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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Anne Marie Pearce, 360-754-3355 X- 6857 or pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us

AmeriCorps Position Open with Thurston County Water Resources Program

OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Water Resources Education and Outreach Program (E & O) is seeking an AmeriCorps Volunteer. The person will assist in raising community awareness of stormwater runoff issues that affect water quality in Thurston County, and help to improve water resources such as streams and wetlands. The E & O program is within the Resource Stewardship Department of Thurston County. 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 volunteer service will include:
  • Conducting stormwater education to students in grades 4 - 12 through watershed model presentations, "stream bug" presentations, field trips to learn about locally spawning salmon and implementing the "Lost and (Puget) Sound" stormwater curriculum;
  • Recruitment, training and management of volunteers and volunteer data;
  • Coordination of community service projects for school and community groups;
  • Assisting in the development and/or implementation of stormwater-related educational presentations and activities for student groups, adults and at public/community events;
  • Assisting in the collection of "stream bug" monitoring samples;
  • Assisting in the coordination of educational workshops and field trips;
  • Writing volunteer highlight articles for quarterly newsletters, posting on the web or on Facebook;
  • Conducting evaluations of presentations/workshops to assess increase in knowledge; and
  • Participating in local environmental coordination meetings.

  • Must be between the ages of 21 and 25 (by October 1, 2013)
  • 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) </ul

    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

    Position Dates: October 1, 2013-August 15, 2014
    Hours: 40 hours/week
    Monthly stipend & Benefits: $1125 monthly living stipend (before taxes) plus a $5500 educational award at end of service.

    To apply please complete an AmeriCorps application online at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=46832&fromSearch=true and submit a resume and cover letter to pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us Applications are due by July 19, 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.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3