AmeriCorps 4H Naturalist

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Burlington, IA
United States

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2021-2022 AmeriCorps 4-H Naturalist

The individual in this position is an employee of AmeriCorps 4H that will perform duties for Des Moines County Conservation, as set out in this document, under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator. The individual plans, develops, and presents environmental education, interpretation, conservation education, and outdoor recreation programs for youth summer camps, school programs, afterschool programs, youth groups, and the public.

Host Site: Starr’s Cave Nature Center
Location: Burlington, Iowa
Term Length: 1 Year: September 2021-August 2022, (1,700 Service Hours)
Start Date: September 2021
End Date: August 31, 2022
Living Allowance: $16,000/year
*$6,345 education award after successful completion of 1,700 service hours



The individual in this position should, at a minimum, have completed an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in general education, environmental education, interpretation, natural sciences, natural resources, outdoor education, or a related field.

Special requirements:

  • Experience in public speaking
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • A willingness to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and irregular hours
  • A willingness to wear designated uniform attire


  • Plan, develop, and teach environmental education afterschool programming for K-8 students in the PiECES Program
  • Promote activities to stimulate public interest in the use of parks, including taking photos, brochure development, and speaking to the public
  • Run operations and programs for Starr’s Cave Nature Center
  • Attend appropriate training sessions as assigned by the Environmental Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps 4-H


  • Knowledge of natural and cultural history and recreation:
  • Basic field identification and natural history of local flora and fauna
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret, and explain conservation laws, principles, and practices

Program Development and Educational Skills

  • Ability to plan and evaluate programs appropriate for the developmental ability and needs of the audience
  • Ability to write program goals and objectives

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate orally and effectively to groups and individuals in both formal and non-formal situations in one or more of the following areas: indoor and outdoor presentations, campfires, trailside talks, classroom presentations, public meetings, and storytelling
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing to people with a variety of ages and educational abilities
  • Maintain regular communication with local school and afterschool partners to promote and plan activities and programs

Administrative Skills

  • Ability to work within a budget
  • Ability to organize camp and program registration materials
  • Ability to inventory and replenish teaching supplies

Personal Attributes

  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Initiative
  • Flexibility
  • Team player
  • Willingness to learn
  • Sense of humor
  • Sincere love of the outdoors and desire to communicate it to the public


The employment period is 1 year (September 2021-August 2022). Specific starting and ending dates somewhat flexible, depending on schedule of applicant. 1,700 service hours with no expectation of employment beyond that specified. Normal workweek is Monday through Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM, however regular evening and weekend hours are required.

On-site, shared housing is available for this program. Details will be covered in interview if applicable.

Position Start Date:

Thursday, September 30, 2021

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How to Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter and two references to:

Kelly Rundell
Environmental Education Coordinator
Des Moines County Conservation
11627 Starr’s Cave Rd.
Burlington, IA 52601

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*$6,345 education award after successful completion of 1,700 service hours

On-site, shared housing is available for this program. Details will be covered in interview if applicable.

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Kelly Rundell

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