Sustainability 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. Rose Convent 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 Sustainability Assistant will aid in living out the commitment to care for Earth assisting the Office of Integral Ecology in researching and promoting climate conscious ways of living and working, providing education and outreach to the congregation and the communities in which they serve, 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 emission and provide information and educational support supporting the Sisters’ Laudato Si Commitment. • Support the development and implementation of the FSPA Laudato Si Action Plan (Climate Action Plan) • Increase environmental awareness and promote sustainability through community outreach events. • Design and implement at least one program on sustainable business practices (recycling, print management, food procurement, etc…) 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 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, gardening/microgreens, 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 Laudato Si project goals. • Assist with designing, improving, and updating kiosks, signs, and brochures as related to the FSPA Laudato Si Action Plan. • Work with local schools and universities to create community-focused climate awareness campaigns and working on a greenhouse gas inventory. Program Marketing • Help create or curate simple “how-to” videos, including but not limited to sustainable lifestyles, recycling, composting, 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 environmental sustainability and climate resiliency. • Create an outreach plan to connect with local and regional environmental and eco-justice organizations to enhance the FSPA Laudato Si Action Plan and 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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