Join the Epicenter team.

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Photo: Bill Morrison

Join the Epicenter team. We have a unique opportunity for a remarkable individual with a varied skill-set: a chance to spend a season living and working in a small town in Utah. To help citizens of this rural community lead better lives. To demonstrate the value of design in community problem solving. To gain a one-of-a-kind experience in an alternative model of professional practice. To learn new skills. To improve our nonprofit. To improve yourself.

We believe this desert town can blossom, but there is work to be done. We’d like to work with you to do it.

Download more information on the position here.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Citizen Designer AmeriCorps VISTA


Photo of Epicenter by Justin Flood (Epicenter’s Aug 2012 Frontier Fellow).

We have a unique opportunity for a special designer with a wide and varied skill-set: a chance to spend a year living and working in a small town in Utah. To help citizens of this rural community lead better lives. To demonstrate the value of design in community problem solving. To gain a one-of-a-kind experience in an alternative model of professional practice. To learn new skills. To improve our non-profit. To improve yourself.

We believe this desert town can bloom, but there is work to be done. We’d like to work with you to do it.

Who We Are
Epicenter is a design-driven community development organization that serves the rural town of Green River, Utah. Epicenter strives to provide local solutions to community problems in three sectors: affordable housing advocacy and repair, business development, and arts and culture. An agile team of designers, creatives, and doers, we have a community-centered and multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and innovation. Here, we nurture local businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, and ideas.

We’re dedicated to this town and our practice, but constantly building on what we do and redefining how we do it. We are looking for more ways to engage our community and to help citizens envision what the community can be through strong visuals.That’s where you come in.

Who You Are
— You’re an adept designer who is looking to take a deep dive into a rural community to learn about its issues and to strategize how its strengths can overcome its weaknesses.
— You have an eye for detail, a mind for numbers, and a willingness to get your boots dirty.
— You have exquisite verbal, visual, and written communication skills.
— You dream of open spaces, big skies, bold colors, and promising futures.
— You have experience and/or interest in working on a team with different skills and backgrounds.

What You Will Do (examples)
– Document, demonstrate, and articulate the value of design in addressing Green River’s problems.
– Execute graphic design for Epicenter’s projects, programs, events, and the organization as a whole.
– Strategically gather information and analyze data to help determine community needs and wants.
– Make presentations for Epicenter and the City of Green River based on data gathered.
– Create architectural renderings for envisioning revitalization of the built environment.
– Facilitate opportunities to improve local businesses and local workforce.
– Work with motivated local organizations and co-workers to improve this community.

Compensation and AmeriCorps VISTA
The position is a twelve-month, full-time VISTA position that is able to be extended up to two additional years, or with successful fundraising, become a full-time salaried position. VISTA members receive a living allowance, a health insurance benefit, a relocation allowance, pre-service orientation training, assistance in finding housing, and an education award of $5,730 or cash award of $1,500 at successful completion of service.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program designed to fight poverty, originally envisioned by President John F. Kennedy. Most current Epicenter staff members originally arrived to Epicenter via AmeriCorps VISTA and we are proud to offer this position once again.

We have funding, community partners, and the initiative to make this town as vibrant as its backdrop. All we’re missing is you. Come join us this year.

To apply, send your CV/resume, design portfolio, and a one-page cover letter to VISTA@ruralandproud.org by Thursday, June 4 at 9am MST. If you have any specific questions about VISTA, please visit the Corporation for National & Community Service website. For more information on Epicenter, visit ruralandproud.org.

We look forward to meeting you.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Now Seeking Summer Interns!

Photo by Carson Davis Brown

Non-traditional design internships are available in the desert of southeast Utah.

Epicenter is seeking summer interns to live, work, and play in Green River, Utah. In this small, rural town in the high desert of the American West, you will work alongside citizen architects, designers, planners, and artists to serve the needs of their community. Here, you’ll gain invaluable and one-of-a-kind experience within the realm of public interest design in this alternative model of professional practice. Epicenter capitalizes on its ingrained idealism, enthusiasm, and subversion to nurture community-led projects and programs that underscore Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit.

Don’t be a “house pet to the rich” for the summer! Join us here where you’ll work alongside other young professionals, interacting with and directly helping real people in a real place. To apply, submit a letter of interest no later than April 9, 2015 to info@ruralandproud.org.

