Town and Village

ECO AmeriCorps seeks applicants

MONTPELIER-The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking applicants for the Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program. The program provides ECO AmeriCorps members with opportunities to explore conservation careers and gain technical skills to protect Vermont's environment.

"Since 2015, 243 ECO AmeriCorps members have helped partners with projects across the state," DEC Commissioner Jason Batchelder said in a news release. "These rising environmental leaders have committed over 400,000 hours of service to improve water quality, increase climate resiliency, reduce waste, and conserve our natural resources."

DEC will accept 23 full-time members to serve from September 2024 to August 2025. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10. Highly motivated individuals with a background in environmental conservation or education, natural or agricultural sciences, environmental studies, engineering, government or policy, communications or outreach, event planning, or other related fields are encouraged to apply.

Members are paired with host sites statewide and serve under their supervision. Over the past 10 years, sites have ranged from municipalities, conservation districts, and solid waste management districts to other state departments and nonprofits. Sites offer meaningful projects, support, a workspace, tools, and supplies.

"With our partners, ECO AmeriCorps members help strengthen local communities and foster environmental stewardship," said ECO AmeriCorps Program Supervisor Dustin Bowman. "Being a member allows you to build your network, confidence, and skills on projects you care about. Our alumni truly leave a lasting, collective, and positive impact on Vermont's communities and environment."

Members receive a total living stipend of $26,000. Upon successful completion of 1,700 hours, members are eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $7,395. Other benefits include health insurance, child care assistance, training, support, peer network, and student loan forbearance during the term of service.

ECO AmeriCorps is funded in part through an AmeriCorps state grant provided by SerVermont from the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more and apply, contact Bowman at [email protected] with any questions.

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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