AmeriCorps Member Positions

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What is an AmeriCorps member?

Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members make a commitment to serve Baltimore’s communities for several months to a year. In return, they receive a stipend, training, and an education award that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans.

Our AmeriCorps members tutor students, grow food, create community gardens, repair homes, provide energy education, and more. They represent a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

Who is eligible to join AmeriCorps?

In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be:

  • At least 17 years old;
  • A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien; and
  • Able to pass a drug test and sex offender registry check

Open Positions

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center Student Success Coach - 675 Hour

Estimated Start Date:  

October 23, 2017

Position Summary:

The primary goal of a student success coach is to provide direct support to classroom art instructors implementing Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center (LTYC) art based curriculum in school and after school programs. The student success coach will help to manage classroom engagement, implement behavior modification and restorative practices, create lessons, and provide classroom support.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

Civic Works and LTYC have partnered to empower Baltimore youth to excel in the arts, academics, and social development, to build self-esteem and acquire the tools for success and balance in their lives. Through arts education programs and more, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center enriches the lives of thousands of underserved youth in the Maryland school systems, empowering them to develop their artistic talents and achieve their greatest potential.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support students and teachers in a classroom setting
  • Support student engagement in the arts: visual and performing
  • Serve as a student mediator; execute conflict resolution skills
  • Serve as a student mentor; provide guidance and support
  • Support in planning and execution of school-wide events
  • Maintain required training certifications, including CPR/First Aid and Conflict Resolution
  • Participate in school based and organization wide service projects

Desired Skills and Education

  • Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
  • Ability to follow instructions and serve cooperatively with other Team Members, Staff and Administrators
  • Completion of at least two semesters of college coursework, and an interest in education, human services, social work, business, or similar major, preferred.
  • Must be able to use and have access to the internet
  • Ability to serve independently and with a team
  • Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills, and be self-motivated
  • Pursuing or has completed higher education in the areas of Education, Social Work, Human Services, Arts, or related fields
  • At least two years working with youth

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 675 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a bi-weekly stipend of up to $475 and an educational award of $2215 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

Baltimore Energy Challenge Energy Educator - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2017-August 2018

Position Summary:

We are looking for an individual who will be dedicated to educating Baltimore City residents and students about how to save energy in their homes and schools. The Energy Educator will serve as an AmeriCorps member and is expected to finish the entire service term of 900 hours. The member will receive a living stipend biweekly, and a Segal education award after the service term is complete. Energy Educator Teams serve Monday-Friday with some additional evening and Saturday projects.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

The Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) teaches low to no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents and nonprofits through a grassroots effort in neighborhoods and schools. We ask everyone to sign a pledge committing to reduce their energy use through behavior change and for that, we thank them with a kit of energy saving products (LED light bulb, draft stoppers, toilet tank bank, LED nightlight and informational materials). The resources we provide along with consistent energy saving behavior on behalf of the participants have helped communities reduce their energy usage from 4-13%, and Baltimore City achieve its goal of 15% reduction in energy use by 2015.

Beginning late 2013, BEC introduced its Energy Efficiency Program to include installation of energy conservation equipment in the homes of Baltimore residents (i.e., programmable thermostats, energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving fixtures, pipe wraps, etc.). The Baltimore Energy Challenge is a program of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability in partnership with Civic Works, Inc. and the Baltimore Community Foundation. BEC’s current goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Baltimore City 15% by 2020.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assess and improve the comfort and safety of City spaces while reducing energy usage.
  • Assist BEC staff to complete installation of energy efficiency equipment, including but not limited to energy-efficient lighting, water-saving fixtures, carbon monoxide detector, hot water heater wrap and pipe wraps, power-strips, and timer devices.
  • Conduct assessments of participants’ roofs and apply cool roof coatings.
  • Educate residents about low and no-cost energy saving measures and behavioral changes to achieve additional energy savings at home, school, work, etc.
  • Recruit, train, and lead Energy Captain volunteers to help spread our message and resources among the community.
  • Conduct high quality lessons and activities focused on energy conservation in a classroom setting.
  • Provide information for additional energy efficiency services and other related citywide resources at community events.
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets to track and analyze program effectiveness.
  • Assist in the development of energy efficiency lesson plans relevant to the BEC mission and school outreach goals.
  • Conduct direct outreach to recruit program partners and participants and educate the community.
  • Plan and conduct community information sessions and act as a liaison between BEC and partner programs.
  • Assist with social media and newsletter creation.
  • Complete office and warehouse duties such as conducting inventory, preparing energy starter and home install kits on a regular basis, managing recycling, ensuring consistent stock of outreach documents distributed in homes and to the community.

