Knoxville TPO

Current AmeriCorps Member: CURRENTLY RECRUITING 

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One of the best things about bicycling is it’s something you can do today that will make a difference. Bicycling to work or the store means taking personal responsibility for improving your health and saving money, but also helps our community and our country. More people on bicycles mean safer streets, healthier people, cleaner air and more livable communities.

Housed within the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), the Bicycle Program guides implementation of the 2009 Regional Bicycle Plan. The Bicycle Plan strives to integrate bicycling into the transportation system and works with citizens and governments within Knox, Blount, Anderson, Roane, Sevier and Loudon counties, holds events to promote cycling to the public, as well as offers resources that help everyone cycle more safely. TPO also has a variety of programs that include:

Bicycling Ambassadors
– Community members helping to promote safe bicycling

Tour de Lights
– Popular annual holiday bike parade

Bike Month
– Rediscover bicycling through rides, events and classes

Bike Classes
– From small groups to individual instruction

Traffic Counts
– Bicycling and walking counts at key intersections

Bicycle Parking
– Serve your customers and employees with low cost bike racks

Bike Lockers
– Rent bike lockers at Knoxville’s transit centers

Position Description

Partner Website: KnoxTrans.Org

Sevier Solid Waste

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Position Title: Compost/Recycling Coordinator

Current AmeriCorps Member: Lizzie Gaver

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The mission of Sevier County Solid Waste is to reduce the amount of waste going into a Class I landfill through compost and recycling. The primary goal of the Compost/Recycling Coordinator is to raise awareness of the composting plant and Sevier Solid Waste’s recycling facility, the benefits of using compost, and increase recycling within the community.

Service Description

Partner Wesbite

Knox County Stormwater

Current AmeriCorps Members: Emily Lachman, Rachel Bruck, Claire Jordy, Yohana Dierolf

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Knox County Stormwater member assist the county’s efforts to carry out a variety of duties to help the department meet requirements within the the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) framework established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The primary duty of the Knox County Stormwater AmeriCorps Members will be to provide outstanding service in carrying out its mission to comply with water quality regulations , while exercising professionalism, enthusiasm, and creativity.  Being a part of the Knox County AmeriCorps Team provides an excellent opportunity to build your resume and skill set.  The AmeriCorps member will gain experience working with GPS & GIS technology, in project development, and public education and outreach.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

PARTNER WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.KNOXCOUNTY.ORG/STORMWATER/

University Assisted Community Schools

Current AmeriCorps Member: David Evans

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018


This member will serve at Pond Gap & Inskip Elementary Schools. The UACS program offers academic engagement programs , social support, mental and physical health supports for students, their family members or any members of the broader Pond Gap community. Central to the UASC mission is the community garden on site. This initiate is dedicated to address hunger and food accessibility in the Pond Gap neighborhood. Through previous AmeriCorps VISTA efforts, the school garden at Pond Gap Elementary increased accessibility to health food and nutrition education though opportunities such as in-and after school garden programming, family work-shares, and garden-to-cafeteria production. The garden now serves 350 students; its success had directly led to the developing garden at Inskip Elementary.

We will be hiring 1 members to support the the University of Tennessee’s University Assisted Community Schools (UACS) operations for the 2017-2018 service year.The AmeriCorps member will orient management of the school gardens through volunteer recruitment, develop garden-based curricular activies and create strageties to improve the garden’s function as an access point to healthy foods.

Feature Image Photo by Jessie Tipton with Pellissippi State Community College.

Position Description

Partner Website: uacs.utk.edu/

City of Knoxville, Sustainability

Current AmeriCorps Member: Joe Arcus

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Sustainability is the ability to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This requires cooperation between sectors and long term thinking. Since 2007, the City of Knoxville’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative has helped make Knoxville a greener, more sustainable city – one where the economy, environment, and community can thrive today and in the future. This initiative directly led to the creation and staffing of the City’s Office of Sustainability which now includes our CAC AmeriCorps member.

