Conservation Corps Members dedicate their summer to carrying out environmental service projects in the Rockland County region. We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and friendly young people (18+) who want to grow as civic leaders while making tangible environmental impacts on our community. As part of our Corps, you will see how volunteer-led conservation efforts can make real change. 350 Hours of Service. Start Date: May 29, 2018, End Date: August 10, 2018
Conservation Corps Members dedicate their summer to carrying out environmental service projects in the Rockland County region. We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and friendly young people (18+) who want to grow as civic leaders while making tangible environmental impacts on our community. As part of our Corps, you will see how volunteer-led conservation efforts can make real change. 350 Hours of Service. Start Date: May 29, 2018, End Date: August 10, 2018.
Our Corps Members are frequently college aged people who love the outdoors and study relevant topics that may include: conservation biology, planning, engineering, environmental science, green infrastructure, biology, public health, hospitality, outdoor recreation and geography. However, this opportunity is great for people who love the outdoors and study other topics as well such as: communications, social media, marketing, public health, nutrition, art, graphic design, creative writing, anthropology and mathematics.
There are chances to gain relevant experience and have a great summer as long as you enjoy outdoor work, want to do meaningful community service, make a difference and network for career development!
What you will do:
You and your fellow Corps Members will spend your summer outdoors carrying out service projects, such as:
• Trash clean-ups, river/stream clean-ups, stream assessment, and water testing
• Hiking, Trail building and maintenance
• Leading community hikes and exposing residents to Rockland County parks
• Invasive species removal
• Farming, gardening
• Attending public events, meeting community members, and speaking about environmental issues
• Using GIS to map and record storm water infrastructure data
• Teaching people of all ages about local wildlife and eco-systems in the region
What you will learn:
• How to plan volunteer events and lead groups of people in volunteer service
• How to speak effectively and engage an audience
• How to teach people of all ages about environmental conservation
• Different career opportunities in the conservation, environmental, and public service fields.
• How government and not for profit organizations operate and serve the community
• How to use GIS, conduct water quality assessments, build hiking trails, outreach to a community, local species identification, curriculum development, composting, and stream evaluation
• Environmental issues such as pollutants, soil erosion, waste and recycling, invasive species, history of local forests, local food, sustainable agriculture, storm water management and more!
• Professional development skills such as creating a unique resume, building a Linkedin profile, and how to compose emails
Why you should join:
• Spend your summer outdoors making a difference in the community
• Gain experience in an environmental workplace as well as valuable professional contacts
• Get connected to opportunities in the environmental and public service network
• Get experiential education and training in environmental conservation
• Explore Rockland County and see all it has to offer
• Receive a living allowance of $2,100
**Housing is not provided. Corps Member would have to live within driving distance of Rockland County NY**
All successful candidates must:
• Enjoy physical, outdoor work that may include lifting, repetitive motion activities (such as shoveling, raking, trash removal etc.) and/or hiking more than 3 miles daily. Service may also include work in or around lakes, rivers and streams. Corps Members training and site work may take place under adverse weather conditions and circumstances.
• Be at least 18 years of age. Graduating high school seniors or out of school youth are welcome to apply, but must be able to begin full-time on or about May 29, 2018.
• Be a US Citizen or permanent legal resident.
• Be willing to work closely with people of all ages, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, backgrounds, etc.
• Be able to transport themselves to various locations around Rockland County and surrounding regions
• Serve 350 hours within the parameters of the program.
• Attend all days of training between 5/29/18-6/8/18.
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Applications accepted until placements are filled. 25 slots available.