Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Check Out CACAmeriCorps.Org

All the latest news, information, recruiting documents, etc. will now be located at CACAmeriCorps.Org.

We will begin recruiting for the 2016-2017 service year, which starts in early August, in January/February 2016.

This blogger will no longer be updated with current information.

Thank You,
Jason Scott
CAC AmeriCorps Program Director

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aslan Foundation - Park Ranger

Love the outdoors!?  This brand new position might be an excellent fit for you!

Aslan Foundation Park Ranger
                Founded in 1994, the Aslan Foundation is focused on preserving and enhancing the natural beauty, assets and history of the Knoxville area and enhancing quality of life in the region. The Aslan Foundation has invested in preserving and restoring historic lands and properties most notably in South Knoxville; creating and restoring recreational spaces through initiation of the Trails Forever program with the Friends of the Smokies; and promoting animal welfare through ongoing support of Young-Williams Animal Center. In addition, the Aslan Foundation supports a variety of Knoxville area educational, social welfare and cultural endeavors with grant funding.
This position is designed to offer work experience and training for those who seek further employment in park or forestry service fields.  Member will learn how to use power tools, small engine landscaping equipment, and the fundamentals of entry level “green” jobs associated with land management.  The work will be physically challenging, the conditions can be tough, but the experience is rewarding.
Primary duties:
  • Removing by hand invasive plant species from Aslan Foundation properties and other areas as needed.
  • Operating small-engine equipment (such as chainsaws, wood splitters, weed eaters, mowers, power washers, blowers, parking lot vacuums).
  • Improving and creating new recreational trails.
  • Cutting, splitting, and stacking firewood.
  • Minor building and facilities maintenance such as painting, power washing, snow shoveling, and cleaning.
  • Minor construction tasks such as fixing screens, windows, and doors, as well as trench digging and landscaping.
  • Other duties as required by Facilities Manager or Executive Director.

Required skills:
  • Effective oral communication.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs by self, and team lift objects weighing up to 150lbs (e.g. trees).
  • Strong leadership potential.
  • Team-first mentality.
  • Safety-first mentality.
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations.
  • Willingness to tackle demanding physical tasks on short notice.
  • Willingness to follow directions.
  • Willingness to work in inclement conditions (heat, cold, rain, or snow).

Recommended traits:

Self-motivated                                  Organized                                                           Outdoor enthusiast
Environmentally conscious          Positive, mature, helpful attitude             Responsible and dependable

The above functions may be completed with or without accommodations. The description lists the minimum duty requirements. Individuals may be required to perform additional positions duties as requested by their supervisor. Knoxville- Knox County CAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Positions are open to all people based on qualifications and will be treated equal with out regards to race, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, handicap, religion, sexual orientation or union affiliation.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We have just a few positions available...

1. Little River Watershed Association
2. Aslan Foundation
3. Knoxville's Community Television

Monday, June 8, 2015

Little River Watershed Association Job Description –Coordinator

The AmeriCorps Coordinator of the Little River Watershed Association (LRWA) performs program, administrative, and community relations tasks that accomplish the mission, goals and objectives of the organization.  The position reports to the LRWA President and the LRWA Outreach Coordinator and works with committee chairs and community volunteers.

15% Administrative Responsibilities

  • Maintains LRWA Association files and records.
  • Updates and maintains various mailing and donor databases.
  • Documents project work and outreach efforts.

15% Financial and Fundraising Responsibilities

  • Provides support for fundraising efforts.
  • Assists in organization of fundraising events (ie. Ride for the River).
  • Maintains fundraising records and documentation.
  • Helps to provide acknowledgement of donors and volunteers.

20% Community Relations Responsibilities

  • Communicates the purpose of the organization.
  • Presents a positive image of the organization.
  • Assists in the preparation of and issuing of event publications, newsletters, and other LRWA positions statements, responses, and media outreach.
  • Assists with social media functions (LRWA website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Gathers data and communicates feedback to the Board of Directors.
  • Attends Meetings on behalf of the Little River Watershed Association.

20% Volunteer Management Responsibilities

  • Assists with development of the volunteer base
  • Orients and trains volunteers for LRWA projects
  • Assists the Board of Directors or other designated parties in the development of educational programs and training activities and materials.
  • Coordinates and Trains Volunteers on Stream Monitoring Program or other volunteer outreach programs.

