Teacher-Ranger-Teachers positions are still available for summer 2010

Have you ever dreamed of being a park ranger? Do you want to have your own ranger hat? If so, there are opportunities in Yankton.

The National Park Service at Missouri National Recreational River is still accepting applications for summer 2010 Teacher-Ranger-Teachers positions. The new deadline for applications is April 2.

Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRTs) are just that and can have the best of both worlds. They continue their regular classroom teaching jobs during the school year and work as National Park Service Rangers for part of the summer.

"I am very excited to have received grant funding for these summer teacher positions from the National Park Service's new Youth Partnership Program. The funding will enable the park to hire up to six teachers from South Dakota and Nebraska at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for up to eight weeks this summer. The primary projects that the Teacher-Ranger-Teachers will be assisting with are strategic planning for our new curriculum-based education program and developing a conceptual framework for future curriculum materials that address both state standards and park goals. Unfortunately, I have not yet received any elementary teacher applications." states Anne Doherty-Stephan, the new Chief of Interpretation and Education for the Missouri National Recreational River.

Teacher-Ranger-Teachers will receive professional development hours plus $300 per week. The park seeks and very much values the input of local teachers in the planning and design of the new education program that will meet their professional development needs as well as the academic needs of their students. The application and more information can be found on the park's Web site at http://www.nps.gov/mnrr/forteachers/professionaldevelopment.htm.

For questions or more information, please visit the Web site above or call Anne Doherty-Stephan, chief of interpretation and education at 605-665-0209 x29.

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