Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Education Program: Where Learning Comes to Life!

Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Education Instructors will take each student on a voyage of discovery where learning comes alive!

Opened in 1955, Rock Eagle 4-H Center is the largest of five centers operated by the University of Georgia as support for the state's 4-H Program. Thousands of young people annually participate in the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program as well as the summer camping program. The residential Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Education Program serves pre-K to 12th graders during the spring and fall, providing students an opportunity to explore the natural world in a safe environment. The Center can accommodate up to 450 students for a three-day program, with classes that focus on ecology, living history, team building, and outdoor skills.

Rock Eagle Mound Location
Rock Eagle is located north of Eatonton, Georgia, nestled in the pines of the Oconee National Forest. With nearly 1,500 acres of forested land, including a 110-acre lake, Rock Eagle is a natural meeting site away from everyday life.

The Center is approximately 70 miles east of Atlanta and 40 miles south of Athens, home of the University of Georgia. Eatonton is the birthplace of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus folk tales and Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.

Rock Eagle Mound
Shaped like a prone bird, the Rock Eagle Mound is a stone effigy. Measuring eight feet high at the breast and consisting entirely of milky quartz rocks, it was probably built about 2,000 years ago by Native Americans. Many believe it was built for religious or ceremonial purposes.

What's New?

Rock Eagle 4H garden site.

Rock Eagle 4-H started a garden program that is providing fresh and wholesome food for the dining hall. This past year over 1,500 pounds of produce were harvested. This year, they’re expanding to a 2-acre plot and seeking to double the harvest. Follow the progress of Rock Eagle’s new garden site through Instagram!

Follow the progress of Rock Eagle’s new garden site through Instagram!

What You Can Do

Environmental Educators will teach in four main categories: Ecology, Living History, Team Building and Outdoor Skills.

Become a Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Educator!Environmental Educators teach 2-hour classes to groups of around 15 students per group. There are three class slots a day, typically one in the morning and two in the afternoon. Classes fall into four main categories: Ecology, Living History, Team Building and Outdoor Skills.

Staff training consists of three weeks of staff preparation prior to the arrival of students. Training includes teaching techniques, classroom management skills, class and curriculum outlines, animal handling and high ropes course training.

All staff members rotate through lead staff responsibilities. Lead staff is a liaison role between Rock Eagle and visiting schools. Lead staffers assist schools during meals, organize students prior to classes, and inform schools of any necessary changes.

During non-teaching time, staff members are assigned to a lab. Labs manage teaching space, animal care, and overall maintenance of materials. Special projects and curriculum development take place during lab time.

Internships
Intern positions are identical to the Environmental Educator position; however there is an added component of written evaluations and learning objectives. Interns must be in their senior year of their college experience.

Time Commitment

On average a typical staff member will spend at least two seasons at Rock Eagle.Work seasons follow the traditional school calendar. Fall generally runs from the end of August until the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. Occasionally the fall season will carry over into the first of December. Spring generally runs from the beginning of February until the end of May.

Staff members generally work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is also common to work at least one night per week, with occasional weekend work. While positions are offered per season, staff members are encouraged to return for additional seasons. On average, a typical staff member will spend at least two seasons at Rock Eagle.

Perks & Rewards

Enjoy the lake and water toys in your time off!

Benefits include an $10/hour wage, extensive training, a limited health insurance policy of $3,000 and access to a variety of recreational activities at the property. Fully furnished housing with a private bedroom, semi-private bathroom with a suite mate, kitchen, and washer/dryer is provided for $40/week. Staff members may also visit and stay overnight for free at the four other Georgia 4-H Centers.

The Essentials

Staff training consists of three weeks of staff preparation prior to the arrival of students. Training includes teaching techniques, classroom management skills, class and curriculum outlines, animal handling, and high ropes course training.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree (education, natural science, environmental education, biology, forestry, outdoor education, or related fields preferred). Seeking individuals who exhibit creativity, flexibility, and leadership abilities as well as have well developed communication skills and a strong work ethic.

Your First Move & Connections

Join the Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Education Program Staff!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the spring (early February to late May) and the fall (late August to early December). To begin the application process, mail or email your cover letter, resume and three references to Matt Hammons.

Fall 2017 Employment Alert
Now accepting applications for Environmental Educators from late August to early December. Apply today!

Matt Hammons
Program Coordinator
Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Education Program
350 Rock Eagle Rd.
Eatonton, GA 31024
(706) 484-2862
(706) 484-2888 fax
mhammons@uga.edu
RockEagle4H.org

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