PEA AmeriCorps Environmental Educator
This position is with the Piedmont Environmental Alliance, based in Winston-Salem, NC. Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) works every day to educate and empower people of all ages, build community, and inspire action to create a more just, resilient, and environmentally sustainable Piedmont Triad. Based in Winston-Salem, NC, PEA’s innovative education programs, annual events, and community-based advocacy projects engage thousands of volunteers, students, faith communities, businesses, and partner organizations in climate and environmental action.
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 PEA Environmental Education Resilience Corps member will implement PEA’s K-12 education programs and build the capacity of the organization to grow these programs by recruiting and training volunteers and partners. A successful candidate will be an energetic and confident presenter, savvy event planner, and excellent volunteer manager.
- Manage PEA’s environmental education programs, including volunteer recruitment and implementation timelines.
- Present environmental education curricula to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County middle and high school classrooms, with the support of staff and volunteers.
- Organize an annual Environmental Debate Tournament for high school students in the Piedmont, including developing materials, recruiting teams, and event logistics.
- Recruit and train volunteers to teach environmental education programs. Develop tactics and relationships to create long-term pipelines of volunteers. Develop systems for training, scheduling, and following up with volunteers.
- Collect and analyze key performance indicators for programs.
- Maintain and strengthen key partnerships, such as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District, university partners, local environmental nonprofits, and government agencies.
- Update education curricula with newest information and compelling and hands-on activities. Develop and implement new, and opportunities to expand learning outside of classroom.
- You love working with students to help them develop a love and respect for the environment.
- You are a dynamic speaker who is comfortable leading classes and training volunteers.
- You possess superior organizational skills and have a knack for logistics and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- You are a natural relationship builder; you work collaboratively and enjoy engaging with passionate volunteers from diverse backgrounds.
- You are a passionate community organizer, comfortable reaching out to people of all ages to involve them in our organization.
- You enjoy your work and are comfortable with striving for amazing results on a shoestring budget.
- You have a personal passion for the outdoors, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and demonstrate active engagement in environmental issues. A college-degree or experience in science, environmental studies, and/or teaching is a plus
Essential functions/Physical Demands
In addition to the functions listed above, this position requires reliable transportation and the ability to occasionally lift equipment up to 30± pounds.
The successful candidate will be available to work M-F 9 am-5 pm, with occasional (4-5 times per year) weekend work. About 25% of the AmeriCorps member’s time will take place during school hours and according to the school system’s calendar.
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