Community Engagement Resource Steward

  • Northwest Youth Corps
  • Siuslaw National Forest, Southwest Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Oct 20, 2018
Internship- Paid Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

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.

Internship Summary

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.

Desired Skills

  • Demonstrated experience working in diverse communities
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Experience leading outdoor activities with youth
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Friendly and personable; willingness to engage with variety of people and generate conversations
  • Strong computer and analytical skills
  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Appreciation for working in the great outdoors and with the community at large
  • Applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 25 to qualify for this position

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.

Experience

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.

Compensation

  • $16,161.20 living allowance dispersed on a monthly basis
  • Health insurance plan, training, loan forbearance, interest accrual relief
  • $5,920 education award (upon successful completion of service term and all program requirements)
  • The living allowance and education award are taxable


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Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$16,161.20 living allowance