AmeriCorps Environmental Educator

Cedar Mountain, NC

This position is a joint position with the Green River Preserve, located in Cedar Mountain NC. 

The mission of the Green River Preserve is to inspire environmental stewards through a joyful connection to nature.

This 2022-2023 AmeriCorps position will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members) of September 1st, 2022 (or soon thereafter), and an end date of July 31st 2023 (or 11 months after start date). 

**Please make sure you upload all of the required documents -  Resume, Cover Letter, State or Federal ID, College Transcripts, Birth Certificate (if US Passport not uploaded).** If required documents are not uploaded at time of application, any offer for employment will be withheld until they are provided. All AmeriCorps Members must submit to having a National Sex Offender, State of Residence (if state is different than NC), State of NC, and Federal FBI Background check conducted. Any applicant denying to submit to these checks will be automatically disqualified as per federal regulations.

For the 2022-2023 service year, Resilience Corps NC offers a living stipend of $19,859 for 11 months, health insurance reimbursement for premiums, childcare assistance, and professional development opportunities (individual trainings, enrollment in NC Environmental Education Certificate Program, and conferences in conjunction with the NC Commission on Volunteerism). Members are also eligible to sign up for SNAP benefits. Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $6,495 from the National Service Trust. 

CTNC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.

CTNC seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation.

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of this position is to expand and deepen our existing K.A.L.E. & SEE programs into more schools and regional communities. This individual will work with our Farm Manager, Director of Education, and Director of Communication and Strategic Partnerships to re-evaluate our existing program - how we recruit, how we fundraise, how we connect with schools, how we teach the curricula.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

Logistical Responsibilities for Managing Education & Programming

  • Participate in staff training and be willing to take leadership role
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and evaluations
  • Write progress reports and evaluations of program and participants as needed
  • Be a nurturing role model to participants
  • Abide by and enforce all program rules
  • Serve in any capacity needed in the event of an emergency
  • Be prompt to all program functions
  • Keep radio in good working order and properly charged
  • Assist with necessary management of supplies and materials  before, during, and after programming
  • Be prepared to supervise up to seven children at a time.
  • Be a program leader, positive role model, attentive supervisor, caring teacher and friend to the students and participate in activities. Build rapport and a respectful relationship with each child.
  • Contribute positively to the staff and participant community.

Educator Roles for Education and Programming

  • Assist with implementing education programming by visiting potential schools to forge partnerships
  • Serve as a resource and support for curriculum development by conducting in-depth engaging research into educational topics to align with local school standards
  • Set-up and monitor farm and environmental education activities that are specific to permaculture, vermiculture, and greenhouse growing.
  • Coordinate with Directors about projects specific to conservation, permaculture, and sustainability at the K.A.L.E. and SEE Camps 
  • Promote cross cultural diversity and understanding within our community attending/booth hosting school open houses, local farmer’s markets, and other similar community events that bring awareness to our programs.

Qualifications 

Ideal candidates have an academic or personal background with education and/or working with children. We do not require a specific college degree - in fact, we do not require a college degree for our seasonal hires - just relevant life experiences. We want an individual who is flexible; who can both work on a team and work alone while self-motivating. We want an individual who cares about the environment, and young people, and making an impact on both. We want an individual who is not afraid to self-advocate and can use that same voice to advocate for our programs and our communities served. We want an individual who can communicate clearly in both the written word and in person. We want someone who is “seeking the joy of being alive!”

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

The successful candidate must be comfortable working in outdoor settings and an office environment.

Other essential functions include:

  • Read written documentation both on paper and on screen
  • Listen to and comprehend oral communication
  • Effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Work several days in a row
  • Work with and have patience for children for up to 8 hours a day
  • Be comfortable and work effectively in an outdoor or natural setting
  • Walk up to five miles each day
  • Lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Make decisions in high-stress situations
  • Function and thrive in a community with very little personal space
  • Respect and follow direction of authority
  • Live and/or work with other people up to twenty-four (24) hours a day
  • Utilize discretion when faced with sensitive issues
  • Work in a team and perform interactive behaviors 

Preferred Schedule

This position will require some long days and irregular work hours when in the field as well as work on weekends. Office time is regular business hours.

Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. In the programming season, this schedule will be much more flexible but never more than the allotted weekly hours - we work weekends and nights often and will work with our AmeriCorps member to make sure that the change in schedule works for them. 


JOB CODE: GRP