The office’s mission, backed by the initiative, is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with City operations and the Knoxville community each by 20% by 2020, increase the amount of waste that is recycled or mulched instead of sent to a landfill,  improve urban food systems, create better infrastructure for greener forms of transportation, and inform and address community needs and questions of sustainable practices that ensures a higher quality of life.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/sustainability/

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Education

Current AmeriCorps Member: Jessica Snow

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

Education Department

How would you like to have a waterfall in your classroom? Or seven hundred and fifty white tailed deer, a million blooming wildflowers, and the largest collection of historic log buildings in the east? You can have all of these and more when you use the park as your classroom to share the stories and science of the Great Smoky Mountains. The education team encourages the use of the great outdoors as a classroom setting and offers onsite workshops, field trips, and a hands-on interactive curriculum-based programs that share insight into the cultural and natural resources that the park has to offer.  Through research and environmental education, this department hopes to cultivate environmental stewards in visiting students and the greater community.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/education/index.htm

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Forestry

Current AmeriCorps Member(s): Skyler Winchester, Steven Caldwell, Thomas McManus

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

Forestry

The Forestry team assists in all aspects of vegetation management, exotic plant management, native plant habitat restoration, and forest insect and disease control and monitoring. One major task assigned to the Forestry team is the preservation of the Eastern hemlock tree. The Eastern hemlock trees are some of the largest and most common trees in the Great Smoky Mountains. They play an ecologically vital role in cooling mountain streams and providing habitat for many other species. Unfortunately, they are under attack from a non-native insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid. Without successful intervention, the hemlock woolly adelgid is likely to kill most of the hemlock trees in the park.

Three different types of treatments are used at the park to kill adelgids on hemlock trees.  Foliar treatments  are when hemlocks are sprayed from truck-mounted nozzles with insecticidal soap or horticultural oils. Secondly, in systemic treatments, hemlocks that are too tall to be sprayed are instead directly injected or its soil drenched with insecticide. And finally, the park has been releasing predator beetles as a biocontrol since 2002 to help naturally curb the infestation. To learn more about the hemlock woolly adelgid or the unfortunate plight of the great Eastern Hemlock click the link here.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, GIS

Current AmeriCorps Member: Russell Fulcher & Marjorie Jerez

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. The park engages in numerous infrastructure development and maintenance activities which require GIS data  for planning and natural resource management. The GIS team assists planners and resource managers in creating and evaluating data used by the park to ensure National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance as well as effective use and management of spatial and non-spatial data in support of park facility management operations, law enforcement systems and public safety. This includes development and deployment of data which supports visitor services such as campground facilities, Emergency Action Plans (EAP), trail maintenance, and emergency spill response. The goal of this project is to provide the park with a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the use of GIS data in park planning that compliments service-wide facility planning and resource conservation initiatives such as “Foundation” and “NPAtlas”.

All publicly available GIS datasets are posted online at the NPS IRMA Portal with more are added every month. For example, data on landslides and other disturbances was recently posted. You can access the Smokies data by selecting “Great Smoky Mountains National Park” from the NPS Unit dropdown. The same can be done for other NPS sites. GIS themes currently or eventually available include vegetation cover, bedrock geology, disturbance history, fire history, atmospheric deposition models, and topographic indices. The data for the Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS soils map that was just completed for the Park also can be downloaded at the Soil Data Mart under “Tennessee”.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

UT Sustainability

Current AmeriCorps Member: Carolyn Brown, Greg Campbell-Cohen, Alexis Econie

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The Office of Sustainability works to coordinate, manage, advise and report on sustainable initiatives at UT, through research, data collection and collaborations with a variety of on-campus and community stakeholders. Over the years, UT has made great progress at reducing the environmental impact of campus operations. In fact, the University has been widely recognized as a leader in resource conservation and environmental stewardship. The Office of Sustainability supports environmental sustainability initiatives that reduce air, water, and land pollution from campus operations, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of nonrenewable resources, promote recycling and conservation practices among the UT community, protect and enhance the beauty of campus grounds and facilities, and demonstrate the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

There are two AmeriCorps positions available at this office. The Data Analysis Coordinator works on the collection and analysis of data that will help the campus better understand its impact on the environment, what programs are working well, and what areas need more focus. The Sustainability Outreach Coordinator engages and educates the UT community on sustainability news and initiatives through various media as well as fosters the development of sustainable leaders and initiatives on campus.

