Working at the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) offers a unique opportunity to apply your skills and passion for parks and the environment across our New York city, state and national parks. JBRPC works with non-profit and governmental partners to help implement capital projects, nature-based and stewardship programs, and community engagement efforts in support of over 10,000 acres of parkland in Brooklyn and Queens. JBRPC promotes creativity and seeks applicants with unique ideas and a spirit of public service. JBRPC, a program of the Fund for the City of New York, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Visit this page for the latest information on opportunities to work with us!

Jamaica bay-rockaway parks conservancy is pleased to host an americorps vista Stewardship data & Education coordinator

JBRPC is currently seeking applicants through the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal program charged with alleviating poverty in the United States. VISTA members are considered employees of the federal government for purposes of coverage under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Applicants apply through the My AmeriCorps portal found below. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) serves approximately 35 neighborhoods through its stewardship of parklands in the Jamaica Bay watershed and Rockaway peninsula. JBRPC seeks to improve access and create systems for sustained stewardship of parks throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways so that parks can contribute to the social, ecological, economic, and health benefits parks are capable of; and be more resilient for future and more frequent storms. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will support JBRPC programs that will help local parks deliver these benefits to residents and visitors, with a primary focus on developing programs that will positively benefit lower income residents. The Stewardship Data and Education Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA member will support three primary program areas for the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy: (1) Update and maintain JBRPC’s Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Projects Mapping Tool in partnership with non-profit and governmental organizations; (2) Identify grants that will support and fund green jobs for parks maintenance, with a focus on youth from low-income communities; and (3) Support nature-based and environmental education programming, and the development of early childhood engagement in Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways by working with partners to develop a Jamaica Bay/Rockaway/National Park Service focused curriculum, engaging future generations in the sustained stewardship of some of New York City’s most precious urban natural resources. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations in the program areas described above. Combined, these three program areas will contribute to community growth including improved public parks and public access, an increase in green job opportunities within the community we serve, and engagement of young people in our parks and the importance of park stewardship at an early age.

Member Duties : •Update & maintain JBRPC’s Digital Mapping Tool on an ongoing basis with partners. •Develop a training program with community partner organizations for residents to use the mapping tool. •Identify and apply to appropriate grants, with a focus on green jobs programs and nature-based programming. •Support creation of grant calendar and database •Conduct outreach to local schools and engage them in nature-based programs •Research curriculum development processes in pursuit of developing a Jamaica Bay/Rockaway/NPS focused curriculum. •Create a preliminary timeline and framework for development of curriculum and engage public and private partners •Collect information on JBRPC stewardship and partnership programs, educational initiatives and environmental impact. •Collect data on the number of people served in our programs, including readily available and voluntary demographic information. •Support developing systems to use collected data at will when collaborating with partners. 

Program Benefits: Living Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training, Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend. *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit: http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare 

Terms: 
Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours.  

Service Areas: 
Environment, Education.  

Skills: 
Environment, Social Services, Education, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Communications, Team Work, GIS/data asset management, Public Speaking, Recruitment, Writing/Editing, Youth Development, Community Organization. 

More information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program including helpful application instructions and compensation information can be found here.

 

The Fund for the City of New York, and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, is an equal opportunity employer.