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Cumberland River Compact

AmeriCorps Member – Urban Forestry Field Coordinator

Cumberland River Compact


Job Summary

The Urban Forestry Field Coordinator (Coordinator) will serve as support to the Cumberland River Compact’s urban forestry activities through the Root Nashville campaign, by operating in a field-based role in planning, planting, and maintaining the trees in the community.

The Urban Forestry Field 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 is looking for a hardworking and enthusiastic individual to serve as the Urban Forestry Field Coordinator with an interest in Urban Forestry related activities. The Coordinator should be comfortable with year-round outdoor service. The member will be responsible for coordinating the planning and execution of tree plantings, including volunteer management, tree delivery logistics, and site assessments. The member will also serve under the Cumberland River Compact’s tree maintenance program, in which the member will assist in maintaining the city’s urban canopy through watering, pruning, and caring for newly planted trees.

The Cumberland River Compact seeks an individual who is passionate about the natural environment and is interested in working outside. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, focused, hardworking, and a team player. The member will spend most of their service term outside, assessing sites for tree plantings, serving on the maintenance program, conducting tree survivability surveys, managing volunteers, and other tree-related activities, as well as actively strategizing increasing the program’s capacity through data-driven assessments.

  • Plan and execute the delivery and planting of trees to individual homes, including homeowner contact, site research, and utility locator contact.
  • Serve on the tree maintenance team to care for and monitor trees planted within Root Nashville campaign’s goal of 500,000 trees, and develop new tracking and reporting tools for the maintenance program.
  • Assist in outreach efforts to increase public knowledge of the campaign.
  • Recruit, coordinate, and supervise volunteer groups, and provide appropriate training and supplies for each planting site.
  • Conduct tree survivability studies by visiting and documenting survival on a site-by-site basis, as well as organizing replacement plans.
  • Organize and conduct site visits for potential tree plantings.
  • Conduct research into urban tree related studies and activities


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

  • Business/Entrepreneur
  • Communications
  • Trade/Construction
  • Environment
  • Urban Planning
  • Teamwork

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 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