ECO AmeriCorps

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Posted on 06/26/2015 by VLCT Communications

 

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is implementing ECO AmeriCorps, a new program, as part of its effort to protect Vermont’s lakes and streams. DEC is looking for host sites and AmeriCorps members for the 2015-2016 service year. There are a limited number of host sites and member slots (15), which will be filled before the program start date of September 14.
 
Through this program, towns, watershed groups, and conservation districts will work with motivated college graduates to help plan and implement projects related to improving water quality and flood resilience. In order to participate, each host site will need to provide a cash match of $5,500 in exchange for one full-time ECO AmeriCorps member who will serve for one year (a total of 1,700 hours). Vermont DEC will provide training and mentoring. Host sites are asked to provide a meaningful service opportunity and regular supervision for their AmeriCorps member. Water quality-related work that AmeriCorps members could perform includes outreach and education, technical assistance, and project selection, design, and implementation.
 
Please contact Linnea Myers (linnea.myers@state.vt.us or 802-272-1462) or Carey Hengstenberg (carey.hengstenberg@state.vt.us or 802-595-1632) if you have questions or for help in identifying projects for members. More information is available at http://ecoamericorps.vermont.gov.