Potential Projects:
– Lead University of Utah architecture students on the construction of a shading structure on the front of the office.
– Work as a project assistant on eight Fix It First home repair projects (start to finish including material take offs, labor estimating, design, construction, and post-evaluation).
– Lead one home repair project with volunteers in early August.
– Be trained in grant writing and write for funding for affordable housing programs.
– Collect data and create a report on housing conditions and needs of local residents.
– Host a creative half-day workshop with local kids on a personal or professional interest.
– Assist in the design/construction of museum exhibits and help in the preparation of a multi-participant exhibit running June – October at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum.

Qualifications:
– Design/build experience is very much preferred, but not required. Ability to work safely with tools is required.
– Be enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, construction, or community planning.
– Hold a valid driver’s license; ability to drive stick is a plus.
– Effective written, verbal, and drawn communication.
– Interest in rural issues, community development, affordable housing, and/or public interest design.

Workload and Compensation:
– 13 weeks in the summer of 2015, with adjustable start dates of May 14 through August 13
– A total of 500 hours, all able to be counted as Intern Development Program (IDP) credit
– Shared housing with other summer interns is provided ($975 value)
– $2,250 living stipend
– Up to $250 travel reimbursement
– Group meals twice per week are included
– Use of a National Park pass
– Work 400 feet from an Amtrak platform (Chicago to San Francisco – the California Zephyr line)
– Sunny days at the river beach just north of town
– Free admission to a local rodeo

To apply, submit a letter of interest no later than April 9, 2015 to info@ruralandproud.org.
An application will be provided in return. Interviews will be held via phone.

More information on Epicenter can be found on our website or from the following recent press:
Fix It First
Epicenter named Curbed Young Gun Finalist
“Rural and Proud” by Venue
“Green River looks at trails system to draw visitors” by Salt Lake Tribune
Cabin Time 5: Green River (video)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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Job Opening for Case Manager

Epicenter is seeking qualified applicants for the new position of Case Manager.

The Case Manager will assist local residents in the compilation, submission, and follow-through on assistance programs including HEAT utility assistance, United Way’s Angel Tree gifts for kids program, unemployment assistance, food stamps, and other temporary assistance programs.

Hours per week are 8 hours at a rate of $10.00 per hour. Position begins October 14, 2014, and runs through March 31, 2015.

The Case Manager will work at least two days but not more than three days per week in a regular schedule to be determined during the hiring process. For example, the Case Manager may choose to work 9 AM – 1 PM on Mondays and 2 PM – 6 PM on Thursdays. Specific times and days will be determined during the hiring process.

Required qualifications:
– Desire to assist fellow residents in a compassionate and confidential manner
– English-language fluency in oral and written communication
– Spanish-language fluency in oral communication
– Adept at utilizing typical office and computer technology (i.e. copier, scanner, FAX machine, internet, e-mail, phone, etc.)
– Strong organizational practices and systems
– Be able to provide outreach to the community on available programs and requirements for application
– Be able to provide trustworthy and complete service with a “customer first” attitude

Applications are available at the Epicenter office at 180 S Broadway, Green River, UT. Applications are due October 8 by 4 PM to the Epicenter office. Interviews will immediately follow. For more information, email or call Jack Forinash (435) 564-3330.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country: AmerCorps VISTA Position Opening

Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country, in partnership with Epicenter, is now accepting applications for a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA position. The term begins late January 2015 with pre-service orientation (PSO) in Los Angeles, CA. The VISTA member will be located in Green River, UT, working from Epicenter, a partner organization to HFHCC. VISTA members will receive a living stipend of approximately $925/month, a health insurance benefit, a relocation allowance of up to $550, travel accommodations to PSO and Green River, and the choice of an education award at successful completion of service of $5,645 or a cash award of $1,500.

The deadline for applications through the AmeriCorps portal is December 1st at 1 PM MST. To find out more and apply, go here. To express your interest and receive answers to questions, please contact Jack Forinash.

