AmeriCorps Community Engagement Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 11:45pm


Asheville, NC
United States

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Purpose of the position

This position is charged with utilizing the existing initiatives and curriculum designed by the youth education staff of The North Carolina Arboretum to engage diverse audiences. This includes children of low-income families, Spanish-speaking families and others not traditionally served with outdoor and environmental education.

Community outreach will be accomplished within two key facets of Arboretum youth programming. The first is our Arboretum Explorations Field Trip programs, which attracts thousands of students in Title-1 schools annually. Content includes identification, life cycles, habitats and ecology of native plants and animals as well as measurement of environmental conditions including weather and water quality. The second facet is the new ecoEXPLORE citizen science initiative, which encourages children to get outdoors and submit photos and data of plants and animals they encounter. 

Position Responsibilities

In the spring months (February through May), the AmeriCorps Member will deliver Arboretum Exploration Field Trip programming to students in grades K-8, with a special emphasis on children from Tite-1 schools. The AmeriCorps Member will be required to deliver content in Spanish to children who are not proficient in English. In addition, the Member will be tasked with translating data sheets and other handouts into Spanish for use with these groups. The member will be required to maintain program materials and equipment including but not limited to live reptiles and amphibians, stream sampling equipment, soil probes, binoculars and air sampling equipment. 

During the summer months (June through August), duties will shift toward recruitment and programming related to the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE initiative. The Member will schedule programming at local libraries, parks, nature preserves and other public resources in Buncombe and Madison Counties. The focus will be on entomology, and the member will lead programs related to the identification, photography and observation of a variety of insects. This will include familiarizing potential participants with the initiative, encouraging recruitment, and providing feedback and encouragement for participants to continue to submit observations.


Knowledge of ecological concepts and life histories and identification of flora and fauna native to the Southern Appalachian region.
Ability to communicate effectively with youth and adults.
Ability to translate, speak, read and write in Spanish effectively.
Driver’s license and reliable transportation. Ability to use MS Office software and web browsers.

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Ability to walk over uneven terrain for up to three miles in a range of weather conditions. 
Ability to engage youth in outdoor programming for up to seven hours per day.

Preferred Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

How to Apply:

Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: and include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered.

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