AmeriCorps Position Description – Data Analysis Coordinator

AmeriCorps Position Description- Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Partner Website: http://environment.utk.edu/

City of Oak Ridge, Stormwater

Current AmeriCorps Members: Danielle Gerlach & Jessica Wykoff

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The mission of the City of Oak Ridge Stormwater team is to enhance the quality of local waterways, address water quantity issues in the city, and enrich natural habitat in local urban areas.  Stormwater addresses issues such as water quality, runoff control, and the creation of runoff solutions- such as rain gardens, rain barrels planting of trees, and permeable surfaces. Stormwater staff hopes to facilitate discussion on best stormwater management practices through public education, outreach and research. Broadening public support and involvement is key in keeping local water sources healthy and sustainable.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://stormwater.oakridgetn.gov/

Ijams Nature Center

Current AmeriCorps Member: Jodie Clouser & Lian McGuire

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Ijams Nature Center evolved from humble beginnings during the early twentieth century as a gathering point for birders. Over the years, Ijams Nature Center, as a non-profit organization and public nature preserve, has grown in size and stature to become the region’s leading wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center incorporating Mead’s and Ross Marble quarries. Ijams works to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. With over 300 -acres of greenspace, 12  miles of hiking, biking, climbing, and paddle boarding on-site, Ijams has been voted one of the top three attractions in Knoxville and boasts unparalleled sites of urban wilderness.

Ijams offers numerous engaging and fun educational programs for adults, families and schools that encourage outdoor exploration. They also host multiple events including Symphony in the Park, Meadowlark Music Festival and River Rescue, which helps remove thousands of lbs of trash and debris from our waterways each year.

There are three positions available at this site. The Naturalist coordinates and conducts a range of educational programs as well as helps with event planning and management. The Park Ranger helps with trail maintenance and other park construction, and finally the River Ranger maintains water quality and health of the river beds within the park and supports education efforts.

Partner Website: http://ijams.org/

Position Descriptions

Conservation Steward

Naturalist

Keep Sevier Beautiful

Current AmeriCorps Member: Kay Shanda

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Keep Sevier Beautiful is a multi-award winning non-profit that brings people together to protect the beauty of our County in turn stimulating economic growth, building vibrant communities and protecting the gateway to the Smoky Mountains.

We have a simple concept. Teach people how to care for their environment and they will. Reach kids at a young age and instill good habits that will continue throughout their lifetime. We believe in changing behaviors to change our environment. As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful & Keep TN Beautiful, we focus on three areas: litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling and greening through education and engaging our community.

It is our goal to enhance and protect the beauty of Sevier County and improve the quality of life of our residents through community based projects. Through our volunteers, we engage the community in projects like County wide litter pick ups, recycling collection events, tree plantings, community gardens, household hazardous waste collection, anti-litter and recycling education, playground enhancement and beautification projects.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.keepsevierbeautiful.org

CAC Beardsley Farm

Current AmeriCorps Members: Alex Bonner & Jake Resor

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

CAC Beardsley Community Farm is an urban demonstration site that has promoted food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach since 1998. The half-acre main site sits on the former grounds of Beardsley Junior High School. In 1996, the City of Knoxville provided funds to convert the abandoned school grounds into a garden and build a greenhouse. The same year, the Community Action Committee (CAC) received a grant to complete the conversion. They have come a long way since their first planting, which was done in a few dozen baby pools filled with soil. Every year, they have built or amended raised beds, added functional structural elements, and become more involved in the surrounding community. Presently, Beardsley Farm has raspberry and blackberry brambles; muscadine grapes and blueberries; a young orchard of fruit and nut trees; and a community garden, all situated on six and a half acres of a public park—in addition to the half-acre demonstration site. The Farm is maintained by a farm manager, a small team of AmeriCorps members, and numerous volunteers from the Knoxville community.

CAC Beardsley Community Farm has several goals within the community. They exist to educate people of all ages about the possibilities and methods of organic and sustainable urban gardening.  The farm team offers structured workshops on such specialized skills as vermicomposting, beekeeping, mushroom logs, urban hen-keeping, and more.   Beardsley also gains great satisfaction knowing that the bounty of the farm serves to nourish our community. To give back, all of the vegetables raised at CAC Beardsley Farm are donated to Family Crisis Center, Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and Western Heights Baptist Center.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://beardsleyfarm.org/

UT Recycling

Current AmeriCorps Member: Gage Bradford, Austin Reynolds, Gary Moore, Michelle Van Guilder

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Michaela Barnett

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018.

