Corps Members are the ones out in the field every day working on teams and doing the physical service necessary to restore green spaces across the Puget Sound region.
Corps Members are committed to service, tackling hands-on projects in the field of habitat restoration and conservation. This term of service is offered through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). As such, all applicants must meet the requirements to become an AmeriCorps member and abide by AmeriCorps policies.
This particular Corps Member position is a quarter-term AmeriCorps position, with a minimum 450-hour commitment. Upon joining the Corps, these members will be placed on an existing field crew, made of currently-serving AmeriCorps members and international exchange visitors. This crew will serve together to restore habitat in the Puget Sound region from September through the end of the program in December.
FIELD SERVICE (80% of program)
Corps members work on a crew of 5-7 young adults performing environmental restoration. A crew leader guides the crew as they complete restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region (in urban, suburban, and rural settings).
Project Implementation: Corps members are responsible for the efficiency of accomplishing projects and the quality of the final product under supervision from project staff. Corps members and staff are responsible for the safety of themselves, their fellow workers, and members of the public who may be involved with projects.
Field Service Projects (and their typical percentage of the program)*:
Invasive plant removal (manual) 35%
Invasive plant control (herbicide) 10%
Native plant installation (planting) 15%
Restoration site maintenance 15%
Trail construction/maintenance 15%
Volunteer management 8%
Erosion control 2%
Multiple camping trips (typically in the summer months, up to 10 days/trip)
*This breakdown reflects the typical percentages of work over the course of a full AmeriCorps term. This quarter-term position will serve during a season that usually involves more native plant installation and fewer camping projects.
Environmental restoration is physically demanding service that takes place outdoors in all weather conditions. New members consistently underestimate the physical and mental requirements. Service regularly involves:
Long days of repetitively swinging heavy tools, shoveling, and digging.
Heavy lifting up to 50 lbs. and bending,
Working, eating, and sometimes camping in the outdoors in all weather conditions
Walking on steep or uneven terrain up to 8 mi. (13 km) while carrying 40 lbs. (18 kg) of weight
Working in extremes of heat or cold
Please consider the nature of the work prior to applying and contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS (20% of program)
Corps members participate fully in retreats, workshops, and field trainings. These sessions provide skills and context for the restoration work that corps members complete. Topics covered include basic botany and ecology of the Pacific Northwest, environmental restoration theories and concepts, topics in natural resource management and global environmental issues, leadership skills, and interpersonal and cross-cultural communication.
TERMS OF SERVICE
- STATUS: Temporary, Exempt – Enrolled in AmeriCorps through CNCS
AmeriCorps members must abide by policies set by CNCS and complete 450 hours of service, including mandatory trainings
- PERIOD OF SERVICE: September – December 13, 2018
- RATE OF PAY: Living stipend of $1,385/month
- TYPICAL HOURS OF SERVICE: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Crews serve Monday – Friday, with occasional Saturdays mandatory. Roughly, every other weekend is a 3-day weekend.
Overnight retreats and education sessions must be attended to fulfill AmeriCorps requirements
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, political affiliation, or, religion.
- AmeriCorps education award of approx. $1,550 upon completion of term (minimum 450 hours)
- 1 personal day per quarter permissible as designated by EarthCorps
- Holidays will be paid as designated by EarthCorps
- Medical Insurance
- Subsidized ORCA Pass for bus transportation
- Education & Training
- Boots, pants, t-shirt, rain gear and safety equipment provided
Navigate to www.earthcorps.org/apply/ to find the “Corps Member 2018 (Sept-Dec)” position. You will be asked to submit basic personal information, essay answers, and a current resume with contact information for two references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. This position is open until filled. Submit applications ASAP.
Priority Consideration Deadline: August 6, 2018
EarthCorps is a Seattle-based nonprofit who envisions a world where people and nature thrive together and has a mission to develop leaders to strengthen communities and restore the health of our environment. EarthCorps' Corps Program is an intensive year-long training program that unites young adults (ages 18-25) from across the United States and around the world to learn skills in community building, habitat restoration, and leadership. EarthCorps program participants are part of a diverse group of emerging environmental leaders committed to teamwork, service, and personal growth.