Stream Sweepers Individual Placement – AmeriCorps – Appalachian Conservation Corps – St. Paul, VA

Appalachian Conservation Corps
St. Paul, VA
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$400/week (paid bi-weekly)
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Title: Stream Sweepers Individual Placement Position Dates: July 18 – October 8, 2021 (12 weeks) Dates are flexible Pay Rate: $400/week + $1,638.89 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of a 450 hour AmeriCorps National Service Term Status: Full-Time/Seasonal/Temporary  Location: Based out of St. Paul, VA Contact: Questions? Email   The Appalachian Conservation Corps: Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.    Position Summary: The Stream Sweepers Individual Placement is an internship position based at St. Paul in Virginia, serving with the Center for Natural Capital and Stream Sweepers program on the Clinch River Cleanup. Participants will support in the removal of garbage, litter, and large objects from the Clinch River as part of ongoing restoration efforts. Stream Sweepers Individual Placements must be able to consistently lift 30+ pounds daily, in direct sunlight. Sweepers must be able to swim and have reliable transportation. Some canoe/kayak experience is preferred but training is also provided. The typical schedule throughout the season will be Monday - Friday usually 8a-4p, depending on weather. On rainy days, Sweepers will provide support at boat launches by cleaning and make necessary repairs to canoes and equipment. A typical day includes: Meet at the St. Paul Pool parking lot to go over plans for the day, load up and head to the launch. Hit the water and begin picking up trash along the way down to the exit point. Unload trash from boats into trucks and trailer then load boats onto trailer. Part of the crew heads to the trash dump and part heads to unload tires, time permitting. Once trash/tires are unloaded, head back to the St. Paul Town Pool for final closing comments of the day. This job is physically demanding and extremely rewarding. Sweepers are making a lasting difference in the community and the environment. The removal of trash and tires is not only for aesthetics, but it also improves the quality of the river and its inhabitants. This is an opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying the beauty of the Clinch River Valley! This is an AmeriCorps National Service Term. Interns will serve as AmeriCorps members, earning a $400 per week living stipend. Housing is not provided for this position. This position will also be eligible for a Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the position requirements. Benefits:  $400/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly $1,638.89 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of a 450 hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)  Possible student loan forbearance  Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist  Uniform shirts provided  On-the-job training  Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered Depending upon the academic institution and program, Individual Placement positions may fulfill academic internship requirements  Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths  Participation and Expedition Behavior: Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences. Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason. Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable. Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff. Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.  Safety and Judgment: Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds. Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others. Respond appropriately to stress or crises. If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.  Environmental Ethics: Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate) Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries. Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.  Substance Free: In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion. To Apply: Follow the ACC link, , and complete the application. Please include a resume and two references.
General Qualifications: To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (or up to age 35 for recent era veterans), and a US Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. Preferred Qualifications: Ability to swim Comfortable working on boats/water everyday Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.
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