The U.S. Forest Service is pleased to partner with the Washington Conservation Corps to offer an AmeriCorps internship as the Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS). This position will be responsible for serving with the U.S. Forest Service and multiple partners to coordinate and implement inclusive youth and community engagement activities that connect Puget Sound area communities with their public lands. Duty location for the position is Everett, Washington.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Established in 1905, the agency works with communities and organizations to conserve and enhance the watersheds, wildlife habitat and wild places across the 193-million-acre National Forest System. The 1.7 million acres Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the highest visited National Forest in the nation with approximately 5 million visits annually.
After successfully completing the 11-month position, the IP is eligible to receive noncompetitive hiring status for a period of not more than 2-years, as provided by the Public Lands Corps Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2005, Public Law 109-154.
• Design and execute an inclusive youth and community engagement strategy.
• Develop, coordinate and manage community engagement, environmental education, and stewardship events that enhance the visibility and awareness of public lands.
• Develop events and lessons that integrate culturally responsive planning techniques and Next Generation Science Standards.
• Implement “Every Kid in a Park” 4th grade classroom visits, fieldtrips, and post activities with fifteen Title 1 schools reaching more than 900 students.
• Coordinate and execute multiday forest exploration events with diverse youth and partner organizations. Activities integrate stewardship, environmental education, leadership development, and career exploration. Duration of events will range from 1-5 days.
• Collaborate with USFS personnel and partner organizations to evaluate program/event performance and provide recommendations for improvements.
• Assist in program communications and social media efforts to share program and event stories.
• Engage USFS staff and partners to support federal employment recruitment efforts.
• Input and track accomplishment data within the Interpretation and Conservation Education database.
• Develop annual reports and present accomplishments to Forest and Regional Office staff.
• Applicants must be between the age of 18-25 on their first day of service (age restrictions are based on legislative mandate, and do not apply to Gulf War Era II Veterans, dependents, or active duty reservists, or those with a mental or sensory disability).
• Per legislative mandate, priority will be given to Washington state residents.
• Applicants must be eligible for AmeriCorps, and able to submit documentation of one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien. Learn more about AmeriCorps eligibility on the WCC website.
• Valid state driver’s license and ability to operate a motor vehicle by the time of service start date. Government vehicles are available for service-related travel but IP is responsible for travel to and from duty station.
• Must be able to pass a background check in order to obtain a federal government issued identification card (known as LincPass) for computer access.
This is an 11-month AmeriCorps position starting October 1, 2018, and ending September 6, 2019. Members are expected to serve 40 hours over four or five days each week.
WCC AmeriCorps member benefits
Members will receive a biweekly paycheck equal to Washington state minimum wage, in addition to the AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920) upon completion of term. Basic health insurance and qualified loan forbearance is available. In addition, all 300 WCC members gather three times a year for professionally-taught, career-transferable trainings. Read more about training opportunities and a full list of benefits on theWCC website.
Please complete both required steps:
1. Submit WCC online application accessible from the WCC website (select this IP position on application).
2. Email résumé (with 3 references) and cover letter to Aleta Eng at firstname.lastname@example.org
About WCC and AmeriCorps
Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is an AmeriCorps program that creates future leaders through community involvement and mentorship. The program supports more than 350 members and experienced staff statewide who restore critical habitat, build trails, lead volunteers, educate youth, and respond to local and national disasters.
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. Learn more on the WCC website.