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Harpeth Conservancy

AmeriCorps Member – Volunteer Restoration and Citizen Science Project Coordinator

Harpeth Conservancy


Job Summary

The Volunteer Restoration and Citizen Science Project Coordinator (Coordinator) will help expand Harpeth Conservancy’s volunteer engagement in stream restoration and citizen science programs to report, monitor, and solve pollution problems.

The Volunteer Restoration and Citizen Science 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 passionate Coordinator who will expand their Citizen Science Program efforts by developing HC’s volunteer water monitoring network, expanding public engagement with technological tools, and improving the agency’s ability to resolve problems such as trash, erosion, or poor water quality conditions. Tasks may include planning river cleanups or tree plantings, coordinating volunteers to collect water samples, or managing water quality data. HC seeks an enthusiastic Coordinator who has a background in environmental studies, enjoys connecting with the community, likes coordinating volunteer events, and can offer problem-solving commmunication strategies.

The Coordinator will be energetic, environmentally savvy, enjoy communicating with people, detail oriented, and able to work well independently and with others.  Over the course of the yearlong term, the Coordinator will manage volunteer restoration projects, communicate with volunteers, and help expand HC’s volunteer water quality monitoring program.

  • Recruit and manage volunteers and coordinate volunteer events for HC’s science program, which may include: citizen science water quality monitoring program, 3-5 stream restorations, and river cleanup events around the Greater Nashville region.
  • Coordinate river cleanups and restoration activities with partner organizations around Middle Tennessee.
  • Manage and create content for outreach materials, social media, digital mailings related to the Science, Restoration and Be River Responsible Programs.
  • Involvement in summer water quality survey, assist with survey work, and reporting result to the public.
  • Present work of HC and help write project-specific grant proposals.


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
  • Community Organizing
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Teamwork
  • Recruitment

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 30-50lbs; 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; 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; 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: 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