BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM:
Hands On Nashville meets community needs through volunteer service. AmeriCorps members placed at Harpeth Conservancy provide capacity building services in support of this mission.
AMERICORPS AT HARPETH CONSERVANCY:
Harpeth Conservancy is a science-based conservation organization whose mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee. Our rivers, including the State Scenic Harpeth, are part of the unique river systems of the Southeast, which contain some of the greatest variety of aquatic life in the world. Harpeth Conservancy protects these vital resources by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. Harpeth Conservancy works with landowners, businesses, community, local, state, and federal decision makers, and others to foster solutions that reduce pollution and maintain healthy areas.
ABOUT HANDS ON NASHVILLE AmeriCorps PROGRAM:
Since 2015, HON’s AmeriCorps Program has been creating engaged communities where members, volunteers, and partners collaboratively solve social issues. Members are instrumental in building capacity to enhance the ability of our community partners to carry out their missions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Freshwater ecosystems provide a critical foundation for the social and economic well-being of a community by providing clean water, a buffer from flood damage, habitat for wildlife, and opportunities for recreation. The communities along the Harpeth River, including Nashville and Franklin, and around middle Tennessee are among the fastest growing in the nation. This project will work to increase the public awareness of the organization’s programs to foster more engagement and support through events, creative marketing campaigns with businesses and other partners, and expanding partnership events.
AmeriCorps members will also participate in HON’s professional development series with other national service participants. Sessions will build their skill base and enable them to better provide capacity building services to Harpeth Conservancy.
All position offers are contingent upon successful completion of the National Service Criminal History Check.
Service activities, which will take place both indoors and outdoors, include:
1. Develop new opportunities for HC partner with local businesses and with established events organized by others (such as runs, bike/hike, music festivals, community festivals, etc), including tabling and coordinating volunteers where needed
2. Finalize and help maintain new web site and manage social media and print communications that promote efforts of HC across all program areas to range of audiences
3. Help create new annual outreach event for younger audience or other targeted group like outdoor enthusiasts (fishing, paddling, hiking, etc.)
4. Organize 2 -3 targeted new community leadership gatherings
5. Create outreach around state for specialty “Rivers and Clean Water” License Plate
6. Help create new organizational general informational material and standard outreach display
7. Submit grant proposals and help expand corporate sponsorships for programmatic efforts
8. Expand ways to promote HC merchandise and integrate into outreach events.
9. Facilitate a new marketing and communication volunteer expert committee.
10. Present work of the organization in at least one professional setting
Training for any technical skills required to perform successfully in this position will be provided, including training for donor database management and list-building software, web site, social media platforms and other in-house technology. The Harpeth Conservancy AmeriCorps Members will report directly to Harpeth Conservancy’s Development Director. Some evenings and weekends are required.
- Must be able to serve the full 12 months of term (August 27, 2018 – August 16, 2019)
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable access to a vehicle. Members will be reimbursed for servicerelated
- Must be a US Citizen
- Criminal history background check clearance is required.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- organization and attention to detail important.
- Willingness to represent the organization at events and comfortable interacting professionally with all
levels of donors and supporters.
- Willingness to represent the organization at events (which will include some nights and weekends. The
work week will be adjusted accordingly).
- Comfortable with social media and technology important.
- Experience with videography and/or design background a plus.
- Coursework and/or background in environmental issues a plus.
- Candidates should be self-motivated, flexible, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Please submit an application through My AmeriCorps Portal, which can be accessed here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do.