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Stewards VISTA: Friends of KAG - Education & Outreach
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is national park site featuring historic ponds filled with lotus, water lilies and wild habitat, offering a unique respite in our capital city. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is dedicated to ensuring the Gardens are a well-maintained, well-enjoyed, and welcoming for neighbors and visitors. We do this by connecting people to the Gardens through stewardship, public engagement, and educational programs. The neighborhoods surrounding the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens have been systemically harmed and overlooked for decades, leaving residents with few avenues for economic, professional, or personal mobility. Neighbors, however have long desired for the Gardens to play a larger role in improving their quality of life. Increased programming as well as improved (and welcoming) access would create a respite to escape the stresses of the city and home life, as well as a place to individuals and community to gather to learn, work and play. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and NPS have initiated some critical public programming for the Gardens’ neighbors in recent years featuring spring and summer break camps, volunteer events, an annual water lily and lotus cultural festival, a photography contest and more. We have made some significant inroads and now, together with you, as a Stewards VISTAs, we seek to enhance and codify our public engagement offerings, improve our communications strategy, and build a constituency to work toward a fully re-envisioned Gardens where neighbors view the park as part of their community and social fabric. This position is ideal for self-starters and fast learners who have a creative mind and work well in a collaborative team environment and on their own. Also, you should like having a total blast while working in a setting made for Instagram! This will give you the experience and skills needed for a career in environmental education, youth and community development.
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Member Duties : As a Stewards VISTA, you will work as part of team of Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to: Assess other park programs that transform natural habitats into rich learning environments and identify best practices Develop a suite of lesson plans and field trip experiences Plan and implement for week-long spring break camp and summer camps Develop an outreach and partnership strategy with the local community and increase numbers of children and youth Coordinate a summer concert series and develop a year-round calendar of events Strengthen partner relationships with affinity groups (photographers, bikers, botanists, gardeners, birders, etc.), community groups, and regular users of the Gardens Implement a strategic communications calendar Conduct rich scans of other parks and community-serving marketing and engagement strategies, and develop marketing and communications materials Identify and secure program partners and financial support for events
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Uniforms provided and required ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Public Speaking . 
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Stewards VISTA: Friends of KAG - Education & Outreach

Program Start/End Date
01/21/2020  -   01/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   Washington/Baltimore  


Accepting Applications
From  06/24/2019  To  01/01/2020 

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

Listing ID 81288