Desired Skills and Education

  • Committed to the mission of the Baltimore Energy Challenge and serving those living in Baltimore City.
  • Physical ability to stoop, crawl, stand, bend, climb ladders of varying heights, and lift up to 50 pounds for proper installation of energy saving equipment.
  • Ability to serve in varying conditions with exposure to any or all of the following: heat, cold, heights, dust, dirt, indoors, and outdoors and in all weather conditions.
  • Willingness to serve in all areas of the city to serve the needs of city residents.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Regular, reliable attendance.
  • Enthusiastic about interacting with Baltimore city residents.
  • Ability to serve with others using a team model and general teamwork principles.
  • Knowledge of energy conservation practices.
  • Experience serving in low income communities.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 1700 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

  • Visit americorps.govto login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for Baltimore Energy Challenge. Complete and submit application to listing.
  • Send resume and cover letter to jobs@baltimoreenergychallenge.org

Baltimore Energy Challenge Energy Educator - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2017-February 2018

Position Summary:

We are looking for an individual who will be dedicated to educating Baltimore City residents and students about how to save energy in their homes and schools. The Energy Educator will serve as an AmeriCorps member and is expected to finish the entire service term of 900 hours. The member will receive a living stipend biweekly, and a Segal education award after the service term is complete. Energy Educator Teams serve Monday-Friday with some additional evening and Saturday projects.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

The Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) teaches low to no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents and nonprofits through a grassroots effort in neighborhoods and schools. We ask everyone to sign a pledge committing to reduce their energy use through behavior change and for that, we thank them with a kit of energy saving products (LED light bulb, draft stoppers, toilet tank bank, LED nightlight and informational materials). The resources we provide along with consistent energy saving behavior on behalf of the participants have helped communities reduce their energy usage from 4-13%, and Baltimore City achieve its goal of 15% reduction in energy use by 2015.

Beginning late 2013, BEC introduced its Energy Efficiency Program to include installation of energy conservation equipment in the homes of Baltimore residents (i.e., programmable thermostats, energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving fixtures, pipe wraps, etc.). The Baltimore Energy Challenge is a program of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability in partnership with Civic Works, Inc. and the Baltimore Community Foundation. BEC’s current goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Baltimore City 15% by 2020.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assess and improve the comfort and safety of Baltimore City spaces while reducing energy usage.
  • Assist BEC staff to complete installation of energy efficiency equipment, including but not limited to energy-efficient lighting, water-saving fixtures, carbon monoxide detector, hot water heater wrap and pipe wraps, power-strips, and timer devices.
  • Conduct assessments of participants’ roofs and apply cool roof coatings.
  • Educate residents about low and no-cost energy saving measures and behavioral changes to achieve additional energy savings at home, school, and work.
  • Recruit, train, and lead Energy Captain volunteers to help spread our message and resources among the community.
  • Conduct high quality lessons and activities focused on energy conservation in a classroom setting.
  • Provide information for additional energy efficiency services and other related citywide resources.
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets to track and analyze program effectiveness.
  • Assist in the development of energy efficiency lesson plans relevant to the BEC mission and school outreach goals.
  • Conduct direct outreach to recruit program partners and participants and educate the community.
  • Plan and conduct community information sessions and act as a liaison between BEC and partner programs.
  • Assist with social media and newsletter creation.
  • Complete office and warehouse duties such as conducting inventory, preparing energy starter and home install kits on a regular basis, managing recycling, ensuring consistent stock of outreach documents distributed in homes and to the community.

