Wildlife Educator (Western Nevada)

Position: Wildlife Educator AmeriCorps State/National

 

Organization: Nevada Department of Wildlife

 

Summary

The Wildlife Educator, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the team for conservation education. This person will support the field trips and community programming offered at Oxbow Nature Study Area. This person will also facilitate our statewide wildlife education programming in classrooms, among other Conservation Education programming. AmeriCorps members will also help develop and facilitate regional outdoor education events demonstrating archery, fishing, and hunting activities for families. These programs extend throughout the northwest region of Nevada (from Winnemucca to Hawthorne to Incline Village and all parts in between). Their duties will include facilitating, evaluating, and fine-tuning our existing programming, developing new programs, training volunteers, assisting on volunteer projects and monitoring the habitat area in and around Oxbow.

Service Term: September 2019 - August 2020

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and evaluate Wildlife Education statewide classroom programming;

  • Facilitate, evaluate, and develop science field trips at Oxbow Nature Study Area;

  • Develop and conduct diverse community programs that include family activities connecting people to wildlife;

  • Maintain and develop displays for the visitor center;

  • 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 relationships with existing and new partner organizations and recruit and train volunteers;

  • Assist in conducting evaluations of all programming;

  • Coordinate and retain volunteers.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 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.

 

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.

Host Site Agency 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.” The Nevada Department of Widllife’s Wildlife Education Program reaches more than 10,000 participants each year through a variety of programs at diverse venues in the region.

Additional Guidelines or Expectations

AmeriCorps members are required to wear at least one piece of AmeriCorps gear (AmeriCorps button), provided by the Parks Foundation, every day during their term of service. When the member is facilitating a program, they should wear the t-shirt their site supervisor provides them with the AmeriCorps button pinned on this shirt. AmeriCorps members must participate in a minimum of three National Days of Service during their term of service and may participate in additional service projects. 

Member Benefits

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $13,992, a $6,095 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service.

Evaluation and Reporting

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 resume to Zac Campbell at zcampbell@ndow.org and Jessica Heitt at jheitt@ndow.org   

 

AmeriCorps Member Supervisors

Zac Campbell, Western Region Conservation Education Supervisor

zcampbell@ndow.org 

775-688-1554

 

Jessica Heitt, Western Region Wildlife Educator & Volunteer Coordinator

jheitt@ndow.org 

775-334-3808

 

Devin Genovese, AmeriCorps Program Director

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

devin@tmparksfoundation.org

775-410-1702

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