The Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) is seeking a VISTA Marine Ecosystem Outreach and Research Coordinator to help ensure that communities can maintain an economically productive ecosystem through minimizing exposure to biotoxins from harmful algal blooms, anticipating the effects of ocean acidification, and reducing exposure to harmful marine contaminants. The VISTA project will help design, develop and evaluate educational curricula that empowers Sitka residents, Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research (SEATOR) and partner communities and organizations to access biotoxin results and environmental data.
The member will collaborate with Tribal partner communities and marine ecosystem experts to promote and improve community understanding of safe subsistence harvesting practices and Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s (STA) shellfish biotoxin, fishery management, heavy metal contamination, and marine chemistry research programs. The VISTA member will coordinate youth interns and develop educational curricula about ongoing STA research to be used in classrooms, community meetings, and events. They will help build a research database of pertinent questions concerning trends in shellfish biotoxin levels and other environmental threats over time. They will also help develop lab protocols, methods, and analyses of water and shellfish samples. Education curricula and delivery strategies will inform communities of the latest data and trends and promote informed economic use and maintenance of shellfish ecosystems.
Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) is a year-long, full-time service commitment through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Members perform capacity building projects and work to develop sustainable systems and processes. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member within the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, you will be part of a cohort of members in Tribal organizations across the country working on similar projects. AmeriCorps volunteers do not receive a traditional salary, but receive a living allowance to cover basic costs of living. See Program Benefits below.
2) Program Benefits:
Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance (about $1,200 per month), Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training. Permits work during off hours. Permits attending class during off hours. For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare.