Position Title: Habitat Restoration Educator
Location: Columbia Slough Watershed Council 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97218 USA
Company Description: The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life changing service opportunities where the Member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a cohort of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%).
Key Responsibilities: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):
Leadership role in restoration education program.
Classroom and field trip presentations and support.
Habitat restoration work party planning, support, and leadership.
Habitat restoration site surveys (invasive plant dominance, native plant survival, erosion).
Outreach and events planning, promotion, preparation and support.
Represent council at outreach events (e.g. neighborhood festivals).
On-the-water programs: safety talk, group paddle leadership, habitat and restoration discussion.
Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
Abide by Confluence and AmeriCorps program policies.
Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training's,
team meetings and national service days.
Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or
attending official events.
Qualifications: POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Proven experience working with or living in diverse communities; Personal and professional commitment to racial
equity, diversity, and inclusion work
Ability to identify common Pacific Northwest native and invasive plants
Interest and basic understanding of Pacific Northwest urban ecology
Valid driver’s license and able to drive a motor vehicle (preferably manual transmission)
Able to cheerfully serve outside with students, in all types of weather and on uneven and potentially steep terrain
and lift up to 30 lbs. overhead (e.g. kayaks, tools, etc.)
Outgoing nature; able to enthusiastically speak to groups including large work parties and students
Basic computer skills (including Microsoft office) and writing ability
Willingness/openness to learn about and discuss racial equity and social justice issues.
A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award.
Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the Individuals State of
Residence, State of Service, and FBI criminal identification systems. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the
National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) prior to the start of the position.
Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
AmeriCorps Members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education
awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long
as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to
receive an award.
Spanish language or other language spoken commonly in our watershed (Vietnamese, Laotian, Russian, Somali)
Habitat restoration experience and/or coursework
Strong interest in Environmental Justice, urban habitat restoration, and/or youth science education
Connection to the communities in our watershed (North to Northeast Portland, Fairview, or Gresham)
Strong plant identification skills
Teaching or mentoring experience
Cultural agility training or lived experience
Proven ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
Experience organizing and implementing small and large community events
Proficiency with Adobe InDesign
Salary/Wage: See Job Posting
Application Open Until: 7/21/2017
How to Apply: Project Supervisors will conduct all initial interviews and recommend top candidates to Confluence by July 21, 2017.
Confluence will conduct final interviews and offer positions throughout August 2017. Here’s how to apply:
STEP 1: Apply to Project Supervisor: Email the following items to: Corrina Chase email@example.com
with the subject line “Confluence AmeriCorps.”
cover letter (1 page)
contact information for three references
STEP 2: AmeriCorps Application:
Applications are completed online at the AmeriCorps website and include:
AmeriCorps Application – Filled out and submitted to a Confluence position
Two On-Line References – Included in the online application.
Online Certification Form –This form is included in the online application or it can be found on the
Confluence website. It can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Confluence Office.
STEP 3: Confluence Interview & Placement: Final interviews cannot be conducted until Step 1 & 2 are complete.
Any additional information:: QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS? CONTACT:
Operations Coordinator | Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program
5441 SE Belmont Street, Suite 25, Portland, OR 97215
503-719-6779 | firstname.lastname@example.org