Location of Service: Knox Co Engineering and Public Works – 205 West Baxter Av
About Knox Co Engineering and Public Works:
Knox County Engineering and Public Works is a diverse group of professionals committed to serving the public of Knox County through honest hard work. The Department is comprised of several grand divisions, including Strategic Planning, Development Services, Fleet Services, Solid Waste and Operations.
Within Engineering and Public Works, the group that this AmeriCorps member will primarily serve is Stormwater Compliance, within the Strategic Planning division. The AmeriCorps members will be supervised by the Stormwater Compliance Manager.
Knox County Stormwater Compliance is tasked with ensuring the County complies with water quality and flooding regulations. Serving this department provides an excellent opportunity for members to build their resume and skill. The mission of stormwater compliance is to enhance the quality of life for Knox County citizens through education, service and management of water resources.
- Using GPS equipment to inventory stormwater infrastructure
- Performing visual stream assessments to monitor Knox Co Streams
- Performing chemical, biological, and physical assessments of local streams
- Using GIS software (ESRI) to create maps and educational materials for the public
- Engaging with the public to increase knowledge about water quality and flooding.
- Participating in coordinated flood responses where necessary
- Assessing and surveying residential properties affected, or potentially affected by hazards due to flooding.
- Assisting with data entry within Knox County’s databases and GIS systems
- Assisting in the development and delivery of social media messaging, website content, brochures, and newsletters
- Assisting in the design, installation and maintenance of County owned green infrastructure.
- Assisting with pollution prevention activities including campus pollution source checks, composting, recycling, and cleanup day
- Organizing and participating in outreach and education events including classroom, after-school, and community events
- Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in areas of study related to, environmental conservation, natural resource management, engineering, landscape architecture, sciences, Geographic Information Science (GIS), or communications.
- An ideal Member to serve our organization will be punctual, reliable, dependable, independent, focused, organized, responsible, motivated, and creative along with the following specific personal qualifications:
- Strong Microsoft Office knowledge, primarily Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time while collecting data, and meeting with clients, in both fair and inclement weather.
- Knowledge of general natural sciences.
- Flexibility in the workplace and willingness to take on a range of tasks.
- Ability and/or willingness to learn to use technical tools e.g., GPS equipment, GIS software.
- Detail-oriented with the ability to collect, document, and maintain recorded information.
- Ability to successfully complete projects within a team and individually.
- Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with others, both verbally and written.
- Ability to take direction while also showing initiative in daily tasks.
- Creative, independent, personable, motivated, dependable, and professional.
- A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to and from the office.
- Ability to demonstrate punctuality, professionalism, and courtesy in the workplace.
Member Benefits Include:
- A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
- Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
- Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
- A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
- 10 Holidays
- Worker’s Compensation
- Child Care Reimbursement
- May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
- May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
- Professional development and networking opportunities.
- Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership
Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions. CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.