For Immediate Release
August 8, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE's Bureau of Waste Management Recruiting AmeriCorps Members

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management has been awarded an AmeriCorps grant that will allow KDHE to recruit four individuals as AmeriCorps service members. These members will work with Unified School Districts in rural Western areas of Kansas (West of US highway 281) to conduct environmental audits specific to waste reduction/recycling, energy use and water use. Selected AmeriCorps members will serve with students and educators throughout the project period which will last nine months during the 2012/13 school year. Ideal candidates will be individuals that have recently graduated (or soon to graduate) from a post secondary educational program with a significant amount of classroom study in environmental studies or closely related areas. Retired science teachers have also found this to be a unique opportunity. Members must be a U.S. citizen and at least 17 years-of-age and pass a criminal background check. Travel in a three to four county area from the member’s residence is required and funding is available to help cover costs.

In addition to a great opportunity to serve rural Kansas and our Kansas environment, a living allowance stipend of $733 per month will be available. All members that complete their 900-hour project will be eligible for Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,775.

For more information on the AmeriCorps Grant contact Rodney Ferguson at 785-291-3746 or email at rferguson@kdheks.gov.