AURORA Communications & Program Coordinator

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Penn State’s Outdoor Education Field Lab – Shaver’s Creek – is seeking a passionate, creative, and motivated individual to serve as Communications and Program Coordinator for the AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs. This position will be responsible for the creation and management of marketing materials, both electronic and print, that express the message of the AURORA programs in order to recruit students. This position will serve as the face of AURORA at various campus events, including New Student Orientation, Spend a Summer Day, and more. This position will also manage AURORA’s online presence, including the AURORA portion of the Shaver’s Creek website, as well as various social media outlets. This position will also support the directors when it comes to programming, both on and off-site. Responsibilities may include correspondence with program participants and parents, coordination of programming and staff training, on-the-fly problem solving, and other programming requirements. Candidate must have strong working experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as WordPress and basic word-processing. Candidate is expected to document, through photos and video, the AURORA programs both in preparation for and during the active season. Candidate may be tasked with producing short videos, which may include interviews with students and staff. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field if preferred, plus experience in relevant field. Candidate may be enrolled in Wilderness First Aid certification course if not already certified. A successful candidate will become an integral member of a Shaver’s Creek staff that prides itself on a culture of collaboration, shared decision making, respect, and trust from leadership to make decisions in individual program areas that benefit the strategic goals of the whole. Candidates should also possess a strong environmental ethic consistent with the mission of Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center; a zero-waste facility situated 12 miles from University Park campus within Penn State’s 7,000 acre Stone Valley Forest. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Internship Program

For more than three decades, the Internship Program at Shaver’s Creek has attracted interns from around the world to develop their knowledge and skills as they delve into the fields of environmental and experiential education. Over the years, these seasonal internship opportunities have expanded to include positions in Environmental Education, Adventure Programming, Raptor Education and Care, and Marketing Communications. Visit the Internships page to learn more about each type of internship position and how to apply.


Aside from the internship, opportunities for the summer also include Naturalist positions, which focuses specifically on creating and delivering camp programming and content, and mentoring Leaders-in-Training. For more details, visit the Naturalists page.


Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is seeking two lifeguards (age 18 or above) for Fridays of summer camper. A qualified candidate is a certified lifeguard through the duration of the season (June 1, 2019 – August 10, 2019) and values the importance of outdoor experiences in the development of young people; prior experience lifeguarding for children ages 6-11 is preferred. This position includes guarding six Fridays (June 21 &28, July 19 & 26, August 2 & 9) from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Whipple Dam State Park beach; one additional half-day of paid training will occur within the first two weeks of June. (Training is specific to the program and logistics of the program. It does not include any lifeguard training.) To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of your lifeguard certification and list of three references to Tesha Omeis.


AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs employ student leaders to guide incoming students on backpacking and community service trips before they begin their Penn State experience. We look for students with strong interpersonal skills and a desire to impact incoming students. In order to be eligible for a position, you must first take a special section of RPTM 330 designed specifically for aspiring AURORA leaders. For more information or to enroll in our leader class, contact Jen Emigh at 814.863.2000 or jen.emigh@psu.edu. To apply, go to the AURORA Staff Application.


Work-Study is a Federal student financial aid program for Penn State undergraduate and graduate students that allows you to earn money to help cover nonbillable educational expenses by working within your college or campus, University office, or at an off-campus, nonprofit organization. Shaver’s Creek Work-Study positions may be available for students, depending on our seasonal need! Please visit the Work-Study page for more information on the types of positions that are available and how you can apply.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate students may be interested in looking into Graduate Assistantships at Shaver’s Creek. These are typically quarter-time or half-time positions with a tuition waiver and stipend. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Opportunities page.

Full-time Positions

On the infrequent occasion that a full-time position becomes available at Shaver’s Creek, it is, at the very least, posted on the psu.jobs website. There are currently no full-time positions available.

Part-time/Hourly Position Available: Shaver’s Creek Groundskeeper


Volunteers are very important to the work that we accomplish here at Shaver’s Creek. Our typical areas of need for volunteers include animal care, grounds, trails, facilities, public programs, and special events. Visit the Volunteer page to learn more about what volunteers can do at Shaver’s Creek, and how you can become one!

Other Opportunities

Tussey Mountain Spring Hawk Watch Counter


Located in Pennsylvania’s ridge-and-valley province near State College, Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch is the premier Spring Golden Eagle migration watch site in the East. We are seeking a Hawk Counter that can provide accurate raptor identification and reporting, while providing informal interpretation to site visitors. While the position requires a great deal of independence, it will be supported by staff from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. A two-day training will be provided prior to count to familiarize the counter with the history and population trends of the Hawk Watch, as well as interpretive training and an orientation to serving as an ambassador for Shaver’s Creek and Penn State University. Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both work well with people and endure challenging conditions is a must. Site access requires 4-5 mile drive (on state-maintained roads) to the ridgetop, followed by a .6 mile trail to the count site. Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completion of field data forms, and posting daily results to the HawkCount website and State College Bird Club listserv. Attendance at the State College Bird Club meeting is required (once per month). Preparing and conducting an end of season presentation is required. Applicant must possess strong raptor and general bird identification skills, including aging, and prior hawkwatch experience is preferred. While not required, previous environmental interpretation skills are ideal, but a passion for connecting raptor and habitat conservation to the community is essential. Must have a valid driver’s license and transportation to and from the hawkwatch location. Must be computer literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access will be provided.) For more information on the hawk watch, visit: www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org

To apply, visit the Penn State Jobs listing here. (NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS)

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