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Northwest Youth Corps is recruiting for one 1260HR Community Assessment Specialist (CAS) Intern to work with the Community Wildlife Protection Corps (CWPC) from August through December 9th. Typical hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00 PM; with occasional weekend responsibilities. CAS usually receives Saturdays and Sundays off. This position is directly supervised by the CWPC Community Assessment Contractor (CAC).
The CWPC Community Assessment Specialist (CAS) is an important part of field programs at NYC. The CAS implements dynamic aspects of CWPC and plays a key role in coordinating with representatives of the communities CWPC will have crews working in. The CAS will spend the vast majority of their time in the field, working and moving between work sites on a daily basis for the duration of their position. The CAS will perform Site Assessments per CWPC CAS Site Assessment SOP, be responsible for performing quality control of service projects and data collection. They may help staff for the successful and safe implementation of projects as well as provide technical assistance on the worksite. The CAS assists in creating resilient communities in the face of Wildfire.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborates with the CAC and/or CWPC Manager and/or CWPC Program Coordinator to schedule, communicate and provide information to CWPC crews as necessary.
- Effective communications with the CAC and/or CWPC Manager and/or CWPC Program Coordinator around all CAS tasks.
- Coordinates with multiple internal and external stakeholders to ensure crews have scheduled work, established communication with project partners, and more.
- Facilitation of project partner relationships.
- Collaborate with the CAC and/or CWPC Manager and/or CWPC Program Coordinator to ensure all public engagement is coordinated and professional.
- Frequent collaboration with agency and/or contractor partners to coordinate the locations for CWPC work activities and specifics of the prescriptions for each location.
- Developing Site Assessment process to ensure crews are accomplishing treatment prescriptions.
- New partnership development as needed to increase program scale and impact.
- Collaborates with CWPC Crew Supervisors.
- Collaborates with NYC’s Operations team.
- Accountable to ensure all CAS tasks are complete, comprehensive and on time.
Leadership and Mentorship:
- The CAS will comply with NYC guidelines, policies etc. In short, will lead by being a good example to all: NYC staff, members and community entities.
- The CAS will receive feedback on their performance and are challenged to develop their skills.
Safety and Risk Management:
- Ensure everything is being completed in a safe, professional, and productive manner.
- Ensure that all staff and members are actively following NYC safety and risk management protocols.
- Safety is the number one priority in everything we do, including work, education, and recreation. This includes not only the physical safety of participants but their mental and emotional safety as well.
Project Management and Implementation:
- The CAS is responsible for safely completing CWPC tasks to high standards.
- The CAS serves as a liaison with project partners and members of the local community.
- The CAS will perform Site Assessments per CWPC Site Assessment + Data Collection SOP and other documentation. The CAS will be responsible for performing quality control of service projects and data collection (including but not limited to before+after photos of work sites).
- At least 21 years old.
- Willingness to work alone.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
Developed skills in computer based programs including but not limited to: Word format docs, Excel format Spreadsheets.
- Post-secondary education in a related field and/or experience in wildfire prevention, defensible space inspections/site assessments, botany, outdoor recreation, environmental education, youth development or educational fields preferred.
- Experience in wildfire prevention, defensible space inspections/site assessments, botany, conservation work will be considered in place of education.
- Current Driver’s License and clean acceptable record for the past three years (Driver’s License Background Check required).
- Experience managing outdoor projects preferred. Relevant experience in youth leadership, outdoor recreation, environmental education, and/or natural resource management backgrounds preferred. Experience working on manual labor projects, using hand tools, operating chainsaws, and driving pickup trucks and passenger vans is desirable.
- Experience and demonstrated skill at project management, risk management, expeditionary logistics and conservation mitigation techniques.
- Experience working in youth corps environments with demonstrated technical skills and ability to teach them.
- Previous experience which demonstrates organizational skills, the ability to perform at a consistently high level under pressure, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and familiarity with a wide range of communications tactics will all be skills necessary to succeed in this position.
- Current Wilderness First Aid (or above) and CPR certifications preferred, not required.
- “A Sawyer – Felling and Bucking” (or above) on the USDA National Certification program preferred, not required.