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Job Title: Environmental Education Naturalist Starting Wage/ Salary: $60.00/day Location: Boone, Iowa Overview The Y Camp of the Des Moines River Valley is hiring naturalists for the resident outdoor education program. This position is seasonal part-time/ variable hours. This position is open until March 1st , 2019 or until filled. Responsibilities Demonstrate and teach activities. Conduct program in a fun, positive atmosphere. Know emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them. Report specific problems or needs to supervisor or designated staff person. Teaching value-based, leadership classes including team building, low and high ropes, and climbing wall. 6. Teaching value-based, environmental education programs for schools and general public. Grades 4-8 participate in residential programming including ecology, geology, birds, history, survival, and evening programs. 7. Assist in developing new programming. Care and cleaning of birds of prey. 8. Other duties as assigned. Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor or designated staff person. Demonstrate and support the objectives of the Association as embodied in the mission statement and values. Qualifications EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical functions 2.Online New Employee Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program) Online New Employee Safety Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program) 4.Y Leaders Orientation (available in the YMCA Training Program) American Red Cross CPR-PR/AED/First Aid Certifications or equivalent certifications approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program) American Red Cross Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA (available in the YMCA Training Program) Undergraduate degree in biology or related field. 8. Prior experience teaching children and adults. Current drivers license.   PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Enthusiasm, poise, leadership, and flexibility. 2. Visual, auditory, and verbal ability to communicate effectively with people and monitor property and activity Ability to perform light to moderate physical activity Ability to adapt to variety of working conditions JOB REQUIREMENTS: 1.Good communication skills 2.Good organizational skills 3.Ability to maintain control of area even when distracted by noise or activity 4.Ability to teach/train participants. 5.Ability to work with diverse groups of people 6.Ability to work with minimal supervision 7.Attend trainings and/or courses as required by the YMCA   Apply at: For more information or questions contact Kyle Beach, Outdoor Education Director, , 515-432-7558 ext. 224

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AmeriCorps 4-H Environmental Educator Nahant Marsh is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a temporary AmeriCorps 4-H Environmental Education member. The position requires the successful completion of at least 900 hours (approximately 30-40 hours per week) of service. Hours per week can be flexible, but the member must complete a minimum of 900 hours by the end of their term. The member will receive a living allowance of approx. $7,235 to be distributed monthly over the term of service. Additionally, the member will receive a $2,960 Education Award will be rewarded upon completion of the term. We are seeking a motivated, out-going person with a background in natural resources, biology, parks, recreation, or community organizing, administration, or communications. The person must have strong communication skills and a desire to work with diverse groups of people. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to gain valuable experience in education and conservation. Under general supervision of the Education Coordinator, assist in planning, promoting, developing, and conducting interpretive and educational programs for the schools, public, and groups. Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement. Partner with local school districts, pre-schools, non-profits, scout groups, and other organizations to develop and lead educational programs that promote healthy lifestyles, environmental stewardship, and prepare youth for STEM-related careers. Developing and implementing STEM educational curriculum for pre-K through senior citizen audiences. Enhancing and expanding winter, summer, weekend, and afterschool educational opportunities for the public. Developing hands-on STEM activities for public events. Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement. Train and assist volunteers in natural resource management, research, and youth education. Term of Service: April 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019 To apply, send resume, cover letter, and references by March 1, 2019, to: Nahant Marsh Education Center ATTN: Amy Loving 4220 Wapello Ave. Davenport, IA 52802  Or email to:

