Environmental Education AmeriCorps Member

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 11:45pm


Petersburg, PA
United States

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The Environmental Education AmeriCorps Member is an integral part of Shaver’s Creek’s School Programs team. The member teaches and assists with the development of our environmental education school day programs from August 2022 to June 2023. This position works with Shaver’s Creek’s School Programs Director and environmental education interns to provide outdoor environmental science experiences at Shaver’s Creek and nearby elementary schools.

Since 2018, Shaver’s Creek has partnered with Juniata Valley Elementary School to support their science curriculum with outdoor experiences, both at their school and at Shaver’s Creek. Currently, each grade level K-4 visits Shaver’s Creek for one field trip, followed by three at-school lessons throughout the year based in their STEM Lab classroom and on their expansive rural school grounds. The scaffolded model of Shaver’s Creek School Programs centers around relationship-based and place-based teaching, and the Environmental Education AmeriCorps Member has a critical role in building relationships with both students and teachers. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Teaching elementary-aged children inquiry-based, outdoor environmental science lessons for one to four hours two to three days per week in school classrooms, outdoors at schools and on Shaver’s Creek’s wooded trails.
  • Leading the development, design and revision of designated portions of standards- and curriculum-aligned outdoor environmental science programs.
  • Communicating with teachers in order to ensure preparation prior to lessons and to increase interdisciplinarity through connected reading and math activities.
  • Mentoring environmental education intern staff, as well as undergraduate students in academic courses, and providing ongoing training, feedback and observation.
  • Coordinating designated pieces of an end-of-the-year “Family Science Night” in May to welcome partner school families to Shaver’s Creek and share about our science learning from the year.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • U.S. citizen, minimum age 17
  • High school diploma
  • Demonstrated outdoor teaching experience

Desired qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • One to three years of informal or formal K–5 science teaching experience; some experience teaching outdoors preferred
  • Passion for engaging with young students
  • Passion for learning about and in the natural world
  • Creative, energetic, flexible and dependable
  • Enjoys working in a team and takes initiative

Service term: August 19, 2022–June 9, 2023; avg. 35 hours per week (1200 hours total)

AmeriCorps stipend and benefits: The 2021–2022 AmeriCorps stipend was $704, distributed biweekly over the term, with a $6345 education award upon service term completion. The 2022-2023 stipend amount has not yet been announced, but all applicants will be fully informed of updated stipend and benefits before or during the interview process. Health care benefits are available for the member, as well as income-based child care benefits, qualified student loan forbearance and qualified student loan interest accrual repayment. Please see http://www.pmsc.org/become-a-member/ for additional information about AmeriCorps service.

Position Start Date:

Friday, August 19, 2022

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How to Apply:

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and the contact information for two professional references (name, email and phone number) with the subject line “2022 AmeriCorps Application” to Alexa Sarussi at ajs54@psu.eduAt least one reference should be able to share insights from direct supervision or observation of your teaching experience. Applications close May 31, 2022. 

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