Member Duties: 10 halftime members serving 920 hours for the contractual year, will work collaboratively with participating schools to implement the contextual STEM environmental curriculum - Grasses in Classes. Members have many opportunities to engage in service learning in the area of environmental education and stewardship. Members will work out in the field completing environmental projects in our communities. All members will work to help engage the partnering schools and the public by providing hands-on educational opportunities to teach families and children the importance of caring about their environment and encourage environmental stewardship. Environmental stewardship projects complementary to the Grasses in Classes program will address the health of the watershed. Within the schools, members are trained in curriculum development and implementation. Members have a heightened awareness of the need to maintain and reclaim a healthy ecosystem through restoration and re-nourishment projects.
Program Benefits: Living Allowance, Training, Yearly Living Stipend: $10,800, 920 hours for the contractual year, Education award upon successful completion of service (3,247.50
Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Uniforms provided and required, Car required (no public transportation), Permits attendance at school during off hours.
Service Areas: Environment, Education, Community Outreach, Disaster Relief.
Skills: Leadership, General Skills, Dependability, and Commitment, Computers/Technology, Communications, Conflict Resolution, Environment, Disaster Services, Writing/Editing, Public Speaking, Education, Community Organization, Recruitment, Team Work, Teaching/Tutoring.
Service Description: This year-long program will serve Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The program's focus is environmental stewardship with an educational component of an environmental STEM curriculum and restoration. The program has 2 primary focus areas: 1. the implementation of the Grasses in Classes STEM curriculum, 2. restoration, beautification, maintenance, and development in our unique coastal dune lakes, and environmental Field support in restoring habitat for threatened and endangered species. In the first component, members will implement a Grasses in Classes environmental STEM curriculum in contracted Okaloosa and Walton County elementary schools targeting third and fifth-grade students. In the second component, members will address projects including shoreline erosion, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, coastal dune lakes projects, and oyster restoration projects. The program will focus efforts on engaging community involvement through service learning activities conducted at parks and public lands within the Choctawhatchee watershed district. Through these educational opportunities, the program will educate and engage citizens in service projects to encourage environmental stewardship. 10 halftime members will work collaboratively within each of the participating schools to implement the contextual STEM environmental curriculum - Grasses in Classes. Members will also participate in the field completing environmental projects in our communities (as identified above). All members will work to help engage the partnering schools and the public by providing hands-on educational opportunities to teach families and children the importance of caring about their environment and encourage environmental stewardship.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Grant is in the approval phase, Member living allowance for halftime, is $10,800 gross per year and $900 gross per month, commiting to serving 920 hours for the program year (Living Stipend would be prorated for months member did not serve - August - actual start month). Averaging 20 to 30 hours per week.
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma, Credential or Certification
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Ability to work in natural environments and complete physical labor (lifting 20 to 50 lbs.), in climate weather conditions to complete restoration projects.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check