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Education Assistant
Ref No.: 21-00192
Location: Cherokee, North Carolina
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/23/2022
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Greening Youth Foundation U.S. National Park Service HBCUI 2022

Position Title Education Assistant
NPS Unit Name Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Position Dates May 16, 2022
Position Description The Education Assistant will assist park staff with summer outdoor programming offered to
local youth groups visiting the Smokies. The students are typically coming as part of programs
offered by area Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and summer science camps. Students come from
both urban areas in Asheville, NC and rural towns surrounding the park. All programs are
already developed and involve the students in nature-based activities or, in the case of older
groups, collecting data for long-term monitoring citizen/community science projects (topics
include salamanders, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, snails and plants). Members will co teach with park rangers and might provide leadership to younger high school interns who
occasionally assist with programs. Summer programming may be virtual depending on COVID19 and CDC safety recommendations
Learning Goal Specialized skills in presenting educational programs to students, project prioritization, time
management, conflict resolution, mentorship, ability to adapt on short notice to ever changing
circumstances, varied data sampling techniques, possible program creation of intern's
specialized interest, field navigation, facilitated dialogue, navigating NPS hiring practices and
networking with NPS coworkers and NPS partners. Trainings may include: Orientation to the
National Park Service, How to Apply for Federal Jobs, Putting together a Federal Resume, How
to Develop Education Programs, How to Deliver Education Programs, and opportunities to work
in the field with other divisions such as Wildlife, Vegetation and Fisheries management, trail
maintenance, and archaeology.
Qualifications Currently enrolled or graduated student from university. Any major and coursework topics will
be considered. A focus in natural sciences, social sciences, resource management, history or
education is appreciated. Experience working with children K-12 appreciated. Required
Qualifications Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing
member of a group. Must be 21 (Required age to drive a government vehicle) A valid
driver's license and an insurable driving record. Willing to undergo and must pass required
criminal history checks. Comfortable with public speaking. Ability to perform the essential
duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. This position will mostly
work outside and will provide leadership to youth so it is important to have a positive attitude that helps set the tone for fun and exploration. Preferred Personal vehicle (public transportation is not available in the area so it is advisable) Willing to hike up to 3 miles in
steep mountain terrain. Knowledge of science and basic ecological concepts.

Participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated
Work Environment Throughout the internship we make an effort to spend the majority of time in the field. When in
the office there are 3-5 people present in a small shared workspace. Many of these staff remain
on a flexible telework schedule and are not always in the office. Effort to schedule field work in
less popular and congested areas for health safety. Weather is ever changing and considered
prior to every work day to determine if task altering is needed.

Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is highly recommended.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at . Resumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.
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