Wednesday, June 24th 2015, Governor Peter Shumlin announced the grant of nearly $378,000 at a press conference with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Under this program called Environmental Careers and Opportunities AmeriCorps, the members will be placed in the municipalities, water conservation organizations and other groups to help with the actual planning and execution that’s going to lead to cleaner water as quickly as we can get there,” Shumlin said.
The grant for $378,000 will help AmeriCorps create paid positions for recent grads and others to focus on cleaning up waterways in Vermont. The Department of Environmental Conservation will oversee a team of up to 25 full and part-time AmeriCorps members who will be hosted by local governments or non-profits to work on water quality related projects. “We think this grant that we’re happy to be a part of will help us identify more of these areas and help us figure out the solutions on a small-scale basis in different parts of the city, greenbelts, and landscaped areas around the city,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger.
The state environmental AmeriCorps program is now accepting applications. The first wave of service terms begins in September 2015. Please spread the word to your recent graduates and others about this incredible opportunity. Also, please spread the word to any organization you know of doing water quality related work in Vermont that could serve as a potential host site. To learn more about our new program and to apply you can visit our website, http://ecoamericorps.vermont.gov.