Topic ID #34981 - posted 2/17/2015 3:38 AM

Interpretation & Education Assistant - Adirondack Museum, NY

Jennifer Palmer

Interpretation & Education Assistant
Expected Dates
May 18, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Adirondack Museum
Position ID
SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with state and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites along a 200 mile corridor from the lower Adirondacks to New York City, but join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events.
The Educational Intern will have the responsibility of leading experiences in cultural history interpretation, experiential education, school programs, and developing interpretive programming for a diverse audience.  In addition to teaching they will assist staff with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials, attendance at occasional evening programs, and other duties that will provide exposure to all aspects of a museum.  By working with the SCA Adirondack Corps, the education intern will also work to leverage the SCA’s conservation service expertise and projects to highlight stewardship, engage community members and integrate conservation skills and service events into the Adirondacks Museum’s education and outreach strategies.
The SCA intern will work closely with school program manager at the Adirondack Museum and lead programs for students both on-site at the museum and off-site in school classrooms.  The SCA intern will assist the museum in fulfilling their goal of teaching an underserved audience – rural school children.  As an education assistant, the SCA intern will develop and conduct place-based education which offers a fundamentally different approach to both environmental education and community development. Place-based programs immerse students in local heritage and regional culture and use these as a springboard for studying regional, national and global issues. By fostering vibrant partnerships between the Museum, schools and communities, our K-12 programs work to advance students’ achievement, and improve the community’s social and economic vitality.
Location Description
The Adirondack Museum is a not-for-profit organization with 22 exhibit building and 32 acres. The Adirondack Museum expands public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness, fostering informed choices for the future. The Adirondack Museum shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region through collections, exhibits, programs, and special events. The Collections and Interpretation Department oversees the Museum’s family programming, educational activities, and events.
Training Provided
Training will be provided, including 32 hour NAI Certified Interpretive Guide training.
Handicap Accessible?
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
some experience
AmeriCorps Eligible
Driving Logistics
Valid Drivers License Needed
Personal Vehicle Required
Site is in a remote location, a personal vehicle is required for access to the nearest town.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
US Citizenship

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