Overview

FIELD SERVICE (80% of program)

Crews complete restoration projects in partnership with various land management agencies, throughout the Puget Sound region (in urban, suburban, and rural settings). Crews are introduced to a broad range of project sites, different techniques and approaches to ecological restoration. This broad exposure will provide participants with skills to implement best management practices in restoration, an appreciation of the challenges of restoration and an understanding of the field of environmental restoration work. To better understand the types of projects crews work on please review some project overviews: linked here.

Project Implementation: Crew Members are responsible for the efficiency of accomplishing projects and the quality of the final product under supervision from project staff. All corps Members and staff are responsible for the safety of themselves, their fellow workers, and members of the public who may be involved with projects.

What type of service will Crew Members perform?

Field Service Projects (and estimates of their typical percentage of the program):

Initial invasive plant removal (manual/ mechanical) 25%
Invasive plant control (herbicide) 20%
Native plant installation (planting) 15%
Stewardship/ Site maintenance 20%
Trail construction/maintenance 20%

Multiple camping trips. Camping trips provide corps members a chance to learn or practice camping skills as well as deepen team development. In 2022 most organized camping trips were done in a front country (non-wilderness) setting. Typical duration of these trips is 3-4 nights, with the potential for a 10- day trip as well. In 2022 the number of nights camping ranged from 25-40 nights, equivalent to roughly 1-2 weeks of camping per month.

TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS (20% of the program)

EarthCorps is a service-learning program. This means in addition to learning from fieldwork, corps members will attend trainings that develop skills and context for restoration activities. Facilitators will use a combination of lectures, discussions, reflections, site tours and hands-on assignments. For 2023 corps year we plan to conduct these trainings online or in a socially distanced manner. The following range of topics introduces corps members to the field of restoration and develops interpersonal skills:

Habitat Restoration:
Ecology, Land Management, Restoration Theory and Skills
Pacific Northwest natural history and plant identification
Exposure to the restoration industry and local environmental network

Community building:
Environmental justice and anti-racism
Exposure to local community organizations and land acknowledgement workshops
Progressing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals within the corps and organization

Leadership:
Understanding of leadership theory and personal leadership style
Collaboration in a small team and community building across teams at EarthCorps

Tagged as: Conservation, Crew, Full Time

Qualifications:

Ability and desire to work hard, outdoors and in all weather conditions
Commitment to cooperation and teamwork
Commitment to integrating social, racial, and economic justice lenses to our work
Eligibility for AmeriCorps and ability to complete term of service
Commitment to following CDC and EarthCorps’ COVID-19 policies
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds (22.5 kg); Hike up to 8 miles (13 km) in steep terrain while carrying 40 pounds (18kg) of weight

Preferred Skills:

Experience in the outdoors or physical labor
Commitment to community service and previous experience in volunteer service
Enthusiasm for environmental conservation, science, recreation, or other related fields
Capacity to learn and grow in a service-based training position
Environmental restoration is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding service that takes place outdoors in all weather conditions. Service regularly involves:

Long days of repetitively swinging heavy tools, shoveling, digg

About EarthCorps

EarthCorps (EC) is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that believes people and nature can thrive together and seeks to build a global community of leaders through local environmental service.  Putting our mission into action looks like an intensive (six-month/year-long) training program that unites young adults (ages 18-26ish) from across the United States and around the world to learn skills in community building, environmental restoration, and reflective practice.  EarthCorps is committed to becoming a more liberated and anti-racist organization. Through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, EarthCorps is building a network of leaders who have the cultural competency and skills to build a new future, while restoring vital lands and waters and connecting people to nature. This work is ongoing and the organization is committed to being transparent with program participants about our work, as well as including their input to drive the direction of the organization towards a he

Application Instructions

Click the 'Apply Now' button at https://www.earthcorps.org/apply/ to begin your application. You will be asked to submit basic personal information, a current resume, and a cover letter answering the following question; "Why do you want to serve at EarthCorps, in the Corps Program? What attracted you, and how will this term of service help you reach your goals?

Company Website

http://earthcorps.org