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Appalachian Conservation Corps

Position title : Education and Interpretation Individual Placement - Shenandoah National Park

Deadline to apply : 01/05/2020

Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc : Shenandoah National Park

State / Territory : Virginia

Organization/Program Description :

The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. ACC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. ACC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Interns and Crews complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.

Position Description :

Title: Education and Interpretation Individual Placement at Shenandoah National Park

Position Dates: February – August 2020 OR April – October 2020 (or 26 weeks)

Pay Rate: $300/week + shared housing + AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 900 hr term

Status: Full-Time/Seasonal/Temporary

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. 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.

This is an AmeriCorps National Service Term. IPs will serve as AmeriCorps members, earning a $300 per week living stipend. Shared housing will be provided. This position will also be eligible for an education award.

Requirements :

General Qualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 29, 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
  • Familiarity with wilderness and back country ethics including Leave No Trace
  • Interest in pursuing a career with a public land management agency
Benefits :
  • Live and work at Shenandoah National Park
  • $300/week living stipend
  • $3,047.50 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion
  • professional development and networking opportunities
  • training and mentorship with NPS Staff
Contact Information :

Questions?

Contact [email protected]