Wildlife Educator

Position: Wildlife Educator

Organization: Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW)

 

Mission

The Nevada Department of Wildlife offers Wildlife Education and Aquatic Education field trips at Oxbow Nature Study Area, a 22-acre wild habitat along the Truckee River with micro habitats including river, riparian, wetlands, and grasslands. Nevada wildlife make their home in these diverse habitats and the Wildlife Education Program helps to foster NDOW's mission: "Connecting people to wildlife in a positive way."  More than 10,000 school children come to Oxbow Nature Study Area each year with the help of volunteers and a very small conservation education staff.

 

Position Description

The Wildlife Educator, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the team for wildlife education site. This person will primarily support the field trips and community programming offered at Oxbow Nature Study Area, but many programs extend throughout the northwest region of Nevada (from Winnemucca to Hawthorne to Incline Village and all parts in between).  Students engage in hands-on citizen science research with a goal of improved academic engagement and better preparation for educational success. Their duties will include developing and fine-tuning curriculum and family programming, training volunteers, and monitoring the habitat area. Seasonally, there is also opportunity for AmeriCorps members to help develop and facilitate regional outdoor education events demonstrating archery, fishing, and hunting activities for families.

Service Location: Reno, NV

 

Timeline for Service: September 2017 - August 2018

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop field trip lessons and pre- and post-classroom curriculum that align with Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards;

  • Develop and conduct diverse community programs that include family activities;

  • Maintain and develop displays for the visitor center;

  • Lead field trips;

  • Maintain ‘Trout in the Classroom’ trout tank at Oxbow Nature Study Area and participating schools;

  • Develop and assist in facilitating angler education, hunter education and archery events

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships with park visitors and recruit and train volunteers;

  • Develop and conduct assessments of all programming;

  • Generate a volunteer handbook for training volunteers;

  • Coordinate and retain volunteers.

Qualifications

  • Passionate commitment to NDOW’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.

 

Compensation

Members will receive a mid-year and end-of-term performance evaluation from their site-supervisor and the AmeriCorps Program Director. Members will submit their biweekly Member Service Logs (timesheets) to their supervisor to be approved. Members are also responsible for reporting performance measures to their site supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director every month during their term of service.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Tricia Dutcher at tdutcher@ndow.org. Visit the TMPF website, www.tmparksfoundation.org or email/call Tricia at 775-334-3808 for more information.

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