Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Water Quality Team is complete.

As of 6-12-2009

We only have 1 (August start) position left. This is an Outreach Assistant position with the Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan. This position starts August 17, 2009.

see description below or go to www.cumberlandhcp.org


Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan project (www.cumberlandhcp.org)

Americorps Service Position Title: Outreach Assistant

Immediate supervisor: Emily Woodle, Outreach Coordinator

Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Agriculture Campus

The Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) project partners with Cumberland Plateau communities (Cumberland, Morgan and Scott counties) to find a balance between economic growth and conservation of natural resources. Developing a HCP is a collaborative process with partners including city and county governments, state agencies, developers, utility districts, and watershed associations. Our project staff are from The Nature Conservancy, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

The main goal for this position is to assist the outreach coordinator and community members of the outreach committee to implement outreach strategies and activities. This position will be based in Knoxville, TN. There will be some travel to the Cumberland Plateau based on project need.

Essential functions

· Work with the Outreach Team, help develop and implement outreach strategies.

· Conduct research (gathering & assimilating information) as needed for outreach tools.

· Assist with the following activities:

o develop and implement educational programs for multiple audiences;

o develop education and outreach tools such as brochures, articles, and videos;

o communication activities such as newsletter development, updating web site, meeting preparation and minutes;

o develop and implement targeted educational/participatory programs for high schools such as service learning.

· Network with a variety of agencies and groups such as Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Obed Watershed Community Association, Cumberland County Home Builders Association, and local government offices.

Desired Skills/Expertise

· Minimum of 4-year college degree.

· Strong research and writing skills.

· Organizational skills.

· Ability to be a self-starter and learn quickly complex subjects.

· Ability to communicate in situations where diverse and sometime conflicting ideas are shared.

· Willingness to speak in public.

· Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft office software.

· Basic knowledge of aquatic (especially) and terrestrial ecology.

· Appreciation for variety of ways people relate to the natural environment.

· Appreciation for collaborative processes.

Flexibility in often changing circumstances

Teams are nearly complete!

Daniel Scott and Kat Perry at Kyle's Ford Retreat Center.

Knoxville Recycling Coalition:
Pamela Bishir has BA in Political Science from Texas State, she is originally from Plano, Texas. Pamela has tons of community service experience and we are glad to have her on board at KRC!

Knox County Solid Waste:
Kevin Levy has his BA in Urban Studies from the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Kevin has led many community service events and has a keen interest in solid waste, sustainability and food systems.

UT Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE):
Elizabeth Moniz is a graduate of Boston University and has her BA in Italian Studies. Elizabeth is interested in sustainability-- especially how it relates to the "slow food" movement.

Ijams Nature Center Naturalist:
Jen Teagarden has her BS in Wildlife Ecology from Univ of Florida. Jen has experience working with groups and has an extensive science background.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful:
Nikida Koraly has her BA in Journalism from UNC. Nikida has been involved in planning several service events at North Carolina. She has a great heart for service and is going to do great things at KKB!

we appreciate you guys!
The Ijams Earth Flag and Knox County Recycling Education Teams are complete!

Earth Flag:
Ryan Worden and Rachel Plauche

Knox County Recycling Education Team:
Kristy Keel, Travis Williams, Meredith Hess, and Jennifer Ugolino

Ryan, Kristy and Travis are serving again with us in 2009-10!
Ryan Worden is from Pennsylvania and has a BS in ASL/English Interpreting from Bloomsburg University.

Kristy Keel is from South Carolina and has a BFA in Art Studio/ Graphic Design.

Travis Williams is from Tennessee and has his BS in Pastoral Ministry from Johnson Bible College.

Meredith Hess is from Dallas, Texas and earned her BA in History from Oklahoma State.

Rachel Plauche earned her BS Ed (early Childhood Education) from the University of Georgia.

Jennifer Ugolino earned her BA in Biology from Holy Cross.

We are so blessed to have such great people serving with us next year!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Here is Kendall Wallace and her Mom from Eagleton Elementary (in Blount County).
Kendall was one of our ETCFC "1st Graders for Clean Fuels" art contest winners.
Above picture is Elise Miller in 2006 with one of her Clean Fuels classes...
The Clean Air Team is complete!

We are so excited to have Emily DeVillers and Wenny Ng join us in 2009-2010. They are just awesome people that have a heart for service and have incredible skills.

Emily is from Wisconsin-- She graduates from Ripon College in May and will have a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Chemistry.

Wenny is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern - She has BS in Chemical Engineering.

