Community Outreach Americorps for Clean Water Conservation-Tennessee

Harpeth Conservancy
Brentwood, Tennessee
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Americorps members receive a living allowance of $14,530 (paid biweekly), education award of $5,815, childcare if eligible, and healthcare coverage if elected.
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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 its 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 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 and around middle Tennessee are among the fastest growing in the nation. This project will work to increase community involvement in and support of Harpeth Conservancy’s efforts to protect rivers in TN through outreach events, building relationships and coalitions with other organizations and businesses, finding partnership events, and improving the organization’s grass roots organizing abilities. OTHER INFORMATION: 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 (Host Site Name). All position offers are contingent upon successful completion of the National Service Criminal History Check. RESPONSIBILITIES: Service activities, which will take place both indoors and outdoors, include: 1. Build on outreach material and lead activities, including tabling at community events and training volunteers, managing social media and digital mailings, and fostering relationships with local organizations and businesses. 2. Organize outreach events to expand reach of HC, including some nights and weekends. 3. Develop strategy, and implement technology tools for improving list building and campaign organizing capacity for both HC and broader coalition building efforts 4. Engage disenfranchised communities that have typically received less attention 5. Submit grant proposals to secure programmatic funding and sponsorships 6. Organize two Wild and Scenic Film Festival events annually 7. Continue developing and promoting Responsible River Recreation (RRR) campaign with outfitters, businesses and work to expand statewide 8. Participate in outreach programming on behalf of HC with Nashville Waterways Consortium 9. 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 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 Science and Restoration Program 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 service-related mileage. - Must be a US Citizen - Criminal history background check clearance is required. - A desire to interact with the local community is a must - Strong verbal and written communication skills - Willingness to represent the organization at events (which will include some nights and weekends. The work week will be adjusted accordingly). - Experience with or passion for grass roots organizing would be a strong asset. - Comfortable with social media and technology. - Interest and some coursework in environmental studies a plus. - Candidates should be self-motivated, flexible, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. TO APPLY: Please submit an application through My AmeriCorps Portal, which can be accessed here:
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