Wildlife Educator (Western Nevada)
Position: Wildlife Educator AmeriCorps State/National
Organization: Nevada Department of Wildlife
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
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.
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.
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.
AmeriCorps Member Supervisors
Zac Campbell, Western Region Conservation Education Supervisor
Jessica Heitt, Western Region Wildlife Educator & Volunteer Coordinator
Devin Genovese, AmeriCorps Program Director
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation