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Stewards VISTA: Railyard Park Community Engagement
**Bachelor’s degree preferred or applicable experience and interest. ** **Local Applicants Preferred. Access to Bike/Vehicle needed** The Railyard Park Conservancy’s (RPC) mission is to provide community stewardship and advocacy for the care, educational programming, and public art in the Railyard Park and Plaza.The RPC accomplishes its mission through the generosity of a large cadre of dedicated volunteers and youth-in-service groups that contribute their time and efforts to keep the Park healthy, vibrant, beautiful and ready for various educational programming. The VISTA will provide and enhance job skills for area youth, jobless or homeless through horticultural and landscaping training and data collection. The VISTA will also provide vegetable gardening programs and produce to the homeless and/or hungry community utilizing neighboring organization’s partnerships to connect those people to our vegetable programs. The VISTA will also work with various area organizations and after-school groups to partner on providing free transportation to our Park. Our 2 Community Food Gardens are fully organic and shared with the community. Our Outdoor Science Classroom program for elementary thru middle school children is based on using the Park’s living plants and creatures to teach concepts of biology, physics, chemistry, even mathematics and art. An element that we weave throughout our youth programs is using our Native Bee House to teach youth about the importance of pollinators to other living creatures as well as humans. We do this by giving them hands-on lessons about nesting material preferences, food and water source preferences and studying the pollinator population in the Park to make informed improvements to the pollinator habitat in the Park.
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Member Duties : •Create successful partnerships, collaborations, and connections with organizations •Implement a monthly community service day for court-mandated community service. •Facilitate a youth or teen-led research project in the park. •Grow the compost quantity and quality, identify best practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with the City •Reach new school groups of all ages and host them for field trips to the park. •Create a Children's Committee that is representative of Santa Fe's larger demographics. •Participate in CEN's collaborative opportunities •Repainting and restoration of Community Room spaces Community garden plot management with individuals or groups, including weekly and monthly workshop •Establish key individuals to strengthen ongoing partnership opportunities at Youth Shelters, Youth Works, Shelters, Food Depot, and others. •Assist in researching grant opportunities for funding of projects as well as operating support.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  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 :
Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Veterans ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Homelessness ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  General Skills ,  Veterans ,  Applicable Program Skills ,  Youth Development ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Recruitment . 
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Stewards VISTA: Railyard Park Community Engagement

Program Start/End Date
03/18/2019  -   03/17/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Associates degree (AA)

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW MEXICO  

Spanish is a Plus

Accepting Applications
From  01/11/2019  To  03/01/2019 

Contact Patricia Silva
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81206