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The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a 28 year old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing group in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston. Its mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners. In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI focuses on 3 strategic areas: sustainable and economic development, youth opportunities and development, and community empowerment.

Position Overview:
The Community Organizer will work with DSNI’s Sustainable and Economic Development team to implement organizational initiatives around affordable housing, community planning, and economic development.

Responsibilities:
Conduct community outreach and develop resident and merchant involvement in issues affecting the quality of life in the neighborhood
Participate in regular meetings of neighborhood and resident associations in the Dudley area
Monitor zoning, licensing and other regulatory processes and inform and engage residents in these efforts
Work with other committees and staff as part of DSNI’s overall organizing efforts to build our urban village including the Open House, Annual Meeting, Multi-Cultural Festival, Walk for Dudley and community cleanups
Conduct outreach to DNI Community Land Trust residents
Engage and support residents to play an active role in neighborhood revitalization planning processes
Connect neighborhood families to job and educational opportunities
Support campaigns to promote affordable housing and economic opportunities
Support other organizational work/activities and connect community members to these areas
Opportunities for professional growth by attending workshops, conferences and trainings.

 Qualifications:
Commitment to DSNI’s mission and organizing principles
Community organizing experience preferred
Familiarity with Dudley neighborhood and DSNI’s work
Bilingual English/Spanish or Cape Verdean Creole strongly preferred
Good written and verbal communication skills
Computer skills a plus
Experience working in a multicultural community
Ability to take initiative while working as part of a team
Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
College degree preferred

To Apply:
To apply please submit cover letter and resume with “Community Organizer” in subject line.

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ABOUT US

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.

Compensation:
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 .

Duties:
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

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience developing and implementing environmental-based curriculum
required.
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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