Programs & Events Coordinator VISTA

Position:  Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA

 

Organization: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF)

 

Position Description:

Are you interested in gaining professional experience, empowering communities, and making a lasting difference? Join the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation team through AmeriCorps VISTA! The Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA will focus on expanding the scope of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s programs in order to improve community health and education through meaningful and fulfilling participation in local parks.

 

The Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this growing non-profit organization. The Programs and Events Coordinator will serve to expand, organize, and promote the “Healthy Parks Healthy People” programs and events, including the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge hikes, the Discover Your Parks Walks, the Dementia Friendly Nature Walks, and the Truckee Meadows Parks Project. These efforts help ensure that low-income youth and adults are being active and involved in their local parks. This VISTA position includes maintaining relationships with partner organizations, increasing Parks Foundation community outreach, and the improvement and expansion of programs and events. 

 

The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is to support the parks departments operating in Truckee Meadows including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County parks. This is accomplished primarily by providing in-park educational and health-based programming for community engagement. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing people’s appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks. A special emphasis is placed on increasing access to free programming for low income community members in order to improve education and health outcomes for people living in poverty.

 

Service Location: Reno, NV

 

Timeline for Service: January 21st 2020 - January 20th 2021

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Expand, improve, and maintain the “Healthy Parks Healthy People” programs including: Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge hikes, Discover Your Parks walks, and Dementia Friendly Nature Walks;

  • Strengthen the online Truckee Meadows Parks Project database by expanding available content, organizing information, and promoting the program’s educational value to the community;

  • Collaborate with the Communications Coordinator VISTA and Parks Foundation team to increase community outreach and engagement in programs;

  • Maintain existing “Healthy Parks Healthy People” partnerships and forge new relations with community partner organizations and stakeholders. 

  • Create and expand guided hiking materials such as program outlines and interactive props for hikes.

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's mission and vision;

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience);

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;

  • Strong writing skills;

  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking;

  • Strong organizational and research skills;

  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;

  • Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in the Spanish language.

 

AmeriCorps VISTA:

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA position is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit americorps.gov.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance of $12,490. 

  • Health benefits during service. 

  • Childcare opportunities (if applicable). 

  • Qualified student loan deferment or forbearance.

  • Non-competitive eligibility for qualified government jobs the first year after completing service. 

  • Upon completion of service, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 or post-service stipend of $1,800. 

  • A relocation settling in allowance of no less than $750 if you are moving more than 50 miles, and travel allowance based on mileage may also apply. 

  • Professional development through monthly trainings, skills learned in service, experience in a non-profit environment.

  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation offers flex time, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel, a casual dress code, and a fun office environment!

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Christian Villagomez at christian@tmparksfoundation.org

 

Email/call Christian at 775.410.1702 for more information.

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