The Citizen Science and Volunteer Restoration Project Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of AmeriCorps service (1,700 hours) supporting Harpeth Conservancy (HC), a science-based conservation organization whose mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee, championed by the people who live here. The State Scenic Harpeth River is among the unique river systems of the Southeast, which contain some of the greatest varieties of aquatic life in the world. The communities along the Harpeth River and around Middle Tennessee are among the fastest growing in the nation, and the Harpeth is a popular recreation destination.
The Coordinator expands HC’s Citizen Science efforts using technology tools such as the Water Reporter app to increase public engagement in reporting water-quality problems. These efforts help the community resolve conditions such as trash, erosion, or poor water quality. The Coordinator supports HC’s Be River Responsible program and Don’t Be Crappie campaign, which reduces waste in local waterways and encourages responsible recreation.
HC seeks an enthusiastic Coordinator with a background in environmental studies who enjoys reaching out to people, coordinating volunteer events, and determining how best to communicate what efforts people can take that will make a difference.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Coordinates 3-5 stream restoration and river cleanup events, and recruits and manages event volunteers.
• Expands HC’s community cleanup contest and Don’t Be Crappie campaign, involving businesses including river outfitters and marinas to reduce trash into waterways.
• Coordinates a volunteer appreciation and outreach event for the Be River Responsible program.
• Manages and creates content for outreach materials, social media, and digital mailings related to the science, restoration, and Be River Responsible programs.
• Increases the number of volunteers using the Water Reporter app to report problems; coordinates related response efforts.
• Assists with the summer water quality survey and public results reporting.
• Creates outreach programming for various audiences based on an analysis of effective actions for each constituency.
• Presents HC’s work in the community.
• Develops grant proposals and reports for science, restoration, and outreach programs (up to 10% of service hours).
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• Public Speaking
• 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
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.