The Education Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of AmeriCorps service (1,700 hours) to support all aspects of Cumberland River Compact’s (CRC) Youth and Community Education programs, which serve more than 8,600 community members and 1,850 youths each year.
CRC youth education programs include Creek Critters and STEAM school programs. The annual Waterfest provides environmental education to youth through a fun, free festival each summer. The goal of these programs is to provide environmental knowledge to young people and empower them to take action in their own community to improve the environment. CRC achieves this goal by prioritizing outreach to at-need communities in Nashville and supporting schools with STEAM curriculums.
The Coordinator supports CRC’s primary community education program, River Talks, a lecture series that brings people together to learn about and to discuss important environmental issues and solutions in our region.
An ideal candidate for this position will have a desire to change the lives of youth through environmental education. Experience teaching students is preferred, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Experience in marketing and event coordination is also a plus. This member will gain skills in education, marketing, event logistics, communication, and program management. CRC AmeriCorps members will interact with nonprofits and companies to promote conservation and sustainability. CRC staff is dedicated to supporting the professional growth of AmeriCorps members.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Schedules all Creek Critters programs for schools, including email correspondence with teachers and school administrators, while maintaining the schedule for CRC’s Volunteer Scientists.
• Teaches the fourth-grade program with assistance from a Volunteer Scientist, maintains the supplies required for program delivery, and coordinates program evaluation.
• Supports CRC’s relationship with STEAM schools by planning and delivering monthly enrichment programs and attends additional outreach and education events in the community and in schools.
• Assists with the execution of Waterfest programs including marketing, exhibitor registration, vendor management, and volunteer recruitment, as well as helping with all aspects of the River Talks program including social media, email marketing, registration coordination, and event-day logistics.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• First Aid
• Public Speaking
• Youth Development
• Nonprofit Management
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and/or Google-based office apps
• Attention to detail
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to operate independently and within a team environment
• Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 2019 – August 2020)
• Bachelor’s Degree
• U.S. Citizenship
• Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation (members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage)
• National Service Criminal History Check clearance
• Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service
• Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations
• Healthcare coverage, if elected
• Child care benefits, if eligible
• Professional development training
• Members serve an average of 35-40 hours per week
• Service activities will take place indoors and outdoors
• Members may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
About the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program
Hands On Nashville's AmeriCorps Program engages civic-minded individuals in yearlong terms of public service. HON AmeriCorps members are part of a 17-person cohort that receives skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between HON and participating AmeriCorps Program agencies.
The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee and the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund.
Hands On Nashville does not discriminate based on age, skin color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.