Workforce and Career Development Opportunities

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) and other groups with a mission of improving the natural and built environment in southwest Detroit have immediate opportunities for individuals to build skills and earn cash and/or student loan forgiveness. Read on for more information:

SDEV Americorps Service Position:

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Assessment & Leadership Associate-Southwest Detroit Environmental Priorities. The candidate will ideally begin service on December 1, 2018 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on September 30, 2019. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of SDEV or LISC, rather is hosted by and works on projects led by SDEV. [See: What is AmeriCorps?].


  • Ability to speak, read, and write in English and to speak Spanish
  • Comfort with public outreach/public speaking
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Microsoft Excel)
  • Familiarity with web-based/cloud-based document management systems (e.g. Google Drive (particularly Google Docs and Google Sheets))
  • Ability to follow directions and meet deadlines
  • Comfort with asking questions and communicating needs and concerns to the supervisor


  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Click SDEV_2018_19_SD CAL Associate for the full position description including compensation information.

Deadline to apply: November 16, 2018 (position will remain open until filled).

Anticipated start date: December 01, 2018 (start date may be later, if ideal candidate is not selected by Nov. 16, 2018).



Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition: Community Air Council

The MEJC Community Air Council project was created to help facilitate the knowledge and power of community members and help them realize that they can utilize this power to make impactful changes to their living conditions. Collaboratively, the MEJC, the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and the Ecology Center design, organize, implement and coordinate an Air Quality Advisory Committee for Detroit and southeast Michigan. Community Air Council members will learn about polluting industries and other heavy contamination sources that impact our rights to breathe and enjoy a healthy and safe community.


Anyone can become a Community Council Member of the CAC. You can have any level of knowledge about air quality. For example, a stay-at-home parent who is concerned about the health of your children brings knowledge and expertise about asthma management practices. You may be a teacher in a school who is concerned about the health of their students. Maybe you are a nurse practitioner who is interested in more than just treatment, but really engaging in the issue. Perhaps you study air quality and are interested in advocacy at the state level and lending tools like how to read air monitoring data. Anyone interested in social change for clean air and climate justice is a good candidate for the CAC!

Read full description at  2019_MEJC CAC_Opp. Visit to apply.

Note: SDEV is not directly involved in the management or operation of the MEJC Community Air Council. SDEV’s interest in sharing this opportunity is to support community members in their efforts to build skills around improving the natural and built environment in southwest Detroit.