The international corps member position with EarthCorps is a 6-month service learning experience for non-U.S. citizens in Seattle, WA, USA. Young environmental leaders from countries outside the United States will join US AmeriCorps members to develop skills in environmental service, community building and leadership. International corps members are sponsored by EarthCorps on a J-1 Trainee visa.
This is not a classroom or workshop. Corps members spend 80% of their time in the field engaged in environmental restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Restoration is physically demanding and takes place outdoors in all weather conditions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
FIELD SERVICE (80% of program)
Corps members work outdoors on a crew of 6-7 young adults performing environmental restoration. A crew leader guides the crew as they work on restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound region. These projects are the central component of the EarthCorps program. Corps members are responsible for completing projects efficiently using the best practices of EarthCorps and partners.
Field Service Projects (and their typical percentage of the program):
• Invasive plant removal (manual) 35%
• Invasive plant control (herbicide) 10%
• Native plant installation(planting) 15%
• Restoration site maintenance 15%
• Trail construction/maintenance 15%
• Volunteer management 8%
• Erosion control 2%
Multiple camping trips (typically from June-September)
Restoration is physically demanding service that takes place outdoors in all weather conditions. Each year new members consistently underestimate the physical and mental requirements. Service regularly involves:
• Long days of repetitively shoveling, digging, and swinging heavy tools,
• Heavy lifting up to 50 lbs. and bending,
• Working, eating, and living in the outdoors in all weather conditions
• Walking on steep or uneven terrain up to 13 km while carrying 18 kg of weight
• Working in extremes of heat or cold
Please consider the nature of the work prior to applying and let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns.
TRAINING (20% of program)
Corps members spend all additional time in community building activities and training. This training consists of three elements:
• Orientation: International participants receive a 7 day orientation that introduces them to life and work in the United States and at EarthCorps.
• Retreats: EarthCorps runs three retreats, one at the beginning, middle and end of the program. These are a chance for the entire corps (both international and US participants) to spend time together, form crews, reflect on work accomplished and celebrate achievements.
• Workshops: These sessions provide skills and context for the restoration work that corps members complete. Topics covered include basic botany and ecology of the Pacific Northwest, environmental restoration theories and concepts, topics in natural resource management and global environmental issues, leadership skills, and interpersonal and cross-cultural communication.
CORPS MEMBER TERMS OF SERVICE:
• STATUS: J-1 Trainee Exchange Visitor, temporary
• PERIOD: June 7th –December 15th, 2015
• TYPICAL HOURS OF SERVICE: 7:20 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, alternating Sat. and Mon. off
• Travel health insurance
• Homestay family in Seattle (meals and private bedroom)
• Monthly stipend USD $270/month
• Local transportation
• Field gear such as boots and work pants
• Between 18-28 years old
• Experience in environmental field work and intercultural exchange
• Commitment to community service and previous experience in volunteer service
• 4 year college degree in the environmental field and 1 year of work experience in the environmental field*
-OR- 5 years of work experience in the environmental field*
• Ability to work hard in all weather conditions
• Commitment to cooperation and teamwork with peers from around the world
• Ability to lift up to 22.5 kg; Hike up to 13 km while carrying 18 kg of weight for up to 9 hours per day
• Conversational English
• No criminal record
*Please note that EarthCorps is required by the US government to ensure that every applicant meets strict criteria in order to qualify for a US J-1 Trainee visa. You must have a university degree in an environmental field and/or environmental work experience to qualify.
Qualified candidates must visit apply.earthcorps.org complete the application form and upload the following documents to be considered for the corps member position:
• Candidate Nomination Form
• Personal Statement
• Copy of the picture page of your passport
DEADLINES AND START DATES:
• Application deadline: February 12, 2016
• Participant selection: February-March 2016
• Visa confirmation: April 18, 2016
• Travel confirmation: May 3, 2016
• EC Program start date: June 7, 2016
• EC Program graduation: December 15, 2016
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