Environmental Educator (AmeriCorps member)

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Collecting macroinvertebrates during a field trip
Collecting macroinvertebrates during a field trip

Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00pm

Address:

Nampa, ID
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

The Environmental Educator AmeriCorps member will work with Refuge staff and volunteers to develop and expand environmental education (EE) and interpretive opportunities that foster understanding of and responsibility for Deer Flat NWR and other local ecosystems. 

Projects will include:

  • Conducting on- and off-site educational programs for pre-K-12 students and community groups, including on-site field trips, classroom programs, and preschool reading programs.
  • Coordinating on-site interpretive programs for community groups and the general public, including special events.
  • Researching and designing curricula to facilitate school district partnership to support state educational standards and incorporate citizen science and project-based and service learning.
  • Developing and sustaining partnership(s) with local schools and/or community organizations to encourage area youth to connect with nature through on- and off-site outdoor activities.
  • Increase awareness of Refuge EE programs through on-site and community outreach.
  • Recruit, train, and facilitate volunteers to help with EE programs.

Full Time position for 5½  months between approximately January 2017 and June 2017.

Member Benefits:                                                                                

  • A taxable, monthly living allowance ($6,265 paid over the term of service).
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $2,887.50. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
  • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable.)
  • Basic medical insurance for those who qualify.
  • Childcare allowance for those who qualify.
  • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.
  • Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in full accessible settings.
  • Free housing may be available on site.
  • Access to government vehicle for member service activities.
  • Funding available for some position-related training.

Member Qualifications:

  • A background in education or environmental education. Teaching experience in wildlife biology, natural resources, or a related field preferred.
  • Strongly prefer experience developing and conducting inquiry- based EE programs.
  • Prefer experience correlating EE programs with national and state educational standards.
  • Prefer experience working with the general public and children in indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Prefer familiarity with the natural history of southwest Idaho.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills.
  • An independent, self-motivated, creative, and resourceful individual able to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Position Requirements:

  • Desire to serve with people to promote environmental stewardship and an ethic of service.
  • Communicate and interact in a positive, professional manner with various populations such as: project partner(s), colleagues, community volunteers, students, and the general public.
  • A commitment to the goals of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • A willingness to ask questions for clarification and job completion.
  • Work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.  Drive government vehicle as required for position.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through PCEI.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
  • AmeriCorps members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms but will not receive an additional education award. 

Position Start Date:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Job Duration:

Temporary

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, and narrative responses to two questions (1) Describe experiences that demonstrate your knowledge of and skill in planning and leading inquiry-based environmental education programs about wildlife and habitat and 2) Describe experiences that demonstrate your skill in developing partnerships) to: Susan Kain, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, ID 83686, susan_kain@fws.gov, fax: 208-467-1019. Applications must be received by December 8, 2016.

Job Compensation:

Stipend

Compensation Information:

Member Benefits:

  • A taxable, monthly living allowance ($6,265 paid over the term of service).
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $2,887.50. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
  • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable.)
  • Basic medical insurance for those who qualify.
  • Childcare allowance for those who qualify.
  • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.
  • Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in full accessible settings.
  • Free housing may be available on site.
  • Access to government vehicle for member service activities.
  • Funding available for some position-related training.

Contact Name:

Susan Kain

Contact Phone:

(208) 467-9278

Contact Email:

susan_kain@fws.gov