Education and Interpretation Individual Placement

  • Appalachian Conservation Corps
  • Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA
  • Dec 15, 2020
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Cultural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness Parks

Job Description

Title: Education and Interpretation Individual Placement

Location: Shenandoah National Park (Luray, Virginia)

Estimated Project Dates: March 1 – August 27, 2021 or April 25 – October 22, 2021 (or 26 weeks)

Status: This is a full-time, seasonal 900 hour AmeriCorps National Service position.

Questions? Contact ACCrecruiting@conservationlegacy.org  

Position Summary:

The Education and Interpretation Individual Placement is an internship position based at Shenandoah National Park (SHEN) in Virginia. Interns may work out of Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (North District, mile 4.6), Byrd Visitor Center (Central District, mile 51) or the Education Office (Park Headquarters). The Individual Placement (IP) will work with and report directly to National Park Service Staff.

Interpretation and Education Individual Placements are responsible for preparing and presenting programs for the general public and educational groups including guided walks and hikes, interpretive talks, Junior Ranger programs, curriculum-based education programs, and illustrated evening programs on the Park's interpretive themes (wildlife, geology, ecology, history, climate change, ecology). These programs are presented in a diversity of Park locations including amphitheaters, trails, visitor centers, and historic buildings. In addition, IPs will prepare and present recorded virtual programs and live distance learning programs for delivery on the internet. Regular public interaction and public speaking will be a requirement. Interns also staff visitor centers and provide information and informal interpretation to visitors during fixed station and roving assignments. IPs work 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off.

IPs receive formal training in resource interpretation and education skills, natural and cultural resources, customer service, and safety plus on-the-job training in presenting interpretive and education programs and park operations. Additional training and professional development opportunities may also be available. If you love learning, sharing what you’ve learned with others, and working hard in a team environment, these positions are incredibly rewarding.

Benefits: 

  • $300/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
  • Housing: Park housing MAY be available for this position; if housing is not available or the selected candidate already has nearby housing available, an additional stipend may be offered to offset housing costs.
  • $3,047.50 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of a 900 hour service term (award amountvaries based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college) 
  • Possiblestudent loan forbearance 
  • Member Assistance Program– 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist 
  • Uniform shirts provided
  • On-the-job training
  • Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered
  • Depending upon the academic institution and program, Individual Placement positions may fulfill academic internship requirements 
  • Professional development opportunities(mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths  

General Qualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 30, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. 

  • Public speaking and presentation skills and abilities
  • Interest and/or knowledge in natural and/or cultural history
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Valid driver’s license. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professionalism in working with project partners and park visitors
  • Background in customer service or education/teaching/public presentation
  • Two year degree or relevant experience in environmental education, parks and recreation, biology, geology, environmental science, or history
  • Background in interpretation and/or environmental education
  • Experience in the use of audio-visual equipment and computer software to create illustrated presentations and distance learning programs
  • Familiarity with wilderness and back country ethics including Leave No Trace
  • Interest in pursuing a career with a public land management agency

Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$300/week + $3,047 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion

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