing classroom support, tutoring and mentoring.
➢ Create and develop STEM-based lesson plans aligned to state and national science standards.
➢ Lead academic year and summer programs as required, following NESS curriculum.
➢ Help implement NESS’ safety plan and maintain campus and offsite safety at all times.
➢ Serve as a team with other AmeriCorps Members, NLPS teachers and staff, NESS staff, NESS Program Director, and the AmeriCorps Manager to implement the program.
➢ Serve as role model for students: demonstrate stewardship, model positive self-confidence, and practice growth mindset.
➢ Help students develop concepts and skills through real-life experiences, organized around student discovery.
➢ Collaborate with NLPS teachers to coordinate curricula and integrate field experiences
➢ Help recruit and work with volunteers from the community and encourage family involvement.
➢ Assist in maintaining inventory of program and watersport equipment and supplies, including routine maintenance on sailboats, fishing gear, masks & snorkels, wetsuits, boogie boards, etc.
➢ Assist in overseeing NESS aquariums, including keeping records of animals on site and performing routine maintenance.
➢ Successful passage of the three-part National Service Criminal History Check
➢ All positions will abide by AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities as referred to in the member contract
➢ Minimum of two years of post-secondary education required; Bachelors or Associates Degree preferred
➢ Able to obtain lifeguard, first aid, CPR certifications
➢ Valid Driver’s License
➢ Commitment to the AmeriCorps mission
➢ Understanding of underserved communities
➢ Excellent skills in teaching, curriculum development, organization, and positive youth development, especially for underserved students
➢ Knowledge and experience in marine science, sailing, and kayaking instruction in an adventure education setting
➢ A strong team player and excellent motivator
➢ Self-initiative and ability to work independently
➢ Effective skills in interpersonal relationships, written and verbal communications, problem solving, decision making, group dynamics, and public speaking
➢ Ability to effectively manage and organize students
➢ Bilingual speakers, especially in Spanish, encouraged to apply
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