Interpretation Member - Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
Sandy Springs , GA
Type of Job
Dec 9, 2022
About the job
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Interpretation Member to assist Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area's well-established summer day camp program partnered with nonprofit organizations and the YMCA. The member would also support and assist with programs presented to the general public. The ACE member would develop environmental education and interpretive programs under the direction of park staff and would lead these programs. This position would contribute to the development of a water safety campaign at the park as well as social media and park outreach.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: March 2023
End Date: August 2023
* A 22-week commitment is required *
Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, GA.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is "an ancient river in a modern city," and offers many opportunities to get outdoors, including hiking, rafting, and fishing. Atlanta is Georgia's largest city and capital and can boast itself as a thriving business and entertainment center with an eclectic mix of residents back dropped by a city with southern roots.
The park is in the northern suburbs of Atlanta and near the interstate and basic amenities (grocery store, retail shopping, post office, etc.). The park includes 48-river miles from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek and 15 discontinuous land units. The park has one Visitor Center and units with trailheads, boat ramps, and picnic areas.
For more information regarding Chattahoochee, please visit the NPS website: https://www.nps.gov/chat/index.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: The ACE Member will be accommodated in dormitory-style housing at no cost for the duration of the term. The shared quarters are located within walking distance of park headquarters and include a washer, dry, kitchen, and shared common space. Individuals have private bedrooms. Individuals will be responsible for their own bedding, towels, and toiletries. The closest supermarket is 2 miles away from park housing. There is public transportation near housing, but it is not convenient or extensive. (https://www.itsmarta.com/).
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of ($3,247.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.
Position Description: The purpose of this position is to provide a fulfilling experience for the member, whereby they gain a greater knowledge of the park and its resources and learn of various employment opportunities within the NPS and conservation careers. The ACE member will increase our park presence during the camps so that the youth and non-profit partners have routine interactions with a representative of the National Park Service, and specifically, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
As a result of this experience, the member will gain additional program facilitation skills, knowledge of environmental education/interpretation best practices, professional development training, public speaking skills, and an opportunity to connect Atlanta's urban and underserved youth to a national park and the first National Water Trail. The position both promotes understanding and awareness of fragile park resources as well as promoting environmental education through direct stewardship activities.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Develop environmental education/interpretive programs (a minimum of 3 lessons/activities), under the direction of park staff.
- Lead various programs throughout the course of the summer camps.
- Participate in creating and leading interpretive programs to the community at large.
- Participate with the park's social media team to share content and target outreach.
- Develop water safety messaging to support a partnership campaign.
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. The ACE member will be required to complete training on interpretation, Leave No Trace, and education facilitation techniques about park resources. The park will provide safety training, interpretation, ethics, first aid, CPR, education, program production, and social media and marketing support. The member will present a professional image representing the Department of the Interior-National Park Service and must comply with the personal appearance standards outlined in Reference Manual 43.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.
- 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 required criminal history checks.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- 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 here.
- Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences
- Must be able to swim
- Must be able to use a computer
- Experience working with youth
- Possess a personal vehicle for personal travel.
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 EPIC NPS 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.