U.S. nationals: Estuary Habitats Educator

Student Conservation Association
NY, United States
Position Type: 
Other
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
ASAP

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Expected Dates

January 26, 2021 to November 23, 2021

Site

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Position ID

PO-00731099

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.

Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the Hudson Valley region. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

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. 

Purpose of the Program:
Improve the health and resilience of the Hudson River estuary by conserving estuarine habitats through integrated education, training, stewardship, restoration, monitoring, and research programs.

Community Needs that the Program Serves:
The Program serves the community needs to understand and value the habitats of the Hudson River and to engage in multiple levels of stewardship to sustain these resources.

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties and responsibilities will depend on the skills of the SCA member and availability of Reserve staff:
Carry out a biannual and/or annual assessment of innovative shoreline projects using a standard protocol; coordinate with land stewards, maintain records of observations and photographs in paper and electronic records.  Summarize results and provide outreach on results to Reserve staff and collaborating environmental organizations (15%).

Assist with restoration and stewardship at restoration sites. Conduct field work including ecological monitoring and assessments. Carry out data entry, mapping and analysis using GIS and Excel. Present results to Reserve staff and end-users (15%).
Help carry out the outreach and communication strategy of the Reserve: maintain hrnerr.org website and create timely postings.  Help carry out the outreach for the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project, by creating educational materials for shoreline demonstration sites, researching new literature on the subject, updating resources list and creating new website material.
Conduct literature search on relevant research associated with the Reserve and maintain a bibliographic database (Citavi) (25%).
Assist in Training Program Coordinator in developing, promoting, and delivering at least one educational forum for the general public and collaborating environmental organizations on topics such as communication of environmental issues, restoration practices, the science of Hudson River habitat protection and conservation or wetland resilience. 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.  (15%)
Assist Training Program Coordinator in coordinating several collaborative science groups: planning meeting content and conducting relevant follow-up (15%). 
Assist Education and Research Programs with field, education (K-16), and canoe trip programs as needed (15%).
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%).

How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
The member’s role provides supplemental support for the training, stewardship, and education programs, which are three of four key components of the Hudson River Reserve as well as assisting Reserve staff involved in research.

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Assist with ecological monitoring on at least two habitat restoration/management sites. Summarize and analyze data and communicate results to key audiences.

Goal 2: Research and create at least one new case study on shoreline or habitat restoration. Educate key audiences on the results.       

Goal 3: Carry out shoreline assessment protocol on at least five sites.  Photo document two other sites. Communicate results to key audiences.

Goal 4: Assist training coordinator in developing and implementing one training event.

Goal 5: Assist with at least 5 canoe trips.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license of at least 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. MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint. Experience with website design and maintenance is desired. Experience with Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (ARCGIS or QGIS) is desired. Excellent organizational and computer skills. Education and outreach experience. Able to be out in field in all weather. Able to lift 50 pounds. Valid driver’s license. Personal transportation is necessary. Knowledge of plant identification is a plus.
  • Skills: Experience with GPS and GIS. Experience with ecological monitoring and data collection. Experience with canoes and/or kayaks. Knowledge of plant identification, climate change, natural processes, and estuary ecology.
  • Attributes: Self-directed and flexible. Attention to detail. Willing to learn new skills and increase knowledge of estuarine habitats. Love of the out-of-doors.
  • Training: NONE – or provided by host site

Benefits:

  • 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.