Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This is an exciting time!

Until May, our main focus will be recruiting the new class of CAC AmeriCorps members for 2008-2009.
This is the most fun I have all year. I truly enjoy having the opportunity to speak with so many great people that are passionate, intelligent, and thoughtful.

Every year, I am always amazed that we have such talented and fun-loving people that travel from all over the country to serve in Knoxville.

If you need more info about joining AmeriCorps, moving to Knoxville, or want to know about other environmental (AmeriCorps) programs that are out there...
just contact me at john.harris@knoxcac.org or 865 546-3500

Monday, January 28, 2008

Rough idea of 2008-2009 positions

The finalized version of the 2008-2009 CAC AmeriCorps positions will be available after Jan. 31st. Until then, we have a rough idea of what the positions will be. Check out the CAC AmeriCorps official website to see listings:


Check back with us next week to see the official 2008-2009 position listings.

CAC AmeriCorps Fact #3: CAC AmeriCorps has a 25-member Corps. The majority of these positions are grouped into multiple-member teams.

Friday, January 25, 2008

My AmeriCorps Application process

The new "My AmeriCorps " Recruiting System is still under construction. It needs some improvement, but I think it will get worked out shortly. We have also been forwarding emails to some people over the last few days. Those automated emails (from the website) have included a broken link to our application. The real link is https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=573&SID

Our Application Process is:
Go to Americorps.org (or click link above)
complete the online app and references
select our program * CAC AmeriCorps

After we receive your application we will send you a list of the teams/sites (or they will be posted here). Select your #1 Team choice and we will conduct 2 interviews the first one is with your site supervisor and the 2nd is with the CAC AmeriCorps Program Director, John Harris. We either offer you a position or decline within a week of the two interviews being complete. We understand that high quality prospective AmeriCorps members have to make a big decision and we want to be up front and not make people wait for our decision. If we offer you the position, you have up to 2 weeks to decide and commit. All CAC AmeriCorps members must submit to and pass a drug screen, background check, and physical prior to service in August, 2008.

If you have questions call us at 865 546-3500.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Positions for 2008-2009 year

The positions for the 2008-2009 year will be posted in late January. We apologize for the delay, but some teams will be changed, and we want to make sure that we get the best information available to you as it becomes available. Stay tuned.

CAC AmeriCorps Fact #2: The CAC AmeriCorps director is named John Harris. If you have any questions about CAC AmeriCorps, email him at john.harris@knoxcac.org.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2007-2008 AmeriCorps team positions

These are the current AmeriCorps positions that are being filled for the 2007-2008 year. These positions are similar (but not identical) to those that will be available for the 2008-2009 year.

Water Quality Team (7 positions): Members serve with the Water Quality Forum Adopt-A-Watershed Program (AAW) to teach students how to protect their local watershed. They facilitate teacher AAW teams, teach hands-on science activities (chemical and biological sampling and analysis, water pollution, land use, and other related topics) in the classroom. They organize stream monitoring field events (water sample collections and monitoring, fish collection, stream physical assessment). They provide technical assistance and support to students and teachers in the planning and implementation of AAW projects.

EarthFlag Team (6 positions): Each team member individually works with 4 elementary or middle schools to increase their overall school sustainability. They teach students about solid waste issues in the classroom, facilitate the set-up and operation of school-wide composting and recycling programs, be a resource providing opportunity for hands-on learning. They also encourage students to recycle at home. They work with teachers and students to implement sustainable living practices (school gardens, nature trails, arboretums, etc).

Ijams Naturalist (1 position): Team member will facilitate Environmental Education (EE) activities for 5000 pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students visiting Ijams Nature Center on GO! Hikes. Facilitate School Yard Field Trips at area schools for Elementary students. He assists in development, promotion and facilitation of the new Research in the Park programming. He assists in curriculum development for new EE programming for pre-kindergarten-8th grade and special needs students. He leads presentations of non-releasable wild animals for GO! Hike students. He assists in volunteer field guide recruitment and retention.

Air Quality Team (2 positions): This team facilitates environmental outreach and education within the community through a variety of mediums, including the Young Biodiesel Leaders Program, workshops, community events and festivals. Team members also serve with students, schools, administrators, teachers, community members, businesses, stakeholders, and government agencies to communicate, plan, develop and implement clean air related projects in order to attain regional environmental goals of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition.

Urban Agriculture Team (4 positions): Members maintain a 1-acre urban community farm and the surrounding park area. They grow and distribute over 2,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries and kitchens. They promote principles of gardening, composting, seed starting, and nutrition to 100 elementary students in 4 local schools. They increase community awareness of Beardsley Community Farm by planning festivals and special seasonal events.

Litter Prevention Team (2 positions): The Litter Prevention Team serves with Keep Knoxville Beautiful, providing litter-prevention and introductory environmental education to 10 neighborhood/community associations, and 10 school groups as well as individuals to clean and maintain some of Knox County’s most littered areas.

Tribe One Team (1 position): The Tribe One Team facilitates and expands Tribe One programming and mentoring activities. The Tribe One Team focuses on educating 10 at-risk youth on the dangers of gang associations, the enhancement of self-concept and decision-making skills, and the provision of positive alternative activities in which they may engage.

Knoxville Recycling Coalition Team (1 position): This team member organizes events with the Knoxville Recycling Coalition, such as America Recycles Day, to create awareness and educate about the importance of recycling.

Sustainability Team (1 position): Member will work with the UT Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment to assist the Tennessee Solid Waste Education Project (TNSWEP) program in its goals to promote solutions to solid waste issues. They also facilitate and develop sustainable projects such as Earth Fest and Sundown in the City recycling events.

Welcome to the CAC AmeriCorps home page

Coming on this blog will be descriptions of:
  • What CAC AmeriCorps is all about
  • AmeriCorps positions available at CAC AmeriCorps for the fall 2008 year
  • Information from current AmeriCorps members and alumni about their experiences
We look forward to hearing from you as we expand this site with all the information we have available about CAC AmeriCorps.

CAC AmeriCorps Fact #1: CAC stands for Community Action Committee. The Knoxville-Knox County CAC is the group that hosts our AmeriCorps program.