Americorps Restoration Educator

Americorps Restoration Educator

Name of business / employer
City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation

Job description / duties
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.

Qualifications
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 publically 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

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
• 18 years of age or older
• Current Washington State driver’s license and acceptable driving record for the past three years
• US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien
• Ability to pass a criminal background and child/adult abuse records check

BENEFITS:
• Living allowance of $13,723 (distributed over 10.5 months)
• Education Award of $5,920 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!

Application deadline / closing date
If you do not have a specific closing date (e.g. ‘Open until filled’) please select a date which you believe will be a reasonable amount of time to fill the position. 07/13/2018

Salary / rate of pay
Enter a specific hourly rate, or a range or ‘negotiable’ Living allowance of $13,723 (distributed over 10.5 months)

Days and hours of employment
Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-4:30pm (occassional evening work)

Flexible schedule?
(○) No

Travel required?
(○) No

Pay period
(○) Monthly

Dates of employment (specify if temp or seasonal)
September 1, 2018-July 15, 2019 (seasonal)

Person or department to contact
Amy Brown, Parks Volunteer Coordinator

Business address
1400 Woburn St. Bellingham, WA 98229

Email
apbrown@cob.or

Phone: 360.778.7137

How 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).

Applications should include
[×] Resume
[×] Cover letter
[×] References

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