Outreach Interpretive Science Education AmeriCorps Member – Jekyll Island Georgia

Georgia Sea Turtle Center- Jekyll Island Authority

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is an interactive sea turtle rehabilitation hospital which includes an interactive learning center, a viewing window into the veterinary care area, and an elevated walkway through the rehabilitation pavilion. The Outreach Interpretive Science Education Member conducts educational presentations, assists in teaching curriculum-based school field trips, leads daily presentations, provides other education and outreach activities for visitors, and practices quality husbandry care and handling of reptile animal ambassadors.

AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. More than 75,000 Americans across the country participate in AmeriCorps each year. All of them tackle different community needs in different ways to make our people safer, stronger, and healthier; to strengthen our communities; and to Get Things Done for America. For information, please visit https://americorps.gov.

Position Description and Essential Functions

Interpretive/Educational Tours and Guest Experience

  • Actively engage visitors through animal artifacts, exhibit interpretation, and patient care in the Learning Center and
  • Rehabilitation Pavilion, providing supplemental information on the life history, medical treatments, and behaviors of sea turtles.
  • Encourage students of all ages to respect and preserve their natural environment and community while leading classroom presentations for school field trips.
  • Conduct interpretive presentations for large and small groups using a microphone/PA system.
  • Design and deliver STEAM activities for in-center Science Saturdays and online resource page.

Outreach and Events

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of educational activities/programs and exhibit tabling with community partners (e.g., Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ CoastFest, UGA’s Skidaway Marine Science Day, National History Day Georgia).
  • Assist in strengthening existing relationships between GSTC and the local community while working to develop new partnerships and collaborations. For example, representing the GSTC at community events (e.g., Rotary, Chamber of
  • Commerce meetings, Business Appreciation Day, college job fairs).
  • Implement local K-12 outreach opportunities that promote research/field-based education.
  • Additional Requirements:
  • Provide daily cleaning, care, handling, and feeding for a variety of aquatic and terrestrial reptiles used as educational ambassadors.
  • Inspire visitors and program participants to practice environmental stewardship.
  • Assist in coordination and support of volunteer docents and program guides.
  • Assist veterinary and research staff as permissible by Education staff.

General Requirements

  • Minimum one year of work in an educational setting.
  • 3rd year undergraduate or beyond with education or experience in environmental science or marine biology.
  • Committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of work.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and with a team.
  • Positive attitude and a desire to learn.
  • Excellent and honest communication with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Detail-oriented with high-level organizational skills.
  • A flexible schedule that includes some holidays, evenings, and weekends.
  • Tolerance of extreme heat, high humidity, precarious weather, and biting insects.
  • Strong public speaking skills for communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Proficient computer skills (e.g., Excel, Access, Publisher).

AmeriCorps Program Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • 18+ years of age.
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license.
  • Consent to criminal history, background, and fingerprint checks to be cleared for service.

Preferred

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Environmental Communication/Sciences, or related field.
  • Knowledge of interpretive techniques and science-based learning.

Salary and Benefits

Living allowance ($5,500 for a minimum of 900 hours of service over six months), island amenity passes, Jekyll Island parking pass, education award ($3,172.50*), and student loan forbearance.

Housing

Optional and partially subsidized shared housing on Jekyll Island is available. If this option is selected, $200* per month rent surcharge (including utilities) will be automatically deducted from payroll, along with a $100* ($50* refundable) security deposit. Houses have limited-bandwidth internet and air-conditioning; they are also equipped with basic furniture and kitchen supplies. You must provide your own linens, towels, and food. Not provided but available: telephone and cable. Pets are not allowed.

 

This position is supported through the federally-funded AmeriCorps program and therefore is considered a term of service.

Duration of Program: September 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022 (1 position)

*Resume, Cover letter, and 3 References MUST be submitted with application, applications received without supporting documents will NOT be considered. The three References may be uploaded in “Other” or can be submitted as one package with Cover Letter.

To apply for this job please visit www.jekyllisland.com.