We support personal connections to nature for People of Color and the LGBTQ+ communities, through outdoor adventures and education. We have no limits when providing a variety of activities for our community. Our stewardship and conservation program focus is on decolonizing outdoor education by creating culturally relevant foundations for Communities of Color & LGBTQ folks to connect to nature and their communities. Our Summer Ecology Educator will support Wild Diversity’s Ecology Program by providing ecology and adventure curriculum to youth. They will help with immersive experiential education for our summer program for youth and adult. They will gain exposure to outdoor education and adventures. And also experience what it takes to support outdoor programming for youth of color and adults too. This includes facilitating curriculum development, logistics for outdoor adventures, and outdoor leadership. This role will take them from their remote office, to the gear library, outdoors, to the trails and water. You will be working alongside the Wild Diversity Ecology Educator and directly working with our community.
- Work alongside our Ecology Educator by prepping lessons, gathering supplies, facilitating lessons, cleaning and returning supplies for youth ecology and adventure curriculum.
- Engage and support experiential education for youth by staying creative and excited about taking a decolonized approach to education.
- Encourage youth to find their love language in the outdoors.
- Sharing your knowledge about outdoor youth engagement with our community by providing videos and blogs that can support our community outdoors.
- Supporting additional events if needed.
- Support Youth Ecology program during programs by sharing workload
- Continue to be passionate and excited when working with our community.
- Communicate with the Youth Ecology Educator for logistics and curriculum planning.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:
- Attend all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required trainings and events
- Complete and submit all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required progress reports, timesheets, and other paperwork
- 18 years and older
- Must have high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
- A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
- Able to serve full-time for the 8 week program
- Ability to pass a criminal history background check
- Valid driver’s license
- Transportation to meet at all program locations
- Ability to lift and carry 50lbs.
- Ability to perform moderate to rigorous exercise in the form of hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.
- Ability to facilitate curriculum outside in all weather conditions.
- Work with small groups of 10 or less participants and alongside other adults.
- Following COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines.
- Over 50% standing/moving/walking throughout the year.
- Organizational skills
- Ability to make calculated decisions for the safety of group
- Time management
- Interpersonal skills
- Close attention to detail and the ability to plan ahead
- Ability to work under pressure
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:
- A living allowance of $2,168.88, roughly $500 every two weeks (for Oregon VISTAs serving outside of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties)
- An education award of $1252.91 or cash stipend of a lesser amount upon successful completion of service
- Training and professional development opportunities
- Access to an extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums