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AmeriCorps Environmental Educator/Naturalist

Posted 02/11/2021
County Cass
Location Lewis ,Iowa
Deadline 04/01/2021


AmeriCorps Environmental Educator/Naturalist- Position Specifics: 1- 450 Hour AmeriCorps Member

Eligibility: Ability to serve approximately 40 hours per week from the beginning of May 2021 to the end of August 2021 with anticipated service schedule weekdays from 8 AM to 4:30 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. Be at least 17 years of age by the time of enrollment, which begins in May 2021. Be a United States citizen or have a permanent resident visa.

Responsibilities: •    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 maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, etc. At the direction of the AmeriCorps Site Supervisor.•    Create and/or co-present out of school programs, including summer library 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 of Cass County. Also lead these field trip opportunities with other staff.•    Enhance curriculum on STEM based experiences and principles to supplement existing summer camps and lead these summer camp opportunities with staff.•    Develop pre and post activities for teachers to conduct in the classroom to build on the environmental education field trips. •    Revise the CCCB offerings with Supervisor for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts 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, fishing, bird watching, etc. •    Provide input for design and implementation of the Cass County Conservation summer camps for children ages 3-17 years old.•    Participate in designing informational kiosks and brochures, quarterly newsletters, and engage community members via print materials and other medias at discretion of the site supervisor.

Qualifications & Requirements: 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. Desire to engage with children and the public, excellent communication skills, computer literate, and public speaking is a must.  Possession of a valid State of Iowa driver’s license required. Member must pass Sex Offender, Iowa State Criminal History, and Federal Fingerprint Checks. Member must agree to and follow Iowa State University/Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Program and host site disciplinary procedures regarding member(s) conduct.

Salary & Benefits: •    A taxable living allowance of $3704 per program year•    Student loan forbearance on qualified student loans•    A $1612.43 educational award for tuition or student loans•    Leadership experience and skill development •    CPR Certification

Hands on learning experiences with other organizations and government entities like the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Water recreation experience, certification opportunities, interpretive tour guide training at the Hitchcock House and equipment training as needed, interviewing skills and resume building workshops. Additional training opportunities may be available in the following topic areas: wildlife habitat management, wildlife population management, land use management, and campground/office management.

Prefer bachelor’s degree or be working towards a degree in any of the following areas: Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Interpretation, or any other related field. Be at least 17 years of age by the time of enrollment which begins in May 2021

To Apply
Resumes and cover letters can be directed towards Lora Kanning, Cass County Conservation Naturalist. Preferred method emailing: If you have any questions call the Cass County Conservation Board Office at 712.769.2372.

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