Regional Stormwater AmeriCorps Educator

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This position is with the Regional Stormwater Partnership of the Carolinas (RSPC) based in the Greater Charlotte Region of North Carolina. RSPC educates and brings awareness to the public, local businesses and education centers of the region about stormwater issues and their impact on water quality and the regional environment. The mission of RSPC is to unite local stormwater programs by sharing information and ideas in order to discuss and address similar stormwater issues on a regional level.

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.

Intended start date is February 1st 2020, with applications and interviews being conducted on a first come, first served rolling basis. The application will close on 1/15/2020, but could sooner if the right candidate is found. 

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

As the Regional Stormwater Educator, the AmeriCorps member will work within the Greater Charlotte Region to provide education to students, citizens and businesses in order to emphasize stormwater education as required in the NPDES municipal stormwater permit.  The member will also help to recruit and manage volunteers in various programs such as Adopt a Stream and Storm Drain Marking and attend various outreach events to promote stormwater awareness.  There is a special emphasis on identifying and providing education to underserved communities and Title 1 schools.

The Regional Stormwater Educator will also work within a research project focused on three specific underserved communities in west Charlotte, while collaborating with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and engaging citizens regarding water quality issues including litter/pollution, the importance of water resources, and volunteer opportunities.  The outcome of this project will be development of a collaborative framework with local citizens to improve water quality conditions while providing education and awareness.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

As the Regional Stormwater Educator, the AmeriCorps member will work within various municipalities in the NC Piedmont region to assist in meeting NPDES stormwater permit requirements and provide stormwater education, awareness and outreach at schools, communities, businesses and events.  The member will:

  • Provide stormwater educational presentations and displays at K-12 grades using age appropriate materials provided by the sponsor. 
  • Attend community meetings as necessary to provide stormwater education and offer and promote volunteer programs. 
  • Attend outreach events to promote stormwater awareness, hand out educational flyers, promotional items, and answer questions related to stormwater.
  • Develop educational materials for businesses to be placed on the RSPC website and utilized by RSPC member municipalities.
  • Develop template procedures and forms to be used by RSPC member municipalities to meet NPDES stormwater permit requirements. 
  • Assist with focus groups, training of JCSU students, citizen surveys, stream monitoring, data analysis and reporting, engaging with underserved communities’ citizens and provide leadership at volunteer and education events. 

Qualifications 

  • A college degree is preferred with an interest in pursuing a career in the environmental field, educational field, and/or sociological field and being involved within underserved communities (could be reflected in college degrees within education, sciences, engineering, and/or sociology fields)
  • Capability to follow scope of work plans and directions and capability to work as a team member on projects
  • Self-motivated to complete independent work
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An applicant with an interest in reaching out to others, educating and interacting with them to allow each individual an opportunity to see the benefits of improved environmental stewardship actions toward improving their quality of life would be optimal.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds; ability to work with students, children, and underserved community citizens
  • 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, vehicle for use at work and consent to a criminal history check
  • Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage management and social media background a plus

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

Applicant should be comfortable speaking in public to provide education.  Applicant should be enthusiastic and excited about sharing their knowledge about water quality and protecting our natural resources.  The position should be able to carry approximately 25 pounds for short periods.

The applicant should be able to go to a stream area for evaluations including entering the stream, making measurements, and observations. This may include carrying equipment, bending and standing, wading in water, taking photos and writing data.

Preferred Schedule

The position will spend different sets time among the members of the RSPC and different municipalities throughout the year.  Office locations may be in Mecklenburg Co and any of its adjoining counties.  Some occasional weekend and evening work will be necessary during volunteer events and outreach activities.  Typical schedule would be eight hours per day for five days per week. The specific work schedule can be set up with some flexibility depending on applicant’s preference and the municipal host-site location office protocols.

Location: Charlotte, NC
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