Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CAC AmeriCorps -- recruiting 2012-13

(Above picture) James Moses is being recognized by Knoxville City Councilman Chris Woodhull on his service of weatherizing over 250 homes in 2009. After his service, James was a staff member with CAC's Housing and Rehabilitation Department. James is now doing great things in Asheville, NC.
We will start accepting CAC AmeriCorps applications on https://my.americorps.gov on December 28, 2011. The process of recruitment, application screening, 2 phone interviews and final decisions is time sensitive. The positions will be filled by May 1, 2012 for a start date in August 13, 2012. The most coveted positions (eg. Beardsley Community Farm) are filled by March 15th.
Our corps serves 40 hours per week- Monday - Friday for 10.5 months.

We have 40 positions at several different organizations and our members do direct environmental service, teaching, capacity building, and public relations. Some of our sites are physically demanding. Some of our sites need specific computer/teaching/public relations skills.

To the menu to the right (on this blog) we will have service descriptions for most of the positions. If it is not listed- just contact me at john.harris@knoxcac.org

Monday, November 7, 2011

UTK's Mug Project

One of our AmeriCorps members, Emmy Waldhart (on left), had a great idea to reduce waste on campus. She wrote a grant to have students use super cool mugs instead of disposable cups at dining halls and local restaurants.

Courtney Washburn (on right) is her partner in the Sustainability Office at UTK and has helped her a bunch this year getting the word out to students about the mug program.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Electric Vehicle Show

EV Show on Market Square- Jeff Siddons an AmeriCorps member at East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition was involved with coordinating this event!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Johnson University volunteers!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Thanks to Johnson University students for cleaning up our CAC Parking Lot Islands- which have edible landscaping in them. They also trimmed some broken and overgrown trees at CAC.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Vol Challenge Week

Thanks to the men at Alpha Gamma Rho for their hard work in cleaning up vacant lots on Mississippi Ave and Lonsdale Pike. They did a great job!

Vol Challenge was September 12-16, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Social Impact Fair @ UTK

Brian Blackmon and I went to UTK's Social Impact Fair on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Great talking with these students!
We had 45 people sign up for more information about our program and some wanted to volunteer with us throughout the year.

We will start accepting applications for our 2012-13 CAC AmeriCorps program on December 15, 2011. Our next service term starts in August 2012 and ends June 2013. We will have everyone enrolled by May 1, 2012 for the August 2012 start date. The sooner you apply- the better your chances. We receive over 400 applications and only have 40 positions- this interview process is very competitive.

FYI for college students: Our members serve full time (40 hours/week) in our program- you can't be in school and serve with us at the same time.

Thanks again for your interest in our program!

John Harris
CAC AmeriCorps Program Director

Friday, September 2, 2011

Paddle for Clean Water

Josh Cunningham, an AmeriCorps member at Farragut Stormwater Engineering, played the part of Water Pollution (while wearing a skeleton costume and throwing away fake trash in Tennessee River). check out the video from WBIR- TV

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mayor Brown

Mayor Daniel Brown welcomes CAC AmeriCorps to Knoxville! On this day, we cleaned up Mary Vestal Park and the South Knoxville Community Center. It was a ton of work but everyone that uses the center daily were so happy with the cleanup- especially after the spring storms had left many broken trees in the park and around the center.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 - 2012 Positions (Updated 7-21-2011)


At CAC AmeriCorps, most of our full-time positions are educating youth on environmental issues. Most of these positions involve hands-on service-learning with students and adults. So these members will be "getting their hands dirty" while teaching students about Ecology.

(as of 5-19-11) Educational positions remaining for 2011-12 :
0 Naturalists at Ijams Nature Center
0Water Quality Educators
0 Earthflag (school-based environmental sustainability) educators
0 Air Quality project coordinators
0 Sustainable Design/Architecture Educator with S.E.E.E.D.

These positions that are in a more traditional office work environment:
0 Knox County Air Quality Management (KC Health Dept.)
0 Knox County Solid Waste Department
0 Tribe One (youth mentoring via "green" curriculum)
0 Keep Knoxville Beautiful

These positions that are in a physically demanding fieldwork environment:
0 Knoxville Recycling Coalition
0 Naturalists at Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
0 Park Rangers at Ijams Nature Center
1 Home Energy Auditors @ CAC Weatherization and Home Repair
0 Recycling Coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Knoxville
0 Campus Recycling Assistant with the University of Tennessee

We are finishing interviews- positions are open to applications for weatherization position-
call our office for more info 865 546 3500