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Apply to be an AmeriCorps Member
AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging thousands of Americans on a full-time or part-time basis to help communities to address their toughest challenges. Michigan's AmeriCorps is similar to a domestic Peace Corps, that involves individuals (members) "getting things done" in their communities.
If you are interested in conservation, want to make a difference, and develop your professional skills, consider joining the Huron Pines AmeriCorps team. Designed to provide northern Michigan conservation organizations with highly qualified individuals for a term of volunteer service, the program not only improves a conservation organization’s ability to protect Michigan’s natural resources, but it also provides members with real-world experience and training. With a living stipend and some attractive benefits, this program provides an opportunity to develop as a resource professional in the conservation community. Member activities include volunteer engagement, habitat restoration, environmental stewardship and developing new conservation services.
Huron Pines AmeriCorps is now accepting applications for available positions to start in January 2016. Please read through the position descriptions below and complete our online application form to apply by October 26, 2015.
Antrim Conservation District (ACD) Watershed Protection Technician
The Watershed Protection Technician will work with the Antrim Conservation District staff in conservation programs designed to protect the water quality of the watershed: soil erosion control, storm water management, tree sale, household hazardous waste, national trails day, native plants education and promotion of the District through social media and outreach events. Read the full description.
Little Forks Conservancy (LF) Land Steward
The Land Steward will facilitate projects for The Little Forks Conservancy. The Land Steward will assist with management on Conservancy owned preserves including invasive species management and control, habitat restoration, trail construction, preserve maintenance, and natural resource inventory collection. In addition, the Land Steward will monitor conservation easements and collaborate with LFC Director of Land Conservation on conservation projects. The Land Steward will inventory and map invasive species on LFC conservation easement properties. In addition, this position will coordinate a volunteer stream monitoring program for macroinvertabrates in a local watershed. The Land Steward will help with the development of a strategic conservation plan for the Conservancy. Read the full description.
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) Stewardship Technician (5 positions)
The Stewardship Technician will improve the ecology and sustainability of the GTRLC’s nature preserves and their partner organization’s natural lands through on the ground work, and volunteer management. From planning invasive species removal work days, to implementing various control techniques, the Stewardship Technician will spend the majority of their time improving the ecological health of the GTRLC’s nature preserves. Another large component of this position is the improvement of the GTRLC’s infrastructure including sustainable trails, signs, boardwalks, parking lots and more. Using International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) standards for sustainable hiking and biking trails, the Stewardship technician will build, maintain and assist in the design of multi-use trails. Read the full description.
Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) Conservation Technician
The Conservation Technician will conduct a variety of conservation stewardship activities to improve the public parklands GTCD manages as well as the Boardman River and its Watershed. Major tasks include trail development and maintenance; river restoration and instream habitat improvement; invasive species control; and public engagement. Read the full description.
Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMI GLSI) Education Coordinator
The Education Coordinator is principally responsible for supporting new and existing place-based education/resource stewardship service projects with schools (and in partnership with project-relevant community partners) participating in the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMI GLSI). The Education Coordinator will work in partnership with the NEMI GLSI Coordinator to: provide training in Place Based education; identify and build relationships with community partners; and, plan and implement student-driven environmental stewardship projects in partnership with teachers and students. School projects are various and include: water quality monitoring; habitat restoration; invasive species management; recycling programs; community gardens and other stewardship activities. Read the full description.
Huron Pines (HP) Habitat Restoration Specialist (2 positions)
The Huron Pines AmeriCorps Habitat Restoration Technician will implement on-the-ground habitat restoration projects including invasive species removal at sites located along the Lake Huron shoreline and on inland lakes, rivers, wetlands and upland areas across Northeast Michigan. The member will also operate a mobile boat wash station and utilize this tool as means to engage and educate various user groups and landowners about the importance of protecting our waters from aquatic invasive species. In addition, this position will include additional community outreach tasks like developing and delivering presentations and meeting with private landowners. Read the full description.
