Position Summary New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) seeks fifteen AmeriCorps STEM Education Ambassadors (SEA) to join the national movement of 80,000 Americans who choose to serve in communities that need it most. NESS SEA Members will implement NESS’s AmeriCorps program, in schools throughout New London County in Connecticut. The NESS SEA AmeriCorps program teams will work with students in grades K through 12 and will be responsible for planning, leading, and implementing after school enrichment programs throughout the school year across these grade levels depending on site placement. Afterschool programs consist of many different STEM topics taught through lessons which align to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Enrichment programs for K-5 will primarily take place within the school while programs for 6-12 may take place at various classroom and field locations. Throughout the school day, members will also be responsible for providing classroom support, tutoring, and mentoring to students. Our teams will help lead NESS field programs for students in the spring and fall and assist at NESS field sites to implement outdoor programs in the summer. Field programs will consist of sailing, kayaking, tide pooling, and other various field science activities.
Training and certifications will include:
➢ Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross certification)
➢ First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross certification)
➢ Kayaking Instruction (American Canoe Association certification)
➢ Classroom management skills
➢ Culture & diversity training
➢ Lesson planning & introduction to inquiry-based teaching practices
➢ Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
➢ Career Development
➢ Sailing practice and instruction
Other Training Opportunities may include:
➢ CT Safe Boating certification
➢ US Sailing Level 1 certification
Duties and responsibilities:
➢ Commit to 12-month, full time assignment (35-40 hours/week), beginning August 5, 2020 through July 31, 2021.
➢ Must complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service.
➢ Undergo orientation and training at beginning of term, then regular training throughout service term.
➢ Serve in classes during the academic day providing classroom support, tutoring and mentoring.
➢ Create and develop STEM-based lesson plans aligned to state and national science standards.
➢ Lead academic year and summer programs as required, following NESS curriculum.
➢ Help implement NESS’ safety plan and maintain campus and offsite safety at all times.
➢ Serve as a team with other AmeriCorps Members, school teachers and staff, NESS staff, and the AmeriCorps Manager to implement the program.
➢ Serve as role model for students: demonstrate stewardship, model positive self-confidence, and practice growth mindset.
➢ Help students develop concepts and skills through real-life experiences, organized around student discovery.
➢ Collaborate with school teachers to coordinate curricula and integrate field experiences
➢ Assist in maintaining inventory of program and watersport equipment and supplies, including routine maintenance on sailboats, fishing gear, masks & snorkels, wetsuits, boogie boards, etc.
➢ Assist in overseeing NESS aquariums, including keeping records of animals on site and performing routine maintenance.
➢ Members may be required to travel to various locations throughout each day.
➢ Commitment to the AmeriCorps mission of service
➢ Understanding of underserved communities
➢ Excellent skills in teaching, curriculum development, organization, and positive youth development, especially for underserved students
➢ Knowledge and experience in marine science, sailing, and kayaking instruction in an adventure education setting
➢ A strong team player and excellent motivator
➢ Self-initiative and ability to work independently
➢ Effective skills in interpersonal relationships, written and verbal communications, problem solving, decision making, group dynamics, and public speaking
➢ Ability to effectively manage and organize students
➢ Bilingual speakers, especially in Spanish, encouraged to apply
Benefits of Service:
➢ AmeriCorps living allowance of approximately $14,000 over a 12-month term of service
o Paid in weekly installments
o Subject to all applicable local, state and federal income taxes
➢ Eli Segal Education Award of up to $6,195 from the National Service Trust for qualifying education expenses or loans upon successful completion of the term of service.
➢ Comprehensive Health, Dental and Vision insurance benefits at no cost
➢ Extensive training and certifications
➢ 10 holidays each calendar year
➢ 10 days of vacation, to be taken during approved, pre-determined times.
➢ Child care assistance for those who qualify
➢ Positions are eligible for student loan forbearance
(available for qualified loans)