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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Contact:
Ann Marie Pearce at pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355, ext. 6857.

AmeriCorps Position Open with Thurston County Water Resources Program


OLYMPIA -- The Thurston County Water Resources Education and Outreach Program is seeking a person to fill an Americorps Volunteer position. The Education and Outreach Program (E&O) is part of the Resource Stewardship Department of Thurston County. The E&O program objective is to raise community awareness of stormwater runoff issues that affect water quality in Thurston County, and offers community members volunteer opportunities to help improve water resources such as streams and wetlands. The E&O program works with youth and adults through classroom presentations, hands-on habitat restoration activities, workshops and field classes, stream monitoring, outreach at community events and by developing and disseminating educational articles and materials related to preventing stormwater pollution.

Americorps Position Dates: October 1, 2012- August 15, 2013
Hours: 40 hours/week

Monthly stipend & Benefits: $1125 monthly living stipend (before taxes) plus a $5500 educational award at end of service.

AmeriCorps volunteer service will include:
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers and volunteer data;
  • Coordinate community service projects for community groups;
  • Assist in the development and/or implementation of stormwater-related educational presentations and activities for student groups, adults and at public/community events;
  • Assist in the collection of "stream bug" monitoring samples;
  • Assist in the coordination of educational workshops and field trips;
  • Write volunteer highlight articles for quarterly newsletter, posting on the web or on Facebook;
  • Conduct evaluations of presentations/workshops to assess increase in knowledge; and
  • Participate in local environmental coordination meetings.


Qualifications:
  • Must be between the ages of 21 and 25 (by October 1, 2012)
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check to work with children and volunteers
  • Must have a valid Driver's License and safe driving record (WA State Driver's License preferred)
  • Must be eligible to apply for Americorps service (www.americorps.gov)


Preferred experience & skills include:
  • Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills with ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental science or education, specifically as related to water quality, riparian habitat, or stormwater pollution
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or students
  • Some college preferred with a focus on environmental science and/or education
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software and social media
  • Social marketing and public outreach skills a plus


To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us stating why you are interested in the position and how you meet or exceed the minimum qualifications and preferred skills .An AmeriCorps application is also required (please visit www.americorps.gov). Applications are due by August 3, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. PDT.

For more information, contact Ann Marie Pearce at pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355, ext. 6857.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3