Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations founded to move forward the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
This position is an opportunity to make a difference in young people’s lives and directly impacts the communities of Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Youth programming supports communities in Harrisonburg, Shenandoah National Park, Beckley, WV, Valley Forge, PA, and more. ACC’s youth program serves approximately 50 local youth ages 15-18 a year and completes a variety of conservation-based projects across the state. Youth crews function as either day crew M-F, or a camping crew also scheduled M-F.
The Program Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to: Recruit and select high school youth members and support the recruitment for crew leaders for all youth crews; Participate in the planning and execution of crew leader and member trainings; Coordinate communication between the field and the office; Using a trauma-informed approach, support and mentor all field staff, including seasonal Field Supervisors, crew leaders and members; Ensure crews are both supported and prepared to maintain safety, program integrity, and quality projects in the field. Both office and field operations are required for this position and a flexible schedule is a must!
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
Recruiting, Interviewing and Selection of Corps Members and Leaders
Program Oversight & Field Support
Development & Training
Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, and communicate. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Cover Letter must include a response to the following question: Provide some examples of your experience working effectively with diverse communities, including those specific to the BIPOC community & other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.
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