About the Organization
Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country was established in 1989 as the only HFH affiliate in SE Utah, an area of the country that is both very remote and breathtakingly beautiful, home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the San Rafael Swell, and endless back-country roads and trails. HFHCC recently completed one new construction home (Dec 2012), one rehab home (Dec 2013), and established an A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) home repair program, which has served thirteen partner family homeowners since it began in November 2013. This new program seeks to serve a larger number of partner families to meet homeowners at their needs and to gain exposure for Habitat for Humanity as a affordable housing provider. HFHCC seeks to train its board to prepare for growth, attract qualified staff to move from a part-time and mostly volunteer organization to a fully-operating major housing provider for the communities we serve. Recently awarded grants have built the ABWK program from scratch, and partner family homeowners are paying on time, but the room for growth in this underserved area is immense, and our organization is ready to take the next step, but need a lot of capacity building efforts to assure as funding is secured and staff are hired we are adequately prepared. The Utah network of HFH affiliates is strong and willing to help. More information can be found here.

About the Position
VISTA member will build the capacity of the HFH affiliate, growing emerging programs to well-established operations that meet the needs of the residents of Carbon and Emery Counties. Assignment description will include research and writing of policies, procedures, and best practices; fund-raising through grant writing and community events; partnership building; awareness campaigns; recruitment of volunteers and applicants for staff positions; facilitating board training; and other efforts to build organizational capacity.

Ideal Applicants
Applicants must have a college degree and an interest in community development and affordable housing. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and e-mail is required. Proficiency in verbal and written communication is required. Spanish language fluency is a plus, but not required. Experience with non-profit capacity building and working with a non-profit board of directors is a plus. Grant writing and fund-raising experience is a plus.

Critical Points
– Applications are due through the AmeriCorps portal by 1 PM MST on September 22.
– Position begins November 18, 2014, and completes in November 2015, with the potential opportunity to extend.
– Pre-service Orientation (PSO) will be held in Los Angeles, CA, November 18-21.
– Compensation and benefits: Living stipend (approximately $925/month), health insurance benefit, cash award ($1,500) or education award ($5,645) at successful completion of service, relocation allowance* may be available, pre-service orientation and training.

Click here to view the listing online and apply.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Job Openings at Epicenter

We are excited to announce two AmeriCorps VISTA positions opening at Epicenter in Green River, Utah.

In partnership with United Way of Eastern Utah, Epicenter seeks to fill two AmeriCorps VISTA positions for the term of August 2014 through August 2015. Information on the position (including an explanation of AmeriCorps VISTA, compensation, and benefits) can be found online at nationalservice.gov. To apply for this position, click here. Once your application is submitted on the AmeriCorps website, we will review your application. If accepted, we may request additional information and/or schedule an interview. Original applications are due by 9 AM MST June 9th, 2014. Before applying, you are welcome to contact us with questions regarding the position.

What follows is a preliminary description of the applicant we are seeking and the probable programs and tasks that accompany the position. The position will be tailored to the specific attributes and interests of the chosen applicant and may also be adjusted based on the circumstances of funding and mission of the Epicenter. If you are chosen for an interview (Jun 9 -13, 2014), this will be reviewed in depth and a subsequent VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) will be edited that will include more specificity and expectations attached to timelines. For a copy of the detailed job description (VAD), simply e-mail us at info@ruralandproud.org.

Required attributes of applicants:
—Maturity and patience to operate in a live/work/play intensive environment
—A history of teamwork and effective collaboration
—Strong and persuasive writing and public speaking skills
—Respectful and optimistic attitude for small, rural communities
—Organized in both thought and action
—Optimism and willingness to get things done
—Honest and clear in verbal and written communication

Suggested attributes of applicants:
—Spanish language fluency
—Higher education degree in design, architecture, construction, sociology, or other fields relevant to Epicenter
—Creative ability (including drawing, writing, and/or cooking)
—Willing and able to move to work under the direction of Jack Forinash in Green River, UT
—Verbal and written communication proficiency and skilled in construction drawings
—on-site construction experience
—Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and AutoCAD proficiency
—Prior experience with social service or design/build

Probable areas of focus (for more details, e-mail us to request the full VAD):
—Economic and Community Development, inc. the proposed Green River Trail System
—Arts and Culture, inc. The Frontier Fellowship
—Affordable Housing, inc. Fix It First and social services
—Fundraising / Events Coordination

Critical points:
—Applications due June 9th, 9 AM MST via the AmeriCorps online portal
—Position begins August 4, 2014 and completes in August of 2015 (with a potential opportunity to extend)
—Required Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Aug 4-7, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA; details will be discussed during interviews
—Compensation and benefits: Living stipend (approximately $925/month), health insurance benefit, cash award ($1,500) or education award ($5,730) at successful completion of service, relocation allowance* may be available, pre-service orientation and training.

