Apply NOW! We have an open position with the Cleveland Metroparks we are hoping to fill immediately.

Contact the NOWCorps Program Manager at [email protected] for more information or to submit a resume.

Skills and Qualifications:

Must have a high school diploma or GED. Must have a valid driver’s license, be insured, and have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed for service-related travel. Must have or be pursuing a college degree or equivalent education in education, tourism, economic development, biology, natural resources, planning, marketing, human resources, or similar. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and in a team. Experience working with volunteers preferred. Must possess good organizational and communication skills and be capable of working with little supervision. Usual hours of service will be M-F during regular office hours of 8:00am-5:00pm. The ability to serve flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is needed. Hours may fluctuate, increase or decrease, in consideration of seasonal changes such as inclement weather or other extended activities. Member position is open until filled and ends September 30, 2020. The member will be provided with an orientation and relevant training monthly. This position requires a minimum of 900 hours of service over the service period ending September 30, 2020.

  • Experience supervising and/or coordinating volunteers
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with volunteers and staff in a team environment
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new software and database systems quickly

 

Location: Cleveland Metroparks, 4500 Valley Parkway, Fairview Park, OH 44126 (Member will also be serving at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

Reports to: Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Manager

 

Duties and Responsibilities of the AmeriCorps member:

General Member Responsibilities
· Promote the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps through education and outreach activities.
· Enhance skills and knowledge applicable to position through participation in related workshops, conferences, and training.
· Assist with fundraising designed to raise funds for activities such as member retreats and other program related projects. These efforts will not contribute to general operating costs for the organization or Host Sites.
· Attend all NOWCorps required meetings and trainings.
· Complete activity reports monthly, required timesheets weekly, and any other reporting in a timely manner in the OnCorps online system.

  • Work with Natural Resources, Trail Ambassadors, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo volunteers through the recruitment process, including information sessions, interviews and training
  • Respond to volunteer requests, questions, or general inquiries in a timely manner via email, phone and in-person for the above programs
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of Zoo and Trail Ambassador volunteer recognition events
  • Assist with administrative duties including data entry and writing newsletter articles for Trail Ambassador and Zoo volunteers
  • Support Natural Resources and Park Operations leading volunteers for beach and park clean-ups, removal of invasive plants, and tree plantings

Additional activities that fall within the scope of this member position description may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.

Additional information: The Cleveland Metroparks office is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Cleveland Metroparks, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, and the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps will adhere to all regulations concerning nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations as outlined in federal and state law. This program will be made available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and religion.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires the following:
• manual dexterity sufficient to operate telephones, computers, and other office equipment.
• physical ability to kneel, bend, and perform light lifting.
• ability to write and speak clearly using the English language to convey information and be able to hear at normal speaking levels both in person and over the telephone.
• specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Generally, the working conditions are good with little or no exposure to extremes in health, safety hazards, and/or hazardous materials. Though work is often performed in an office setting, this person must have the ability to travel as required to work with Host Site staff/board, volunteers, other members, and the public, participate in conferences and outdoor activities such as but not limited to site visits, volunteer activities, and project meetings.

 

Benefits: Member position is open until filled and ends September 30, 2020. The member will be provided with an orientation and relevant training monthly. This position requires a minimum of 900 hours of service over the service period ending September 30, 2020. The member will receive a stipend of no more than $309.00 per pay period and the stipend will be paid biweekly. If the term of service is completed the member may be eligible for an educational award.

Meet our 2019-2020 Members!

Colleen

serving as the NOWCorps Steward/Coordinator at Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District

Abigail

serving as a Naturalist Assistant at the Cleveland Metroparks

Andrew

serving as a NEOH Restoration Crew Member at the Nature Conservancy

Isaac

serving as a NEOH Restoration Crew Member at the Nature Conservancy

Abbey

serving as the Education & Outreach Specialist at Erie Soil & Water Conservation District

Caitlin

serving as a Lake SWCD Resource Protection Technician at Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District

Leticia

serving as a Natural Resources Technician at the Cleveland Metroparks

Kevin

serving as a Watershed Steward at Chagrin River Watershed Partners

Valerie

serving as a Conservation Program Assistant at Erie Soil & Water Conservation District

Jake

serving as a Trails Assistant at the Cleveland Metroparks

Jess

serving as a NEOH Restoration Crew Member at the Nature Conservancy

Madison

serving as a Watershed Steward at Chagrin River Watershed Partners

Be the Greater Good

Join AmeriCorps and you’ll find your moment to inspire, build, teach, and support those who need it the most!

 

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.” Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. The program is often seen as a domestic Peace Corps. It employs more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year.

More Questions? Visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/what-americorps

 

 

NOWCorps: Northern Ohio Watershed Corps

What is Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners NOWCorps program?

Together with our partners, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners recognizes the importance of maintaining water quality throughout Northern Ohio. We also believe in educating the public and regional leaders to support behavioral changes that positively affect our water resources. The Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) works with watershed groups, soil and water conservation districts, city and county government offices, and other conservation nonprofits to facilitate outreach, education, capacity building, environmental stewardship, and stormwater management. NOWCorps members will receive programmatic training in addition to site specific training. See member descriptions below for each partner’s site specific training that will be provided.

 

 

While environmental stewardship is the major focus, the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps Program will focus on four major activities.

Stewardship: Improving water quality is the heart of the collective mission and being an environmental steward will help collect and gather the necessary data to do so.

Conservation: As a member you can engage in water quality testing and data collection, tree plantings, native plant installations, invasive vegetation removal, and more.

Education: Help assist our partners with program design, implementation and follow up. Certain programs will facilitate new relationships with schools, youth groups, public engagement groups, and volunteers.

Capacity Building: As a member you can assist our partners in concrete strategies for volunteer recruitment, program expansion and consistency among outreach. As a member you will obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources to be a true environmental steward!

 

 

How do I become an AmeriCorps Member?

First, create an AmeriCorps profile at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do and complete registration. From there, you can create your application and apply to any of our NOWCorps member listings!

Check out the links to our multiple host site partners below, and view their member descriptions to see which ones interest you!

Service Dates for NOWCorps: October 5, 2020 through September 30, 2021

 

What host sites and positions are available?

  1. Chagrin River Watershed Partners | NOWCorps Watershed Steward
  2. Cleveland Metroparks | 
  3. Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District | NOWCorps Steward and Coordinator
  4. Erie Soil and Water Conservation District | 
  5. Lake Soil and Water Conservation District | NOWCorps Resource Protection Technician
  6. The Nature Conservancy | NOWCorps Restoration Crew Member
  7. Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners | NOWCorps Capacity Builder
  8. Western Reserve Land Conservancy | NOWCorps Stewardship Specialist