AmeriCorps Stormwater Education Coordinator 2022-2023
This position is with Sound Rivers, located in Washington, NC. Founded in 1981, Sound Rivers’ (SRI) mission is to monitor, protect, and enhance the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse Rivers and watersheds while promoting environmental justice; it is the only non-profit organization focused on this goal. SRI boasts more than 2500 members and a staff of eight and accomplishes its mission through education, advocacy, restoration and research.
This 2022-2023 AmeriCorps position will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members) of September 1st, 2022, and an end date of July 31st 2023.
**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 2022-2023 service year, Resilience Corps NC offers a living stipend of $19,859 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). Members are also eligible to sign up for SNAP benefits. Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $6,495 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
Sound Rivers campus stormwater initiative is designed to work with K-12 schools, community colleges, universities and local governments to determine stormwater problems, complete site assessments, and develop a plan of recommendations for installation of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) as both a retrofit and for future development on public spaces. To date, we have completed 24 campus stormwater assessments and implemented 23 projects across the region. The program fosters relationships with each school or local government staff in order to problem-solve together. As projects are designed and implemented, Sound Rivers works with partners to identify educational and learning goals and actions.
The Stormwater Education Coordinator will direct education and outreach programming to increase public awareness of the impact of stormwater management as well as how green stormwater infrastructure can improve communities' resilience to climate change. In addition, the position will support increased environmental literacy and connection to the outdoors for students at participating campuses. The member will work to ensure that educational events are accessible and relevant for low-income and minority community members and work with partners to translate all education and outreach materials into Spanish.
The position will develop or customize and deliver interactive lessons regarding stormwater, focusing on green stormwater infrastructure, to K-12 students, college students and adults. In addition, the member will support Sound Rivers online stormwater education content, working closely with Sound Rivers Communications Director.
Lastly, the position will be responsible for increasing hands-on activities such as planting and maintenance of constructed stormwater measures.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
Stormwater Education: The members will create lesson plans, educational videos and other outreach materials including blogs, newsletter articles, flyers, brochures, social media campaigns, and outreach programs to participating school partners. The member will also provide outreach and education at selected events that will include fun, hands-on environmental education activities.
Volunteer Program Development: The member will assist in recruiting, training and leading the volunteers during GSI implementation and maintenance activities including rain garden design and construction, litter removal and other activities designed to improve water quality.
GSI Maintenance: The service member will support ongoing maintenance of constructed SCMs at partners campuses that include site visits and inspections, under the direction of Sound Rivers’ projects coordinator.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are required, as the member will be responsible for communicating with partners and will provide outreach and education to people from various backgrounds and ages. A valid driver’s license and a vehicle are also required (the member will be reimbursed for their travel to and from educational outreach events.)
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education or equivalent experience in environmental or related field, environmental education experience or degree in environmental science, biology, or social science is preferred. Basic knowledge of watersheds and stormwater is helpful but can be learned on the job. It is more important to have prior education skills/experience.
Other desired experience includes a passion for and knowledge of environmental and justice issues affecting eastern North Carolina. Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience is desired.
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and creative, as they may develop new educational outreach lessons and materials if desired, in addition to using existing ones.
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
The physical demands of this position are moderate. Participants should be able to walk in a variety of terrains, able and willing to lift 25 lbs and actively participate in outdoor environmental education events in any weather. The member must have a reliable personal vehicle to drive to member communities for education events.
In addition, the member should have the:
- Ability to dig holes with a shovel and scoop mulch with a pitchfork for demonstration at volunteer wetland planting events
- Ability to reach to the ground to demonstrate litter pick-up with volunteers
- Ability to load or unload a truck with supplies for volunteer events
The typical work will be 40 hours / week mainly during standard business hours. Some evening and weekend work is likely to support events (tabling, cleanup days, etc). On weeks were night and weekend work occur, the work week may be adjusted accordingly. The schedule is flexible with supervisor approval.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a bridge builder, a force multiplier, a way to connect individuals and organizations to support their communities in tackling challenges. AmeriCorps programs across the country address a variety of community needs like education, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, disaster response, and veteran & military family services.
What does Resilience Corps NC do?
CTNC’s AmeriCorps program, Resilience Corps NC, seeks to address our state’s changing climate by expanding access to environmental education, increasing eco-literacy, promoting disaster resiliency, and utilizing communities to identify and address climate-related issues.
Who should apply for a position with Resilience Corps NC?
Our program is a great opportunity for:
-Recent graduates looking to build experience and a strong professional network
-Established professionals seeking a career change
-Passionate conservationists wanting to give back to their community
What benefits do Resilience Corps members receive?
-Living stipend, paid twice monthly
-Education award (upon completion of service)
-Healthcare premium reimbursement