TogetherGreen Youth Fellowships – Deadline: May 13 2011
TogetherGreen Youth, a national leadership program designed to offer college students hands-on, real-world opportunities to learn about environmental issues, develop leadership skills, and become mentors, applying their environmental knowledge to engage the next generation in understanding and caring for the environment. At the Seward Park Audubon Center in SE Seattle the Fellow will be a summer camp counselor for outdoor day camps for local youth ages 8-14 or a summer outreach educator as well as a project coordinator during fall semester.
After attending a Together Green Youth Fellowship 3-day training workshop in early June (travel, room, board is paid) the fellows will work for 350 hours at $12/hour as a camp counselor or educator/naturalist from June 2011 through August 2011. During the month of September the Fellow will re-enter their next academic year. With help from the staff Seward Park Audubon, they will also finalize their work plan for a nature-based service learning project, or they will implement a citizen science program for elementary or middle-school kids. From this point forward, they will receive college credit or internship credit for their work instead of a salary. In October, they will launch their project for15 hours a week for 12 weeks (a total of 180 hours), under the direct supervision of a staff educator. The project will support the environmental education and conservation themes specific to the Seward Park Audubon Center. Ideally, they will begin to implement, teach, and/or lead their programs in October with elementary, middle, and high school students.
Essential Camp Counselor Functions:
- Lead presentation of camp activities for participants aged 8-14 at Seward Park and at other sites;
- Work with summer camp volunteers who assist with crafts, hikes, and other activities;
- Assist the Camp Coordinator in the development of nature summer camp programs;
- Prepare and maintain accurate written records including attendance sheets, accident reports, medicine dispensing records, time sheets, etc. as requested by supervisor; and
- Maintain the classroom area, including set-up and clean-up of materials for daily activities.
Essential Summer Outreach Educator Functions:
- Serve as an instructor for hands-on, multi-disciplinary, informal and formal, science-based education programs for Center and Seward Park Visitors Wednesday-Saturday days.
- Work with other staff members to develop and implement creative public programming.
- Coordinate community and family programs.
- Administration of day-to-day operations of the Center’s education programs.
- Assist in overall Center responsibilities.
- Internal: All Audubon staff
- External: Government agencies, other environmental organization’s staff, volunteers, students, local schools and community
- Enrolled in sophomore or Junior year (or year 1 of a 2 year community college);
- Interested in learning more about environmental education, conservation, leadership, mentoring (past experience in one or more of these areas is preferred.)
- Evidence interest in applying skills and knowledge learned in their studies and future careers; whether teaching in formal or informal institutions of learning or in the fields of science, communications, or politic;
- Have a strong interest in community service and working with–and empowering–underserved youth;
- Can show a track record of sustained commitment, discipline, achievement and passion for extra-curricular projects and/or activities;
- Can commit the available time and energy to meet program requirements, which includes but is not limited to: A 3-day training workshop in early June (travel, room, board is paid); 35+ hour work week for 6-8 weeks between June and August ($12/hour); 15 hours per week for 12 weeks between September and December;
- Commute time to/from their work site, by public or personal transport;
- Provide at least two professional references from professors or other university/college staff related to the goals of this project;
- Preference will be given to bilingual candidates especially those who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or an East African language.
- Ability to work outside in any weather for extended periods of time.
- Must be able to stand or walk for at least 4 hours at a time.
- Should be able to lift, push, carry, and otherwise move up to 40lbs.
- Center is located in a three-story building with no elevator, so ability to climb stairs is essential.
Applications will be processed as they are received. Deadline is May 13. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Annie Morton – Education Director – firstname.lastname@example.org