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Animals, Families, Low-income communities, Military/Veterans, People with Disabilities, Visitors & Travelers, Other

Age Minimum (with Adult):18+, Minimum Age:18+

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live blue™ Service Leader Position Description
Open to individuals with a demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and an interest in working with the New England Aquarium to have a positive impact on the Greater Boston community and the local environment. You do not have to have a prior relationship with the Aquarium in order to apply!
The live blue™ Service Leader position is an integral part of the live blue™ Service Corps, the New England Aquarium’s episodic, field-based volunteer program. The goal of the program is to increase the number of service opportunities for the adult volunteer community in the Greater Boston area. In its first three years, this highly successful program has offered over 120 service events that have engaged volunteers in over 6,000 hours of service. These service events provide an opportunity for busy adults to volunteer a few hours of their time while having a meaningful impact on Greater Boston communities and their natural resources.
In the past three years, over thirty Service Leaders have been selected and taken part in a workshop series designed to prepare them for leading volunteers and implementing projects as part of the live blue™ Service Calendar. These individuals actively lead volunteers in the field across a wide variety of events, including coastal cleanups, habitat restoration projects, and community events organized by partner organization. We are excited to continue to grow this program by training new Leaders in 2018!

Position Description: 
The live blue™ Service Leader (SL) position will work within the greater live blue™ Service Corps and the Volunteer Programs & Internships office to identify environmental and community needs that can be addressed by the program, reach out to potential partner organizations, and, after attending a series of workshops, lead service events with NEAq staff support.
SLs will participate in a professional development program designed to ensure Service Leaders are fluent in a variety of relevant topics. These workshops cover: the importance and impact of community service; principles of volunteer and project management; the meaning of NEAq’s mission and conservation efforts; what regional environmental issues we face; and how to effectively encourage people to “live blue” by becoming stewards for the ocean.
At the end of this workshop series, SLs will be responsible for identifying opportunities within the community and work with staff and other Service Corps volunteers to develop and create service projects that they will lead with support from the live blue™ Service Coordinator. Some of these events are organized by the Leaders themselves, others developed by Aquarium or other conservation organization staff. At these events, SLs work to foster volunteerism and ocean stewardship in adult volunteers by leading them in the field. SLs lead icebreakers, share conservation messages with their field team, and ensure the project runs smoothly. Throughout this process, the live blue Service Coordinator will support the Service Leaders and serve as a resource for volunteer recruitment, event coordination, and organization.
Training and Leading events:
-Promote the Aquarium’s mission through action, conversation, and interaction with community partners and fellow volunteers
-Attend a four-part workshop series in order to prepare for the role of Service Leader (see schedule below)
-Lead at least 4 projects organized by Aquarium staff and/or partner organizations in 2018
-Design and lead at least one new service opportunity in 2018 with support from the live blue Service Coordinator and the Volunteer Programs & Internships Office using skills discussed at workshop series
-Leverage and support volunteers during service opportunities using strategies discussed during workshop series
-Problem-solve during service opportunities using techniques learned during workshop series
Ongoing training and Leadership:
-Attend regularly scheduled Service Leader meetings and/or one-on-one meetings with the live blue™ Service Coordinator to plan and implement projects (average 2 hours/month)
-Join other Service Leaders and Aquarium staff to plan social events, large-scale days of service, or outreach/recruitment efforts (scheduled meetings as needed)
Developing and supporting relationships with Partner Organizations: 
-Develop a relationship with partner organizations to design and implement service opportunities
-Serve as a liaison between volunteers and representatives from partner organizations
-Past history of committed volunteer service at the New England Aquarium or another institution
-Demonstrated leadership capabilities as a volunteer, student, or employee
-Desire to become more involved in the Aquarium and local community
-Strong interest in service, especially field work
-Ability to attend workshops held at the New England Aquarium
-Ability to attend service events throughout 2018 in preparation for leading his/her own service events
-Problem solving skills
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills
-First Aid/CPR preferred, training will be provided if necessary
Time Commitment (Average of 8-12 hours/month total): 
-Attend a workshop series and International Coastal Cleanup. Workshops will be held at the Aquarium on:
  • Workshop 1: Saturday, February 24th, 10am-3pm
  • Workshop 2: Saturday, March 3rd, 10am-3pm
  • Workshop 3 & Service Leader Meeting: Thursday, March 22nd, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Park Serve Day/Earth Day Cleanup: Saturday, April 28th, 9am-12pm. Location TBD
-Attend a minimum of two additional field service events sponsored by the live blue Service Initiative between September 2017-March 2018
-Once the workshop cycle has been completed, commit to designing and leading at least two field based service projects in 2018
-In addition to leading two projects of your own design, commit to leading at least two projects organized by the Office of Volunteer Programs and Internships and/or partner organizations.
-After your commitment is met, you can continue to organize and lead projects for as long as you wish to be an active Service Leader.
-Attend Service Leader Planning Meetings (or one-on-one meetings with Aquarium staff), as well as “Action Team” meetings as needed (2 hours/month)
To Apply:
Click 'Express Interest' below and please e-mail a cover letter and a copy of your most up to date resume to: Ryan Kingston, live blue™ Service Coordinator, at volunteer@neaq.org.
Priority deadline for application is February 3rd, 2018.
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