Environmental Educator and Resource Specialist – VHCB AmeriCorps
The WVPD is seeking an AmeriCorps Member to fill a service opportunity based in Burlington, VT. The member will help in serving the Park District’s 18 natural areas and the communities of its seven member towns. The member will serve to carry out multiple environmental education initiatives, including summer and winter vacation day camps, in-classroom and afterschool environmental education programs, field trips, service learning projects, and other conservation initiatives.
This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape. VHCB is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.
- Develop, enhance, and teach environmental education programs to audiences ranging from pre-school to adult;
- Co-develop and teach summer and winter vacation day camp programs for children ages 7 – 12; mentor and supervise counselors-in-training;
- Develop and enhance environmental education curriculum and program activities for in-classroom, afterschool, service learning, field trips, and day camp programs;
- Strengthen existing and establish new relationships with schools and teachers, afterschool enrichment programs and directors, youth group leaders, and community partners;
- Assist in planning and leading both annual and monthly community events including volunteer days, citizen science events, and environmental stewardship initiatives;
- Create educational displays for information boards and news releases for local papers;
- Recruit & lead volunteers to remove non-native invasive plants and assist with other park maintenance related projects;
- Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps;
- Participate in VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives;
- Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities.
- Experience engaging youth in an educational setting or leadership capacity;
- Background/degree in environmental science/studies, education, biology, natural resources or similar fields;
- Curriculum and/or educational program development and implementation experience, preferably in an outdoor or alternative education setting;
- Demonstrates care and passion for the natural environment, with a love for outdoor exploration and questioning, and has the ability to model curiosity and wonder about the natural world;
- Interest in serving children of all ages in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions, year round;
- Strong group management skills; ability to lead a group of up to 30 children/adults;
- Knowledge of New England/Vermont natural history and ecology; knowledge/understanding of invasive plant species in New England/Vermont is a plus;
- Must have access to a reliable car and possess a valid driver’s license;
- Experience recruiting, organizing and managing volunteers;
- Ability to serve independently and as part of a team; comfortable in a busy, open office setting;
- Self-starter with strong initiative and follow through;
- Strong organizational and communication skills; experience with outreach and social media tools such as Facebook, Mail Chimp, and Survey Monkey;
- Enthusiastic and motivated service ethic and desire to do meaningful and challenging service to better a community;
- Willingness to comply with federal regulations requiring a background criminal check on AmeriCorps members working with children.
Position begins September 9th, 2019 and ends August 28th, 2020.
Full position description and information can be found here: WVPD Environmental Educator Position Description
For questions about this position or to send additional materials:
Lauren Chicote, WVPD Programs Director
Application deadline: August 5, 2019
Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.