Summer Naturalist Educator
Position: Naturalist Educator- AmeriCorps State/National
Organization: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
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.
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is a private nonprofit that was incorporated in 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) determination in 2013. The Parks Foundation protects and enhances our communities' livability through public engagement, education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces, and trails. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing peoples’ appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.
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 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 developing and implementing the Student Stewards Summer Camp, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camp for economically disadvantaged students.
Service Location: Reno, NV
Timeline for Service: May 2020 - August 2020
Facilitate the Student Stewards Program;
Create, write, and implement STEAM and recreational camp programming for the Student Stewards Summer Camp;
Engage students in a wide variety of STEAM based Summer Camp activities
Create new adult education programs and events;
Write new and enhance current STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum using Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards;
Facilitate other interpretive programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks
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.
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $3,703 and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,612.43 upon successful completion of service.
Send an email to Devin Genovese at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email/call Devin at 775.360.6068 for more information.