*NOTE: There are two positions available with the Nature Connection. Although both positions will be completing similar tasks throughout their term of service, one member will focus primarily on the BIKE Program and the other member will focus primarily on the SKI Program. Please note which program you are most interested in applying for in the subject line of your email.
Program Overview: Led by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), the Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps) AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members at organizations throughout Colorado to focus on increasing environmental literacy for PreK-12 students and implementing the goals outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan. eeCorps works directly with teachers, schools, and environmental education providers to support them in expanding reach and increasing impact of EE programming, while providing access to equitable learning experiences for all PreK-12 students. eeCorps members provide direct service to improve outcomes in Environmental Stewardship and Education. AmeriCorps provides opportunities to improve lives and foster civic engagement all across the country.
Service Site Overview: The members will serve with the Nature Connection (NC), in Delta County whose mission is to eliminate the barriers to getting outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our community. NC is a Delta County School District initiative, offering school-year and summer programs and events, youth pathways into outdoor careers, and place developments to get kids and their families outside in the community.
Service Position Summary: NC runs two multi-month programs during the school year. The first is the Learn to Bike Program for K-3rd graders that occurs in the fall and springtime. One member will be in charge of helping develop and facilitate this program focusing on building confidence and cycling skills for kids at an early age. During winter, our Skis for Kids Program introduces cross country skiing and winter ecology to 1,000 kids on the Western Slope each year. One member will be in charge of helping facilitate this program that focuses on 4th and 6th grade students. Members will also help facilitate Nature Connection’s ‘Gear to Go’ and support our youth camps.
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Term of Service: Each position is a full-time national and community service position requiring a minimum of 1,700 hours during the year (approximately 40 hours/week) beginning as soon as possible and ending July 28, 2023. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments. Members may be required to serve on Days of Service that take place on certain national holidays throughout the year.
Training and Support Provided: eeCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable, approved training and professional development. Members will be supervised and supported by Priscilla Williams, Director of Operations at the Nature Connection as well as by Erin Dreps, eeCorps Program Coordinator. The 2022-23 cohort of eeCorps members serving throughout the region will act as additional resources and support for each other.
Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at the Nature Connection headquarters at 397 Miners Way, Hotchkiss, CO 81419, and will involve service at other locations (indoor and/or outdoor) around Olathe, CO and Delta County.
If you are interested in applying to this position, please send your resume and a short cover letter outlining your interest in the program and commitment to national service to Erin Dreps, eeCorps Program Coordinator, at [email protected]. Please include “AmeriCorps NC [Bike/Ski Program] Application” in the subject line. Please also attach a list of three (3) references, and a diversity and inclusion statement that is no longer than one page in length.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity: The Nature Connection believes that all people in our community, regardless of race, background, socio-economic status, and family circumstances should be provided with opportunities to experience our local outdoor opportunities and develop a connection to the natural world.
DCSD Anti-Discrimination Statement: The Delta County School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation (which includes transgender), genetic information, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates.
The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) recognizes the value of diversity and inclusiveness to advance environmental education. CAEE defines diversity in its broadest sense and welcomes everyone to the field of environmental education and the Alliance, including but not limited to people of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, national origins, socioeconomic status, religious affiliations, languages, and heritages.