Introduction: This position is located in the Outreach and Education Branch, Division of Interpretation, Olympic National Park. This position is supervised by the Outreach and Education Specialist and is stationed at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, WA. Olympic National Park protects nearly one million acres of glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth forests, including temperate rain forests. About 95% of the park is designated wilderness, which further protects these diverse and spectacular ecosystems. Olympic is also known for its biological diversity. Isolated for eons by glacial ice, and later the waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula has developed its own distinct array of plants and animals. Eight kinds of plants and 15 kinds of animals are found on the peninsula but nowhere else on Earth. The selected applicant will work with students, teachers, and community members – facilitating their connections to the remarkable resources protected within Olympic National Park. Major Duties: Members will work with the Outreach and Education Specialist delivering environmental education programs for school children. The members will also work at various community events staffing the park’s exhibit booth and answering questions about Olympic National Park. Depending on the interests and abilities of the selected candidate there are opportunities to work on various projects – including website work, multi-media presentations, etc. A major focus of this internship will be assisting the park in delivering the Adventures in Your Big Backyard Program. Adventures is a partnership program with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula that provides local underserved youth opportunities to explore their backyard national park. During the summer, participants aged 8-12 from the Boys and Girls Clubs explore a different area of Olympic National Park. The park offers two field trips each week for 8 weeks for up to 30 participants on each trip. Members are responsible for the safety, health, and wellness of the participants entrusted to their care. Environmental education programs offered at Olympic National Park include on-site, off-site, and distance learning programs. The pandemic has necessitated a greater emphasis on distance learning programs. . The member will be integrated into teaching watershed concepts, water quality measurements, ecology and data collection techniques. Ecosystem Olympic is a program for fourth graders and third graders on the Olympic Peninsula. Each spring rangers from Olympic National Park visit every fourth grade class (3rd grade classes in Port Angeles) on the peninsula to introduce students to the three major ecosystems found in their backyard. Ecosystem Explorations is a follow up field trip for classes that participate in the Ecosystem Olympic classroom program. In the explorations program classes visit one of the ecosystems introduced during the classroom visit for a hands-on exploration of ecosystem concepts. The member will assist and then present these programs to classes on the peninsula. The member will also assist at local community events and festivals. These may include events such as the Kiwanis Kids Fest, Sequim Irrigation Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival, Lavender Festival, Clallam County Fair, and other smaller community events. At these events the member will staff the park’s exhibit, answering questions about the park and Elwha River Restoration. COVID-19 Protocols: We have developed and facilitated industry leading COVID management protocols that are in place to keep our members and staff healthy, and have maintained an excellent safety record. Read our COVID protocols by visiting www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/covid19. Requirements: • The successful candidate must possess a valid state driver’s license and be able to pass a background investigation. • The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with a biological science, physical science, natural resource management, or education related major. • The candidate will be required to work some nights and weekends. • Duties are performed inside and outside in a variety of weather conditions. The work is generally not physically demanding, but can require standing for long periods of time and walking up to 3 miles over uneven and rough terrain. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds in order to assist in setting up the park’s outreach exhibits. Terms of Employment: Two AmeriCorps members will complete a term of service (length dependent on commitment of hours), starting Spring 2020. Starting date is negotiable to accommodate student schedules. Time commitment is a minimum of 600 hours. Program Benefits: A $8500 living allowance pro-rated into monthly payments and a $1,638.43 education award upon successful completion of the 600 hours of service and position requirements. The living allowance and education award are taxable. Members are responsible for providing their own housing and food. Member will be eligible to enter federally-backed student loans into forbearance for duration of term, with all accrued interest paid by AmeriCorps upon completion of their term. Training: • Training includes on-the-job training in the duties of park ranger (interpretation), the resources of Olympic National Park, and on curriculum-based education programs. • Free on-line training from a variety of sources will be available to the member. • Training opportunities, job shadowing, etc. with other work groups can be arranged based on member interest and availability of park staff. The member will not engage in any prohibited activities as stated in the Member Service Agreement.