Get an environmental job and make friends from around the world! EarthCorps is now hiring corpsmembers, crew leaders and volunteer program corpsmembers.
Participants will join their peers from over 25 countries as they work together to learn about environmental restoration and restore the environment of the Pacific Northwest. EarthCorps has trained environmental leaders from the following countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Georgia, Ghana, Jamaica, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tanzania, Uganda, United States and Uzbekistan!
To see what some of our successful alumni are up to, check out: www.earthcorps.org/alumni.php
Corpsmember 2010 (February-December)
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The corpsmember is a training-level, seasonal position in EarthCorps. Participants will join their peers from over 25 countries as they work together to learn about environmental restoration and restore the environment of the Pacific Northwest. EarthCorps has trained environmental leaders from the following countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Georgia, Ghana, Jamaica, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tanzania, Uganda, United States and Uzbekistan!
This position is primarily in the field in all weather conditions and requires participants to be very physical, which involves: hiking, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions. This includes lifting up to 50 pounds (22.5 kg) and hiking up to 8 miles (13 km) while carrying 40 pounds (18kg) of weight for up to 9 hours per day. EarthCorps crews will be comprised of six to seven corpsmembers and will be supervised directly by the crew leader. Corpsmembers may be international or U.S. AmeriCorps participants. This position is considered an AmeriCorps position. All applicants must meet the requirements to become an AmeriCorps member, abide by AmeriCorps policies and complete 1,700 hours of service.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Project Implementation: Responsible for the efficiency of accomplishing projects and the quality of the final product under supervision from project staff. Corpsmembers and staff are responsible for the safety of themselves, their fellow workers, and members of the public who may be involved with projects.
FIELD PROJECTS: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday (80% of program)
-Invasive plant removal (weeding)
-Native plant installation
-Restoration site maintenance
-Stream & wetland work
-Camping outdoors for up to 25 days
EDUCATION TRAININGS (20% of program)
All corpsmembers receive extensive training in environmental restoration techniques, proper tool use and body mechanics, and Pacific Northwest native plant identification. EarthCorps’ education program provides a connection to the field work and expands upon regional and global environmental issues. These formal training days consist of hands-on workshops, seminars, and field trips that:
-Strengthen the corpsmember’s ability to understand the principles and mechanics of restoration, which will in turn help them to understand the process and importance of building healthy habitats.
-Increase the corpsmember’s ability to understand and articulate social and environmental issues, and transfer that information to external audiences.
-Improve the corpsmember's ability to lead so they can train others and make changes on a bigger scale.
Corpsmember training includes:
-Four multiday overnight retreats
-Four-day work skills training
-Pacific Northwest ecology and natural history
-Restoration planning and project management skills
-Plant (invasive and native) identification
-Urban forestry and land/resource management
-Volunteer recruitment and management
-Basic First Aid
-Between 18-25 years old
-Demonstrated commitment to the environment
-Experience in environmental field work and intercultural exchange
-Commitment to community service and previous experience in volunteer service
-Completed High school diploma/GED
-Willingness to work hard in all types of weather
-Commitment to cooperation and teamwork with peers from around the world
-Must be eligible for an AmeriCorps member position and be able to complete term of service
-Ability to lift up to 50 pounds (22.5 kg) and hike up to 8 miles (13 km) while carrying 40 pounds (18kg) of weight for up to 9 hours per day
TERMS OF SERVICE:
-STATUS: Temporary, non-exempt – Enrolled through AmeriCorps
-PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT: February-December 2010
-RATE OF PAY: $1050/month
-TYPICAL HOURS OF SERVICE: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, approximately every other Monday off with occasional Saturdays on
o Days Off permissible as designated by EarthCorps
o Holidays off as designated by employer
o Medical Insurance premium paid for participant
o Bus pass paid by employer
o Education Days: In-house retreats and education seminars must be attended to complete requirements of program
o Boots, pants, T-shirt, rain gear and safety equipment provided
o AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 upon completion of 1,700 hours
Send EarthCorps application, resume and 2 reference forms to:
Corpsmember Hiring Committee
6310 NE 74th St, Ste, 201E
Seattle, WA 98115