Service Learning Intern at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Title: Service Learning Intern – Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Location: Brecksville, Ohio, part-time remote eligible.
Dates: November 7th, 2022 - June 30th, 2023 (34 weeks)
Positions Available: 1 internship
Living Allowance: $400/week
Status: This is a full-time, 40 hour/week, 1700 hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
Contact: Questions? Email ACCRecruiting@conservationlegacy.org)
Position will stay listed until filled.
Appalachian Conservation Corps
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.
Build relationships that will expand educational opportunities offered at Cuyahoga Valley National Park!
The Division of Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services (IEVS) at Cuyahoga Valley National Park provides National Park Service leadership in Visitor Services, Interpretation, and Education that sparks a connection between visitor interests and resource meanings to inspire enjoyment, appreciation, understanding, and stewardship. Through our leadership, all visitors have a positive experience and attain an understanding of the park, joining a community of park stewards.
The park currently has multiple programs that have been running independently of each other for decades that provide educational and service-learning programming separately to youth and adults in order to empower community members with the skills, background, and knowledge to provide service to their own communities through environmental stewardship projects. This position will bridge the gap to integrate the two curriculums by working with internal and external organizational partners, local school districts, and governmental agencies. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Help lead and prepare for youth and volunteer programs.
- Interacting with the public through informational pop ups around the park.
- Expanding internal and external partnerships with school districts and The Nature Conservancy to offer curriculum-based service learning for youth and adults.
- Assisting with the planning and coordination of project and curriculum development.
- Linking service-learning projects to Ohio State Standards and Common Core Standards.
- Creating guidelines and a roadmap for future success.
- Implementing and evaluating new curriculum-based service-learning projects/programs and evaluate the effectiveness of that work.
The intent of this opportunity is to allow the intern to utilize their skills to build on these existing programs, all while providing education and training opportunities that will enable the intern to be ready to seek park positions at the completion of their term. Housing may be available.
- $400/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
- $6,345 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of 1700 hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)
- Possible student loan forbearance
- Non-competitive hiring eligibility when applying to federal jobs through the Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority
- Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
- Uniform shirts and other necessary safety equipment is provided
- On-the-job training
- Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered
- Depending upon the academic institution and program, this position may fulfill internship requirements
- Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths
How to Apply:
In addition to your resume, please submit a one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35)
- Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check
- Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility)
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Comfortable working in a field and office environment
- Bachelor's degree in a field of study that could include: Education, Natural Sciences, Anthropology, Recreation/Park Management, Communications, Interpretation.
- Some previous park experience
- Written/Verbal communication skills
- Curriculum and program planning
- Community outreach
- Public speaking
- Social media, web-writing
- Basic computer skills
This position is located in Brecksville, OH. View the Google Map in full screen.