AmeriCorps Outings and Education Coordinator (Asheville)
MountainTrue, through AmeriCorps Project Conserve, is seeking dedicated individuals to fill 4 full-time positions serving critical conservation needs in western North Carolina. Each full-time member will serve 1700 hours from September 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. Members serve with host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region.
Members connect people with nature and enhance quality of life through conservation education, volunteer recruitment/coordination, and trail creation/improvement. Members also improve environmental conditions in WNC through activities including habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, and public land and river improvements projects.
Project Conserve strives to foster a culture that celebrates and supports equity, diversity, and inclusion, learning and continuous improvement, and high-quality community service. AmeriCorps positions provide unique opportunities for members to develop leadership and professional skills to support their future career goals. Members participate in training and service days up to three days per month with the full Project Conserve team and on an ongoing basis as part of their host site service. Training may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, wilderness first aid and CPR/AED, project planning, non-native invasive species identification, trail construction, volunteer management, and education program development.
Outings & Education Coordinator Position Summary:
This position works closely with topic area experts on the MountainTrue staff to engage MountainTrue members and local residents in environmental protection in Western North Carolina through outings such as hikes and paddle trips, outreach programs and initiatives, and environmental education within the community. The coordinator will also serve as the project lead for the OLLI Ecology of the Southern Appalachians course and our online education series called MountainTrue University. The coordinator will support MountainTrue’s racial equity work by creating programming specifically designed to engage communities of color in environmental conservation. The activities undertaken by this position will inform, inspire, and connect a broad public to the natural world and its delicate and often threatened ecosystems, thereby increasing general support for conservation efforts in our region.
Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent planning and organizational skills. Attention to detail is key in this position.
- Experience working with diverse people (youth, retirees, rural, urban, people of color).
- Strong time management skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects at once and maintain attention to detail.
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
- Be a quick leaner, unafraid to ask questions, and also have the patience to tackle complex problems
- Familiarity with web-based programs and applications and the use of social media.
- Training and/or teaching experience a plus.
- Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills.
- Spanish language proficiency a plus.
- Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States, and consent to a criminal history check.
Preferred Service Hours / Weekly Schedule:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours as needed
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Conservation Education: 100%
- Organize numerous hikes, paddles, and other activities featuring MountainTrue programs and priorities such as old growth forests, ecology, water quality, energy efficiency, land use planning and development, and others. Coordinate with topic experts. Ensure education opportunities are provided throughout our service region of counties across Western North Carolina.
- Serve as a project lead or be a key team member supporting major events including the OLLI Ecology of the Southern Appalachians class, Float Fest, and the French Broad River Paddle Trip.
- Work closely with the Community Engagement Director to create and organize special events for members.
- Represent MountainTrue in the Everybody’s Environment Coalition and bring valuable learnings back to the organization to improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Integrate activities with the Forest Keeper and Water Quality Administrators (MountainTrue AmeriCorps Members).
- Manage event pages content for website, posts to social media, flyers & posters for events, volunteer sign up forms for web, email communications to promote events and programs, and communications with general public looking to learn about MountainTrue and engage with our programs
- Participate in the community as a MountainTrue team member contributing to the success of the organization.
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to fulfilling host site service responsibilities, all Project Conserve members are required to fully participate in team trainings, service projects and statewide AmeriCorps events. Project Conserve team events will occur approximately twice per month in locations throughout the service area and may require up to three overnight stays.
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
- Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
- Be available and commit to full-time service for the entire service term: members will serve a minimum of 1700 hours over the 11-month term, which is roughly full-time (40 hours per week).
- Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
- Meet minimum education requirements (see individual service descriptions)
- Meet additional qualifications as listed in the service descriptions
- Meet essential functions for each position as listed in the individual service descriptions
Compensation & Benefits
For full-time (1700 hour) positions in the 2021-2022 program year, members will receive:
- $16,350 living stipend (paid in equal installments via direct deposit, twice per month, minus taxes)
- Health insurance reimbursement if eligible. Members are eligible for reimbursement for the full cost of a Health Insurance Marketplace bronze or catastrophic plan, OR up to $100 for a higher-level Marketplace plan. Members who maintain health insurance through a parent or spouse’s employer are not eligible for reimbursement.
- Childcare assistance if eligible. See eligibility requirements for full-time members enrolled in AmeriCorps State & National programs on the AmeriCorps Childcare Fact Sheet
- Education award of $6,345 upon successful completion of the program. This award can be used to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award on AmeriCorps.gov
- Mentorship, training, and professional development opportunities. Training may include Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED, Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and more
HOW TO APPLY
Please go to conservingcarolina.org/americorps/projectconserve/ for more information and to apply. Deadline to Apply is May 31, 2021. Contact Amy Stout with any questions at (828) 697-5777, ext 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conserving Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals with known physical / mental disabilities.