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The City of Newburgh Conservation Advisory Council, in partnership with Outdoor Promise and the Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy, is launching a 28-week Environmental Justice Fellowship program. The fellowship aims to train and support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) youth to advocate for the benefit of trees in our city and help foster a culture of tree stewardship through community engagement and online outreach.
This is a paid opportunity for four (4) Environmental Justice Fellows, ages 19 through 24, one in each ward of the City of Newburgh, to hone your community grassroots organizing skills, build your professional network, build your resume, and deepen your understanding of environmental issues. A stipend of $1,400 will be given for this 7-month program, $100 every two weeks, for the entire period that starts in May and ends in November 2021. This work is made possible by a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59PM ET
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ELEMENTS
ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, COLLABORATE AND CELEBRATE.
- Complete an online curriculum on the multiple benefits of street trees, as well as how to plant and care for them;
- Travel together throughout the City of Newburgh talking with residents about the benefits of trees, especially in primarily Black and Latinx neighborhoods;
- Listen and carefully record residents’ attitudes about having trees in their neighborhoods, including why they would or would not like to have a tree on their tree lawn to care for;
- Circulate information in Spanish and English about street trees in various media, including hard copy flyers, social media posts, YouTube videos, etc.;
- Promote tree-planting and tree-care in general, and the Environmental Justice program in particular, via communication with clubs, church, civic and social groups, and traditional media;
- Encourage neighbors and local businesses to “spread the word” about the benefits of trees;
- Present updates on program progress to City officials at City Council meetings; Conservation Advisory Council meetings and GNPC Stakeholder meetings
- Under the supervision of a certified arborist, participate in the planting of 16 trees (four in each Ward) in the fall.
- With representatives of TD Bank and City officials, help organize and participate in a celebration of the plantings, documenting these events in photos and videos;
- Contribute to program reporting by documenting program activities and successes (text, photo, and video), compiling program data, and outlining lessons learned, achievements and recommendations.
* Must be a BIPOC resident of the City of Newburgh, age 19-24.
* At least two of the candidates chosen will be native speakers of Spanish or otherwise fluent in Spanish
* Outgoing personality a must
* Willing to work 10 hours a month, including weekends
* Proficiency in social media platforms and digital marketing a plus
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org