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Southwest Conservation Corps Now Accepting Applications for NPS Community Assistance Fellowship Program

National Park Service – November 01, 2013
By Southwest Conservation Corp

Southwest Conservation Corps Now Accepting Applications for NPS Community Assistance Fellowship Program

National Park Service – Community Assistance Fellows


Length: Full-time, 10 month position
Location: New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Fayetteville AR, and Washington DC (4 positions), and Intermountain West (site TBD)
Living Allowance: $300 week, health insurance provided if desired
AmeriCorps Award: Community Assistance Fellows are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of the education award is $5,550.
Ages:Preferred minimum age is 21, maximum age is 30.
Start Date: Positions starting January 27, 2014
Specific training: In-person training for all trainees, hands-on work experience
Application Due Date: Preference will be given to Applications received on or before Dec. 9th.

Program Basics
In addition to protecting and managing America’s 401 national parks, the National Park Service (NPS) also operates programs that extend throughout the nation to connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places. The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program helps community groups, nonprofits, state and local governments, and tribes plan parks and trails, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create recreation opportunities through locally led partnerships.
NPS - Community Assistance Fellows will be placed with participating RTCA and related program sites and will be provided opportunities to receive training and experience. The NPS-Community Assistance Fellows Program introduces Fellows to NPS-RTCA sites to work in a mentored environment for a full year. Fellows will be helping RTCA staff organize, strategize, build public participation, and help implement conservation and/or recreation projects in their area.

Fellows will participate in a week-long training organized by the Natural Leaders program through the Children & Nature Network, and will receive an AmeriCorps educational stipend at the end of their term. The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. AmeriCorps is a national service organization, connecting thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to serve their communities.

Participant Tasking Examples
-Community engagement and outreach, especially regarding engagement and involvement of young people in community-based planning
-Planning, leading, and participating in hands-on conservation/recreation efforts
-Developing programs/approaches promoting active involvement in NPS-supported projects
-Providing outreach (web updates, e-newsletters, brochures/fliers)
-Writing project updates, reports and correspondence
-Preparing and conducting public meetings and workshops
-Coordinating and supporting planning teams
-Conducting site analysis and resource assessments
-Researching best practices
-Preparing maps, conceptual plans, and graphics using GIS, Adobe Illustrator, and other programs

Site Locations
Local-area recruitment is emphasized. Fellows are being placed in:
New York City
Los Angeles
Fayetteville, AR
Washington, DC (4 positions)
Intermountain West (location TBD)

About the Position
-10 Month, full term of service
-Annual living allowance of $13,200, paid bi-weekly
-Benefits include health insurance and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of the Program, as well as student loan forbearance during the term of service (where qualified)

-Mentored by and work directly with NPS personnel
-Professional development in the form of teamwork, communication, responsibility, understanding of site operations and other essential life skills
-Week-long training provided by the Children and Nature Network via their Natural Leaders Program

Qualifications and benefits
- Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States
-Preference will be given to qualified, local (currently living in the city they are applying) candidates.
-- All candidates should have demonstrable interest in parks, outdoor recreation, conservation, urban planning, public/youth engagement, rivers, trails, etc.
-- Candidates holding or pursuing an advanced degree in fields such as planning, recreation management, natural or cultural resource management, geography, and landscape architecture are encouraged to consider this opportunity, Candidates must at a minimum possess or be nearing completion of a Bachelor’s degree.
-- Specific skills and abilities sought include:
Strong oral and written communications skills
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as part of a larger team
Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
Possession of a current valid driver’s license
Considerable physical activity may be required at some sites
Negotiating and handling stressful situations in a diplomatic and non-adversarial manner

NPS- Community Assistance Fellows Fellows will be required to submit quarterly reports and a final report during their year of service.

How to Apply
Fellows can apply on-line at:
-Please click-on the “NPS – Community Assistance Fellow” box, and under the application field that asks “if you are applying for a specific position” please indicate in which city you prefer to serve.

For More Information
Contact Michael Rendon, Environmental Stewards Program Director

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