Environmental Education Specialist

Organization

Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve

Job status

Job Type

Job Duration

Job Compensation Type

Remote

No

Deadline to Apply

Location

Huron, OH
United States

Join Ohio's only National Estuarine Research Reserve's education team as the Environmental Education Specialist. This position will focus on helping school groups, reserve visitors, and the coastal Ohio community learn about Lake Erie and the Great Lakes' system. This Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) service position includes orientation and training, potential education award, professional development, and stipend.

Summary

About Us:

Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) is a State and National AmeriCorps program, funded by AmeriCorps and ServeOhio, Ohio’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. This is a paid service year position. The NOWCorps program is sponsored by Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) watershed organization, whose mission is to protect and restore water quality and habitats of the Tinker’s Creek watershed through community partnerships. NOWCorps partners with watershed groups, soil and water conservation districts, city and county government offices, and other conservation nonprofits who serve as host sites for our members. Through the host site, members facilitate outreach, education, capacity building, environmental stewardship, and stormwater management. NOWCorps position descriptions vary depending on the host site and service year focus and prospective members may apply to multiple NOWCorps positions at the same time. 

Together with our partners, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (OWC NERR) recognizes the importance of maintaining water quality throughout Northern Ohio. We also believe in educating the public and regional leaders to support behavioral changes that positively affect our water resources.

Host Site Information:

Designated in 1980, Old Woman Creek NERR is part of a national network of 30 State-Federal

partnership coastal reserves that address state and regional coastal management needs through

research, education, and stewardship. The NERR System is administered by National Oceanic and

Atmospheric Administration in collaboration with State partners and uses its network of living laboratories to help understand and find solutions to crucial issues facing America’s coastal communities. Each of the 30 reserves, including Old Woman Creek, is comprised of four common sectors: Education, Research, Stewardship, and Training.

Basic Position Information:

Location: Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve; 2514 Cleveland Rd. East, Huron, OH 44839

Reports to: Education Coordinator, Jennifer Bucheit

Member position begins October 8, 2024, and ends September 30, 2025. Mandatory orientation is scheduled October 8-11, 18, 2024, which will occur in person in Twinsburg, Ohio. This position is a Full-time member position and requires a minimum of 1700 hours of service over the service period. The member will receive a stipend of no more than $22,000, and the stipend will be paid biweekly.

Usual hours of service will be Tuesdays through Fridays during the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The ability to serve flexible hours, including weekend days and some evenings, is needed. Scheduled hours may fluctuate, increase, or decrease in consideration of seasonal changes such as inclement weather or other extended activities.

Benefits: 

  • Paid Orientation and training included.
  • Programmatic and site-specific training. Content may include but is not limited to: First Aid, CPR, native species identification, hand and power tool training, volunteer engagement, and more.
  • Federal Loan Deferment.
  • Full-time members eligible for health insurance.
  • Full-time members may qualify for childcare assistance.
  • May be eligible for education award of $7,395.
  • Additional training reimbursement stipend of $125/quarter ($500 total).
  • Eligible mileage reimbursement.
  • Ample opportunity for professional development and networking.

The member will not be an employee of OWC NERR and is not entitled to any of the benefits or compensation OWC NERR provides to its employees.

AmeriCorps Requirements:

  • Must have a GED or high school diploma.
  • Must be 18 or older by October 8, 2024.
  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive background and criminal investigation check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a valid driver’s license, be insured, and have own transportation.
  • Have an interest or plan to pursue a career in environmental education, environmental science, wildlife biology, aquatic ecology, limnology, and natural resources.
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently and on a team.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate maturity and cultural competency.
  • Desire to serve the local community.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with various audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities of the AmeriCorps member:

General Member Responsibilities 

  • Promote the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps through education and outreach activities. 
  • Enhance skills and knowledge applicable to position through participation in related workshops, conferences, and training.
  • Plan, facilitate, and participate in group service projects for National Days of Service. 
  • Attend all NOWCorps required meetings and trainings.
  • Complete activity & data reports monthly, required timesheets weekly, and any other reporting in a timely manner.
  • All other duties as assigned within the limitations of this member description.

Host Site Responsibilities 

  • Staff visitor center, answering public inquiries and orienting visitors to the Reserve.
  • Assist with the communication and outreach of education products including displays.
  • Assist with logistics, design, and implementation of estuary and coastal wetland education programs for the public, professionals, and students.
  • Provide trail, canoe, and facility tours.
  • Live animal care, including fish, amphibians, and reptiles.
  • Maintain visitor center sanitation schedule and ensure safety protocols are followed to provide clean and safe environment for visitors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional activities that fall within the goals of the program may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

This position requires the following: 

  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate telephones, computers, and other office equipment.
  • Capacity to position self to bend, kneel, and lightly lift.
  • Capable of paddling canoe or kayak on own.
  • Fluency in communicating in the English language, can convey information and listen.
  • Capacity to utilize close vision, depth perception, and adjust focus.

Additional information: Old Woman Creek NERR is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Old Woman Creek NERR, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, and the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps will adhere to all regulations concerning nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations as outlined in federal and state law. This program will be made available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, military service, and religion.

To Apply Contact  send your resume, cover letter and position (include Environmental Education Specialist with Old Woman Creek under Jennifer Bucheit) to Claire Ilersich, NOWCorps Member Coordinator at claire@tinkerscreek.org or 330-963-6863 x5104. Applications preferred by August 1, 2024, but position is open until filled.

Compensation Information

Stipend: $22,000

Segal Education Award: $7,395.00

Training Stipend: $125.00/quarter, $500 for the full year

Eligible for healthcare

May be eligible for childcare assistance

Paid orientation

Federal loan deferment