Temporary Summer STEM Ambassador - 4-H Youth Development - Extension Services
West Virginia University Extension Services is currently accepting applications for a Temporary Summer STEM Ambassador (Multiple Openings.)
About the Opportunity
As a Temporary Summer STEM Ambassador, you will act as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events in West Virginia. Given training and materials, ambassadors will deliver pre-arranged STEM curricula to youth at 4-H Camps across the state of West Virginia during the time frame of May 21, 2024, to July 31, 2024. Other assignments may include county 4-H day camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson's Mill, and the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV in August.
You will be part of the Department of 4-H Youth Development. This position reports to the Extension Service Assistant Professor.
PAY - $125/day, plus mileage
Assignment Length: Approximately 3 months
What you'll do:
- Lead organized STEM educational classes and activities at 4-H summer camps, including (but not limited to):
- Deliver STEM curriculum courses
- Offer STEM activities throughout the day
- Assist Camp Director and camp staff with other camp duties
- Camper Counseling and/or youth supervision duties (in camp/cabin settings)
- Other activities and classes within the instructor's training and expertise
- Provide information about their major, their college, and WVU to youth participants
- Assemble STEM materials and kits as needed
- Participate in STEM Ambassador Training May 19-May 23, 2024. This is a mandatory training held at WVU Jackson's Mill, and Participate in the STEM Ambassador End of Summer Meeting on Tuesday, July 30, 2024. This is a mandatory meeting held at WVU Jackson's Mill.
- Have open availability throughout the entire month of June. This is a prerequisite as June is the busiest month for 4-H camps.
- Maintain effective communications with the 4-H STEM supervisor, and WVU College Liaisons.
- Follow all guidelines and policies of the West Virginia University 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 the Supervisor.
- Travel to site and conduct needed activities on a timely basis.
- Each Ambassador will be evaluated by their Supervisor.
- A high school diploma or equivalent with at least one year of college (24 credit hours) from a sponsoring college. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply.
- The 4-H STEM Ambassador program is sponsored by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU Medicine's Exercise Physiology and Medical Lab Science programs, and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. Current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a STEM degree from at least one of the colleges listed below are eligible for employment. Example majors/minors for each sponsoring college include but are not limited to:
- Eberly College of Arts and Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology.
- Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biometric Systems, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering.
- Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design: Agroecology, Agriculture Education, Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Biochemistry, Environmental Protection, Horticulture, Human Nutrition & Foods, Soil Science, Wildlife & Fisheries, and Wood Science.
- WVU School of Medicine: Exercise Physiology and Medical Laboratory Science
- We do have a small number of grant funded positions. These positions are open to applicants with a major focusing on Science, Engineering, Technology, or Math from WVU colleges not listed above or from other institutions of higher education.
- The ability to be energetic, enthusiastic, quick-thinking, adaptable, diplomatic and prompt
- The ability to teach and motivate youth while nurturing positive self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility and leadership in youth
- A sincere commitment to cooperating with others to further the educational purposes of the of the STEM curriculum
- Ability to deliver curriculum on a variety of STEM topics
- Ability to communicate in written and verbal forms and work with youth and adult participants of differing age and skill levels; provide necessary instructions to youth
- Ability to observe youth behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and policies and emergency procedures and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- Ambassadors must be able to provide their own transportation to locations across West Virginia.
- Must be able to lift, push or pull 50 pounds to transport STEM kit materials to and from camps
- Visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to activities
- Ability to assist youth in emergencies (fire, evacuation, illness, injury)
- Possess physical strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of youth and perform other assigned duties
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is 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 applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Feb 7, 2024
Posting Classification: Temporary
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No