American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • AK, USA
  • per week
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office is seeking ONE ACE: Environmental Education and Interpretation Member. The ACE Member will assist the BLM and work out of the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center facility in Anchorage, AK.

The project will be coordinated by the CCSC Manager and Education Coordinator. Field work may be in remote Alaskan conditions, on improved or rough trails, and in harsh weather conditions. Work will also be conducted in an office environment. The project expected outcomes include an estimated of teaching and/or supporting more than 100 educational and interpretive programs, self-guided learning resources, and supporting implementation of CCSC's strategic plan.

Start Date: Late January/ Early February 2023

End Date: *50 weeks from start of the position

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

The BLM Alaska State Office is located in Anchorage, Alaska. BLM Alaska manages over 70 million surface acres and 220 million subsurface acres (Federal mineral estate) in a state with a landmass equivalent to about one-fifth of the entire contiguous United States. BLM Alaska's recreation program is diverse, home to six Wild and Scenic Rivers, Iditarod National Historic Trail, White Mountains National Recreation Area and 12 public use cabins, hundreds of miles of trails, and numerous campgrounds and wayside locations.

For more information, please visit Alaska State Office | Bureau of Land Management

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. Additionally a Relocation Allowance of up to $1000 will be available for travel to site. As well as a gear and training Allowance of up to $460 will be available.

Scheduling: Monday - Friday, generally 8 AM to 5PM, possibility for Weekends, early mornings, and evenings may be required in this placement.

Housing: Members will be responsible for their own housing in Anchorage, Alaska. Government housing is not available. A housing allowance will be provided of up to $60/week.

Vehicle Needs: A personal vehicle is NOT required for the position but is recommended. The position will be a mix of onsite work at the CCSC, occasional field work, and virtual work.

Position Description: The Campbell Creek Science Center (CCSC) engages all learners in outdoor experiences that increase their appreciation, connection, and stewardship of natural and cultural resources and public lands. The CCSC is BLM Alaska's primary center for environmental education, interpretation, and youth engagement, interacting with an average of 50,000 annual visitors through programs, outreach, and interpretive resources onsite and across the state for the Bureau. The CCSC serves as a main implementor of the BLM Alaska's Education, Interpretation, and Youth Engagement (EIYE) step down strategy. This position involves teaching and leading child, youth, and adult groups outdoors in the Alaska environment. This may include teaching in areas of improved trails, rough terrain, wildlife, harsh weather conditions, and remote settings.

Project Objective: The ACE will assist with implementing the EIYE strategy for BLM Alaska by teaching in-person and virtual environmental education, interpretation, and outreach experiences for Alaskans. They will assist with developing lesson plans, designing learning resources, supporting volunteer projects, and engaging with community members to connect them with public lands resources. The position provides the Ace Member with significant experience in the fields of visitor services, interpretation, and environmental education, as well an opportunity to work with a variety of natural and cultural resource professionals.. The BLM will provide all necessary computers, training, office supplies, and any field supplies.

Duties: The ACE member will develop and facilitate in-person and virtual education and interpretation programs for K12 school audiences and members of the public. They will also design educational, self-guided activities such as Junior Ranger Missions and Campbell Creek Science Center - Nature Learning Activities | Bureau of Land Management educational activity handouts. As a member of the CCSC team, the member will help the team carry out strategic goals focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility and internal and external communication throughout their term.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility. BLM Public Land Corps information.

Qualifications: This opportunity is suitable for youth working towards, or recently graduated from, an undergraduate or graduate degree in environmental education and interpretation; visitor services; resource recreation, and tourism; society and natural resources; and natural or cultural sciences disciplines; or related field.

ACE Required

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • Willing to undergo a criminal background check
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
  • To learn more about ACE's eligibility requirements, please visit our website here.

BLM Required

  • Successful completion of a federal background check
  • Opportunity will require time outdoors and walking on uneven terrain.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teams across BLM Alaska.
  • Fundamental knowledge or training in all Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of and experience with leading child and youth environmental education programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with preparing and presenting interpretive programs for diverse audiences.
  • Experience with using diverse technology for learning environments (including Zoom, Teams, A/V equipment)
  • Many languages are spoken in Anchorage. Proficiency in languages beyond English is a plus (particularly Dena'ina, Yup'ik, Spanish, Hmong, Samoan, Filipino, Korean, Tagalog).
  • Ability to think creatively and work collaboratively to create meaningful programs in a team environment.
  • Ability to keep work tasks and projects organized and pay attention to details.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/.

This position may close at any time and early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Member Manager, Celia Demers at cdemers@usaconservation.org

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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