Position Title: Ecological Restoration Fellow - AmeriCorps (2 positions available)
Term of Service: Full-time, January 3, 2022 - August 31, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,200 hours in an 8 month term
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Central Valley to support communities’ critical needs for building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows dedicate 1,200 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by an AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov or www.climatecorps.org.
About The Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust is seeking an Ecological Restoration FellowIntern to serve as an important member of our Natural Resources team. The Presidio is a new kind of national park. It is home to the spectacular vistas, nature and programs that visitors would expect as well as a community of residents and organizations who bring renewed vitality and purpose to this former military post. The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and share it with the public. The Trust’s Natural Resources department manages 145 acres of native plant communities in the park, including dune, coastal prairie, Oak woodland, and riparian habitats.
Description of duties:
Our ideal candidate is an individual who wants to learn basic restoration field practices and techniques that include identifying plants and wildlife common to the Presidio. Working closely with and being mentored by a Biological Science Technician, this Fellowship includes participating in and leading field restoration activities, and assisting in all aspects of managing a volunteer program. If you want to support the management and stewardship of the Presidio’s natural resources and restoration sites, this Fellowship is for you.
Participate in and lead often repetitive field restoration activities such as:
Removing invasive plants
Planting native plants
Monitoring restoration progress
Maintain and enter records of work performed into database
Assist in inventorying and monitoring rare plants and wildlife
Assist with all aspects of managing a volunteer program, including:
Planning and leading projects for volunteer workdays
Preparing, setting-up, and cleaning up snacks and refreshments
Educating volunteers and visitors about local ecology and park issues
Maintaining the volunteer database and reporting on volunteer participation
Maintain program tools, facilities, and equipment
Communications: Contribute to newsletter and take photos and videos at events
AmeriCorps fellows must:
Be US citizens or legal permanent residents
Have a high school diploma/GED
Be 17 years old or older
Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
Be able and willing to commit to the 8-month service term
Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to ongoing COVID-19 public health considerations and shelter-in-place orders.
Love of the outdoors and curiosity about ecological restoration
Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
Willingness to write newsletter articles and take photos and videos
Ability to work well within a team, as well as independently with minimal supervision
Excited to take initiative
Strong organizational skills
Basic computer proficiency
A positive attitude under difficult work conditions
Must possess (at minimum) a valid Class C California Driver’s License and be capable of driving in a busy urban park. This qualification is necessary in order to transport self, tools and other
Benefits of service
Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month
Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
Upon the successful completion of your 1,200 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 and a California for All Education Award of $3,655.
Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal professional development support.
Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
The Presidio Trust will provide training and mentorship on all aspects of the position. The Fellow will join a dedicated and passionate Natural Resources team, and get hands-on community outreach and volunteer coordination skills. In addition, Fellows will connect to a larger network of land stewardship practitioners.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.