30% Program Development and Implementation Responsibilities

  • Assists with development and implementation of public education programs that are congruent with the LRWA strategic plan for environmental outreach. Researches issues related to water quality and land-use planning.
  • Assists with or independently conducts programmatic work (2015-16 Defined Work Areas:  Stream Monitoring Program, Little River Watershed 101 including Stream School for Kids, in-school education programs, Quarterly Adopt a Stream, Spring Stream Cleaning 2016).
  • Assists the Board of Directors by researching watershed issues, conducting surveys, and providing other time sensitive background materials.
  • Assists with or works independently to fulfill grant objectives.
  • Assists in Coordinating special events.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Goodwill Position with CAC AmeriCorps

2015 – 2016 CAC AmeriCorps Member – Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc.

Service Position Title
AmeriCorps Member / GWIK Marketing Team Member

Immediate Supervisor
Erin Rosolina, PR/Marketing Coordinator

Service Position Summary
Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. (GWIK) is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide vocational services and employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment within their 15-county service area in East Tennessee.
The selected AmeriCorps member will support GWIK’s Marketing staff to promote its mission. The selected member will gain practical experience developing and implementing special events and marketing campaigns to promote GWIK’s vocational training programs. The selected member will work closely with GWIK Marketing staff on a variety of projects, but will also be expected to work independently and contribute ideas for improvement.

Essential Functions of the Position
·         Learn the details of GWIK’s history, operations and promotional activities so they can be communicated effectively to various audiences.
·         Work with the Employment, Training and Rehabilitation staff to coordinate Marketing and Development activities in an effort to increase GWIK mission awareness in our service area.
·         Take a major role in coordinating all GWIK special/community events to ensure that all events are complete, correct and thoroughly planned to reach desired goals. The selected member is expected to contribute ideas and solutions for events such as the annual Vintage Fashion Show.
·         Build and maintain relationships with event sponsors, door prize donors and volunteers
·         Recruit and educate volunteers for GWIK Volunteer program.
·         Serve as a liaison between GWIK and community organizations when necessary. Attend other community events to spread the GWIK mission and gain contacts for GWIK.
·         Assist in boosting morale for all staff, volunteers and clients through interoffice communications, client activities and events, producing materials for the bulletin board and other marketing tools.
·         Contribute to creative process of planning new and innovative ways to spread awareness of Goodwill’s programs and services, add improvements to all special events and activities and contribute to brainstorming/planning sessions with fellow staff members.
·         Complete reports and record keeping duties in a timely manner, including tracking volunteer files and assisting in producing Plan of Action Reports when needed for community events.
·         Work diligently in the community to advertise GWIK and to create a positive image for all GWIK service programs.
·         Provide a good role model by following organizational policies and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
·         Able to work independently or with a team to follow instructions and complete assigned tasks.
·         Once familiar with the task at hand, able to take the initiative to figure out what needs to be done and how to do it.
·         Must have strong organizational skills to be able to balance a busy schedule and complete deadlines.
·         Able to communicate on a person-to-person basis to build relationships and interact appropriately with staff, customers, nonprofit partners, clients and others.
·         Able to write in a clear, concise style and to edit for syntax, grammar and spelling.
·         Able to speak in public and to field questions about the details of a program or project.
·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and social media outlets.
·         Valid driver’s license with good driving record.

Academic and Other Qualifications
·         Preference will be given to graduates who have obtained a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university.
·         Applicants with a work history in marketing/communications or related field will be given preference.
·         Prior experience working with people with disabilities and/or other disadvantages preferred.

Service Conditions
·         Most work will be in an office setting, but local travel may be necessary.
·         The selected member may be required to perform additional position duties by the supervisor.
·         The selected member is expected to show up for work on time each day in attire appropriate for an office setting.
·         Must be able to appropriately handle confidential information.

Physical Demands
·         Push/pull 20lbs. Manual labor is not a primary function of this position; however, the selected member may be required to move materials for special events.

Goodwill considers all applications for employment without regards to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry, marital status, status as a disabled Vietnam-era veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, in accordance with applicable laws. In addition, Goodwill complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it maintains facilities. Goodwill also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.

Monday, April 27, 2015

We are in AmeriCorps "recruiting-mode" in Knoxville! We have a position at Ijams Nature Center- this member will be maintaining and building trails and working on facility features at this 300 acre park and Nature Center close to downtown Knoxville. A great opportunity for a motivated and organized person...

Friday, March 20, 2015