The AmeriCorps Leadership and Conservation Program (ACLC) at MHYC is a demanding, team-based, leadership experience providing diverse service opportunities in education, community outreach, disaster relief, youth development and physical labor to achieve a common goal: environmental conservation.
The position is a 10-month commitment, where a Corpsmember must be able to complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service.
The term of service runs from January 27th, 2014 to December 12th, 2014.
ACLCs actively participate in and facilitate weekly environmental education and team building activities, plan and lead service projects, and work towards future career goals with career readiness training.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong personal work ethic, a commitment to service, diversity, self development, and team work.
- May be required to participate in the planning of and provide leadership for national service days in April and October.
- Assume a leadership role throughout the term by taking advantage of new opportunities, being open to giving and receiving feedback, and implementing solution-focused communication methods.
- Serve as a role model for seasonal Corpsmembers and promote volunteerism and community service across the agency and specifically within the Summer of Service and Fall Land conservation programs.
Home Energy and Water Conservation
- Perform the installation of energy saving measures, including but not limited to aerators, compact florescent light bulbs, and water efficient showerheads in low-income households in the Metro Denver area.
- Perform the installation of new high-efficiency toilets in low-income households in the Metro Denver area (each installation helps save 140 gallons of water per week).
- Interact with low-income clients to offer information on energy and water conservation techniques.
- Strive for high-quality work production and installation set forth by MHYC staff.
- Complete physically demanding conservation projects on public lands throughout the Denver metro area. Project examples are hazardous fuels reduction, trail construction and maintenance, fire mitigation, fencing, campground improvements, noxious weed removal, wildlife habitat improvements and public land maintenance and clean up.
- May be required to camp and successfully complete S-212 chainsaw certification training.
- Disaster relief work along the Front Range.
Education and Training
- Successfully complete a two-week new Corpsmember orientation and training.
- Receive hands-on technical trainings related to all projects.
- Fully participate in all safety trainings and adhere to agency safety rules and regulations.
- Fully participate in all career readiness training activities.
- Fully participate and provide leadership for environmental education, civic engagement, healthy lifestyles, independent living and service learning activities for up to four hours a week in the field. Some of these activities may be outside of the MHYC daily schedule, primarily during the Summer of Service program.
- Adhere to the rules and regulations specified by AmeriCorps and in the MHYC Employee and Corpsmember Handbooks.
- Report to a Mile High Youth Corps Crew Leader.
- May be required to complete logistical support tasks including facilities and vehicle maintenance on Friday afternoons.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Must be between the ages of 19-24 and eligible for employment in the United States.
- Must be eligible for enrollment in AmeriCorps as a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident. Documentation will be required on your first day.
- Must be able to meet Income Qualifications per grant requirements.
- Priority will be given to local, in-state candidates.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Must be physically fit and capable of participating in intense physical labor including, but not limited to: ability to lift 75 lbs., spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions (e.g., sun, heat, wind, rain, cold, snow, etc.) and hike 7 miles with a day-pack., ability to conduct repetitive hand and arm motions, and able to maneuver in tight spaces, including bending and kneeling.
- Must make a strong commitment to term of service by being available for a minimum of 1700 hours of service, 40 hours per week from January 27th, 2014 to December 12th, 2014.
- Able to be on time and maintain a minimum of 90% attendance rate through term of service.
- Must be willing to work hard and actively participate as part of a team.
- Able to work and learn with a positive attitude and show respect for others.
- Desire for personal challenge and self development.
- Experience or a desire work with a diverse group of young adults ages 18-24.
- Experience or a strong desire to learn the technical skills needed to effectively maintain public lands.
- Able to appropriately represent Mile High Youth Corps and the AmeriCorps Program both in behavior and dress code.
- Must have a valid driver’s license with insurable driving record.
- Must bring identification documents necessary to complete the I-9 and other forms on your first day. Examples of such documents are a passport or a driver’s license and social security card/birth certificate or other equivalent documents.
- Pre-service background check required. May be subject to FBI Background Check, which includes fingerprinting.
- Pre-service drug screen required. Drug testing may be required during term.
- Must be able to legally work in the United States, which will be verified via the federal E-Verify program.
- This is a temporary position, from January 27th, 2014 to December 12th, 2014.
- Schedule: 40 hour weeks, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 12 or 4:00 p.m. (may vary depending on projects and season.). Summer hours will be Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Overnight trips may be required for trainings, conferences, and projects.
- Corpsmembers earn a living stipend of $12,444 paid in bi-weekly installments throughout the year.
- The first payday will be on February 14th, 2014.
- The biweekly stipend amount will be roughly $553.07 before taxes.
- Eligible for a $5,550.00 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service.
- Uniform provided by Mile High Youth Corps.
- Student loan forbearance (on qualifying federal government student loan) possible though the National Service Trust, if applicant takes appropriate steps through loan agency.
- Health insurance provided through Summit America Insurance.
- Child care allowance (for qualified members) possible through AmeriCorps CARE.
- First Aid/CPR certification.
- Personal and Professional trainings related to: S-212 chainsaw certification, energy and water conservation, land conservation, presentation and public speaking.
- The opportunity to gain valuable field experience in environmental conservation work.
- Exposure to media, elected officials, and funders.
- Access to more than 500,000 AmeriCorps alumni for future career development and networking.
Online: www.milehighyouthcorps.org (click “apply now”)
Mail: Attn. Jesse Roehm, 1801 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204
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