Position Title: Crew Member
Dates: January 2024 - January 2025 (12 months / 1700 hours)
Schedule: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Friday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Total Living Allowance: $19,000 (paid bi-weekly)
Segal Education Award: $6,895.00 upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service term
The Sustainability Institute’s Environmental Conservation Corps (ECC) program
AmeriCorps-accredited workforce development and service-learning program for young adults. These opportunities offer desirable field skills and training for people pursuing careers in conservation and environmental fields.
Opportunity Youth Service Initiative (OYSI) positions are available to young
adults, aged 17-24, who are currently neither in school nor working full time
(part-time/weekend jobs are permitted). OYSI positions offer:
● Trainings: Build knowledge and skills in a diversity of conservation and sustainability jobs
● Certifications: Receive free professional certifications relevant to the field
● Compensation: Earn a living stipend paid bi-weekly and an end-of-service Segal Education Award
● Connections: Meet and work with a wide variety of governmental agencies and nonprofit
● Teamwork: Experience working in a team of peers and within a nonprofit organization
● Leadership: Help lead critically important conservation projects to combat climate change
All Crew Members will be expected to participate during the program hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 3 pm Friday. A 30-minute lunch break every day does not
count towards service hours required. Some weekend dates might be required; advanced notice
will be given.
Program enrollment requires every member to successfully provide information to program staff
for the completion of the CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) three-part
criminal history check (NSOPW check, state of residence and/or state of service check, and FBI
fingerprint check). Members must sign the CNCS - National Criminal History Service Check (NCHSC) at the time of interview. CNCS has established requirements that may not allow a
member to serve due to the member’s previous criminal history.
Crew Members must be at least 17 years of age at time of enrollment and between the ages 17 -
24 to qualify. Any member under age 18 at time of enrollment must receive legal parent/guardian consent, including signed forms provided by staff. A Determination of Economic status form will be required for OYSI applicants and will be provided during the interview process.
A high school diploma or GED is required to serve with AmeriCorps. If a recruit has not earned
his/her/their high school diploma, GED, or accredited equivalent prior to starting the ECC Program, they are required to obtain it within two years following their service term. In these instances, we require members to either attend or enroll in future GED training while in our program. SI staff will assist the member in arranging class and testing needs through local educational institutions.
● All Crew Members and SI Staff must be fully vaccinated per SI’s COVID‐19 policy
Physical Requirements: Due to the conditions and scope of work performed
by the Environmental
Conservation Corps, members must be physically able to perform all program work, fully and equally, as other Corps Members. This includes, but is not limited to, climbing, heavy lifting, bending, working from one’s knees or back, working in excessive hot, cold, or rainy conditions and/or other work components deemed necessary by SI staff.
Crew Members will engage in habitat restoration activities in public parks, forests and waterways,
including, but not limited to: activities such as restoring salt marshes and oyster reefs, constructing rain gardens, planting native plants and trees, performing water quality testing and monitoring, and
constructing and repairing trails, bridges, and boardwalks. Crew Members will also engage in weatherization activities, including presenting energy efficiency workshops throughout the community and developing work scopes.
Environmental Stewardship Work (95%):
Freshwater and tidal saltwater quality monitoring
Work includes monthly monitoring of four designated sites and performing water
sampling, testing, data collection, and reporting. Training is provided
Main program partner: SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC
DHEC)’s and Clemson University’s Adopt-A-Stream program
Salt marsh and oyster restoration along the coast of South Carolina
In collaboration with the SC Department of Natural Resources SCORE (South Carolina
Oyster Recycling and Enhancement) program, we will be performing:
Oyster shell pick up, recycling, and trash sorting
Recreational trail building and maintenance projects, including vegetation work on trail
corridor and building footbridges, walkways, and fencing
Constructing and maintaining native rain gardens, pollinator gardens and urban vegetable
Partners may include but are not limited to: Clemson Extension Service, Charleston
Parks Conservancy, Fields to Families, and Green Heart Project. Training is provided.
Energy and Water Efficiency Work (5%):
Participate in all required trainings, days of service, and responsibilities toward projects and
functions as directed by SI Staff
Report daily (on service days) to the Program Coordinator
Maintain the ECC van, service trailer, and inventory of project equipment to ensure they
remain “work-ready” and in good operation
Assist with upkeep of office interior and equipment storage and supply areas
The Sustainability Institute is committed to strong member development and
includes in its plan a
comprehensive set of resources offered to Crew Members that are designed to ensure member
retention, personal growth, and success. These include, but are not limited to, in-depth assessment of skills and interests upon arrival, a strong orientation, financial literacy training, cover letter/ resume training, team- building activities, and exposure to outside employment opportunities upon completion of service with the Program.
The ECC Program is dedicated to providing members with field-based
conservation-based trainings during their time of service:
The Sustainability Institute is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to our employees and applicants. Hiring and promotional decisions are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or marital status. The Sustainability Institute does not tolerate discrimination against anyone protected under federal or state law.
Total Living Allowance: $19,000 (paid bi-weekly)
North Charleston, SC, USA