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Harpeth Conservancy

AmeriCorps Member – Environmental Outreach, Education and Volunteer Project Coordinator

Harpeth Conservancy


Job Summary

The Outreach, Education and Volunteer Project Coordinator (Coordinator) will help Harpeth Conservancy execute and develop meaningful education and volunteer opportunities for community members in the Greater Nashville area about the importance of water quality, ecosystems, and river science.

The Environmental Outreach, Education and Volunteer Project Coordinator serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between Harpeth Conservancy and Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center.

The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps program is made possible through the support of the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations. 

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

Job Responsibilities

Harpeth Conservancy is looking for a motivated, passionate, and intelligent individual to expand our reach to the 80 new people moving to the Nashville region EVERY day and increase education on protecting and improving the region’s unique rivers, such as the Scenic Harpeth, through outreach and volunteer events.

Harpeth Conservancy seeks an individual who has a passion for sustainability, river science, and environmental education. The individual should be personable and eager to lead volunteer projects, creative, and excited to plan and execute education and outreach events that are meaningful and related to water quality and river improvement. Throughout the yearlong term, the Coordinator will manage a variety of programs, including Harpeth Conservancy’s online and in-person educational programs (i.e. educational presentations, in-person outreach events, educational communication, etc.).

  • Help organize monthly Lessons on the River and community education events.
  • Run river education days (6) for underserved youth summer camp run by partner parks organization.
  • Coordinate and create outreach material for website, social media, digital mailings, electronic communication, and sponsorship and grant proposals to promote HC programs to diverse audiences.
  • Represent HC at community events along with recruitment and training of volunteers.
  • Expand efforts to engage people in ways that improve list building on social media and implement any new technology tools for improved list building.
  • Find new and/or enhance existing events (runs, bike/hike, music festivals, breweries, etc.) to increase HC’s reach with difference audiences, especially young adults.


The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program is designed for entry-level or experienced professionals interested in a career in nonprofit management. You have amazing skills. We will teach you how to put them to work for the greater good. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Interests

  • Communications
  • Community Organizing
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Computers/Technology

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 16, 2021 – July 29, 2022)
  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)
  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance 

Physical Requirements

Lift and carry up to 20-30lbs; Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting for extended periods of time; Responsibilities in this position may entail standing for extended periods of time.; Responsibilities in the position may entail serving in the outdoors and potentially in inclement weather; Office or service environment is not wheelchair accessible; Office or service environment may include noisy environments.; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.; Service responsibilities require member to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;

Additional Information


  • $6,345 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • Bronze-level health coverage through Healthcare.gov
  • Training and professional development in nonprofit management

How to Apply

Please complete the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Application Form. We will contact you within two weeks to let you know if you have been selected for an interview.

Accepting candidates on a rolling basis through August 1, 2021


  • Date Posted: March 26, 2021
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $17,500 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 35 – 40 hours per week