Opportunities With PVAS
We hire AmeriCorps Environmental Educators annually, with the application process for those positions beginning in late July/early August. These are yearlong positions beginning in early September.
Summer Nature Camp Counselor positions are sponsored through the AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA; the Land Management/Conservation Intern position is sponsored through the High Rocks AmeriCorps Program. If you are hired for this position, you will have to complete a separate application through the respective AmeriCorps program. You will be required to submit weekly timesheets, and an end of service evaluation. The payment/benefits you receive through these positions are provided by the AmeriCorps program.
Summer Nature Camp Counselor (AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA Program)
- Full-time, temporary
- Employment dates: June 1st – July 31st
- Compensation: $236.11 – $270.61/week (pre-tax)*
- Additional benefits: A $1,289 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or Summer End of Service Cash Stipend for the amount of $276.00*
- *Note: These payment amounts are from last year’s AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA Program. It is possible that the payment will be slightly different this year.
The Audubon Discovery Camp is a nine week-long summer day camp hosted by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society that runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Camp session themes differ each week and camps are held at Yankauer Preserve (between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, WV) and Cool Spring Preserve (south of Charles Town, WV). Counselors supervise small groups of children (generally 8-10 children, ages 6-10; we also offer a few sessions for preteens and preschoolers) and lead them through hands-on nature exploration activities. The camp focuses on natural and cultural history as kids explore forests and fields, build forts, turn over rocks and logs, and play games. Counselors will lead hands-on activities, games and crafts as well as lead children on hikes, teach local natural history, promote sustainability, and help foster an appreciation for nature in children. Counselors develop their own program activities and daily itineraries. Training and all supplies and materials are provided. Required First Aid/CPR certification is provided.
- At least 18 years of age
- High school degree, or equivalent
- Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 4:00, during the weeks of camp
- Positive role model and desire to work with children
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work independently, and with co-counselors
- Must be responsible and have good decision making skills
- Outdoor-related interests/skills including: arts & crafts, hiking, fort building, local natural history, Leave No Trace, primitive survival skills
- Task-oriented, takes direction well, shows initiative, and has the ability to interact and communicate effectively with children and young adults
- Willingness to be outside all day, no matter the weather
- Enthusiasm for working with children, a sense of humor, flexibility & desire to have fun!
- Teaching, natural history, and science background preferred
Please send a resume (with references) and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Camp Director – Amy Moore – at 681-252-1387, or email@example.com.
Land and Conservation Intern (High Rocks AmeriCorps Summer Associate)
- Full-time, temporary
- Employment dates: June 1st – end of August
- Compensation: $300 per week (pre-tax)
- Additional benefits: A $1,566 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or Summer End of Service Cash Stipend, (if you qualify) healthcare benefits while in service, childcare assistance while in service, student loan forbearance or deferment while in service
- Must attend a training at High Rocks Educational Corporation (195 Thompson Rd., Hillsboro, WV24946) in early June
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is seeking one undergraduate or graduate student for a full-time (450-hours) Land Management and Conservation Internship from June 1 until the end of August. The intern will be responsible for assisting the Land and Conservation Manager in maintaining PVAS’s nature preserves and participating in organization conservation projects. The intern will also have the opportunity to complete an independent research project for qualifying credits at their University.
- High school graduate/GED in pursuit of collage degree
- At least 18 years of age
- U.S. Citizen
- Reliable transportation, a valid drivers license and a clean driving record
- Basic knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
- Good writing, speaking, communication, research, networking skills
- Independently motivated, hard worker
- Interest in community service and commitment to getting things done in your community
- Basic knowledge of environmental science, natural history, ecology etc.
- Interest in land management and conservation
- Capable of strenuous outdoor activity (occasionally in inclement weather), be able to sit for several hours at a time, and able to lift and carry 40 lbs.
Send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references via e-mail to KC Walters by April 3, 2020 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that the cover letter should relate your experiences and abilities to this specific job. Generic or non-specific letters will receive no reply.