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AmeriCorps St. Louis

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Program Manager

Deadline to apply :

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Town, City, Park, etc :
St. Louis

State / Territory :

Benefits :
Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Vision Insurance

Project/Program Focus :
Habitat Restoration, Invasive Species Mngmt, Other, Trails, Wildfire Mngmt, Young Adult Programs (18+)

Attachments/Supplemental Materials :

Organization/Program Description :

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) is a non-profit organization, engaging AmeriCorps National Service Volunteers in community service initiatives addressing critical unmet needs in the areas of Disaster Response, Environmental Stewardship, & Wildland Firefighting. ACSTL focuses on the training and development of the next generation of public service leaders while building the capacity of partner agencies to achieve impactful community results.

AmeriCorps Members serve within a 42-Member Corps for 11-month terms, earning a monthly living stipend and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their term. Through training and partnerships with conservation agencies, Members gain the personal and professional skills needed to carry out a variety of stewardship projects. More importantly, Members gain skills needed to become economically and socially self-sufficient, benefit their communities, and recognize that they can make a positive difference.

The AmeriCorps St. Louis Member year operates from September through August. ACSTL operates as many as 8 crews at a time primarily throughout Missouri, completing projects in partnership with non-profit, local, state, and federal agencies. Staff focus on program development, financial management, and Member development. ACSTL has a nine-member Board of Directors and a dedicated staff of five full-time employees.

Position Description :

The Program Manager will be responsible for all environmental stewardship-based programming. This position will lead ACSTL’s goal of administering diverse environmental stewardship projects, as well as providing technical and fundamental training, project coordination, logistical support, and leadership to ensure a positive and meaningful experience for Members. The Program Manager must have the ability to supervise and assist in personnel management of the Environmental Stewardship Leadership Team – Field Coordinator, Field Specialist, Stewardship Coordinator and Team Leads.

The Program Manager’s time will be split between the office and the field, focused on ensuring that program partnerships are grown and sustained, projects are developed and implementation is successful, crews are properly trained, Members are operating safely and effectively, and positive experiences and meaningful opportunities are developed. The position is based out of St. Louis with intermittent travel.

Job Duties :



  • Identify and develop annual objectives to advance the ACSTL mission through Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborate with Leadership Team to develop strategy for program management and project implementation to achieve positive Member experiences and exceptional project accomplishments.
  • Provide ongoing feedback, coaching, and evaluation to Members.
  • Support administrative and logistical needs of Members.

Project and Program Development

  • Plan and oversee the implementation of ACSTL conservation crew projects and programming.
  • Work with Leadership Team and Program Staff to coordinate comprehensive project calendar.
  • Implement, maintain, and refine programmatic policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain positive partnerships with community and project partners.
  • Direct the execution of pre-site visits, project specification, reporting, partner evaluations, and understand the required performance measures for all agreements.
  • Manage budget, purchasing, fleet, and equipment needs for crews to be successful.
  • Provide technical and programmatic assistance, guidance, and support to crews.
  • Model risk management practices and develop further safety measures for Members in the field.

Development & Training

  • Assist the program staff to develop and implement technical and fundamental training.
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to Team Leads throughout the program year.
  • Assist Members with resources and problem-solving support in crew environment.
  • Supervise Members to ensure adherence to quality standards, and policies and procedures.
  • Support updates and improvement of applicable training manuals and other resources
Requirements :


  • Minimum of three years of supervisory experience in outdoor development or conservation field.
  • Working knowledge of natural resource project management such as trail construction, watershed restoration, forest/prairie management, and wildlife habitat improvement.
  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity, and influence positive results
  • Ability to multi-task and be flexible with responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and facilitating trainings.
  • Demonstrate good judgement and problem solving in emergency situations.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills for internal personnel management and external outreach.
  • Familiarity with AmeriCorps and local, state, and federal natural resource agencies.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.
  • Must be able to pass organization’s criminal history background check requirements.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent work experience in relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management.
  • Technical conservation experience including chainsaws and/or crosscut saws; trail layout, design, construction, and maintenance; fence and bridge construction; herbicide application; small engine repair, and hand tool maintenance; project estimation, implementation, and management.
  • Experience with chain sawing with ability to attain Federal B or C Faller certifications.
  • Meet minimum physical requirements and successfully pass annual Work Capacity Test.
  • Experience with wildland fire; ability to pass Work Capacity Test and attain NWCG FFT1 Certification.
Additional Benefits :
  • Salary between $40,000 – $45,000, commensurate with experience
  • 10 Vacation Days, 6 Personal/Sick Days, 14-Day Program Winter Break
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Healthcare Package & Disability/Life Insurance
  • Retirement with Employer Contribution
Contact Information :


  • Send Cover Letter, Resume, and Contact Information for 3 Professional References to Kelley Hower – ([email protected]) subject line “Program Manager – Applicant.”
  • Cover Letter should include a response to the following:  Share an experience of serving effectively with diverse communities to accomplish successful projects, in a professional or volunteer role.

Priority is given to early applicants; applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and position is open until filled. Initial deadline to apply is July 9, 2021.

Additional Information :

This position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear, periodically climb, balance, stop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate a computer and drive a program vehicle. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals to perform the essential functions. Regular Schedule: Monday – Friday, flexible 40-hour work-week; occasional weekends or evenings as needed.

ACSTL is committed to building a culturally diverse team and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against those who oppose discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. Candidates of diverse backgrounds and ACSTL alums are encouraged to apply.

While this position description describes the general nature and level of work, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All positions at ACSTL may require additional duties as needed.