AmeriCorps Community Outreach and Education Associate
This position is based with the Triangle Land Conservancy, based in Durham NC. The Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) is an accredited successful and respected land trust, having protected over 19,000 acres of land in the rapidly developing Triangle region of North Carolina. TLC strives to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region by safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship, catalyzing community action, and collaboration.
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 11-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. Applications close June 18th 2018.
This position starts on September 3rd, and ends July 31st.
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 this position
In this role the AmeriCorps member will help TLC expand our reach into the communities around our preserves through educational programming, outreach, and volunteer coordination. The AmeriCorps member will help TLC broaden its message and strengthen support by working with schools, staging events, and by engaging new partners and groups of people. The AmeriCorps member will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and activities designed to increase engagement with underserved communities particularly children and families. They will also enhance opportunities for community involvement with TLC’s conservation efforts through expanding promotion and implementation of programs such as Citizen Science and volunteer stewardship. The AmeriCorps member will help to expand the capacity of TLC’s stewardship team by managing volunteer groups and training a new “volunteer corps” to lead volunteer groups. In addition to education-related outreach and program work, the AmeriCorps member will also support TLC’s stewardship outreach by helping to bring new and more diverse volunteers to these events through expanded partnerships and creative marketing.
- Initiates, develops and coordinates community partnerships that provide outreach opportunities for underserved communities to engage on TLC preserved land and to raise TLC’s profile in the Triangle community.
- Acts as the community liaison to local community groups such as East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), Partners for Youth Opportunity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Salvation Army.
- Participates in the grant process by helping to research and draft grant proposals and preparing grant reports, as needed.
- Plans, develops and implements innovative events, outings and other activities both on and off preserve sites that engage the community, TLC partnership groups listed above and TLC members.
- Furthers development and implementation of TLC’s Get Wild! series with monthly events aimed at family nature programming.
- Expands, promotes, and manages TLC’s Citizen Science and Hiking Challenge programs with a goal of increasing community involvement and engagement at TLC’s preserves.
- Schedules and handles registration for events and outings for TLC and coordinates with Communications to publicize events.
- Manages TLC tabling at events, leads outings and hikes as needed and arranges for volunteers to help fill these and other roles.
- Tracks and follows up on event participation using Online Express/Raiser’s Edge.
- Tracks success and overall performance of activities; analyzes performance of this program.
- Works with the Communications Manager to develop social media and website presence to promote events and provide updates on projects and outreach events.
- Help implement TLC’s Service Enterprise Action plan to more efficiently and effectively use skill based volunteers.
- Helps coordinate volunteer opportunities for community groups, members, and corporate partners for a variety of TLC events, programs and projects. Identifies and cultivates new volunteer relationships. Identifies and cultivates new volunteer relationships, works with stewardship team to match volunteers with appropriate projects.
- Assist with select stewardship workdays or cleanups when needed, helping to advertise the opportunity and attending when needed as well as assisting work day leaders in volunteer management and logistical coordination.
- Create and manage the development of a “volunteer corps” of capable and experienced volunteers who can lead stewardship projects when staff members are unavailable. Produce associated protocols and management systems to ensure program success and longevity.
- Recruits, trains and manages volunteers for outreach programming, conservation workdays, and TLC tabling.
- Helps to define and implement outreach into neighborhoods, community groups, and businesses near TLC preserves. This includes coordinating small volunteer groups to attend and provide environmental education at community events (e.g. Eno Festival, Sandy Creek Festival, Raleigh Boys and Girls Club Environmental Fair).
- Perform outreach and help recruit volunteers for TLC’s nature hikes, as well as assisting hike leaders with logistics and sign up.
- BA or BS and equivalent experience
- Familiarity with the land trusts and/or the Triangle is very helpful
- Experience building trail, clearing invasives, or performing outdoor maintenance preferred
- Experience working with children and conducting children’s programs
- Experience with environmental education
- Proven problem solver and the ability to work independently
- 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
- Proficient using Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and database management software (preferably Raisers Edge)
- Familiarity with social media platforms and website systems (WordPress)
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
Essential Functions / Physical Demands
Member will work in both an office setting and at our nature preserves. When working outside, the member will be in strenuous circumstances and should be physically fit and able to work in the outdoors. Member should be able to travel on uneven terrain and lift objects weighing at least 30 pounds.
9am to 5pm on weekdays, and the member will have regular weekend duties. The member will not be required to work more than 40 hours per week, unless needed to obtain hours for AmeriCorps.