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Cumberland River Compact

AmeriCorps Member – Environmental Restoration and Volunteer Program Coordinator

Cumberland River Compact


Job Summary

The Environmental Restoration and Volunteer Program Coordinator (Coordinator) supports clean water in the Cumberland River basin by addressing the root causes of water pollution and leads volunteer environmental action projects to improve water quality. The Coordinator provides capacity-building services to build and expand volunteer, stream stewardship, and green infrastructure programs.

The Environmental Restoration and Volunteer Program Coordinator serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between Cumberland River Compact 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

The Cumberland River Compact seeks an Americorps member to expand its Volunteer Program in an effort to connect volunteers with their environment, educate them about environmental issues, and build relationships with volunteers. Members will further the Compact’s Clean Streams Initiative in an effort to reduce pollution in our waterways through volunteer clean-ups, public education, and stream restoration. Finally, the Coordinator will support the expansion of stormwater retrofit programming such as Depave, which removes unneeded asphalt like parking lots and replaces it with new green spaces.

The ideal candidate will value clean water and possess the drive to achieve goals through leadership, verbal communication, volunteer recruitment, event management, and environmental restoration. The member will be trained on technical skills, like stream restoration techniques, and work with the Program Manager to develop volunteer leadership, program management, and event planning skills.

  • Manage and expand the Volunteer and Volunteer Leader programs by coordinating volunteer events, communicating with volunteers, promoting volunteer events, recruiting potential volunteers, and coordinating volunteer training.
  • Coordinate and grow the Adopt-A-Stream program.
  • Lead stormwater retrofit projects by reaching out to residents, performing consultations, ordering plants, and assisting with installation.
  • Facilitate stream restoration planning and implementation.
  • Increase stormwater infiltration programming (rain gardens, Depave, native lawn program) through site selection, grant-writing, and partnership development.
  • Create and update educational maps (recreation, water quality, and logistical maps).
  • Attend outreach events, developing outreach materials, and developing educational materials for Compact programming.


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
  • Computers/Technology
  • Leadership
  • Recruitment
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • Writing/Editing
  • Environment
  • Teamwork

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

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 may include noisy environments.; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.;

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: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $17,500 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 35 – 40 hours per week