Intern Amelia Nolan with Frost

Intern Amelia Nolan with Frost

Americorps Education Internship at Teton Raptor Center

Term: May 24-September 28, 2018 (Reduced Half-Time Service Term, Minimum of 675 Hours)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:
Teton Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization working to advance raptor conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation. We are located at the historic Hardeman Ranch, a Jackson Hole Land Trust protected property in Wilson, Wyoming. Our work has three pillars:

•Education - Teton Raptor Center provides classroom and assembly programs for schools, as well as natural history and raptor ecology programs for audiences of all ages. We educate about all aspects of raptor conservation, including our research and rehabilitation pillars.
•Research - Teton Raptor Center leads important research projects and initiatives to help protect and sustain healthy populations of birds of prey and raptor habitat in collaboration with public land management and wildlife agencies, biologists, naturalists, students, private landowners and community members.
•Rescue and Rehabilitation - Teton Raptor Center takes in injured, ill and orphaned birds of prey year-round, providing medical care and rehabilitation under the supervision of Jackson Animal Hospital in an effort to return raptors to the wild.

Teton Literacy Center is a nonprofit organization working to achieve a 100% literate community by changing lives through the power of literacy. For over 24 years TLC has focused on building a center that provides prevention and intervention services for preschool through High school aged children and their families. TLC is unique in providing the only free preschool, afterschool, summer, tutoring and family resources in our community, giving families the opportunity to increase their literacy skills in a safe, family friendly environment. Check out TLC’s Early Literacy Coordinator and former AmeriCorps member’s blog post on her experience with TLC and our Center’s Video for additional information about our programs.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:
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.

Under the supervision of the Education Director (TRC) and Afterschool Program Managers (TLC), the AmeriCorps Education Member will:

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.
•Support in the planning and implementation of fundraising events, as requested

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
•Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
•Preference will be shown to those fluent in Spanish (both oral and written)
•Strong communication skills, including the ability to compose lesson plans in a clear and consistent format.
•Familiarity with how to correlate lessons to the needs of teachers using state and national standards.
•Able to stay on task and complete assignments in a timely manner with minimal supervision.
•Creative and artistic (if not by hand, comfort with graphic design of visuals on a computer is a plus).
•Punctual, reliable, and willing to put in a full day of work, every day.
•A love of nature, especially birds, and a desire to share that love with audiences of all ages (note – while academic background knowledge of education and/or ecosystems and conservation is helpful, it is not required to be successful in this position).
•Good health and fitness, including the willingness and ability to perform physically demanding tasks such as cleaning and lifting (up to 40 lbs.) and to work in unheated spaces during cold weather.
•In college or recently graduated and at least 19 years of age with valid driver’s license.
•Commitment to the entire service timeframe and ability/flexibility to work Monday through Friday each week, splitting time at each campus(8:00a - 6:00p most days – times may be adjusted to accommodate for programs).
•Reliable transportation to get yourself between TRC, TLC and TSS in all weather types (sites are 4.5 miles apart with minimal elevation change) - bicycle is encouraged, but a vehicle may be preferred on poor weather days
•Must be a United States citizen, a United States national, or a legal permanent resident of the United States
•Current CPR & AED for Adult and Child and First Aid Certification

BENEFITS:
•Room and Board on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools.
•Training and professional development in educational philosophy, pedagogy, behavior management, risk management and leadership.
•Segal Education Award of $ 2,907.50 for reduced half-time service term (675 hours) upon successful completion of service.

TO APPLY:
•Applications 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 (becky@tetonraptorcenter.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.).

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or in most instances, religion. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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