Position Description - Responsibilities and Requirements:
The Urban Forestry Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of AmeriCorps service (1,700 hours) to support the Cumberland River Compact’s (CRC) urban forestry program activities, including tree and rain-garden site selection, maintenance route scheduling, GIS mapping of existing and future tree sites, and volunteer management.
The Coordinator expands CRC’s capacity to care for urban trees and greenscapes and helps the agency maintain up-to-date data and resources, particularly those available to area residents. CRC works in areas that need it by identifying and prioritizing areas with higher surface temperatures, lower permeable areas, higher rates of upper respiratory related hospitalizations, and lower canopy coverage.
Without maintenance, silviculture planning, and volunteer coordination, newly planted tree survival drops to roughly 60%. The Coordinator provides the support needed to grow and maintain programs designed to provide long-term forestry support for Nashville.
At the end of the term, the member will have developed project management, event and volunteer coordination, arboriculture, horticulture, and silviculture skills. Ideal experience includes working outdoors around trees, plants, and heavy equipment, as well as experience with youth and adult volunteers. CRC seeks a service member who is interested in playing a vital role in building forestry programs that encompass strategic planning and support environmental justice initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Supports staff with outreach events, including the enhancement of outreach materials.
• Assists with watering up to 2,000 trees annually and increases capacity to water up to 4,000 trees/year.
• Helps CRC meet their goal of planting 8,000 trees by Jan, 1, 2020.
• Assists with Opportunity Now partnership between governments and schools.
• Advances Root Nashville social media, promotional material production, and event planning.
• Helps develop and expand the green-collar training program (for tree care, rain garden, and stream monitoring) and creates a long-term support structure for CRC’s Tree Care Program.
• Supports stream monitoring and riparian buffer maintenance at dam-removal sites.
• Provides rain-garden consultations for Davidson County residents.
• Assists with implementing volunteer water stewardship projects.
• Recruits, coordinates and supervises volunteer groups, and provides appropriate training and supplies for each site.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• Public Speaking
• Youth Development
• Nonprofit Management
• Urban Planning
• 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
• The essential functions of this position require the member to lift up to 50 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.