This position is hired and managed through Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) AmeriCorps - the nation’s first local nonprofit conservation corps.
Once hired for CCNB, corpsmembers will be placed at a partner agency that conserves and manages natural resources in Marin and Sonoma Counties (such as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Open Space District, or the Marin Municipal Water District).
The opportunity: Each CCNB corpsmember is paired with a mentor who is a professional working within agency departments charged with specific projects and assignments. In past years, members have served on environmental projects including vegetation monitoring and exotic plant removal, native plant nursery maintenance, harbor seal monitoring, dune restoration projects, stream habitat surveys, salmoniod spawner surveys, GIS mapping projects, spotted owl surveys, photo-monitoring, exclusionary fence construction, snowy plover habitat surveys, database development and maintenance of scientific data, and water quality sampling. Members will conduct scientific surveys and ecological monitoring, participate in habitat restoration fieldwork, and lead/attend volunteer programs and public outreach events.
- Monthly stipend of $1,200.
- Training & mentorship in the environmental field, natural resource management, community leadership, & more.
- $4,725 AmeriCorps Educational Award upon successful completion of year-long community service program to be used to repay student loans or for future college schooling expenses.
- CCNB Training Program consisting of technical trainings & field trips, corps to career counseling, and civic engagement lessons and projects.
- Health insurance and child care.
- U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S., over the age of 18.
- Interest in career development, participation in job-training program and development of new skills.
- Willingness to work a flexible weekly schedule: either Tuesday through Saturday schedule (and sometimes on Sunday), or Monday through Friday (and sometimes on Saturday); over 40 hours per week is required periodically for special events, retreats, and training.
- Applicants are limited to two AmeriCorps service terms. Applications will only be accepted by members that have served or attempted one or less AmeriCorps service terms.
- Experience/interest in serving the community and the environment, and recruiting others to do the same.
- Experience/interest in conservation, natural resources and land management; recycling/ waste reduction; education.
- Effective communication and public speaking skills and the ability to lead/work with diverse people of all ages.
- Experience/interest in engaging community members in volunteer programs.
- Experience, interest, or education in science fields such as; natural resources management, ecology, wildlife or vegetation management, fisheries biology, watershed restoration, environmental education and gardening.
- College coursework and/or BS degree in Natural Resources Management, Biology, Ecology, or related area.
- Aptitude and willingness to learn computer software and GIS programs.
- Ability to conduct scientific field research, hiking to study sites, and strenuous fieldwork.
- Experience in making public presentations and leading groups of adults and youth.
Program overview: The Volunteers in Service to the Environment (VSE) AmeriCorps Program of CCNB will address the intersection of three critically important needs in Marin County: 1) The stewardship of Marin’s natural lands, habitats and ecosystems; 2) The encouragement of environmental stewardship among youth; 3) The engagement of the larger Marin population in environmental service and volunteer activities on public lands. The program is designed to offer AmeriCorps members an introduction to field research, ecological monitoring, sustainability, recycling and waste reduction, environmental education, civic engagement, leadership skills, and public outreach.
Integral to the program is member development and training. AmeriCorps members gain hands-on professional experience at their placement sites, and participate in site-specific training conducted by agency staff. AmeriCorps members also participate in CCNB trainings on a regular basis consisting of technical trainings, civic engagement lessons and projects, and corps to career training and counseling. Several times during the service year members will participate in National Community Service Days including Make A Difference Day, California Coastal Clean-up Day, America Recycles Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cesar E. Chavez Day, National Youth Service Day and National Volunteer Week, and Earth Day. Members will plan and lead service projects and also recruit community volunteers on these days.
All Members will have roles aimed at generating volunteers to participate in service programs at their placement sites.
How do I apply?
To become a CCNB AmeriCorps member, apply online or download the CCNB Application [PDF] and submit to CCNB along with a cover letter, resume, and one reference (letter or Americorps reference form) to:
Conservation Corps North Bay
27 Larkspur Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
or email to: email@example.com
or fax to: (415) 454-4595
Para hacerse un miembro de CCNB Americorps, imprima una aplicación del CCNB [PDF] en español y enviánosla a CCNB con una carta de introducción, su curriculum y una carta de referencia (en forma de carta ó en el formulario de referencia de CCNB). Para información, llame a (415) 454- 4554 ext. 142.
Contact us at 415-454-4554 ext. 142.
Conservation Corps North Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application deadline: July 31, 2009.