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*BMVP - Expand Safe Access to Community Trails
Billings TrailNet's mission is to promote a complete, community-wide trail system. While many people in Billings use trails and bikeways for safe walking and biking, there are gaps in the trail system in underserved areas. While the City of Billings has a trail and bikeway plan, it lacks a funding mechanism dedicated to building trails and bikeways. Billings’ built access improvements for non-motorized travel currently cannot keep up with needs. According to a meta-analysis conducted by ChangeLab Solutions, improving the quality and perceived safety of the neighborhood built environment – specifically trails, parks, and multi-modal transportation routes – improves a variety of health outcomes. These include chronic diseases; mental health conditions; violent crimes; and vulnerability to natural disasters and pandemics. Furthermore, these improvements improve property values, quality of life, social investment, and school conditions. Safe and easy access to schools, work, recreation, health care, and food is an important piece of solving the poverty dilemma. Trails, sidewalks and bikeways not only provide healthy physical activity, but also provide safe routes for children to arrive to school ready to learn; places for families to recreate easily; and ways for people who are unable to drive to access health care, work / employment opportunities, community events, and appointments.
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Member Duties : Expand safe and easy access to schools, work, recreation, health care, and food through non-motorized travel with Billings TrailNet! The overall goal of this project is to provide easy access to work, school, essentials, and recreation by expanding non-motorized transportation routes and recreate sites for Billings’ underserved neighborhoods. The VISTA will: develop a comprehensive needs assessment of existing inequities in the Billings trails, parks, and safe routes system; design and implement a communications and marketing plan to increase community awareness of trails / bikeways; and develop a platform for Billings community members to access non-motorized trail resources.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Hunger ,  Tribal ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Veterans ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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*BMVP - Expand Safe Access to Community Trails

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2022  To  07/15/2022 

Contact Carly Collins
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101

Listing ID 110994