What is an Individual Placement?
For the most part, each member is assigned to their own unique service site, however, a few of our placements may carry multiple members. On some occasions, members may be assigned to multiple sites and rotate between them during their member year, depending on project needs.
IPs are a fantastic professional development opportunity. Serving in a professional office setting or out in the field, members will get to take the lead on projects that can vary from volunteer program development, land management development & implementation, research, event planning, and more! Members will get to serve under our Service Partners: municipal & non-profit employees who act as supervisors/mentors for our members on their year-long IP journey.
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 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 20 Individual Placements
Coordinate all WET Festival education events including scheduling and planning for the following year; assist with Hazardous Waste Program outreach and education materials, as well as Hazardous Waste tracking and collection. Providing education, developing plant material and providing access to native plant material.
CAPE COD COMMISSION
Assist in implementing the MS4 permits through the selection of one or two study towns to implement mapping, Barnstable County stormwater sampling demonstration, develop materials and participate in educational outreach.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT MASSTC
Perform tests and research on wastewater treatments systems, particularly onsite septic systems. Specifically studying the treatment performance of septic systems in relation to nitrogen and another contaminant.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT: REGIONAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
Assist with gathering information for the long-term disaster recovery/resiliency plan; create and organize community presentations to recruit, train and engage volunteers to assist with Regional Shelter Planning; provide support to the MACC during operations.
Create a natural history interpretative trail guide for multiple conservation areas and install erosion control measures. Monitor and collect data on Sandy Neck’s invasive species to develop and implement new removal strategies. Aid in implementing a new mark Assist Natural Resources staff with shellfish propagation tasks and outreach.
BREWSTER DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Focus on eight major projects that meet the needs of our community and the objectives of AmeriCorps Cape Cod: shellfish propagation, water quality monitoring, conservation land inventory, community event coordination, water safety, shoreline monitoring, wildfire fuel source reduction, and trail maintenance. In Collaboration with Brewster Conservation Trust.
CHATHAM DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: SHELLFISH
Assist with the long-term shellfish survey through data collection and data assessment; perform all aspects of shellfish propagation projects. Coordinates with Pleasant Bay Community Boating Science Director to build, test, and teach STEM education kits for local schools, and developing an educational aquaculture program.
DENNIS NATURAL RESOURCES
Assist with the design and implementation of new projects to benefit the community. Projects include trail connectivity in conjunction with the Dennis Conservation Trust, handicap accessible gardens; and community events with schools. Collaborative placement with Dennis Conservation Trust.
EASTHAM DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Develop Baseline Documentation Reports for five newly purchased land to ensure property protection by the Eastham Conservation Foundation. In collaboration with Eastham Conservation Foundation.
FALMOUTH MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SHELLFISH DIVISION
Develop and manage Falmouth MES Shellfish Division’s growing volunteer corps to effectively utilize the program’s need for volunteers. The project encompasses developing tools and strategies for recruiting and retraining new volunteers, as well as project scheduling.
FALMOUTH CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Expand upon management plans that monitor public access to water and the resources contained within them. This will be accomplished by the collection of baseline data for each access point and establishing an annual monitoring and rating schedule. Collaborative placement with the 300 Committee.
HARWICH DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
Assist with updating land management plans and baseline documentation reports, as well as assist with developing new documents when necessary. Support volunteer efforts with one-off and on-going events, citizen science programs, and volunteer recruitment. Assist with shorebird monitoring during migration and breeding season. Joint placement with the Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation.
MASHPEE NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
Create and maintain volunteer-based programs to restore water resources and monitor our vast conservation lands. Also assist with shellfish propagation, water quality monitoring, and conservation land management.
ORLEANS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Assist Natural Resources Officer and Shorebird Monitoring Coordinator to implement a baseline map of Nauset Beach, a 9- mile barrier beach abutting the Atlantic Ocean; identifying erosion and accretion zones, as well as identifying shorebird habitat; collecting and recording field data on our various threatened species so that each year henceforth we have a composite of beach and species movement within the Nauset Beach barrier beach system. Collaborative placement with Orleans Conservation Trust.
PROVINCETOWN PLANNING AND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
Develop monitoring report forms and collect baseline data for all identified conservation lands; establish a land stewardship program; coordinate land maintenance projects. Continue development of the database of Chapter 91 licenses in Provincetown by working with the Harbormaster and Harbor Committee.
SANDWICH DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Assist with the restoration of shellfish to an area of Scorton Creek that has been closed to the harvesting of shellfish for over 40 years. Create an outdoor classroom for students in the Sandwich High School STEM Academy.
