Volunteer Opportunity Details

AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator

Confluence Environmental Center/The Nature Conserv

SE Portland

821 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, 0 97214

Start Date: 09/06/2017

End Date: 07/27/2018

CONFLUENCE AMERICORPS PROGRAM The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life changing service opportunities where the Member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a cohort of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%). DATES OF SERVICE September 6, 2017 – July 27, 2018 (11 months – 1700 hours) PROJECT PARTNER The Nature Conservancy nature.org/Oregon POSITION TITLE Community Engagement Coordinator PROJECT SUMMARY In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Community Engagement Coordinator will advance The Nature Conservancy’s goals to engage and activate more Oregonians in conservation efforts. The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon volunteer program involves 1,000 community members in direct service each year, greatly expanding the capacity of our organization to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends. The Coordinator will join our Engagement Initiative team and help design, build and implement several urban engagement programs, including restoration work party and outreach programs targeted to an urban audience. The Coordinator will dedicate 40% of his/her time toward the strategic urban restoration work party program and 40% of his/her time toward the urban outreach and ambassador programs. The Member will participate in Confluence led professional development activities: Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%). ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to): • Collaborate with staff and volunteer leaders to plan and implement urban restoration program. • Create stewardship activities that address needs and schedules of racially and economically diverse individuals and families. • Conduct outreach activities to engage diverse individuals and organizations in resource conservation activities. • Collaborate with staff to refine and expand volunteer ambassador program to engage more Oregonians in conservation. • Develop deeper community partnerships to support urban restoration and outreach programs. • Design and implement strategic volunteer recruitment plan for urban restoration and outreach programs. • Serve closely with staff to recognize volunteer participants in personal ways. • Track data and evaluate urban restoration and outreach programs. • Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner. • Abide by Confluence, AmeriCorps program and Nature Conservancy policies and procedures. • Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days. • Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events. POSITION REQUIREMENTS • Experience or interest in building relationships with diverse populations, including immigrant or refugee populations, seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, or those with limited economic resources. • Desire to promote environmental stewardship to underserved communities. • Demonstrates independence, motivation and resourcefulness. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Proven organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines and strong attention to detail. • Ability and willingness to obtain First Aid/CPR certification. • Ability to serve occasional weekends and evenings. • Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record and be comfortable driving groups of people in both urban and rural settings. • Willingness/openness to learn about and discuss racial equity and social justice issues. • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team. • 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term. • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award. • Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying. • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the Individuals State of Residence, State of Service, and FBI criminal identification systems. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) prior to the start of the position. • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability. • AmeriCorps Members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please see http://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/ed-award/multiple-termsfor full information. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Interest or experience in natural resources/conservation. • Experience managing projects for and supervising volunteers. • Background in cultural competency. • Ability to speak Spanish (or another language). • Familiarity with the region and green spaces is helpful, but not required. • Familiarity with low-income communities and/or communities of color. • Any combination of experience and education equivalent to 2 – 4 years. MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE • A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,630 paid over the term of service). • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible Members receive an education award of $5,815. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable). • Basic medical insurance (covers Members only, not dependents). • Child care allowance for those who qualify. • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities. • $100 training fund available. PROJECT LOCATION • The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, 821 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION • Organizational vehicle is available for service activities. Member will be covered by organization’s vehicle insurance policy. • Project site is accessible by public transportation. • Monthly transit passes are available for service activities and will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. • Bicycle parking available. EQUITY & INCLUSION Confluence does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our Members and staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence is an AA/EEO employer. Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process. HOW TO APPLY Project Supervisors will conduct all initial interviews and recommend top candidates to Confluence by July 21, 2017. Confluence will conduct final interviews and offer positions throughout August 2017. Here’s how to apply: STEP 1: Apply to Project Supervisor: Email the following items by July 5th, 2017 to: Molly Dougherty, Director of Volunteer Programs, mdougherty@tnc.org, (503) 802-8100 • résumé • cover letter (1 page) • contact information for three references STEP 2: AmeriCorps Application: Applications are completed online at the AmeriCorps website and include: • AmeriCorps Application – Filled out and submitted to a Confluence position • Two On-Line References – Included in the online application. • Online Certification Form –This form is included in the online application or it can be found on the Confluence website. It can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Confluence Office. STEP 3: Confluence Interview & Placement: Final interviews cannot be conducted until Step 1 & 2 are complete.

Contact Info

Molly Dougherty, mdougherty@tnc.org, 503-802-8100

Registration details: http://www.confluencecenter.org/apply-now/