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Commonwealth Corps Environmental Educator

Westport MA

Westport River Watershed Alliance is seeking a Commonwealth Corps Environmental Educator.

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports 17 host site partners and 43 members to find success throughout the program year. Commonwealth Corps members with the Westport River Watershed Alliance will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. They will join a corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

Westport River Watershed Alliance’s mission is to restore, protect, celebrate and sustain the natural resources of the Westport River and its watershed. WRWA has been a leading environmental agency for over 40 years with three overarching goals- preserve and improve the watershed, advocate for wise use of natural resources, and educate the public about the interrelationship of water, soils, plants and living species. WRWA is seeking two full-time Commonwealth Corps Environmental Educators to deliver our Watershed Education Program (WEP) to students in grades PreK-12, to strengthen a student volunteer program and to encourage family involvement in outreach programs.




• Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service from August 17, 2020 through June 26, 2021.

• Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and WRWA, including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.

• Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).

• Help deliver and teach the WEP to over 3,000 children in grades PreK-12 in local schools.

• Plan and teach the field study component of WEP.

• Plan and launch weekend events including volunteer training and family engagement programs.

• Engage, train and organize 75 volunteers for new citizen science projects to assist with monitoring the watershed.

• Complete program materials and handouts for the volunteer training and events.



• Support WRWA staff with all organization events such as River Day, Oars and Paddles Winter Art Show, and Electronic Recycling.




• Massachusetts residency (must be able to provide proof of current MA address) and legal authorization to work in the United States

• 18 years of age or older

• Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement

• Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way

• Interest or knowledge in Environmental Science

• Ability to multi-task and to tackle a wide range of tasks at the same time

• Professional organizational skills: time management , keeping deadlines, project coordination

• Energy and enthusiasm for sharing environmental science topics

• Commitment to the mission of WRWA

• Ability to speak publicly to groups of 25-30 and communicate with all ages

• Driver’s license to drive between sites in your own vehicle, as well as the WRWA vehicle

• Ability to frequently move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for various classroom programs and events



• Experience with outdoor learning, informal teaching settings

• Knowledge of natural history of South Eastern Massachusetts

• Prior experience teaching, working, or volunteering with youth


Member Benefits:

• Stipend of $800 semi-monthly while in service, up to $16,800, minus taxes and withholdings;

• Health insurance (no monthly contribution; individual coverage only);

• Completion award of up to $3,000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;

• Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)

• Additional training opportunities other professional development opportunities (including up to $100 professional development fund from host site);

• Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;

• Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from usual service area, according to WRWA policies; plus, access to the agency truck during service day to travel from main office to sites, when available

• The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and

• Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.


Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.

Term of Service:

• Position Start Date: August 17, 2020

• Position End Date: June 26, 2021

• Service commitment will average 38-40 (full-time) hours per week, generally Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Days and times will vary occasionally based on school schedule and weekend family programs; plus, approximately 1 weekend program per month, with advanced notice.


Application Instructions:

• To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with 3 references to Shelli Costa, wep@wrwa.com. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 15.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

WRWA will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. WRWA welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

Posted June 26, 2020

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