Desired Skills and Education

  • Committed to the mission of the Baltimore Energy Challenge and serving community members.
  • Physical ability to stoop, crawl, stand, bend, climb ladders of varying heights, and lift up to 50 pounds for proper installation of energy saving equipment.
  • Ability to serve in varying conditions with exposure to any or all of the following: heat, cold, heights, dust, dirt, indoors, and outdoors and in all weather conditions.
  • Willingness to serve in all areas of the city.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Regular, reliable attendance.
  • Enthusiastic about interacting with Baltimore city residents.
  • Ability to serve with others using a team model and teamwork principles.
  • Knowledge of energy conservation practices.
  • Experience serving in low income communities.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

How to Apply:

  • Visit americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for Baltimore Energy Challenge. Complete and submit application to listing.
  • Send resume and cover letter to jobs@baltimoreenergychallenge.org

Baltimore Energy Challenge Energy Educator - 450 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2017-December 2017

Position Summary:

We are looking for an individual who will be dedicated to educating Baltimore City residents and students about how to save energy in their homes and schools. The Energy Educator will serve as an AmeriCorps member and is expected to finish the entire service term of 900 hours. The member will receive a living stipend biweekly, and a Segal education award after the service term is complete. Energy Educator Teams serve Monday-Friday with some additional evening and Saturday projects.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

The Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) teaches low to no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents and nonprofits through a grassroots effort in neighborhoods and schools. We ask everyone to sign a pledge committing to reduce their energy use through behavior change and for that, we thank them with a kit of energy saving products (LED light bulb, draft stoppers, toilet tank bank, LED nightlight and informational materials). The resources we provide along with consistent energy saving behavior on behalf of the participants have helped communities reduce their energy usage from 4-13%, and Baltimore City achieve its goal of 15% reduction in energy use by 2015.

Beginning late 2013, BEC introduced its Energy Efficiency Program to include installation of energy conservation equipment in the homes of Baltimore residents (i.e., programmable thermostats, energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving fixtures, pipe wraps, etc.). The Baltimore Energy Challenge is a program of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability in partnership with Civic Works, Inc. and the Baltimore Community Foundation. BEC’s current goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Baltimore City 15% by 2020.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assess and improve the comfort and safety of Baltimore City spaces while reducing energy usage.
  • Assist BEC staff to complete installation of energy efficiency equipment, including but not limited to energy-efficient lighting, water-saving fixtures, carbon monoxide detector, hot water heater wrap and pipe wraps, power-strips, and timer devices.
  • Conduct assessments of participants’ roofs and apply cool roof coatings.
  • Educate residents about low and no-cost energy saving measures and behavioral changes to achieve additional energy savings at home, school, and work.
  • Recruit, train, and lead Energy Captain volunteers to help spread our message and resources among the community.
  • Conduct high quality lessons and activities focused on energy conservation in a classroom setting.
  • Provide information for additional energy efficiency services and other related citywide resources.
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets to track and analyze program effectiveness.
  • Assist in the development of energy efficiency lesson plans relevant to the BEC mission and school outreach goals.
  • Conduct direct outreach to recruit program partners and participants and educate the community.
  • Plan and conduct community information sessions and act as a liaison between BEC and partner programs.
  • Assist with social media and newsletter creation.
  • Complete office and warehouse duties such as conducting inventory, preparing energy starter and home install kits on a regular basis, managing recycling, ensuring consistent stock of outreach documents distributed in homes and to the community.

