Posts Tagged ‘AmeriCorps’

American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Santa Cruz, CA, is currently hiring energetic, ambitious young adults to participate as AmeriCorps members in a six month outdoor skills training program preparing them for careers in resource management with ACE, with other conservation corps, or with public agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, or the Bureau of LandManagement. ACE is currently hiring corps members for an AmeriCorps term from March 10, to September 9, 2013. A 1,000 hour, 26 week commitment is required.  You are encouraged to consider volunteering with our non-AmeriCorps crews in CA or AZ if you with to start earlier than March 10th.

Position Description:
AmeriCorps Professional Development Interns will spend 6 months training on complex trail construction, forestry, and environmental restoration projects under the guidance of ACE’s most highly skilled staff members. The goal of the position is to accomplish meaningful project work for a variety of agencies while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques such as trail construction, ecological restoration, dry stone masonry, and chainsaw use. AmeriCorps Professional Development Members will also gain leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support ACE volunteers who are rotated into long term projects. Each Member is required to coordinate one volunteer event, recruiting a minimum of ten members of the Santa Cruz community or a local community near a project site to participate in a volunteer day alongside ACE crews.

All work is physically demanding, occasionally requiring stints in the backcountry and/or extended stays in the field.   This position requires hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps. 

Location and Pay:  Members will be based in Santa Cruz, CA.  Projects will take place at various locations throughout California.  All participants must be flexible and willing to be assigned to a variety of locations and for multiple agencies, wherever community need is the highest.  Project assignments vary in length from two weeks to two months so Members will experience a range of opportunities throughout their six month term. AmeriCorps Professional Development Members receive a living allowance of $6,400 (before tax) for 1,000 hours of service, spread evenly over the 26 week period. Upon successful completion of the program, Members receive an AmeriCorps education award of up to $2,675 to be used to pay tuition or student loans. Food and housing (tents or primitive facilities) on project days are provided.  ACE subsidizes housing for Members on days off of projects.

Professional Development Members must have an establis hed interest in conservation issues and should take joy in tackling challenging situations with a positive mindset. Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work in all types of weather and terrain, and to participate as a team member dedicated to ACE’s mission.   ACE’sProfessional Development Program is meant as a stepping stone to environmental careers and as a gateway to potential advancement within ACE, not only as an interesting and rewarding way to spend six months working inbeautiful locations.  Drug users, including users of marijuana, should not consider applying as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and absolutely abhors the presence of drug users in our program.

Other Requirements: 
Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only. 
Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE. ACE will provide tents to all Members (upon request) but all othercamping items such as sturdy boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and rain gear must be provided by successful applicants. Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE, smoking is not permitted. Must be 21 or older.

Trainings include technical project and outdoor skills such as retaining wall construction, rock step construction, rock drilling, splitting and shaping, setting up rigging systems, tread and switchback construction, installing water bars, check dams and other erosion control devices, chainsaw training, GPS use, and CPR/First Aid.   Members will becertified in Wilderness First Aid and will develop interpersonal and leadership skills while serving as mentors to ACE volunteers and as support for ACE and agency staff.  Members will also receive Leave No Trace Training.

Positions open until filled but are in high demand (usually filled by mid -January).  Apply now!

To Apply: 
Please email a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional referenc
es to Jim Laske at jlaske@usaconservation.org with “CA AmeriCorps Professional Development Program ECOLOG” referred in the subject heading of your email.

Successful applicants will be asked to fill out an AmeriCorps specific application as well.

Check out our website and our Facebook page for more details about ACE 


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The Environmental Education Coordinator is responsible for implementation of Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Studies at the Galena Creek Visitor Center. The primary programs include developing and implementing: 1. On-site and school-based environmental curriculum for elementary through high school age school groups, 2. An outdoor summer youth nature camp based in Galena Creek Recreation Area and Regional Park, 3. Summer Teen Leadership Academy.

This position will serve as an AmeriCorps member with the Great Basin Institute and will work collaboratively with the US Forest Service and Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in environmental and cultural interpretation, curriculum development and visitor center operations while serving at one of the regions premiere visitor destinations.

This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $14,000 for the year. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-monthly throughout the entire year. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of 5,550 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Shared on-site housing, as wel l as health and dental insurance plans are also available at no cost.

Timeline: November 5, 2012 through October 25, 2013 .

Implement ongoing Great Basin Naturalists curriculum-based interpretive programming about the natural, geological and cultural history of the vicinity for on-site and school-based programs for K-high school groups
Develop new curriculum-based programs that reflect the  natural, cultural and historical themes of Galena Creek Park
Research methods for helping to integrate and implement field-based
studies into the existing curriculum at local schools
Coordinate Great Basin Naturalists Summer Camp, develop weekly curriculum, prepare materials, assist with hiring counselors and ensure the success and safety of the 2012 summer camp program

Develop and coordinate the Summer Teen Leadership Academy, a counselor-in-training program for youth ages 13-17
Help facilitate and coordinate our involvement with environmental
community events and provide environmental activities for the public
As needed, staff the information desk at the Galena Creek Visitor Center to answer phone and in-person inquiries, open and close the visitor center, daily center upkeep, and provide a high level of customer service to visitors
Staff the Galena Creek Store, which includes a monthly inventory,
operating a cash register, and answering questions about merchandise;
This position may require working on weekends and holidays;
This position will have reoccurring access to vulnerable populations

Experience developing and implementing environmental-based curriculum
Experience interacting with children of all ages and the public in a
customer service capacity; park and/or visitor center experience is desirable;
Knowledge of the natural history of the Reno-Lake Tahoe area highly desirable;

Minimum of two years experience with environmental program  development, nature-based field instruction, and community outreach.
Bachelor’s Degree in biology, resources management, or environmental disciplines;
Experience implementing education and outreach programs, desirable but not required;
Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
Ability to speak English conversationally;  conversational ability in a second language desirable but not required;
Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments
Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements

To Apply:
Applicants should forward a cover letter, their resume, and a list of three professional references to Stacy Mitchell, Great Basin Institute HR Coordinator, at smitchell@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include where you found this position posted. These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from Nevada Volunteers. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex. Person with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Summer National Service Opportunities now available through Hard Hatted Women

June 9th to Aug 18th, 2011 in: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Elyria, and Warren, OHIO

What Opportunities are available?
• Working with youth
• Community Outreach
• Volunteer Recruitment
• Marketing and Development

National Service Opportunities now available through Hard Hatted Women

July 2011 to July 2012 in: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Elyria, and Warren, OHIO

What Opportunities are available?
– Leadership Development/STEM Coordinator
- Marketing and Development
– Career Exploration/Green Jobs Coordinator
– Veteran/Military Outreach Coordinator
– Business Technology Coordinator
– VISTA Leader

Who Can Apply?
AmeriCorps VISTAs must be American citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens, and at least 18 years old (but there is no upper age limit!). Hard Hatted Women is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply go to http://www.americorps.gov and search for HHW on the AmeriCorps website.

Hard Hatted Women is a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence by
creating workplace diversity in trade and technical careers.

For more information call 18773531114, ext 11 or visit us on the web at http://www.hardhattedwomen.org

The Perks
AmeriCorps VISTAs receive:
– A modest living allowance
– A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or postservice stipend
- Healthcare benefits and student loan forbearance while in service
- And one year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job.
– Direct, powerful experience to build your skills

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