NatureHoods Coordinator (AmeriCorps)
The Children’s Forest is seeking a creative and high energy individual to join our team from September 2017-July 2018. The NatureHoods Coordinator will develop and implement opportunities for local students and families to engage with and learn about nature in their local parks. The position will develop a NatureHoods science curriculum to be delivered to K-5 students in their neighboring parks, coordinate student projects in partnership with local Park & Recreation districts, and deliver school and family nature education programs.
View the position description here. The position is a full-time 11-month AmeriCorps member with the Bend Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps program. Benefits include a $12,530 living allowance, $5,775 education award, student loan forbeanance, health insurance, and eligibility for child care benefits.
Katie Chipko has been with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon since 2012. Previously, she worked as Program Coordinator at North Cascades Institute in northern Washington, coordinating adult and youth environmental education programs in North Cascades National Park. She spent three years working as a naturalist, leading environmental education programs at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center and North Cascades Institute. She received her B.A. in Biology and Geography from the University of Colorado.
Kelly Sullins joined the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon staff in 2016. Previously, she worked as the outreach and follow up specialist at Healthy Beginnings in Oregon, coordinating development and wellness screenings for children 0-5 years of age. Also, she teaches dance to children of all ages and has been doing so in Bend since 2007. She received her B.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, and is very excited to be a part of the team!
AmeriCorps Member – NatureHoods Coordinator
Laurie Harrer joined the Children’s Forest in 2016 serving as a member of the Notre Dame AmeriCorps. She has previously conducted research on the feeding behaviors of frugivorous animals in southeast Alaska for her master’s thesis in Wildlife Science at Oregon State University (OSU). Also while at OSU, Laurie completed the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. Before graduate school, Laurie worked as a laboratory technician for Bend Research, Inc. and volunteered with various youth programs. She received her B.S in Fisheries and Wildlife Management at Montana State University.
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