AmeriCorps Regional Stormwater Educator
This position is with the Regional Stormwater Partnership of the Carolinas, located in Charlotte, NC. RSPC educates and brings awareness to the public, local businesses and education centers of our region about stormwater issues and their impact on water quality and our environment. We further aim to unite local stormwater programs by sharing information and ideas in order to discuss and address similar stormwater issues on a regional level.
The 2021-2022 AmeriCorps positions will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members) of September 1st 2021 and an end date of July 31st 2022.
**Please make sure you upload all of the required documents - Resume, Cover Letter, State or Federal ID, College Transcripts, Birth Certificate (if US Passport not uploaded).** If required documents are not uploaded at time of application, any offer for employment will be withheld until they are provided. All AmeriCorps Members must submit to having a National Sex Offender, State of Residence (if state is different than NC), State of NC, and Federal FBI Background check conducted. Any applicant denying to submit to these checks will be automatically disqualified as per federal regulations.
For the 2021-2022 service year, Resilience Corps NC offers a living stipend of $17,000 for 11 months, health insurance reimbursement for premiums, childcare assistance, and professional development opportunities (individual trainings, enrollment in NC Environmental Education Certificate Program, and conferences in conjunction with the NC Commission on Volunteerism). Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 from the National Service Trust.
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 Regional Stormwater Educator 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 position will also help to recruit and manage volunteers in various programs such as Adopt a Stream, Storm Drain Marking, Volunteer Monitoring and manage various outreach events to promote stormwater awareness. A special emphasis will be placed on identifying and providing education to underserved communities and Title 1 schools.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
The position will work within various municipalities in the NC piedmont region to provide stormwater education, awareness and outreach at schools, communities, businesses and events. The position will provide stormwater educational presentations and displays at K-12 grades using age appropriate curriculum which will be provided by the sponsor. The position will attend community meetings as necessary to provide stormwater education and offer and promote volunteer programs. The position will attend outreach events to promote stormwater awareness, hand out educational flyers, promo items, and answer questions related to stormwater. The AmeriCorps member will assist with data analysis and reporting, engaging with underserved communities’ citizens and provide leadership at volunteer and education events. The member will assist the RSPC in services to its municipal members which may include meeting and training planning and facilitation; permit compliance evaluations; promotional material evaluations; educational outreach and volunteer program development; etc. along with documentation.
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. This could be reflected in college degrees within education, sciences, engineering, and/or sociology fields.
Qualifications include: capability to follow scope of work plans and directions; capability to work as a team member on projects; self-motivated to complete independent work; can interact well with others; communication skills both verbal and written; ability to work with students, children, and underserved community citizens; and computer and software skills of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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.
The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle for use at work.
The applicant must be able to meet background check requirements within a municipality along with requirements for working with students within schools.
The applicant must pass a drug screening test.
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
Applicants 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.
The position will be shared among the members of the RSPC and will be assigned different municipalities throughout the year. 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 site location office protocols.