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Posted: 11/15/2016


AmeriCorps VISTA
Professional Opportunity
Denver, CO
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HistoriCorps saves and sustains historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. Since 2009, volunteers have worked on the preservation of 200+ historic buildings in 23 states. Several of these rehabilitations have been structures associated with historic mines. The Mining Initiative seeks to focus HistoriCorps partnership-based model on mining legacy communities - those which thrived during hard-rock minings heyday, and have seen economic decline since the mines played out. What were once assets are now liabilities, and the Mining Initiative will work with these communities to turn these liabilities once again into assets. The basic premise is that legacy mining communities are well positioned to transform into cultural heritage tourism-based economies, and the rehabilitation of their historic mines to make them safe and attractive for visitation can be a key driver of this transformation. Because of several leading institutions and the Climax Molybdenum Mine, Leadville, CO, a National Historic Landmark, will be the 1st community with whom we work, building relationships with existing community organizations involved in community and economic development will be the 1st step toward getting community consensus on the mine rehabilitation strategy. The project will incorporate all aspects of HistoriCorps mission through the formation of key partnerships within and around the community. HistoriCorps current partnerships with the National Forest Service and other national and local organizations will be the platform from which projects are chosen and funding put in place. With these partners as a springboard, the VISTA and HistoriCorps will empower local leaders and actively engage them in developing projects and funding sources to execute the strategy. Applications are reviewed and the position will be filled on a rolling basis. Please apply early to be considered.


Member Duties : Located in the HistoriCorps main office, the AmeriCorps VISTA will develop relationships and partnerships with local individuals and organizations to build consensus around the mine rehabilitation community development strategy. Travel to and time spent in each of the historic mining communities and on prospective mine sites will be required for effective communications, relationship-building and assessment of project sites. The AmeriCorps member will seek funding sources and write grants in collaboration with community organizations and individuals; convene meetings of community groups and leaders to build ownership of the strategy; assist in training for community organization rehabilitation projects; recruit volunteers and participants, engaging HistoriCorps personnel when they can be helpful. The VISTA will look to maximize community involvement. The VISTA will continually evaluate what is working and what is not to export knowledge to other mining communities.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Professional development funds ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance . 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
Terms : 
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas : 
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills : 
First Aid ,  Historic Preservation ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  Trade/Construction ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications . 

How to apply
All applications must be received by December 5, 2016 through the AmeriCorps website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=70348 For questions contact Mary Kobs, mary@conservationlegacy.org.

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