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Nebraska Panhandle Conservation Director

Actively Recruiting

Openings

2 currently recruiting

Service Dates

September 5, 2017 - August 31, 2018

Application Window

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location

  • Scottsbluff, NE

Contact Information

Chelsea Johnson
(402) 274-7623
chelsea.johnson@nlcv.org

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In this position, you will be an AmeriCorps Member leading NCEF’s Common Ground Program in the your region of Nebraska. The purpose of the Common Ground Program is to build a statewide infrastructure of Nebraskans who care deeply about conservation and who are knowledgeable about how to manage Nebraska’s natural resources. You will be responsible for leading this work in your of the state. This position provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn management skills and take leadership in a new, innovative program.

We are recruiting members for four different regions of the state. This listing is for the Nebraska Panhandle Region of the State: Coverage area will likely include Scottsbluff, Gering, Bridgeport, and Mitchell.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES
As an AmeriCorps member with NCEF, you will build local capacity to manage Nebraska’s resources by increasing knowledge of and concern for the most important conservation issues facing our state. You will recruit, coach, and support local community volunteers in implementing conservation projects, and build partnerships between conservation professionals, local and state government, and your fellow community members.

Members will organize monthly educational and service learning opportunities in each of the targeted communities in their region.

Essential Responsibilities Will Include:

• Recruiting a minimum of three community volunteers in each of the targeted communities in the member’s region.
• Helping community volunteers organize monthly educational events and/or community discussions focused on conservation issues.
• Helping community volunteers organize monthly service learning projects that often benefit local partners, such as the Natural Resources Districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or local nonprofit organizations that focus on conservation. These service learning projects include (but are not limited to) water testing, planting native grasses, or recycling efforts.
• Assisting in the development of long-term conservation projects.
• Identifying and engaging individuals and organizations with an interest in conservation issues.
• Manage collection and analysis of surveys measuring increased knowledge about conservation issues and/or belief that it is important to responsibly manage our natural resources.
• Expanding and strengthening partnerships between NCEF and local entities and organizations already working on conservation issues in the region.
• Members may be required to phone bank and/or canvass on occasion, in order to accomplish the program objectives.
• Maintaining accurate contact records of every person who engages with the Common Ground Programming listed above.
• Weekly reporting of time, mileage, and any other requirements as directed by the Program Director.

COMMUNITY NEED ADDRESSED
Protecting and conserving Nebraska's environment and natural resources requires a population that is well-informed and engaged in environmental stewardship and/or environmentally-conscious practices. Unfortunately, the quality of Nebraska's environment does not exhibit robust environmental stewardship:

• Nebraskans rank 32nd on environmental quality (a composite measure of air quality, water quality, soil quality, energy efficiency, and total municipal solid waste per capita). https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/#main-findings

• Nebraskans rank 43rd on eco-friendly behaviors (a composite measure of the number of LEED-certified buildings per capita, percentage of energy consumption from renewable sources, energy consumption per capita, gasoline consumption per capita, water consumption per capita per day, number of alternative-fuel vehicles per capita, and green transportation). https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/#main-findings

• Nebraskans rank 47th on climate change contributions (a composite measure of carbon dioxide emissions per capita, methane emissions per capita, nitrous oxide emissions per capita, and fluorinated greenhouse-gas emissions per capita) https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/#main-findings

• The most recent assessment of the Ambient Stream Monitoring Network from Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality found that 76 of the 97 monitored stream segments were impaired (some segments had multiple impairments). An impairment means the stream water quality does not meet state requirements for at least one of its designated uses (either recreation, drinking water, irrigation water, or the support of aquatic life). Water Monitoring Programs Report_2016.2.10

• Nebraska's waterways are the sixth worst in the nation for toxic pollution, and most of the contamination is because of nitrates http://journalstar.com/news/local/report-nebraska-s-waterways-are-th-worst-in-nation-for/article_b52146f6-a1e1-5c97-983c-93eadbf9e03d.html

• Nebraskans, per capita, rank fifth in the country in the amount of garbage they send to landfills. http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/regional/nebraska-recycling-falls-short-of-national-average/article_113167a4-2965-11e5-a194-bfdc13a1e1dc.html

• Less than half of Rural Nebraskans think that it is important for food production to be environmentally friendly -- 2010 Rural Poll http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/pdf/agenergyandfood.pdf

• Less than a quarter of Rural Nebraskans think that water should be used for the preservation of habitat of threatened or endangered species -- 2013 rural poll http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/pdf/13waterandclimate.pdf

• Sixty-one percent of Rural Nebraskans think that preserving wildlife habitat should not be a high priority for land and natural resource use -- 2012 Rural poll http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/pdf/12resources.pdf

These statistics demonstrate that there is a statewide need for improved environmental stewardship.

POSITION OUTCOMES
This program will improve environmental stewardship in Nebraska.

