Internship Opportunity

stewardMRV Coordinator Internship

Description

Seeking an individual to lead and coordinate a new stewardship program in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. This opportunity is a seasonal (flexible but roughly speaking – May – September  2021), full time, paid position, coordinated by the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce, that will work with a diverse group of recreation and conservation organizations in the Valley. A successful candidate will seek to gain broad experience in various aspects of environmental stewardship and community engagement; while simultaneously working towards tangible, quantifiable results

Responsibilities

  •    Coordinate direct-stewardship efforts with collaborating organizations
    • Monitor and fine tune the site stewardship plans for each recreational access point
    • Recruit and support site stewards
    • Outreach and communication with stakeholder organizations
    • Develop volunteer training materials
  • Support public engagement and outreach to encourage awareness and foster a stewardship ethic
    • Coordinate volunteers in Trail Hub Visitors Center
    • Provide guest information at Trail Hub Visitors Center
    • Manage the stewardMRV social media presence
  • Maintain database of site usage, stewardship activities, volunteer events, and partnerships in an effort to quantify impact and lay the long-term foundation of the program
  • Help to create a final end-of-season report outlining the relative success of the program, recommendations for the future and budgetary needs.

Requirements

  •       Undergraduate student or college graduate with interest in environmental science, outdoor recreation, communications?
  •       Some background or interest in project implementation, sustainability, non-profits, and/or grant writing is encouraged
  •       Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  •       Knowledge of social media
  •       Driven and hard-working
  •       Ability to work independently and multi-task
  •       PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience a plus

Benefits

  •       Contributing to addressing critical community needs
  •       Practical, project oriented experience
  •       Tangible final reports and summation of work
  •       Mentoring, and learning opportunities with community stakeholders
  •       Financial Compensation

Program Details

Usage at many of the Mad River Valley’s trailheads and swimming access points have been on the upswing for many years. The Covid-19 pandemic continued to accelerate this trend. The corresponding challenges that come with this increase has also been exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic.

These challenges include;

  • Parking problems
  • Inadequate Restroom facilities
  • Increased litter
  • Overflowing garbage receptacles
  • Overwhelmed management plans
  • Off-season trail use
  • Dog waste and misbehavior (lack of leashing)
  • River bank erosion and creation of inappropriate access points
  • Inconsistent public awareness and stewardship ethic

Stewardship of our community is vital to maintain the sustainability of recreation and the health of the environment in the Mad River Valley (MRV). Scenic beauty, a healthy environment, and outdoor recreation are important drivers to our local economy. How we care for this place is at the heart of why so many people visit and why so many desire to live here. It is vital that we continue to foster this commitment to stewardship, that we develop a sustainable plan to address these emerging challenges, and position the MRV in a tangible way as a clean, friendly, caring, safe and healthy community.

The Plan

Institute a new program to steward the MRV’s recreational access points under the auspices of the existing MRV Trails Collaborative. This stewardship initiative is a natural next step to build on the foundation this group has already laid. This program will engage the various organizations and entities involved in the Collaborative’s successes, which include the trail inventory and mapping along with the Trailhead Kiosk initiative. This unprecedented collaboration has been incredibly successful as it brought many organizations and stakeholders together.

The position and program have been designed with an eye towards extending the scope beyond these very visible trailheads and swim holes, working to instill an ethos of stewardship for the MRV’s entire network of recreational assets and the community beyond.

Application Process
Email resume and cover (Please note your possible start and end dates:) by 4/9/21 to:

Eric Friedman
eric@madrivervalley.com 

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