AmeriCorps Coastal Community Engagement Specialist

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This position is based in Newport, NC, with the N.C. Coastal Federation. The N.C. Coastal Federation is the state’s only non-profit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy and habitat preservation and restoration. The Federation’s mission is to provide people and groups with the assistance needed to take an active role in the stewardship of North Carolina’s coastal water quality and natural resources.

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 September 6th 2017 and will end on June 30th 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the last day to apply being June 30th 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. ** 

Purpose of the position

The AmeriCorps member will work as part of this regional office team to implement coastal education and community engagement activities to support habitat restoration and water quality initiatives. The member will assist in the design and implementation of classroom and field activities for the education programs that are geared to engage students, teachers and community members in the federation’s projects, with priority given to underserved audiences.

The member will work with the regional Coastal Education Coordinators to establish and strengthen existing and new partnerships with organizations working with underserved communities.  The member will assist in the federation’s effort to design and carry-out proactive programs that facilitate community service education for students and their families from these audiences; including mentoring students.

The member will also work to implement regional strategies to engage community members in the federation’s watershed and habitat restoration initiatives. This will include reaching targeted audiences in a highly professional and effective manner through public events. The member will also work with regional staff to engage the public in visiting and help maintain the federation’s preserves and projects at partners’ sites such as Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Carolina Beach State Parks.

The member will assist with volunteer management and recruitment in each region. This will include corresponding with existing and prospective volunteers; organizing and participating in volunteer and outreach events; promoting the importance of coastal habitats and water quality; and sharing general knowledge of the federation’s projects with the public to increase awareness and visitation at federation project sites.

Position responsibilities

  • Work with schools, educators and students from the region in the federation’s educational and habitat stewardship programs
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and expand on established programs; create new lesson plans, approaches and methods for classroom lessons, field activities, and education programs for teachers, students, and the general public
  • Develop and implement education activities and materials for underserved audiences focused on coastal habitat restoration for use by teachers and federation educators in the classroom and in the field
  • Identify, contact and recruit new volunteers and volunteer groups (service groups, corporations, local businesses) to assist with habitat restoration and water quality protection projects
  • Help coordinate volunteer involvement in projects: provide volunteers with event information; coordinate event materials and volunteer supplies; and attend events and engage volunteers
  • Develop and implement a regional strategy to engage the community, with a focus on underserved communities, in habitat restoration and water quality protection projects
  • Organize and participate in effective public events and workshops focused on habitat restoration and water quality protection projects
  • Utilize community outreach and engagement; social media tools; community calendars; web postings and community partnerships (i.e. Communities in Schools; Mano al Hermano; Boys and Girls Clubs; Military Installations) to encourage participation from a diversity of communities in habitat restoration and water quality protection projects
  • Participate in restoration work days, and assist with project planning, implementation, and monitoring
  • Assist staff with recording participation in programs, evaluating programs, and reporting data and outcomes from programs
  • Identify and assist with the procurement and maintenance of needed supplies and equipment, assisting with office operations


  • Currently or previously enrolled in an accredited college/university; with or working towards a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Management, Public Administration, Education, or Communication Studies; or equivalent experience.
  • Highly motivated with good oral and written communication skills and the ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Excellent teaching and group learning skills
  • Ability to communicate well with a diverse audience
  • Ability to research new developments in education and incorporate them into the education program
  • Understanding and/or willingness to learn about issues affecting coastal North Carolina and incorporates these into outreach and education programs
  • Ability to use social media tools and outlets to professionally and effectively communicate the Federation’s work and events to diverse communities
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn how to operate and maintain education and field equipment, including aquarium setup and maintenance
  • Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; 
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds

  • Ability to swim is preferred, though not required

Essential Functions/physical demands

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds; work in adverse weather conditions; undertake physically demanding tasks
  • Comfortable working in various aquatic environments
  • Strong personal environmental ethic
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive is required; license must meet NC DMV standards

Preferred schedule

Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm; with occasional evening programs and weekend volunteer events.

Location: Newport, NC
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