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Stewards VISTA: NM Forest & Watershed Restoration
 
 
 
VISTA position is based at the New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute (FWRI) in Las Vegas, NM. The FWRI’s mission is to promote adaptive management practices and to reduce the risk of high-intensity, catastrophic wildfires and other disturbances in New Mexico’s forests. Developing partnerships among stakeholders is an important part of this mission. In forested areas in New Mexico, community-based collaborative conservation (CBCC) organizations coordinate forest management across large landscapes, to build ecological resiliency to reduce the risk of forest disturbances. The FWRI Collaboration Program is in the early stages of a project to organize CBCC organizations into regional networks and link these networks statewide, with the goal of facilitating greater collaborative knowledge and capacity. Capacity building focuses on developing financial resources, increasing local knowledge about effective collaborative techniques, and training local residents in collaborative skills, including facilitation and mediation, conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership, active listening, and effective communication. All of this contributes to the creation of local restoration-based economic development, offering new opportunities to residents in the forestry sector and reducing poverty in rural New Mexico towns and villages. VISTA will take a lead role in organizing regional networks of CBCC groups to build collaborative capacity and promote adaptive management practices. The Collaboration Specialist will also develop financial and informational resources for CBCC organizations and assist in training programs on collaboration skills. The job requires some travel to CBCC meetings and training sessions, or work through videoconferencing software. The VISTA Collaboration Specialist will also promote a restoration economy locally and statewide, engaging in hands-on economic development in rural communities.
 
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Member Duties : Working closely with the FWRI’s Collaboration Program Manager, the VISTA volunteer will take a lead role in organizing networks of community-based collaborative conservation (CBCC) organizations to build collaborative capacity and promote adaptive management practices that enhance ecological resiliency. The VISTA Collaboration Specialist will plug into statewide and multi-state efforts to develop financial and informational resources for CBCC organizations, and to assist in training programs on collaborative knowledge and skills. The job requires some travel to meetings of CBCC organizations and to training sessions and coordination workshops. There are opportunities for creative network development and collaborative work with a wide range of CBCC organizations, and hands-on economic development work in rural communities. Familiarity with the Spanish language is helpful but not required.
 
Program Benefits : Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Community Organization ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Environment . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Stewards VISTA: NM Forest & Watershed Restoration

Program Start/End Date
06/22/2020  -   06/21/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW MEXICO  

Accepting Applications
From  04/27/2020  To  06/22/2020 

Contact John-Michael Aurednik
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
16812380963
jmaurednik@conservationlegacy.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 95826


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