stewardMRV Coordinator Opportunity
steward MRV Coordinator
Email resume, cover letter and one letter of recommendation by 4/15/22
Seeking an individual to lead and coordinate the stewardMRV program in Vermont’s Mad River Valley. This opportunity is a seasonal (flexible but roughly speaking , June – September 2022), full time, paid position, coordinated by the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce. The intern 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 The stewardMRV Program Coordinator intern will work under the supervision of the MRV Chamber director and the Trails Collaborative stewardMRV working committee.
Volunteer and Site Management
- Weekly site visits.
- Ensure that sites are clean, rest rooms are serviced and trash/recycling has been picked up.
- Coordinate direct-stewardship efforts with collaborating organizations
- Recruit, support, communicate with and inspire volunteer site stewards
- Outreach and communication with stakeholder organizations on a weekly basis
- Develop volunteer training materials
- Coordinate volunteers in Trail Hub Visitors Center
- Provide guest information at Trail Hub Visitors Center
Communications and Reporting
- Participate in periodic stewardMRV working group meetings and provide reports of activities.
- Support public engagement and outreach efforts to encourage awareness and foster a stewardship ethic
- Manage the stewardMRV social media presence
- Maintain a database of site usage, stewardship activities, volunteer events, and partnerships in an effort to quantify impact and support the long-term success of the program.
- Engage working committee to develop and implement a plan to capture visitor and community feedback
- Create a final end-of-season report outlining the relative success of the program, recommendations for the future and budgetary needs.
- Undergraduate student, college graduate or other qualified person with an interest in environmental conservation, outdoor recreation, economic development, and/or community engagement
- Some background or interest in project implementation, sustainability, non-profits, and/or grant writing is encouraged
- The ability to engage/interface with community members and visitors
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Knowledge of social media
- Knowledge of the Mad River Valley
- Driven and hard-working
- Ability to work independently and multi-task
- PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience
- Contributing to critical community needs
- Practical, project management experience
- Tangible final reports and summation of work for future employment applications
- Mentoring, and learning opportunities with community stakeholders
- Competitive Financial Compensation – $17.50 per hour
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 stewardMRV program aims to take better care of our recreational access points under the auspices of the existing MRV Trails Collaborative. This stewardship initiative has been a natural next step to build on the foundation this group has already laid. This program engages 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.