Community Engagement Coordinator

Organization

Middlebury Area Land Trust

Job status

Job Type

Job Duration

Job Compensation Type

Remote

No

Contact Name

Jamie Jo Horton

Contact Email

jamie@maltvt.org

Contact Phone

8023881007

Deadline to Apply

Location

Middlebury, VT
United States

Join an active, passionate, and down-to-earth team in connecting people with the conserved lands of the Champlain Valley! A typical day at MALT is what many people dream of doing on the weekend. You'll serve side-by-side with volunteers and a dedicated staff team while maintaining the 19-mile Trail Around Middlebury, surrounded by forest, pasture, and views of mountains in every direction. Then you'll hunt for salamanders, teach orienteering, and play nature-based games outside with seven-year-olds all afternoon. In between, you'll grow as a coordinator, communicator, and environmental steward. Being a part of MALT means joining a vibrant community of like-minded nature lovers and protectors. Come to MALT to connect people to nature!

Summary

Essential Functions: 

  • Teach environmental education programs for audiences ages 3 to adulthood, including after-school programs, vacation camps, and public programs;  
  • Co-develop and teach summer day camps for children ages 3-14, mentor and supervise teen counselors-in-training; 
  • Recruit, coordinate, and engage 100+ volunteers on the trails Manage and serve side-by-side with volunteers to maintain 30+ miles of trail; 
  • Directly steward MALT's conserved lands alongside volunteers with an emphasis on monitoring lands for compliance with easements and deed-use restrictions, and invasive species management; 
  • Serve directly in MALT's 4-year campaign to increase equitable public access to MALT's 3,700+ acres of public lands and 30+ miles of trails; 
  • Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps 
  • Participate in all VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives. 
  • Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities.  

 

 

Secondary Functions: 

  • Help publicize environmental education and community events via social media, website, flyers, and blogs; 
  • Contribute to MALT's communication with our community through authoring and designing e-news updates, seasonal newsletters, and more; 
  • Assist with special events as an educator (e.g., Middlebury Green-Up Day, the TAM Trek – an annual race on the Trail Around Middlebury) 

 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or related field; 
  • 1-2years of teaching experience, preferably in an outdoor or alternative education setting. Professional experience can be substituted for formal education; 
  • A strong conservation and environmental ethic that can be communicated to the public through education, events, volunteer coordination, and land stewardship;  
  • Knowledge of or interest in learning basic nature-connection skills and pedagogy, such as nature art, sit spots, and storytelling;  
  • Knowledge of or interest in learning the use of simple hand tools such as drills, hammers, weed whackers, etc. 
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude while serving up to 8 hours on your feet, in inclement weather, and with people of diverse ages, abilities, and interests;  
  • Project leadership experience, ability to set short- and long-term goals while staying independently motivated, strong time management skills;   
  • Experience developing and leading outdoor environmental education activities, as well as working with audiences of multiple ages, ability to guide a group of up to 30 children/adults; 
  • Love of outdoor exploration and questioning, ability to model curiosity and wonder about the natural world;  
  • Truly enjoys serving independently as well as part of a team; 
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with marketing and social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram, Mailchimp, and Survey Monkey. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Access to a personal vehicle required; non-local mileage reimbursement provided; 
  • Be US citizen or have permanent resident status; 
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation or 17 years of age with verified parental permission; 
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards a GED as part of the service-term.  A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps. 
  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check; 
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program’s ethic of service, appreciation of diversity, and personal and professional development of its participants; 
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in all required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way. 
  • Available to regularly serve 40 hours per week

 

For full position description and how to apply, please visit here.

Compensation Information

This position is Full Time: Requires 1,720 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 47 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $30,000 (pre-tax) for the service term. Member will receive an education award of $7,395 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.   

Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.