Community Engagement & Therapeutic Green Space AmeriCorps Coordinator

Durham, NC

This position is with El Futuro, located in Durham, NC. El Futuro’s mission is to nurture stronger familias to live out their dreams. We live out this mission by providing bilingual, culturally-responsive mental health and substance use treatment to Spanish-speaking families in central NC. Our professionally-licensed staff - most of whom are first and second generation immigrants themselves - are experts in meeting families where they are and helping to put them at ease in the face of fear of unknown institutions and traditional stigmas about mental health. One key way we meet families is through our therapeutic green space.

This 2023-2024 AmeriCorps position will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members)of September 5th, 2023 (or soon thereafter), and an end date of July 31st 2024 (or 11 months after start date). 

**Please make sure you upload all of the required documents - Resume & Cover Letter. 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 the2023-2024 service year, Resilience Corps NC offers a living stipend that will range from $25,500 to $30,000 for 11 months (this is taxable and the final amount is dependent on federal funding granted by AmeriCorps in July, and candidates/applicants will be notified of that amount), health insurance reimbursement for premiums, childcare assistance, and professional development opportunities (some examples are three AmeriCorps cohort trainings that cover project management to strengths assessments, individual self-directed trainings, enrollment in NC Environmental Education Certificate Program, and conferences in conjunction with VolunteerNC). Members are also eligible to signup for SNAP benefits. Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $6,895 (taxable in the year used, not the year awarded) from the National Service Trust. 

CTNC, the fiscal sponsor of Resilience Corps NC, is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.

Resilience Corps NC 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 Service Member will work to make environmental education more accessible to the Latino community, which is the primary population served by El Futuro. The member will work collaboratively with our current partners and enlarge our circle of contacts so that we have a greater impact on connecting more of the Latino community to nature and the green space. The service member will organize and lead environmental education programs in El Futuro’s therapeutic green space.. This is especially salient for our work in the mental health sector as stronger connections with nature have been shown to improve people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. In addition, the service member will involve community volunteers by creating systems to ensure our therapeutic green space is thriving and a welcoming environment for the whole community. 

Position Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop and promote an annual calendar and curriculum for community members to learn about mental health and environmental education
  • Manage volunteer program and improve manual for volunteer procedures, recruitment, involvement and retention.
  • Coordinate community and staff volunteers related to El Futuro’s therapeutic green space. Screen volunteers to ensure good fit, provide training, and keep volunteer logs.
  • Managing all flower, herb, fruit and vegetable production, in collaboration with volunteers. 
  • Plan and coordinate community events, educational programs, and volunteer day events in the El Futuro therapeutic garden area as needed in collaboration with staff, volunteers and community agencies.
  • Work actively to engage El Futuro’s community, staff, clients, and neighbors in the El Futuro therapeutic green space use and care.
  • Attend community meetings and develop partnerships with other organizations. 
  • Attend health and community fairs to promote awareness about El Futuro’s mental health-environment initiative, with special emphasis on the Latino population
  • Collaborate with El Futuro’s Therapeutic Green Space team in planning activities, events and strategize best ways to engage the Latino community.
  • Monitor the El Futuro therapeutic green space area and perform regular upkeep and maintenance. Test creek as needed and take corrective actions to ensure public safety. 
  • Collaborate with staff to create opportunities for therapists to engage clients in the Green Space.
  • Actively participate in quarterly all-staff meetings.
  • Communicate and promote Therapeutic Green Space events to clients, staff and community members and foster a supportive environment for all. 


Qualifications 

  • Must be fully Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Must possess leadership skills, initiative, positive attitude and engaging personality
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with individuals of many demographics and histories i.e. youth, elders, immigrants, economically diverse, people of color and the Latino community
  • Significant experience with community organizing and community outreach required
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to plan events and manage volunteers
  • Ability to multitask and manage several task lists at once
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions (weather, volunteer cancellations, project changing needs)
  • Knowledge and experience with organic vegetable gardening and/or farming or willingness to learn
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather (heat, humidity, rain and cold) and do manual labor
  • Must possess an outgoing, friendly disposition and professional demeanor at all times
  • Strong computer skills and technological aptitude 

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

  • Highly motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to think independently and follow through
  • Physical ability to walk, lift, bend and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings throughout the year 
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Schedule

Monday thru Friday, some weekends


What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a bridge builder, a force multiplier, a way to connect individuals and organizations to support their communities in tackling challenges. AmeriCorps programs across the country address a variety of community needs like education, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, disaster response, and veteran & military family services.

What does Resilience Corps NC do?

CTNC’s AmeriCorps program, Resilience Corps NC, seeks to address our state’s changing climate by expanding access to environmental education, increasing eco-literacy, promoting disaster resiliency, and utilizing communities to identify and address climate-related issues.

Who should apply for a position with Resilience Corps NC?

Our program is a great opportunity for:

-Recent graduates looking to build experience and a strong professional network

-Established professionals seeking a career change

-Passionate conservationists wanting to give back to their community

What benefits do Resilience Corps members receive?

-Living stipend, paid twice monthly

-Education award (upon completion of service)

-Healthcare premium reimbursement

-Childcare assistance

-SNAP eligibility


JOB CODE: El Futuro