AmeriCorps Community Outreach and Education Associate
This position is based with the Triangle Land Conservancy, based in Durham NC. The Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) is a successful and respected land trust, having protected over 17, 000 acres of land in the rapidly developing Triangle region of North Carolina. TLC strives to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region by safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship, catalyzing community action, and collaboration.
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 this position
In this role the AmeriCorps member will help TLC expand our reach into the communities around our preserves through educational programming, outreach, and volunteer coordination. The AmeriCorps member will help TLC broaden its message and strengthen support by working with schools, staging events, and by engaging new partners and groups of people. The AmeriCorps member will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and activities designed to increase engagement with underserved communities particularly children and families. They will also enhance opportunities for community involvement with TLC’s conservation efforts through expanding promotion and implementation of programs such as Citizen Science and volunteer stewardship. The AmeriCorps member will help to expand the capacity of TLC’s stewardship team by managing volunteer groups and training a new “volunteer corps” to lead volunteer groups. In addition to education-related outreach and program work, the AmeriCorps member will also support TLC’s stewardship outreach by helping to bring new and more diverse volunteers to these events through expanded partnerships and creative marketing.
- Initiates, develops and coordinates community partnerships that provide outreach opportunities for underserved communities to engage on TLC preserved land and to raise TLC’s profile in the Triangle community.
- Acts as the community liaison to local community groups such as East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), Brentwood Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Raleigh Salvation Army.
- Participates in the grant process by helping to research and draft grant proposals and preparing grant reports, as needed.
- Plans, develops and implements innovative events, outings and other activities both on and off preserve sites that engage the community, TLC partnership groups listed above and TLC members.
- Furthers development and implementation of TLC’s Get Wild! series with monthly events aimed at family nature programming.
- Expands, promotes, and manages TLC’s Citizen Science program with a goal of increasing community involvement and engagement at TLC’s preserves.
- Schedules and handles registration for events and outings for TLC and coordinates with Communications to publicize events.
- Manages TLC tabling at events, leads outings and hikes as needed.
- Tracks and follows up on event participation using Online Express/Raiser’s Edge.
- Tracks success and overall performance of activities; analyzes performance of this program.
- Works with the Communications Manager to develop social media and website presence to promote events and provide updates on projects and outreach events.
- Helps coordinate volunteer opportunities for community groups, members, and corporate partners for a variety of TLC events, programs and projects. Identifies and cultivates new volunteer relationships. Identifies and cultivates new volunteer relationships, works with stewardship team to match volunteers with appropriate projects.
- Create and manage the development of a “volunteer corps” of capable and experienced volunteers who can lead stewardship projects when staff members are unavailable. Produce associated protocols and management systems to ensure program success and longevity.
- Recruits, trains and manages volunteers for outreach programming, conservation workdays, and TLC tabling.
- Helps to define and implement outreach into neighborhoods, community groups, and businesses near TLC preserves. This includes coordinating small volunteer groups to attend and provide environmental education at community events (e.g. Eno Festival, Sandy Creek Festival, Raleigh Boys and Girls Club Environmental Fair).
- Perform outreach and help recruit volunteers for TLC’s nature hikes, as well as assisting hike leaders with logistics and sign up.
- BA or BS and equivalent experience
- Familiarity with the land trusts and/or the Triangle is very helpful
- Experience building trail, clearing invasives, or performing outdoor maintenance preferred
- Experience working with children and conducting children’s programs
- Experience with environmental education
- Proven problem solver and the ability to work independently
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
Proficient using Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and database management software (preferably Raisers Edge)
Familiarity with social media platforms and website systems (WordPress)
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
Member will work in both an office setting and at our nature preserves. When working outside, the member will be in strenuous circumstances and should be physically fit and able to work in the outdoors. Member should be able to travel on uneven terrain and lift objects weighing at least 30 pounds.
9am to 5pm on weekdays, and the member will have regular weekend duties. The member will not be required to work more than 40 hours per week, unless needed to obtain hours for AmeriCorps.