Event and Community Project Assistant

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Site
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Position ID
PO-00724378
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. 
           
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
 
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist Event and Community Project Manager in the promotion, coordination and implementing public outreach events. Includes evening and weekend work. (20%)
  • Assist Event and Community Project Manager in the promotion, outreach, coordination and leading of volunteer projects. Includes evening and weekend work. (15%)
  • Assist in managing a new youth-focused community garden and trail system in the City of Newburgh. (15%)
  • Assist Education and Community Engagement Coordinator with educational program 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%)
  • Manage Scenic Hudson rental and license agreement at Scenic Hudson Long Dock Park including the kayak pavilion and Scenic Hudson’s River Center. Includes evening and weekend work. (15%)

 
 
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
 
As part of the Scenic Hudson’s Parks and Community Engagement Team the Event and Community Project Assistant will help develop events and projects to engage with urban communities. Outreach takes place throughout the Hudson Valley in and around city owned and Scenic Hudson owned parks.  The Event and Community project Assistant will help to optimize the use of public spaces by developing community projects and enhancing previously underutilized parks, preserves, tributaries and waterfronts. Scenic Hudson has a goal of reaching underserved communities and increasing civic engagement with local youth. This position will help to reach out to low income communities in the Hudson Valley.
The Event and Community Project Assistant will serve as an ambassador for Scenic Hudson by interacting with local organizations and the public through special events, hikes, volunteer days and other programmatic activities. Much of this will be done as part of a small team, some with volunteers and some independently. This position will also help to implement community gardens, trails, place- based education and citizen science initiatives in public parks. Position requires travel with personal vehicle throughout the Hudson Valley for outreach work. Evening and weekend work will be required on an average of three times per month.

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1:  Assist in managing Newburgh’s Crystal Lake gateway, a new community garden and trail project from Crystal Lake to Snake Hill.
 
            Goal 2: Assist in managing Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park amenities including a pavilion for kayak storage through a lottery system, private food trucks and events held in Scenic Hudson’s River Center by other groups.
 
            Goal 3: Assist Scenic Hudson staff in the implementation of community outreach, volunteer programming, public events and park maintenance.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Bachelor’s degree in recreation resources management, urban studies, environmental sciences, education or related field. Equivalent knowledge and experience acquired through professional experience.
  • Previous experience with public outreach, civic engagement, education, urban farming, trail building, and park management a plus.

Skills/Knowledge/Training Necessary to be a successful 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/urban garden(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 and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $750/month housing allowance for positions in NYC metro area.
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable 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 Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 
 

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
some experience