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Position Summary: Help us to Connect People to Nature through Education...in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho! This 12-month AmeriCorps position offers an exciting opportunity for involvement with a wide array of environmental education programs and outreach initiatives. The Program Associate will carry forth an environmental education program for all the elementary schools in the district and implement a number of other youth programs. This person will also facilitate several outreach initiatives for the community, such as community clean up efforts. The overall goal is to raise environmental awareness, promote a more sustainable community and engage community members of all ages in hands-on environmental education activities and awareness initiatives that promote a greater understanding of our natural world.
Sponsoring Organization's Mission: The Environmental Resource Center is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting a more sustainable environment through community education, awareness and participation.
LCSC Mission: This position is in partnership with Lewis Clark Service Corps seeks to further LCSC’s mission of strengthening school success for students and assisting teachers, students and their families to plan for a successful future. This position will be directly engaged with the ERC’s educational efforts in partnership with the Blaine County School District and others in furthering students’ critical learning skills within a natural science setting.
Location: 471 North Washington Avenue, Ketchum, Idaho
Dates of Employment: September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013
Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):
This member will work with the ERC’s Executive Director and Education Director, as well as with their fellow AmeriCorps member, on projects and assignments that may include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating the ERC’s Environmental Education Outreach Program (Grades 2&3); (15%)
- Developing new ways to involve local youth in existing and/or new environmental initiatives; (10%)
- Assisting with the planning, coordination, and delivery of classroom programs and our Science After School (SAS!) program; (25%)**
- Assisting with the planning, coordination, and delivery of the ERC’s summer environmental education camp programs (day and overnight) (25%)**
- Maintaining the ERC’s Traveling Nature Center (Wild Connections);(5%)
- Plan a valley-wide community “Clean Sweep”, which includes recruiting participation of valley youth; (5%)
- Participating in shared office duties (e.g. program marketing, vehicle maintenance, answering calls, website development, attending board meetings); (5%)
- Complete and submit all necessary LCSC/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner. (5%)
- Attend and complete all LCSC/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training's, team meetings and national service days. (5%)
- Wear a LCSC uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
** Depending on experience, the member will lead programs directly, or co-teach alongside ERC staff. At camp, the member will serve as the Evening Program Coordinator or as a Field Instructor (again, DOE).
- Possess an understanding of environmental issues, education practices, scientific principles and ecology dynamics;
- Be able to work independently and as part of an overall staff team;
- Be reliable, enthusiastic and personable in nature and have experience in working with a variety of people of all ages;
- Be comfortable working with the public, educators, program leaders and other community groups;
- Show an ability to develop and implement environmental education curricula and conduct service learning-projects;
- Be organized and able to speak and write effectively;
- Possess a valid drivers license.
- Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying;
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree in a related field;
- Demonstrated effectiveness working with children and young adults;
- Previous Field Ecology Program/Camp Experience a plus;
- Environmental Education/Science/Teaching background a plus;
- 21 years of age or older, by completion of the program;
- U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident;
- Desire to serve with people to promote education, 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;
- Serve effectively within a team;
- Regular and reliable attendance;
- Attend and travel to meetings in various parts of the region, including overnight travel and programs;
- Must successfully pass a criminal history background check provided through LCSC and/or Project Sponsor Agency;
- Able to work outdoors in inclement weather at extreme temperatures;
- Able to lift 30 lbs and ability to work in rough and woody terrain;
- Experience towing cargo trailers a plus;
- Members are required to obtain CPR/1st Aid during their service; however, WFAs or WFRs are also a plus.
Transportation Information: Personal car is favorable but not required as the ERC has a company truck.
- Annual living allowance of $12,100, disbursed every two weeks as long as required paperwork and service responsibilities are up-to-date.
- If you successfully complete your year of AmeriCorps service, you will have earned a $5,550 education award that can be used for a variety of education experiences including vocational schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities or paying off existing student loans.
- If you are 55 years of age or older the Education Award that you earn during your year of service may be passed on to a child, grandchild, or foster child.
- Health care benefits (unless otherwise covered by a health care policy) and child care assistance (if your income level qualifies).
To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume and 2 written letters of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualified candidates will be asked to then complete an AmeriCorps application.
For more information about this project please contact:
Cynthia Carr, Summer Programs Coordinator
Environmental Resource Center
PO Box 819 Ketchum, ID 83340