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Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms

AmeriCorps Member – Parks Programs Volunteer Coordinator

Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms


Job Summary

The Parks Programs Volunteer Coordinator (Coordinator) is an active leader and wildly invested in the outdoors. The Coordinator is the key link between Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms and the community, matching volunteer interests and talents with Friends’ mission to preserve, enhance, and promote the amazing 1,300-acre historic park and natural area situated along the Cumberland River near downtown Nashville.

The Parks Programs Volunteer Coordinator serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms 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

Friends of Shelby seeks a Parks Programs Volunteer Coordinator to manage all aspects of the community volunteer program including landscaping and general park maintenance projects, as well as volunteer coordination at community events. The Coordinator will evaluate the existing program and strategize ways to improve and enhance the experience of volunteers and partners.

The ideal candidate has a passion for people and nature and can inspire volunteers with their outgoing personality. This individual should be highly organized, detail oriented, proactive, and able to work independently to accomplish goals. The Coordinator will work outdoors and should be comfortable performing physical labor. This position provides experience in many areas, including but not limited to volunteer management, horticulture business development, community outreach, project planning and execution, and public speaking.

  • Coordinate, manage, and supervise volunteer projects and event volunteers including but not limited to pre- and post-event communications, preparation, hospitality, oversight, and cleanup.
  • Recruit individual and group volunteers by building partnerships with schools, businesses, and organizations in the community.
  • Create volunteer onboarding, training, and informational sessions.
  • Develop ways to recognize and celebrate volunteers.
  • Create marketing collateral for the volunteer program including flyers, signage, social media, and sign-in sheets.
  • Maintain an organized and accurate volunteer database.
  • Assist with volunteer project development by conducting park facility inventory and conditions assessments.



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
  • Recruitment
  • Trade/Construction
  • Environment
  • Urban Planning
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Construction

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 16, 2021 – July 29, 2022)
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 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 15lbs;Lift and carry up to 20-30lbs; Lift and carry up to 30-50lbs;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; Responsibilities in the position may entail operating machinery and/or power tools; Service responsibilities may include ascending or descending ladders; Office or service environment is not wheelchair accessible; 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: 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