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Urban Forestry Coordinator – AmeriCorps Member

Hands On Nashville


Job Summary

The Urban Forestry Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term (1,700 hours) of AmeriCorps service supporting the Root Nashville campaign and Cumberland River Compact’s (Compact) mission to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action. The Coordinator’s leadership in neighborhood outreach, education, and tree maintenance will help Root Nashville reach the goal of planting 500,000 trees in Davidson County by 2050. 

The Coordinator will enjoy outdoor, all-weather fieldwork and should feel comfortable using watering and maintenance equipment (all necessary training will be provided).  

The Coordinator serves as part of a 23-person cohort of civic-minded individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between the Compact and the Hands On Nashville (HON) AmeriCorps Program. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a tool for tracking planting site ideas 
  • Develop evaluation and outreach resources, including a watering contract survey, volunteer satisfaction survey, community member questionnaire, and outreach kit 
  • Maintain newly planted trees through the Tree Care Program, and develop strategies for best program delivery 
  • Represent Root Nashville and the Compact to volunteers, community members, and partner organizations 
  • Complete general project preparation tasks associated with large “event-style” service opportunities, including tool and material procurement, setup, and teardown.  
  • Provide customer service and leadership to volunteers during service events  
  • Complete general field work in support of volunteer activities, including tree staging, tool pickup, packing supplies, etc. 


Preferred Knowledge & Skills:

  • Confident public speaker with effective written and verbal communication skills  
  • Enthusiasm for working with volunteers  
  • Able to effectively organize information and complete office-based tasks 
  • Passionate about environmental sustainability  
  • Ability to work outside, including lifting up to 50 pounds, in varying weather conditions throughout the year 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 17, 2020-August 8, 2021) 
  • Bachelor’s Degree  
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)  
  • U.S. Citizenship  
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance   

HON does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.  

Additional Information


  • Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service   
  • Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at an accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations  
  • Healthcare coverage, if elected  
  • Childcare benefits, if eligible  
  • Professional development training and ample networking opportunities 

How to Apply

Apply online at    

For more information, please contact: 

Nicki Avila  


About the Compact:

The Cumberland River Compact’s mission is to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through action, education, and collaboration.

About HON:

HON builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through volunteerism. The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through support from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations.

About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a voluntary public service program where members commit their time to address critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps here.


  • Date Posted: May 14, 2020
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Program Management
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/17/2020
  • Working Hours: 35-40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm