AgCorps Adopt-A-Trailhead Specialsit
Department of Agriculture
About the organization
AgCorps is a state AmeriCorps program administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture. AgCorps aims to improve the capacity of partner organizations to meet their mission, grow collaborations, provide effective programming, and create resilient, healthy, safe, and engaged communities in Montana. This program is also designed to serve rural and underfunded school districts in Montana that require more accessibility to Ag literacy materials. The AgCorps program strives to deliver the best possible resources and values integrity, leadership, and trust in its members and host sites.
Adopt a Trailhead Montana (AATM) is a cooperative volunteer program to help protect Montana’s trails from further spread of noxious weeds. The program started in 2015, and since then there have been 74 AATM kiosks installed with around 42 of those trailheads adopted. Trailheads are ideal for weed establishment because there is frequent concentrated activity in a relatively small area. Noxious weeds at trailheads will lead to infested backcountry, city parks, and recreation areas which threatens Montana’s tourism economy, wildlife habitat, and native plant communities. This program aims to stop and control noxious weeds at the trailhead, educate the public about noxious weeds and provide ways they can act against spreading noxious weeds when recreating.
Service members will maintain all current kiosks, recruit volunteer groups for new or existing trailheads without adoptees, conduct kiosk installs, run volunteer days at weed pull events, maintain social media and outreach for the program, work with other agencies and NGOs to grow the program, and assist the Pull Your Share program in schools around the state. The program educates the public on how to recreate responsibly, gives the community purpose, provides an avenue for action, and raises awareness on the threats noxious weeds pose.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
• Familiarity with social media
• Knowledge of design and editing software (i.e., Canva, Adobe, etc.)
• Communication and public Speaking skills
• Understanding or willingness to learn about noxious weeds in Montana
• Valid driver’s license
AmeriCorps Service minimum Requirements:
• Must be 18+ at the beginning of service (17+ requires parental consent)
• High school graduate, GED recipient, working towards obtaining a high school diploma/ GED
• Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
• Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria
Contact email: [email protected]
Two references will be requested in the interview stage.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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