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Reynolds Learning Academy - Environmental Program Specialist

Confluence Environmental Center
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In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Reynolds School District is pleased to extend this service opportunity for a committed change agent who has a passion for student service and environmental health. The Multnomah Youth Corps at Reynolds Learning Academy has an opening for an AmeriCorps Member to build on the successes of the previous AmeriCorps Member, to support environment education and reduce dropout rates with alternative high school students. This 11 month service term will incorporate student engagement by developing student recruitment and outreach strategies (35%), coordinating and conducting education and enrichment activities with MYC students in an outdoor setting (25%), conducting public relations outreach (10%) and developing bilingual outreach and educational materials (10%). This position collaborates alongside an experienced MYC program coordinator and crew leader. The Member will participate in Confluence led leadership development activities which include: Leadership Development Program, Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%).

Service Activities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):
• • Organize and coordinate student recruitment activities that will engage students from diverse backgrounds.
• Plan and lead environmental education activities for low-income K-12 students.
• Serve with staff to develop bilingual and low literacy educational and outreach materials.
• Develop deeper community partnerships that support the existing MYC Program at an alternative high school.
• Collaborate with staff to plan and implement restoration and monitoring projects.
• Create stewardship opportunities that address needs and schedules of racially diverse students.
• Research volunteer needs and create volunteer leadership opportunities for underrepresented student groups.
• Conduct outreach to inform communities about resources and opportunities.
• Compile a resource guide to assist staff and community members in planning future projects.
• Gather student and project impact data.
• Complete and submit all necessary paperwork and reports in a timely manner; abide by program policies; attend and complete all training and service requirements.

Community Need Addressed

Advancing Environmental Justice

Position Outcomes

Volunteer Generation
Ecological Restoration
Youth Engagement
Underserved Communities


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

$100 Training Fund

Skills you will gain

Develop increased understanding and sensitivity around issues of equity and environmental justice.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Environment
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, High School, School-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 8

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