Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

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Teachers in Parks
National parks enrich the lives of many in this nation. They provide access to the powerful ideas, values, and meanings associated with the remarkable cultural, natural, and recreational heritage of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) strives to provide opportunities for all Americans to connect to their national heritage through the national parks. However, these opportunities are lacking for some — often due to a variety of social and economic factors.

The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program offers a solution by linking National Park units with teachers from predominantly Title 1 (at least 30% of students on free or reduced cost meals) school districts. Under TRT, selected teachers spend the summer working as park rangers, often living in the park. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park, or taking on special projects.

Then, during the school year, these Teacher Rangers bring the parks into the classroom by developing and presenting curriculum-based lesson plans that draw on their summer's experience. In April, during National Park Week, Teacher Rangers wear their TRT uniforms to school, discuss their summer as a park ranger, and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America's national parks. Teachers may earn graduate credit and get further support through a partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver.

Click here to learn more about the TRT program.

TRT is a stipend-based position for teachers who are currently teaching and will be able to carry out the classroom duties during the 2019-2020 school year.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher giving a lesson to a group of school children.
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher giving a lesson.

Photo by NPS/ D.J. Reiser.


What: Cuyahoga Valley National Park is recruiting for a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher to spend between four and six weeks developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from University of Colorado (Denver). The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will work with park and partner staff to develop and plan teacher professional development workshops to support the Citizen Science 2.0 grant.

Where: The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will be expected to meet with staff in the park at least once a week during the project. At other times, the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher may opt to work from home.

Stipend: $3000.00 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements. All work must be completed by September 1, 2019. The stipend will be paid in October 2019.

Graduate Credit: The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will earn 3 graduate credit hours through University of Colorado Denver. The course is called Introduction to Field Experiences. It is a self-paced, online course that covers the history of national parks, the power of place-based learning, and the importance of diversity in the national parks. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will also share their project prospectus in the beginning of the course, and upload the final project materials at the end of the course.

Additional Information: The project will include designing and planning a variety of teacher workshops to be held over the course of a year through the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC). The TRT will collaborate with the NPS Education Specialist and the CVEEC Education Director to complete the project. Additional project work supporting the Citizen Science 2.0 grant could include providing feedback on lesson plans being developed for the grant. We are seeking a TRT who is familiar with, or has some experience working with, citizen science projects as well as familiarity with Ohio academic content standards and Next Generation science standards.

How to Apply:

To apply, download the application for the 2019 summer position and email the completed application to heather_berenson@nps.gov.

For more information on the TRT program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, contact Education Specialist Heather Berenson at (440) 717-3781 or heather_berenson@nps.gov

Last updated: May 1, 2019

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