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 community involvement in our efforts through our River Science and Restoration Program. This will involve managing and increasing volunteer engagement on stream restoration and clean-ups, and water quality monitoring around the region with partner groups. The project will analyze data and information on a range of topics to facilitate public understanding of issues and ways to improve water quality, drinking water, waterways, and their communities.
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. Organize volunteer 3-5 stream restoration and clean-up events, including finding community partners, and coordinating with partner groups
2. Build on outreach material and handle social media and digital mailings related to science, restoration, and clean water topics
3. Coordinate, train, and follow-up with volunteers and develop partners to expand Citizen Science work, especially using social media platform technology apps to gather data on pollution problems and coordinate response efforts around specific water quality monitoring efforts
4. Help with analyses for Clean Water Program program focus areas
5. Help create outreach programming on behalf of HC with Nashville Waterways Consortium, Mississippi River Network, and others, specifically to provide analysis and follow-up on effective steps for individual actions for various audiences
6. Present work of HC at 1 or more professional settings
7. Submit grant proposals to secure programmatic funding
8. Participate in outreach events, including designing materials and activities that incorporate science, restoration, and policy topics into outreach efforts, including some nights and weekends.
Training for any technical skills required to perform successfully in this position will be provided, including training in restoration techniques used, and 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.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to communicate and synthesize detailed information to a general audience and media/press a plus
- organization and attention to detail important.
- Willingness to represent the organization at events and comfortable interacting professionally with volunteers and sponsors.
- Comfortable with social media and technology important.
- Able to handle basic outdoor tools and lift 40 pounds.
- Environmental Studies or Science background a plus and encouraged.
- 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.