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OSMRE VISTA Mountain Studies Institute
Mountain Studies Institute is collaborating with rural Colorado mountain communities to alleviate poverty and address legacy mining issues by: (1) uniting youth development programs in Silverton, CO and four high mountain neighboring counties, and (2) coordinating a stream and climate monitoring network and service programs in those communities. These mine-scarred communities seek to collaboratively address the challenges of acid mine drainage, cleanup, and reclamation in manner that provides for better livelihoods and a sustainable economy for their future generations. MSI and our VISTA will strive to alleviate poverty and support the region by: (1) developing the Bridging Mountains Network to unite youth development programs in Silverton and four high mountain neighboring counties, (2) coordinating a monitoring network and service programs in those communities, and (3) developing programs to advance civic and environmental literacy, academic enrichment, service learning, and career and technical experiences. MSI will work with regional stakeholders to complete a San Juan Needs Assessment to define community needs for youth development, science needs, education opportunities, and partnerships. We will initiate program planning for bridging needs and interests of five counties to provide an integrated, technologically-connected education and monitoring plan. We will build up our successful partnership, San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference, and education network, My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains as our initial stakeholder base. Applications are reviewed and the position will be filled on a rolling basis. Please apply early to be considered.
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Member Duties : VISTA will build capacity for the Bridging Mountains Network by helping to secure grants, partnerships, and resources, strengthening our core capacity to develop initiatives, and developing partnerships for creating youth development programs. Additionally, they will help restore mine-impacted rivers and streams by piloting place-based, service learning programs to teach job skills, explore technology, and monitoring partnerships. S/he will help MSI build a strategy for uniting our small mountain communities through youth development programs. In the 1st year, they will complete a Needs Assessment to define the need for education programs for career development, job training, and academic enrichment for students to pursue science and technology college education. MSI and VISTA will hold listening sessions as part of our Needs Assessment. S/he will help organize the San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference partnership as a venue to reach both mining industry and community leaders.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Professional development funds ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Technology ,  Health ,  Children/Youth ,  Hunger ,  Education ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Education ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Youth Development ,  Environment ,  Recruitment ,  Teaching/Tutoring . 
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OSMRE VISTA Mountain Studies Institute

Program Start/End Date
01/30/2017  -   01/29/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  11/03/2016  To  01/01/2017 

Contact Mary Kobs
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 61506