Become an SCA Community Ambassador!

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You’ve participated in SCA events or served in an SCA program and had an awesome time. You want to enhance your SCA experience and help SCA reach the next generation of conservation leaders in your community. You’re in luck! SCA is searching for dedicated, passionate candidates who will be the face of SCA events.

Who are SCA Community Ambassadors?

SCA Community Ambassadors are the face of SCA events. They are a dedicated group of SCA alumni and other passionate ConSERVE participants over age 18 who volunteer their time to support events and other engagement activities to introduce new volunteers to SCA. Participants accumulate volunteer hours at each event and become eligible to earn special recognition as they reach commitment milestones.

How are SCA Community Ambassadors selected?

Interested candidates should sign up here. SCA Events staff will review registrations on a rolling basis throughout the year and reach out to qualified candidates with information on next steps. SCA Events staff will maintain a record of all volunteer hours logged by SCA Community Ambassadors and oversee recognition.

What are the responsibilities of an SCA Community Ambassador?

  • Commit to supporting at least one SCA event per calendar year in a leadership role (may include ConSERVE events, tabling events, alumni events, or other opportunities). Forms of support may include leading groups of volunteers, assisting with event setup/breakdown, running recruiting or tabling activities, transporting supplies, coordinating social media/photography, or other tasks.
  • Attend a one-hour training in person or by webinar before first event (if a new Community Ambassador) or at least one refresher training each year (if a returning Community Ambassador). Trainings will focus on topics such as leadership, volunteer management best practices, etc.
  • Represent SCA professionally and enthusiastically at events, demonstrate good judgment and risk management in the field, review prep materials thoroughly in advance of each event, communicate promptly with SCA staff, provide at least one week’s notice of changes in availability.

Why become an SCA Community Ambassador?

  • Opportunity to promote conservation in your community and to connect and network with SCA staff, alumni, current members, partners, and supporters.
  • Access to free or low-cost training and certifications such as first aid, leadership, etc.
  • Recognition at an SCA alumni party at the end of each year.
  • Special recognition gifts based on volunteer hours logged at the following levels:
    • 10 Hours (or 1 qualifying event): SCA Volunteer Leader t-shirt
    • 25 Hours (or 3 qualifying events): SCA Jacket (or equivalent swag item)
    • 50 Hours (or 5 qualifying events): 2 Round-Trip Southwest Airlines vouchers & recognition on SCA blog

Note: Items will be awarded at each interval; hour count will reset once leaders reach 50 hours, or once 12 months have passed with no new hours logged.

Questions? Please contact [email protected].

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SCA Community Ambassadors positions available for Earth Day 2018:

Team Leader

Team Leaders guide groups of volunteers to ensure participants have a safe, positive, and productive volunteer experience.

Commitment: 10 hours (including site visit, prep, and event day)

Qualifications: Participated in at least one prior SCA event, OR served in or currently serving in an SCA program

Responsibilities:

Before Event:

  • Attend one-hour training in person or by webinar (for new Community Ambassdors)
  • Review project maps and materials in advance of event
  • Attend an advance site walk-through with Site Captain

Day of Event:

  • 7am-1pm commitment on site on Event Day
  • Oversee group of 10-30 volunteers throughout the project to ensure participants have a safe, positive, and productive volunteer experience
  • Assist with setup and tool staging
  • Provide safety briefing and project orientation to group before beginning project work
  • Carry first aid kit and document any incidents
  • Assist with event breakdown and cleanup at end of project

Event Locations Available for Team Leaders:

AlbuquerqueAtlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Orlando, San Antonio, St. Louis, Washington DC (More to be announced!)

NOTE: Local Team Leaders will be prioritized for all events. In some cases, travel stipends will be available for Community Ambassadors interested in traveling from other regions.


Site Captain

Site Captains oversee all logistics on Event Day, serving in a leadership role for events where SCA staff cannot be present. This includes overseeing Team Leaders, serving as a point for park partners, and ensuring all participants have a safe, positive, and productive volunteer experience.

Commitment: 25 hours (including site visit, prep, event day, and follow-up)

Qualifications: Served as a Team Leader for at least one prior SCA event

Responsibilities:

Before Event: 

  • Attend one-hour training in person or by webinar 
  • Review project maps and materials provided by SCA staff to gain a full understanding of the project to serve as a resource for Team Leaders and volunteers
  • Schedule and lead an advance site visit with park partner and Team Leaders
  • Organize and transport event supplies provided by SCA staff (vehicle provided by SCA when applicable)

Day of Event:

  • 7am-1pm commitment on site on Event Day
  • Meet Team Leaders and lead circle-up to review schedule, answer questions, and ensure all leaders are comfortable with assignments
  • Oversee registration setup and signage placement
  • Serve as point with caterers or other vendors as needed for deliveries
  • Serve as point with park partner to ensure tools are staged and any concerns are addressed
  • Oversee registration table to ensure all participants are checked in and have a completed waiver
  • Facilitate welcome remarks to kick off the project
  • Support photography and live social media coverage
  • Rove throughout the day to ensure all projects are going smoothly and address any issues or incidents that may arise
  • Oversee breakdown and cleanup at end of project
  • Obtain estimated project outcomes from Team Leaders and/or site partner
  • Facilitate thank-yous and wrap-up with Team Leaders and site partners

Following Event: 

  • Report final participant headcount and estimated project outcomes to SCA staff within 24 hours of event
  • Report any incidents or no-show Team Leaders to SCA staff immediately
  • Ship supplies back to SCA offices as needed (costs covered by SCA)
  • Send thank-you messages to Team Leaders and site partner

Event Locations Available for Site Captain roles:

AlbuquerqueAtlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Oklahoma City, Orlando, San Antonio (More to be announced!)

NOTE: Local Site Captains will be prioritized for events when possible. In some cases, travel stipends will be available for Site Captains interested in traveling from other regions.


Seed Ball Captain

Seed Ball Captains travel to corporate offices, festivals, concerts, or other sites to facilitate a table activity welcoming volunteers to make native wildflower seed balls.

Commitment: 10 hours (including prep, event day, and follow-up)

Qualifications: Served as a Team Leader for at least one prior SCA event

Responsibilities:

Before Event: 

  • Attend one-hour training in person or by webinar 
  • Review materials provided by SCA staff to gain a full understanding of the project to serve as a resource for volunteers
  • Connect with site point person prior to event to confirm details on setup, parking, etc.
  • Organize and transport event supplies provided by SCA staff (vehicle provided by SCA when applicable)

Day of Event:

  • Variable commitment on site on Event Day (usually 2-3 hours)
  • Arrive on site 1 hour prior to scheduled start time to connect with site partner 
  • Ensure table is set up and all signage and supplies are staged 20 mins before scheduled start time
  • Greet volunteers as they arrive at the table and walk them through the steps of creating a seed ball
  • Share background information on SCA and the importance of pollinator conservation
  • Take photos to share with SCA staff
  • Track number of participants and number of seed balls created via handheld counters 
  • Ensure all cleanup is completed to the site partner’s satisfaction and thank site partner before departing

Following Event: 

  • Report final participant headcount and number of seed balls created to SCA staff within 24 hours
  • Share photos with SCA staff within 24 hours
  • Ship supplies back to SCA offices as needed (costs covered by SCA)
  • Send thank-you message to site partner

Event Locations Available for Seed Ball Captain roles:

NYC, Phoenix, Salt Lake City (More to be announced!)

NOTE: Local Seed Ball Captains will be prioritized for events when possible. In some cases, travel stipends will be available for Seed Ball Captains interested in traveling from other regions.

 

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