Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Education and Outreach Member to assist Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) staff in delivering inquiry-based programs in environmental education and stewardship to students grades K-8, as well as interacting and engaging park visitors in the resources of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cades Cove.
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Start Date: November 15, 2021
End Date: March 19, 2022 (or 18 weeks after start date)
*an 18-week minimum commitment is required*
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cades Cove, TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is unique among America’s National Parks; located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its rich diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of the ancient mountains and forests, and its preservation of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.
Project Website: For more information regarding Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grsm/historyculture/cades-cove-history.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $255/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: The ACE member will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
There is no cell phone reception in Cades Cove and a personal vehicle is required due to the remote nature of the site and no reliable public transportation. The Member will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of (~$2,400) upon successful completion of term. Additional enrollment is required.
Position Description: Great Smoky Mountains NP has a long-standing curriculum-based education program. The Parks as Classrooms (PAC) program offers nationally recognized K-12 inquiry-based education programs for students to help them achieve academically and to inspire in them a sense of stewardship in national parks and their communities.
Cades Cove is one of the most popular sites to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, visitors are able to learn hands-on about both the rich cultural and natural history of the area by exploring the on-site historic buildings, scenic mountain views, outstanding wildlife viewing and numerous backcountry trails.
In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental duties performed by Education and Outreach Member are:
Resource Education and Visitor Services: Educating area children, teachers and parents about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use. This will be through interpretive programs, Parks as Classroom programs and visitor outreach and engagement at Cades Cove.
Resource Protection: Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of ecosystems, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and fauna through information and education. Use wildlife management techniques to ensure safe visitor/wildlife interactions
Scope of Work: This position averages 40 hours a week, but hours may be variable. Education members serve closely with National Park rangers to deliver and evaluate programs in the park and in the classroom, as well as interact with park visitors and perform public outreach at Cades Cove.
Projects include developing/designing new educational and interpretive programs, maintaining program statistics, and creating interpretive visual media, as well as roving around Cades Cove providing information to park visitors.
Lessons are guided by Tennessee state and national standards and emphasize science and cultural and history education. Lessons and field trips are provided at no cost to schools or teachers. The NPS also provides coaching throughout the term, allowing members the chance for continuous improvement.
The Member will serve the NPS Great Smoky Mountains’ mission by enthusiastically serving to fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Provide and deliver outreach education programs to K to middle school aged students (70%)
- Provide public outreach and interact with park visitors (20%)
- Developing and researching program elements (lesson revision, lesson development) (10%)
Your health is important to us! Please note that duties may shift in order to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for further resources: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Training Provided: The member will receive training in park resource knowledge, delivery of curriculum- based programs, report writing, and other position related skills, as well as safety training and oversight. ACE and NPS are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare members for future careers in the stewardship of America’s parks and public lands.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.
- 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.
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Must have a personal vehicle
- Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
- Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve alone and in a group
- Enthusiastic about serving with audiences of all ages
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, natural resource management, ecology, history, education, cultural resources, park management, or a related discipline.
- Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation
- Familiarity with the National Park Service
- Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn more about the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged and welcome
Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three (3) professional/academic references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC National Recruitment Specialist, Madison Ficca, at firstname.lastname@example.org
EOE: 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.