AmeriCorps - Parks Restoration Educator

  • Bellingham WA
  • Bellingham, WA, USA
  • May 31, 2019
Temporary Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Nature of Work

DATES OF SERVICE: September 1, 2019 - July 15, 2020 (8:00 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday - Saturday; weekend and occasional evenings required)
 
SUMMARY:
The Parks Restoration Educator engages community members of all ages in the environmental restoration of Bellingham's Parks through hands-on stewardship and environmental education. The AmeriCorps member will develop and lead volunteer work parties for the public and teach environmental stewardship programs for school-aged students with the goal of protecting and enhancing parklands, increasing biodiversity, and improving wildlife habitat. Duties will include restoration project planning, volunteer outreach, recruitment and tracking, community partnership support, environmental education curriculum development and delivery, and capacity building. This position is funded through Washington Service Corps with the City of Bellingham Park Operations.

BENEFITS:

  • Living allowance of $15,225 (distributed over 10.5 months; $1,450 per month before deductions and withholdings)
  • Education Award of $6,095 upon successful completion of 10.5-month commitment (minimum of 1700 hours)
  • Basic health insurance and workers compensation coverage
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual reimbursement for qualified student loans
  • Childcare assistance for qualifying members
  • Networking, training, and professional development opportunities
  • A chance to make a difference in your community, schools, and parks!

Experience and Training

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree with focus on environment, education or related field preferred
  • Creative, energetic, flexible, motivated, and professional
  • Strong organization and excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excited to serve with a variety of ages of volunteers from school-age to adults
  • Comfortable speaking publicly in front of 50 or more people and leading groups of volunteers in field work
  • Experience with service learning and environmental education with school-aged students
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest native plants and urban wildlife
  • Familiar with ecology and restoration principles
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and complete tasks independently with only general supervision
  • Commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in programming
  • Familiar with computer programs such as Publisher, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Willing to serve outdoors in all seasons for long hours, weekends, and occasionally evenings
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and work over uneven terrain on steep slopes in inclement weather

Necessary Special Requirements

  • Current Washington State driver's license and acceptable driving record for the past three years

AmeriCorps members must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien
  • Ability to pass a criminal background and child/adult abuse records check

Selection Process

TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references with current contact information to apbrown@cob.org. Please write "Americorps Restoration Educator Application" in the subject line. Application review will begin immediately. Applicants will also be required to apply online on the Americorps website (link to be sent to finalists).
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1, 2019 (11:59 PM)
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Amy Brown, Bellingham Parks Volunteer Coordinator: apbrown@cob.org or 360-778-7136

This position is contingent on AmeriCorps funding.

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

Living allowance of $15,225. Education Award of $6,095 after 1700 hours.