May 042013

Citizen Science Fellows smallThe Citizen Science Engagement Fellows program is a collaboration between Citizen Science and Bard Center for Civic Engagement focused on identifying and organizing civic engagement experiences for first-years during the January term.  Engagement Fellows are instrumental in designing opportunities to explore concepts of community service, civic engagement and science education.

Job Responsibilities
Fellows will begin working with the Associate Director for Bard Center for Civic Engagement remotely in the summer.   Fellows begin researching educational activities in the summer.  During the fall semester, Fellows coordinate programs for first-years and plan the January collaborations with five local school districts.  Programs range from elementary to middle school science education workshops to the development and implementing of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Engagement. Four fellows will be hired, drawing from science and non-science backgrounds.  We encourage applications from students of all academic divisions.

Fellows dedicate approximately 15-20 hours in the summer to research science oriented programs for grades K-8.

Fall Semester

Fellows will participate in a 4-hour training orienting them to the academic and co-curricular program.

Job Description:

  • Act as support staff for fall initiatives, including first-year residence hall programs focused on both science and general informational sessions
  • Coordinate programs with off-campus volunteer agencies and schools to create co-curricular opportunities for all first-year students including lesson plans and implementation (transportation, ordering materials, coordinating activities, creating a calendar, etc.)
  • Create promotional materials announcing the co-curricular programs to the first-year class (brochures, websites, postcards, Facebook pages, twitter or blogs)
  • Organize sign-ups for the various co-curricular programs in the fall semester

January Term

  • Implement science oriented, co-curricular programs designed during the fall term
  • Document activities and events through photography, articles and film
  • Liaise with agencies to implement events and programs

Fall semester hours approximately 6-8 hours a week starting September, 2013.
January term (January 3-January 24) housing, stipend and food provided.


  1. Resume plus 1-page summary outlining areas of interest in civic engagement or science education.
  2. Names and contact information of two references.  One reference must be from Bard.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate engagement in the co-curricular program at the college, an interest in civic engagement and social justice as well as excellent academic, organizational and leadership skills.

To apply, send materials to:
Erin Cannan (

Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement / Dean of Student Affairs

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