The Teton Science Schools (TSS) AmeriCorps Program develops service members as educators as they work to build the capacity of local non-profits and governmental agencies to increase scientific literacy in the community.
The focus on building scientific literacy aligns with TSS’ mission to "connect people, nature and place through education, science and stewardship." It also leverages the strength of TSS to address the growing need for a scientifically engaged and literate citizenry.
The development of scientific literacy focuses on empowering citizens to apply scientific knowledge, concepts and processes towards personal decision making and economic productivity. Participation in civic and cultural affairs is encouraged as well.
Capacity building refers to activities that expand the scale, reach, efficiency or effectiveness of programs and organizations. Such activities may expand service, enhance delivery of services or generate additional resources.
Dates of Position:
- Summer 2020: May 21 - August 20, 2020
- Fall 2020: August 24 - November 11, 2020
Closing Dates for Application:
- We will accept applications until positions are filled.
- Successful applicants will fulfill an AmeriCorps Service Term with Teton Science Schools Field Education Programs
- The goal of this program is to empower AmeriCorps members to build capacity of Teton Science Schools and other nonprofits and government agencies in Jackson, Wyoming to increase scientific literacy in the community.
- AmeriCorps members will have the following responsibilities:
- Build Personal Scientific Literacy & Educational Pedagogy
- Learn and apply natural history content of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- Learn pedagogy and student management techniques to develop inquiry skills and content knowledge of Teton Science Schools participants
- Develop understanding of curriculum design and implementation
- Build Organizational Capacity for Scientific Literacy
- Assess areas of organizational and community need and identify strategies to respond to that need
- Assist in increasing, expanding or enhancing organizational services in order to address the identified need
- Serve as a member of Teton Science Schools’ Field Education Team
- Co-facilitate field activities, lead evening programs, and lead meal-time curriculum
- Share in campus cleaning responsibilities, conference logistics, gear logistics, and administrative duties
- Ensure participants’ safety during all programming activities, both in the field and at Teton Science Schools’ facilities
- Drive fifteen passenger vans, canoe trailers and mini-buses to transport students, staff and equipment to field sites
- Serve as a full member of the AmeriCorps Team
- Complete AmeriCorps requirements on a timely basis; including but not limited to reflections, time logs, self-evaluation, service requirements and portfolio
- Room and board on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
- Segal AmeriCorps Education award corresponding to length of service term (amounts set by the Corporation for National and Community Service).
- Available 6-8 weeks after completion of paperwork at term’s end
- Valid for 7 years and can be used for university tuition or any federally-backed student loan in your name
Characteristics essential for an AmeriCorps Member at Teton Science Schools:
- Passion for nature and education
- Ability and willingness to take initiative, solve problems and multi-task effectively and with humor
- Ability to facilitate large/small groups of adults, families, and kids of all ages
- Ability to work both independently and cooperatively
- Willingness to work long hours, split shifts and untraditional work weeks
Qualifications and Regulations of Teton Science Schools:
- Minimum age of 21 for all volunteers and employees
- Maintain current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification throughout the service term dates (re-certification during the term of service is acceptable, but all interns MUST have obtained initial certification prior to their start date)
- Maintain a valid driver’s license with no DUI and no more than 2 moving violations in the last 3 years
- Must be able to manage risk and make leadership decisions at all times
- You may NOT have another job during your service term—work hours and schedules are too diverse to accommodate another job outside of the internship
- Days off will be scheduled into your position. You will need to adjust within these days to plan a vacation or trip.
Qualifications and Regulations of AmeriCorps:
- Must be a United States citizen, a United States national, or a legal permanent resident of the United States
- Must have obtained a high school diploma/equivalency certificate