Come spend the summer doing field research and environmental education in the Smokies! This summer position provides an opportunity to work with a nationally recognized residential environmental education institute in Great Smoky Mountains National Park while contributing to a Citizen Science program aimed at involving young people in scientific research. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a nationally recognized residential environmental learning center whose mission is to connect people and nature through hands-on experiences.
After becoming familiar with both the research activities and the educational programs at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, employee will support the efforts of the Citizen Science and Summer Camp Programs, serving as a bridge between the departments. Assist with research projects in the field and in the lab. Act as a team leader for the Citizen Science Interns in the absence of the Manager of Science Literacy and Research. Conduct an independent research project and present it during our Smokies Science Investigations camp. Lead residential summer programs that offer campers opportunities to focus intensely on the study of nature (Discovery Camps, age 9-12). Help to involve campers in research opportunities throughout the Park. Work closely alongside fellow summer staff with various summer camp related activities, including some overnight supervision of campers. Assist Manager of Science Literacy and Research with teaching and supervising groups of teenagers during the one-week Smokies Science Investigations.
Curriculum development and teaching:
Work with supervising staff member(s) to develop and implement activities for campers (age 9-17) that focus on hands-on science and research studies.
Observation, data collection, and sample collection for a variety of organisms. Projects are subject to change but may include studies of birds, salamanders, trees, fungi, and arthropods. As needed, help with other study subjects and assist visiting researchers or park resource managers. This position entails very early mornings and working during uncomfortable weather, including hot, humid days and rain. Hiking in the backcountry is expected, including hikes over six miles in length.
Data entry and analysis and summarizing field data, creation of a research poster.
Write an article for Walker Valley Reflections, Tremont’s newsletter. Write science curriculum developed over the course of the summer for use by other staff.
Enthusiasm for both science and education and a desire to involve young people in science in a residential setting. Two years or more of college education or equivalent experience required; college degree preferred. Experience in scientific research and leading groups of teenagers in outdoor activities preferred. Employees will be expected to take Basic First Aid and CPR upon arrival, if they do not have current certification. A valid driver’s license with good driving record is required. Must be at least 21 years old (in order to drive vans with participants).
Salary and Benefits:
$335 per week plus housing, meals and uniform. This is an endowed position with the full title of George W. Fry Chair for Science Education.
Dates of Employment:
May 29 – August 3, 2018. Hours are irregular, generally 5 days per week. Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours required.
Application deadline: February 9, 2018.
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