Click here to view the listing online and apply.

*VISTA candidates who are relocating more than 50 miles from their home of record to serve in Green River, Utah, may be entitled to a Relocation Travel Allowance. The rate is based on the mileage between the home of record and the site, not to exceed $1,000. Any candidate who is relocating more than 50 miles may also receive a settling-in allowance up to $550.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Summer Architectural Internships Available at Epicenter

2013 Summer Interns after a completed Fix It First project with volunteers.

We’re excited to announce the Epicenter’s Summer Internships: May through August 2014!!

The Epicenter, a non-profit organization embedded in Green River, Utah, is proud to offer 1-2 summer internship(s) for architectural or community planning students/recent graduates that will engage with and expand Epicenter’s community development initiatives.

Founded in 2009 by architectural graduates, Epicenter is a focused point of activity, a hub in part of a larger network, causing expansive upheaval in only the best of ways. As an as-it-actually-works model of public interest design, Epicenter exemplifies the power that citizen designers behold, while simultaneously pointing out the shortcomings of the traditional corporate architectural arena.

Various Fix It First projects from the summer of 2013.

In this position, you will not be a CAD monkey; you will earn much less than you are worth; you will live and breathe your work, ending each day exhausted but invigorated. However, the benefits of working at Epicenter emerge quickly. Inherent in each project is an ethic of social responsibility, of a belief in Green River, and the power of just doing it. Today, Epicenter capitalizes on its ingrained idealism, enthusiasm, and subversion to nurture community-led projects and programs that underscore Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. The Epicenter is unique to this place and to this way of operating. If you are investigating or pursuing an alternative model of practice, the Epicenter stands as a distinctive example. Work and process will reveal and deconstruct abstractions of rural America, the role of architects and designers, of poverty.

As a five-person office, you should expect to receive personal attention daily. You will play an integral function within the Epicenter during your time here. Having a vocal and respected role in routine conversations regarding strategies, funding, and staffing is inherent to any Epicenter crew member, regardless of their title. If you want to see what it takes to instigate and create affordable housing and participate vigorously in community development, the Epicenter is able to provide that intensive perspective. Thank you for your interest.

Interested? Email Jack for a detailed an outline of what we may begin to expect of this position. More information on Epicenter and Green River: Epicenter’s website & Facebook, City of Green River, and Destination Green River.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Environmental Studies Summer Internship at Epicenter

The town of Green River, population 953, lies at the foot of the dramatic river bluffs of Southeastern Utah. Amid John Wayne’s West and Edward Abbey’s desert wilderness, Green River is a place where the stars shine bold and close, the land is plentiful, and the red dust, burnt cliffs, and lonely sky lie just beyond the end of its roads.

To accentuate Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit, the Epicenter provides the community with housing and business resources and promotes the arts through community development projects and programs.

Summer Internship Qualifications/ General Requirements:
-Desire to serve an underserved population in rural Southeastern Utah
-Major in Environmental Studies, History, Outdoor Education
-Self Motivated
-Strong Team Player
-Excellent communication skills
-Cultural sensitivity
-Energy and Enthusiasm for working with children and youth
-Current student or recent graduate of college
-Spanish language proficiency (encouraged but not required)

Internship Description/Potential Responsibilities:
-Partner with Epicenter’s existing local partner organizations to further community development and sustainability in Green River, Utah (e.g. John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Boys and Girls Club of Green River, Green River Thrift Store)
-Assist in project management and administrative support
-Work on several projects and tasks independently (possible projects include: implementing a recycling program in Green River, assisting at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum and their archives, creating a garden and complementary education program at the Boys and Girls Club, leading Natural History hikes and educational adventure activities with the Boys and Girls Club, assisting management at the Green River Thrift Store, implementing new systems for efficiency and sustainability, assisting the NPS with the proposed Green River trails systems, and working on housing projects with our Fix-It-First program)
-Internship is unpaid; Gain experience working with a design and community resource non-profit
-This is an educational opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn about community development and sustainability. Internship is available to start in late May or early June and can last from 4-12 weeks.