TRURO CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT/WELLFLEET HEALTH AND CONSERVATION
Assist on several multi-phase efforts including a septic impact study, vernal pool identification and registration, disaster preparedness and public outreach newsletter, natural resource land inventory and monitoring, shellfish propagation start-up program, and various larger scale natural resource projects (e.g. trail building and access, in support of the Wellfleet Land Trust). Collaborative placement between Truro and Wellfleet.
YARMOUTH CONSERVATION OFFICE AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION
Expand support base of civic groups, consisting of boy/girl scouts, AmeriCorps and Senior Environmental Corps to include a network of residents as stewards of conservation lands, trails, and water bodies.
Assist with the planning, preparation, and presentation of programs and events that support the Reserve’s efforts to increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and changes to water quality. Coordinate and conduct environmental education classes to school groups.
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE: FIRE MANAGEMENT
Recruit, coordinate and lead volunteer groups to assist with fire management and resource management within the Cape Cod National Seashore; assist with fire-chainsaw leadership training and safety inventory/monitoring.
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE: PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Assist with long-term park planning, land management projects and continued implementation of the Highlands Center project. Continue to facilitate the implementation of the park’s Climate Friendly Action Plan with the Green Team.
Schedule and facilitate preparedness education presentations to all age groups; engage and train volunteers to assist with community training; Organize Boy and Girl Scout Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair.
BARNSTABLE LAND TRUST
The focus of this project is to monitor all 114 properties owned by Barnstable Land Trust (BLT). This will be a strategic and technologically focused project that will give BLT a clear perspective on what the current state of our properties is while engaging abutters as future stewards of the properties.
MASS AUDUBON COASTAL WATERBIRD PROGRAM
Develop a volunteer program–the Beach Stewards Project– that will provide support for the protection of beaches and wildlife. Assist with developing a strategic plan for the Beach Stewards project, creating outreach materials and training for volunteers, recruiting for and piloting the project. Collaborative placement with Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.
BARNSTABLE CLEAN WATER COALITION
BCWC collects water quality data weekly at ten sites along the Marstons Mills River as part of the Marstons Mills River Restoration Plan and Living Laboratory. Water samples are collected at each station to test for nitrates and total nitrogen and are delivered to the Barnstable County Health lab for processing. Streamflow measurements are taken at each site using a current meter, thermometers, and measuring equipment. All data collected is inputted into a database to assist in the creation of baseline data to assist in the implementation of alternative tools to reduce nitrogen pollution.
LONG PASTURE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Increase visitor and volunteer engagement at MA Audubon’s Long Pasture Sanctuary through the design and development of simple and relevant natural history exhibits and field walks; the creation of visitor center volunteer protocols; and the training of docent volunteers. In collaboration with Mass Audubon Society Coastal Waterbird Program.
NATIONAL MARINE LIFE CENTER
Expand and improve the volunteer program at NMLC to increase Volunteer engagement and enhance NMLC’s efficiency and effectiveness. Participate in and improve upon the rehabilitation program for sea turtles and seals; train new volunteers to provide environmental education programs to the public.
BREWSTER CONSERVATION TRUST
Focus on eight major projects that meet the needs of our community: shellfish propagation, water quality monitoring, conservation land inventory, community event coordination, water safety, shoreline monitoring, wildfire fuel source reduction, and trail maintenance. Collaborative placement with Town of Brewster.
ASSOCIATION TO PRESERVE CAPE COD
Focus to expand and refine the volunteer program to improve APCC's outreach for new volunteers. Develop means and methods to engage and maintain a core of dedicated volunteers to be an integral part of the organization's mission.
DENNIS CONSERVATION TRUST
Organize the annual Dennis Conservation Celebration, coordinate and manage monthly property clean-ups for DCT, develop a Town/Trust Trail Guide, work on trails, boundary marking, land stewardship projects, and organize volunteer recruitment events. Collaborative placement with Town of Dennis.
ORLEANS CONSERVATION TRUST
Assist with the coordination of land steward volunteers for property monitoring and land management work days; complete land acquisition files; organize and promote educational programs and community events. Collaborative placement with Town of Orleans.
CHATHAM CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Assist with updating land management plans and baseline documentation reports, as well as assist with developing new documents when necessary. Also leverage volunteers to address land stewardship needs, including trail maintenance, and ecological restoration, and educating students at the Monomoy Middle School’s vernal pools. Joint placement with Town of Harwich Conservation Department and Harwich Conservation Trust.
IFAW – MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE & RESEARCH PROGRAM
Coordinate and participate in education/outreach events promoting the work of IFAW and marine mammal conservation; Assist staff on critical aspects of live and dead marine mammal stranding response.