Naturalist Educator

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

About the organization

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is a private nonprofit that was incorporated in 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) determination in 2013. The Parks Foundation protects and enhances our communities' livability through public engagement, education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces, and trails.

Duties

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 within walking distance of under-served schools 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 teaching a three part class to underserved schools, developing and maintaining relationships with Washoe County schools administration and teachers, and developing and writing curriculum. This AmeriCorps member will also develop and implement the Student Stewards Spring and Summer Camps, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camp for economically disadvantaged students.

Service Location: Reno, NV
Timeline for Service: September 2020 - August 2021

Primary Responsibilities
Facilitate the Student Stewards Program;
Write new and enhance current STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum using Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards;
Develop and maintain partnerships with school administrators and teachers;
Create, write, and implement STEAM and recreational camp programming for the Student Stewards Summer Camp and school break camps;
Facilitate TMPF’s Junior Naturalist Program.

Qualifications

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.

Salary

In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $14,279/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195.00 upon successful completion of service.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send resume and cover letter to Devin at [email protected]

We are recruiting for six Naturalist Educators.

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