Desired Skills and Education

  • Committed to the mission of the Baltimore Energy Challenge and serving community members.
  • Physical ability to stoop, crawl, stand, bend, climb ladders of varying heights, and lift up to 50 pounds for proper installation of energy saving equipment.
  • Ability to serve in varying conditions with exposure to any or all of the following: heat, cold, heights, dust, dirt, indoors, and outdoors and in all weather conditions.
  • Willingness to serve in all areas of the city.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Regular, reliable attendance.
  • Enthusiastic about interacting with Baltimore city residents.
  • Ability to serve with others using a team model and teamwork principles.
  • Knowledge of energy conservation practices.
  • Experience serving in low income communities.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 450 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $1,538.36 education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

 

How to Apply:

  • Visit americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for Baltimore Energy Challenge. Complete and submit application to listing.
  • Send resume and cover letter to jobs@baltimoreenergychallenge.org

Baltimore Energy Challenge Energy Educator - 300 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2017-November 2017

Position Summary:

We are looking for an individual who will be dedicated to educating Baltimore City residents and students about how to save energy in their homes and schools. The Energy Educator will serve as an AmeriCorps member and is expected to finish the entire service term of 900 hours. The member will receive a living stipend biweekly, and a Segal education award after the service term is complete. Energy Educator Teams serve Monday-Friday with some additional evening and Saturday projects.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.

The Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) teaches low to no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents and nonprofits through a grassroots effort in neighborhoods and schools. We ask everyone to sign a pledge committing to reduce their energy use through behavior change and for that, we thank them with a kit of energy saving products (LED light bulb, draft stoppers, toilet tank bank, LED nightlight and informational materials). The resources we provide along with consistent energy saving behavior on behalf of the participants have helped communities reduce their energy usage from 4-13%, and Baltimore City achieve its goal of 15% reduction in energy use by 2015.

Beginning late 2013, BEC introduced its Energy Efficiency Program to include installation of energy conservation equipment in the homes of Baltimore residents (i.e., programmable thermostats, energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving fixtures, pipe wraps, etc.). The Baltimore Energy Challenge is a program of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability in partnership with Civic Works, Inc. and the Baltimore Community Foundation. BEC’s current goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Baltimore City 15% by 2020.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assess and improve the comfort and safety of Baltimore City spaces while reducing energy usage.
  • Assist BEC staff to complete installation of energy efficiency equipment, including but not limited to energy-efficient lighting, water-saving fixtures, carbon monoxide detector, hot water heater wrap and pipe wraps, power-strips, and timer devices.
  • Conduct assessments of participants’ roofs and apply cool roof coatings.
  • Educate residents about low and no-cost energy saving measures and behavioral changes to achieve additional energy savings at home, school, and work.
  • Recruit, train, and lead Energy Captain volunteers to help spread our message and resources among the community.
  • Conduct high quality lessons and activities focused on energy conservation in a classroom setting.
  • Provide information for additional energy efficiency services and other related citywide resources.
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets to track and analyze program effectiveness.
  • Assist in the development of energy efficiency lesson plans relevant to the BEC mission and school outreach goals.
  • Conduct direct outreach to recruit program partners and participants and educate the community.
  • Plan and conduct community information sessions and act as a liaison between BEC and partner programs.
  • Assist with social media and newsletter creation.
  • Complete office and warehouse duties such as conducting inventory, preparing energy starter and home install kits on a regular basis, managing recycling, ensuring consistent stock of outreach documents distributed in homes and to the community.

Desired Skills and Education

  • Committed to the mission of the Baltimore Energy Challenge and serving community members.
  • Physical ability to stoop, crawl, stand, bend, climb ladders of varying heights, and lift up to 50 pounds for proper installation of energy saving equipment.
  • Ability to serve in varying conditions with exposure to any or all of the following: heat, cold, heights, dust, dirt, indoors, and outdoors and in all weather conditions.
  • Willingness to serve in all areas of the city.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Regular, reliable attendance.
  • Enthusiastic about interacting with Baltimore city residents.
  • Ability to serve with others using a team model and teamwork principles.
  • Knowledge of energy conservation practices.
  • Experience serving in low income communities.

