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2 Positions: Communications and Partnerships Development VISTA AmeriCorps AND Environmental Education Quality VISTA AmeriCorps

POSITION TITLE: Communications and Partnerships Development VISTA (AmeriCorps)

TERM OF SERVICE: August 6th 2018- July 31st, 2019

AUDUBON OVEVIEW: Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

AUDUBON CENTER AT RIVERLANDS:  The Audubon Center at Riverlands is a project of the National Audubon Society and a unique partnership with the Rivers Project Office of the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our conservation approach uses education, science, outreach and inclusion to protect birds and their habitats in the Great Rivers Confluence Important Bird Area and the greater St. Louis Region.

The RiverVision Leadership Project takes an interdisciplinary approach to increasing middle and high school students’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and its watershed. This program exposes students to a variety of water stewardship and resource sustainability issues impacting the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The goals of RiverVision are for students to appreciate the complexity of issues in stewarding our Great Rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; to hone their personal leadership skills; and to think critically toward potential conservation solutions.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The Communications and Partnerships Development VISTA member will build the capacity of Audubon Center at Riverlands by creating materials to enhance partnerships and further develop our volunteer corps to serve students participating in Audubon’s RiverVision program throughout the St. Louis metro region. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, more students will be able to be served with a lower student to educator ratio and partners will better understand the impact that RiverVision is having for students in our region. The VISTA Members efforts will address poverty alleviation by increasing our volunteer corps numbers and training quality so that we can continue to enhance low-income students’ STEM learning through conservation education, provide STEM career exposure, and create a healthier future for students and their communities. This VISTA Member will also focus on helping our partners understand RiverVision’s impact to increase support and understanding.

MEMBER DUTIES: The Communications & Partnerships Development VISTA will: 1) Observe, research, and assess the current touch-points and relationships Audubon Center at Riverlands has with our partner schools and teachers while identifying opportunity gaps to enhance Audubon’s RiverVision Leadership Program. 2) Assess current Education/RiverVision Leadership Project volunteer program, including recruitment, processes, points of entry, and training. Gain volunteer feedback and understanding. 3) Conduct volunteer feedback sessions while documenting responses and developing resource guides and training materials. 4) Engage volunteers through training and volunteer appreciation initiatives. 

PROGRAM BENEFITS:  Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Training, Living Allowance   

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental sciences, social work, youth development, biology, or education. Volunteer Management and partnership-building experience desired. Must be confident in leading projects, working independently, and taking initiative. Experience, knowledge, and a passion for working with under-resourced communities. Experience working with St. Louis’ North City and North County communities is desirable. Strong work ethic, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and in particular with students are required. Intern should possess the ability to walk on uneven terrain, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time. Reliable transportation is required. Some local travel is required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Required application materials include:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Completed AmeriCorps Application: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=81842&fromSearch=true

Please email resume and cover letter to Education Manager, Michelle Wiegand, and complete the AmeriCorps Application online.  All three application materials listed are required.

Michelle Wiegand, Education Manager: MWiegand@Audubon.org

POSITION TITLE: Environmental Education Quality VISTA (AmeriCorps)

TERM OF SERVICE: August 6th 2018- July 31st, 2019

AUDUBON OVERVIEW: Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

AUDUBON CENTER AT RIVERLANDS:  The Audubon Center at Riverlands is a project of the National Audubon Society and a unique partnership with the Rivers Project Office of the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our conservation approach uses education, science, outreach and inclusion to protect birds and their habitats in the Great Rivers Confluence Important Bird Area and the greater St. Louis Region.

The RiverVision Leadership Project takes an interdisciplinary approach to increasing middle and high school students’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and its watershed. This program exposes students to a variety of water stewardship and resource sustainability issues impacting the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The goals of RiverVision are for students to appreciate the complexity of issues in stewarding our Great Rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; to hone their personal leadership skills; and to think critically toward potential conservation solutions.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The Environmental Education Quality Coordinator VISTA member will build the capacity of Audubon Center at Riverlands by assessing existing and developing new environmental education materials for students participating in Audubon’s RiverVision program throughout the St. Louis metro region. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, students in under-resourced schools will participate in hands-on STEM and conservation education programs, be exposed to and gain real work experience in the conservation field, and our organization will be able to expand to serve more students while retaining quality programs. The VISTA Members efforts will address poverty alleviation by building high quality, engaging STEM-focused conservation education curriculum for under-resourced schools and developing the structure for a new summer teen internship which will provide paid summer work in the conservation field for students from low-income backgrounds. 

MEMBER DUTIES: The Environmental Education Quality Coordinator VISTA will: 1) Observe, research, and assess the current environmental education offerings offered by Audubon Center at Riverlands while developing improvements and/or additional program curriculum to enhance Audubon’s RiverVision Leadership Program. 2) Develop new Environmental Education curriculum to be used in Audubon’s RiverVision Leadership Program for participating RiverVision schools at their in-school and on-site at Audubon Center at Riverlands. 3) Work with Education staff to develop new RiverVision Summer Internship Program for under-resourced teens. This program will last eight weeks during the summer of 2019. 4) Develop database and analyze data of RiverVision pre- and post-test surveys to evaluate demographics served, change in attitude toward environment, STEM career orientation, and more. 

PROGRAM BENEFITS:  Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Training, Living Allowance   

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE: Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental sciences, life sciences, biology, ecology, or education.  Teaching experience and/or curriculum development is desirable. Must be confident in leading projects, working independently, and youth development. Experience, knowledge, and a passion for working with under-resourced communities. Experience working with St. Louis’ North City and North County communities is desirable. Strong work ethic, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and in particular with students are required. Intern should possess the ability to walk on uneven terrain, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time. Reliable transportation is required. Some local travel is required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Required application materials include:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Completed AmeriCorps Application: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=81842&fromSearch=true

Please email resume and cover letter to Education Manager, Michelle Wiegand, and complete the AmeriCorps Application online.  All three application materials listed are required.

Michelle Wiegand, Education Manager: MWiegand@Audubon.org

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