Conservation and Education AmeriCorps Coordinator
This position is based in Durham, NC with the Eno River Association. The Eno River Association is a 501c3 non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River basin.
Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”:
Include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Start date is October 1st 2017 and will end on July 31st 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the last day to apply being June 15th 2017.
Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance and other benefits that include health care benefit and the Segal Education Award. All information can be found on the link provided above.
**The position is subject to federal renewal of the Corporation of National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps program. At this time the Conservation Trust for North Carolina,the host program for CTNC AmeriCorps, is hopeful funding will be renewed for the AmeriCorps program. However, please be advised positions and benefits are contingent on that funding and opportunities may change until a final Fiscal Year 2018 budget is approved by Congress and the President.**
Purpose of the position
The Conservation and Education AmeriCorps Coordinator will be responsible for developing a Site Steward program for the Eno River Association’s conservation properties, planning and managing community workdays, organizing landowner outreach meetings, and supporting hands-on, feet-wet environmental education programs for underserved youth.
Position responsibilities and duties
The AmeriCorps member will:
- Organize two or more stewardship workdays per month. Duties will include promoting workdays through social media and other outreach methods, recruiting volunteers, and orienting volunteers to each project site and task. They must keep a vehicle clean and gassed up, and maintain an existing inventory of tools, assembling all equipment and supplies needed for each workday.
Communicate with volunteers and other friends of the Association in a friendly, responsive, and professional manner.
Plan and deploy a new Site Stewards program. As part of the program, the member will need to recruit and train a corps of ‘super volunteers’ to manage key conservation lands.
Develop an outreach plan for reaching and engaging underserved and visually impaired communities in local stewardship and educational programs.
Support our STEM-based environmental education programs, which get kids hands-on and feet-wet in the Eno and prepare them for success in science back in the classroom.
Plan and implement two workshops for landowners that encourage them to participate in Eno’s conservation programs.
Seek an Environmental Education Certification as well as seek certification in wilderness first aid, chainsaw safety, hazardous materials, or other value added skill.
Qualifications (knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job)
Requires basic knowledge of natural resource management, volunteer coordination, and environmental restoration techniques
Basic knowledge of the local environment
An interest in environmental education for people of all ages
Strong leadership skills
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact and communicate with a variety of public and private interests, partners, and constituents
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
The ability to work independently and in a team setting
Requires a willingness to work in an outdoor environment and in an office setting
Valid Driver's License
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) preferred
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 and consent to a criminal history check
Essential Functions/physical demands
- Ability to lift at least 30lbs; Navigate uneven terrain in an outdoor environment; withstand unfavorable weather conditions;
work in an office setting at a computer
Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM and some weekends (at least one weekend day per month for stewardship workdays as well as occasional special events)