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Rosewood Nature Study Area Restoration Ambassador

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Summary

The Rosewood Nature Study Area Restoration Ambassador will primarily assist with the development of the Rosewood NSA by engaging visitors with the ongoing restoration efforts and strategies through providing interpretation to visiting guests and groups, the development of educational exhibits and materials, and providing interpretive tours throughout the wetland.

Position Description

The AmeriCorps Rosewood Nature Study Area Restoration Ambassador will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This person will assist in communicating the importance of a healthy habitat and stewardship as they engage visitors with the natural and cultural history and the current restoration of the Rosewood Nature Study Area. This will include interacting with nature center visitors, caring for the Rosewood animal ambassadors, leading interpretive tours of the property, and assisting with the development and implementation of environmental education exhibits and events about the restoration of the nature study area.

Days and Location: Tuesday - Saturday, ~ 40 hours/week, seasonal hour schedule

Reno, NV

Timeline for Service: mid June 2024 - August 2024

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an ambassador of the restoration of the Nature Study Area to connect visitors with the mission and goals of the NSA. Create memorable experiences for visitors to the NSA by providing friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive interpretation;

  • Inform visitors about the Nature Study Area, the ongoing restoration efforts and strategies, and the natural and cultural history of the NSA.

  • Inform visitors about TMPF programs, events, membership, and Nature Study Area volunteer opportunities;

  • Answer questions, provide park and trail information, and interpret the natural and cultural history of the Visitor Center and Nature Study Area;

  • Animal Ambassador care and habitat maintenance;

  • Design, develop, and create education exhibits and materials to engage visitors with the past and ongoing restoration efforts;

  • Lead interpretive tours throughout the wetland;

  • Develop relationships with Nature Study Area visitors, community members, volunteers, and city and county parks representatives;

  • Train and maintain restoration data collection and field study volunteers at the Nature Study Area;

  • Care and upkeep of the Visitor Center space, exhibits, and native plant garden;

  • Track visitor information, report visitor observations and feedback;

  • Develop adult education opportunities at the Nature Study Area;

  • Facilitate service learning projects;

  • Daily park opening/closing procedures.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Support and assist Wetland Restoration Technicians with ongoing monitoring, surveys, and restoration projects.

  • Assist with Nature Study Area education programs for school groups, homeschool groups, field trips, etc.

  • Facilitate other interpretive programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks that feature the Nature Study Area and its restoration.

Qualifications

  • Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision;

  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;

  • Exceptional writing skills;

  • Strong communication skills;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Ability to work a seasonally flexible schedule

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Education, Environmental Science, or a related field, or 1-2 years related experience;

  • Preferred: Customer Service experience

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation:

In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $3,529 and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $ 1,459.26. Members also qualify for student loan forbearance and interest payments on qualifying loans.

To apply:

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Elena Larsen, Nature Study Area VP, elena@tmparksfoundation.org or

Hannah Lansverk Sonnenberg, Youth Education Director,  hannah@tmparksfoundation.org.

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