Individual Placements are an opportunity for Service Partner organizations to host an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member for two days a week. Placements should be project based and have clear goals and objectives. Individual Placements are long term projects, lasting the duration of the service year (October-July).
Prospective Service Partners
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding Individual Placements and the Request for Proposal for Year 19.
Individual Placement Expectations and the Proposal Process
- An Individual Placement should be a project with defined critical need that is compatible with the AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s identified focus areas of natural resource management, disaster preparedness/response, environmental education and volunteer engagement.
- Service Partners must submit an Individual Placement Proposal for consideration by the staff and Advisory Board of the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program.
- If selected, Service Partners must provide their assigned member with an orientation to the site. The orientation should include general expectations, goals and purpose of the placement, background information about the site and an introduction to service site staff. The assigned member should be given a detailed introduction to assigned duties, member work space, tool or other equipment use, written materials or reports to be used as resources, safety hazards, and potential growth of the project to include outside volunteers.
- AmeriCorps Cape Cod members are not employees or interns of the service site. They are AmeriCorps Cape Cod members performing service at an assigned service site. A members’ ultimate responsibilities and allegiance are to the Corps and its objectives. AmeriCorps members should not displace regular employees on a service site.
- Service Partners must provide on-site supervision in the form of continual training, support, instruction and technical assistance, so members may satisfactorily complete projects. Service Partners are responsible for the safety at a service site and should take care to ensure that appropriate safety precautions have been taken.
- Individual Placements should provide adequate service-related tasks to ensure optimal use of members’ skills, time and effort and should provide an atmosphere where members feel comfortable and accepted at the service site.
- The Service Organization must provide access to the service site for AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff to perform monitoring visits.
- Service Partners should expect to meet and talk with AmeriCorps-Cape Cod staff and assigned member to review progress of placement, obstacles to overcome, changes to be made and opportunities for growth. Service Partners should maintain open communication with member and program staff.
- Service Partners must evaluate assigned member using AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s evaluation tools and complete a summary report at the completion of the service year.
To make sure our applicants are applying for the entire experience, we recruit for the program as a whole rather than for specific placements. If accepted into the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program, you will spend your first few weeks learning about the placements we have selected for your year. You will have the chance to discuss the placements with our staff, and together we will determine the best fit for you. If you are interested in what sorts of placements we typically have, check out the list below of the placements from this past program year.
Disclaimer: Although many of our placements reapply and remain year to year, we also have new placements that come along and replace others. Therefore any past placement (or corresponding project) listed below may not be a placement for the upcoming year.
Year 18 Placement Descriptions
Since 1999, AmeriCorps Cape Cod has partnered with many town, state, federal, county and non-profit organizations to complete projects through Individual Placements. Current Individual Placements include (click to enlarge):