Service Description: The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (UNI CEEE) in Cedar Falls is looking to fill full-time AmeriCorps positions with their two environmental AmeriCorps programs: Green Iowa AmeriCorps and Food Security VISTA. The center is looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for an 11 month service experience in one of our service locations throughout Iowa. As a member of our new and existing programs sites, you will have the opportunity to create plans in conjunction with city officials, nonprofit leaders, school districts, and execute projects that will greatly impact the communities we serve. The leadership and empowerment experienced as part of our program will be like no other!
Our program hopes to train the next generation of ‘green-collar’ workers through a combination of field trips, presentations, and hands-on learning. Members have the opportunity to build leadership abilities through specific coordinator roles, which allow each member to contribute unique skills to the program. Members have access to free trainings, hands on skill development, and extensive community engagement.
Our mission is empowering Iowa's communities and school districts to make more environmental, conservation-minded decisions and improvements through direct service work, environmental education, professional development opportunities, and volunteer engagement.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps
Green Iowa AmeriCorps consists of three branches: Energy & Community, Sustainable Schools and Land & Water Stewards. Each branch of our program will provide AmeriCorps members with the unique opportunity to enhance their professional development goals, cultivate community-wide relationships, and work toward making Iowa a more sustainable, eco-nomic state.
● Energy & Community - members serve in a team based setting providing residential energy efficiency services to underserved populations, conducting environmental education, and engaging in community service projects with service locations in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque & Iowa City
● Sustainable Schools -members serve in Iowa school districts as sustainability coordinators to reduce energy and waste, support teachers and students in environment education efforts, and create project based learning opportunities with service locations in Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Vinton, & Waverly
● Land & Water Stewards -members create environmental education and community programming related to healthy water and land stewardship in conjunction with many local and state partners with a service locations in Ames, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Okoboji and Oskaloosa.
Program Benefits: Federal Loan Deferment, Health Coverage, Training and Certification, Individualized Professional Development opportunities, Education stipend upon successful completion, Monthly Living stipend, Leadership experience, Public Service Loan Forgiveness Qualification, Interest Accrual Repayment
Living Allowance: Energy & Community AND Land & Water Stewards - $13,992 (TOTAL FOR 11 MONTHS) Sustainable Schools - $9,876.00 (TOTAL FOR 11 MONTHS) Living allowances are distributed evenly in monthly installments over the course of the service term.
Segal Education Award for Green Iowa AmeriCorps: Energy & Community AND Land & Water Stewards - $6,095.00. Sustainable Schools - $4,266.50. Education Awards are contingent upon successful completion of the program.
Terms: Position based on completion of 1,700 hours of service in a full-time work schedule (36-38 hours/week) or a 1,200 reduced full-time scheduled (26-28 hours/week) for Sustainable Schools’ positions, flexible vacation and sick leave. Outside employment available during the off hours, school attendance available during off hours
Service Areas: Neighborhood Revitalization, Habitat Restoration, Housing, Community Engagement, StormWater Management, Outreach Education, Community and Economic Development, Environment, and Capacity Building
Food Security VISTA:
AmeriCorps members will work in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area to improve access to good food for vulnerable populations. Members will work with the local Northeast Iowa Food Bank and local Iowa farmers to bring fresh, affordable produce to the food deserts in and around the Waterloo, Iowa area. Members will be responsible for maintaining and expanding upon the local, traveling produce stands in the area, while also developing long-term strategies to improve community food security. More information can be found here. Contact GIACrecruitment@gmail.com or Apply via our website: www.greeniowaamericorps.org