Community Outreach Coordinator – AmeriCorps Member

Harpeth Conservancy Nashville, Tennessee
Deadline 07/27/2018
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Position:

Harpeth Conservancy, a science-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting clean water and rivers in Tennessee, is currently recruiting through the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps program <www.hon.org/americorps>. This AmeriCorps member participates in a year-long term of service to increase community involvement in and support of Harpeth Conservancy’s mission. S/he will achieve this through education and outreach events, building relationships with local organizations, and improving public participation in clean water protection efforts. Harpeth Conservancy has three major programs: Clean Water Protection, Watershed Science & Restoration, and Outreach & Education. The AmeriCorps member will contribute to all programs in some capacity, with an emphasis on outreach and educational programming.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Build on outreach material and lead activities, including tabling at community events, training volunteers, managing social media and digital mailings, and fostering relationships with local organizations and businesses
  • Organize outreach events to expand the organization’s reach within the community, including events on nights and weekends
  • Create content for outreach material, social media, digital mailings, and grant proposals
  • Develop strategy and implement technology-based tools for expanding citizen engagement
  • Build on educational material and lead environmental education activities
  • Engage disenfranchised communities that have typically received less attention
  • Participate in outreach programming on behalf of Harpeth Conservancy with the Nashville Waterways Consortium, Mississippi River Network, and other joint efforts, specifically to provide analysis and follow-up on effective steps for individual actions for various audiences
  • Present work of the organization in 1 or more professional settings
  • Submit grant proposals to secure programmatic funding and sponsorships
  • Organize two Wild and Scenic Film Festival events annually
  • Continue developing and promoting Responsible River Recreation (RRR) campaign with outfitters, businesses, and partner organizations to expand program statewide

Benefits:

  • Living allowance of $14,530, paid in bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) installments
  • Education award of $5,815, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at accredited institution
  • Healthcare coverage, if elected
  • Child care benefits, if eligible

Requirements:

Ideal candidates will have a bachelors degree in Environmental Science or Policy, Conservation, or Wildlife and Fisheries Science with a strong background in communications, or a degree in communications or marketing with a strong understanding of freshwater ecosystems and the issues affecting their conservation. A desire to interact with the local community and volunteers is a must, including strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience with organizing outreach events would be a strong asset. Given the nature of non-profit work, candidates should be self-motivated, flexible, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

About Hands On Nashville's AmeriCorps Program:

The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program engages civic-minded individuals in year-long terms of public service. AmeriCorps members are part of a 15-person cohort that receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between HON and participating AmeriCorps Program agencies.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants can learn more about the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program or the Community Outreach Coordinator Position by following the links. All applications must be completed through the AmeriCorps system. Please contact Harpeth Conservancy at 615-790-9767 or info@harpethriver.org or Hands on Nashville at 615-298-1108 or josef@hon.org if you have questions about the application process or position. 

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