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Americorps VISTA: Center for Urban Ecology & Sustainability Community Liaison

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ORGANIZATION: Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, BUTLER UNIVERSITY


The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) at Butler University is a leader in community-engaged projects that improve environmental sustainability and work toward social justice. Our mission is to research, educate, partner, and empower our community in the establishment of best practices in urban ecology and sustainability that benefit society, the environment, and the economy. We seek applicants who are dedicated to community building, sustainability, and social justice. In this position, you will improve environmental wellbeing and food access in the Indianapolis community by co-developing sustainability and social justice projects with community partners and operationalizing projects through the CUES Sustainability Leadership Cohort. In turn, you will develop community collaboration skills, gain experience in project development, and join a network of social justice advocates. This position is based in Indianapolis, in the Mid-North Community; a low-income, primarily Black or African American community that has been subject to decades of injustice and disenfranchisement resulting in environmental injustice and food apartheid. This VISTA project seeks to improve the lives of individuals by establishing community-driven projects that are supported by Butler University expertise and student capital. The Community Partnership Liaison VISTA will: 1. develop partnership guidelines 2. create assessments for student learning and community partnership outcomes 3. design implicit bias and anti-racism training materials 4. co-create projects with community partners that improve food access and environmental health 5. plan for continuing partnerships beyond the one-year VISTA term You will be one of two VISTA members serving with the CUES. Both VISTA member positions will work together to achieve the goals and duties outlined. The CUES Assistant Director will provide mentoring and professional development opportunities during your term.

This is a one-year, paid position at approximately $16,000 annually.


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About Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, BUTLER UNIVERSITY



Mission Statement

Our mission is to innovatively research, educate, and empower Butler faculty, staff, and students and community partners in the research and establishment of best practices in urban ecology and sustainability that benefit society, the environment, and the economy. We achieve our mission, by engaging Butler students, faculty, and staff as well as community partners in interdisciplinary research and education through place-based projects and public discourse. One of our most visible projects is the The Farm a Butler, an interdisciplinary campus learning hub and example of urban sustainability.


The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) strives to connect students, faculty, and community in a common effort to research, educate, and empower change to inform and inspire a more sustainable future on Butler University’s campus, in Indianapolis, and globally. The CUES operates from two theoretical frameworks: the traditional ecological understanding of the interactions between and among organisms and their urban environment (ecology "in" the city) and a systems ecology perspective where the city itself is viewed as an ecosystem (ecology "of" the city). Through these dual lenses, we work to solve real-world sustainability problems facing today’s cities, or ecology "for" the city.

Because we recognize the importance and complexity that humans bring to the system, we aspire to connect disciplines-from biology to business and beyond-in the topic areas of zero waste, the built environment, food systems, social change, and ecological systems in order to establish best practices for a more sustainable society.


Community, Environment, Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


4600 Sunset AvenueIndianapolis, IN 46208



  • Community Outreach
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Project Management
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • High school diploma required, some college preferred.

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