U.S. nationals: Watershed Monitoring Education Specialist

Vancouver, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The AmeriCorps member will serve as an Environmental Education Specialist for 40 hours per week. Primary responsibilities of this AmeriCorps will be to serve with other team members as an educator in the Watershed Monitoring Network. This involves scheduling teachers and schools (grades 2-12) for field trips to a local stream, river or bioswale to monitor water quality and habitat and then going out with schools to monitor. Over the past 20 years, this Network has taken over 40,000 students outside for monitoring. The Network is well supported by funding from both Clark County and the City of Vancouver. The AmeriCorps will participate in a teacher training in fall and a culmination event for the students called Watershed Congress in spring. Since this is an academic year program, the AmeriCorps will design and implement other education programs during other times of the year: Reading in the Wild, an activity-based program for pre-schoolers and developing and possibly testing curricula for an outdoor classroom. In addition, outside the academic year, the AmericorpsOther projects are leading the Reading in the Wild summer activity program for pre-schoolers which involves choosing books and developing outdoor activities and crafts. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received with interviews taking place until placement is filled. This position is contingent on funding.

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Member Duties : 

The AmeriCorps member will serve with teachers to arrange logistics for watershed monitoring field visits and take students and teachers out to a pre-arranged site and train student monitors in how to collect data on water quality including dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature, phosphates and nitrates.

Additional monitoring will be done on macroinvertebrates, soil and riparian vegetation.

  • Be one of 2 primary educators in the Watershed Monitoring Network; this position supports both teachers and students in field studies and is part of a team including other staff.
  • Take the lead in organizing and implementing the Summer/early Fall pre-school Reading in the Wild program at the Water Center.
  • Serve with staff educators to identify or develop curricula for the Outdoor classroom. This would include topics in geology, ecology, weather, botany and other applicable sciences.

Program Benefits : 

Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Health Coverage ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 

Terms : 

Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 

Service Areas : 

Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth ,  Education . 

Skills : 

Environmental Studies ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  First Aid ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Public Speaking .