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What is NOWCorps?

Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) is an AmeriCorps program funded through ServeOhio and sponsored by Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP). NOWCorps members are also part of the American Climate Corps (ACC), a new, diverse generation tackling two of the greatest challenges of our time: environmental injustice and climate change. NOWCorps members support this mission in many ways including:

  • Ecological Restoration
  • Supervising/recruiting Volunteers
  • Education and Outreach
  • Research and Data Analysis
  • Building and Restoring Trails
  • Empowering Communities

Members receive 1:1 mentorship while serving at host sites throughout Northern Ohio including watershed groups, soil & water conservation districts, local government, & other nonprofits. Additional benefits of serving include:

  • Semi-monthly living allowance
  • Segal Education Award
  • Loan forbearance
  • Individual training stipend
  • Monthly trainings at host site partners
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Paid orientation
  • Healthcare for full-time members
  • Member Assistance Program

Meet our 2023-2024 NOWCORPS team!


Serving as Arboretum Core &
Outer Trails Assistant
at Holden
Forests and Gardens.


Serving as NOWCorps Native
Plant & Pollinator Specialist

with Holden Forest and Gardens.


Serving as Conservation
Program Assistant
Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District


Serving as Natural Resources
with Cleveland Metroparks.


Serving as Horticulture
Woodland Garden Assistant
Holden Forests and Gardens.


Serving as NOWCorps
Watershed Steward
with Chagrin
River Watershed Partners.


Serving as Conservation
Horticulture Assistant
Holden Forests and Gardens.


Serving as Education Specialist
with Holden Forests and Gardens.


Serving as NOWCorps Education
& Outreach Specialist
Chagrin River Watershed Partners.


Serving as NOWCorps Education
& Outreach Assistant
Old Woman Creek National
Estuarine Research Reserve.


Serving as Field Station
at The University of
Akron Field Station.


Serving as NOWCorps
Conservation Specialist
with the
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.


Serving as Ecological Restoration
Crew Member
 with The
Nature Conservancy.


Serving as NOWCorps Education
& Outreach Specialist
Cleveland Seed Bank.


Serving as Core Natural Areas
with Holden Forests
and Gardens.


Serving as Conservation
 with Holden Forests
and Gardens.


Serving as Working
Specialist with Holden
Forests and Gardens.


Serving as Horticulture Biomes
 with Holden
Forests and Gardens.


Serving as Watershed Outreach
with Summit Soil &
Water Conservation District.


Serving as NOWCorps Watershed
Steward and Educator
with Tinker’s
Creek Watershed Partners.


Serving as Natural
Resources Technician
Cleveland Metroparks.


Serving as Watershed &
Stormwater Steward
 with the
City of Aurora.


Serving as NOWCorps
Educator / Coordinator
with Cuyahoga
Soil & Water Conservation District.


Serving as NOWCorps Community
Forestry Specialist
with Western
Reserve Land Conservancy.


Serving as Education and
Outreach Specialist
Cuyahoga County Board of Health.


Serving as Watershed Program
 with Cuyahoga County
Board of Health.


Serving as NOWCorps Outreach Specialist with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.


Serving as NOWCorps
Outreach Specialist
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners.


Serving as Summer Watershed Steward with Lake Soil and Water Conservation District


Serving as Summer Watershed Steward with Lake Soil and Water Conservation District

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NOWCorps Class VI: October 8, 2024 - September 30, 2025

We’re now accepting applications for the NOWCorps 2024-25 service year, which runs from October 8, 2024 through September 30, 2025.

What do NOWCorps Members do? Where are they serving?

Check out the links to our multiple host site partners and specific member descriptions below. To apply, send a copy of your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate ALL positions and host sites in which you’re interested. (You may apply for multiple NOWCorps positions.)

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 is a program of ServeOhio, Ohio’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. NOWCorps members receive programmatic training, site-specific training, and have access to an individual training stipend which allows members to participate in training opportunities unique to their interests and needs.

NOWCorps focuses on four major activities to promote environmental conservation.

Conservation: Improving water quality is the heart of the collective mission. Our members enact strategies and techniques to support conservation initiatives including stormwater mitigation, erosion reduction, soil health, and more.

Stewardship: Engage in water quality testing and data collection, tree plantings, native plant installations, invasive vegetation removal, and more.

Education: 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: Support 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.

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

What's at your core?

Bring Out the Best of America

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

This program will be made available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, military service, and religion.

Congratulations to our 2022-23 members for their extraordinary service! Look at all the amazing things they accomplished and check out our 22-23 NOWCorps Annual Report!

You can find more on AmeriCorps in general here and here.

Congratulations to our 2022-23 members for their extraordinary service! Check out our 22-23 Member Yearbook to learn more about their service year journey!


NOWCorps News


NOWCorps Members on the NEORSD Clean Water Works podcast.

2022-23 NOWCorps members Julio Olivarez, hosted at The Nature Conservancy, and
Katie Burnsworth, hosted at Erie Conservation District were interviewed for the NEORSD “Clean Water Works” podcast. Scroll down to episode: Small Plates: The 2023 Ohio Stormwater Conference to hear what they had to say.