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Stewards VISTA: Kentucky Headwaters, Inc.
Headwaters Inc. is a non-profit community watershed organization in Letcher County, Kentucky. In response to water-quality concerns, community members formed Headwaters in 2005 to promote local water resource management and encourage stewardship of Letcher County waterways. After incorporation, Headwaters gained 501(c)3 nonprofit status in 2008. Since the founding of the organization, Headwaters has been led by an operating board of professionals from various parts of the county. Today, Headwaters works to address public health issues relating to water quality through water monitoring, environmental education, and ecological restoration. Our specific program activities include sampling stream water at designated locations throughout the year, conducting in-home tap water testing in partnership with the University of Kentucky, and community engagement through Letcher County school system and in partnership with other local nonprofits around clean water issues. Headwaters also holds regular stream cleanups and supports Headwaters on the Creek Summer Camp at Cowan Community Center, which serves under-resourced local youth and families. Community Program Coordinator VISTA member will work to this end by developing Headwaters community programming relating to these topics. VISTA member will develop processes to recruit, train, and work with a volunteer base for conducting programming; develop environmental education in local schools; assist in development and fundraising activities; and assist in partner-led work as needed. This project will engage community members in citizen monitoring activities, empower youth through education on water health, and collaborate with eco-tourism efforts as a means for increasing community knowledge and public safety in a region with low levels of environmental education.
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Member Duties : VISTA will work to improve attention to local water quality throughout Letcher County. VISTA will be tasked with developing and improving our education programming to build awareness around water quality needs and engage community members in ongoing stewardship activities. VISTA will be responsible for improving Headwaters’ ongoing environmental education programming in the Letcher County School System, as well as its community-wide public educational offerings. The VISTA will deliver water ecology curriculum, maintain existing relationships, and build new relationships with area educators, and plan and develop summer camps. Headwaters manages multiple volunteer programs focused on building a sense of community responsibility in caring for our local waterways. Increasing Headwaters’ volunteer base to scale up the impact of our current stewardship activities will be a core component of the VISTA’s responsibilities.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  $375 in Prof Dev Funds from Stewards ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Environment ,  Public Health ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Youth Development ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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Stewards VISTA: Kentucky Headwaters, Inc.

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Associates degree (AA)

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations KENTUCKY  

Accepting Applications
From  04/28/2021  To  06/09/2021 

Contact John-Michael Aurednik
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 103603