Lumbee Tribe Natural Resources Education AmeriCorps Member
This AmeriCorps service position is with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina (based in Pembroke).
It is the mission of the Lumbee Tribe of NorthCarolina to preserve Lumbee lifeways and communities; promote the educational,cultural, social and economic well-being of Lumbee people; and secure justiceand freedom for the Lumbee people. TheLumbee Tribe accomplishes this mission through multiple avenues, includingseveral housing programs that provide affordable, safe and sanitary housingoptions for tribal members. The Tribeprovides educational opportunities, youth programs, vocational rehabilitation,substance abuse programs, cultural activities, and many other services totribal members. Recently, the LumbeeTribal Council passed a tribalresolution to create an Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. This department will steward Lumbee lands andwaters by honoring our ancestors and their traditions - strengthening ourexisting farming community by advocating for Lumbee agricultural opportunitiesand promoting food sovereignty.
This 2022-2023 AmeriCorps position will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members) of October 1st, 2022, and an end date of August 31st 2023. Requests for part-time service, less than 40 hours a week or less than 11 months, will be considered and applicants should indicate that request in the application.
**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 full-time service term (1700 hours of AmeriCorps service) over11 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
The AmeriCorps member will serve the Lumbee Tribe in developing the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within the tribe’s local government and provide community outreach to Tribal members around the impacts of flooding. The Department will formalize tribal land stewardship values and activities, ensure tribal members have equitable access to all related state and federal programs, and provide a voice for tribal members in issues of natural resource stewardship and agriculture. The Lumbee Tribe has lived through multiple flooding events in recent years including Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Tribal conversations around flooding impacts and discussing ways the Tribe can establish proactive measures to lessen future flood impacts will build the Tribe’s climate change resilience.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
The AmeriCorps member serving the Lumbee Tribe will be responsible for the following aspects of assisting with the Tribe’s community and regional efforts on education and capacity building around agriculture and natural resources:
- Develop needs assessment and organization blueprint for the Lumbee Tribe’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Conduct a community listening tour related to recent flooding events and explore how communities can develop solutions to lessen future impacts within a watershed
- Facilitate educational events centered on climate mitigation and resilience for tribal and community members Assist Tribal leaders in building capacity to continue educational events by developing a volunteer base for events, and volunteer management system
Preferred member of Lumbee Tribe, or significant ties to community or region. College coursework or experience in agriculture, natural resources, sustainability, or environmental education a plus. Strong computer and organizational skills needed. A serious commitment to a solid communication ethic between stakeholders, management, and community members needed.
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds;
Be able to manage day to day activities with minimal oversight.
Ability to communicate with diverse groups orally and in writing;
- Ability to present educational material to all ages;
Normal working schedule of 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend and evening work depending on educational events.