Established as a part of the University of Tennessee’s Facilities Services Department in 2003, UT Recycling is designed for effective waste diversion operations and maximum campus participation. Diligent efforts are made to provide well-organized collection services, sustainable choices for materials management, and educational programs that are responsive to the needs of the students, faculty, staff members, and the surrounding areas. UT Recycling works with departments, organizations, and individuals to educate the community on the importance of waste reduction, and to encourage participation in environmental stewardship and UT Zero Waste initiatives.

UT Recycling’s goal is to convert the University of Tennessee into a Zero Waste institution, by diverting 90% (or more) of all waste generated from the landfill through reduction, reuse, recycling and composting practices.  The Recycling team provides recycling collection services at all campus buildings, provides compost collection services at most campus dining facilities, promotes simple living and the Zero Waste lifestyle, engages UT community through volunteer opportunities & educational programs, contribute to the development of sustainable practices and planning.  One of the most important  and impressive tasks of the Recycling office is Game Day Recycling- with the  goal to divert the majority of waste from UT Vols football games and tailgating areas.

Position Descriptions:

UT Recycling VISTA Assignment Description

Information & Operations Coordinator

Position Description- Zero Waste Services Coordinator

AmeriCorps Position Description- Outreach Coordinator

Partner Website: http://recycle.utk.edu/

Keep Blount Beautiful

Current AmeriCorps Member: Brittney Whipple

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018.

In 1992, concerned residents and government entities partnered to secure funding for an environmental non-profit that would serve Blount County. Since then, Keep Blount Beautiful has been educating the public and organizing clean ups thanks to the financial support of the Maryville/Alcoa/Blount County Landfill and TDOT Litter Grant through the Sheriff’s Office.

This multi-award winning nonprofit and Keep America Beautiful affiliate offers tours of local landfill and a variety hands-on educational programs to schools in Blount county. They also promote litter eradication through various cleanups throughout the year.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.keepblountbeautiful.org

Keep Knoxville Beautiful

Current AmeriCorps Member: Kelli Coleman

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018
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Founded in 1978, KKB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Their mission is to promote litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events and volunteer engagement to achieve our vision of a clean, green, beautiful community.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, was formed by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Chamber of Commerce as the Greater Knoxville Beautification Board. Originally formed to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, KKB plunged into community efforts to clean and beautify the community through its many programs. Through programs and events like the  Great American Cleanup, Orchids Beatification Awards, Talking Tree programs, Trash Runs, and their Recycling Trailer, KKB has paved the way for  the community to work together to accomplish greater environmental stewardship in the Knoxville area.  Keep Knoxville Beautiful has continued to grow through the years and has enjoyed much success and acclamation winning 23 National Awards, 9 State Awards and one local award. KKB launched its successful anti-litter slogan “Don’t Throw Down on K-Town” in 2004 which you can still spot all over the Knoxville community.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/

Town of Farragut, Stormwater Matters

Current AmeriCorps Member: Abbie Casey

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Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The Town of Farragut Stormwater Matters water quality program seeks to provide an exceptional level of environmental stewardship to the community through the protection and maintenance of local water resources in accordance with the Town of Farragut Stormwater Ordinance. The Town of Farragut’s Stormwater Matters program conducts education and outreach efforts that emphasize public involvement and take a watershed approach to protecting water quality by reaching across political and geographic jurisdictions working with the City of Knoxville, Knox County and other public and private entities invested in maintaining and protecting water quality in East Tennessee.  This is done through extensive participation in the Water Quality Forum and the Tennessee Stormwater Association.

In addition, Stormwater Matters offers opportunities to volunteer and learn about best stormwater management practices.  The Town of Farragut’s Outdoor Classroom and Water Quality Demonstration Site is an applied learning space where groups can “adopt” a plot and implement a project.  To learn more, visit the Outdoor Classroom page. The team also participates and helps coordinate annual events such as River Rescue, WaterFest and the continual Adopt-A-Stream program.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.townoffarragut.org/stormwatermatters