Education Assistant

Cedar Mountain, NC

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

**NOTICE** This position is subject to continued federal and state funding, as AmeriCorps is under a 30% reduction in member slots for the 2024-2025 service year. We anticipate that by mid-May 2024 we will know which positions (if not all) will be available to start on our normal service year timeline. All applicants will be notified if this position is not funded.**NOTICE**

This 2024-2025 AmeriCorps position will have a start date of September 4th 2024 and an end date of July 31st 2025. Deadline to apply is June 14th 2024, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Don't delay in applying!

**Please make sure you upload all of the required documents -  Resume, Cover Letter, State or Federal ID, and Birth Certificate or US Passport/US Permanent Resident Card.** If required documents are not uploaded at time of application, any offer for employment may 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 2024-2025 service year, Resilience Corps NC operates a 11 month 1700-hour service position that offers a living stipend of $31,000, health insurance reimbursement for premiums purchased on the ACA Healthcare Exchange, childcare assistance, and professional development opportunities (individual trainings, enrollment in NC Environmental Education Certificate Program, and conferences in conjunction with VolunteerNC). Members are also eligible to sign up for SNAP benefits. Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $7,395 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. program into more schools and regional communities. This individual will work with our Farm Manager, and Director of Education to re-evaluate our existing program - how we recruit, how we fundraise, how we connect with schools, how we teach the curricula. Our hope is to expand the program to more regional schools and offer an in-school option for those schools that cannot physically come to our farm. 

In addition to the growth of the K.A.L.E program, another purpose of this position is to examine and update our existing SEE curriculum and offerings. The AmeriCorps member will work with the Education Director to examine and update the SEE curriculum to align and/or highlight common core standards in both North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Finally, this position will help with the upkeep and expansion of our existing trail system. This trail upkeep will help our trails remain accessible to community members from the Green River valley and our students in the K.A.L.E and SEE programs. 

Position Responsibilities and Duties

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

General Duties 

  • 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. 
  • Education and Programming 
  • Assist with implementing education programming by visiting potential schools to forge partnerships and serve as a teacher/mentor during school programs at GRP
  • 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 both on the GRP Farm, Basecamp, and on school grounds
  • Coordinate with Directors about projects specific to conservation, permaculture, sustainability at camp, SEE, KALE,  and trail maintenance
  • 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.

Communication:

  • Practice inclusive and thoughtful behavior in building rapport with program participants, site stakeholders and program staff.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with program staff, and site personnel.
  • Report data in online systems in a timely and accurate manner.

Program Requirements:

  • Demonstrate regular, timely attendance and adherence to hours as scheduled.
  • Commit to service for the service term of 11 months, serving the minimum number of 1700 hours.
  • Participate in all required AmeriCorps sponsored training sessions, meetings, and travel as necessary. Community Stewardship Coordinators will receive training on best practices for community engagement, group facilitation, and communicating about climate change with a focus on pursuing climate justice.
  • Actively participate in service projects and commemorating days such as 9/11 Day of Service (as applicable). These may include evening and/or weekend hours.

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!”
  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to your start date.
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent by your start date.
  • Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must pass mandatory National Service Criminal History Checks.
  • Speak, read, and write English fluently.
  • Experience with professional computer skills and confidence using computers. Comfort and experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), completing internet searches, and navigating resources online, completing data entry, using e-mail regularly including sending attachments, using databases and software, using videoconferencing software, and attending training online.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a driving record check. Access to a personal vehicle for transportation.
  • Excellent communication & customer service skills

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

  • 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 
  • Maintain personal hygiene and health (bathe, eat, use the restroom) without assistance of others 

Preferred Schedule

 Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm or 5pm. 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. 

The typical work week will range from 36-40 hours spanning certain designated business hours. The schedule is flexible with supervisor approval. Some remote work will be possible while in person work will also be required. The member will have flexibility to adjust workday length based on programs facilitated and time served throughout the week, as long as required hours to complete service term are met. 

JOB CODE: GRP