Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center
1520 First Street Southeast
District of Columbia
Applicants for the AmeriCorps Member position will have the minimum requirement of a high school diploma and previous engagement in environmental service or demonstrated interest in natural science or the outdoors. Over the course of their term of service, the corps will increase the tree canopy in Wards 6,7 and 8, work to restore a native wetland classroom and create a curriculum around the wetland, and create avenues for community members to meet and serve together in the Anacostia Watershed.
Collectively our eight AmeriCorps members will log 3,600 service hours in the 2018-2019 program year (450 service hours each), they will mobilize 300 adult and youth volunteers to restore the Anacostia River by, increasing the wetland classroom by 100 native plants, educating them on the 100 plants in a new wetland curriculum, planting 75 native trees in wards 6,7 and 8 and remove 1000 pounds of trash from the Anacostia River and its tributaries. An Earth Conservation Corps program director will over see all elements of the program. A Field Director will direct all hands on activities in the field. One day per month will be designated as member development days where members spend time learning leadership, career, and life skills.
Over the last 26 years, we have learned that it is not enough to clean up a river or to provide disadvantaged youth with "a job." Youth must be empowered to change their circumstances with the guiding support of caring adults. Therefore, we integrate team-based work projects, education, and hands-on technical training into a curriculum that emphasizes leadership growth. Corps members master project management and technical skills through working on conservation projects and advocating for the environment. In doing so, they practice the interpersonal skills - patience, time management, and organizational skills. Our main areas of focus will be; workforce development/life skill development, Increasing the tree canopy, creating a wetland classroom and supplemental curriculum, trash clean-up, and storm water management projects to help reduce the human and environmental impacts currently impairing Oxon Cove in Southeast, DC. The workforce development/life skills training will mostly take place on the corps' training days with follow-ups once per month. They will also learn project specific workforce skills that they will learn hands-on through our environmental projects.
The tree canopy program will be focused on planting native trees in wards 6,7 and 8 to help reduce storm water runoff and prevent erosion. Storm water management projects will include work to reduce the flow of storm water into the Anacostia River and Oxon Cove and educate corpsmembers on different green water management solutions, such as rain gardens and green roofs. This will include increasing our wetland classroom area by 100 plants and protecting the new plants from aggressive invasive plants while creating a more robust curriculum around the wetland for volunteer and citizen scientist training.
High School Diploma / GED
Must be at least 17 years old
This opportunity is includes a stipend and scholarship upon completion of 450 service hours.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided