Stormwater Education AmeriCorps Specialist
This position is with the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), based in Durham, NC. TJCOG is a regional entity whose mission is “To serve as an intergovernmental organization for local elected officials that works proactively on regional issues in order to sustain and improve the quality of life for our citizens.” In our diverse seven-county region, we convene local governments, stakeholders and partners to tackle the many challenges that cross jurisdictional lines. As part of TJCOG’s regional collaborative efforts, the Clean Water Education Partnership is a cooperative effort between local governments, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations to protect water quality in the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear River Basins. CWEP aims to protect North Carolina’s waterways from stormwater pollution through public education and outreach, and by helping public entities communicate the important fact that clean water is vital for healthy ecosystems and a high quality of life for area residents.
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 Stormwater Education Specialist will play a unique and critical role in promoting behavior changes through outreach and education about water quality impairment and our impact on stormwater runoff. Currently, the CWEP program provides large-scale, mass-media outreach to cover large portions of the state and many demographics; however, personalized, face-to-face-educational experiences are limited to those Partners with available staff and resources to do so. This position will increase citizen access to and participation in environmental education activities and events which will have an amazing impact on communities. Special efforts will be made to involve low-income neighborhoods, minorities, and underserved children. The AmeriCorps member will learn about water quality and North Carolina regulations regarding water quality through training, research and supervision by TJCOG Staff. The AmeriCorps member will be able to translate this information into materials and programs suitable for children and adults of various age levels and socioeconomic status, and will gain valuable interactive, educational, and interpretive skills through the promoting and implementation of outreach events.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
The Stormwater Education AmeriCorps Specialist will provide outreach and education at schools, special events, and other venues through fun, hands-on environmental education activities including the use of the EnviroScape model and other resources. With 39 CWEP members across the eastern half of the state, the opportunities for direct outreach are many! The Stormwater Education Specialist develops and distributes educational materials to the community, and conducts outreach activities to increase public awareness of the impact of stormwater management. Demonstrations will be given to classes, civic groups, library groups, special event crowds, and other organizations. These demonstrations can include the use an EnviroScape model which shows the relationship between our watershed and stormwater pollution, as well as other outreach means. The Stormwater Education Specialist will tailor these demonstrations to a variety of age groups and demographics.
Typically, these demonstrations can cover the following:
- What is a Watershed?
- What is Stormwater?
- Point and Nonpoint source pollution
- Connection between storm drains and our local waterways
- Ways to prevent stormwater pollution
The position will also assist with planning and coordination of all of these events, as well as public forums such as running a CWEP booth at regional festivals and fairs. If the AmeriCorps member spoke any languages in addition to English, the position would seek out and deliver demonstrations to communities with that shared language.
- Bachelor of Sciences or Bachelor of Education, environmental education experience or degree in environmental science, biology, or social studies is preferred
- Effective oral and written communication is required
- Additional language skills HIGHLY desired
- 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
- The physical demands of this position are moderate
- Able to sit or stand for long periods of time
- Able to lift 25 lbs and actively participate in outdoor environmental education events in any weather.
The schedule will be a 40 hour work week, generally within the regular weekday time-frame. Some environmental education to school children and other groups may involve occasional night and/or weekend meetings.