Piedmont Legacy Trails AmeriCorps Coordinator
This position is based at the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) in Kernersville, NC. PTRC is a voluntary association of local governments – urban and rural – authorized by state law to:
- Make and implement joint regional decisions;
- Provide management, planning and technical services to local governments;
- Identify and solve short and long-term problems best addressed at the regional level;
- Bring together local elected officials on a regular basis, giving them an opportunity to form working relationships;
- Promote regional issues and cooperation among members.
The PTRC is one of 16 regional councils in North Carolina. We are designated by the State of NC to serve as the lead regional organization for the Piedmont Triad region. We serve 74 member governments in a 12 county area. The PTRC is strongly service oriented; its programs are driven by membership needs. PTRC has an ongoing environmental program addressing water resource issues. As such the PTRC is fully invested in the long-term maintenance and protection of all efforts to improve, restore and maintain the natural environment. Stormwater SMART, a regional program designed to help PTRC Phase II communities meet and exceed National Pollution Discharge Elimination Program (NPDES) requirements, was formed in 2004 through NC DWQ 205(j) funding.
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
In 2016, the PTRC, Piedmont Land Conservancy and other organizations joined together to begin planning for the implementation of “Piedmont Legacy Trails,” a regional branding effort to provide residents and visitors one platform to easily locate and access our trail system. The AmeriCorps Piedmont Legacy Trails Coordinator will work with PTRC staff, the Piedmont Land Conservancy and the Steering Committee to implement the Piedmont Legacy Trails vision.
The PTRC planning department recognizes the valuable role environmental education plays in our community. While we are making strides in our stormwater education program, particularly with the support of our current AmeriCorps member, we see first-hand the impact lack of exposure to nature has on citizens of the Piedmont Triad. The successful implementation of a regional trails program has the potential to bridge the divide between our citizens and the natural world and increase environmental stewardship while also recognizing the environmental, social, psychological, and spiritual benefits only nature can provide.
The AmeriCorps Piedmont Legacy Trails Coordinator will work with PTRC staff, the Piedmont Land Conservancy, the Steering Committee and other organizations to implement the Piedmont Legacy Trails vision. This will require the Coordinator to assess current trail conditions and access points, GPS current and potential trail connections, create contact lists, develop surveys and newsletters, promote Piedmont Legacy Trails at events, meet with municipal staff, health departments, nonprofit organizations, and informal volunteers and volunteer groups, aid in the development of trail volunteer groups in strategic locations, assist in the organization and promotion of a regional “Trails Summit,” identify sites for trail development in underserved locations and continue storyboard and web mapping efforts currently under way.
- Passion for promoting outdoor education
- Excellent writting and communication skills
- Experience in volunteer management
- Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud; ArcGIS10 & handheld GPS preferred
- Ability to lift objects up to 25lbs
- Academic or professional background in planning, conservation, environmental studies, or geography/mapping preferred
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
- 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 computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus
Essential Functions/physical demands
- Using computer software and online programs for the development of Piedmont Legacy Trails maps, promotional materials, newsletters, social networking and press releases
- Leading, coordinating, and interacting with stakeholders in an office setting and in the field (ex partner organizations, local governments, tourism bureaus, landowners, volunteers, low-income residents, students)
- Survey development and analysis
- Organizing volunteer groups
- Assess trail conditions and other field work
- Assisting staff in organizing annual “Trails Summit.”
Most of the AmeriCorps member’s time will be spent during normal business hours but with occasional night and weekend work. Even with the variability of the schedule the work week will be 40 hours a week.