AmeriCorps Environmental Education and Volunteer Coordinator
The mission of the Coastal Land Trust is to enrich our state through conservation of natural areas and working landscapes, education, and the promotion of good land stewardship of the coastal communities.
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 the 2023-2024 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 sign up 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
This position will assist the Associate Director/Director of Stewardship and Community Conservation in implementing and expanding the environmental education programs and curricula at 4 of NCCLT’s preserves: Piney Ridge Nature Preserve, Everett Creek Preserve, Gale’s Creek Preserve, and Springer’s Point Preserve as well as on site environmental education at partner properties: Halyburton Park, Brunswick Nature Park, and Holly Shelter game lands. The Coordinator will assist staff in writing and editing environmental education materials as well as leading and assisting classroom, digital and field lessons based on the Coastal Land Trust’s curricula. The Coordinator will identify underserved schools in areas near the preserves and recruit and support teachers, school administrators, volunteers and others to become involved in environmental education programs in elementary and middles schools in New Hanover, Onslow, Carteret, Pender, and Brunswick counties. The Coordinator will manage volunteers for environmental education and outreach. The Coordinator will also assist the Coastal Land Trust staff in a variety of other activities related to land stewardship, conservation outreach, and special events, as well as organize and lead hikes to the public.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
- Organize and lead environmental education programs at select preserves using established curricula
- Create new digital content based on existing curricula.
- Research and identify underserved schools in 5 county service area and cultivate 2 new partnerships with schools
- Identify, recruit and support additional teachers at underserved schools and volunteers to be included in program
- Recruit and manage volunteers for environmental education and outreach
- Lead educational hikes offered to the public on select Coastal Land Trust preserves
- A minimum of Bachelor’s degree preferably in education or botany, ecology, biology, environmental science or natural resources management.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Good computer skills
- Good physical condition, including ability to work in the field in varying field conditions as required by site inspections, trail work, field trips and other assignments
- Driver’s license
- Must pass background check.
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
Willingness and ability to work outside in hot climate in all seasons and exposure to insects, animals, and other conditions incident to field work in forests, fields, and wetlands. Comfortable working with groups of children.
Position will require some long days and irregular business hours when in the field as well as some weekends. Office time is regular business hours, and functions on a hybrid schedule
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