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EarthCorps (EC) is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization with a mission of developing leaders to strengthen community and restore the health of our environment.
EC's Corps Program is an intensive year-long training program that unites young adults (ages 18-26ish) from across the United States and around the world to learn skills in community building, habitat restoration, and leadership. EC program participants are part of a diverse group of emerging environmental leaders committed to teamwork, service, and personal growth.
WASHINGTON CLIMATE CORPS NETWORK
The Volunteer Specialist is a Washington Climate Corps Network (WCCN) position with EarthCorps. The WCCN is a network of service organizations coordinated by Serve Washington that are supported by community and state allies working to address climate change in Washington. WCCN engages young adults (ages 17-31) and veterans to help build climate resilient communities, economies and ecosystems.
The WCCN prioritizes service to overburdened communites. These are areas where people who live there face disproportionate environmental harms and risks. They are often disproportionately comprised of people who may be minorities, low-income and/or tribal or indigenous.
- Check out this link for more information on the goals of the Washington Climate Corps Network.
The Volunteer and Outreach Specailist works as part of the EarthCorps Community and Volunteer Engagement (CVE) program and assists in all aspects of volunteer organization, coordination, and community engagement events.
This role works alongside a team of 5 other specialists and provides a good mix of field experience along with office experience. The amount of time spent outdoors or in the office fluctuates throughout the year. Field work includes onsite leadership of volunteers of all ages, plant removal, native plant installation, facilitating outdoor educational activities, maintaining tools and equipment, and completing additional non-volunteer field projects with other crew members. Office tasks include planning for volunteer events, maintaining systems, and designing/implementing outreach activities for a variety of audiences. Volunteer Specialists will participate fully in an orientation as well as designated retreats, workshops, and trainings throughout the year.
Note: This position reports to the Senior Partnerships and Volunteer Manager and works closely with the Partnerships Director.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Project Coordination and Implementation:
- Support and lead high quality, safe, and educational community events every Saturday and some weekdays.
- Mentor, guide, and inspire EarthCorps volunteers of all ages.
- Support team projects and programs like youth internships for students under 18.
- Assist project managers with the coordination of volunteer events, field projects, site restoration planning, and documentation of work completed.
- Assist with volunteer recruitment activities such as hosting information tables and posting fliers.
- Maintain EarthCorps CVE Team materials, tools & vehicles.
- Complete non-volunteer restoration projects as needed by the organization.
- Work together with 5 other Specialists to create a supportive and collaborative team.
- Lead by example while serving alongside EarthCorps restoration crews and community volunteers in all weather conditions.
- Connect community partners, volunteers and youth in South King County communities via promotion of events, educational tabling, and speaking events, social media, and other methods as appropriate.
- Promote EarthCorps volunteer opportunities in South King County, with focused attention on the communities closest to project sites.
- Develop post event follow up communications to share, encouraging volunteers to continue participation in community events.
- Collaborate with Communications manager for outreach and social media posts.
- Strive for professional, clear, timely and open communication amongst staff and corps participants utilizing Microsoft 365, Salesforce CRM, organizational tools, and partner agency platforms.
- Prepare oral and written reports, including before and after photos of volunteer events, work logs, work project summaries, equipment use and maintenance logs, and incident reports.
- Meet regularly with Community and Volunteer Engagement Team, Volunteer Manager, and Project Managers.
- Communicate clearly and regularly within the CVE team to ensure materials, vehicles, and staffing is adequate and appropriate to meet volunteer event needs.
- Attend monthly staff meetings, share out successes and updates with staff and corps.
- Attend regular CVE Team workshops, site visits, and community events to gain skills and context needed to rock it out in the community.
- Participate in meetings, events, and conversations about environmental and social justice, inclusion, equity, and other related topics.
- Explore individualized professional development opportunities.
- Facilitate training and learning opportunities for community members in the field at community events and habitat restoration opportunities.
Note: Habitat restoration is a physically demanding service. The Volunteer Specialist must have the capacity to perform restoration tasks in challenging physical situations and the ability to motivate others. Service regularly involves:
- Long days of repetitively shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools.
- Heavy lifting up to 40 lbs. and bending.
- Working outdoors in all weather conditions, including heat/cold/rain.
- Walking on steep or uneven terrain up to 8 mi. (13 km) while carrying 40 lbs. (18 kg) of weight.
- Potentially performing herbicide applications.
Please consider the nature of the work prior to applying and let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns.
TERMS OF SERVICE:
- PERIOD OF SERVICE: January 9, 2024 – November 22, 2024
- TYPICAL HOURS OF SERVICE: 7:30am-4:00pm, Tues-Saturday, some evenings, overnights, and weekends are required. Hours and days may be adjusted based on need with advance notice.
- RATE OF PAY: Stipend of $3,330/month and $430/month living stipend
- STATUS: Temporary
- Desire to engage with people of various ages and backgrounds in an outdoor setting.
- Capacity to delegate, manage time, multitask, stay organized and be responsive.
- Commitment and ability to serve for the full AmeriCorps term.
- Capacity to work with and adapt leadership style for diverse groups of community volunteers.
- Effective cross-cultural communication including sensitivity to and awareness of cultural differences and a commitment to working in an inclusive environment.
- Experience in environmental restoration or a similar work environment.
- Experience leading others in outdoor activities.
- Ability to bring positivity, humor, and optimism to challenging situations.
- Demonstrated ability to make safe decisions with limited information.
- Ability to commit to self-care in a highly social office and program environment.
- Capacity to take initiative and stay motivated in an office setting.
- Familiarity with restoration techniques and natural history of urban green spaces of the Pacific Northwest.
- Valid driver’s license and comfort driving 12 passenger vans and large trucks.
- Wilderness First Aid (WFR) training provided if needed
- Education & Training
- Days off permissible as designated by EarthCorps (with 6 personal days as standard).
- Holidays will be paid as designated by EarthCorps.
- Medical Insurance
- Subsidized ORCA Pass for bus transportation
- Boots, pants, t-shirt, rain gear, and safety equipment provided
We encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities to apply, especially those from historically marginalized communities.