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Resilience Corps

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

November 1, 2021 - October 7, 2022

Application Window

August 6, 2021 - February 4, 2022

Location

  • Portland, ME

Contact Information

Julia Breul
(617) 612-5149
jbreul@gpcog.org

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Description

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) AmeriCorps Resilience Corps program is a unique opportunity to develop invaluable professional skills and personal vision while advancing regional resilience, supporting pandemic recovery, accelerating civic innovation, climate action, digital equity, and accessible transportation and housing via local government and non-profit agencies.

The Greater Portland Council of Governments is a regional planning agency providing direct support to 30 member municipalities and collaborative regional projects in Southern Maine. The Resilience Corps adds new capacity to adapt and proactively respond to both short-term and long-term challenges to economic, social, and environmental systems throughout the region. In its first year, the Resilience Corps served as a first of its kind boost of capacity for local government agencies and nonprofits in the Greater Portland region to accelerate pandemic recovery and regional resilience through projects aiding small business support, housing equity and land use planning, transportation access and accessibility, and climate action planning, and more.

Resilience Corps Members provide support for host municipalities and non-profits by enhancing capacity for initiatives that build greater regional resilience via:
- Data collection, analysis, and visualization
- Mapping and storyboarding data
- Assisting in research, outreach, and equitable public engagement
- Communication, blogging, social media and educational support
- Strategic planning, implementation, and project execution

While placed in varying roles internally at GPCOG or with external partners, the Resilience Corps members together form a cohort that learns from and with each other – participating in professional development and community service days together, weekly cohort meetings, and are encouraged to share resources, collaborate, and support one another.

Example Resilience Corps Member Placements
• Environmental Resilience Fellow: This Fellow supports the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and Casco Bay Shellfish Working Group in developing a database of up-to-date and accessible data pertaining to the intertidal ecosystem and shellfish resources to help bridge the gap between municipal shellfish programs and harvesters, as well as projects related to regional coastal planning and climate adaptation, shoreline restoration and monitoring.
• Broadband Fellow: This Fellow supports individual towns in the Lakes Region by staffing their Community Broadband Planning Committees, supporting the development of a regional cohort pursuing a regional solution to inequitable broadband access, while also supporting the coordination of the Maine Broadband Coalition in expanding planning and public communication and engagement efforts around digital equity in Maine.
• Sustainability Fellow: This Fellow supports the City of South Portland’s Sustainability Office in communications projects, research, community engagement, education, and implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, “One Climate Future.”
• Cultural and Civic Inclusion Fellow: This Fellow supports the City of Portland’s Office of Economic Opportunity Office across program offerings for Mainers of all backgrounds. They provide assistance to support Portland’s racial, ethnic and linguistic minority-owned businesses, implement a monthly Legal Immigration Aid Clinic, and help coordinate U.S. Cultural Orientation for Newcomers, a monthly interactive workshop to ensure all newcomers who are guests in the City’s shelters or receiving General Assistance learn about Portland’s resources, norms, and governing structures.

Corps Members will apply to be considered for the program as a whole but will learn about the available individual positions during the interview process and will ultimately be offered a specific role. All Corps Members are asked to be flexible, team-players - as needs and projects may evolve over the service term.

You can learn more about the program and current Corps Members at https://www.maineresiliency.org/.

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) AmeriCorps Resilience Corps program is a unique opportunity to develop invaluable professional skills and personal vision while advancing regional resilience, supporting pandemic recovery, accelerating civic innovation, climate action, digital equity, and accessible transportation and housing via local government and non-profit agencies.

The Greater Portland Council of Governments is a regional planning agency providing direct support to 30 member municipalities and collaborative regional projects in Southern Maine. The Resilience Corps adds new capacity to adapt and proactively respond to both short-term and long-term challenges to economic, social, and environmental systems throughout the region. In its first year, the Resilience Corps served as a first of its kind boost of capacity for local government agencies and nonprofits in the Greater Portland region to accelerate pandemic recovery and regional resilience through projects aiding small business support, housing equity and land use planning, transportation access and accessibility, and climate action planning, and more.

Resilience Corps Members provide support for host municipalities and non-profits by enhancing capacity for initiatives that build greater regional resilience via:
- Data collection, analysis, and visualization
- Mapping and storyboarding data
- Assisting in research, outreach, and equitable public engagement
- Communication, blogging, social media and educational support
- Strategic planning, implementation, and project execution

While placed in varying roles internally at GPCOG or with external partners, the Resilience Corps members together form a cohort that learns from and with each other – participating in professional development and community service days together, weekly cohort meetings, and are encouraged to share resources, collaborate, and support one another.

Example Resilience Corps Member Placements
• Environmental Resilience Fellow: This Fellow supports the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and Casco Bay Shellfish Working Group in developing a database of up-to-date and accessible data pertaining to the intertidal ecosystem and shellfish resources to help bridge the gap between municipal shellfish programs and harvesters, as well as projects related to regional coastal planning and climate adaptation, shoreline restoration and monitoring.
• Broadband Fellow: This Fellow supports individual towns in the Lakes Region by staffing their Community Broadband Planning Committees, supporting the development of a regional cohort pursuing a regional solution to inequitable broadband access, while also supporting the coordination of the Maine Broadband Coalition in expanding planning and public communication and engagement efforts around digital equity in Maine.
• Sustainability Fellow: This Fellow supports the City of South Portland’s Sustainability Office in communications projects, research, community engagement, education, and implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, “One Climate Future.”
• Cultural and Civic Inclusion Fellow: This Fellow supports the City of Portland’s Office of Economic Opportunity Office across program offerings for Mainers of all backgrounds. They provide assistance to support Portland’s racial, ethnic and linguistic minority-owned businesses, implement a monthly Legal Immigration Aid Clinic, and help coordinate U.S. Cultural Orientation for Newcomers, a monthly interactive workshop to ensure all newcomers who are guests in the City’s shelters or receiving General Assistance learn about Portland’s resources, norms, and governing structures.

Corps Members will apply to be considered for the program as a whole but will learn about the available individual positions during the interview process and will ultimately be offered a specific role. All Corps Members are asked to be flexible, team-players - as needs and projects may evolve over the service term.

You can learn more about the program and current Corps Members at https://www.maineresiliency.org/.
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Living Allowance

$1300 - $1400 monthly

Benefits

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

Additional Benefits

1. Full-time Corps Members receive a living stipend paid every two weeks. 2. Health Benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance if not already covered. 3. Corps Members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award at the end of successful completion of service. The award for Corps Members who began service in 2020 is $6,345.00 and is subject to change for Corps Members beginning in 2021. 4. GPCOG provides all Resilience Corps Members with an unlimited Dirigo TouchPass - the transportation pass for the Greater Portland Metro, City of South Portland Bus Service, and Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach Transit. 5. Corps Members may qualify for postponement, or forbearance, of the repayment of their loans during service. Members may also qualify to have the interest accrued on student loans during service paid for by the National Service Trust. 6. Childcare support if eligible. 7. Dedicated and intentional professional and career development, custom trainings and mentorship, and networking opportunities. 8. Educational opportunities at the Graduate level via Northeastern University’s Roux Institute.

Education Benefits

Credential or Certification

Education Requirements

Some College

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Environment, Homelessness & Housing

Weekly Hours

40

Location Type

Urban

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Local Government Agency

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Julia Breul
(617) 612-5149
jbreul@gpcog.org

Hosted By

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Resilience Corps Member

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