STEM Ambassadors

STEM_Ambassadors The 2014 STEM Ambassadors attend training at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp.

WVU recruiting college students to help 4-H’ers explore science this summer



West Virginia University’s 4-H program is recruiting WVU students to help provide youths the opportunity to engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects at camp through a program called STEM Ambassadors.

Deadline to apply is March 10.

Type of Position:
Salary and travel stipend of $3,000-$4,000 ($90 day for 30-40 days of work on the project). Room and board provided while on assignment. STEM Ambassadors are guaranteed 30 days of work and a travel stipend; additional opportunities are sometimes available beyond the required 30 days.

Time Required:
May 21, 2017 to August 11, 2017, or a portion thereof. Some weekends and overnight stays will be required. Full assignment schedules will be determined based on need and availability.

Various locations throughout the State of West Virginia; location to change weekly for duration of assignment.

General Purpose:
WVU Stem Ambassadors act as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events across the state of West Virginia. Given training and materials, ambassadors travel throughout the state during the time frame of May 21, 2017 to August 11, 2017 and deliver pre-arranged STEM curriculum in a variety of settings. Events may include county 4-H day or overnight camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV, the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV, and State 4-H Days on the WVU campus in Morgantown. STEM Ambassadors also support WVU and sponsoring college activities throughout the summer months. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to work up to 30 days during the May through August 2017 timeframe with additional opportunities possible based on need and availability.

Working under the direction of the supervising Extension Faculty member, the STEM Ambassador will:

1. Lead organized STEM educational classes and activities at 4-H summer camps, including (but not limited to):
  • Deliver STEM curriculum Courses
  • Offer STEM activities throughout the day
  • Assist Camp Director and camp staff with other camp duties
  • Camper Counseling and/or youth supervision duties (in camp/cabin settings)
  • Other activities and classes within the instructor’s training and expertise
  • Provide information about their major, their college, and WVU to youth participants

2. Participate in STEM Ambassador Training May 21-May 26. This is a mandatory training held at WVU Jackson’s Mill.
3. Participate in the STEM Ambassador End of Summer Meeting on Thursday, August 9. This is a mandatory meeting held at WVU Jackson’s Mill.
4. Maintain effective communications with STEM supervisor, and WVU College Liaisons.
5. Follow all guidelines and policies of the West Virginia University Extension Service, and WVU College Liaisons.
6. Exercise mature, professional judgment in assuming responsibility for and working with youth.
7. Prepare and submit reports and conduct evaluations as requested by the Supervisor.
8. Travel to assigned sites and conduct needed activities on a timely basis.
9. Each Ambassador will be evaluated by their Supervisor.