Naturalist Educator

Position: Naturalist Educator State/National

 

Organization: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

 

Summary

The Naturalist Educator will primarily build and enhance the Student Stewards Program, which uses public parks as learning laboratories where students engage in hands-on citizen science.

Mission

The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is to support the parks departments operating in Truckee Meadows, including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. We do this primarily by providing in-park programming and opportunities for citizen engagement. TMPF is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing peoples’ appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks. 

 

Position Description

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.

 

Service Location: Reno, NV

 

Timeline for Service: September 2020 - August 2021

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the Student Stewards Program;

  • Write new and enhance current STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum using Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards;

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with school administrators and teachers;

  • 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.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate other interpretive programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks;

  • Community outreach for the Student Stewards Program;

  • Create new adult education programs and events.

Qualifications

  • 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;

  • Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;

  • 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.

 

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award. It would be useful if members have a Bachelor's degree in education, science, or a related field.

 

Member Benefits

In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $14,279/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195.00 upon successful completion of service. 

 

To Apply

Send an email to Devin Genovese at devin@tmparksfoundation.org 

 

Email/call Devin at 775.360.6068 for more information.

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