Environmental Stewardship & Outreach AmeriCorps Associate

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Employer
Resilience Corps NC
Location
Highlands, North Carolina, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 04, 2021
Closes
Jun 22, 2021
Ref
2194649981
Discipline
Invasive Species
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
This position is with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, located in Highlands, NC. HCLT's mission is to protect valuable natural resources for all generations.

The 2021-2022 AmeriCorps positions will have a start date (for new full-time 11 month members) of September 1st 2021 and an end date of July 31st 2022.

**Please make sure you upload all of the required documents - Resume, Cover Letter, State or Federal ID, College Transcripts, Birth Certificate (if US Passport not uploaded).** If required documents are not uploaded at time of application, any offer for employment will be withheld until they are provided. All AmeriCorps Members must submit to having a National Sex Offender, State of Residence (if state is different than NC), State of NC, and Federal FBI Background check conducted. Any applicant denying to submit to these checks will be automatically disqualified as per federal regulations.

For the 2021-2022 service year, Resilience Corps NC offers a living stipend of $17,000 for 11 months, health insurance reimbursement for premiums, childcare assistance, and professional development opportunities (individual trainings, enrollment in NC Environmental Education Certificate Program, and conferences in conjunction with the NC Commission on Volunteerism). Participants who complete the program will receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 from the National Service Trust.

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 assist with ongoing stewardship and environmental education programming at NC's oldest land trust. The AmeriCorps Member will assist the HCLT Stewardship Coordinator with conservation easement monitoring, trail maintenance, and invasive species management as well as manage and coordinate trail volunteers. The AmeriCorps Member will also assist with various education and outreach efforts including participate in field based formal and informal natural history hikes at land trust properties, develop and deliver new environmental education program curriculum for our Kids in Nature programs, and help engage the community through social media.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

The AmeriCorps's responsibilities and duties are to: assist and develop education programming in the HCLT Kids in Nature Program; lead formal and informal regularly scheduled hikes on land trust lands; attempt to extend programming to new and culturally diverse audience; produce outreach materials for events, programs and social media; assist with ongoing Stewardship programming including: managing trails, assisting in conservation easement monitoring, coordinating Stewardship volunteers, managing invasive species, and building on efforts of previous AmeriCorps Member.

Qualifications

Versed in or ability to become versed in natural history of the Southern Appalachians. Preferably a bachelor's degree in biology, botany, ecology, environmental science, natural resources, or similar degree. Must be comfortable in the outdoors. Must be comfortable speaking to the public including young children, and leading groups in educational activities. Familiarity or experience in environmental education programming is strongly desired.

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

AmeriCorps Member must be able to safely lead others on hikes and trail building in the mountains of western NC and therefore be in good physical condition. AM must be able to communicate concepts in natural history to others of all ages, in particular young children (ages 5-12). Physically able to assist in stewardship activities including building trail and maintaining trails and assisting in conservation easement monitoring.

Preferred Schedule

Normal HCLT programming is conducted on an M-F 9am to 5pmschedule. We would require the AM to work during those normal operating hours but also like to extend those to weekends up to two times a month for special events or volunteer work days. AM would get compensatory time for weekend time worked. Our greatest need for support is April-November but are flexible in when AM could start. However, COVID has shown that normal sometimes has to be adjusted. We are hoping that by September 2021 we will be moving back into the office but anticipate that we will continue to work from home 1-2 days per week.

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