AmeriCorps NOWCorps Restoration Crew Member

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) watershed organization officially established in 2006. Our mission is to protect and restore water quality and habitats of the Tinker’s Creek watershed through community partnerships. The Tinker’s Creek watershed drains 96.4 square miles and is the largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River. The watershed area spans 24 communities in Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Geauga counties.

Together with our partners, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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.

The Nature Conservancy has long been a leader in advancing restoration, stewardship, and education of natural areas in Northeastern Ohio (NEOH). TNC is inviting NOWCorps member applications for a three-pronged approach to restoration in Northeast Ohio. First, through the NEOH Restoration Team, members will conduct restoration and stewardship across Northeast Ohio. Second, through work with the Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center, members will provide educational opportunities and programming for school children and visitors. Third, through work with the Central Lake Erie Basin staff, members will maintain visitor facilities at our public preserves. Team members will have opportunities to work with multiple partners on a variety of natural areas throughout NEOH.

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.
  • All other duties as assigned within the limitations of this member description.

The Nature Conservancy Responsibilities

  • Perform ecological restoration activities in NEOH, with a focus on survey and control of invasive species through chemical and mechanical applications
  • Safe operating of vehicles, equipment, and machinery: including ATV’s chainsaws, brush cutters, back pack sprayer, and hand tools
  • Responsible for equipment preparation, use, and maintenance as well as use of GPS unit and related devices
  • Assist with accurate record keeping and reporting
  • Work with TNC staff and Bissell Nature Center volunteers to provide high quality educational programming to students and the public
  • Create content for nature center programming (i.e. press releases, fliers, and newsletter content)
  • Assist with maintenance of public preserves (mowing, trail & equipment maintenance, etc.)
  • Communicate to staff, volunteers, and the public about their work
  • Additional activities that fall within the goals of the program may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.

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, 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 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.
Some working knowledge or experience performing land management tasks, identifying native and invasive plants, and using GPS and ArcGIS is preferred.

The NOWCorps member will receive programmatic training in addition to site specific training. Programmatic training includes first aid, CPR, volunteer engagement, native species planting techniques, stormwater permit requirements, minimum control measures including public involvement, public education, and good housekeeping.

To apply for the AmeriCorps NOWCorps Northeast Ohio Restoration Crew Member position, please contact Julie Stark, NOWCorps Program Manager at julie@tinkerscreekwatershed.org or 330-963-6243. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.

For more information on this position and the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners NOWCorps program, click here

To apply for this job email your details to julie@tinkerscreekwatershed.org