This year long program will serve Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The program focus is environmental stewardship with an educational component of an environmental STEM curriculum and restoration. The program has 3 primary focus areas: 1.the implementation of the Grasses in Classes STEM curriculum, 2. restoration, beautification, maintenance and the development in our unique coastal dune lakes and 3. Environmental Field support to restore 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 addressing 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. 12 full-time 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 to encourage environmental stewardship.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Grant is in approval phase, Member living allowance is being requested for $16,000 gross per year and $1,333.33 gross per month (Living Stipend would be prorated for months member did not serve - August - actual start month) .
2 houses are available to rent a room through rental agency (3 bedroom, 2 bath in The Veranda's, Freeport, FL). Each member independently responsible for lease terms and conditions per leasing agent.
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
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check