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.
Vision Statement for Piedmont Legacy Trails:
Piedmont Legacy Trails will advocate for regional trail connections and provide technical assistance, education, and resource support for trail projects.
The Piedmont Legacy Trails Steering Committee consists of representatives from each of our 12 counties. The purpose of this group is to guide the work of PLT, including sharing information, organizing regional trail summits, branding our region as an authentic trails destination, and working toward creating connectivity between local trail systems.
Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: http://www.ctnc.org/connect/americorps-application-portal-2/ and include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance of $13,732 and other benefits that include: child care benefit,health care benefit for monthly premium coverage, and the Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the term of $5,920. All information can be found on the link provided above.
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
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 organize trail data in a GIS database, create contact lists, develop surveys and newsletters, promote Piedmont Legacy Trails at events and through social media, meet with municipal staff, 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, assess current trail conditions and access points as needed, help develop county-based trail committees in each of our member counties, and continue 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 40-42 hours a week.