2016 / 2017 NWF Environmental Stewards

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15 Full Time 12 Month
Start August 22, 2016 - July 31, 2017

Application Deadline:
Applications until positions filled.

This year long program will serve Okaloosa and Walton Counties. It will partner with Okaloosa and Walton County schools and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA). The program focus is environmental stewardship with an educational component of an environmental STEM curriculum. The focus is twofold: 1.the implementation of the Grasses in Classes STEM curriculum and 2. restoration, beautification, maintenance and the development. In the first component members will implement a Grasses in Classes environmental STEM curriculum in contracted Okaloosa and Walton County elementary schools targeting third and fifth grade students. In the second component members will addressing projects including shoreline erosion, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, coastal dune projects, trail development and oyster restoration projects. The program will focus efforts on engaging community involvement through service learning activities conducted at parks and public lands within the Choctawhatchee watershed district. Through these educational opportunities the program will educate and engage citizens in service projects to encourage environmental stewardship.

15 full-time members will work collaboratively with CBA within each of the participating schools to implement the contextual STEM environmental curriculum - Grasses in Classes. Members will also partner with CBA in the field completing environmental projects in our communities (as identified above). All members will work to help engage the partnering schools and the public by providing hands-on educational opportunities to teach families and children the importance of caring about their environment and to encourage environmental stewardship.

This grant will host a total of 15 full-time members.

Member Responsibilities

  • Provide contextual environmental curriculum activities
  • Participate in accomplishment of program goals through identified program projects (shoreline erosion, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, coastal dune projects, trail development and oyster restoration projects of shoreline, trails in Okaloosa and Walton Counties)
  • Attend all trainings/meetings
  • Complete necessary program paperwork
  • Participate in community based service opportunities (some weekends)
  • Reliable transportation

Positions Available

15 Full-time: 1700 hours - (August 22, 2016 - July 31, 2017)

  • $12,530 taxable gross living allowance ($1,044.17 monthly taxable gross)
  • Health insurance
  • Income based child care
  • $5,775 taxable educational award


  • Real-life education and service
  • Learn teamwork, communication, responsibility, and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life
  • Gain personal satisfaction by accepting a challenge and seeing results
  • Opportunity to give back to the community
  • Learn skills that can be utilized in other organizations upon completion of your service year
  • Opportunity to do something special, unique and exciting
  • Extensive training and certifications


  • HS Diploma or GED
  • US Citizenship
  • Pass Fingerprint/Background Checks
  • Commitment to Service
  • Team Player
  • Ability to work occasional weekends
  • Ability to lift/carry at least 20lbs.
  • Friendly, positive and passionate about service
  • Reliable transportation
  • Good work ethic