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What is Employers of National Service?

As part of the Sept. 12, 2014, White House ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, President Obama launched Employers of National Service. This initiative recognizes the valuable skills gained by the 900,000 Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps since 1994 and the 215,000 who have participated in the Peace Corps.

Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. Through this initiative, employers will have new access to a dedicated, highly qualified, and mission-oriented pool of potential employees and national service alumni will have additional opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace.

Additional information is available on the webpage of Employers of National Service.

Coconino County & Employers of National Service

“People willing to commit to national service are people whose heart is in public service.  AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni are very likely to want to continue their service to others by joining local, county government.  Their passion for improving communities and embracing diversity is a good match for us, it complements the Coconino County mission statement and strengthens our team of dedicated employees.”  - Cynthia Seelhammer, County Manager

Coconino County Mission Statement
We live in a land of vast and endless beauty, home to many cultures.

With energy and enthusiasm, we commit:

  • To serve conscientiously our community and citizens in a changing world;
  • To provide the most effective and efficient delivery of services;
  • To be sensitive to the needs of all citizens;
  • To challenge, recognize and support our employees;
  • To protect, preserve and care for our environment.

As we enter our second century of public service, we envision our citizens and staff proud of their government and its accomplishments. We look forward to the future, confident that working together in an atmosphere of cooperation and trust, we will meet each new challenge with creativity and integrity.

Coconino County Employee Testimonials

“Serving as a Community Health Volunteer Coordinator for Peace Corps/Nepal was a highlight of my life, as it fulfilled a lifetime dream I had of traveling overseas to experience another culture first-hand. The Nepali people shared far more with me than I ever gave. To honor this gift I have sought out ways to incorporate the Third Goal of the Peace Corps, to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. My volunteer stint also inspired me to work for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, upon returning to the States. After transitioning to Flagstaff, I assumed a career with Coconino County. The rich insight I’ve gained from public service has greatly enhanced my life. I’ve learned that we always gain more than we anticipate when we volunteer, or get involved in civic affairs at any level. I encourage everyone to move beyond one’s comfort zone, explore what it means to be a part of a community, and translate that into personal action.” – Sara Wagner, Grants Writer

"There are few opportunities that can provide what I experienced throughout my 27 months as an Environmental Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa.  During my stay I learned much about Central African culture, the people of Gabon and myself.  I guess when reflecting on my time, two things still reside in me after 10 years, and are the most important lessons learned while serving.  First, I developed an appreciation for diversity and acceptance, allowing me to understand and celebrate the differences that exist within our world that shape who we are as individuals.  Secondly, while it always existed in me, I finally understood that I choose to live a life dedicated to public service.  Helping communities, and the individuals within them, gives me a deep sense of satisfaction. 

Early in 2007, I joined Coconino County’s Parks and Recreation department which afforded me the opportunity to serve the public in a new and different capacity.  Each day I get to work with the public providing a variety of services enjoyed by a diverse population of citizens.  There are undeniable challenges that face public servants on a daily basis, but the smiling child on the swing set makes it all worth it.  The service we provide and the joy we bring to our communities is why we do this each and every day.” –Tom Hanecak, Maintenance and Operations Manager

“I am a two-term AmeriCorps alumni, and I have been an employee of Coconino County, Arizona since 2005.  And I cannot tell you just how lucky, and how proud I am to be a part of both organizations.

Following High School and a “lost” decade of wanderings, I found myself in Flagstaff with little idea of what I really wanted to do with my life.  A friend hooked me up with a job working for a new AmeriCorps program called the Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC), building trails and reducing hazardous fuels in northern Arizona’s forests.  I had never worked so hard in my life, and I was immediately hooked.  The experience ended up being so much more than just a job for me.  I gained a hard work ethic for sure, but more than that I learned about the importance of teamwork and of taking responsibility and pride in myself and my actions.

My time with CREC and AmeriCorps inspired me to return to school and complete my Bachelor’s Degree at Northern Arizona University.  Upon graduating, I was incredibly fortunate to be hired by Coconino County as a staff member for the very program that had changed my life.  Over the next few years I was able to work my way up in the organization to Manager of all CREC programs.  This was incredibly fulfilling work and I found, and continue to find Coconino County to be an excellent place to work, with a culture of teamwork, problem solving, and support for employee development.

My time with Coconino County has inspired me to pursue a career in public service.  To that end I have earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration and now manage a group of technical professionals responsible for the design and construction of all of the County’s road and flood control capital improvement projects.  I am a part of the leadership team of the Public Works Department, and have had the opportunities to help communities recover from disaster, and to secure local funding for critically important road maintenance projects through a successful ballot initiative.

I am honored to be able to serve the public trust as an employee of Coconino County.  And perhaps none of this would have happened for me if it hadn’t been for my service in AmeriCorps.” – Dustin Woodman, Engineering Division Manager


If you are a national service alumni and are interested in joining our team, please click on the following link to see a list of our current job openings.

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