Canyonlands Field Institute is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit environmental education organization founded in 1984 and headquartered in Moab, Utah. CFI conducts field trips and service learning projects in the Canyonlands region, including nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, forests, San Juan and the Colorado Rivers. Our primary service is educating youth in the life and earth sciences, math, cultural heritage and natural resources related to the Colorado Plateau region.
The VISTA goals are aimed at regional rural and Indian Reservation youth, with an aim to improve academic performance in science and math and provide mentoring for technical and professional jobs in mining, natural resources, and tourism.
VISTA will improve our school recruitment, raise funds for field trip scholarships, develop restoration and service projects at a new site, and increase volunteer participation. It is a post college program that will help you gain valuable workplace skills in a beautiful environment.
Projects over the year will include donor cultivation events, donor appeals (online and print), grant research and writing, database record keeping, school recruitment to include bulk mail, internet, in person travel to schools and attending a science teacher conference. Member will develop collaborations with other Moab non-profits where mission and projects may overlap.
The Member will work on a set schedule usually 5 days week at our CFI office headquarters several miles south of town. A desk and computer are provided. Member will help with general public phone and walk-in contacts. During the March-October field season, the Member will work Thursday-Mondays with Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. Winter months will be Monday-Friday. Office will average 35/hrs. a week with field days and special event days longer. The Member will be involved approximately 15-20 days of the year observing and assisting school and donor field programs to prepare for recruitment, grant writing, manual writing and related support work. The Member must be physically fit and able to lift 30 pounds. Travel may be required upon occasion to nearby cities with CFI vehicle provided or mileage reimbursed. CFI vehicles are both automatic and manual transmission. VISTA must complete a minimum of a one day first-aid and CPR prior to arrival at work. A clean driving record the past five years is required and Motor Vehicle Record from your state must be submitted with your application or emailed separately to CFI.
The work generally includes about 30% planning/administrative tasks, 30% creative and technical writing, 20% analytical and critical thinking, 10% travel to nearby communities or public events, and 10% physical work.
A personal vehicle will be required to reach the CFI office from town and to explore many areas of interest nearby. There is no public ground transportation to Moab currently. Moab varies in culture, arts, and entertainment by “season” i.e. very active from March through October and quieter in the winter.
Moab draws many young people from all over the country for seasonal work. The VISTA position, being year-round, provides a 4-season experience in an exquisite setting.
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