Gullah Geechee Corridor Project Coordinator

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This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program.

Internship Position Title 

Gullah Geechee Corridor Project Coordinator

Host site

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Location

Wilmington, NC

Duration

May - August 2020 (10 weeks)

Position Summary

The Gullah Geechee CorridorProject Coordinator will oversee community outreach and some projectorganization of the Coastal Land Trust's Reaves Chapel project and otherprojects within the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. The CoastalLand Trust has formed partnerships in the Town of Navassa to save ReavesChapel, a local landmark of Gullah Geechee heritage. In March 2019, TheCoastal Land Trust purchased Reaves Chapel and has since been workingto stabilize, repair, and restore this culturally significant structure.The Coordinator will continue to expand community Outreach to increasecommunity investment and support of Corridor projects over the summer. TheCoordinator will focus on moving projects forward byincreasing presence in the local community and deepening connections withour partners. This position will provide experience in project management,community relations, creating and overseeing volunteer opportunities for theseprojects, and some of the historic restoration projects of Reaves Chapel.This position also includes a research component to identify some of themost significant cultural history to be included in Reaves Chapel project,as well as the potential Gullah Geechee cultural heritage center proposed inNavassa on the Kerr McGee superfund site. The Coordinator will also assistCoastal Land Trust staff in other activities related to land stewardship,conservation outreach, and special events on a case-by-case basis. 

This position is an integral part of the CoastalLand Trust's Community Conservation focus. 


Job Duties

Project Management 20%

  • Organize and assist with oversight of tasks associated with the repair and restoration of Reaves Chapel
  • Organize and assist with oversight of progress with other projects within the Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Navassa and other partner groups such as Cedar Hill/West Bank Heritage Foundation   

Community Engagement 50% 

  • Create and implement One Community Engagement Event at Reaves Chapel 
  • Attend Community and partner meetings 
  • Increase consistent correspondence with partners 
  • Engage social media- Reaves Chapel Facebook page and #ReavesChapel on Instagram 

General Land Trust Activities 15% 

  • Participate in operational meetings
  • Attend land trust events 
  • Provide support to land trust staff 

Research 15% 

  • Research Gullah Geechee history aspects specific to Reaves Chapel and Kerr McGee sites 


Qualifications

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

1. A minimum of two years of college or university work toward a degree in communications, natural resources, land planning, public relations, humanities or related field. 

2. Experience with project management. 

3. Public speaking ability, excellent written and oral communication skills 

4. Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel and applicable extensions. 

5. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; dependable and flexible personality. 

6. Ability to work independently, in a team setting, with partners, and with the public. 

7. Familiarity with the State of North Carolina, its government, culture, people, and natural resources.

8. Hours may include travel and overnight, and may occasionally fall outside of the standard work week. 

9. A valid driver's license.

10. A sense of humor is a must. 

Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references. 

If you have questions or require more information about this position, contact Jesica Blake at 910-790-4524 x 2030 or jesica@coastallandtrust.org. Learn more about the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust at www.coastallandtrust.org


About the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program (DCIP)

Founded in 2008, CTNC's internship program provides a platform for college students and graduates of color – including people of Asian, Black, Latinx, multiracial, and Native American descent – to engage in and help shape conservation work. Rising leaders of color from across the state participate in paid 10-week summer internships, gaining real-world, hands-on experience. CTNC provides compensation, one-on-one mentorship, and professional networking to equip interns with a strong foundation for successful careers in conservation and beyond.

During the program, host sites learn about conservation through a lens of race and power. Through a combination of individual and group learning, host site supervisors build their capacity to facilitate discussions about race within their organizations, understand their relationships to power, and develop strategies for transforming a culture based in race equity practice.

Compensation

Current undergraduates - $4200

Program Alumni undergraduates - $4400

Recent graduates and graduate students - $4400

Program Alumni graduate students - $4600 

Contact

If you have questions about the program, please contact Lacey Frownfelter at lacey@ctnc.org

*Please note that interviews are scheduled and conducted through the host site.*

Location: Wilmington, NC
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