Terms of Service: 

This position is a 300 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $1,230.69

education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

 

How to Apply:

  • Visit americorps.gov to login or create a myAmeriCorps account and search listings for Baltimore Energy Challenge. Complete and submit application to listing.
  • Send resume and cover letter to jobs@baltimoreenergychallenge.org

Community Lot Team Community Outreach Coordinator - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

October 2017-September 2018

Position Summary:

Community Lot Team Members will transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens. Team members will learn how to properly use hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment involved in landscaping. These individuals will serve with community members and help lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain green spaces. Team members will also participate in environmental education lessons and professional development activities.

In addition to Community Lot Team member responsibilities, the Community Outreach Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of community-based greening plans throughout Baltimore. The two Community Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps will serve closely together to promote the involvement of local community groups and individuals in new Community Lot Team projects. The Community Outreach Coordinators will be responsible for fostering relationships with community partners in order to help construct and maintain new greening projects. They will be responsible for organizing community volunteer events to create a sense of ownership and engagement in each green space. The Community Outreach Coordinators will be required to design and distribute event flyers and informational pamphlets related to new greening projects. Together, the Community Outreach Coordinators and the Nursery Coordinator will ensure a smooth transition for the community participants as they maintain their completed green spaces. They will design detailed, long-term maintenance plans for each new gardens and train community members on proper maintenance techniques and plant identification skills over the course of several training sessions.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. The Community Lot Team transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces. AmeriCorps members, community residents, local artists, and volunteer groups serve together to create and maintain thriving community spaces.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens.
  • Learn how to properly use power tools and heavy equipment responsibly and safely.
  • Learn basic and complex techniques involved in urban landscaping
  • Serve with community members and lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain spaces.
  • Interact daily with a diverse team
  • Commit to serve as an AmeriCorps member for the entire term.
  • Daily manual labor outdoors is required, rain or shine
  • Collaborate with Community Lot Team on carrying out community-building and awareness events
  • Participate in outreach, site evaluation, community organizing, designing, planting, and follow-up with community partners
  • Collaborate with Community Lot partners to discuss and implement community engagement ideas
  • Regularly attend neighborhood association meetings, networking events, and service days in the communities where the Community Lot Team serves
  • Organize outreach and events to promote community engagement
  • Develop garden maintenance plans alongside the Nursery Coordinator
  • Develop and strengthen inter-organizational partnerships within the Baltimore greening community
  • Provide stewardship assistance and guidance to planting partners in Baltimore emphasizing environmentally responsible practices
  • Develop relationships with individual and group planting partners in Baltimore and help them to create partnerships and support systems in their neighborhoods
  • Organize and hold monthly service days on new greening projects

Desired Skills and Education

  • Ability to serve closely with a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to serve 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups) and complete the entire service term.
  • Ability to pass a drug test  and a a criminal background check, but we do hire past offenders.
  • Willingness to learn quickly and use your hands.
  • Openness to serving in and navigating through diverse urban neighborhoods

Not Needed, but Desired:

  • A driver’s license is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic landscaping and design techniques.
  • Experience serving in low-income communities.

Terms of Service:

This position is a 40 hour/week, 1700 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

 

How to Apply:

  • Send a 1) cover letter and 2) a resume to Harry Kuttner at hkuttner@civicworks.com with “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.
  • Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Community Lot Team.” Complete and submit an application to the listing or fill out an application at our office at Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.

Community Lot Team Community Nursery Coordinator - 1700 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

September 2017-August 2018

Position Summary:

Community Lot Team Members will transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens. Team members will learn how to properly use hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment involved in landscaping. These individuals will serve with community members and help lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain green spaces. Team members will also participate in environmental education lessons and professional development activities.

