AmeriCorps Member Sarah Pruden with resident Gus, the Golden Eagle
AmeriCorps Member - Education at Teton Raptor Center
Term: May 20-October 22, 2020 (Minimum of 900 Hours)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Teton Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization comprised of conservation biologists, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, educators and volunteers, working together to help birds of prey and promote environmental health through veterinary care and rehabilitation, educational programs and conservation research. We are located at the historic Hardeman Ranch, a Jackson Hole Land Trust protected property in Wilson, Wyoming.
- 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 Raptor Center (TRC) is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to help take our education program to the next level through building organizational capacity for STEM literacy. This position is housed at Teton Science School, but the majority of the work week is spent at Teton Raptor Center.
Education Programs and Curriculum Development (60%)
- develop and deliver curriculum for all types of learners that will compliment the team of live raptors housed at TRC to a wide variety of audiences, including local youth camps and adult visitors to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park
- tailor our interpretive programs based on the age and learning needs of participants
- assist with program delivery on and off site
- 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).
- develop durable and professional looking visual aids and props for use in formal and informal programs of all types.
- 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.
Live raptor care and handling (30%)
- basic husbandry, handling, and training techniques for our education raptors
- cleaning of clinic, enclosures, and equipment
- Preparing birds for work each day (kenneling, tethering, exercise/enrichment, etc…)
- Diet preparation and feeding (including the handling/evisceration of rats, mice, quail, and rabbit)
- Social Media
- Develop social media content for various digital platforms
- Develop content in including blog posts and rehab updates
- Format photos/webpages
- Media and Constituent Outreach
Stewardship, general maintenance of the buildings and grounds, and other duties as assigned (2%)
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 and a reliable vehicle to drive between Teton Science School and Teton Raptor Center
- Note: The distance between these two sites is ~4.5 miles and there is a paved bike pathway along most of the route. Though cycling may serve as an acceptable transportation alternative on many days, we strongly encourage possession of a reliable vehicle that can be used in inclement weather.
- Commitment to the entire service timeframe.
- 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
- Room and Board on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools (shared room and bath)
- Training and professional development in educational philosophy, pedagogy, behavior management, risk management and leadership.
- Segal Education Award of $3,097.50 for service term (900 hours) upon successful completion of service.
- This position is open until filled.
- Please send your resume, 3 professional references (email and phone number), and a letter in 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 (email@example.com) via e-mail with the subject line: "2018 TRC 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.