The Streams Restoration Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of AmeriCorps service (1,700 hours) to support the Cumberland River Compact's (CRC) mission to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action.
The Coordinator works on the Clean Streams Initiative to reduce pollution in our waterways through volunteer-led cleanups and restoration. The member also supports the expansion of CRC’s DePave program, which removes unneeded asphalt, such as parking lot material, and replaces it with green spaces.
The Coordinator expands CRC’s capacity to conduct stream cleanups, manage and enroll Adopt-A-Stream groups, track and maintain rain gardens, and update water quality data and resources. The member works outdoors and in urban streams to evaluate potential cleanup and restoration sites.
This service experience will strengthen the member’s volunteer management, program coordination, and scientific skills through outdoor service. The service member will interact with government, nonprofit, and corporate partners.
Desired experience includes rain-garden construction and maintenance and outdoor event planning and promotion. Required skills include Google Suite and Microsoft Office. Basic knowledge of GIS mapmaking and GPS principles are helpful. The ideal candidate values clean water and possesses the drive to achieve goals through volunteer recruitment, event management, and restoration.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Coordinates stream cleanups with volunteers, posts volunteer events on community calendars, attends meetings to recruit potential volunteers, and manages volunteer training.
• Assists other staff in coordinating and expanding Adopt-A-Stream program, and meets with prospective groups including community, government, and corporate contacts.
• Develops new partnerships to expand the scope of the program.
• Manages event supplies and materials.
• Coordinates Rain Gardens program, reaches out to prospective residents, coordinates and leads consultations, orders plants, and assists with installation.
• Aids staff in stream restoration planning and implementation.
• Assists staff with the expansion of the DePave program through site selection, program-specific grant writing (up to 10% of service hours), and partnership development.
• Updates water-quality data using online water quality resources, including the online iCreek tool. - Assists staff with outreach events and development of outreach materials.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• Public Speaking
• Nonprofit Management
• Urban Planning
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and 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
• The essential functions of this position require the member to lift up to 25 pounds
• This position may involve bending, stooping, twisting, and repetitive motion
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.