Recycling Education Team

Ijams Recycling Education Team Member

Service Position Summary:

Ijams Recycling Education Team Members will work towards the realization of Ijams Nature Center’s Recycling Education Contract with Knox County Solid Waste. Team members will further recycling education in Knox County by working with citizens, students, the business community, with government officials, and in the media. Recycling education is heavily project and event driven which will require much evening and weekend work. Gain valuable experience in education and project development by becoming an Ijams Recycling CAC AmeriCorps member today.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Water Quality Team phone interviews will begin the week of March 30th- Ruth Anne Hanahan will call all WQT applicants to set up appointments... Sorry for the delay - we have been very busy with programming and a big move from one office to another over the last month.


Friday, March 13, 2009

2009-2010 CAC AmeriCorps Positions at Beardsley Community Farm are officially closed...

Congrats to Brian Blackmon, Claire Godschalk, Graham Taylor, and Rachel Winner.

We look forward to this group serving in our community and making a tremendous impact over this next year.

Brian is a graduate of University of South Carolina. He is currently in Montana serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA - working with ranchers/ land management.

Claire is a graduate of University of Mary Washington (BA in Theatre Design). She has volunteered in community gardens and has a passion for food security.

Graham is a graduate of UVA (BS in Biology). He has an extensive background in gardening and landscapes and is going to Medical School after his service.

Rachel is a graduate of Dickinson College (BA in Int'l Studies). She has passion for sustainable development and has been working on her college's farm since 2006.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Welcome to the CAC AmeriCorps recruiting blog

Our blog is where we keep you informed on the CAC AmeriCorps application process and team selection for our program. The AmeriCorps.org website has character count limitations and I thought that a blog would be a better forum for answering your questions.

We have a 46 week term - we start on August 17, 2009 and end on June 30, 2010. Most AmeriCorps Programs are 50 or 52 weeks (for the same benefits). By ending before July 1st, our successful members can enroll in grad school, law school, med school or undergrad with enough time to get their ed awards and settle into their new situation.

Our program has been in operation since 1994. I am an AmeriCorps Alum with this program. We have great service sites that are facilitating awesome environmental education and service in low wealth communities in Knoxville. Three of our sites have sponsored AmeriCorps members since 1995 and we have great supervisors that will develop you for your term of service and your life after AmeriCorps.

You must be able to start on August 17, 2009. We have 7 days of pre-service orientation and training. This is a fun and interactive period with many training sessions that will be important to your service. Our training includes: AmeriCorps 101, Leadership Development, Volunteer Management, Communication, Diversity Training, Red Cross First Aid and CPR, Defensive Driver Training, and a team building ropes course.

Here are the benefit basics:

$11,400 per 46 weeks

$495.65 / pay period before taxes

$4,725 educational award at end of service term to use for school or student loans

Health insurance provided Training provided

These positions are available for the 2009-2010 year:

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. Member assists in development, promotion and facilitation of the new Research in the Park programming. Member assists in curriculum development for new EE programming for K-8th grade and special needs students. Member leads presentations of non-releasable wild animals for GO! Hike students. Member assists in volunteer field guide recruitment and retention.

Knox County Solid Waste (1 position): Joining the Knox County Solid Waste and Recycling Program team provides an excellent opportunity to build your resume. The Knox County team member will gain experience working on the front lines of public administration and public policy. Knox County sponsors events and programs with several partners. On a regular basis the team member will work side by side with government agencies, non-profits, businesses, the media, and community organizations to accomplish shared goals. Team members will have the opportunity to gain substantial event planning experience with particular focus on waste reduction, zero waste, and carbon neutral events. Knox County is seeking a motivated dependable volunteer that is ready to take the lead in making a difference in their community.

Water Quality Team (7 positions remaining): 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 (Team filled): Each team member individually works with 10 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).

Knoxville Recycling Coalition Team (1 position):The Knoxville Recycling Coalition Team Member will focus on educating the greater Knoxville/Knox County community about recycling opportunities, especially to those whom otherwise would not know about or do recycling. The Team Member will:
• Give on average two presentations a month to community groups.
• Assist organizations in conducting waste audits and/or developing recycling programs.
• Attend various community events with the KRC information display. Some events will involve children activities. Also, Team Member will create handouts and posters for publicizing events.
• Help organize, advertise, and find volunteers for KRC’s quarterly collection events.
• Attend EarthFest (Knoxville’s yearly Earth Day event) meetings and be involved with planning.
• Help plan and organize America Recycles Day on November 15th.
• Help organize research into different areas of recycling, and help update the yearly Recycling Guide.
• Contribute a short article for each quarterly newsletter.
• Assist with KRC’s recycling trucks. This means the loading potentially heavy items.
• Be allowed to pursue other projects areas based on his/her abilities.

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. Member will also facilitate and develop sustainable projects such as Earth Fest and Sundown in the City recycling events.

Urban Agriculture Team (team selected as of 3-5-09): Members maintain a 1-acre urban community farm and the surrounding park area. They grow and distribute over 2,000 pounds of produce to volunteers, 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 (1 position): 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.

Air Quality Team (1 position remaining): 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.