In addition to the Community Lot Team member responsibilities, the Nursery Coordinator will assist in the development of the Community Lot Team perennial and tree nursery. The Nursery Coordinator will be responsible for creating an inventory of all plants in the nursery and will track them as they are added to new community green spaces. The Nursery Coordinator will be responsible for the watering and maintenance of the nursery space, and developing an effective infrastructure. The Nursery Coordinator will partner with TreeBaltimore to obtain trees for Community Lot Team Gardens and the weekly watering of TreeBaltimore’s nursery in Druid Hill Park. The Nursery Coordinator will also organize community service days to help maintain the nursery space. The Nursery Coordinator will serve alongside the Community Outreach Coordinators to ensure a smooth transition for the community as they take on the task of garden maintenance upon the Community Lot Team’s completion of new green spaces. The Nursery Coordinator will design detailed, long-term maintenance plans for each new garden. The Nursery Coordinator will train community members on proper maintenance techniques and plant identification skills over the course of 1-2 training sessions organized by the Community Lot Team.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. The Community Lot Team transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces. AmeriCorps members, community residents, local artists, and volunteer groups serve together to create and maintain thriving community spaces.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens
  • Learn how to properly use power tools and heavy equipment responsibly and safely.
  • Learn basic and complex techniques involved in urban landscaping
  • Serve with community members and lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain spaces
  • Interact daily with a diverse team
  • Commit to serve as an AmeriCorps member for the entire term
  • Daily manual labor outdoors is required, rain or shine
  • Manage nursery stock to ensure Community Lot Team (CLT) is able to support their planting projects
  • Track CLT tree plantings and contribute to the TreeBaltimore tree planting database
  • Develop garden maintenance plans alongside CLT Community Outreach Coordinators
  • Develop and strengthen inter-organizational partnerships within the Baltimore greening community
  • Provide stewardship assistance and guidance to planting partners in Baltimore emphasizing environmentally responsible practices
  • Develop relationships with individual and group planting partners in Baltimore and help them to create partnerships and support systems in their neighborhoods
  • Organize and hold service days in the CLT Nursery
  • Collaborate with CLT Team members on carrying out community-building and awareness events

Desired Skills and Education

  • Ability to serve closely with a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to serve 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups) and complete the entire service term
  • Ability to pass a drug test  and a a criminal background check, but we do hire past offenders.
  • Willingness to learn quickly and use your hands.
  • Openness to serving in and navigating through diverse urban neighborhoods

Not Needed, but Desired:

  • A driver’s license is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic landscaping and design techniques.
  • Experience serving in low-income communities.

Terms of Service:

This position is a 40 hour/week, 1700 hour AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

 

How to Apply:

  • Send a 1) cover letter and 2) a resume to Harry Kuttner at hkuttner@civicworks.com with “Nursery Coordinator” in the subject line.
  • Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Community Lot Team.” Complete and submit an application to the listing or fill out an application at our office at Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.

Community Lot Team Member - 900 Hour

Estimated Start and End Date:  

October 2017-February 2018

Position Summary:

Community Lot Team Members will transform vacant lots in locations throughout Baltimore City into communal green spaces and public gardens. Team members will learn how to properly use hand tools, power tools, and heavy equipment involved in landscaping. These individuals will serve with community members and help lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain green spaces. Team members will also participate in environmental education lessons and professional development activities.

Organization and Program Description:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. The Community Lot Team transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces. AmeriCorps members, community residents, local artists, and volunteer groups serve together to create and maintain thriving community spaces.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Transform vacant Baltimore City lots into communal green spaces and public gardens.
  • Learn how to use power tools and heavy equipment responsibly and safely.
  • Learn basic and complex techniques involved in urban landscaping.
  • Serve with community members and lead volunteer groups to conceptualize, create, and maintain spaces.
  • Interact daily with a diverse team and community members.
  • Lead and/or support volunteer groups during community service days
  • Daily manual labor outdoors is required, rain or shine

Desired Skills and Education

  • Ability to serve closely with a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Commit to serve and complete the entire AmeriCorps service term.
  • Ability to serve 40 hours a week (Monday – Friday, and/or weekend service days with volunteer groups) and complete the entire service term
  • Ability to pass a drug test and a criminal background check, but we do hire past offenders.
  • Willingness to learn quickly and use your hands.
  • Openness to serving in and navigating through diverse urban neighborhoods

Not Needed, but Desired:

  • A driver’s license is highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic landscaping and design techniques.
  • Experience serving in low-income communities.

