AmeriCorps National Service
Be the change you want to see in the world.- Mahatma Gandhi
The Town of Farragut has partnered with the Knoxville Community Action Committee (CAC) to host an AmeriCorps National Service Member to work as a Water Quality Technician in support of the Town of Farragut's Stormwater Matters water quality program. AmeriCorps Service Members commit to 1,720 hours of service with their host organization over the course of a year offering a tremendous value to their host and community in exchange for professional experience and growth opportunities. Service members are also provided a modest living stipend during their term of service to provide for their basic needs as well as an education award of $5,550 upon completion that can be used towards outstanding student loans or future educational needs.
Creative? A Self Starter? Service Minded? Have an Associates Degree or Greater? Love the Outdoors? If this describes you, consider the Town of Farragut's AmeriCorps program as a way to jump start your career and improve the world around you. For a description of this and other environmental service opportunities in the Knoxville Area through AmeriCorps, click here to visit the CAC AmeriCorps Blog.
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The Town of Farragut looks forward to continuing this legacy as we build upon our first decade of national service.
2016-2017 Water Quality Technician -Courtney Alley
Courtney came to the Town of Farragut from Northeast Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tennessee Wesleyan College and is interested in conservation work and research in ecology. She later plans to pursue an advanced degree. During her undergraduate coursework, Courtney worked as natural science tutor and was Natural Science Club president. She also played on the College soccer team and has been involved with youth soccer.
This year, Courtney will be managing projects at the Outdoor Classroom, working to recruit and retain volunteers for multiple projects, and be active in outreach and education events on behalf of the Town’s Stormwater Matters program. She will be working to recruit additional Adopt-A-Stream groups and help existing groups with their responsibilities. In addition, Courtney will continue to implement the 1 Year Down the Drain: Turkey Creek program, which was started last year.
2015-2016 Water Quality Technician -Joseph Konvicka
Joseph came to the Town of Farragut from North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Western Carolina University. When he joined the Town, Joseph was a second year AmeriCorps Member having previously served as an AmeriCorps member with the Knox County Water Quality Team. Joseph was very passionate about environmental work and was especially interested in collecting and cooking a variety of mushrooms.
Joseph was responsible for management of the Outdoor Classroom and for a variety of field work including Dry Weather Screening. Additionally, he assisted with a broad range of education and outreach initiatives ranging from envirocharacter creation for Earthfest to developing and delivering meaningful service projects for Boy and Girl Scouts.
Joseph administered 4 groups for Adopt-A-Stream Cleanups. He also led the 1 Year Down the Drain: Turkey Creek program, which resulting in the removal of 337 pounds of trash from Town streams. He collected over 2700 lbs of recyclable material diverting it from the landfill. Joseph participated on both the education and youth committees for Earthfest working closely with other AmeriCorps members and professionals to revitalize costumes and brainstorm new activities for the children that attend Earthfest. He continued a tradition of successful grant writing by AmeriCorps members successfully securing $500 in tree grants for a tree planting event to be held in conjunction with Earthfest which resulted in the distribution of 725 trees. He developed and delivered an educational and service-based program for Girl Scouts working towards their Wonders of Water Journey and worked to develop a program for the Boy Scout Soil & Water Conservation badge. Jospeh spent many hours providing support to other AmeriCorps members throughout the year.
2014-2015 Water Quality Technician - Nicole Stephens
Nicole came to the Town of Farragut from the state of Pennsylvania. Nicole holds a bachelors degree in Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When she joined the Town, Nicole was a second year AmeriCorps Member having previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Montana. Nicole had no formal experience in environmental work but was very interested in learning about water resources.Nicole was responsible for a variety of field work including Dry Weather Screening as well as a broad range of education and outreach initiatives ranging from envirocharacter creation for Earthfest to developing programming for the Outdoor Classroom.
Nicole administered 4 groups for Adopt-A-Stream Cleanups. She collected over 600 lbs of recyclable material diverting it from the landfill. Nicole also provided broad support to the Town's Sustainability program. Nicole played a critical role on the education committee for Earthfest working closely with other AmeriCorps members to build some of the most ambitious Envirocharacter costumes to date. She continued a tradition of successful grant writing by AmeriCorps members successfully securing $500 in tree grants for a tree planting event to be held in conjunction with Earthfest which resulted in the distribution of every one of the 625 trees. Nicole also went above-and-beyond to lend her support to other AmeriCorps members throughout the year.
Gwen was charged this year with building community and facilitating usage of the Town of Farragut's new Outdoor Classroom space as well as continuing the momentum generated by Josh and Chris to continue to facilitate and expand the Adopt-A-Stream program.
Gwen has also participated in a number of community events including the Paddle for Clean Water, Knoxville House and Garden Show and the installation of a Rain Garden as part of the University of Tennessee's "Tennessee Smart Yards" program.
Chris worked with constituents across the region and state to re-imagine and re-develop the Town of Farragut's Adopt-A-Stream program with the lofty goal of adopting every stream mile within the Town and creating a model worthy of state recognition.
You can revisit Josh's journey to get things done for the community by visiting his blog, Storm Drain Superhero*.
*The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Town of Farragut.