Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) and Siuslaw National Forest have partnered to achieve the dual goals of 1) increasing access to meaningful outdoor experiences, and 2) increasing interest in natural resource careers and public land management, specifically for traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. We seek an AmeriCorps candidate to serve in the Outdoor Ambassador program, who has experience with outdoor recreation, community engagement, conservation education, and event planning. The successful candidate will be able to communicate fluently in English and Spanish, have a degree in a relevant field, demonstrate an ability to work independently, possess strong written and oral communication skills, and a passion for stewardship. Both NYC and Siuslaw National Forest will provide oversight of this position.
The Community Engagement Resource Steward will work with the Siuslaw National Forest Public Affairs Officer and NYC’s management team to develop and facilitate opportunities that connect diverse populations to their public lands. Specifically, the intern will conduct outreach to community organizations with a focus on engaging traditionally underserved youth and families (e.g., minorities, girls, low income families, limited English proficiency, people with disabilities), and develop nature- and career-exploration programs for youth, families, and organizations that address and overcome barriers to outdoor recreation.
Field trips and programs will primarily take place on the Siuslaw National Forest and occasionally in local parks and other public lands. The overarching goals of this internship are to establish strong relationships with community groups serving traditionally underserved youth and families, co-lead programs with these community groups that facilitate fun and meaningful outdoor activities for underserved youth and families, inspire youth to pursue natural resources careers, and empower everyone to enjoy the myriad benefits of public lands. Furthermore, the intern will also conduct outreach to community organizations to support local engagement in NYC program and activities.
The intern will be based at the Siuslaw National Forest’s headquarters and will be required to work some evening and weekend hours to attend community meetings and outdoor-related events, particularly during the late spring/summer months. The selected individual will work directly with members of the public to accomplish internship goals. The intern will also be required to drive a large van (provided) to transport program participants around the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast Range.
Education / Experience Education
A Bachelors degree from a four-year college or university, preferably in communications, education, environmental studies, social services, or a relevant field.
Previous experience which demonstrates organizational skills, youth and community engagement, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and familiarity with a wide range of communication strategies. In addition, the candidate must at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and must pass a criminal history check.
Terms of Employment
This is a full time, 10 month, 1,700 hour position. Workload varies seasonally and will periodically require long days and/or evening and weekend responsibilities.
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