The Summer Conservation and Education Assistant (CEA) is an eight week position that assists with the Huyck Preserve’s summer education (K-10) and recreation programs as well as ongoing conservation monitoring efforts at the Preserve. The CEA must have completed or be working towards a BA/BS degree, preferably in a science related field and have demonstrated strong interest and/or experience in field ecology and research, science education, outdoor trip leading, and camp counseling. The CEA is responsible for assisting in curricula development and daily instruction for summer education programs, developing a guided hike for the general public on a topic of their interest, trail assessments and minor trail maintenance, assisting with data collection as part of the Preserve’s conservation monitoring programs, and providing general support to Preserve staff. On-the-job training begins the week of June 8th with guidance from the Conservation and Outreach Coordinator, Christina McLaughlin, and the Executive Director, Dawn O’Neal, Ph.D.
About the Huyck Preserve's Summer Education programs
Natural History Day Program: Grades 6-10 (July 6th-17)
A full day program providing the opportunity for middle and junior high school students. The week long program introduces students to field investigations in such topics as forest, behavior, community, invasive, and aquatic ecology. The week includes a short research project done in teams in which students will pick a topic to study, collect and analyze their data, and present their results in a poster to their classmates.
A half day program held in two, week long sessions divided by age group. Students will spend the week outdoors learning basic methods for collecting, identifying, and cataloging wildlife, taking nature walks, and creating nature themed crafts and playing nature-themed education games.
About Huyck Preserve's Conservation monitoring programs
In partnership with the Ecological Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA) the Preserve has begun monitoring the impact of deer on our forested habitats as well as phenology across the region. These projects are combined with our Continuous Forest Inventory, a 30+ year project monitoring several forest plots for health and stability, and Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship program (MAPS) to help guide conservation and management efforts at the Preserve.
About the Huyck Preserve's Recreation program
The Huyck Preserve has 12 miles of trails traversing 2000 acres of old-growth forests and riparian habitat offering the opportunity to explore and view a variety of wildlife. Guided hikes are offered on a monthly basis on a variety of topics including wildflower and tree identification, ethnobotany, fern and spider ecology, and the natural history of the area.
Assist as the second instructor for summer education programs.
Supporting the COC in daily instruction in the classroom and outdoors
Preparing materials for education lessons, possibly including manual labor such as digging pit fall traps, using seine nets, copying papers, etc.
Assisting students in hands-on field research projects.
Develop, under the guidance of the COC, (at least) one age-appropriate science/nature based lesson for the Natural History Day Program and both Nature Study sessions
Assist in school education programs at the Preserve in June
Collect data for the on-going deer monitoring project and repair deer exclosures
Participate in MAPS station at the Preserve
Collect data for the ongoing phenology trail
Develop and lead, with the assistance of the COC, a guided hike on a topic of choice within the context of the Huyck Preserve’s natural history, geology, ecology, etc.
Perform trail assessments (observations of trail condition and safety) and minor trail maintenance (replacing signing and trimming vegetation
Take photographs for use in Preserve media
Write one short article for use in Preserve media, either in the fall newsletter or for a blog post for website and social media
Act secondary staff for any additional summer programs and events
Other projects as assigned by the COC, possibly including administrative work (advertising, creating a photo database) or research (invasive species monitoring, camera trapping)
This is an 8 week temporary seasonal position, starting June 8th until July 31st
Will be determined based on applicant’s background and experience. This position can include housing for the right candidate.
Required Qualifications: Completed or working towards a BA/BS in a science related field Must be self-motivated, organized, and able to work without supervision. Must be able to endure long days in the field in varying weather conditions. Must be able to perform manual labor including lifting and carrying field equipment off trail and hiking several miles in a day. Enthusiasm and passion for science, nature, and the outdoors
Desirable Additional Qualifications: Experience/interest in field biology and research Experience/interest in science education Previous experience as a summer camp counselor First aid training Experience team building Natural history knowledge pertinent to New York/the Northeast
How to Apply
Applications are due April 10th 2015 by midnight. Assemble into a single PDF or WORD document and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Applicant’s Last Name SUMMER ED” in the subject line: 1) A cover letter describing your interest and reason for applying as well as the skills you will bring to the position. 2) A current CV/resume no more than 2 pages in length. 3) Two letters of reference. These may be submitted with your cover letter and resume/CV or submitted separately to the above email address.
The Huyck Preserve is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability or veteran’s status.
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