Ecological Assistant – Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: La Crosse, WI

La Crosse, WI
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$500/week Living Stipend, $6,495 Education Award
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Position Service Site: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (St. Joseph Ridge in La Crosse, WI) Service Time: September 6, 2022 – July 21, 2023 (1,700 Hour AmeriCorps Term) (46 weeks) (40 hours per week) Benefits: Living stipend total for whole term = $23,000 ($500 per week), Education Award = $6,495.00 upon successful completion of service. Requirements: Covid-19 vaccine required. OVERVIEW: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s goal is to provide young environmental leaders with the opportunity to gain relevant professional experience that serve the environment and the community by supporting healthy urban and rural ecosystems. In addition to building more sustainable practices within the St. Rose convent, FSPA has 200 acres of land with a greenhouse, garden, and orchard on St. Joseph Ridge, just outside La Crosse, that serves as an education model in the community. SERVICE DESCRIPTION: FSPA’s Ecological Assistant will aid in living out the commitment to care for Earth by helping restore native ecosystems on the grounds of FSPA, maintaining the greenhouse and gardens, engaging the community, and managing programs to support the mission of FSPA. RESPONSIBILITIES: Community Improvement • Willingness to learn the impacts of climate change on the Driftless region and help educate others how to mitigate those impacts and build a resilient community. • Collect and track the congregation’s greenhouse gas emissions as it relates to the FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge. • Support the development and implementation of the FSPA Laudato Si Action Plan (Climate Action Plan) with a regenerative land management focus. • Increase environmental awareness and promote sustainability through community outreach events. • Design and implement at least one program on regenerative land management practices sharing what you’ve learned with members of the local community; may present to the FSPA community towards the end of service. • Identify and develop virtual resources related to climate action, natural resource management and land access in the Driftless region. • Create multiple “kits” for projects related to the FSPA Laudato Si Action Plan; provide kit training and support documentation. Topics may include nature identification, water impact and carbon footprint calculation kits. • In the case of natural disasters AmeriCorps member may be recruited to assist the community. Programming • Research programs that foster achievement of the FSPA Laudato Si Action Plan and work to advance FSPA land ethic. • Assist FSPA land projects working in the garden, greenhouse, orchard, woodlands and prairies. • Assist with garden preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, field clean up, mulching, mowing, row covers and end of season maintenance. • Assist with habitat management and restoration of native prairie, forest, oak savanna and natural waterways. • Assist with invasive species identification, timber stand improvement, prairie and tree plantings, and water diversion strategies. • Assist with designing, improving, and updating kiosks, signs, and brochures as related to the FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge • Work with local schools and universities to create community-focused water and soil monitoring program, building a more regenerative land system and working on a greenhouse gas inventory. Program Marketing • Help create or curate simple “how-to” videos, including but not limited to natural landscape restoration, leave no trace principles and pollinator habitat support etc. • Assist in the development of FSPA eco education programs including lesson planning, activity development and teaching and developing educational materials. • Track progress and develop reports on specific sustainability and environmental measures. Volunteer Recruitment • Develop partnerships with local and regional partner organizations to learn and implement best practices for Regenerative land management and climate resiliency for the FSPA land. • Create an outreach plan to connect with local and regional environmental and eco-justice organizations to promote FSPA land projects. • Assist in recruitment, training, and management of FSPA land volunteers for stewardship and service projects including trail work, garden, orchard, greenhouse, woodland and prairie restorative projects. Volunteers are all ages. • Assist in volunteer and activity tracking, for continual program improvement. WisCorps provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran per applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability, and need to access information in an alternative format, or need it translated into another language, please contact us at 608-782-2494, by email at or Wisconsin Relay 711.
• A team player and good communicator with flexible attitude and eagerness to learn • Physically active and able to life at least 30 lbs. with stooping and bending • Able to work in all weather conditions conducive of Wisconsin • Physically able to work long days outside on steep, rugged terrain. • An intrepid sense of curiosity and enthusiasm about research • Willing to interact inter-generationally and inter-culturally • Ability to take direction and accept constructive criticism • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks • Attention to detail and organizational skills • Strong sense of responsibility and follow-through • Education and/or experience in land conservation, ecological restoration, sustainability, and climate resilience a plus • Technology proficient in platforms such as Google Workspace and Microsoft Office
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