Reclaimed Materials Coordinator (Full Time AmeriCorps VISTA)


Posted: 10/19/2021

Clever Octopus Inc ™ is a waste-based nonprofit that inspires creativity and environmental consciousness through the resale of high-quality, affordable thrifted art and craft materials and by offering educational art and science programming for all ages and communities.

Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center promotes creativity & community engagement through upcycling & art education. Divert clean industrial discards working with local businesses & manufacturers.


Member Duties: VISTA Reclaimed Materials Coordinator will (1) develop partnerships with existing & new material donation partners; (2) seek novel reclaimed materials with reliable uses for our low-cost and free educational programming; (3) develop initiatives to facilitate financial donations from material reclaim partners to support local manufacturers' environmental goals while sustaining our program; (4) update online processes and protocols for materials reclaim; (5) identify current materials’ strengths & challenges, revise & add new materials partnerships as needed; (6) create a process to automate material donations, follow up, and repeat donations; (7) join the VISTA team for all outreach & tabling needs at sustainability events, art festivals, college campuses, & more to promote COI; (8) engage in community workshops & talks & skill-building programs related to non-profit management.


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Service Term: 2/14/2022-2/14/2023

$7.19/hour living allowance + Segal AmeriCorps education award

Age requirement minimum: 18

Education level: college graduate or equivalent

Skills: Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Environment ,  Team Work ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  General Skills . 

Benefits: Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance .  *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:

Clever Octopus aims to take an intersectional approach to arts-access and waste diversion. We work to recognize the complex ways that racial, economic, and cultural forces interact within the arts and environmental advocacy spheres. To this end, we strive to dismantle discrimination and racism, both systemic and interpersonal, and to make our organization not only a safe and affirming place, but an active driver for positive social change and justice in our community. With these values at the forefront of our minds, we encourage the organizations we partner with to do the same; to combat racism and classism in their pervasive forms in whichever niche they work.