Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with New River Gorge (NERI) National River in West Virginia is seeking ONE Education Program Intern to dedicate 12 weeks to the NERI Interpretation staff including the park's Education Specialist and Teacher-Ranger-Teachers, to help create and coordinate a new curriculum-based education program for the park that aligns with state and national standards. These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, emerging professionals with a background in education and/or interest in natural and cultural resources who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through learning and commitment to the New River Gorge National Rivers' professional staff.
Start Date: May 14, 2017
End Date: August 12, 2017
* A 12-week commitment is required *
Location: New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, West Virginia.
New River Gorge National River (NERI) is located in southern West Virginia and encompasses 70,000 acres and 53 miles of one of the oldest rivers on the continent. NERI is home to a vast array of natural and cultural resources. Renowned for its recreational opportunities, NERI host miles of hiking and biking trails, premiere white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and camping.
Park staff also manages nearby Bluestone National Scenic River (BLUE) and Gauley River National Recreation Area (GARI). BLUE protects 10.5 miles of free flowing river and offers a rich variety of natural resources and history along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail. GARI protects 25 miles of the Gauley River and 6 miles of Meadow River. Known for its multiple class V rapids, GARI is one of the most adventurous rivers in the east.
Project Website: For more information about the park, please visit their website at: https://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm, https://www.nps.gov/blue/index.htm, https://www.nps.gov/gari/index.htm. For more information regarding American Conservation Experience: http://www.usaconservation.org/.
Compensation: The ACE intern will be expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week. The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel, though a personal vehicle is required for time off and transportation to/from the park. Housing is provided at no cost to the intern by the park and consists of a furnished house located 6 miles from park headquarters and 13 miles to the nearest grocery store. Absolutely no pets are permitted in government housing.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1538.36) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.
This position will serve under with the park's Environmental Education Specialist and Teacher Ranger Teachers (TRT) in order to:
- Assist with the coordination and oversight of the TRT positions.
- Collaborate directly with the TRTs to evaluate the park's current educational programming.
- Upgrade and strengthen current programming to meet park themes and WV College- and Career-Readiness Standards.
- Align current programs or develop new programs to meet what teachers are teaching in the classroom.
- Ensure that all program content connects to our educational niche as stated in Theme 1, - "The New River and its watershed."
- Incorporate the message of stewardship, positive action and responsible decision making within all education programs currently presented or developed in the future, i.e. lesson plans, curricula, teacher-led, and ranger-led.
- Reformat many current programs as in-class, teacher-led lesson plans/curricula and/or in-park, self-guided, teacher-led field trips.
- Create a teacher workshop curriculum and get it accredited by Concord University and New River Community College for teacher educational credit.
- Set up a one week workshop during the summer of 2017 with teachers to evaluate and upgrade current educational programming.
- Assist TRT in developing new educational programming at the elementary and high school level.
- Incorporate facilitated dialogue techniques into programming where appropriate.
- Assist with preparing and uploading educational lesson plans and curricula on to the park's website for access by teachers.
- Verify that reading, math, technology, and art components are incorporated into classroom and in-park curricula.
The intern will help fulfill a public purpose by supporting the government's objective to provide opportunities for youth to learn about the environment by spending time working in national parks. The project motivates its youth participants to become involved in the natural and cultural resource protection of their communities and beyond. The project instills through its programming components the development of leadership skills in its youth participants and encourages them to teach the NPS mission of natural and cultural resource stewardship to others in their communities and beyond.
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental education, interpretation, biology, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.
- Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
- Between the ages of 18 and 35
- Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record and the ability to provide documentation, personal vehicle is required
- English proficiency required
- Effective communication skills
- Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field
- Desire to learn and apply new concepts
- Ability to complete tasks well with others and individually
- Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in physical labor
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
- Ability to collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds
- Degree or coursework in education or interpretation
- Some knowledge of elementary, middle school, or high school education standards
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website: usaconservation.org
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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