Full Time AmeriCorps Yearlong Position Opening for Trekkers

 

Hello Trekkers family and friends! Trekkers is looking to hire a caring
adult as AmeriCorps Aspirations Program Assistant, working closely with Program
Managers to support programming and expeditions from Fall of 2018
to the end of Summer 2019. If you or someone you know is caring,
supportive of young people, and looking to make a difference in the
Midcoast Maine Community and beyond, read more about the
position below and forward this on to anyone that may be a great fit.

 

JOB TYPE
Full Time

START DATE/END DATE:
09/01/2018 – 07/31/2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
08/25/2018

ADDRESS
41 Buttermilk Drive
Thomaston
Maine
04861
United States

DESCRIPTION
Trekkers is an outdoor-based mentoring program that serves
7th-12th grade students from six communities in Midcoast Maine.
Using a unique, six-year mentoring model, Trekkers utilizes
expeditionary learning, environmental education, community service,
adventure-based education and career-college readiness
programming to build supportive relationships between young people
and caring adults. All programs are focused on increasing students’
self-esteem, fostering valuable life skills and improving
comprehensive resiliency outcomes.

 

AmeriCorps Position Description –
Trekkers Aspirations Program Assistant

Position Overview
Located on the Maine Coast in Thomaston, Trekkers, a nonprofit,
outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people to caring
adults through expeditionary learning, community service and
adventure-based education, seeks qualified candidates for an
AmeriCorps Member to serve as the Aspirations Program Assistant.
Reporting to the Program Director, the Program Assistant will serve
directly with Program Managers to support programming and
expeditions.

Essential Functions
• Support up to four cohorts of 20 students by providing mentoring
and participating in meetings, overnights and expeditions.
◦ Develop and maintain caring, long-term relationships with
participating students and their families
◦ Provide consistent, active mentoring of youth both in one to
one and group settings
◦ Assist Program Managers as a member of the Leadership
Team on expeditions that include extended bus travel, rural
and urban settings, outdoor, experiential activities in
backcountry and on water
• Assist with planning and implementation of Big Trek Little Trek
peer mentoring program
• Assist with planning and implementation of student leadership
program
• Recruit and work with community volunteers to fulfill Trekkers
mission
• Prepare paperwork and supplies for student meetings;
• Assist with expedition preparation including paperwork and food
shopping;
• Assist with post expedition duties including filing reports and
cleaning and organizing buses and equipment;
• Assist with expedition planning including itinerary research;
• Maintain and organize equipment and library; includes basic
repairs to outdoor equipment
• Assist with communications to families including the preparation of
mailings, email updates and follow up phone calls;
• Assist with program evaluation including the survey process;
• Other logistical support as needed

Qualifications Required
• An unwavering commitment to youth-development programming
and data-driven program evaluation;
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to mentor youth
and volunteers
• Strong written and verbal communication competencies
• Excellent relationship management skills and a collaborative
working style
• Passion, idealism, integrity, and excellent problem-solving skills.
• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred
• Able to use Word and Excel
• Current Driver’s License

Success Factors/Job Competencies
• A high level of motivation and initiative (a “self-starter);
• An excellent work ethic and time management skills;
• Experience and success in working collaboratively in a teamoriented
environment.
• Experience working with youth, ideally in an outdoor setting;

Physical Demands and Service Environment
The physical demands and service environment characteristics
described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Physical demands: This is a physically active position requiring
knowledge of and ability to hike, camp and participate in
moderately rigorous physical activity.
• Work environment: The noise level in the office work environment
is usually minimal, but that of other venues and offsite locations
may vary. There may be uneven terrain and variable weather
conditions associated with off-site work.
• Trekkers maintains an office in Thomaston, ME. Our programs
with youth take place in the local schools and on expeditions. The
schedule is based on a 40-hour week, but extended hours are
necessary on expeditions. Weekend and evening hours are
frequently required. Expeditions require long periods of travel and
program administration requires even longer periods of time sitting
behind a computer in a professional office environment.
Programs are held regardless of weather, which means
sometimes working in cold, wet, “buggy” or hot conditions.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Service
This is a 40 hour/week full-time position. Typical hours are 9-5 Monday –
Friday, with evening and weekend hours to accommodate meetings and
expeditions.

To apply and for more information contact Amie Hutchison,
amie@trekkers.org

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