U of I Extension hiring for STEM programs

Rebecca Mills

Four employment positions are currently open for a new program being developed in Gem and Boise counties by the University of Idaho Agriculture Extension Service.

Funding provided by an AmeriCorps grant awarded to the University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development program and additional funds from Gem County and the Horseshoe Bend School District will provide one full time and three half time positions beginning in September.

The AmeriCorps funding is focused on strengthening communities by “engaging…rural, economically disadvantaged, and socially isolated youth in 4-H out-of-school time programs.” The educational opportunities provided by this funding are meant “to help [youth] build important life skills and impactful relationships with positive adult role models while working with science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) projects.”

As an AmeriCorps member, successful candidates receive a living stipend during their term of service and an educational award at the end of their term of service. For example, in addition to health care benefits, the full-time position will receive a bi-weekly living stipend over the course of 11 month position totaling $14,000 and at the conclusion of the term, will receive a $6,095 educational award that can be used toward schooling expenses (such as tuition or student loan debt). The educational award may be used by the AmeriCorps member or transferred to a family member. The half time positions receive a total living stipend of $6,600 over the 11-month term and a $3,047 educational award upon successful completion of the term of service.

In Horseshoe Bend, the focus will be on Lego Robotics, computer coding, and short, discovery-based experiences for youth of all ages. The two staff members will be housed at the school district and work up to 20 hours per week September 2019 – July 2020. The full-time position and an additional half time position will be housed at the UI Extension office in Emmett and will be focused on partnering with local entities like the Emmett Public Library, Gem County Recreational District, Emmett School District, and others to deliver STEAM programs and recruit 4-H volunteers. There will also be opportunities to do programming in Garden Valley and Idaho City in hopes of expanding the programs to those areas in the next grant cycle.

Applications are being accepted for all four positions. To see full position descriptions and to apply, go to: my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do. Once on the site under click on “Search listings,” select Program Type: “State/National” and find “Idaho” on the drop-down menu. There are several positions open across the state; the positions specific to Gem and Boise Counties and Horseshoe Bend have those locations listed in the title.

For more information, to view the position descriptions offline, or to apply in person contact Rebecca Mills, University of Idaho Extension Educator, rmills@uidaho.edu, 208-365-6363. Applications will close Aug. 31, 2019 but applicants may be interviewed, and positions filled prior to the deadline, depending on applications received.

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