Full-time requirement: This position requires 1,700 hours for an average of 36 hours per week for one year. Member will receive a living allowance of $13,992 (pre-tax), and an education award of $6,095 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities. Includes housing in exchange for caretaking responsibilities.
This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont to support those organizations in building capacity and expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP members deliver direct service to local youth in the form of PreK-12 STEAM educational programming. LEAP supports members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings, and professional development opportunities offered during the service year.
The LEAP AmeriCorps Volunteer will serve at the VLT-owned Bluffside Farm, located at 171 Scott Farm Road, Newport, VT 05855.
About Vermont Land Trust:
Vermont Land Trust exists so that current and future generations are deeply connected to the land and benefit from its deliberate protection and responsible stewardship. As a result of VLT’s recent strategic planning, we have begun to build programmatic capacity to connect Vermonters to land through education and access to conserved land. The goal of this position is to help VLT move forward with deeper investments in PreK-12 educational programming and partnerships in the City of Newport and other communities of the Northeast Kingdom (NEK).
Assess conserved lands in the Northeast Kingdom for educational and programming opportunities
Support the management of VLT’s Bluffside Farm in Newport, Vermont and further community relationships and partnerships
Lead STEAM education programming events and activities at Bluffside Farm, as well as other conserved lands in the NEK
Develop and teach PreK-12 environmental and natural resource educational curriculum tailored to forested and agricultural field sites
Work with youth, teachers, and community volunteers to develop and teach lesson plans to local youth and community members and build partnerships between local schools, conservation departments, and other area nonprofits
Identify, cultivate and coordinate with prospective partner organizations for educational opportunities
Assist in economic development, education, and environmental protection with the Nulheganaki Tribal Forest in the town of Barton as part of an evolving partnership
Participate in AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events and Program initiatives
Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities
Participate in VLT trainings
Support the stewardship of conserved lands in the Northeast Kingdom
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or related field
Experience with environmental education and/or community engagement
Experience with field work in forested and agricultural settings
Ability to coordinate and work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to maintain attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate with different personalities
Ability to represent the Land Trust and interact effectively with a wide range of organizations and individuals, both inside and outside the organization, and to work cooperatively with all VLT staff and Board members
Ability to work independently and to engage in independent and group problem-solving
Ability to effectively operate computers and assigned software, including Microsoft Office Suite
Strong planning, organizational, administrative, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
LEAP Minimum Qualifications:
Be a US citizen (or have permanent resident status; call with questions about this)
Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation (there is no upper age limit), or 17 years of age with written parental permission
Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards their GED as part of their service-year successful completion requirement. A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps. If a member has a documented medical reason/professional opinion why they cannot finish high school, they might be eligible; call in this case
Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check and AHS Child and Adult Abuse registry check and Truescreen background check
Be committed to the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps program, and its ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants
Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in required trainings and events
Be committed to participating in the LEAP data collection process
Service will be performed in a combination of traditional office setting and in a field setting. The service position is based on-site at Bluffside Farm and includes housing in exchange for caretaking responsibilities on the farm. Outside of caretaking responsibilities, office hours are typically M-F during daytime hours, but occasional evening and weekend events may occur. Field setting will vary and include active agricultural settings, remote forest settings, uneven terrain, and inclement weather.
Position begins: Late September 2019 | Position ends: August 31, 2020
Application Deadline: Open until filled
For questions about this position or to send application materials, contact:
Dan Kilborn, VLT, 171 Scott Farm Road, Newport, VT 05855
Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.
The Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP) is hosted by Northern Vermont University on the Lyndon campus and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Positions are open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, religion or creed.
Dan Kilborn, VLT, 171 Scott Farm Road, Newport, VT 05855