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VISTA: Western Slope Healthy Forests Initiative
The VISTA program will catalyze the development of a diverse public-land-based economy in Delta County, CO, one of the 15th poorest counties in the state. For many decades, the local economy was based on coal mining. With recent declines in coal production, however, the communities of Delta County are seeing a renaissance in recreation, tourism, and organic agriculture. This program will support the strengthening of these local economies, as well as connect local youth with possible employment, by meeting the following identified needs: 1) to educate local youth about the value of healthy public lands within our watershed. To engage these youth in substantive US Forest Service and BLM management processes which will determine long-term ecosystem health for our region; 2) to build collaborative partnerships between local citizens and local , state and federal agencies as planning and implementation begins for landscape-level reclamation, restoration, and management of public and private lands within our watershed. Relevant entities include but are not limited to the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, the Bureau of Reclamation, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Delta County institutions including the Delta County School District, Delta County Economic Development. 3) to build momentum for a recreation economy in the region by supporting local collaborative efforts to improve access to our rivers and public lands, increase public support for responsible recreation resource development, and build capacity to promote our local recreational assets to communities beyond our watershed. This position will be based in Paonia, CO.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Tasks and objectives for the OSMRE/VISTA member include: • With the US Forest Service, coordinating the development of a new and highly successful Youth Outdoor Network , which provides career pathways for underserved high school students, supports forest planning, and encourages fun outdoor adventures. • Developing local recreation opportunities along the river corridor and public lands. The member will work with a local recreation working group to assess recreation assets as well as promoting those assets beyond our watershed. • Coordinating collaborative work days with local agencies on public lands to improve access, maintain trails, and educate the public about local forest health and recreation needs. • Educating and engaging the local community around the need to preserve our water quality and public lands to support burgeoning local land-based industries including agriculture, sustainable forestry, tourism, and recreation. • Grant Writing and Fundraising.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Environment ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Environment ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Education ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

VISTA: Western Slope Healthy Forests Initiative

Program Start/End Date
03/26/2018  -   03/25/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  12/26/2017  To  03/26/2018 

Contact Katie Foley
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 78000