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About EarthCorps

EarthCorps is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington that develops environmental leaders to strengthen community and restore the health of our environment. We believe in the power of people – acting through their collective responsibility to one another and our planet – to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our world, and we envision a world in which people and nature thrive together.   

 

To cultivate this important work, we train young leaders in ecological restoration. We bring together young adults – who we call corps members - from the US and across the globe for an environmental leadership development and green-jobs training program where we care for the lands and waters of Puget Sound. Corps members gain hands-on leadership experience, cross-cultural skills, and learn technical environmental restoration while building a close-knit community as they care for our natural world. These emerging environmental leaders “think globally and act locally” in leading community volunteers to complete restoration projects such as native tree planting, invasive plant removal, salmon stream restoration, wetland and shoreline restoration, and trail construction.   

 

At the conclusion of the program, these leaders return to their local communities with the skills and enthusiasm required to tackle the pressing issues of our time – including climate change, pollution and ecological degradation – to help create a better world for all of us. Since its inception in 1993, EarthCorps has trained more than 1,000 environmental leaders from the US and nearly 80 countries around the world.  

 

EarthCorps is embarking on our next chapter: we just hired a bold and visionary new executive director and are in the process of creating our new strategic plan to guide us as we transform our organization to meet the environmental justice and racial equity needs of today. 

 

Come be a part of the transformation of this organization!  


Position Summary

Board members are committed volunteers who share a passion for EarthCorp’s vision and strategic priorities, while advancing its justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. We want our board members to enjoy volunteering and feel valued for their commitment. We aspire to model a collaborative and transparent culture that encourages growth and ongoing learning opportunities. We strive to plan meetings and events that are heart-felt, meaningful, and make effective use of your time and expertise.


Inclusivity: The strongest systems are those that bring together the strengths of diverse constituents. We are committed to developing human potential across racial, ethnic, economic, gender and national lines.

Duties & Responsibilities

Currently, we are seeking applicants with background/experience in:  

  • environmental justice
  •  understanding of changing business/staffing models in the continuing pandemic
  • growing community partnerships
  • human resources
  • policy/advocacy
  •  fundraising 

Board members commit to:

  •   serve a three-year term.
  •  attend 6 board meetings each year.   
  •   attend the annual fundraiser and other events as requested.
  •  participate in one of the standing committees or an ad hoc committee/task force.
  •   be a compelling year-round ambassador for EarthCorps.
  •  make a personally meaningful annual financial gift and actively support fundraising efforts.
  •  keep up to date on organizational programs, news, financials, and events essential to being an effective member.

Deadlines and Start Dates

The priority deadline for application is Friday, April 22, 2022. This opportunity will remain open until filled. Applications will be read on a rolling basis. First round interviews will begin in May and candidates will be considered for nomination in June.


To Apply

Please submit a brief letter of interest that answers the following questions to Elizabeth White. We encourage you to include a brief bio or resume with your application.


1) Why do you want to join the EarthCorps board at this time? (highlight if your background/experience meets one of our stated priorities).

2) How do your lived and professional experiences shape your understanding of racial equity and environmental justice?

3) What do you consider to be your skills, passions, or experiences that will help you be a fantastic board member?