Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Natural Resource Facilitation Coach position open

University of Idaho/AmeriCorps Natural Resource Facilitation Coach Position Description

POSITION TITLE: AmeriCorps 4-H Natural Resource Facilitation Coaches (3 positions available - 1 in Coeur d'Alene, ID)

PROJECT SPONSOR: University of Idaho 4-H

PROJECT SUMMARY: Idaho 4-H is seeking four (4) Natural Resource Facilitation Coaches (NRFC) to establish a new 4-H environmental education program. AmeriCorps members should have an interest in ecology, environmental science, land stewardship, and youth and community development. AmeriCorps NRFCs will build diverse partnerships, recognize and leverage existing relationships and networks to build interest and recruit volunteers, and assess the informal natural resource education needs across the state. Idaho 4-H is part of the University of Idaho Extension network.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION:
The AmeriCorps Natural Resource Facilitation Coach will:

  • Work with the state 4-H specialist and local program coordinator to develop an effective and consistent multi-county approach for conducting environmental education.
  • Develop and build a network of local partners and resources that support non-formal science education.
  • Recruit and train volunteers to teach youth environmental education topics and build science skills.
  • Coordinate with state 4-H to conduct program evaluations and report results.
  • Complete and submit all necessary PCEI AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Attend and complete all PCEI AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings, and national service days.
  • Wear PCEI uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.

RESPONSIBILITIES: (% of Time, Essential (E)/Marginal (M))
Assist the State 4-H Specialist and Extension Associate to develop the environmental education program by: (90%, E)

  • Serving under the direction of the state 4-H specialist and/or Extension associate.
  • Serving as Extension district contact for program information.
  • Developing a district-wide natural resource education program plan with support from state 4-H and district professionals. The plan will include the following:
    • Building community relations for a non-formal environmental education program.
      • Acting as a liaison with regional businesses, education, and governmental agencies to promote awareness and integration with their interests.
      • Disseminating program information throughout regional networks (newsletters, websites, news briefs, etc.).
      • Ensuring that UI Extension 4-H is appropriately recognized.
    • Designing the environmental education program, which will include planning for expansion to additional counties, and long-term program sustainability.
    • Developing the environmental education volunteer plan:
      • Recruiting volunteers interested in teaching youth natural resource education topics.
      • Designing and implementing training for adult and youth volunteers.
      • Identifying specific curriculum based on Extension district needs and/or interests.
      • Using inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) instruction in trainings.
      • Organizing and coordinating volunteers to teach at events, programs, or in schools.
      • Coordinating volunteer assignments or commitments.
    • Conducting program evaluations:
      • Maintaining data on volunteer recruitment, trainings, and program delivery.
      • Using surveys to assess effectiveness of trainings.
      • Using the 4-H Common Measures evaluation, as appropriate, for events and programs.
  • Work with state 4-H to conduct multi-district and state events. These events will showcase the environmental education efforts conducted locally.

Contribute to team effort by: (10%, M)

  • Assisting with grant writing as needed and appropriate to support the natural resource education program.
  • Contributing to team as directed accomplishing other related tasks as needed.

MINIMUM MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College course work in biology, environmental science, ecology, botany, or related science.
  • Basic understanding of environmental or natural systems.
  • Two years of experience working in youth programs.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse cultural and/or socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to use word processing program and the Microsoft Office package; multi-task and meet deadlines; work independently; maintain confidentiality; and work cooperatively with others.
  • Employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background and/or driving investigation.

DESIRABLE MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with 4-H Youth Development or youth program.
  • Teaching experience in either formal or non-formal settings.
  • Experience recruiting and working with volunteers.
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in community.
  • College degree in environmental science or environmental education, or related sciences or equivalent experience.

MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,100 paid over the term of service).
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $5,500 for a full-time position. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
  • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
  • Basic medical insurance for those who qualify
  • Childcare allowance for those who qualify.
  • Professional development, trainings, and networking opportunities.
  • Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in full accessible settings.

PROJECT LOCATION AND/OR SPECIFIC TRANSPORTATION NEEDS:

Extension outreach occurs in all four regions of the state, referred to as districts: Northern District, Southern District I and II, and Eastern District. AmeriCorps member will need access to transportation to work with partners in their district.

DATES OF SERVICE:
Full Time: September 2014-July 2015 (These dates are approximate. Members may serve 11 or 12-month terms).

Note: AmeriCorps members are selected through the national portal. Assignments are for 11 months beginning in July 2014.

Apply Today: Send a copy of your application to jalexander@pcei.org and wboyd@uidaho.edu.