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Stormwater Education Coordinator (AmeriCorps Position)

Interested in sharing your knowledge about the environment with others? Looking for work experience while also earning money to pay off loans or for grad school? This position will work with the Small Acreage and Watershed Stewards Programs at WSU Clark County Extension. Please pass this along to others you think may be interested.

The position is opened until filled, but the initial review of applications will take place June 18th, 2010. See position description and how to apply below

Position Title: Stormwater Education Coordinator

Project Sponsor: Clark County on behalf of Washington State University Clark County Extension http://clark.wsu.edu/

NWSA Mission: This position is in partnership with the Northwest Service Academy (NWSA), an AmeriCorps program of ESD112. NWSA's mission is: To preserve and restore the natural environment, and to develop community leaders through service and community partnerships. www.nwserviceacademy.org

Project Location: CASEE Center, 11104 NE 149th Street, C-100, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

Position Summary: Coordinate and implement rain garden demonstration workshops (35%); create and deliver outreach and education to Clark County residents about rain gardens (15%); create and design online interactive map and promotional literature of rural acreage properties with exemplary water quality protection practices (25%); coordinate and implement a realtor outreach program (20%); assistance with other outreach and education activities (5%).

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

· Serve with WSU Extension staff to create work plan, timeline, and outline scope of projects

· Design, plan, and promote outreach workshops

· Create promotional literature

· Recruit and train volunteers to assist with program implementation

· Use online tools and software to generate interactive program materials

· Identify and develop an outreach base from identified target audiences

· Coordinate construction of demonstration garden and outreach displays

· Track and report on program contacts and outcomes

· Provide community outreach and present to a wide variety of audiences

· Complete and submit all necessary NWSA/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.

· Attend and complete all NWSA/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training's, team meetings and national service days.

· Wear an NWSA uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.

Position Requirements: · Personal vehicle is required for service activities and mileage reimbursement is provided. · Communicate and interact in a positive, professional manner with various groups such as: project partners, colleagues, community volunteers, realtors, landscape professionals, and the general public · Have a flexible schedule to serve occasional evenings and weekends · Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work on a team and independently · A willingness to ask questions for clarification and job completion · Familiarity with MS Office Suite, online tools, and other computer programs (or willingness to learn) · Ability and willingness to work outside, walk on uneven terrain, and occasionally in inclement weather, and lift up to 30 lbs. occasionally · 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term. · U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident. · Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award. · Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying. · Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through NWSA and/or Project Sponsor Agency. · Regular and reliable attendance. · Have not previously served two terms in an AmeriCorps*State or National program. Members may serve up to three terms in a National Service Program, but only two terms may be within an AmeriCorps*State or National program. Members are only eligible for an education award for their first two terms of service, regardless of the type of term (full or part-time) and regardless of the successful completion of that term.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience with graphic design and layout design software · Interest in water quality, natural resources, and environmental education and outreach · Interest in working with and sharing environmental information with volunteers, community members, and the general public · Previous experience with public speaking and outreach · Video production experience

Member Benefits Include:

· Opportunity to interact with other environmental professionals

· A taxable, monthly living allowance (before taxes, approximately $1,072). · Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members/leaders receive an education award of $5,350. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. · Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable). · Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not included). · Child care allowance for those who qualify. · Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.

Transportation Information:

· Member will need access to a personal vehicle regularly for service activities · Mileage reimbursement is provided for service related activities · Organizational vehicle is available for service activities on an occasional basis.

Application Deadline: First review June 18, 2010. NWSA Center: Lower Columbia Center

Interviews: No set schedule. Open until filled. Type of Position: Individual Placement

Service Dates: September 20, 2010 - August 12, 2011 Length of Term: 1700 hours (11-months)

How to apply:

Step 1 - Email the following items to the Project Sponsor for this position – Erin Harwood at [email protected]: · résumé · cover letter · contact information for three references

The Project Sponsor will conduct all initial interviews and recommend a candidate for this position. All recommended candidates will also interview with Northwest Service Academy.

Step 2 - Complete your application to NWSA:

Application materials can either be completed online at the AmeriCorps website (preferred) and submitted to an NWSA position or downloaded from the NWSA website “How to Apply” page and submitted to Sherrie Jackson via email, mail or fax. A complete Member application includes the following:

· AmeriCorps Application

· Two Written References – These are included in the AmeriCorps online application or a form is available on our website.

· Certification Form - This document must be mailed or delivered to our office with an original signature (no fax).

Questions about the position? Contact: Erin Harwood, 360-397-6060 x7720, [email protected]

General questions about AmeriCorps, NWSA or our recruitment process? Contact:

Sherrie Jackson

Recruitment Coordinator

NWSA Lower Columbia Center

55 SE Main Street

Portland, OR 97214

(503) 234-2383 ext 108

(503) 232-0166 (fax)

[email protected]