Environmental Educator

Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Charles Town, West Virginia

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $717.48 pre-tax twice monthly
Deadline Feb 20, 2023
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is seeking full-time Environmental Education AmeriCorps Service Members to serve a six-month term from early-March until the end of August, with the potential to extend for an additional six months of service. AmeriCorps, sometimes described as the domestic Peace Corps, involves young adults and adults in a year of service targeted towards important social outcomes. The service member will be responsible for completing 900 service hours assisting the Environmental Education Team by providing environmental outreach and education to youth in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan Counties in West Virginia in both formal and informal settings.

Roles and Responsibilities

Provide instruction of PVAS programs to youth in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan Counties in West Virginia. Audiences may include children ages 2-18. These programs include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monthly Wee Naturalist Pre-School Programs: 1.5 hour long programs at Cool Spring Preserve for ages 3-5 year-olds who attend with a parent
  • Weekly homeschool Outdoor School classes at both Cool Spring Preserve and Yankauer Nature Preserve: 6 hour classes for ages 5-10
  • Fourth Grade Watershed program: This includes 5 in-school lessons to fourth grade classes followed by a fieldtrip to a local stream.
  • Family programs: Evening campfires and night hikes, Halloween “Trail of Bones” program, etc.
  • Summer Camp: Weekly day camps in June and July
  • General Nature Programs: These include programs and field trips with local schools relating to topics such as insects, reptiles, birds, decomposers, etc.
  • Scout programs and library programs
  • Assist in developing new programs, implement activities, and help evaluate programs for effectiveness.
  • Help with animal care and cleaning (turtles, snake, hissing cockroaches, worms, and others), nature center interpretation and management, meet/greet visitors and special groups, and giving tours of PVAS properties.
  • Participate fully in all trainings provided by PVAS and AmeriCorps
  • Occasionally work with the land manager on conservation initiatives
  • Occasionally help with social media posts
  • Occasionally write articles for our newsletter, “Valley Views”.

To qualify for an this position, you must meet the following criteria:

  • High school graduate/GED (Bachelors Degree in the Environmental field or education field preferred)
  • Basic knowledge of science, mostly related to watershed and natural history.
  • Experience working with children is a plus
  • At least 18 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Interest in community service and commitment to getting things done in your community
  • Must be able to work roughly 33 hours a week Monday- Friday
  • Able to work occasional Saturdays, Sundays and/or evenings (Work hours will never exceed 35 hours a week)
  • Have patience and skills to teach/counsel up to 25 children at a time
  • Ability to provide accurate science content in school programs up to 12th grade level
  • Basic knowledge of computers and Google Docs, Drive, Calendar, Slides and Sheets.
  • Communicate effectively in person, by phone and in writing.
  • Good writing, speaking, communication, research, networking skills
  • Creative and motivated hard worker
  • Excellent people skills
  • Organized and self-starter
  • Able to lift and carry 40 lbs over uneven ground for distances a minimum of 50 feet;
  • Able to hike at least two miles over rough terrain at a brisk pace (4mph);
  • Able to be outside for long periods of time in rain, snow and/or cold temperatures

Details & Benefits

1. All members must sign a contract committing to 6 months of service. All positions are full-time.

2. Service members receive a $717.48, pre-tax, paid twice monthly, stipend • Full time members who complete their 900-hour commitment by the end of August will receive an educational award of $3,247.50. The educational award can be used for existing student debt, current or future education expense – and the member has 7 years in which to use it.

3. Healthcare benefits while in service

4. Childcare assistance while in service (if you qualify)

5. Student loan forbearance or deferment while in service

6. Attend a public West Virginia college tuition free for 1 semester. 

HOW TO APPLY

To Apply:

1) Send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references via e-mail to:

amy@potomacaudubon.org 

Note: Cover letter should relate your experiences and abilities to this specific job. Generic or non- specific letters will receive no reply. No phone calls please.

2) Candidates must also apply to and be approved by AmeriCorps. Details of that process will be shared once PVAS approves the applicant through resume review and interview. A sample of the application packet and reference forms will be provided upon request.

Note: All AmeriCorps members will undergo a fingerprint background check and a national sex offender check.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Conservation Corps, Naturalist