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Stewards VISTA: NM Forest & Watershed Restoration
The VISTA Collaboration Specialist position is based at the New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute (FWRI) in Las Vegas, NM. The FWRI’s mission is to promote adaptive management practices and to reduce the risk of high-intensity, catastrophic wildfires and other disturbances in New Mexico’s forests. Developing partnerships among stakeholders is an important part of this mission. In forested areas in New Mexico, community-based collaborative conservation (CBCC) organizations coordinate forest management across large landscapes, aimed at building ecological resiliency to reduce the risk of forest disturbances. The FWRI Collaboration Program has an ongoing project to organize CBCC organizations into regional networks and link these networks statewide, with the goal of facilitating greater collaborative knowledge and capacity. Capacity building focuses on developing financial resources, increasing local knowledge about effective collaborative techniques, and training local residents in collaborative skills, including facilitation and mediation, conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership, active listening, and effective communication. All of this contributes to the creation of local restoration-based economic development, offering new opportunities to residents in the forestry sector and reducing poverty in rural New Mexico towns and villages. VISTA Collaboration Specialist will take a lead role in organizing regional networks of CBCC groups to build collaborative capacity and promote adaptive management practices. The Collaboration Specialist will also develop financial and informational resources for CBCC organizations and assist in training programs on collaboration skills. The job requires some travel to CBCC meetings and training sessions, or work through videoconferencing software. The VISTA Collaboration Specialist will also promote a restorative economy locally and statewide, engaging in hands-on economic development in rural communities.
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Member Duties : Working with the FWRI’s Collaboration Program Manager and staff, the VISTA volunteer will organize networks of community-based collaborative conservation (CBCC) organizations to build collaborative capacity and promote adaptive management practices that enhance ecological resiliency. The VISTA Collaboration Specialist will plug into statewide and multi-state efforts to develop financial and informational resources for CBCC organizations, and to assist in training programs on collaborative knowledge and skills. The job requires some travel to meetings of CBCC organizations and to training sessions and coordination workshops. There are opportunities for creative network development and collaborative work with a wide range of CBCC organizations, and hands-on economic development work in rural communities. Familiarity with the Spanish language is helpful but not required.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  $375 in Prof Dev Funds from Stewards ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Environment ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Conflict Resolution . 
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Stewards VISTA: NM Forest & Watershed Restoration

Program Start/End Date
07/06/2021  -   07/05/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW MEXICO  

Spanish conversational a plus

Accepting Applications
From  04/20/2021  To  07/09/2021 

Contact Patricia Silva
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 103355