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We are happy to announce that the City of Newburgh Conservation Advisory Council, Outdoor Promise, and the Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy, are partnering again this year to bring Newburgh the 2022 Environmental Justice Fellowship program. The fellowship aims to train and support young people in Newburgh 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 25, to hone your community grassroots organizing skills, build your professional network, build your resume, deepen your understanding of environmental issues, and help plant life-sustaining trees in all 4 wards of the City of Newburgh. A stipend of $1,400 will be given for this 7-month program, $100 every two weeks, for the entire period that starts in April and ends in October 2022. This work is made possible by the generous support of the City of Newburgh.
Application Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2022, at 11:59PM ET
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ELEMENTS
ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, COLLABORATE AND CELEBRATE.
- Complete and help improve an online curriculum on the multiple benefits of street trees, as well as how to plant and care for them;
- Learn hands-on how to care for and plant trees.
- 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;
- Help plan, promote and implement tree-focused community events, including tree stewardship workshops;
- 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 40 trees (8-12 in each Ward) in the spring and fall.
- 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 resident of the City of Newburgh, age 19-25.
* 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
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