NOW HIRING: AMERICORPS POSITIONS
Mobile Baykeeper is hiring AmeriCorps Members through the Governor's Office of Volunteer Services to build capacity in the Baykeeper Patrol Program, Volunteer Program, and Environmental Education. These programs directly support Mobile Baykeeper’s mission and help us defend and revive the health of the waters of Coastal Alabama.
- Position location: Mobile Baykeeper, Downtown Mobile, AL
- Service term: October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024; 25 hours/week for part-time positions and 40 hours/week for full-time positions.
- AmeriCorps pay: Members receive a monthly stipend and are eligible for an education award after completing the term. Please see http://www.pmsc.org/become-a-member/ for additional information about AmeriCorps service.
- To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter and desired position (Patrol, Volunteer, Education) to Chloe Ray at [email protected]. Interviews will begin in early September
- AmeriCorps Members must meet all eligibility requirements in 45 CFR §2522.200(a).
- AmeriCorps Members must meet all Mobile Baykeeper and AmeriCorps clearance and background check requirements. Members agree to provide information to establish eligibility and to complete a National Criminal History Check as outlined in 45 CFR §2522.202.
- All positions require the applicant to have knowledge of and a commitment to environmental protection, experience with Microsoft-based products (Word, Excel, Outlook), the ability to learn new software/applications quickly, and the ability to lift 50 lbs. and feel comfortable carrying heavy items
- It is preferred that the applicant has received a bachelor’s degree or is currently working toward a degree.
Positions are available for three teams, the Patrol team, the Volunteer Engagement Team, and the Environmental Education team.
1) AmeriCorps Patrol/Oyster Gardening Program
The Baykeeper Patrol Program researches local pollution problems to improve water quality, reduce impacts from stormwater, sewer, and/or industrial pollution. AmeriCorps Members will work in target areas of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Core activities include conducting site inspections, patrolling local waterways, assisting with comment letters and policy issues, investigating citizen concerns, collecting water quality samples, documenting environmental pollution, and creating environmental issue fact sheets. AmeriCorps Members will receive experience with environmental issues including stormwater, sewer, and industrial pollution, state and federal regulations and permit reviews and gain skills in field sampling techniques. Members of the Patrol Team also assist Mobile Baykeeper in executing restoration projects that the organization engages in such as volunteer oyster gardening. Restoration activities will likely involve working to grow oysters, establish submerged aquatic vegetation, install living shoreline, and/or pursue other projects that improve the health of Mobile Bay.
- Background of study and/or experience in Environmental Science/Studies, Environmental Policy, Resource Management, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or related field
- Strong critical and analytical thinking skills
- Experience conducting tests and field investigations to obtain data
- Ability to utilize knowledge of agriculture, chemistry, biology, geology, meteorology, and engineering principles and applied technologies
- Ability to learn chemical and physical laboratory and field tests according to prescribed standards using field and chemical laboratory equipment
- Superb written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills
- Ability to understand and process technical processes and policy information
- Comfortable working in adverse environmental conditions for long hours
- Ability to fill out data forms in the field and compile data in tabular and graphical form
2) AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Program
The Volunteer Program at Mobile Baykeeper seeks potential volunteers and cultivates them to become local environmental stewards by organizing and providing activities that will enhance our local environment and community. Members in this program will recruit new volunteers, reignite existing volunteers, and organize strategic and effective intervention activities that cultivate a sense of responsibility while building skills for environmental stewardship. Members will organize and host several community cleanups, recycling activities, and invasive species removals for volunteers. Members will streamline volunteer sign-up and communication processes. Members will also coordinate and collaborate with local community groups and non-profit organizations to increase overall participation in environmental stewardship activities and make a substantial difference in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
- Comfortable working in an outdoor setting in adverse conditions for long hours
- Ability to stay organized, prioritize multiple projects, manage schedule independently and meet deadlines with enthusiasm and a positive outlook
- Demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
- Experience with Database Management preferred
- Must be creative and flexible
- Interest in hands-on conservation and stewardship projects preferred
- Experience with, and enthusiasm for, training and managing volunteers
- Superb interpersonal and oral communication skills
3) AmeriCorps Environmental Education Program
The AmeriCorps Environmental Education Program is a public awareness and education campaign and citizen-based environmental monitoring program. Members will educate community members about watersheds and empower them to take care of waterways by reducing their impact. Core activities of the program include enhancing and tailoring educational presentation materials, recruiting new community groups and schools to receive the education program, delivering presentations, and most importantly, providing outdoor, experiential learning opportunities.
- Have an interest in youth and adult environmental education
- Experience teaching or leading groups outdoors is preferred
- An understanding of curriculum development and lesson planning is preferred
- Connections to diverse audiences are preferred
- Able to stay organized, prioritize multiple projects, manage schedule independently and meet deadlines with enthusiasm and a positive outlook
- Superb interpersonal and oral communication skills
- Comfortable working in an outdoor setting in adverse weather conditions (rain, heat) for long hours