By Steve Stewart and Brandon Schroeder
Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant are collaborating with Huron Pines to recruit and work with AmeriCorps members in both southeast and northeast Michigan. Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline to apply is September 30.
If you are interested in conservation, want to make a difference, and develop your professional skills, consider joining the Huron Pines AmeriCorps team. Huron Pines AmeriCorps is designed to provide Michigan conservation organizations with highly qualified individuals for a term of volunteer service. The program not only improves a conservation organization’s ability to protect Michigan’s natural resources, but it also provides members with real-world experience and training. With a living stipend and some attractive benefits, this program provides an opportunity to develop as a resource professional in the conservation community. AmeriCorps members will be placed throughout Michigan with a variety of organizations. Member activities include volunteer engagement, habitat restoration, environmental stewardship, and developing new conservation services. Learn more about these opportunities and apply at www.huronpines.org/americorps.
In southeast Michigan, the MSU Extension (Sea Grant)—Education and Outreach Coordinator will work primarily in Macomb County and will be integral in broadening the reach of three successful programs: the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), serving upper elementary/middle school students and teachers; Summer Discovery Cruises (SDC), addressing the need for public education and stewardship; and Water Conservation (WC) education, serving lower elementary students and teachers. These three programs engage schools, educators, students, and the public in Great Lakes-focused experiential learning that moves participants forward in understanding their roles as Great Lakes stewards and in taking subsequent stewardship actions.
In northeast Michigan, the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative—Education Coordinator will work primarily out of Alpena County and will support new and existing place-based education (PBE) stewardship service projects in connection with schools, youth-based development groups, and community partners participating in the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) network. The Education Coordinator will plan and implement student-driven environmental stewardship projects; provide professional development opportunities connected to PBE inquiries; and identify and build relationships with community partners.