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OSMRE VISTA: Community Outreach for Clean Water Conservation
 
 
 
Freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands) provide a critical foundation for the social and economic well-being of a community by providing clean water, a buffer from flood damage, habitat for wildlife, and opportunities for recreation. The communities along the Harpeth River in middle Tennessee are among the fastest growing in the nation. This explosive growth will result in increased pressure on freshwater resources in the form of pollution, water withdrawals, and deforestation throughout the region, with potential consequences for both human and ecosystem health. Harpeth Conservancy is a science-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting clean water and rivers in Tennessee. This VISTA project will work to increase community involvement in and support of Harpeth Conservancy’s efforts through education/outreach events, encouraging public participation in citizen science projects, and building and strengthening relationships with other local environmental organizations. Harpeth Conservancy has three major programs: Water Quality & Sustainability, Watershed Science & Restoration, and Outreach & Education. The VISTA will contribute to all programs in some capacity, with an emphasis on educational programming, organizing community outreach and fundraising events, building citizen science programs, and grant writing.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA will: 1. Submit grant proposals to secure programmatic funding 2. Organize at least two fundraising or outreach events 3. Develop training materials and strategy for increasing community participation in citizen science monitoring projects 4. Build on educational material and lead environmental education activities 5. Organize stream clean ups and other restoration projects 6. Engage disenfranchised communities that have typically received less attention 7. Continue developing and promoting Responsible River Recreation (RRR) campaign 8. Perform outreach, including tabling at community events, managing social media and digital mailings, volunteer recruitment, and fostering relationships with local organizations/businesses 9. Assist with organizing available water quality, biodiversity, and GIS data throughout project area for conservation planning 10. Present work of the organization in at least one professional setting during the project year
 
Program Benefits : Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Environment . 
 
Skills :
Environment ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Non-Profit Management . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
OSMRE VISTA: Community Outreach for Clean Water Conservation

Program Start/End Date
11/13/2017  -   11/12/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  08/30/2017  To  10/30/2017 

Contact Katie Foley
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
3042524848
kaitlin@conservationlegacy.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 76541


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