Seasonal Naturalist Educator
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is seeking team members who are passionate about environmental stewardship and empowering communities! Folks in our AmeriCorps positions will gain skills in community outreach, nonprofit management, program development, fundraising, and more, all while helping our organization build capacity and make a lasting difference in the community. The Naturalist Educator will primarily implement TMPF’s Student Stewards STEAM education programs, and be an important part in inspiring the next generation of naturalists.
The Naturalist Educator, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This person will primarily implement and support the Student Stewards Program. The Student Stewards Program uses public parks within walking distance of under-served schools as learning laboratories. Students engage in hands-on citizen science research with a goal of improved academic engagement and better preparation for educational success. This will include teaching a three part class to underserved schools, developing and maintaining relationships with Washoe County schools administration and teachers, and developing and writing curriculum. This AmeriCorps member will also develop and implement the Student Stewards Spring and Summer Camps, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camp for economically disadvantaged students.
Member Schedule & Service Location:
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm, some weekends and evenings for special programs and events.
Term of Service & Time Requirements:
Member's term of service begins in February, 2023 and will be completed by August 19th, 2023. This is a 1/2 term AmeriCorps member position. Members must complete 920 hours of service.
Facilitate the Student Stewards Program;
Help develop and form connections between students and the natural world;
Inspire students to become stewards of the environment;
Lead outdoor field trips and programs;
Develop and maintain partnerships with school administrators and teachers;
Write new and enhance current STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum using Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
Create, write, and implement STEAM and recreational camp programming for the Student Stewards Summer Camp and school break camps;
Facilitate TMPF’s Junior Naturalist Program.
Facilitate other interpretive programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks;
Support education and programming at the Rosewood Nature Study Area
Community outreach for the Student Stewards Program;
Create new adult education programs and events.
Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision
Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or a related field
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Exceptional writing skills
Strong communication skills
Strong organizational skills
High degree of initiative and spirit of service
Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award
Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service; or be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program described in §2522.110(b)(3) or (g)
Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
Successfully pass the National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC) and National Sex Offender Program Registry check
Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings.
Preferred: experience working at or managing summer camp programs.
Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.
Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development.
Preferred: a Bachelor's degree in education, science, or a related field.
Compensation and Benefits
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $10,059, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,247.50 upon successful completion of service. Training and professional development will be provided.
AmeriCorps looks GREAT on your resume. It combines volunteering and professional experience into one big star on the resume--it shows dedication to serving your community, adaptability, and that you have the skills to help an organization thrive! A year of service with AmeriCorps is an investment in your future and has helped many staff at the Parks Foundation get to where we are today because, fun fact, the majority of us also served with AmeriCorps!