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Graduate Assistantship in Environmental Education/Interpretation at Schmeeckle Reserve University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources The Schmeeckle Reserve Graduate Assistantship provides opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate students and gain experience managing a visitor center and supervising staff, while pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation. The assistantship is a 20-hour per week position that runs from August 26, 2019 to May 15, 2021 and includes the summer of 2020. The graduate assistantship has both academic and administrative duties. On the academic side, the position will assist course instructors to teach and mentor a 3-credit Oral Interpretation Methods course, a 4 credit Interpretive Media course, a 3-credit Environmental Interpretation Practicum, and a 12-credit Practicum in Environmental Education and Interpretation. On the administrative side, the graduate assistant will assist with the operation and management of Schmeeckle Reserve, which includes training and supervising student staff, organizing community events, developing plans for improving visitor services, and coordinating research projects. Schmeeckle Reserve is a natural area with a public visitor center on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. For more information, visit www.uwsp.edu/schmeeckle. Requirements: • Undergraduate degree in natural sciences, environmental education, interpretation, natural resources management, parks and recreation, or a related field. • Minimum two years of practical experience in the environmental education/interpretation field, preferably at a recreational site such as a park, nature center, visitor center, museum, zoo, etc. • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. • Ability to plan and work both independently and as part of a team. • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities. • Must work at Schmeeckle Reserve during the summer of 2020 (requirement of the assistantship). • Must meet all minimum graduate student requirements of UWSP and the College of Natural Resources. • Skills preferred but not required include: supervisory experience, graphic design (using Adobe software), website design and maintenance, financial planning/budgeting. Compensation: Graduate assistants are paid approximately $13,124 for 12 months. Individuals may be eligible for health insurance (with required student paid premiums) and an out-of-state tuition waiver (in 2018-19, tuition and fees for Wisconsin graduates was $4,629 a semester compared with $9,332 for out-of-state. Minnesota residents pay the reciprocity tuition rate.) The assistant is provided with office space in the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, which includes a PC computer, high-speed Internet, Adobe design software, and phone. To Apply: • By February 8, 2019, send a cover letter indicating your interest in this position (highlight specific skills and abilities that you believe would be beneficial to the assistantship) and a current resume to: Dr. Brenda Lackey 800 Reserve Street College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI 54481 • By February 17, complete the College of Natural Resources graduate application process at: • By March 1 complete the UWSP graduate application process at: For More Information: If you have questions about this graduate assistantship or the application procedures, please contact Dr. Brenda Lackey, Professor of Environmental Education and Interpretation, at or Jim Buchholz, Director of Schmeeckle Reserve, at  

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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill two Crane Conservation Outreach Intern positions in 2019. ICF Background: ICF is a leader in the conservation of the world’s 15 crane species and is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. Although ICF has projects all around the world, the headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI one hour north of Madison, WI. For more information, please visit our website at   Description: The primary duty of the Crane Conservation Outreach Intern will be to assist the Conservation Education and Whooping Crane Outreach Departments and will: Use the principles of interpretation to educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life by providing crane education and outreach programs in Wisconsin. This includes visits to public and private schools, homeschool groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, gun clubs, birding groups and other organizations. Most of this work will take place in Wisconsin, but there may be opportunities to work in other states. Assist staff at the International Crane Foundation in outreach efforts to raise awareness about cranes in Wisconsin, including the endangered Whooping Crane. Outreach efforts include media interviews, assisting organizing awareness events, and fundraisers and other duties as needed. Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the Conservation Education and outreach program (e.g. updating K-12 Whooping Crane education materials, crane trunk program coordination, on site special events) Work with hunters through hunter education classroom and online courses to raise awareness about crane conservation. Interact and assist with the sale of merchandise, and annual memberships. Help coordinate ICF volunteers for outreach programs and other projects. Experience planning, designing, and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials, and graphic design. Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes. Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management. Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF. Have the opportunity to volunteer with other ICF departments, state, federal and private partners and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF. Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about the world’s 15 crane species and the ecosystems on which they depend. ICF’s Crane Conservation Outreach Internship begins Monday, February 4th and runs through Friday, November 1st, 2019. A $700/month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge. Applicants should be prepared to live in a co-ed communal living situation and be able to work outdoors everyday in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. The intern is expected to work weekends but most times will have two consecutive days off during the week. The ICF campus is set in a rural Wisconsin setting at the edge of Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless area. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply. Candidates without a work visa must obtain one before they will be considered for an internship. The International Crane Foundation achieves our mission by working with individuals, teams and communities in more than 50 countries. The ability to form cooperative relationships with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds requires ICF to seek and engage with staff, volunteers and associates who value and honor these relationships.  ICF recruits’ individuals who have a true passion for our mission, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, and religious choice. Each person’s life experiences, backgrounds, thoughts and ideas makes ICF stronger. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. preferred. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, however studies relating to wildlife conservation, education, or biology are preferred. The applicant should have exceptional customer service, proficient public speaking skills, and the ability to teach diverse audiences in both formal and non-formal settings. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, or other related fields. Applicant must have a current and valid United States driver’s license, a clean driving record, and must be willing to drive long distances to get to outreach programs both during the day and at night.   Application Procedure: Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to with the subject line “Crane Conservation Outreach Intern”. Phone: (608)356-9462 Positions are open until filled. Hire is dependent on a clean background check.

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