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Have you ever dreamed of being a park ranger? Do you want to wear a ranger hat? If so, there are opportunities right here in Yankton! Keep reading to learn how to become part of our team.
The National Park Service at Missouri National Recreational River is accepting applications for Summer 2011 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher positions. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2011. Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRTs) are just that and can have the best of both worlds. They continue their regular classroom teaching jobs during the school year and work as National Park Service Rangers for part of the summer.
"I am very excited to receive grant funding again this year for these summer teacher positions through the National Park Service's Youth Partnership Program. The funding will enable the park to hire up to six teachers from South Dakota and Nebraska at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for up to eight weeks this summer. The primary projects that the Teacher-Ranger-Teachers will be assisting with include additional strategic planning for our curriculum-based education program, developing a conceptual framework for future curriculum materials that address both state standards and park goals, developing and presenting Junior Ranger programs for youth throughout the corridor, and several other projects," states Anne Doherty-Stephan, the Community Outreach, Partnerships, and Education Director for Missouri National Recreational River.
Teacher-Ranger-Teachers will receive a certificate documenting their professional development hours plus $300 per week. The park values the input of local teachers in the planning and design of the new education program and materials that will meet their professional development needs as well as the academic needs of their students. The application and more information can be found on the park's website at
https://www.nps.gov/mnrr/forteachers/professionaldevelopment.htm. For questions or more information, please visit the website above or call Anne Doherty-Stephan, Community Outreach, Partnerships, and Education Director at 605-665-0209 x29.