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Stewards VISTA: NEEF - Colorado National Monument
The goal of the program at Colorado National Monument is to activate and empower local youth as stewards and 21st century problem solvers. Through implementation of the Greening STEM model, students will participate in citizen science and engage with resource management issues. In addition to the experiential component, this project aims to address inequity in outdoor spaces. Riverside Education Center is a recognized diversity and inclusion community leader, serving a greater portion of Latinx youth than any other local organization. This project will establish the foundation for a sustainable partnership between Colorado NM and REC and begin the work of closing one of our gaps as a park - meaningful engagement with audiences of color. Colorado National Monument and Riverside Educational Center will facilitate field visits for the after-school enrichment program. Over the course of this project youth partners will participate in a variety of inventory and monitoring projects identified as priority issues by the park. Four of the priority areas include: 1. Inventorying the impact of beetle kill on Pinyon-Juniper woodland communities. 2. Analyzing data relative to cheat-grass succession across historically native grass and shrub communities. 3. Observing and recording data related to trail and road engineering and maintenance. 4. Collecting data on visitor use patterns and trends in sensitive areas. NPS staff will visit REC 21st CCLC sites prior to field experiences to facilitate community and trust building activities between adult and youth partners. Instructors will lead engaging activities that explore the connection between resource management careers, multiple perspectives among stakeholders, leadership, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Community-based learning elements will also be introduced to address social and environmental justice gaps related to land management career opportunities.
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Member Duties : Develop and implement programming for NPS-21stCCLC Grant Program and other Colorado National Monument programs. Assist in the preparation and submission of grant proposals to secure future funding to continue program beyond the initial grant. Assist in securing in-kind program support. Assist in digital community engagement efforts to keep community members informed on program activities and accomplishments. Assist in planning event(s) with project partners and the local community. Serve as liaison with NPS unit while conducting outreach to 21stCCLC programs and local K-12 schools and student groups (after-school programs, out-of-school programs, clubs, etc.). Gather ideas and opportunities for growth. Track Performance Measures and submit quarterly and final progress reports inclusive of qualitative and quantitative data for all areas of work.
Program Benefits : Housing Assistance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Education . 
Skills :
Education ,  Environment . 
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Stewards VISTA: NEEF - Colorado National Monument

Program Start/End Date
01/18/2022  -   01/17/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  07/28/2021  To  12/17/2021 

Contact Jessica Zukowski
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801

Listing ID 105976