Jun 19, 2024

NOWCorps Preserve Maintenance and Outreach Crew Member

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Rock Creek, OH 44084, USA
Full-Time Other

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy


Rock Creek, Ohio, USA

Please do not click Apply For Job button on our career site to apply for this position. Reference application instructions below in the Apply Now section.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world's toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC's primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we'll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply - we'd love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, "you'll join for the mission, and you'll stay for the people."

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. Rustic housing (3-bedroom cabin) is available on site for $150/month. Residents may have roommates.

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.


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
* Plan, Facilitate, and Participate in group service projects for National Days of Service
* Attend all NOWCorps required meetings and trainings
* Complete activity & data 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

Host Site Responsibilities:

  • 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)
  • Communicate to staff, volunteers, and the public about their work
  • Assist with maintenance of public preserves (mowing, trail & equipment maintenance, etc.)
  • 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

Additional activities that fall within the goals of the program may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.


AmeriCorps Requirements:

  • Must have a GED or high school diploma.
  • Must be 18 or older by October 8, 2024.
  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC).
  • Must be a US citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a valid driver's license, be insured, and have own transportation
  • Have an interest or plan to pursue a career in education, biology, natural resources, stewardship, or similar
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently and on a team
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate maturity and cultural competency
  • Desire to serve the local community

The NOWCorps member will receive programmatic training in addition to site specific training. Programmatic training is provided monthly and covers a variety of topics. Training content may include, but is not limited to first aid, CPR, volunteer engagement, native species planting techniques, stormwater permit requirements, facilitating public involvement, public education, etc.


The Nature Conservancy's office is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Nature Conservancy, 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:

  • Working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Lift and carry 40lb back pack sprayers.
  • Working with pesticides and other hazardous chemicals.
  • Manual dexterity to operate ATV's, chainsaws, brush cutters, back pack sprayers, and other tools and equipment.
  • 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.
  • Members will be provided training in the safe use of tools, equipment and materials and will be given Personal Protective Equipment to minimize risks to extremes in health, safety hazards, and/or hazardous materials. 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.

Member position begins October 8, 2024 and ends September 30, 2025. The member will be provided with an orientation October 8-11, 2024 and relevant training monthly. This position is a full-time member position and requires a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over the service period. The member will receive a stipend of no more than $22,000, and the stipend will be paid bimonthly. The member is also eligible for health insurance through this position and may qualify for childcare assistance. If the term of service is completed successfully, the member may be eligible for an educational award of $7,395.

The member will not be an employee of The Nature Conservancy and is not entitled to any of the benefits or compensation TNC provides to its employees.

Housing is available on site at The Nature Conservancy office at 3973 Callender Road, Rock Creek, Ohio 44084.


The member will receive a stipend of no more than $22,000, and the stipend will be paid bimonthly. The member is also eligible for health insurance through this position and may qualify for childcare assistance. If the term of service is completed successfully, the member may be eligible for an educational award of $7,395. This only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate's actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


To apply for the AmeriCorps NOWCorps Northeast Ohio Restoration Crew Member position, please contact Claire Ilersich, NOWCorps Member Coordinator at [email protected] or 330-963-6863 x5104. Applications preferred by August 1, 2024, and the position will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants should not apply through The Nature Conservancy's careers website. Please apply using the contact information provided above.

For more information on this position and the Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners NOWCorps program: https://tinkerscreek.org/nowcorps-program/

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to [email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.




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