Estuary Habitats Educator

Student Conservation Association - Staatsburg, NY4.4

Full-time$200 a week
Expected Dates
January 14, 2020 to November 10, 2020
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Position ID

This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps. If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process. No travel allowance will be offered for this position even if it is stated on your confirmation of acceptance.

SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events.

The Estuary Habitats Educator position is located at DEC’s Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg, NY.

Purpose of the Program:
Enhance informed, science-based decision making on estuarine issues by providing training and access to scientific and technical information to audiences that influence the management and stewardship of estuary resources.

Community Needs that the Program Serves:
A 2018 survey of audience members on their needs for information on specific topics and needs for skills netted the following results:
36 of 52 were very interested in a full restoration curriculum on restoration project management.
33 of 52 were interested in stakeholder engagement curriculum including conflict management, stakeholder identification, and effective meetings.

SCA AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
Help carry out the outreach and communication strategy of the sustainable shorelines project, including integration with other state programs. Create educational materials for shoreline demonstration sites. Research new literature on the subject and update resources list on website. Create website material. Research and find speakers for three 1.5 hour training events via webinar on relevant sustainable shoreline topics. (35%)
Carry out an annual assessment of the innovative shoreline projects and relevant records keeping (10%)
Assist in developing and delivering educational forums for the general public and collaborating environmental organizations on topics such as communication of environmental issues, behavior change and collaborative learning, restoration practices, the science of Hudson River habitat protection and conservation in a changing climate. Duties include developing content, finding appropriate expert speakers, identifying audiences, managing database of partners, assisting with outreach events, managing evaluative data, creating informational resources and maintaining educational website. (35%)
Assist Education and Research Programs with field, education, and canoe trip programs as needed (5%)
Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects. Completion of AmeriCorps reporting requirements including bi-weekly timesheets, monthly reports, pre/post tests for any education provided, evaluations at the beginning, mid-point, and end of term. (15%)

Performance Goals for the SCA AmeriCorps Member:
The member’s role provides supplemental support for the training program, which is one of four key components of the Hudson River Reserve.
Goal 1: Implement three 1.5 hour training events via webinar on relevant sustainable shoreline topics for 150 audience members.
Goal 2: Research and create at least two new case studies on shoreline or habitat restoration Educate key audiences on the results.
Goal 3: Research results of shoreline assessment protocol use. Educate key audiences on results.
Goal 4: Work with partners to implement at least two educational events on topics based on needs assessment and advice from partners for 100 audience members.

Candidate Qualifications:
Valid Driver’s License of 3 years with a clean driving record
Ability to pass a federal background check
BA or BS in environmental sciences, ecology, biology or natural resources or related field. Course work in communications and psychology would be helpful.
MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.
Excellent organizational, oral and written communication, and computer skills.
Education and outreach experience.
Experience with website design and maintenance is desired.
Experience with Geographic Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems is desired.
Personal transportation is necessary.

Desire to build knowledge of new topics and issues, interest in the social science of environmental issues, self -directed and flexible. Oral and written communication skills.

Knowledge of climate change, natural processes, estuary ecology. Experience with canoes and/or kayaks.

All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance
This position will receive a taxable $600/month housing allowance
Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps.
Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps.
Eligible for free health insurance
Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Training Opportunities:
All Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WILD curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that arise.

Handicap Accessible?
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
some experience
Web Site Design
some experience
Further Details
AmeriCorps Eligible
Driving Logistics
Valid Drivers License Needed
Personal Vehicle Required
A personal vehicle is required to access amenities such as grocery store, libraries, etc. as well as travel to Hudson Valley Corps trainings and events.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
It will be the member's responsibility to secure their own housing. Housing allowance provided.
US Citizenship