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GARNA Sustainability Outreach Coordinator VISTA
GARNA inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of resources and leave a legacy of responsible use of the environment. Chaffee Green Sustainability Program of GARNA addresses sustainable materials management issues within Chaffee County, Colorado. A 23-year old environmental non-profit, GARNA is the area’s established nature association, and the go-to education and outreach partner for public land management agencies in the region. In addition, GARNA’s tagline is Nature centered. Community driven. This represents the heart and soul of GARNA, where community resilience, including poverty alleviation, leads to environmental resilience. Chaffee County is a fantastic place to spend a VISTA year! The area offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature viewing, arts and culture. The local CO state park offers whitewater boating and gold-medal fishing, and the valley is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Saguache Mountain ranges, which has 15 of Colorado’s 14-thousand foot peaks. The SOC will assist GARNA by networking with renewable energy volunteers, increasing awareness of resources by promoting existing programs and encouraging development of new opportunities; partnering with county, municipal and nonprofit efforts for clean air/water; partnering with those addressing climate change and carbon reduction; and working with area-wide efforts to include sustainability in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The SOC will develop, plan, and implement projects that engage volunteers and businesses in practices reducing plastic consumption through education and reusable bag programs, materials management at large-scale tourism-based events, restaurant and back-yard composting, and working with local government officials to include sustainable materials management in short and long-range planning efforts.
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Member Duties : - Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to increase hands-on waste reduction strategies for communities. - Develop informational and educational outreach materials to be used in community outreach events. - Collect data related to sustainability outreach and education projects, including program participation and results. - Lead fundraising efforts related to refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. - Develop communications, including website materials, and media releases. - Work closely with GARNA youth program staff to incorporate age-appropriate education about waste reduction and recycling strategies into existing in-school and out of school youth programs. - Develop relationships with sustainability program partners such as local businesses, event organizers, waste management companies, the Council of Governments, governments, and other community groups to gain and disseminate information and increase network resilience for sustainable waste management.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Assistance with locating housing. ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend . 
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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 Outreach . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

GARNA Sustainability Outreach Coordinator VISTA

Program Start/End Date
01/21/2020  -   01/20/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  

Accepting Applications
From  09/24/2019  To  03/01/2020 

Contact Megan Carter
789 N Sherman St
Denver   CO   80203
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 92190