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Cumberland River Compact – VISTA Job Description
We believe that sustainable communities are based on clean water and a healthy environment. For the past nineteen years, we’ve worked cooperatively with local, state and federal agencies, farmers, businesses, technical professionals, local officials, neighborhood groups, and other watershed stakeholders who share this belief. We accomplish our mission by offering innovative tools and solutions to the communities we serve. We do our work in a manner that does not judge or shame. The Compact operates on 2 principles. First we are non-confrontational and seek partnerships with governments, citizens groups and businesses. Second, we bring innovative solutions to water quality challenges. Our work emphasizes environmental education of the general public, professionals and young people. Many of the practices the Compact originally demonstrated are now part of city codes. For example, requiring developers and builders to capture the first inch of rainfall off their site(s) allowing rainwater to percolate into the ground rather than run-off into the storm/sewer systems. Many communities in the Cumberland River Basin are rapidly growing, especially in middle Tennessee. This growth, when not managed properly, can cause rainfall to runoff from houses, office buildings, manufacturing sites, schools, roads and parking lots carrying soil, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, gas, animal waste and other pollutants into streams and rivers. Accommodating this growth while ensuring the Basin’s rivers and streams are fishable and swimmable is challenging. Raising awareness, supporting our partners and conducting outreach and education are key to our mission.

Member Duties
The VISTA will expand the organization’s capacity to do outreach and education, coordinate with partners, raise awareness and fundraise by:
(1) Working with staff to plan, market and coordinate educational outreach for programs such as Waterfest, Splash Bash and the Dragon Boat Races
(2) Presenting environmental education programs, like Creek Critters and Stormwater model to classrooms in the middle TN area with a particular focus on schools that are considered “at-risk.”
(3) Organizing and coordinating stakeholder meetings in our River Center, working with partners like the TACT (TN Aquatic Habitat Coordinating Team), the Metro Tree Council, Southeast Sustainability Managers, and TWIG (TN Women in Green.)
(4) Coordinating member events like hikes, kayaking, and camping and tabling at events like Earth Day, Garden Shows, etc.
(5) Providing general assistance with marketing (social and other), communications and education, event and volunteer management.

Program Benefits
Training, Stipend, Health Coverage, Childcare assistance if eligible, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Education award upon successful completion of service.

Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours, car recommended. 

Service Areas
Community Outreach, Neighborhood Revitalization, Environment, Education, Community and Economic Development.

Marketing, Recruitment, Environment, Education, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Non-Profit Management, Public Speaking, Community Organization, Teaching/Tutoring, Communications. 

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