Environmental Programs AmeriCorps Member
This position is with the Davidson Lands Conservancy based in Davidson, NC. The mission of the Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) is to provide the citizens of Davidson and surrounding areas alternatives to urban living by protecting natural lands and other open spaces for ecological and aesthetic purposes.
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
The AmeriCorps member will expand environmental education programming of the Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) by updating an existing DLC 4th grade program and presenting it at local schools, creating and presenting new hands on nature programs for Spanish speaking preschoolers learning English, assisting with monthly family outings led by expert naturalists, and assisting with hands on nature activities at the Davidson Farmers’ Market. With Davidson Lands Conservancy executive director, board members, and all-volunteer education committee, the AmeriCorps member will also create new ways for DLC to reach underserved groups in the community.
In addition to educational outreach, the AmeriCorps member will support the work of the Land Stewardship Committee in developing and implementing a plan for volunteer workdays. The member will plan, recruit, and safely lead volunteers at workdays, and create a volunteer database.
The AmeriCorps member will gain professional knowledge of the workings of land trusts and nonprofit environmental organizations by assisting the executive director with projects; participating in board trainings and some meetings; participating in relevant committee meetings; attending the October 10-13 national conference of the Land Trust Alliance; and shadowing teachers and directors at local nature based schools and programs. While with the DLC the AmeriCorps member will also have the unique opportunity to be part of the Town of Davidson community as it begins to plan a new park on 19 acres of forested town land.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
- Present updated DLC program to 4th grade classes at local schools
- Twice a month - plan and present hands-on nature activities with Spanish speaking preschoolers learning English
- Two Saturday mornings a month - lead hands on nature activities at DLC booth at Davidson Farmers’ Market
- Assist with monthly family outings, seasonal monitoring of conservation easements, and volunteer workdays
- Lead community walks of DLC properties
- Create materials to expand outreach: social media postings, newsletter articles, blogs, brochures
- Help create new educational programs
- Assist executive director with projects Attend meetings of committees and board as needed
- Bachelors Degree with environmental studies major or minor
- Conversational proficiency in Spanish
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Desire for career in environmental education, conservation, sustainability, or resiliency
- Comfortable with public speaking
- Experience working with groups of children
- Experience leading groups of people in an outdoor setting
- Enjoys working collaboratively and independently
- Skilled at identifying and organizing tasks and meeting deadlines
- Easily accepts instruction and feedback
- Recognizes when help is needed and feels at ease asking for it
- 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
- Must have own car, laptop, and cell phone (accommodations may be made on a case by case basis)
- Able to hike in woods without trails in all seasons (this is an outdoors centered position)
- Able to do physical labor as part of volunteer workdays
- Able to climb long, steep flight of stairs to second floor DLC office (accommodations can be made for those in need of accessibility options according to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)
Generally and flexible through Monday-Friday 9-5 with every other Saturday 8-12pm. Occasionally 3-hour hikes/outings on weekends. Hours will not exceed 40-42 hours per week unless needed to complete AmeriCorps service hour requirements.