AmeriCorps Environmental Educator Position
Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Save The Bay
Service Year: September 8, 2014 ; August 21, 2015
The Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative (OSEEC) is a strategic effort by Rhode Island’s leading environmental organizations to improve environmental literacy among students statewide, especially in the state’s most underserved schools and urban core cities. AmeriCorps members with science and education degrees will teach environmental-based science in school, after school and in the field. Members introduce children to the natural environment and help cultivate age appropriate environmentally- literate, active citizens.
OSEEC’s AmeriCorps members will serve on the team of environmental educators at one its four partner sites: the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the Norman Bird Sanctuary, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, or Save The Bay.
OSEEC is committed to giving its AmeriCorps members the highest level of training in environmental education and invests a great deal of time, energy and resources into their personal growth and professional development.
OSEEC AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities and Tasks:
Responsibilities are site specific and may include, but are not limited to:
- Participate as a core member of the organization’s education department
- Be able to teach both independently and as a team with fellow AmeriCorps members and full-time educators
- Prepare and present environmental education programs in a variety of settings such as the following: in classrooms, at afterschool programs, during school vacation and summer camps, during evening and weekend programs for the general public, in forests, fields, wetlands and along the shore as guided explorations, and even aboard education vessels
- Develop curriculum, educational materials, teaching tools and interpretive information
- Organize and participate in service projects and trainings with the OSEEC AmeriCorps program and with the Rhode Island AmeriCorps program
- Handle and teach with marine life, mammals, insects, amphibians, birds and reptiles
- Assist with animal care and animal enrichment
- Be comfortable working outdoors and in adverse conditions (heat, rain, cold, etc.)
- Be comfortable working in an office-based service site environment when programming schedules are less active.
OSEEC AmeriCorps Member Criteria:
- Must be energetic, open-minded, creative, flexible, adaptable, patient, self-motivated and able to work both independently and with a team
- Must have a positive attitude and a passion for environmental education
- Must love to work with children of all ages and learning abilities
- Must be comfortable interacting with the general public and speaking in front of large groups of people
- Must be dedicated to fulfilling the AmeriCorps mission of service
- Demonstrate a strong interest and/or experience in education, environmental education, marine science, biology, zoology, or environmental conservation
- Able to function in a professional environment, demonstrating responsibility, creative problem solving and excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
- Available to serve full-time, approximately 40 hrs/ week, including weekends and evenings, in order to complete the 1700 hours of service
- Commit to an entire AmeriCorps service year: September 8, 2014 ; August 21, 2015
- Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma
- Bachelor degree preferred
AmeriCorps Member Benefits:
- $12,100 Living Stipend, divided and paid bi-weekly (considered taxable income)
- $5,645 Education Award (upon completion of 1700 hours of service)
- Student Loan Forbearance & paid interest on qualified student loans for term of service
- Individual Health Care
- Child Care Allowance (if eligible)
How to apply
Applications are ongoing from April 15th. OSEEC expects to have its full team in place for Fall 2014 by mid-July. OSEEC is an equal opportunity employer. Please apply at your earliest convenience.
Applicants must fill out an official online application and apply to the OSEEC AmeriCorps program on the AmeriCorps website: http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/state_national.asp
In addition, please send resume and cover letter to: Isaac Lavoie, Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative (OSEEC), Save The Bay, 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905 or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about each OSEEC partner site and their environmental education programs, please visit: www.oseec.org, Save The Bay: www.savebay.org, Roger Williams Park Zoo: www.rwpzoo.org; the Norman Bird Sanctuary: www.normanbirdsanctuary.org, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island: www.asri.org
100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI, 02905, US