Naturalist Educator

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF)

Reno , Nevada

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Are you ready to make an impact? Become an AmeriCorps member in Reno today at 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.  


The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is to support the parks department's operating in Truckee Meadows, including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. We do this primarily by providing in-park programming and opportunities for citizen engagement. TMPF is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing peoples’ appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.

Position Description:

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: June 2018 - August 2018

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the Student Stewards Program;
  • Create, write, and implement STEAM and recreational camp programming for the Student Stewards Summer Camp;
  • Facilitate other interpretative programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks;
  • Create new adult education programs and events;


  • 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.


In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $3,031/12 weeks and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,538.36.  


Send a cover letter and resume to AmeriCorps Program Director Heidi Anderson at

Visit the TMPF website, or email/call Heidi at 775.453.0278 for more information.

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