Education and Outreach Member - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove)
Type of Job
Mar 28, 2023
About the job
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with National Park Service, is seeking Two Education and Outreach Members. The members will work alongside Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff to present education programs for students in grades K-12. This position will create interpretation/outreach programs for park visitors, rove trails, and assist with wildlife and traffic management.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: Ideally May 8th or May 15th (flexibility may be available)
End Date: November 3rd or November 10th (or 26 weeks after start date)
* A 26-week minimum commitment is required*
Location Details/Description: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN
Cades Cove is a broad, grassy valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing and has a large collection of historic structures for visitors to explore. An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace.
Project Website: For more information regarding Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grsm/historyculture/cades-cove-history.htm.
- Independently provide high quality visitor services through contacts in Cades Cove, interpretative programs, and special events to improve the public's understanding and appreciation for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Develop and thoroughly research programs that meet National Park Service standards and share information about the park's natural and cultural resources.
- Lead curriculum-based education programs during the spring and fall for students in grades K-12.
- Present programs to large groups of 20-100+ people.
- Write and create interpretive media including articles, social media posts, and bulletin board displays.
- Assist visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by orienting them to recreational activities such as hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and other activities within the park.
- Manage traffic and wildlife jams independently or on a team using radio communications.
- Rove trails to provide hiker information, promote safety, and assist with clean-up.
- Initiate tactful conversations about park resources with visitors to encourage compliance with rules and regulations.
- Explore the work of the National Park Service by shadowing a variety of careers within the park based on the intern's interests and future career goals.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
Schedule: 5-4/9 schedule - work one 5-day work week and one 4-day work week each pay period.
Friday-Tuesday (days off Wednesday, Thursday and every other Friday) or Saturday-Wednesday (days off Thursday, Friday, and every other Wednesday). Hours - 7:30 am - 5 pm, one day every 2 weeks will be 7:30 am - 4 pm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,247.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Qualifying Child Care Coverage:AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for qualifying child care coverage. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: The ACE member will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
There is no cell phone reception in Cades Cove and a personal vehicle is required due to the site being remote with no reliable public transportation. The Member will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel. Wi-Fi is available in the office and park housing areas but can be unreliable at times.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support.
- Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
- A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Willing to undergo and must pass the required three-part criminal history checks
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions.
- Must be able to hike up to 3 miles over rugged and uneven terrain.
- A hiking pace of 2.5 miles per hour is necessary for education programming.
- Must be able to lift and carry bins of program supplies weighing up to 15 lbs.
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
- ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
- Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement
- Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences.
- ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
- To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, natural resource management, ecology, history, education, cultural resources, park management, or a related discipline.
Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn more about the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians.
Excellent public speaking skills.
Enthusiastic about serving with audiences of all ages.
Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
- Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Ability to hike up to 3 miles over rugged and uneven terrain.
- Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
- Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 15 pounds, ability to move up to 15 pounds.
- Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
- Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
- Travel: This position does not require unique travel.
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.
Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, Emanuel Aragon Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.