Stormwater Education AmeriCorps Specialist
This position is with the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), based in Durham, NC. TJCOG is a regional entity whose mission is “To serve as an intergovernmental organization for local elected officials that works proactively on regional issues in order to sustain and improve the quality of life for our citizens.” In our diverse seven-county region, we convene local governments, stakeholders and partners to tackle the many challenges that cross jurisdictional lines. As part of TJCOG’s regional collaborative efforts, the Clean Water Education Partnership is a cooperative effort between local governments, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations to protect water quality in the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear River Basins. CWEP aims to protect North Carolina’s waterways from stormwater pollution through public education and outreach, and by helping public entities communicate the important fact that clean water is vital for healthy ecosystems and a high quality of life for area residents.
Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: http://www.ctnc.org/connect/americorps-application-portal-2/ and include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance of $14,000 and other benefits that include: child care benefit, health care benefit for monthly premium coverage, and the Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the term of $6,095. All information can be found on the link provided above.
CTNC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.
CTNC seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation.
Purpose of the Position
The Stormwater Education Specialist will play a unique and critical role in promoting behavior changes through outreach and education about water quality impairment and our impact on stormwater runoff. Typically, only larger, wealthier cities and counties who have full-time environmental education staff can provide face-to-face-educational experiences. This position will focus on providing environmental education to CWEP’s smaller communities who lack the resources or funding to support full-time environmental education staff. In 2018, for the first time, an AmeriCorps volunteer provided all CWEP members with direct environmental education. The members very much appreciated this service have requested return visits, which an AmeriCorps in 2019 will be able to provide.
The next AmeriCorps will hone their skills in stormwater education through various training opportunities that include (but are not limited to) Project WET, Project WILD, APWA Stormwater conference, shadowing PTRC Stormwater Smart staff, and NCEE workshops. They will use what they learn to deliver fun, interactive lessons to children and adults of various age levels and socioeconomic status, and will gain valuable skills in project management, interpretation, and education by planning, coordinating, and implementing educational outreach events. This is a public-facing leadership role that provides a new and much appreciated service to CWEP members!
Position Responsibilities and Duties
The Stormwater Education AmeriCorps Specialist will manage and provide outreach and education at schools, libraries, special events, and other venues through fun, hands-on interactive educational activities for various age groups. With 37 CWEP members across the eastern half of the state, there are many opportunities for direct outreach to increase public awareness of the impact of stormwater management!
The member will coordinate, schedule, and conduct education programs that will convey the importance of clean water, the impact of public behavior on stormwater runoff, and promote behavior changes in the communities. They will educate classes, library groups, special event crowds, and other groups as requested by CWEP members. The member will also have the opportunity to develop new outreach and educational programs/materials and shape CWEP's online presence via writing blog posts. If the AmeriCorps member speaks any languages in addition to English, the position would seek out and deliver demonstrations and/or written content to communities with that shared language.
Typically, interactive educational activities can cover the following topics:
- What is a Watershed?
- What is Stormwater?
- Point and Nonpoint source pollution
- Connection between storm drains and our local waterways
- Ways to prevent stormwater pollution
- Bachelor of Sciences or Bachelor of Education, environmental education experience or degree in environmental science, biology, or social studies is preferred
- Effective oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills is required - the position will be interacting with various backgrounds, age groups ranging from PreK to Adult.
- Ideal candidate is self-motivated and creative to be able to deliver a wide variety of education lessons and materials; ideal candidate is also attentive to detail and able to manage tasks with limited supervision
- Additional language skills highly desired
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
- Must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; Must have a legal driver’s license, a vehicle and consent to a criminal history check
- Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
- The physical demands of this position are moderate
- Able to sit or stand for long periods of time
- Able to lift 25 lbs and actively participate in outdoor environmental education events in any weather.
The schedule will be a 42 hour work week, generally within the regular weekday timeframe, with occasional night and/or weekend work as the season requires. The member should expect to do school and library events during the week, and frequent tabling events at festivals and fairs on weekends in the spring. On average, the member should expect to spend about half their time planning/coordinating programs in the office and half their time doing direct education in CWEP communities. This will allow the member to reach a minimum of 1700 hours by the end of the service term.