Teacher Ranger Teacher

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Position description
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the sites of the first battles of the U.S.‐Mexican War. The park's mission is to tell the story of these battles and present the causes and consequences of the war. As part of this mission, Palo Alto is creating STEM‐based educational materials to engage youth and help them understand the importance and history of Palo Alto Battlefield.

Palo Alto seeks an enthusiastic and creative teacher for this program. The successful applicant will work in the park for 6 weeks during Summer 2015 as a Teacher‐Ranger. S/he will work with park staff to develop STEM lesson plans about the battle and war such as the physics of firing a cannon, the chemistry of gunpowder, and student‐based learning through their own investigations and analysis. The teacher will test the lessons with local youth.

Projected dates of detail: Six weeks during Summer 2015 to start on or before June 12, 2015: Will work with selected teacher to determine exact dates; Flexibility for short periods of time off.

Housing availability: Housing is not available. Will assist in finding housing.

Stipend: $3000.00 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements.

Graduate credit: 3 graduate credit hours through University of Colorado Denver Program.

Hourly requirements: Total of 230 hours of effort;160 hours of major educational project, 45 hours of online coursework, discussion, course readings, 25 hours of NPS operational experiences.

Application deadline: Forms must be emailed by Friday, May 8, 2015

Additional information
Successful applicant will agree to:
  1. Complete all program requirements including wearing a Teacher‐Ranger uniform (provided)
  2. Give presentations at his/her school during National Park Week (April 2016)
Preferred knowledge and skills: Ability to teach science; Bilingual –English and Spanish.

Location information: Work is at the Palo Alto Visitor Center in Brownsville, TX. Brownsville is in south Texas and has a population of over 100,000 and all modern facilities and conveniences. Most residents speak both English and Spanish. Summers are hot and humid. About 90% of this work occurs indoors. Outdoor work will occur in hot, humid weather.


Contact: Karen Weaver
Phone: 956-541-2785 x 332
Email: e-mail us
Mailing Address: 1623 Central Blvd., Rm. 213, Brownsville, TX 78520

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