Conservation Legacy Environmental Outreach Ambassador - WV READY/OCSWA in Triadelphia, West Virginia
Length – 02/19/2024 – 09/11/2024, 32 weeks, full-time
Location – Triadelphia, WV
Living Allowance - $600/week
AmeriCorps Award – Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $4,826, pre-tax. Still working on a degree at a West Virginia school? Learn how to maximize your education award! (https://volunteer.wv.gov/AmeriCorps/SiteAssets/Pages/Resources-for-AmeriCorps-Members-/West%20Virginia%20AmeriCorps%20Tuition%20Waiver%20FAQs%20updated%207.12.22.pdf)
Launched in 2022, the West Virginia Rural Engagement Ambassadors for Development and Youth (WV READY) is a new collaborative AmeriCorps program. Stewards Individual Placements, in partnership with Appalachian Conservation Corps, Volunteer WV and local community organizations, is working to support WV’s transition to eco-tourism, outdoor recreation, and increasing outdoor accessibility.
Although each WV READY member’s project will look different depending on host site needs, they will still be able to lean on a cohort-style model for support, shared experiences, and professional development. Ideal candidates for this initiative are young adults looking to build a career and be a part of this larger movement in the Mountain State! Find our current recruiting projects here. (https://stewardslegacy.org/wvready)
Ohio County Solid Waste Authority
On January 1, 1989, new county solid waste authorities (SWAs) were created and established as public agencies in every county of the state in accordance with W.Va. Code §§22C-4-3 and 22C-4 Counties were given the option of joining together to form regional SWAs within the same watershed, with the approval of the SWMB. Their purpose is to protect the public health and welfare of citizens by providing for a comprehensive program of solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal. The Authorities also exist to establish programs based on source reduction, recycling, reuse, material recovery and lastly, landfilling.
Ohio County Solid Waste Authority is proud to provide Ohio County, WV with source reduction, recycling, conservation, and waste management solutions through our recycling center, events, educational outreach, and collaborations with other like-minded entities.
Ohio County Solid Waste Authority (OCSWA) is seeking an ambassador to enhance their community’s participation in environmental stewardship, educate and engage youth, mobilize volunteers, and participate in marketing campaigns. Desired end results of this project are increasing recycling rates, reducing contamination rates within recyclable materials, encouraging source reduction and environmental stewardship, reducing littering, empowering residents and creating more opportunities for community members and youth engagement in our Recycling Center’s outdoor green space. A successful candidate will be someone who enjoys engaging with youth and the public with an interest in pursuing or learning about a career in government and/or an environmental nonprofit.
Organize volunteers and venues for community litter cleanups
Schedule, organize, and attend educational outreach events promoting environmental stewardship and recycling
Recruit and mobilize volunteers for OCSWA sponsored/hosted events
Represent OCSWA interests at various networking and collaboration opportunities
Promote OCSWA's 2024 Spring Cleanups, Earth Day Block Party, and Summer Yoga & Recycling series, and engage community members in attendance
Increase use of the outdoor green space at OCSWA's The Highlands Recycling Center with recycling, environmental stewardship, and conservation focused activities
Provide education and promote various marketing campaigns including the following topics: anti-littering, proper recycling, source reduction, proper waste disposal, and diversion options
Increase youth engagement opportunities
Create a community asset map to determine best avenues to spur outdoor economy in assigned communities.
Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
Able to commit to 32 weeks of service
Must be 18 years old or older
High School Diploma or GED (by start of service)
Must be able to pass federal background check
Willing to serve in West Virginia (West Virginia resident preferred)
Qualifications and Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Customer service experience
Ability to lift at least 20 pounds at a time
Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, and walking
Ability to function well in a high-paced environment
Ability to perform duties during frequent and extended periods outdoors, subject to all weather conditions and extremes
Ability to work with youth
Possession of valid driver’s license with a good driving record (preferred)
$600/week living stipend
Paid training - March 11-14
Segal Education Award upon completion of term $4,826 (pre-tax)
Receive tuition and fee waivers at West Virginia institutions of higher education
Access to all member and alumni benefits of Conservation Legacy – a national conservation non-profit
Make a HUGE impact in your community
Propel your career forward with intentional experience and professional connections
Please be prepared to upload a resume and cover letter as part of this application.
For More Information
West Virginia Programs Manager
Stewards Individual Placements – A program of Conservation Legacy
Providing individual opportunities through service that build career-based experience, strengthen communities, and preserve our natural resources.
We promote excellence in national service and strive to create the optimal service terms for our participants and organizational partners.
We strive for consistency, transparency, and efficiency in our organizational systems and processes.
We are committed to a collegiate environment that promotes personal development, individuality, professionalism, and fun.
We respect the legacy of our organization while embracing the need to adapt our systems to better serve participants and partners.
We are committed to actively participating in efforts to preserve and restore the global environment and ecosystem for future generations.
Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
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