American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE member as a Teen Leader Program and Outreach Assistant Coordinator to contribute to improving community engagement through outreach and volunteerism alongside Vicksburg National Military Park staff.
For the full position announcement and to apply, please visit: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/990735.html
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: July-September 2023 (flexibility available for the right
Estimated End Date: 52 weeks after start date
*a 52-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Located along the Mississippi River, Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg and commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign which led up to the battle. Today, Vicksburg National Military Park is home to over 1,300 monuments, tablets, and markers, earning the title of the largest outdoor art gallery in the world.
For more information about Vicksburg National Military Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm
The ACE Member will be increasing youth engagement in the park including volunteerism, strengthening connections to the wider Vicksburg community, and supporting the growth and success of partnerships, specifically the YMCA’s Teen Leaders program. They will be collaborating with YMCA staff on volunteer projects and leadership development programming for a group of youth selected for the year-long Teen Leaders program. The Member will be supporting park programming and increasing engagement with the local community, including underserved audiences through volunteer events, interpretive programming, and outreach.
The member will coordinate and support volunteer projects and outreach programs, including headstone cleaning, community events and festivals, and youth programming. Through the project, the member will engage in stewardship and protection of park resources.
Project objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:
Support the growth and successful operation of the YMCA Teen Leaders program.
Increase community engagement with the park through innovative programming, volunteer projects, and active participation in community outreach events/programming.
Increase awareness of the park and its stories, support the development of youth leaders in the community, and increase community engagement.
During the term of this project, the member will have an opportunity to connect with up to 500 youth including a group of 10 Teen leaders who will be part of a yearlong program. The member will be responsible for supporting and managing the Teen Leaders program in partnership with NPS and YMCA staff. They will connect teens to the outdoors through recreation, education, volunteerism, and career development programs. The member will create opportunities for local communities to increase connections to the outdoors in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
The member will collaborate with NPS and YMCA staff to provide teens with career and leadership development opportunities via mentorship and volunteerism. They will co-develop curriculum-based programming that meets the needs of all parties and utilizes appropriate resources to meet the needs of the teens. They will manage all related paperwork. The member will represent the park at various community events and assist with the leadership of volunteers to support outreach events and programming. They will assist with leading the Teen Leaders participants in volunteer events.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups. ‘Volunteering with Youth’ training will be provided.
Schedule Days/hours will vary throughout the position. Schedule may include weekends depending on programming needs. Most day hours will be 8-5, though there will be evening hours for weekly Teen Leaders meetings and the day's schedule will require coming in earlier.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $810/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility- requirements.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or the NPS partner. A reimbursable housing allowance of $300/month will be available.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position-specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support.
Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required byU.S. government contracts
Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
ACE Members may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as education, community outreach, youth programing, and recreation
Knowledge of teaching others, public speaking, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and partnering
Ability and willingness to be flexible, community focused, and civically engaged.
Deep interest in working with youth, community outreach, leadership skills, and volunteerism
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/990735.html.
Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact National Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, Shannon Borowy, at email@example.com.**
Vicksburg, MS, USA