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AmeriCorp Environmental Educator


Posted 11/26/2019
County Dubuque
Location Dubuque ,Iowa


Description

Position Specifics: 900 Hour AmeriCorps member

Eligibility: Ability to serve approximately 40 hours per week from the beginning of April 20?20to the end of October 2020with anticipated service schedule weekdays from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. Occasional nights and weekends are required for host site needs. No service on holidays. Vacation time, sick time and holidays are not counted towards the hours needed to complete the term. Start and end dates are flexible.

   Prefer bachelor’s degree or be working towards a degree in any of the following areas: Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Interpretation, Animal Ecology, Forestry or any other related field.· Be at least 17 years of age by the time of enrollment which begins in April 2020  Be a United States citizen or have a permanent resident visa.

 

Responsibilities:

·         Plan and conduct educational programs to interpret flora, fauna, habitats and other components of the Conservation Board’s parks.

·         Lead volunteer groups throughout county parks, and recreation areas to perform stewardship and service projects including trail work, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, etc.

·         Create-out of school programs that develop a strong passion for exploring nature

·         Enhance curriculum on STEM based experiences and principles to better provide field trip opportunities to the K-12 students Dubuque County

o   Develop pre and post activities for teachers to conduct in the classroom to build on the environmental education field trips.

·         Revise the boy scout and girl scout badge program to maximize scout participation and fulfill more scout badge requirements

·         Plan and present programs to develop an encourage outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, canoeing/ kayaking, bird watching, foraging, etc.

·         Help design and implement the Dubuque County Conservation summer camps for children ages 3-17 years old including day camps, overnight camps, and backpacking trips.

·         Design informational kiosks and brochures, produce quarterly newsletters, and engage community members via print materials, online presence, and social media outlets

Benefits:

·         Hands on learning experiences with other organizations and government entities possibly including electrofishing with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, a backstage tour of the National River Mississippi Museum and Aquarium, interpretive hikes with the Iowa State Archaeologist Office, kayaking and river navigation, interviewing skills and resume building workshops.

·          A taxable living allowance of $7,325 per program year

·         Student loan forbearance on qualified student loans

·         A $2,960 educational award

·         Leadership experience and skill development Note The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the departments.



Qualifications
-Prefer bachelor’s degree or be working towards a degree in any of the following areas: Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Interpretation, Animal Ecology, Forestry or any other related field.

To Apply
Resumes and cover letters can be directed towards Kaytlan Moeller, Dubuque County Conservation Naturalist. Preferred method emailing kaytlan.moeller@dubuquecounty.us If you have any questions call the Swiss Valley Nature Center at 563.556.6745.

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