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Tribal VISTA: AL - Glen Canyon NRA
The Ancestral Lands (AL) program engages Native American youth and young adults through service-oriented, natural resource protection, ecological restoration, and conservation programs. The bulk of our work is done on ancestral lands of Southwestern Native American communities, including the Pueblos of Acoma and Zuni, and the Navajo Nation. Projects include noxious weed inventories and GIS mapping, mechanical removal of invasive species (chainsaw crews), traditional farming, historic and pre-historic preservation projects, constructing wildlife-friendly fences, restoring habitats, building trails, and performing maintenance at National Parks. Participants carry out these projects as day crews working a typical weekly work schedule, or as hitch crews camping out for 8 to 10 days at a time often in remote back country work sites. In addition to the work projects our program places a heavy emphasis on the personal and professional development of our participants. We offer trainings, certifications, job application and resume assistance, educational presentations, goal setting workshops and more to our participants. Ancestral Lands also places a focus on reconnection to the traditions and culture in the communities where we serve, including incorporating traditional languages, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and teachings whenever possible; connecting elders with youth; constructing traditional structures like Bawishtani (Acoma bread ovens) and learning how to use them; and learning the stories, traditions, and heritage of the communities.
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Member Duties : VISTA will identify and apply for funding sources emphasizing reconnection to traditional ways while offering employment opportunities, including a language immersion program and traditional farming program. The Traditional Farming Program provides access to fresh and healthy foods while reconnecting members to their heritage, traditions, and culture. VISTA will also help to expand/improve a professional development component for the AL program by identifying resources, developing partnerships, and assisting with professional development events, such as resume workshops, mock interview sessions, and a job/career fair that AL participants will participate in to connect with potential employers. The VISTA will identify ways for members to use their AmeriCorps education awards and coordinate college fairs that bring in local, regional, and national recruiters. VISTA will identify and connect our members to colleges that have Native-focused recruitment and offer free/reduced-cost tuition.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Housing ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Computer and phone support ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Uniforms provided and required ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Tribal ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Clean driving record & license . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Tribal VISTA: AL - Glen Canyon NRA

Program Start/End Date
06/05/2017  -   06/04/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW MEXICO  

Diné bizaad (Navajo) preferred

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2017  To  05/12/2017 

Contact Caroline Smith
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 64007