Volunteer – we are currently seeking volunteers for critical activities in the community. There are lots of ways that you can help in the community. Please fill out this short form and tell us what you would be interested in. There is a description of each activity and internship opportunities below.
Graffiti. We are especially looking for someone to catalog and report graffiti in town, and coordinate the removal between homeowners and the county.
Lighting. We are also urgently looking to catalog every streetlight and stop sign in Mojave, in order to plan and resource additional lighting and safety devices.
Security cameras. We are looking for someone to coordinate our community-based surveillance system, to solicit donations for hardware and technical support, and to manage the camera infrastructure between residents, business owners and technicians.
Volunteer police. We’re currently recruiting for Citizen Service Unit (CSU) and Highway Patrol for volunteer law enforcement. Volunteers provide administrative duties, transport documents & vehicles between Mojave and Bakersfield, occasional patrolling, and most importantly – free up a deputy’s time so that he can be back on the street.
Entrepreneurship. We’re looking for someone to help recruit and inspire new businesses to open in Mojave. We need someone collect market research commercial data to promote Mojave to national brands and local entrepreneurs. We also need help organizing our signature Entrepreneurship Workshops, managing our contact list, promoting upcoming workshops, and coordinating with guest speakers.
Housing. We need someone to help develop and stand up a green housing program to educate property owners about grant opportunities and free technical assistance to make green, sustainable upgrades to their properties. Similar to our Entrepreneurship Workshops, these “green housing workshops” would provide free resources to all property owners and residents in the Antelope Valley.
Blight reduction. We’re also looking for an ongoing list of residents, businesses and organizations interested in helping to control blight in empty lots, and assist in the tear-down and demolition of vacant hazardous houses. We need to engage with community groups like the Boy Scouts, Elks Clubs, and Schools, as well as corrections facilities the county jails and prisons. We capitalize on this opportunity to enlist their assistance in conducting large-scale sweeps of Mojave streets and desert areas.
Parks and beautification. We need someone to help coordinate with property owners, county officials, volunteers and potential donors – to create a series of parks and gardens in Mojave. This includes the railroad park on the west side of Sierra Highway, and community gardens in our downtown area.
Media/journalism. We are also looking for someone to help capture important events, profile people making contributions to the town, and explain important regional issues – and use our website to explain to the public why these things are important. We are also in the process of creating a 10-minute film to chronically the unique history of this town, it’s proximity to the world’s only functioning space port, and the development challenges we face on our way to a modern, thriving, cutting edge community.
Administration. We’re also looking for an office manager to help coordinate activities and volunteers, manage our financial documents, fundraising, and helping keep track of the hundreds of activities the Foundation is involved in. This person can sit in our Mojave office and answer phones, coordinate meetings, and be the primary face of the organization.
Internships – At the Mojave Foundation, we believe in mentoring and developing talent, and giving people the opportunity to grow in ways they never expected, while serving their community at the same time. We will challenge you, and give you opportunities for networking and real executive experience you will never find outside of a fortune 500 company. Due to our small staff and oversized mission, you will have the unique opportunity to do real city planning, project management, and legislative affairs. As a representative of a 501c3 nonprofit organization, you will engage directly with corporate executives and government officials at the local, state and federal level. We will also teach you critical technical skills required in the modern age, such as geospacial analysis, website maintenance, finance and accounting. Successful applicants will play a significant role in building a thriving, cutting-edge community in Southern California, and possibly redefine the nature of public/private partnerships. If you are in school, about to graduate, or looking to launch your career in a different direction, please send your resume to Todd@MojaveFoundation.org.