The Education Specialist will greet, orient, and provide programs for audiences at the visitor center and outside on the campus bordering the Thunder Bay River. Recruit and engage volunteers, represent the sanctuary at events, and support the sanctuary's education evaluation efforts.
Service includes communicating about maritime history/archaeology & marine technology/underwater research, Great Lakes/Ocean literacy, the National Marine Sanctuary system, watershed stewardship. Service includes volunteer engagement and working with the public. On site training is provided.
The primary service location will be at the sanctuary's visitor center and offices in Alpena, Michigan, secondary locations include public buildings, schools, regional public events/festivals, and outdoor sites such as parks and natural areas. Service may also include some opportunities to provide outreach aboard boats on Lake Huron. Occasionally other opportunities may be available to paddle, snorkel, and/or swim as part of outreach programming.
Some experience working with the schools and technical knowledge of the Great Lakes is preferred but not required; on-site training will be provided. Service locations include public buildings, schools, and field sites. This position requires a 10-month commitment and is part of the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program.
The program offers opportunities to develop creative education approaches to better conserve natural resources. This position does require some travel and field-based activities. Applicants should be prepared to, on occasion, traverse and carry supplies and equipment (10-15lbs) over uneven ground.
Permits working at another job during off hours , Uniforms provided and required , Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas :
Environment , Education . Skills :
Leadership , Community Organization , Education , Computers/Technology , Team Work , Environment , Recruitment , Public Speaking , Youth Development , Communications.