Would you like to spend the summer learning how to be a park ranger, adding place-based education to your teaching toolbox, and creating lesson plans that will be shared with students nationwide?

As a teacher-ranger-teacher at Theodore Roosevelt Island you will receive a $3000 stipend and three hours of graduate course credit from the University of Colorado, Denver. You can opt to enroll in six more credit hours at your own expense to earn a graduate certificate in place-based education.



You will sample a wide range of work in the park, including removing invasive plants, conducting field studies, helping with special events, and sharing information about the park with visitors. When you return to the classroom next year, you will be able to teach your students about the ways rangers preserve Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy in national parks.

You will also use an archive of scanned primary sources to create one lesson plan each for 11th and 12th grade students that meet the new Common Core curriculum standards for literacy in history/social studies. These lesson plans will help students understand how Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive ideals and thoughts about citizenship are embodied in his memorial.

Work will take place between June and August 2014. Teacher-ranger-teachers are expected to spend about 230 hours (or 5 ½ weeks) on coursework and work in the park.



You will receive a $3000 stipend upon completion of the program. The National Park Service will pay your tuition for a three credit hour graduate course at the University of Colorado, Denver (a $345 value).

You will receive two special teacher-ranger-teacher shirts and a hat to wear while working.

No park housing is available.

You will get professional assistance from instructors at the University of Colorado, Denver while working on your lesson plans. You will also have opportunities to share your work with other teachers and to learn best practices for place-based education.


How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Emily Zivot (emily_zivot@nps.gov). Applications must be received by May 31, 2014.

Teachers are being recruited from District of Columbia Public Schools.



Emily Zivot, Park Ranger

Theodore Roosevelt Island
c/o 700 George Washington Memorial Parkway
McLean, VA 22101

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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