Huron Pines (HP) Community Education Specialist
The Community Education Specialist will play a pivotal role in adding value to conservation efforts across the state of Michigan. The Huron Pines AmeriCorps member will work closely with Huron Pines and our partners to develop, design and create resources focused on increasing effective communication with, and engagement of, these local stakeholders. In addition to these new efforts the member will provide important support to local, community based programs that build strong connections between residents of all ages and the unique natural resources that define Northeast Michigan. The member will also work with local school districts to implement place-based education projects. The member will also work with partners to expand the reach of the Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artist Calendar Contest in local elementary and middle school classrooms and playing a leadership role in the planning for the revived Kirtland’s Warbler Festival in Roscommon, MI. Read the full description.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Conservation Program Developer (Gladwin FMU)
The Conservation Program Developer will be involved in a diverse set of projects to improve natural resources management in the State Forest. Some experience dealing with the public and conducting scientific surveys is preferred. Onsite training will also be provided. The member will be involved in developing new conservation programs including coordinating volunteers to conduct restoration and habitat improvement. The member will design and develop outreach materials and perform field surveys. Read the full description.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Conservation Program Developer (Grayling FMU)
The Conservation Program Developer will be involved in a diverse set of projects to improve natural resources management in the MDNR Grayling FMU. Some experience dealing with the public and conducting scientific surveys is preferred. Onsite training will also be provided. The member will be involved in developing new conservation programs including using volunteers to conduct species surveys and conduct restoration and habitat improvement. The member will design and develop outreach materials and perform field surveys. Read the full description.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Conservation Program Developer (Pigeon River Country)
The Conservation Program Developer will be involved in a diverse set of projects to improve natural resources management in the Pigeon River Country State Forest. Some experience dealing with the public and conducting scientific surveys is preferred. Onsite training will also be provided. The member will be involved in developing new conservation programs including using volunteers to conduct species surveys and conduct restoration and habitat improvement. The member will design and develop outreach materials and perform field and visitor use surveys. Read the full description.
Missaukee Conservation District (MCD) Conservation Technician
Major tasks include coordination of soil sampling cost share program, MCD foot trail development, environmental education to school age students, lake property owners’ education program, development of environmental stewardship materials, implement on the ground restoration projects, and conduct water quality monitoring program or resource inventory in upper Muskegon River watershed. Read the full description.
Otsego Conservation District (OCD) Education Coordinator
The AmeriCorps member will serve as the education coordinator for the Otsego Conservation District. Member will spend time creating and implementing activities and educational programs for youth and adults to cultivate an appreciation for our natural resources. The position will offer diverse opportunities to promote conservation. A highly motivated and creative candidate is required. Knowledge of Michigan’s native plants is preferred; on-site training will also be provided. Read the full description.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) Education & Outreach Specialist (2 positions)
The Education Specialist will greet, orient, and provide programs for diverse audiences (adult and school groups, individuals, families, K-12 students, teachers, etc.), recruit and engage volunteers, represent the sanctuary at events and meetings, and support the sanctuary’s education evaluation efforts. Service includes learning and communicating about maritime history/archaeology & marine technology/underwater research, Great Lakes/Ocean literacy, the National Marine Sanctuary system, water quality/watershed monitoring/watershed stewardship. Service also includes volunteer engagement and working with the public. On site training is provided. Read the full description.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (TOMWC) Outreach & Education Specialist
Major tasks include implementing the Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program, which includes collaborating with lake associations on framework development, promoting the program on targeted lakes, working with website developers, and evaluating the success of the initial effort. Other major tasks include implementing the Watershed Academy, a water resources education program in area high schools. The Specialist will also regularly develop outreach materials including newsletter articles, website content, and press releases. Read the full description.
Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (UPRC&D) Invasive Plant Specialist
The Invasive Plant Specialist will be involved in the survey, mapping, chemical, and mechanical control of invasive plants, and management of the infestation database. These activities will require the member to conduct landowner site visits, educate individual landowners and volunteer groups in the identification and management of both native and invasive plants, and recruit volunteers to “adopt” infestations for long-term control. The AmeriCorps member will also work in collaboration with UP RC&D Council staff, and the Coordinators and partner organizations of all 5 UP CISMAs to promote UPIC through the development of public presentations and outreach materials such as the UPIC eNewsletter, and participation on the annual invasive species conference planning team. Read the full description.
US Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Restoration Technician (2 positions)
Major tasks include conducting inventories (erosion, non-native invasive species, aquatic organism passage barriers) and monitoring (water temperature). Other major duties will involve assisting with restoration activities (treatment/removal of invasive plants, erosion control and habitat improvement projects) and educating the public to prevent the spread of Aquatic NNIS. On-site training will be provided as needed. Read the full description.
Reasonable accommodations: If you need to make a request for a reasonable accommodation, due to a disability, such as obtain materials in a format that works for you or to fully participate in the application process, please contact Jennie Roth-Jandron, AmeriCorps Coordinator at Huron Pines.
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