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Friends of Deckers Creek: Environmental Education
Education, community development, and public outreach are fundamental to remediating and maintaining healthy natural resources. A clean creek and revived fishery mean not only a restored habitat, but also an increase in property values and new options for innovative creek-side development with the potential to add jobs to the local economy (just to name a few benefits!). A healthy watershed is also a reflection of the engaged and involved community that it hosts. It is the vision of FODC to turn Deckers Creek from a liability into an asset and a source of pride for the community. That vision can only be accomplished through community support and engagement. Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the natural qualities of, increase public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek Watershed in Morgantown, West Virginia. The goal of this project is to increase environmental education for both area youths and adults through educational activities, community outreach programs, and strengthened partnerships within the community.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will 1) spearhead environmental education, 2) promote environmental stewardship, 3) train volunteers, 4) assist in grant writing and 5) reach out to the community to raise awareness of environmental issues. The VISTA will maintain and expand existing strong relationships with local schools, the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club, and other youth-based organizations and facilitate new partnerships to further promote environmental education and stewardship throughout Monongalia and Preston Counties. The VISTA will lead the FODC Citizen Science Program, train volunteers with the Clean Creek Program, sample for water quality, fish, and macroinvertebrates, and build capacity through grant writing and community awareness. The VISTA will also work to build capacity within greenspace and economic development in a low income area of Morgantown. VISTAs will help apply for funds to build an inclusive greenspace for residents to use and to hold educational programs.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training . 
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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 ,  Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Research . 
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Friends of Deckers Creek: Environmental Education

Program Start/End Date
08/02/2021  -   08/01/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WEST VIRGINIA  


Accepting Applications
From  05/01/2021  To  11/01/2021 

Contact Erin Susman
424A Shrewsbury St
Charleston   WV   25301

Listing ID 83051