Colorado Nonprofit Association

eeCorps Outdoor Education Specialist – Lincoln Hills Cares

Program Overview: Led by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), the Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps) AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members at organizations throughout Colorado to focus on increasing environmental literacy for PreK-12 students and implementing the goals outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan. eeCorps works directly with teachers, schools, and environmental education providers to support them in expanding reach and increasing impact of EE programming, while providing access to equitable learning experiences for all PreK-12 students. AmeriCorps members serving with the eeCorps provide direct service to improve outcomes in Environmental Stewardship and Education. AmeriCorps provides opportunities to improve lives and foster civic engagement all across the country.

Service Site Overview: This position will be located at Lincoln Hills Cares in Denver, CO. Lincoln Hills Cares is a nonprofit (founded by philanthropist Robert F. Smith) that develops the next generation of young leaders through outdoor and environmental education, cultural history exploration, and workforce advancement. Our programs empower communities by providing equitable access to and opportunities for outdoor learning. We operate programs at Historic Lincoln Hills, a former African American resort founded in 1922, and in the Metro Denver area.

Service Position Summary: Lincoln Hills Cares is seeking energetic and passionate outdoor-oriented individuals to serve our growing community-based outdoor and environmental education programs. This position will be responsible for assisting with planning, creating, and implementing outdoor and environmental education programs with youth organizations and school groups. The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded background in educational environments, facilitating programs, and working with youth.

Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities):

eeCorps members engage with their Host Site organizations to develop, implement, and enhance programs, projects, and activities that will create progress towards eeCorps’ and Lincoln Hills Cares’ goals. These duties include:

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:

Qualifications:

Term of Service: This is a full-time national and community service position requiring a minimum of 1,700 hours during the year (approximately 35-40 hours/week). The position begins 9/3/24 and ends 8/15/25. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments.

Training and Support Provided: eeCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable approved training and professional development. Members will be supervised and supported by Timothy Flynn, Lincoln Hills Cares’ Director of Programs and Education, as well as by Erin Dreps, eeCorps Program Coordinator. The 2024-25 cohort of eeCorps members serving throughout the region will act as additional resources and support for each other.

Location and Service Conditions: The position will be based at Lincoln Hills Cares’ office location (2530 N Washington St, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80205), with the option to serve remotely when not conducting programs. Service will also be performed at schools in the Metro Denver area and at Historic Lincoln Hills (255 Pactolus Lake Rd, Black Hawk, CO 80422) from June-August.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the foundation of Lincoln Hills Cares and the programs and services we offer. Lincoln Hills Cares values diversity in our workplace and the programs we offer. We strive to hire and employ staff that are representative of the youth and communities we serve, which are predominantly People of Color. We also focus on attracting candidates with varying race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic, age, and sexual preference backgrounds. In addition, we believe that staff from different backgrounds contribute a greater variety of ideas, perspectives, knowledge, and skills valuable to our organization and services. 

Lincoln Hills Cares incorporates diversity into recruitment, hiring and staffing through:

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) recognizes the value of diversity and inclusiveness to advance environmental education. CAEE defines diversity in its broadest sense and welcomes everyone to the field of environmental education and the Alliance, including but not limited to people of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, national origins, socioeconomic status, religious affiliations, languages, and heritages.

Position will be filled pending grant award.