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Enviro-Mich message from "Matt Schnepp" <SchneppM@state.mi.us>
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The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) administers the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program (MGSP) and is looking for qualified candidates to help implement groundwater stewardship programming throughout Michigan as AmeriCorps Members.

The Mission of the MGSP is to provide information and assessment tools for pesticide and nitrogen fertilizer users which help them identify risks to groundwater associated with their pesticide and nitrogen fertilizer use practices and to coordinate local, state, and federal resources to help individuals reduce those risks.

AmeriCorps is a national community service program in which participants provide  community service to strengthen America.  MGSP AmeriCorps Members will work in conjunction with the MDA's Groundwater Stewardship Program to help educate Michigan residents about how to keep Michigan's groundwater clean.  Members will serve 1700 hours over a 9 to 12 month period. 

Participation in the MGSP AmeriCorps Program provides a great opportunity for individuals to gain valuable work experience and training in the fields of agriculture, natural resources, and the environment as well as make a difference in the community and the environment.  One of the most valuable benefits to the program is the chance to make networking contacts with the community and local, state, and federal agencies.   

Twenty full time AmeriCorps positions will be available throughout the state starting October 1, 1998.  Selected candidates will receive mileage reimbursement, health insurance, child care (if qualified), a living stipend of $12,000 during service, and an education award of $4,725 upon completion of 1700 hours of service.  These positions are for a one year duration with the possibility to serve a second.  Positions will be located in counties throughout the state.

The MGSP AmeriCorps Members will be located in local offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation District Offices, Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), and other non-profit organizations.  They will provide the following services: 

			assist landowners/homeowners with completing a confidential farm or home site groundwater risk assessment known as Farm*A*Syst and Home*a*Syst
	coordinate Groundwater Stewardship Teams for their county
	provide education about groundwater protection to community groups (often through presentations)
	participate in community service projects
	administer cost share money and technical assistance to landowners to implement groundwater protection practices and structures.

The MDA is looking for candidates that are self-starting with excellent verbal and written communications skills and strong interpersonal skills.  A bachelor's degree is preferred in agricultural science, earth science, natural resources or a related field.  Some additional desired qualities include creativity, flexibility, computer literacy (word-processing), ability to work well both with others and on own.  Candidates must poses a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.  

The application deadline is September 4, 1998.  The scheduled start date for the program to begin is October 1, 1998.  Individuals interested in AmeriCorps positions can call Matt Schnepp at (517) 241-2154, send Email to schneppm@state.mi.us, or send a resume to:

Michigan Department of Agriculture
Attn:  Matt Schnepp/ESD
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909

*  Michigan Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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