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Stewards VISTA: Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) works closely with federal, state, and city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local residents to improve and support public parkland in Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula in Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. Encompassing over 10,000 acres of parkland, JBRPC serves approximately 35 neighborhoods and over half a million residents through its stewardship of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway parks. While numerous strides have been made to increase public access to these parks and the waterfront, including the opening of a new state park in Brooklyn in 2019, park and waterfront access remain limited. The area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and remains vulnerable to extreme weather and storm surge. VISTA will work to build organizational capacity and serve local communities with a specific focus on engaging underserved residents in education and volunteer programs, while also supporting data management and grant identification efforts. VISTA will support JBRPC’s growing educational portfolio, supporting program development and program facilitation of citizen science and service-learning based field trips. These programs will enable park access and experiences for Title 1 schools and their students, while engaging participant students in the unique ecology of our parks, the recreational opportunities that they offer, and the ways in which students can become park stewards. VISTA will also support JBRPC’s growing volunteer program, supporting development of a volunteer database and working with neighboring communities to increase engagement in and access through volunteerism and community building. VISTA will assist in grant identification and writing. Finally, the VISTA will support management of the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Project Mapping tool, working with non-profit and governmental agencies to reflect capital investments to parks in Jamaica Bay and Rockaway.
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Member Duties : •Conduct outreach to schools and community partners to engage and connect students to parks through education programs. •Conduct outreach to neighboring underserved communities and engage them in volunteer opportunities, park improvement projects, & free public programs. •Support development of volunteer database system. •Support creation of volunteer development opportunities for volunteer program. •Support program development and content creation for education programs. •Assist program facilitation for citizen science and service-learning based field trips. •Work with partner agencies and non-profits in coordinating program logistics including park permitting, scheduling and supplies needs. •Update and manage Mapping Tool to reflect past and current projects in the area on an ongoing basis with partners. •Collect impact data on stewardship and partnership programs, educational initiatives and park restoration projects. •Assist with grant identification and writing.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Education ,  Environment ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  GIS/data asset management ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development . 
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Stewards VISTA: Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW YORK  


Accepting Applications
From  01/03/2020  To  04/01/2020 

Contact Patricia Silva
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 85503