Education Individual Placement Internship
The education program at Shenandoah National Park has been providing tremendous opportunities for youth from area schools and throughout Virginia for over 30 years. Students can participate in place-based learning at the park, or staff will bring the opportunities to learn about Shenandoah National Park and NPS through engaging offsite in-person, remote learning, and hybrid programs. The AmeriCorps VISTA position will work to continue to connect with local student and youth audiences, particularly with a focus on the after-school programming funded by the National Environmental Education Foundation with a focus on STEM-based learning and citizen science. Shenandoah National Park also focuses on connecting surrounding communities with the National Park Service mission to preserve and protect natural spaces. This position will grow the existing education programs at Shenandoah National Park to blend the stewardship and curriculum messages into phenomenal learning opportunities for students before, during, and after their programs. The after-school programming began in 2022 with a focus on citizen science and pollinators. This year, the goal is to expand knowledge and protected spaces through additional citizen science focused curriculum. This project targets underserved audiences so bringing the stewardship and activities for engagement to them will increase exposure and opportunity for students. This VISTA position will build upon the curriculum to create hands-on learning opportunities for students as well as partnering with the school educators to develop curriculum that aligns with their students’ needs. The VISTA will also have the opportunity to present and expand upon existing Shenandoah National Park curriculum for in-park and virtual learning programming. Educational offerings at Shenandoah National Park typically serves K-12 students focusing on scientific topics such as geology, ecosystems, habitats, adaptations, and climate change. Learn more and apply for this position through Conservation Legacy or AmeriCorps.
Last updated: October 20, 2023