Our 15 NOWCorps members have been busy serving the northern Ohio watersheds and communities through stewardship, conservation, and education since October. You can read more about them below.

We asked some of our members to share with us how their service is going, and here’s what they had to say.

“Hi, my name is Tori and I am currently serving with The Nature Conservancy. My service revolves around managing the lands that TNC is responsible for and collecting data for various projects happening in the region. I enjoy making a direct impact in the environment and people around me. I feel privileged with the ability to maintain these lands and make them more available for both recreationists and the wildlife in the area. Thank you to both The Nature Conservancy and AmeriCorps for allowing me to make a difference (and have a lot of fun doing it)!”

Hi! I’m Evan (they/them) currently serving with NOWCorps as a Natural Resources Technician with Cleveland Metroparks. I’ve been working on a variety of different stewardship actions including tree plantings, invasive plant treatment, deer management, prescribed fire, Hemlock surveys, and even some video editing at many of our parks throughout Cuyahoga county. I serve to learn from the Metroparks staff, and to take an active role in improving local ecosystems for the human and more-than-human communities!

Nikole: I’m proud to serve the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District as an educator with Native Urban Tree Starters program through AmeriCorps. The overlooking of plants and less attractive wild areas could lead to further ecosystem degradation and species loss. Therefore, reestablishing interest with nature through education has become central to my current goals. This Spring/Summer I hope to plant 3,000 native trees around Cuyahoga County.

Joe is serving with the Cleveland Metroparks Trail Crew to improve accessibility and sustainability of the trails within the reservations. His role in tandem with NOWCorps is to construct trail infrastructure that reduces the environmental impact of soil erosion to the Cuyahoga River watershed.

“My name is Dana, and I am proud to serve as a Restoration Team Member with The Nature Conservancy. I love spending each day outdoors where I can see the purpose of my work. Between surveying forests, treating invasive species and restoring habitats, I am excited to know that I make a difference with my service every day.”

 

We look forward to seeing what else our members will continue to accomplish this year!

Pictured L-R: Top Row:Rebecca Leslein, Kara Hall, Tom Schreiber, Nichole Lopez Bottom Row: Kaylee Acres, Nicole Harmon, Dana Barry, Tori Clawson, Emma Miner

Information for our 2021-2022 Service Year coming soon!

Email [email protected] to submit a resume.

 

Meet our 2020-2021 members below:

Kaylee

Education & Outreach Specialist serving with Chagrin River Watershed Partners

Dana

Restoration Crew Member serving with The Nature Conservancy

Tori

Restoration Crew Member serving with The Nature Conservancy

Nikole

Educator Coordinator serving with Cuyahoga SWCD

Emma

NOWCorps Conservation Program & Outreach Assistant serving with Erie SWCD

Joe

NOWCorps Trails Assistant serving with the Cleveland Metroparks

Kara

Stewardship Specialist serving with Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Nicole

Natural Resource Technician serving with the Cleveland Metroparks

Evan

Natural Resource Technician serving with the Cleveland Metroparks

Dani

NOWCorps Field Station Assistant serving with the University of Akron Field Station

Nichole

Outreach Specialist serving with Summit SWCD

Rebecca

Outreach Specialist serving with Lake SWCD

Kevin

Watershed Steward serving with the Chagrin River Watershed Partners

Tom

Community Forestry Specialist serving with Western Reserve Land Conservancy

NOWCorps: Northern Ohio Watershed Corps

NOWCorps Class II: October 5, 2020 through September 30, 2021

 

What do NOWCorps Members do? Where are they serving?

Check out the links to our multiple host site partners and specific member descriptions below:

 

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 members will receive programmatic training in addition to site specific training. See member descriptions below for each partner’s site specific training that will be provided.

While environmental stewardship is the major focus, the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps Program will focus on four major activities.

Stewardship: Improving water quality is the heart of the collective mission and being an environmental steward will help collect and gather the necessary data to do so.

Conservation: As a member you can engage in water quality testing and data collection, tree plantings, native plant installations, invasive vegetation removal, and more.

Education: Help 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: As a member you can assist our partners in 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!

 

What is AmeriCorps?

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.

How do I become an AmeriCorps Member?

First, create an AmeriCorps profile at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do and complete registration. From there, you can create your application and apply to any of our NOWCorps member listings! You can also email your resume and a letter of interest to the NOWCorps Program Manager at [email protected]

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 2019-2020 NOWCorps Alumni! Check out our 19-20 Annual Report detailing how much they accomplished during their service year.