Led by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), the Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps) AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members at organizations throughout Colorado to focus on increasing environmental literacy for PreK-12 students and implementing the goals outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan. eeCorps works directly with teachers, schools, and environmental education providers to support them in expanding reach and increasing impact of EE programming, while providing access to equitable learning experiences for all PreK-12 students. eeCorps members provide direct service to improve outcomes in Environmental Stewardship and Education. AmeriCorps provides opportunities to improve lives and foster civic engagement all across the country.
This position will be located at Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs. Catamount Institute’s mission is to connect kids to the outdoors through science education and adventure learning. Their programs are designed to use the natural curiosity of the child to spark a love for life-long learning. Through their state-recognized youth programs, they work to make environmental education accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status and strive to create environmental leaders who will contribute to the next generation of stewards.
Service Position Summary: This member will lead and assist environmental education programs. Member will support programs by creating content, lesson plan, and materials. Members will serve closely with the Environmental Educator team and director staff.
Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities):
eeCorps members engage with their Host Site organizations to develop, implement, and enhance programs, projects, and activities that will create progress towards eeCorps’ and Catamount Institute’s goals. These duties include:
- Facilitate and lead year round programs and summer camp
- Support school programs including: field trips, in-school, afterschool, weekend, and 2-6 day overnight programs
- Effectively collaborate with Catamount Institute staff to meet organizational goals
- Develop and improve program resources including lesson plans, activities, and materials
- Regularly meet with the Director of Operations, Director of Education, and Executive Director to review educational programs
- Track progress and collect evaluation data for the program’s performance measures
Marginal Functions (Secondary Responsibilities):
- Collaborate with Catamount Institute staff to evaluate and report on youth programs
- Assist with photography and videography portfolio
- Prepare marketing plans for existing programs which include timelines and contacts
- Attend trainings and seminars as directed to maintain or attain relevant knowledge and certifications needed to support the educational department
- Attend fundraising and tabling events
Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:
- Ability to serve in an outdoor setting in various weather conditions for up long periods of times (including overnight)
- Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in education and the workplace
- Willing to engage with youth, community members, schools, and donors
- Experience working with school-aged children
- Adaptable and energetic, quick learner under new circumstances
- Ability to collaborate effectively
Term of Service: This is a half-time national and community service position requiring a minimum of 900 hours during the year (approximately 35-40 hours/week). The position begins September 4, 2023 and ends February 29, 2024. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments.
Training and Support Provided: eeCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable approved training and professional development. Members will be supervised and supported by Janelle Ross, Catamount Institute Director of Operations, as well as by Erin Dreps, eeCorps Program Coordinator. The 2023-24 cohort of eeCorps members serving throughout the region will act as additional resources and support for each other.
Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at Catamount Institute, 740 W Caramillo St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, and service will be performed at schools and other partner locations in and around the Pikes Peak Region.
- A living allowance of HT amount distributed in biweekly payments of HT amount. Taxes are deducted and the living allowance is distributed twice per month by direct deposit to the member’s bank account.
- An education award of $3,447.50 upon successful completion of term of service.
- It is possible to defer student loans while serving as an AmeriCorps member.
- Mileage reimbursement for eeCorps-required travel.
- Non-tangible benefits including extensive training, valuable experience, networking, and the opportunity to serve the local community in a crucial area of need.
- Ability to participate in regional EE leadership councils; option to obtain CAEE’s nationally-recognized Professional Environmental Educator Certification.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Catamount Institute shall not discriminate against any employee, volunteer or program participant on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, marital, parental, veteran or military status, political service, or membership, participation or association with any employee organization. We provide equal employment and volunteer opportunities to all individuals based on relevant qualifications and abilities.
The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) recognizes the value of diversity and inclusiveness to advance environmental education. CAEE defines diversity in its broadest sense and welcomes everyone to the field of environmental education and the Alliance, including but not limited to people of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, national origins, socioeconomic status, religious affiliations, languages, and heritages.
How to Apply: If you are interested in applying to this position, please send your resume and a short cover letter outlining your interest in the program and commitment to national service to Erin Dreps, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “AmeriCorps Catamount Half Time Environmental Educator Application” in the subject line. Please also attach a list of three (3) references, and a diversity and inclusion statement that is no longer than one page in length.