Opportunity: The Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) are requesting that interested individuals respond to this inquiry for a Conservation Legacy DOI/AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer position to be based in Chama, New Mexico. This is a 1 year position beginning in spring 2018.
Deadline: Friday, February 16th. (Please note that the AmeriCorps website gives “Accepting Applications” date until March 3rd; Final selection will be completed by Feb. 26th; Start date March 26th)
Position Summary: The San Juan – Chama DOI/VISTA Volunteer will work under the supervision of CPLA and BOR to increase watershed health in the San Juan – Chama region through strategic planning and impact assessment of forest health projects; help to alleviate poverty in Rio Arriba County by supporting a natural resource-based economy and community needs; and build organizational capacity for CPLA and the San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership (SJCWP) through increased partnerships, fundraising, and strategic planning. Responsibilities include seeking funding opportunities and writing grants; developing and implementing outreach plans via a variety of media to communities, partners, and private landowners; assist with coordination of partner communication and project implementation; assist with planning and implementation of workshops, trainings, the Rio Chama Congreso annual conference, and other educational or outreach efforts; and assist with efforts to engage new stakeholders in local communities and conservation partners.
Qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals who reside locally in the region, however, out of state candidates are welcome to apply. Candidate should have excellent communication skills and have an interest in organizational development, poverty alleviation, and conservation. VISTA Volunteers are government employees and must have a valid U.S. driver’s license.
Stipend and Resources: The VISTA Volunteer will be provided with a monthly stipend that is equivalent to 105% of the poverty line for Rio Arriba County. Housing, utilities, office space, computer, cell phone, and a vehicle will be provided by the Bureau of Reclamation. Other benefits include a limited health plan, forbearance on qualified student loans, an educational award, and a professional development stipend.
For more information: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/americorps-vista-faqs
To learn more about the DOI/VISTA Program: www.doivista.org