Applications are due to Ryann Savino, Community Development Specialist, by email (ryann@ruralandproud.org) or mail no later than 5pm MST Friday, April 25th, 2014. Application requirements:
-Professional Resume
-Cover Letter
-Two Letters of Recommendation

If submitting by mail, please send to:
Epicenter
ATTN: Ryann Savino
P.O. Box 444
Green River, UT 84525

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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Internship Available

2013 Summer Interns (top left, Steph & Dan) with volunteers working on a critical home repair project in Green River, Utah

Epicenter, in partnership Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country (HFHCC), announces a short-term internship position available for their A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) home repair program. HFHCC seeks interested students and recent graduates of architecture, building science, social services, and/or other related fields to apply for an opportunity to assist HFHCC in meeting the needs of the communities in Carbon and Emery Counties through critical repairs on homes of partner families in need. This is an educational opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn about community development through real-world tangible improvements to houses for those in need. More information on the ABWK program is available here.

Applications are due to Jack Forinash, ABWK Program Manager, by e-mail (habitat@ruralandproud.org) no later than 3 PM MST Monday January 27, 2014. Position is available for the early spring or summer and runs for a term of three months, ending no later than August 2014. Application requirements are shown below.

Position requirements:
-desire to serve an underserved population in rural Utah
-willing and able to move to work under the direction of Jack Forinash in Green River, UT
-full-time position of 500 total hours over three months
-verbal and written communication proficiency and skilled in construction drawings
-on-site construction experience
-Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and AutoCAD proficiency
-proof of personal health insurance coverage
-prior experience with social service or design/build is a plus
-Spanish language proficiency is a plus

Compensation:
-$895 per month non-wage living stipend
-IDP credit available for qualified architecture students in project management, community service, and electives categories
-free lodging in Green River (communal housing with AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers)

Submit to habitat@ruralandproud.org by 3 PM MST Monday January 27, 2014, the following information as a PDF:
-Resume (limit to 2 pages)
-Portfolio of relevant work (not to exceed 6 MB)
-Statement of interest (limit to one page)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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John Wesley Powell River History Museum Manager Needed

Powell (right) with Tau-gu, a Paiute, 1871 or 1872.

The John Wesley Powell River History Museum located on the Green River in Green River, Utah is seeking a manager to run the museum and information center. Until now, the museum has been run by volunteers and staff, but there has never been a director or manager. That person could be you! This museum has immense potential, so this is could be an exciting project for a real go-getter. The job description is below. Resumes will be accepted through November 30, 2013.

The work schedule will be 30-40 hours a week. Working some weekends and holidays will be required for this position. The City is seeking someone with a Bachelor’s Degree in Museum education or equivalent experience.

Operations
>Ensure the Museum/ Information Center is open and staffed during posted hours of operation.
>Train, schedule, Museum and Information Center employees and Volunteers necessary for the operation of the Museum.
>Capture, record, and report accurate visitation counts and other metrics necessary for assessing the success of the Museum in achieving its mission.
>Oversee the upkeep and maintenance of the building, grounds and exhibits and displays.
>Oversee the production of all Museum events and manage the Museum’s annual calendar of events.
>Maintain documented “practices and procedures” manual of Museum operations in the event of the Manager’s absence.
>Ensure Museum compliance with all regulations, laws, and local ordinances in the daily operation of the Museum and its events.
>Assist the City council member over Museum on other duties as may be assigned.

Fundraising and Development
>Work with City Council and Museum Boards to implement and execute goals and events for the generation of individual and corporate sponsorships.
>Assist with developing and implementing an annual calendar of events for fundraising, mission-essential activities, and membership-driven activities.
>Assist with developing and growing a membership base.
>Maintain current and accurate data on all donors and members.

Marketing and Public Relations
>Implement and execute marketing strategies and tactics for the purpose of promoting the Museum events and visitor attractions.
>Produce and coordinate all written communications to constituents (e-mails, letters, press releases, exhibit descriptions, etc.) that are of professional, error-free quality.
>Promote the Museum and its activities through effective and efficient means of public relations media outlets.
>Deliver well-designed public presentations about the Museum to outside groups interested in learning about the Museum and its mission.

Skill and Abilities Desired
>Strong organizational, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills are mandatory, including speaking before small and large groups
>Highly self-motivated, team player
>Innovative and creative thinker
>Must have good computer skills
>Development and grant writing experience (helpful, but not required)
>Media experience (helpful, but not required)

Compensation based on qualifications and precious experience with a 3 month evaluation.

Send resumes to:
CITY OF GREEN RIVER
P.O. BOX 620
GREEN RIVER UTAH 84525

Friday, November 8th, 2013
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