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Stewards VISTA: NEEF - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
 
 
 
The goal of this program is to increase standards-based STEM literacy in local urban students through tree planting and soil monitoring in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CUVA) while helping develop a scientifically robust and replicable community science monitoring project. Native tree planting is a critical part of CUVA’s environmental rehabilitation work and the park seeks to establish effective monitoring around the success of tree planting as well as strong and scientifically rigorous citizen science projects. The target audience is middle school students from urban Cleveland neighborhoods who are interested spending time outdoors, exploring green spaces, or studying STEM. This audience is historically under-represented among visitors to public lands and in STEM fields. We hope that this program will help increase their affinity for and comfort in nature as well as their interest in pursuing a career in natural resources. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (known as the Conservancy), and the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Association (GCNCA, a 21st CCLC) have a long history of successful partnerships. Past collaborations include semi-annual “Days of Learning” programs. During these programs hundreds of children from GCNCA have come to the park to explore different areas, learn about potential careers, participate in recreation activities, and volunteer. We hope to build on the success of the Days of Learning program to develop a robust citizen science and monitoring program focused on reforestation to the benefit of all partners. The addition of an AmeriCorps VISTA intern will greatly increase our ability to develop an effective long-term program, especially in conjunction with the GCNCA. This program will build on the strengths of the partners and provide an opportunity to establish a replicable citizen science project that the park and partners can use in the future.
 
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Member Duties : Develop and implement programming for NPS-21stCCLC Grant Program and other Cuyahoga Valley National Park 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 : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Housing Assistance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Environment ,  Education ,  Citizen Science ,  Youth Development . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Stewards VISTA: NEEF - Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Program Start/End Date
10/25/2021  -   10/24/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO   Cleveland/ Akron  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  07/28/2021  To  10/04/2021 

Contact Jessica Zukowski
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
6812380906
jzukowski@conservationlegacy.org

Listing ID 105977


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