Environment AmeriCorps Educator at Teton Raptor Center & Teton Literacy Center
Teton Raptor Center (TRC) and Teton Literacy Center (TLC) are seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to help take our education programs to the next level through building organizational capacity for STEM literacy. This position is unique in that it will share time between TRC and TLC, working to develop curriculum, provide avian care and enrichment, and deliver programs to a wide variety of the local Jackson community including Jackson’s most at-risk populations and visiting tourists. The AmeriCorps Education Member can expect to work 4 consecutive 10 hour days, 2 days at each site. The primary role of the AmeriCorps education member at TRC is to develop and deliver curriculum for all types of learners that will compliment the team of live raptors housed at TRC. The AmeriCorps education member will help tailor our interpretive programs based on the age and learning needs of participants. This experience will also include basic husbandry, handling, and training techniques for our education raptors as well as the opportunity to assist in delivering programs on- and off-site. The primary role of the AmeriCorps education member at TLC is to plan and implement literacy and math programming for academic enrichment summer camps grades prek-8. The AmeriCorps member can expect to go on weekly field trips, teach literacy and math workshops and support our summer school programming. This experience will also include teaching pedagogy, student management techniques and the opportunity to collaborate with numerous community partners.
At Teton Raptor Center:
Identify activities appropriate to our mission for different age levels and learning styles (PreK-12 as well as adult learners) using in-house activity guides, previous experiences, and online searches.
Design basic lesson plans and correlate these plans to Idaho, Wyoming and National Standards for Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Art, and other academic areas as appropriate.
Compile these activities into progressive, portable modules that can be readily accessed and taught both on and off the property.
Modify and adjust some activities, where appropriate, for translation into other languages (with the help of others in the community if needed).
Learn how to handle some of the resident team of raptors on the glove.
Prepare diets, clean enclosures, and assist with daily maintenance of the resident collection when needed.
Develop durable and professional looking visual aids and props for use in formal and informal programs of all types.
Deliver programs at and away from the Hardeman Barns (TRC) with live raptors on the glove under supervision of staff.
Assemble activity guides/kits to leave with teachers after their program is complete.
Collaborate with staff to develop marketing materials that give a clear picture of what we have to offer.
Assist with the development of an “education corner” on our website – activity guides, lesson plans, program information, and more.
Collect feedback from teachers, when possible, after program delivery and work with the Education Director to adjust activities accordingly.
At Teton Literacy Center
Support and enhance high quality effective practice kindergarten curriculum development and implementation for students.
Support and enhance TLC academic summer program curriculum development and implementation for students in k-8th grade.
Learn teaching pedagogy and student management techniques through practical experience and direct mentoring.
Support lead teachers in the classroom and non traditional education environments.
Develop and support community partnerships to create literacy based programming for students in grades pk-8
Conduct, document and report on student assessments and classroom observations
Plan for and instruct small groups and/or support workshops, as assigned.
Enhance the STEAM connection to literacy skills in curriculum development and lesson planning.
Ensure participants safety during all during all programs.
Serve as a member of the TLC teaching team.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled. Please send your resume and a letter as a single PDF document explaining your interest in our work and answer to this question: What do you expect to achieve as a result of this service opportunity? Please send application materials to Education Director Becky Collier (firstname.lastname@example.org) via e-mail with the subject line: "2018 TRC/TLC AmeriCorps Intern Application." Please label your resume and cover letter document as follows: "First Name_Last Name_ Season and Year_Service.pdf" (Ex. John_Audubon_Summer2018_AmeriCorpsIntern.pdf.).
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