Half Term Youth Recreation Leader
This AmeriCorps member will assist with the development and implementation of the Student Stewards Outdoor STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camps for economically disadvantaged students and participate in our partnership with Burton’s CHILL Foundation.
The Youth Recreation Leader, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This AmeriCorps member will assist with the development and implementation of the Student Stewards Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Camps. The camps focus on outdoor STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum for economically disadvantaged students. Campers engage in hands-on community science research with a goal of improved academic engagement and better preparation for educational success, field trips, and of course copious amounts of fun! In addition to the development and planning of camp curriculum and activities, the duties of the Youth Recreation Leader include maintaining program materials, set-up and clean-up for the daily activities, and managing recreational field trips.
This position will also actively support our partnership with Burton’s CHILL Foundation. CHILL’s mission aims to inspire young people through board sports and build a more equitable outdoor community. Through this program, The Parks Foundation gives our youth program participants a chance to engage in board sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, wakesurfing, paddle boarding, etc) they otherwise would not be able to try due to economic hardship.
Additionally, as our Youth Recreation programs continue to grow, the Youth Recreation Leader will help us develop new outdoor programming.
Member Schedule & Service Location:
Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (camp season shifts between 8:00 am-5:30pm), some weekends and evenings for special programs and events.
The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is to support the parks departments operating in Truckee Meadows, including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. We do this primarily by providing in-park programming and opportunities for citizen engagement. TMPF is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing peoples’ appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.
Develop fun and engaging STEAM based curriculum for outdoor settings.
Facilitate Student Stewards fall, winter, spring, and summer break camps, including:
Plan and implement STEAM based lessons and activities.
Prepare materials for the day/week to allow more time for organized fun
Lead and inspire the imaginations and curiosities of small groups of campers with STEAM based activities
Safely facilitate weekly outings into the community and beyond. Field trips!
Other duties as assigned by the Camp Manager.
Attend team meetings and teambuilders. We're a group that loves activities, so it's common to find us playing a game of frisbee, musical chairs, river floating, potlucks, and basically any other activity we can think of(always open to new ideas).
Lead groups participating in CHILL snowboarding, skateboarding, and other boardsport sessions. (No boarding experience is required on your end)
Help facilitate the Student Steward’s Program Jr. Naturalists program (one Saturday a month)
Community outreach for the Student Stewards Program
Opportunities to assist with activities at Rosewood Nature Study Area
Opportunities to assist with other interpretive programs such as Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge and Discover Your Parks walks
Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision;
Bachelor’s degree OR some continuing education in science, education or a related field;
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional writing skills;
Strong communication skills;
Strong organizational skills;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings;
Preferred: experience working at or managing summer camp programs;
Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.
AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements:
● Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service; or be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program described in §2522.110(b)(3) or (g);
● Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; OR not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award; OR obtain a waiver from the Corporation of the requirements in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii) of this section based on an independent evaluation secured by the program demonstrating that the individual is not capable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent; or be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and be considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1091);
● Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
● Successfully pass the National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC) and National Sex Offender Program Registry check.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation and Benefits:
In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $13,765, loan forbearance on qualifying loans, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,447.50 upon successful completion of service. Training and professional development will be provided.
AmeriCorps looks GREAT on your resume. It basically combines volunteering and professional experience into one big star on the resume - it shows dedication to serving your community, adaptability, and that you have the skills to help an organization thrive! A year of service with AmeriCorps is an investment in your future and has helped many staff at the Parks Foundation get to where we are today because, fun fact, the majority of us also served with AmeriCorps!