Environmental Outreach Coordinator – AmeriCorps Position

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Sweet Water is seeking an AmeriCorps Environmental Outreach Coordinator to raise public awareness of stormwater pollution issues in the Greater Milwaukee Area and help improve the environmental health of the region. This position is to be supported by the AmeriCorps Community Corps program, which is administered by Marshfield Clinic Health System.

Placement Description

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water) develops and delivers programs that help limit the amount of stormwater pollution that the Greater Milwaukee area contributes to regional lakes and rivers. The AmeriCorps member would be involved in the planning and implementation of two of these programs, described below.

Respect Our Waters + Adopt Your Drain

The Respect Our Waters and Adopt Your Drain programs educate the public about ways to prevent stormwater pollution. Our Respect Our Waters multi-media campaign airs public service announcements on TV, social media, and digital platforms to raise awareness about water quality issues that face the region. In the warmer seasons, staff also attend local community events to talk to the public about these issues and potential solutions.

The Adopt Your Drain program is becoming one of the easiest ways for people throughout Southeastern Wisconsin to protect local waterways practically without leaving their front yard. This effort encourages volunteers to prevent flooding and stormwater pollution by clearing storm drains of debris before and after rainfall. Volunteers can register their “adopted” drain online so that it appears on an interactive map.

Technical Education

Our Technical Education program provides individualized education on stormwater issues. This type of education is more personalized to fit the unique needs of various municipalities that we partner with. We develop and carry out specific activities for each community, ranging from residential workshops to outreach within the business community, or assisting with stormwater trainings and website content development for our partners.

Position Description

The AmeriCorps member will spend their time on tasks related to public and technical education activities. Specific tasks may include:

  • Developing an understanding of state & federal regulatory requirements surrounding stormwater pollution prevention & ensuring that programs adhere to applicable regulations
  • Researching & communicating ways that the public can improve water quality through the development of educational web pages, pamphlets, social media posts, & other resources
  • Organizing and attending community events hosted by Sweet Water or other partners
  • Recruiting & managing Adopt Your Drain volunteers and Stormwater Inspection Program volunteers and interns
  • Developing reports for the aforementioned programs
  • Increasing capacity at Sweet Water according to the organization’s needs and the AmeriCorps member’s skills and abilities
  • Supporting other interns on projects as needed

Necessary Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Flexibility to work on weekends when needed, primarily May-Aug
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a car
  • Must be able to attend mandatory AmeriCorps orientation Jan 9th-11th, 2022. The first day at the Sweet Water office is Jan 12th, 2023
  • Working knowledge of challenges facing regional waterways, or willingness to learn quickly
  • Strong attention to detail and work ethic
  • Friendly, approachable demeanor and interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Passion for engaging local communities to address environmental issues
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work
  • Passion for using creative problem solving skills to address complex issues

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working at community outreach or volunteer events
  • Social media and/or marketing skills
  • Graphic design experience or a willingness to learn to use graphic design programs to create educational content.

Additional Information:

  • This is a part-time AmeriCorps position. Members must commit to completing 900 hours of service (25-30 hours per week) from January 12th, 2023 – August 31st, 2023.
  • AmeriCorps Member receives a monthly living allowance (approx. $630 gross pay every two weeks), health insurance, and an educational award ($3,247.50) after successful completion of 900 hours within the allotted time frame.
  • Forbearance on qualified student loans and interest accrual payments while serving.

Accepting Applications

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will take this post down once the position is filled. Please click on “Learn How to Apply” below for details on how to apply.

Working Conditions

Currently, we are working approximately 75% of the time from the office and 25% of the time from home. This is subject to change. Extra caution is being taken to avoid the spread of COVID and other illnesses. The AmeriCorps member should also have access to a car or other form of transportation in order to travel to, from, and between community events.

Please email Allyssa Vesely at americorps@swwtwater.org within your application materials (a cover letter and resume). Use the subject line “AmeriCorps Environmental Outreach Coordinator 2023 Application [YOUR NAME]”.

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