Community Project Assistant

Expected Dates
January 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022
Site
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Position ID
PO-00732547

This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps.  If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process.  No travel allowance will be offered for this position even if it is stated on your confirmation of acceptance.
 
Due to Covid-19, events and trainings are subject to change in response to an increase in the number of cases in the Hudson Valley region. Specific duties aligned with this position may also be subject to change. Such changes include, but are not limited to: trainings being eliminated or held remotely, elimination of large-scale gatherings, reduction of education programs, and a transition to teleworking.  

Conditions of Employment Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.


SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events.

The Event and Community Project Assistant position will be located at Scenic Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Purpose of the Program: Scenic Hudson is a regional Hudson Valley land trust and environmental organization that operates throughout 10 counties in New York, from Albany to New York City. We welcome thousands of annual visitors to our parks and preserves each year.

We offer a diverse array of public events, place-based education programs and help partnering organizations grow throughout the Hudson Valley with a focus on reaching low income and urban communities, specifically in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh. Scenic Hudson works with concerned citizens, local officials, developers and policy makers to protect the beauty and health of the Hudson River and the communities along its shores. Our broad-based programs are designed to enhance public health and quality of life for the entire two million-plus population of the ten counties of the Hudson Valley region.

Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley’s prosperity. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. To date Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 65 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved nearly 40,000 acres. www.scenichudson.org

SCA AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:

· Assist Event and Community Project Manager in promotion, outreach, coordination and leading of volunteer projects in urban and rural environments. Includes evening and weekend work. (25%)

· Work with multiple partners to help manage the Pershing Avenue Community Garden and help maintain the Pershing Avenue Urban Farm in Poughkeepsie (20%)

· Assist Event and Community Project Manager in promotion, coordination and implementing public outreach events. Includes evening and weekend work. (20%)

· Assist Education and Community Engagement Manager with educational programs and field trips. (10%)

· Assist Parks and Community Engagement Team with park projects as needed. Duties including park cleanup, flyer distribution, and trail maintenance. (10%)

· Participate in all required SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting. (15%)

How the SCA AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
As part of Scenic Hudson’s Parks and Community Engagement Team the Community Project Assistant will help develop volunteer opportunities, events and projects to engage with urban communities. Outreach takes place throughout the Hudson Valley in city owned and Scenic Hudson owned properties. The Community Project Assistant will help to optimize the use of public spaces by developing community projects and enhancing previously underutilized properties, parks, tributaries and waterfronts. Scenic Hudson has a goal of connecting with underserved communities and increasing civic engagement with local youth. This position takes small steps to help improve the quality of life for low-income communities in the Hudson Valley. The Community Project Assistant will serve as an ambassador for Scenic Hudson by interacting with local organizations and the public through growing and distributing fresh produce, hosting public events, community-science, learn-and-serve volunteer projects, and other programmatic activities. Much of this will be done as part of a small team, some with volunteers and some independently. Position requires travel with personal vehicle throughout the Hudson Valley. Evening and weekend work will be required on an average of three times per month.

Performance Goals for the SCA AmeriCorps Member:

Goal 1: Assist Scenic Hudson staff in all aspects of managing a diverse volunteer program.

Goal 2: Work with multiple partners to assist in managing the Pershing Avenue Community Garden and Urban Farm, a new community garden and urban farm in Poughkeepsie NY.

Goal 3: Assist Scenic Hudson staff with the outreach, development and management of public outreach events to increase public engagement around Scenic Hudson’s projects.

Candidate Requirements:

· Valid Driver’s License

· Ability to pass a federal background check

· Bachelor’s degree in urban studies, environmental sciences, education, recreation recourses management or related field. Equivalent knowledge and experience acquired through professional experience.

· Previous experience with public outreach, civic engagement, education, urban farming, community gardens, trail building, and park management is a plus.

Skills/Knowledge/Training Necessary to be a successful SCA AmeriCorps Member in this position:

· Enthusiastic about work and personable.

· Enjoy working with high school students and comfortable engaging with diverse community members in structured and unstructured settings.

· Ability to speak Spanish and translate written materials a plus.

· Comfortable working in a variety of settings including urban and rural.

· Flexible with work schedule. On average 2-3 days in the office and 2-3 days in the field each week. Occasionally including weekend, evening and early hours.

· Comfortable working in an outdoor setting and physically able to walk 4+ miles a day over varied terrain and able to lift 40 lbs.

· Must be well organized, possess strong interpersonal communication skills, detail oriented, and supportive of Scenic Hudson’s mission, www.scenichudson.org

· Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

· Experience and comfortable with trail maintenance.

· Enjoy working with others in establishing and maintain community garden and urban farm(s).

· Knowledge of local plants.

· Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite—Word, Excel, Access.

Benefits:

· All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance

· This position will have housing provided for the member

· Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Full-time Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps.

· Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps.

· Eligible for free health insurance

· Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Training Opportunities:
All Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Quick Start Your Canoe, and other opportunities that

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Main Area of Focus
Recreation Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience