FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Assistant to complete a 450- hour term of service AmeriCorps position through the Utah Conservation Corps (an average of 24 hours per week) over a 7-month period (March 20 – October 27, 2023). The Environmental Education Assistant will play a key facilitation role within our fourth grade Lakeside Learning Field Trip program, our three summer camps in June, outreach events, and other special events hosted by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake.
This position is a 450-hour Utah Conservation Corps term will run March 20 – October 27, 2023.
• Lakeside Learning Field Trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am-2pm during the months of March-June and August-October at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake State Park. The ideal candidate will be available during these hours with some flexibility.
• The weekly time commitment will be variable. This position will average 24 hours per week during our Spring (March 27-June 2) and Fall (August 28-October 20) field trip seasons, up to 40 hours per week during summer camps (June 12-16, June 19-23, & June 26-30), and as little as 5 hours per week between peak seasons (July & August).
• Some additional work during evenings and weekends will be required, particularly for outreach and special events.
The Environmental Education Assistant will:
• Assist in the facilitation of our Lakeside Learning Field Trip program, including:
o Attend orientation and training the week of March 20-24, including completion of CPR/First Aid certification.
o Lead groups of up to 25 fourth grade students through a series of outdoor educational activities at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake State Park
o Adapt to outdoor conditions and follow protocol to ensure safety of students
o Utilize inquiry-based informal education techniques to encourage student participation and engagement
o Advance FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s mission by promoting environmental conservation and stewardship
o Reinforce Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards
o Prepare and maintain field trip gear
$6,750 living stipend paid in even disbursements throughout the term of service and a $1,718.25 Education Award (given upon completion of service – this award can be used for future schooling or federal student loans).
Please note: Any offer of employment will be conditional, pending the candidate’s successful enrollment in AmeriCorps/Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) and successful completion of a criminal background check. For more information about the UCC, visit www.usu.edu/ucc/
For the full Position Description, please visit: https://www.usu.edu/ucc/files/2023_FOGSL_Environmental_Education_Assistant_PD.pdf
• Able to walk moderate distances (<2 miles) over uneven terrain and lift moderate loads (<40 pounds)
• Be a United States citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Be eligible to serve an AmeriCorps term of service
• Have a high school diploma or GED or work towards obtaining one while in the program. It is a requirement to obtain a high school diploma or GED before one is eligible to use the Education Award.
• Experience working with children preferably in an outdoor and/or educational setting
• Knowledge of Great Salt Lake ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups
• Social media platform experience
• Safety training and certifications
About Utah Conservation Corps
Utah Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps program made up of members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community and environment. We engage in projects throughout the state of Utah that address goals relating to environmental conservation, leadership, education, and sustainability.
UCC AmeriCorps members have committed to a term of service for their country that may range from 3 months to a year. Our members are individuals seeking opportunities to give back, to improve the environment and explore the beauty of Utah's public lands. Many of our members are current students or recent graduates looking to gain experience in the fields of natural resource conservation, education, or social services.
Utah Conservation Corps is a program of Utah State University's Center for Community Engagement.