Parks in Focus® is a program of the Udall Foundation that provides opportunities for middle school youth from underserved communities to explore and learn about nature through photography, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and creative expression.
The Udall Foundation is looking for an organized and highly-motivated individual who is interested in working with youth in the setting of our National Parks. The successful applicant will lead summer Parks in Focus® activities with groups of underserved youth from the San Francisco Bay Area (particularly East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City). S/he will spend approximately three months (tentatively May 23 to August 20) organizing and leading local field trips as well as two or three 5-day camping trips to Yosemite National Park. S/he will train with other Parks in Focus® staff; be provided with program curriculum and resources; and work closely with staff from the Udall Foundation, the National Park Service, our partner youth organizations, and volunteers. Hours will vary from 15 during preparatory weeks to 70 during trip weeks. Position will be supervised by a program manager in Tucson.
PARKS IN FOCUS® DUTIES
Training & Program Preparation
• Attend Parks in Focus® staff training at Grand Canyon from May 23 to 27, 2016.
• Become familiar with Parks in Focus® mission, goals, curriculum, and resources.
• Visit Yosemite in early June for scouting and risk management planning.
• Host info meetings for parents, participants, and others to discuss roles/expectations.
• Finalize activity itineraries and handle all logistics (e.g., food and supply purchasing).
• Lead all activities (e.g., local field trips, Yosemite trips, and post-trip activities).
• Lead team of partner staff and volunteers effectively, efficiently, and positively.
• Ensure activities run smoothly and safely.
• Teach photography curriculum and meet educational goals for each activity.
• Work with participants to develop their photography skills.
• Lead games, songs, journaling, and other activities with participants.
• Facilitate and delegate camp tasks including set up, meal preparation, and clean-up.
• Ensure activities are well documented through photo and video.
• Ensure all participant forms and evaluation data are gathered.
Program Reporting & Wrap-Up
• Provide scheduled updates and reports to the program manager in Tucson.
• Organize all photographs, video footage, evaluation data and other deliverables.
• Prepare photo highlights DVDs for all participants, staff and partners.
• Plan and host post-trip celebrations for participants and their families.
• Write and submit a brief final evaluation.
• Love of the outdoors and ability to spark that love in others.
• Experienced and comfortable with camping, hiking, and being outdoors.
• Knowledge of the Bay Area and/or Yosemite National Park highly desired.
• Experience working with youth in outdoor and overnight settings.
• Ability to assess and manage risks associated with outdoor activities.
• Interest in photography and willingness to learn and teach basic curriculum.
• Positive, upbeat attitude and ability to be flexible and adapt to changing demands.
• Strong writing, communication, teaching, leadership, and teamwork skills.
• Demonstrated success of working independently and completing projects on time.
• Access to a reliable computer, internet connection, and manageable workspace.
• A valid driver’s license and clean-driving record.
• Summer home base in/near Bay Area (housing is not provided).
• Must have current First Aid and CPR certifications prior to start date.
• Wilderness First Aid certification highly desired.
• Must be a U.S. citizen.
• Must be willing to provide fingerprints for a criminal background check.
PAY & PERKS
• $12/hour regular pay (approximately 280 to 320 regular hours anticipated)
• $18/hour overtime pay (approximately 60 overtime hours anticipated)
• Mileage reimbursement for personal vehicle use for pre-approved travel
• Food, campsites, and flight provided for staff training in Arizona
• Food, campsites, and rental vehicle provided during Yosemite trips
• DSLR digital camera to use for duration of internship
• College credit (if applicable)
• Opportunity to resume position in summer 2017 (if funding is available and performance is satisfactory)
• Opportunity to work closely with fun and enthusiastic staff from the Udall Foundation, the National Park Service and our partner youth organizations
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications, a current resume, and contact information for two professional references via e-mail to:
Bret Muter, Parks in Focus® Program Manager
Udall Foundation • 130 S. Scott Ave., Tucson AZ 85701
Please note: Your cover letter must include the following statement: “I certify, upon penalty of perjury, that I have never been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child, or that the explanation attached to this agreement, which includes a description of the disposition of the arrest or charge, is true and complete.”
DEADLINE TO APPLY
5 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016