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The Volunteer and Outreach Intern will assist Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Ambassador Liaison and Board of Directors in building volunteer capacity within Northern Arizona, creating new events for fundraising, expanding our Oak Creek Ambassador Program and building capacity within the organization.

Reports to: Executive Director

Status:

$1000 stipend following 150 service hours, expenses relating to job paid, i.e. gas money and up to 3 credit hours if partnered and approved with Northern Arizona University or other accredited university.

Position Description:

Full description PDF file HERE

The Volunteer and Outreach Intern will assist Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Ambassador Liaison and Board of Directors in building volunteer capacity within Northern Arizona, creating new events for fundraising, expanding our Oak Creek Ambassador Program and building capacity within the organization.

This position will routinely work with the Communications and Social media Intern along with the Oak Creek Ambassadors to educate and inform the public on water issues in the Oak Creek Watershed.

Who We Are:

The Oak Creek Watershed Council is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization that has worked for over 20 years to protect, preserve and improve the water quality and water resources of the Oak Creek Watershed.

Together with our supporters, board, staff and grassroots network we fulfill our mission by collecting accurate information on the health of our waters, identifying sources of pollution, collaborating with others to ensure environmentally-sound policy and practices and empowering the public to be good stewards of our water resources through education and outreach. Please visit our website to learn more about what we do and how we do it: www.oakcreekwatershed.org.

The OCWC Board of Directors consists of dedicated individuals living throughout the watershed and the State of Arizona, who bring a variety of talents, skills and connections that greatly impact our success. Our culture is collaborative, hard-working and results driven. Our goal over the next year is to grow our staff and increase our presence on the water and at the table where environmental decisions are made.

Who we are looking for:

People often describe you as “passionate”, “talented”, “driven”, “a hard worker”, “innovative”, “helpful” and “sincere”. You are well-rounded, detail-oriented and a self-starter. You are self-sufficient and possess the ability to work independently and with a team. Most importantly you are committed to environmental justice, and protecting and preserving the environment, especially our water resources.

The job we need you to do:

General Responsibilities

• Engage and organize local communities for volunteer events, working to build strong regional volunteer base
• Work with Executive Director to assist in and implement outreach strategies that engage community groups and individuals representing all age groups of the watershed
• Support, promote and market the OCWC Water Quality Education program and projects in Sedona and Flagstaff
• Track volunteer efforts through monthly data sheets and actively seek out new volunteers and volunteer opportunities
• Assume partial responsibility for speaking engagements and presentations to community groups and potential members
• Produce marketing and public relations materials to translate complex water issues and science to the public and to promote the programs and work of OCWC

Other Duties

• Assist with organization and program fundraising
• Help at any upcoming tabling events and serve as a representative of the OCWC at fairs, festivals, and other community and regional events
• Assist Oak Creek Ambassadors in water sample collection along Oak Creek for water quality monitoring
• Become familiar with OCWC organizational and programmatic history and key issues and integrate those into on-going communications and relationships with volunteers, members and the public

What qualifies you for the job:

• Degree in ecology, biology or chemistry field, environmental policy, natural resources, sustainability or working on degree that falls into any of those. Prefer graduate student in the sustainability and/or community building field
• Passion for community building around environmental issues
• Work or volunteer experience in a nonprofit setting a plus
• Project management experience including directing a project from conception to completion
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills; public speaking experience
• Experience/proficiency in social media tools including Facebook and Twitter
• Heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) sometimes required
• Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license
• Must own or have access to a vehicle for work-related use

Compensation:

The Oak Creek Watershed Council offers expenses stipend. If working in conjunction with college student, OCWC requires written permission from professor with regular meetings/updates from professor and student to be considered for school credit. If student quits or is dismissed from position due to poor performance prior to 150 hours of service, remuneration will not be issued.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy:

It is the practice of the Oak Creek Watershed Council treat all employees and interns without discrimination based on race, religion, color, political affiliation, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or age, except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification.

For further information please contact:

Marie McCormick
Executive Director, Oak Creek Watershed Council
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cell (248) 444-0756
OCWC voicemail (928) 554-5460

Application instructions:

E-mail résumé and cover letter directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Oak Creek Watershed Council only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings. Open until filled.

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