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Stewards VISTA: Palmetto Conservation Foundation
 
 
 
The PCF/Palmetto Trail and the US Forest Service Enoree District propose to share in the funding and management of a VISTA volunteer coordinator. The individual will be headquartered in the Palmetto Trail office in Columbia, SC but will spend time at the Enoree Ranger Station as well as at sites throughout the 500-mile-long Palmetto Trail. Both sites are generally in rural, economically disadvantaged areas. We seek to alleviate poverty three ways: workforce development opportunities for Public Land Corps Crews; volunteer activities; and promotion of local areas in conjunction with promotion of the recreational assets we represent. The Forest Service seeks to engage more service crews and interns on the Enoree Ranger District. These partnerships allow the participant to receive either a Public Land Corp or Resource Assistant Federal Hiring Authority. Additionally, our volunteers will receive training and skill development with both the Forest Service and The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. The VISTA member will have a DEI focus to engage underrepresented populations and enhance job skills locally, as well as an outreach focus to encourage volunteer efforts by groups located elsewhere, who may be less familiar with the sites. We will then encourage volunteers to return, attracting more people to these extraordinary recreational assets and bringing tourist dollars to local small businesses. In addition, we will work with local communities near the Forest and along the path of the Palmetto Trail to draw attention to all these areas have to offer. These communities benefit from tourism that the trails and activities on the forest offer. Finally, the VISTA will develop plans and seek funding to ensure sustainability of the program. The PCF and the US Forest Service lack the capacity for a Volunteer and Service Coordinator. The added capacity of the VISTA will benefit both organizations’ ability to better engage service participants and volunteers.
 
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Member Duties : •Increase volunteer participation by evaluating and revising existing volunteer plans, protocols and manuals and developing spreadsheets to coordinate activities •Increase community outreach, leading to economic development by bringing new groups to target sites, arranging activities to highlight local governments, and seeking new community organizations interested in interacting with outdoor recreational sites. •Alleviate poverty by developing processes for volunteers to develop job skills, and by identifying potential jobs within the sponsoring organizations •Increase local tourism revenues by drawing attention to communities near Palmetto Trail and National Forest sites
 
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Environment ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Stewards VISTA: Palmetto Conservation Foundation

Program Start/End Date
04/11/2022  -   04/10/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations SOUTH CAROLINA  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  12/14/2021  To  03/11/2022 

Contact Patricia Silva
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
3048600371
psilva@conservationlegacy.org

Listing ID 108768


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