NICEVILLE — Northwest Florida State College's Environmental Stewards seek AmeriCorps volunteers to boost area ecoysystems and the environment. 

AmeriCorps is a component of the National Service Network. Its goal is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help meet communities' critical education, public safety, environmental, and other human needs.

This project, which will serve Okaloosa and Walton counties, will align with National Performance measures, specifically risk eco-systems, educational outreach and water stewardship. Its focus is environmental stewardship with an educational component of an environmental science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

The program will partner with Okaloosa and Walton County schools and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

The focus is twofold: members will provide restoration, beautification, maintenance and the development of ecotourism (addressing shoreline erosion, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, coastal dune projects, trail development and oyster reef restoration). This intervention will aid in targeting areas of deprivation within the Choctawhatchee watershed, returning specific acreage/miles to a quality ecosystem.

The second focus will implement the Grasses in Classes environmental STEM curriculum within Okaloosa and Walton County schools, targeting third- and fifth-grade students. The program will focus efforts on engaging community involvement through activities at parks and public lands within the watershed district. Through these educational opportunities, the program will educate and engage citizens in service projects to encourage environmental stewardship practices.

Member responsibilities:

 


Provide contextual environmental curriculum lessons at participating school 
Participate in accomplishment of program goals through identified program projects (shoreline restoration, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, coastal dune projects, trail development and oyster reef restoration, among others). 
Attend all training sessions and meetings 
Successfully complete all necessary program paperwork 
Participate in community-based service opportunities (some weekends required) 
Have reliable transportation 

 

Benefits: 

 


Serve 1,720 hours (Aug. 21 to July31) 
Receive a $12,630 taxable gross living allowance ($1,052.50 monthly taxable gross) 
Have health insurance (if needed) 
Enjoy income-based child care 
Receive a $5,815 taxable educational award 

 

Qualifications:


Have a high school diploma or GED
Be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder 
Pass fingerprint and background checks 
Commit to service and ethic of service 
Be a team player 
Be able to work occasional weekends 
Be able to lift/carry at least 30 pounds
Be friendly, positive and passionate about service

Interested applicants may visit www.nwfsc.edu/americorps for more information or call 729-6037. The application can be printed off the website or picked up at any of the NWFSC campuses. Applications are accepted until positions are filled.

The application can be printed off the website or picked up at any of the NWFSC campuses. Applications are accepted until positions are filled.

Applications are accepted until positions are filled.