Americorps begs to differ with The Who: There is a cure for the summertime blues.
The Rockland County Youth Bureau is looking for motivated people who are at least 17 years of age to perform paid outdoor, environmental community service this summer in the Rockland County.
AmeriCorps members are required to serve 300 hours during June, July and August at sites that have previously included town parks, County parks, local organic farms, Rockland County Department of Health, Rockland County Drainage Agency, Clarkstown Highway Department and various town and village departments. Typically at these host sites, members have educated the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conducted field research, built and maintained nature trails, taught environmental education at camps, created gardens, patrolled streams, facilitated clean ups and implemented recycling programs.
Fifty hours of training are included in the 300-hour time commitment. Members are trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County in areas such as environmental education, trail building, conservation, curriculum development, leadership, team building, conflict resolution, first aid as well as a variety of other pertinent topics.
In addition, RCA members receive the benefit of a $1,710 living stipend, which is delivered in bi-weekly paychecks. At the completion of the 300 hours, members receive an additional $1,000 educational award, which must be used towards college tuition within seven years, or to pay towards an existing qualified student loan. Participation in Rockland County AmeriCorps is a great way to explore career interests, bolster your resume and network within the environmental field. Applicants must be enthusiastic about serving their community and enjoy outdoor activities. This is a full-time opportunity over the summer.
Applications are due by Monday, May 11th. The program will begin in early June with the bulk of the service taking place in July and August. Candidates can request an application by calling 845-708-7307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Rockland County