Groundwork New Orleans recruiting a VISTA position: Apply by June 23rd.

Groundwork New Orleans is currently recruiting for a VISTA position that will provide programmatic support and development for the Green Team program, our youth job training and development program. The Vista assists the Green Team Coordinator and students by helping them improve at-risk ecosystems and increase green job opportunities. Duties of this position include writing grants, resource development, working with youth to develop and enhance Green Team programming, meeting with community stakeholders to collect program ideas and promote partnerships, and developing programs for youth employment, education, and volunteer outreach.    

Groundwork New Orleans (GWNO) was established through a significant partnership between the National Park Service and the City of New Orleans and continues to be an active partner in the NPS Groundwork Program. Groundwork New Orleans works to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. During the first 6 years of operation our accomplishments include: completing 15 rain gardens; building one bioswale which drains storm water from 4 industrial sized roofs; piloting an Earth Lab outdoor classroom program; creating a science based research program in the Lower Ninth Ward, called the Green Slice, to aid in the recovery of the area; establishing and expanding the Green Team program; and leveraging private, public, and in–kind contributions to ensure the success and expansion of programs. Major categories of projects have been storm water management, soil remediation, Green Team service learning and urban watershed restoration.     

The DOI/VISTA Team is committed to serving youth, especially at-risk youth, by building early connections to public lands and the environment, and teaching job-skills and experience that will last a lifetime and prepare participants for future employment in conservation related fields.  

The DOI/VISTA Team is an innovative partnership between the Department of the Interior (DOI), and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Focusing on the systemic causes of poverty in underserved communities, VISTAs commit to one year of full-time service as they address specific issues that propel the cycle of poverty in the communities they serve.    

Roles & Responsibilities: 

  • VISTAs write grants, attend community meetings, conduct outreach and education, develop resources, fundraise, conduct research, develop strategic planning, build partnerships, etc. 
  • VISTAs commit to a full year of National Service with a single sponsoring organization


  • Monthly Living Stipend – Based on the cost of living in the community served. (roughly $1000 a month)
  • $5,645 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award (Upon Completion of Service)
  • Includes Health insurance and child care assistance
  • Student Loan Forbearance during Service (Interest Paid by CNCS upon completion of service)
  • Professional development; Focus Area Training; and hands-on experience 
  • Relocation expenses for members traveling over 50 miles to serve are covered by CNCS


  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident.  
  • Must have received at least a Bachelor’s Degree.  
  • Must submit to a Criminal Background Screening.  
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to community service. 
  • Strong writing skills, public speaking, and computer literacy.
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising is preferred.
  • Experience working with partners, community groups, and in volunteer recruitment.
  • Environmental and youth experience highly preferred.    

The position will begin in June/July 2015 and includes a one year commitment to the position  

Please submit a COVER LETTER and RESUME to by June 23rd.

All DOI/VISTA applicants must complete an AmeriCorps application and submit it to the DOI/VISTA Team at the following link: 

Learn & Play Workshop Series 2015: Your Water, Your Health! Earth Lab, New Orleans, June 24th, 6-8pm

​You are invited! 
Please join us for our first workshop in the LEARN AND PLAY WORKSHOP SERIES 2015: YOUR WATER, YOUR HEALTH
Please bring the whole family and invite your friends. Use the FREE TICKETS link below to let us know how many are coming.​
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JUNE 24, WED 6-8pm Your Home is a Watershed!
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Local youth will show what they have been doing to improve local waterways, and what you can do, too! The lake and the river affect every aspect of our lives from the seafood we eat to the flooding in the streets. Keeping our water healthy, keeps us healthy. Join us to learn how you can reduce flooding, improve the health of our waterways and improve the health of your neighborhood. Brad Klamer will also share what the Sewerage and Water Board (NOSWB) is doing to create green infrastructure improvements that benefit communities and improve our waterways. Hands-on demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family!

Location: Earth Lab, 2372 St Claude Ave. (Inside NO Healing Center if raining.)
Speakers: Brad Klamer (NO Sewerage and Water Board) and GWNO Green Team

For more information about us, please visit 
Free gifts and low-cost merchandise at every workshop!

Water Challenge Q&A Houma, LA: Mon. June 15th, 5:30-7:30pm

Do you own a water-based or coastal business?  Do you have an idea for a new business related to coastal restoration, fisheries, water management, eco-tourism, or other water related industries?

We would like to invite you join us in a discussion of entrepreneurial opportunities in water on Monday, June 15th, from 5:30-7:00PM at the Terrebonne Parish Library in Houma, located at 151 Library Drive. This session is aimed to better understand community needs and how the local economy is tied to water, and to provide information on current opportunities available for entrepreneurs working in coastal restoration, maritime, fisheries, and urban water management. A future session will also be held in Golden Meadow. Please join us and invite your extended networks!

When: Monday, June 15th, 5:30-7pm
Where: Terrebonne Parish Library (151 Library Drive)

I. Introductions
II. Community Listening Session
III. Overview of Propeller's 2015 Startup Accelerator
IV. Overview of Application
V. Q&A

Miriam S. Belblidia, MPA, CFM
Co-Founder, Water Works