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AmeriCorps


Internship and Training Opportunity
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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SERVICE TERM
February 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022 (full-time; 6 months - 900 hours)

POSITION TITLE
Service Learning Program Leader

PROJECT HOST SITE
North Mountain Park Nature Center

UNITED COMMUNITY AMERICORPS

Members engage in meaningful service that meets critical community needs throughout Southwest Oregon. UCA projects improve access to social services by bridging barriers to educational opportunities, mentoring, job skills development, employment resources, family stability, and having healthy futures. Our members engage clients in their dedicated service project, and then use their experience to recruit, retain, and support community volunteers in their project and host site. Our positions are a dynamic combination of serving in a dedicated project (85%) and engaging in civic and professional development opportunities, alongside our AmeriCorps cohort (15%).

POSITION SUMMARY

Lead outdoor education programs and support volunteer stewardship in a nature park, rich with plant diversity and wildlife. Assist with the coordination and delivery of Service Learning field trips for grades 3-12. Teach outdoor education curriculum, often connected to on-site, community service projects including trail maintenance, weed removal and habitat restoration. Assist in the training and support of a large volunteer community, through volunteer program coordination, training, appreciation and the development of volunteer handbook. Assist with habitat maintenance and restoration projects in both natural habitats and demonstration flower gardens.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES 
  • Coordinate field trips and communicate with teachers about visits to the park, answering questions, sending reminders and accommodating special circumstances.
  • Lead youth in service activities; instruct project tasks, provide guidance for safely using tools, keep students on task and provide connection between the work they are doing and the lesson they are learning that day.
  • Lead students in place-based Environmental Education activities; engaging students with a variety of established program topics focusing on local natural and cultural history.
  • Coordinate and train volunteers to help teach environmental education curriculum and lead hands-on community service projects
  • Assist with volunteer gardener orientation and direction of work party volunteers in maintaining and improving gardens, wildlife habitat, native plant habitat and restoration projects within the park.
  • Develop mechanisms for volunteer appreciation, finalize content and design for Volunteer Handbook.
  • Facilitate community education through public events, Rogue Valley Bird Day and Rogue Valley Earth Day.
  • Locate and eradicate invasive weeds, without the use of herbicides, and assist with the maintenance of the park’s Demonstration Gardens; caring for annual and perennial flowers, weeding garden beds, pruning plants, maintaining tools and other garden and greenhouse related tasks.
  • Implement and/or develop systems to inform Effective Volunteer Management Practices (EVMPs).
  • Complete and submit all necessary UCA paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Attend and complete all UCA training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings, and National Days of Service (Make a Difference Day, MLK Jr. Day, and a June Service Event).
  • Wear AmeriCorps apparel and/or appropriate identifiers while performing service or attending official events.
 
HOW TO APPLY

Application Deadline: January 14, 2022
Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified, so early application is strongly encouraged as member selection may be made prior to the application deadline.

STEP 1: Apply to United Communities AmeriCorps:
Submit AmeriCorps Application
• To find this position, click on “Advanced Opportunity Search” and search “UCA” in Program Name
• Submit application, UCA will then forward it to site supervisor for review who then waits for items in Step 2

STEP 2: Apply to Project Site Supervisor: Conducts first round interviews on a rolling basis and recommends top candidates to UCA
Email the following items to libby.vanwyhe@ashland.or.us
• Resume
• Cover Letter (1 page)
• Contact information for three References (name, title, relationship, email, & phone)

STEP 3: The Project Site Supervisor submits top applicants to UCA for a second interview. Once top applicant interviews are complete, applicants will be notified of selection decision.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POSITION? CONTACT:
Libby VanWyhe, Nature Center Manager 541-488-6606 | libby.vanwyhe@ashland.or.us

QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS? CONTACT:
Rachelle Mills. M.Ed.
Program Director | United Communities AmeriCorps
280 Kenneth Ford Drive Roseburg, OR 97470
541-492-3919 | Rachelle.Mills@ucancap.org

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