AmeriCorps Member – Outreach and Education Specialist (Youth & Family Programs)



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End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Dr E
United States


Location:  University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Washington Park Arboretum – Seattle, WA  

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG) is a leading center of botanical research, education, and outreach. With more than 320 acres of gardens and natural areas in the heart of Seattle, the UW Botanic Gardens is home to internationally significant plant collections, award‐winning restoration ecology and conservation programs, and popular public programs serving youth, adults, and professionals. UWBG has two sites: the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture.

General Duties/Description:  Serve as a member of the UW Botanic Gardens youth and family education team.  Assist with development and facilitation of a wide range of interpretive programs for the UW Botanic Gardens at the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Deliver programming that enriches participant’s connections to plants and the natural world.  Particular emphasis will be placed on development of a high school summer internship program and providing opportunities for traditionally under‐represented young people across the Greater Seattle area to engage with the natural world, gain environmental knowledge, and develop environmental leadership skills.  

Must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.  This is a full‐time (40 hours/week) Individual Placement AmeriCorps Member position, serving a 6 month term of service through the Washington Service Corps. Term of service runs February 16, 2018 – August 15, 2018.

Essential Tasks:

  • Expand current K‐6 environmental education programming to reach low income schools and families across King County with hands‐on environmental education programming  
  • Develop, promote and lead a high school internship program focused on environmental education and leadership for the summer of 2018. This program will target teens from schools and districts with 70% or more youth of color and will provide teens with opportunities to gain leadership skills, learn about the local environment and explore higher education and environmental career opportunities.  This program will work closely with our summer camp programs for Preschool‐6th grade students.   
  • Recruit and advertise fieldtrip and internship programs to low‐income and traditionally underserved students in the greater Seattle area.
  • Teach environmental education programs to preschool through 8th grade students including school field trips, family nature classes, summer camp, public weekend walks, and night hikes, and preschool programs.     
  • Assist with curriculum development and the training of volunteers.  
  • Conduct interpretive programs outdoors and in all kinds of weather.  Ensure safety and well‐being of program participants.
  • Organize and maintain program supplies and equipment.
  • Participate fully in staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
  • Perform a variety of clerical tasks that directly support the AmeriCorps project such as filing, copying, and mailing services.

Requirements:  High school graduation or equivalent AND two years of experience leading outdoor education programs for and with diverse populations. Excellent organizational skills, excellent oral/written communication skills and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather.  Previous experience teaching and/or working with children.  Education, skills and/or prior experience with environmental education, teaching/tutoring, public speaking, and youth development. Position will require knowledge of and use of computers/technology, leadership development, program recruitment, and community organization.  Must pass a criminal background check. Passion for equity and inclusion in environment and education.

Desirable: Bachelor’s Degree or formal training in environmental education, leadership, botany, horticulture, biology, or related areas. Experience working with high school students as well as K‐6th grade students in classroom, outdoor education, or camp settings. A knowledge of environmental activities, lessons, games, projects and stories to bring to the position. Computer proficiency with variety of software programs such as Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, and electronic communications. Experience facilitating and designing leadership development and team building opportunities.  

Compensation:   Monthly living stipend of $1,202.86 (before taxes). $2,907.50 Education Award upon successful completion of 6 month term of service and 900 hours.  Health insurance. Subsidized childcare. Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans. 


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Training Provided

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to Youth and Family Programs Supervisor, Alicia Blood, at by Monday January 8, 2018.