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Environmental Education Team
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Deadline to Apply:
Monday, January 2, 2017, 6:00pm
The SCA New York State Parks Corps covers three regions of New York State: Allegany, Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands. Corps members are placed at one these host sites where service activities can range from providing environmental education and interpretation, to trail restoration and volunteer initiatives. Members join together regularly in Central NY for trainings, service projects, or other community events. The mission of the New York State Oﬃce of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable natural, historic and cultural resources.
10 members will live and work together as part of the SCA New York State Parks Corps Thousand Islands Regional Team; a team engaged in conservation service consistent with the mission and guiding principles of OPRHP. Their focus areas will be environmental education and trail construction and maintenance. Members will have opportunities to educate the public and raise their awareness of the environment and environmental issues. Members will also learn the principles of sustainable trail design, skills to construct and maintain trails, and the importance of trail development as a resource management tool in natural areas. Working in groups of 5 members each, and supported by OPRHP staff, members will accomplish a great deal of conservation work:
Members will plan and conduct a minimum of 30 interpretive and environmental education programs at six different state parks during the summer 2017 season, reaching 1,000 youth. Programs will be prepared for school groups, local community organizations, park visitors, and the general public. Program development will include preparation of program proposals, creating and distributing posters, ﬂiers, etc. to promote programs, working with park staff to ensure site readiness and park involvement, and more. Types of programs will range from small group hikes or kayak trips, large school field trip groups, or groups of varying ages.
Members will prepare interpretive and environmental education logs at each of six parks to document progress, and to ensure sustainability of educational efforts in future years.
Members will restore five miles of existing trails, and create five miles of new trails.
Members will restore five acres of habitat, through planning and planting of pollinator gardens, removal of invasive plant species from Lake Ontario dunes, and restoration of viewshed at Wellesley Island State Park.
All ten members will come together at least twice a year to work on special projects.
As the largest camping region in the NYS Parks system, Thousand Islands Region offers 2,396 campsites. This one region alone hosts over one quarter of the state’s total number of sites (9,505). In 2015, annual visitation for the region was 1,753,961 visitors. In an effort to reach not only these visitors, but the thousands of families and school children who live in the area, it is a major goal for the region to expand our educational presence.
Professional Development Opportunities:
SCA offers all NYS Parks Corps members Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification, Trail Skills, Interpretation and Environmental Education trainings. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, American Canoe Association Level 1 Canoe, Environmental Leadership Institute, and other opportunities which may arise.
Need to Operate:
Main Area of Focus:
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience in education
some coursework or experience in recreation management
some coursework or experience in chain saw skills
competent with supervision and community engagement
some experience in public speaking
some experience in writing/publishing
some experience in trail maintenance
some experience in working with children