The West Virginia University Extension Service (WVUES) is seeking applications for STEM Ambassadors. These positions act as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events across the state of West Virginia.
Ambassadors travel throughout the state during the time frame of May 20, 2018 to August 12, 2018 and deliver pre-arranged STEM curriculum (using training and materials provided) in a variety of settings. Events may include county 4-H day or overnight camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson's Mill in Jane Lew WV, the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV and State 4-H Days on the WVU campus. Room and board are provided while on assignment at camp, but ambassadors must be able to provide their own transportation to locations throughout the state.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Lead organized STEM education classes and activities at 4-H summer camps, including:
Delivering STEM courses and offering STEM activities throughout the day.
Assisting Camp Director and camp staff with other camp duties.
Performing camp counseling and/or youth supervision duties in camp/cabin settings.
Providing information about their major, their college and WVU to youth participants.
Performing other activities and classes within the instructor's training and expertise.
Participate in mandatory training May 20-25 at WVU Jackson's Mill, as well as a mandatory meeting on August 3 at WVU Jackson's Mill.
Maintain effective communications with supervisor and WVU College Liaisons.
Follow all guidelines and policies of the WVU Extension Service and WVU College Liaisons.
Exercise mature, professional judgment in assuming responsibility for and working with youth.
Prepare and submit reports and conduct evaluations as requested by supervisor.
Travel to assigned sites and conduct needed activities on a timely basis.
Length of Assignment: A mbassadors will have the opportunity to work up to 30 days during the May 20 to August 12 time frame with additional opportunities possible based on need and and availability.
Number of Positions : Multiple
High school diploma or equivalent with at least one year of college (30 credit hours) from a sponsoring college (listed below)
The program is sponsored by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources; and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Current undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree from at least one of the college majors/minors listed below are eligible for employment:
Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Animal & Nutritional Sciences
Applied & Environmental Microbiology
Human Nutrition & Foods
Wildlife & Fisheries
A small number of positions are open to other WVU schools and/or other West Virginia institutions of higher education. These positions are open to applicants with a major focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.
The following skills and abilities are required:
Energetic, enthusiastic, quick-thinking, adaptable, diplomatic and prompt
Teach and motivate youth while nurturing positive self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility and leadership in youth
Communicate in written and verbal forms and work with youth and adult participants of differing age and skill levels
Observe youth behavior, assess appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and policies and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
Ability to assist youth in emergencies (fire, evacuation, illness, injury)
Must be able to provide their own transportation across West Virginia
Physical requirements include:
Ability to use visual and auditory cues to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards
Possess physical strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of youth
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/ .
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Feb 8, 2018
Posting Classification: Temporary
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No
Internal Number: 126840
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.