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Stewards VISTA: Sheep Mountain Alliance
Sheep Mountain Alliance is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the environment in the Telluride region and southwest Colorado. We strive to protect regional ecosystems, wildlife habitats, and watersheds through advocacy, activism, and outreach that empowers and educates our community. This VISTA position offers an excellent opportunity to work first hand on environmental issues ranging from mining cleanup to forest health, while gaining experience in community organizing, nonprofit administration, and public lands policy. The Sheep Mountain Alliance (SMA) Community Stewards VISTA will address three primary needs in their host community. The first is a lack of understanding and participation on public lands issues, as well as a trend toward privatization of public lands. The second is diversification and engagement of a broader constituency for the environment, and the third is exploration of alternatives to revitalize a foundering economy in the West that has historically relied on mining and oil and gas drilling, to the detriment of communities, wildlife, and ecosystems. As the VISTA Community Engagement Coordinator at SMA, the member will take on these issues through outreach, education, stewardship, and innovation. They will work with elected officials, business leaders, a variety of stakeholders, and interested citizens to create meaningful and inclusive engagement on public lands issues. They will curate educational and experiential opportunities that are both relevant and accessible, and by forging new relationships and collaborations in former mining communities, with local Latinx leaders, and with tribal entities, will contribute to a vision of a long-term, sustainable future for our region of rural Colorado.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : **Undergraduate degree in environmental studies, education, or ecology, environmental policy or justice, or evolutionary biology preferred.** The VISTA will: Hold workshops and forums to educate citizens on environmental topics Offer stewardship & excursion opportunities for the public on public lands Facilitate free outdoor experiences for the Latinx community, work towards DEI on public lands Create citizen science & stewardship opportunities with schools Organize, update, and develop membership contact procedures & systems Help write grants & develop fundraising materials Build membership of the organization through events, marketing materials, and updated digital resources Support sustainable recreational development & economic diversification in socio-economically depressed communities through innovative partnerships Outreach to local elected officials, non-profits, interest groups, & business owners Build capacity of stakeholders to speak up
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  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 :
Environment ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Education ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Conflict Resolution ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Youth Development ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Environment . 
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Stewards VISTA: Sheep Mountain Alliance

Program Start/End Date
08/19/2019  -   08/17/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  05/20/2019  To  08/01/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 89502