Service Description: Green Iowa AmeriCorps operates through the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (UNI CEEE) in Cedar Falls looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for an 11 month service experience in one of our service locations throughout Iowa. As a member of our new and existing programs sites, you will have the opportunity to create plans in conjunction with city officials, nonprofit leaders, and execute projects that will greatly impact the communities we serve. The leadership and empowerment experienced as part of our program will be like no other!
Our program hopes to train the next generation of ‘green-collar’ workers through a combination of field trips, presentations, and hands-on learning. Members have the opportunity to build leadership abilities through specific coordinator roles, which allow each member to contribute unique skills to the program. Members have access to free trainings, hands on skill development, and extensive community engagement. Service with Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a year like no other, providing you an opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis all while gaining work experience that is going to put you leaps and bounds ahead of your peers in the energy and environmental sector. We intend to hire socially-minded individuals who want to make a difference in the community. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to work as a team or individually on projects that require learning/teaching new skills or participating in physical labor. Applicants should be self-starters, capable of working with minimal supervision and sensitivity to working with diverse sectors of the population.
Service Locations: Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Iowa City
Member Duties: Audit/Weatherize Homes 2-4 days/week • Facilitate environmental education programs 1-2 days/week • Participate in community outreach projects 1-2 days/week centered around environmental stewardship activities, watershed initiatives, and home construction• Assume one of the following team leadership roles: Logistics, Audit, Education, Marketing, and Outreach• Create a professional development plan that takes you to conferences, trainings, and develops skills unique to your goals • Collaborate with city officials, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders to create environmentally focused projects that serve the greatest needs in Iowa communities.
Program Benefits: Federal Loan Deferment, Health Coverage, Training and Certification, Individualized Professional Development opportunities, Education stipend upon successful completion, Monthly Living stipend, Leadership experience, Public Service Loan Forgiveness Qualification, Interest Accrual Repayment
Terms: Position based on completion of 1,700 hours of service in a full-time work schedule, flexible vacation and sick leave. Outside employment available during off hours, school attendance available during off hours
Service Areas: Neighborhood Revitalization, Housing, Community Engagement, Storm Water Management, Outreach Education, Community and Economic Development, Environment, and Capacity Building
Skills: Community Organization, Education, Recruitment, Urban Planning, Architectural Planning, Team Work, Public Speaking, Communications, Trade/Construction, Environment, Leadership, General Skills.
To apply or learn more, visit www.greeniowaamericorps.org