AmeriCorps Environmental Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Durham, NC

This position is with Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB), located in Durham, North Carolina. KDB is a 15-year old nonprofit organization, working with community and in close partnership with the City and County of Durham to engage and inspire individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment. KDB focuses on litter prevention, waste reduction, and community greening--including tree planting and native gardens. KDB is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, and shares its mission, goals, and strategies for effecting behavior change for enhanced environmental stewardship.

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

This AmeriCorps Service Member will help Keep Durham Beautiful to promote environmental stewardship in Durham with a special focus on programs in our focus areas that are accessible and inclusive for diverse audiences. AmeriCorps Member will facilitate partnerships and coordinate signature programs to develop new ways to engage the community and youth through environmental stewardship, connecting more Durham residents to the outdoors. Member will assist with community engagement, outreach and managing designated special programs in the areas of litter prevention and native planting for species biodiversity.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

  • -Recruit and manage volunteers and sponsors for service projects focusing on litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling, and community greening
  • -Service projects may include tree planting, native or community gardening, stream and road-side litter pick-up and more
  • -Develop and lead environmental stewardship campaigns in partnership with Durham environmental community, City and County
  • -Represent KDB at events and in the community
  • -Document events through social media to promote educational activities and recruit additional volunteers
  • -Build new partnerships with diverse community organizations, schools and businesses to maximize environmental stewardship opportunities
  • -Assist with project management of select grant- and donor-funded programs for litter prevention, and native species biodiversity with a special focus on local schools
  • -Cultivate partner and volunteer retention through salesforce record-keeping, follow-up communication, and targeted service opportunities that positively impact the volunteers’ community
  • -Train volunteers to serve as leaders for environmental and beautification projects
  • -Provide environmental education and outreach including occasional tabling, speaking and classroom educational activities


- Experience with recruiting and managing volunteers and engaging with community of all ages and diverse backgrounds

- Project management, strong organization skills and ability to analyze information

- Interest in working as member of a diverse team across various municipal departments and community partners

- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and minimal instruction

- Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment and with various software applications

- Effective oral and written presentation and interpersonal communication skills

- Aptitude for database management and record keeping

- Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule

- Able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner, exhibit resourcefulness and initiative

- Demonstrate interest in environmental stewardship and the ability to learn, understand and teach about technical aspects of sustainability and environmental stewardship concepts

- Must have a valid driver’s license

- Must be able to meet background check requirements within a municipality along with requirements for volunteering with students within schools

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

  • -Comfortable speaking in public to small groups indoors and outdoors
  • -Ability to work at a computer for up to 8 hours at a time and to speak on the telephone and in person
  • -Ability to lift 20-30 lbs occasionally for short periods for supply distribution such as small trees, tools, recycling equipment, or bags of litter
  • -Ability to navigate across uneven or wet natural terrain, dig holes with a shovel and scoop mulch with a pitchfork for demonstration at volunteer tree planting events
  • -Ability to bend to the ground in natural outdoor environments to demonstrate litter pick-up with volunteers
  • -Ability to load or unload a truck with supplies for volunteer events
  • -Ability to walk up to two miles while supervising volunteers
  • -Ability to drive and possess a valid driver’s license

Preferred Schedule

The typical work week will range from 36-40 hours spanning certain designated business hours. Periodic weekend and evening work for service projects, events and meetings will be required several times per month. If an event is scheduled for an evening or weekend, the work week may be adjusted accordingly. The schedule is flexible with supervisor approval. Some remote work will be possible while in person work will also be required and will follow City of Durham Covid safety measures.