Becoming a Member

Why do we serve?

   

Bring your whole self to service with ECO AmeriCorps

We acknowledge the benefits of diversity to any team, project, and effort. To create a program more accessible and appealing to people of all backgrounds and identities, we are changing aspects of our applicant process to ensure all prospective members feel seen and welcomed by our program. 

Emphasis on cohort makeup and experience is an integral part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy


Thank you for your interest in ECO AmeriCorps Vermont! 

We are not currently accepting member applications.

 

Explore our site to learn more about what your service with ECO AmeriCorps could look like and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!

Don't hesitate to reach out to Dustin, Program Coordinator at Dustin.Bowman@Vermont.gov or Liz, Team Leader at Liz.Shields@partner.vermont.gov ahead of applying with any questions or concerns!


As an ECO, you'll serve directly with a Host Site Organization.

ECO AmeriCorps' focus is to provide capacity for organizations to complete projects around the state within water quality, waste management, and conservation fields. This is accomplished through supporting our members, providing professional development, mentoring, and a sense of community. 

We partner with local municipalities, conservation districts, solid waste management districts, other state departments, and non-profits to host AmeriCorps members. Visit our Host Organizations page to see where members are currently serving. Go to our What you'll do page to see what projects our members do, read stories from current members on News & Updates

In accordance with our effort to make ECO more diverse, equitable, and inclusive in all aspects of our program, the Host Site Application for the 2021-2022 service year piloted new expectations for organizations wanting to host an ECO AmeriCorps member. We ask each organization to detail their strategy for their own DEI goals and commitments, which were weighted significantly in our final selection process.

 

By setting higher standards for ourself and organizations we partner with, it is our hope we can effect positive change in Vermont through our networks. 

Member Benefits

Benefits include AmeriCorps gear, a biweekly living stipend, health insurance, child care assistance, professional training, program support, networking, and an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. Visit the Coorporation for National Community Service website for more information on what being an AmeriCorps member means. 

Part of the framework being built by the 2020-2021 cohort is a continuation of the capacity for future ECO members to be involved in our DEI efforts. ECO members will be invited to continue improving program aspects, tracking progress, and fufilling commitments. While not a requirement of service with ECO AmeriCorps, the DEI Strategy opportunity is an exciting way to get involved & advance positive change. 

Time Commitment

Full time service terms are 11 months beginning in September and ending the following August. Members are required to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours during this time - about 40 hours per week. 

Part time service terms are 6 months beginning in March and ending in the following August. Members are required to serve a minimum of 900 hours. 

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Here are some FAQ's on becoming a member!

Reach out to us directly:

Dustin Bowman Program Coordinator dustin.bowman@vermont.gov 

Carey Hengstenberg Program Director carey.hengstenberg@vermont.gov

Liz Shields Team Leader liz.shields@partner.vermont.gov