Deadline extended: August 30, 2018
The Grand Canyon Trust’s Volunteer Program works collaboratively with public land management agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations and universities to implement volunteer-supported research, restoration, and conservation projects on the Colorado Plateau. In 2017, the Trust formally developed a youth leadership program with the goal of supporting young people in advocating for the plateau and amplifying their voices in the conservation movement. A robust youth leadership program allows us to explore ways we can do better for the next generation and positions the Trust as a regional leader in youth engagement in conservation careers, issues, and policies. We believe that an active and engaged public in on-the-ground stewardship and advocacy roles is the most reasonable and effective response to present-day environmental and social challenges.
The AmeriCorps Arizona Ready for College and Career (ARCC) youth leadership coordinator will work closely with volunteer program and youth leadership program staff on Grand Canyon Trust youth-related activities, including: recruiting and encouraging youth from diverse communities to pursue careers in conservation and providing support with the financial aid process; leading service-learning trips; organizing a variety of leadership trainings and workshops for youth advocates, volunteers, and partners; assisting with fundraising efforts around the Trust’s youth leadership program; and tracking youth engagement through data entry and evaluations. The coordinator will also work with staff to incorporate youth voices and ideas into the Grand Canyon Trust’s strategies.
Objectives of the Arizona Ready for College and Career (ARCC) assignment
-Help high school seniors to achieve college education by supporting them with the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The AmeriCorps member will host four events over the course of the term that accomplish this goal.
Create a variety of opportunities that engage young people in conservation and prepare them for future conservation careers.
-Enhance partnerships with underserved schools to increase conservation and leadership opportunities for students.
-Support the next generation of conservation leaders on the Colorado Plateau.
-Gain marketable job skills related to conservation advocacy (public speaking skills, fieldwork skills, volunteer management skills, communication skills, grant writing skills, etc).
Major Responsibilities and Duties
-Recruit youth volunteers (ages 14-25) to participate in multiday service learning trips that support scientific research and ecological restoration across the Colorado Plateau, as well as sustainable economic development initiatives on the Navajo and Hopi nations.
-Coordinate logistic elements of fieldwork, including: risk management, menu planning, meal preparation, gear coordination and maintenance, volunteer transportation, volunteer orientation, and project work.
-Manage and process volunteer applications, perform data entry, and maintain a volunteer database.
-Collaboratively design and implement pre-trip, on-trip, and post-trip curricula that explore Colorado Plateau conservation and environmental justice issues, as well as leadership trainings that equip students to make environmental change.
-Work with local young people to support ongoing environmental advocacy initiatives based in science and art.
-Collaboratively design and implement workshops that prepare students to apply for college.
-Work with the Trust’s communications team to write blog posts, acquire earned media attention, and post to social media platforms.
-Work with staff and local young people to understand and overcome barriers to youth engagement in conservation.
-Attend the fourth annual Uplift Climate Conference, which engages up to 250 young leaders from across the Colorado Plateau in pressing conservation issues like climate justice.
-Genuinely incorporate youth feedback to adapt and improve the youth leadership program and work collaboratively with staff to incorporate youth voice and ideas into the Trust’s strategies more broadly.
-A belief in the power of young people to enact change and a commitment to authentically incorporate youth perspectives in the conservation and environmental movements.
-Experience working successfully with young people who represent a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives.
-Commitment to lead with humility when entering communities and working with diverse cultures.
-Ability to think critically about the effectiveness of youth engagement in conservation and to adapt initiatives to make it more impactful.
-Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
-Experience or enthusiasm for developing place-based curricula that explore environmental challenges on the Colorado Plateau.
-Experience or enthusiasm for working and leading groups in primitive outdoor settings.
-Ability to work for 3 to 7 days in physically strenuous field conditions (gear provided).
-Willingness to work long hours, including some evenings and weekends when in the field (primarily during the March-October field season).
-Strong written and verbal communication skills.
-Strong interpersonal skills, work ethic, integrity, and sense of responsibility.
-Current driver’s license and a good driving record.
-Experience living and/or working in tribal communities on the Colorado Plateau.
-Field leadership experience.
-Environmental advocacy, youth organizing, and/or youth mentorship experience.
The Nitty Gritty
Flagstaff, Arizona, with fieldwork across northern Arizona, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Nation. The Americorps member’s time will be split between office tasks and fieldwork. Transportation and food are provided when in the field.
Is this a full time position?
This is a full-time (40 hours/week) temporary position through AmeriCorps ARCC and Northern Arizona University (NAU).
Term: September 10, 2018 – August 9, 2019.
Who would my supervisor be?
Maria Archibald, Youth Leadership Program Manager
What is the application deadline?
August 24, 2018. Interviews will be conducted August 28-31.
What are the pay and benefits?
The Youth Leadership Coordinator will receive a monthly living allowance of $1205.46, as well as a $5,920 education award upon successful completion of the service term.
Additional Benefits include eligibility for health coverage and childcare, as well as opportunities for professional development.
How do I apply?
Please follow the link to apply to AmeriCorps: https://my.americorps.gov/...9&fromSearch=true
. Once you have completed this application, you will be contacted by an AmeriCorps representative concerning next steps. Questions or concerns should be directed to Sarai Richter at Sarai.Richter@nau.edu
The Grand Canyon Trust is an equal opportunity employer. We work actively to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Trust is currently working to incorporate principles and practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion into its strategic plan.
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