Terms of Service:

This position is a 900 hour, six month long AmeriCorps service term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, professional development, a bi-weekly stipend of $680 and a $2,907.50 education award upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

 

How to Apply:

  • Send a 1) cover letter and 2) a resume to Harry Kuttner at hkuttner@civicworks.com with “Community Lot Team Member” in the subject line.
  • Then, visit my.americorps.gov to login and/or create a myAmeriCorps account. Search the listings for “Community Lot Team.” Complete and submit an application to the listing or fill out an application at our office at Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213.

REACH! Student Advocate - 300, 450, 900 and 1700 Hour Positions

Estimated Start and End Date:  

Start Date: August 21, 2017

End Date: August 23, 2018

About Civic Works, Inc:

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Our key program areas include community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programs.

Civic Works AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor students, create community parks and gardens, help homeowners conserve energy, grow food for low-income residents, rehabilitate abandoned houses, involve families in Baltimore City schools, and make homes safer for older adults. Civic Works also trains Baltimore residents for employment in the healthcare and green job industries.

About REACH! Partnership:

REACH! Partnership is an innovative, college-focused transformation school for Baltimore City middle and high school students operated by Civic Works. The school is unique in its ability to effectively partner with not only educators, but also with businesses, corporations and community groups to create authentic learning opportunities for its student body. In addition to providing an academically rigorous curriculum, REACH! Partnership provides students with opportunities to learn marketable skills in construction and health care professions. Key partners include Johns Hopkins Health Systems, Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Metro Chapter (ABC), Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community (CHM) and Baltimore City Community College.

Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members serve as advocates at REACH! supporting student success and a positive learning experience.

REACH! Advocate Position Description:

AmeriCorps Advocates at REACH! Partnership will commit to a term of 300, 450, 900 or 1700 hours for the duration of school year. Positions are part-time, and Advocates will have the opportunity to choose between morning, afternoon, or evening shifts. During the completion of the term, Advocates will support students in the classroom, as well as their extracurricular activities, participate in activities throughout the school, provide support to teachers and administrators in the building, and serve as mentors and role models to students at REACH! Partnership. Civic Works staff will provide opportunities for ongoing training and professional development, as well as other service activities that will allow Advocates to have an overall positive impact on the Baltimore Community.

Responsibilities:

  • Support students and teachers in a classroom setting
  • Support student success academically
  • Serve as a student mediator; execute conflict resolution skills
  • Serve as a student mentor
  • Support in planning and execution of school-wide events
  • Maintain required training certifications, including CPR/First Aide and Conflict Resolution
  • Participate in school based and organization wide service project

Desired Skills and Education:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Must pass a criminal and sex offender background check, and be able to pass a drug screening
  • Ability to follow instructions and serve cooperatively with other Team Members, Staff, and Administrators
  • Completion of at least 2 semesters of college coursework, with an interest in education, human services, social work, business, or any other similar major, preferred
  • Must be able to use and have access to the internet
  • Ability to serve independently and with a team
  • Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and be self- motivated

Terms of Service:

This position is for a 300, 450, 900 or 1700 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a bi-weekly stipend of $680.00 and an educational award of $1230.69, $1538.36, $2907.50, or $5815.00 (based on number of term hours) upon successful completion of service(that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans). Funding for AmeriCorps members to participate in workshops and other professional development opportunities is also available. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps membe r, you must be: at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; a nd able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.

To apply, complete the following steps:

Some programs have additional requirements and restrictions.

Prohibited Activities*

As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours:

  • Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy. They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way. They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level.
  • Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction. They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
  • Abortion referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
  • Benefit a Business: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in service that benefits a for-profit business, a partisan political organization, or a labor union.

In addition, Civic Works AmeriCorps members may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours.

  • Clerical Service: AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project.  They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
  • Fund Raising: AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fund raising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns

The list above is a summary, for detailed prohibited activities go to the following link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf

 

Corpsmember Application

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.nationalservice.gov
For more information about AmeriCorps in Maryland, visit www.gosv.maryland.gov

Civic Works welcomes all corpsmember applicants and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Civic Works complies with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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