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Environmental Education AmeriCorps
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Rural Action's Environmental Education Program seeks 4 AmeriCorps members to implement our hands-on, experiential education programs. Our team values connecting people to local ecosystems through meaningful outdoor experiences; dynamic, effective, inquiry-based teaching; and deepening our own understanding of the natural world.
The Environmental Education members will work with Rural Action's Environmental Education Program Director to plan and implement environmental education activities in schools, libraries, at summer camps, and community events. This includes planning, facilitating, and evaluating EE programs in a team setting and taking leadership on individual lessons and projects. School-based EE programs are closely tied to state academic standards.
Position also requires each member to increase their own environmental literacy throughout the term through training opportunities and through individual experiences. Our program operates in rural Appalachian Ohio, a beautiful region of hollows and forests that has also been impacted by coal mining.
The member will address the following:
- Promote watersheds at the local level
- with staff, host site supervisors and other AmeriCorps members, plan and implement environmental education opportunities including day camps, library programs, day-long activities and/or after-school activities or events for 1,000 participants
- assist in developing an overall environmental education strategy for the region with Rural Action and other AmeriCorps members and partners
- perform some fundraising activities for environmental education activities
- recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to participate in environmental education activities throughout the year
- coordinate environmental education activities designed for a variety of schools, using their labs and other local outdoor resources as appropriate
- development of teacher training curricula and workshops using nationally recognized modules such as Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Project WILD
- assist teachers in local school districts in utilizing outdoor classrooms to teach academic standards.
Typically, each member takes leadership on a certain project area, such as:
- organizing large events (the Appalachian Green Teacher Conference and the Birds in the Hills Festival)
- citizen science (such as the Wayne National Forest BioBlitz)
- ongoing after-school programs, or
- Zero Waste education
All members participate in planning and teaching school lessons for the Appalachian Green Teachers Project. Learn more about our programs at: http://ruralaction.org/programs/environmentaled/.
Ohio Stream Restore Corps
The Environmental Education members are part of the larger Ohio Stream Restore Corps. Ohio Stream Restore Corps is a program administered by Rural Action that places 31 AmeriCorps into communities throughout Appalachian Ohio to perform direct service related to watershed restoration, environmental education, economy building through heritage tourism, and zero waste. Members are placed with Rural Action programs and local partner organizations to serve the needs of the region. Through their direct service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members help build the capacity of local communities while gaining valuable certifications and experience for the future.
Rural Action OSRC AmeriCorps members serve a term of 12 months, accumulating a total of 1700 hours of service during that time period (on average, members work 35 hrs/week). The term runs from August 16, 2019 to August 15,2020. The positions permit outside employment or attendance at an institution of higher learning while serving.
Position Start Date:
Friday, August 16, 2019
How to Apply:
To apply, visit the Ohio Stream Restore Corps website and explore the "How to Apply" and "Available Positions" links.
Interviews begin April 1st, so apply by then for fullest consideration. However, we will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled in August.
Benefits for the position include:
- An annual living allowance of up to $13,992
- An education award of $6,095 for a completed term of service to be used to pay student loans or for future education
- Health care coverage for members
- Child care (if income eligible)
- Mileage, training, and equipment budget totaling $1,400