White Sands National Monument
Alamogordo, N.M. – White Sands National Monument is accepting applications for the 2016 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program. This program provides opportunities for teachers to work for eight weeks at White Sands National Monument this summer.
The National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher program is an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the NPS. During this eight-week position, TRTs spend most of their time engaging with park education projects, learning about park resources, and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms and in the park with students. The goal of the program is to provide a well-rounded experience for the teacher as a park ranger and to then impart that positive experience to students during National Park Week.
White Sands National Monument will be sponsoring one position during the summer of 2016. The selected teacher will receive multi-day training, have opportunities for on-line training, and receive a stipend and uniform. Teachers must complete coursework through CU Denver to receive their stipend.
The selected teacher will focus on developing educational resources, including at least one complete lesson plan with a distance learning component. The 2016 TRT will also help the park complete lesson plans for the new 4th grade NPS initiative, Every Kid in a Park. The teacher may also be asked to perform traditional ranger duties such as nature walks, patio talks, informal interpretation on park trails, and staffing the visitor center.
For more information or to apply for the position at the White Sands National Monument, contact Emily Guss at (575) 479-6124 ext 231 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is March 4th, 2016. The application and information can be found online at http://www.nps.gov/whsa/learn/education/development/trt.htm