Do you want to springboard your career in beautiful and exciting Portland, Maine? The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) Resilience Corps Fellowship is a unique opportunity to launch your career in climate, sustainability, resilience, economic or community development, land use, transportation, or urban planning. Fellows gain high-level ‘on the job’ experience, build their personal and professional networks, and receive training, mentorship, and professional development in their desired field of future work.
In the Resilience Corps, you will develop invaluable professional skills and personal vision while advancing regional resilience, accelerating civic innovation, climate action, digital equity, and accessible transportation and housing for local government offices and non-profit agencies. Projects are varied, complex, interesting, and deeply important to the state of Maine. We are recruiting Fellows for our 2022-2023 Service Term – beginning on October 19, 2022!
Resilience Corps Fellows provide support for GPCOG, municipalities, and non-profits by enhancing capacity for initiatives that build greater regional resilience via:
While placed in varying roles internally at GPCOG or with external partners, the Resilience Corps Fellows together form a cohort that learns from and with each other – participating in professional development and community service days together, weekly cohort meetings, and are encouraged to share resources, collaborate, and support one another.
Example Resilience Corps Member Placements
Please note, our positions and host sites change each year. Candidates apply to be considered for the program, and not to specific host sites, but will learn about the available individual positions during the interview process and will ultimately be offered a specific role. All Fellows are asked to be flexible, team-players - as needs and projects may evolve over the service term.
Coastal Resilience Fellow, supporting the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, developing an accessible database pertaining to the intertidal ecosystem and shellfish resources to help bridge the gap between municipal shellfish programs and harvesters, as well as supporting mapping and fieldwork on Maine’s shorelines.
Community Broadband Fellow, supporting GPCOG and Maine Broadband Coalition, aiding individual towns and statewide efforts to expand access to reliable broadband, while advancing public communication and engagement efforts around digital equity in Maine.
Community Rewilding Fellow, supporting the Wild Seed Project, creating a volunteer registration and communication system, as well as a toolkit for working with municipalities to consider native planting along roadsides and in public places to aid in climate resilience.
Climate Action Planning Fellow, supporting the Town of Falmouth, driving sustainability and metrics reporting for a municipality while also engaging the community and town council in the process of developing a climate action plan.
Sustainability Fellow, supporting the City of South Portland, in their education and outreach efforts around their Climate Action Plan, One Climate Future. This fellow also writes columns in local publications such as the South Portland Sentry and Amjambo Africa.
Transportation and GIS Fellow, supporting GPCOG, researching and conducting peer reviews to influence transportation plans and projects in the region, supporting teams on outreach and engagement, mapping and analyzing data across a wide variety of transit related projects.
Economic Opportunity Fellow, supporting Portland’s Office of Economic Opportunity, implementing a monthly Legal Immigration Aid Clinic and helping coordinate U.S. Cultural Orientation for Newcomers, a interactive workshop to ensure all newcomers who are in the City’s shelters or receiving General Assistance learn about Portland’s resources, norms, and governing structures.
Potential Service Activities
Activities for Corps Members may include some but not all of the following:
The Resilience Corps is comprised of 14 unique positions, either focusing on regional projects and hosted internally at GPCOG or directly supporting a local municipality or partner non-profit. Most roles include a combination of remote and in-person service with occasional field work opportunities. Topic areas of Resilience Corps positions include:
What You’ll Take Away
The Resilience Corps is a comprehensive professional development program, training, and networking opportunity in addition to a volunteer service program, that can be used as a springboard into your future career. Corps Members will gain new skills in: public speaking, project management, event planning, effective cross-sector and intercultural communication, equitable public outreach, directed research, project implementation, storytelling, professionalism, problem-solving, teamwork, decision-making processes, facilitation, note taking, work planning, and time management.
Corps Members will participate in a one-week training and orientation at the start of their service term. Throughout the service term, the Corps Members will meet 1-2 times per week to connect, share with one another, and depending on the week, engage in on-going training sessions on various topics. Together, the cohort will participate in various hands-on volunteer days to further engage with and learn from community organizations. There will also be opportunities to connect and learn with members of other AmeriCorps programs in Maine in small learning sessions and the AmeriCorps Member Conference.
To apply, and for more information, please visit the position on myAmeriCorps: https://rb.gy/mhyldd.
The Greater Portland Council of Governments is a regional planning agency providing direct support to 30 member municipalities and collaborative regional projects in Southern Maine, stretching from Casco Bay to western Cumberland County. Since 1969, GPCOG has been an instrument of and for communities, helping cities and towns help one another.
We – meaning GPCOG’s member municipalities and GPCOG’s staff – work together to help municipalities. As a region, we collaborate and forge solutions that address our transportation, economic development, and natural resource challenges. Our work grows jobs, supports healthy, sustainable, and complete neighborhoods with diverse housing options, builds efficient and clean transportation, and protects the places and resources that make the region so special.
Do you want to springboard your career in beautiful and exciting Portland, Maine? The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) Resilience Corps Fellowship is a unique opportunity to launch your career in climate…