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

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN
public speaking, project management, community organizing, event planning, conflict resolution, facilitation

In this position, you will be an AmeriCorps Member leading NCEF’s Common Ground Program in the your region of Nebraska. The purpose of the Common Ground Program is to build a statewide infrastructure of Nebraskans who care deeply about conservation and who are knowledgeable about how to manage Nebraska’s natural resources. You will be responsible for leading this work in your of the state. This position provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn management skills and take leadership in a new, innovative program.

We are recruiting members for four different regions of the state. This listing is for the Nebraska Panhandle Region of the State: Coverage area will likely include Scottsbluff, Gering, Bridgeport, and Mitchell.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES
As an AmeriCorps member with NCEF, you will build local capacity to manage Nebraska’s resources by increasing knowledge of and concern for the most important conservation issues facing our state. You will recruit, coach, and support local community volunteers in implementing conservation projects, and build partnerships between conservation professionals, local and state government, and your fellow community members.

Members will organize monthly educational and service learning opportunities in each of the targeted communities in their region.

Essential Responsibilities Will Include:

• Recruiting a minimum of three community volunteers in each of the targeted communities in the member’s region.
• Helping community volunteers organize monthly educational events and/or community discussions focused on conservation issues.
• Helping community volunteers organize monthly service learning projects that often benefit local partners, such as the Natural Resources Districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or local nonprofit organizations that focus on conservation. These service learning projects include (but are not limited to) water testing, planting native grasses, or recycling efforts.
• Assisting in the development of long-term conservation projects.
• Identifying and engaging individuals and organizations with an interest in conservation issues.
• Manage collection and analysis of surveys measuring increased knowledge about conservation issues and/or belief that it is important to responsibly manage our natural resources.
• Expanding and strengthening partnerships between NCEF and local entities and organizations already working on conservation issues in the region.
• Members may be required to phone bank and/or canvass on occasion, in order to accomplish the program objectives.
• Maintaining accurate contact records of every person who engages with the Common Ground Programming listed above.
• Weekly reporting of time, mileage, and any other requirements as directed by the Program Director.

COMMUNITY NEED ADDRESSED
Protecting and conserving Nebraska's environment and natural resources requires a population that is well-informed and engaged in environmental stewardship and/or environmentally-conscious practices. Unfortunately, the quality of Nebraska's environment does not exhibit robust environmental stewardship:

• Nebraskans rank 32nd on environmental quality (a composite measure of air quality, water quality, soil quality, energy efficiency, and total municipal solid waste per capita). https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/#main-findings

• Nebraskans rank 43rd on eco-friendly behaviors (a composite measure of the number of LEED-certified buildings per capita, percentage of energy consumption from renewable sources, energy consumption per capita, gasoline consumption per capita, water consumption per capita per day, number of alternative-fuel vehicles per capita, and green transportation). https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/#main-findings

• Nebraskans rank 47th on climate change contributions (a composite measure of carbon dioxide emissions per capita, methane emissions per capita, nitrous oxide emissions per capita, and fluorinated greenhouse-gas emissions per capita) https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/#main-findings

• The most recent assessment of the Ambient Stream Monitoring Network from Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality found that 76 of the 97 monitored stream segments were impaired (some segments had multiple impairments). An impairment means the stream water quality does not meet state requirements for at least one of its designated uses (either recreation, drinking water, irrigation water, or the support of aquatic life). Water Monitoring Programs Report_2016.2.10

• Nebraska's waterways are the sixth worst in the nation for toxic pollution, and most of the contamination is because of nitrates http://journalstar.com/news/local/report-nebraska-s-waterways-are-th-worst-in-nation-for/article_b52146f6-a1e1-5c97-983c-93eadbf9e03d.html

• Nebraskans, per capita, rank fifth in the country in the amount of garbage they send to landfills. http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/regional/nebraska-recycling-falls-short-of-national-average/article_113167a4-2965-11e5-a194-bfdc13a1e1dc.html

• Less than half of Rural Nebraskans think that it is important for food production to be environmentally friendly -- 2010 Rural Poll http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/pdf/agenergyandfood.pdf

• Less than a quarter of Rural Nebraskans think that water should be used for the preservation of habitat of threatened or endangered species -- 2013 rural poll http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/pdf/13waterandclimate.pdf

• Sixty-one percent of Rural Nebraskans think that preserving wildlife habitat should not be a high priority for land and natural resource use -- 2012 Rural poll http://ruralpoll.unl.edu/pdf/12resources.pdf

These statistics demonstrate that there is a statewide need for improved environmental stewardship.

POSITION OUTCOMES
This program will improve environmental stewardship in Nebraska.

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

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN
public speaking, project management, community organizing, event planning, conflict resolution, facilitation
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Living Allowance

$1052 - $1100 monthly

Benefits

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

Education Requirements

GED

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Environment

Weekly Hours

35

Location Type

Rural

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor

Placement

Team Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Local Government Agency

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Chelsea Johnson
(402) 274-7623
chelsea.johnson@nlcv.org

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