Individual Placements


What is an Individual Placement?

Chansea on a project site with her Individual Placement with the Falmouth Conservation Commission

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.

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.


Prospective Members

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 22 Individual Placements

CAPE COD COOPERATIVE EXTENSION The project goal is to protect Cape Cod's unconfined, sole-source aquifer by the member engaging in outreach and education. This includes interacting with residents, visitors, municipalities, and non-profits. The members main objective will be to convert and update the WETfest curriculum for home schooled children and outreach events.
CAPE COD COMMISSION The project will expand on the existing Pond and Lake Stewards (PALS) program to compile water quality data in one centralized location, develop a plan for Cape-wide pond monitoring, provide workshops, train and recruit volunteers. The project will take a comprehensive approach to monitor and report on the health of ponds on Cape Cod. Monitoring of ponds is essential for tracking changes in water quality and to help prevent and diagnose problems.
BOURNE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES The Town of Bourne is hoping to create a program that specifically addresses water quality issues. The major projects that the member will be focused upon will be Shellfish Management & Stormwater Asset Management. Both projects are current priorities of the Town as we strive to improve our coastal environment. Additional opportunities may include Floodplain Management; Coastal Access Management; Conservation Land Improvement; and public outreach for MS4 and FEMA CRS programs
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.
CHATHAM DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: SHELLFISH The member will support conservation and natural resource efforts in Chatham in this collaborative project with the Town of Chatham Department of Natural Resources and the Chatham Conservation Foundation. Service opportunities include shellfish surveying, conservation land maintenance, and volunteer stewardship capacity building. Connect with the community of Chatham on land and by water and from the perspective of the Town and of a non-profit land trust. This placement is a collaboration with the Chatham Conservation Foundation.
DENNIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES The member will assist the Town of Dennis and The Dennis Conservation Trust (DCLT)  in land conservation activities around trails, mapping and stewardship. The goal of the placement would be to 1) produce trail maps for Town of Dennis and DCLT trails, 2) assist with mapping, research and stewardship of Town and DCLT conserved and to be conserved lands, and 3) contribute to DCLT publications to encourage a public appreciation for open space and land stewardship. This is a collaborative placement with Dennis Conservation Trust.
FALMOUTH MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SHELLFISH DIVISION This project will continue a local science-based educational workshop series program for 3rd graders, which allows the MES Shellfish and Biological Services Division to share the types of projects we are involved in, and/or topics that are relevant to Falmouth and Cape Cod in current news and events. The project also involves the design, scheduling, and coordinating of a new curriculum for 1st graders that would be taught as workshops within the Falmouth school system throughout January to June of 2021. We see this as an excellent opportunity to encourage STEM learning in elementary-aged youth with fun hands-on activities and promote the some of the department's major goals and emphases. This project continues and expands upon the Town of Falmouth's Year 21 IP project.
FALMOUTH CONSERVATION COMMISSION The member will serve with the Commission to review Conservation Restrictions documents and conduct property site visits to assess for compliance. The member will also expand and update the Town of Falmouth's Conservation website on land management projects, property maps and land resource information.
HARWICH DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION The member would assist the Town of Harwich and Harwich Conservation Trust to manage and monitor their conservation lands. The member will lead volunteer stewardship projects, lead walks on conservation lands, and help organize citizen science projects. This is a joint placement with the Harwich Conservation Trust
HARWICH CEMETERY DEPARTMENT  The member will serve at the Marceline Arboretum at Island Pond Cemetery to create Environmental Education curriculum and assist in setting up programming and tour schedules. Member will assist in the maintenance, design and promotion of trees and plantings, as well as monitoring wildlife and wetlands. The member will also lead volunteer outreach project in community.
PROVINCETOWN EMERGENCY PREPARDNESS  Provincetown seeks to create and promote a local culture of Emergency Preparedness. The member is expected to perform a needs assessments then generate appropriate public awareness campaigns to address hazard mitigation efforts. This project will focus on crisis communications and effective content delivery for vulnerable populations.
SANDWICH DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES The project’s goal is to grow the capacity of the oyster aquaculture program on Mill Creek and restore shellfish to an area of Scorton Creek that has been closed to harvesting for over 40 years. The member will take on a lead role in the organization of shellfish aquaculture and stocking efforts by designing a management plan and putting in place metrics to gauge growth rates in oysters and compare the suitability of different growing sites. The service member will also take part in efforts to (1) manage conservation properties, (2) conduct shorebird monitoring and (3) help organize/conduct the spring river herring count.
WELLFLEET HEALTH AND CONSERVATION AND SHELLFISH DEPARTMENT this project is a partnership/collaboration between Town of Wellfleet's Health & Conservation and Shellfish Departments featuring several multi-phase efforts including a septic impact study, vernal pool certification, disaster preparedness and public outreach newsletter, natural resource inventory and monitoring, shellfish propagation program, a juvenile oyster recruitment study, and various larger scale natural resource projects (e.g. trail maintenance/building and access on conserved lands.) This project requires a member who loves being outdoors in all kinds of weather, can work near and on the water and doesn't mind physical labor. These projects will allow the member to work independently and provide significant, solid contributions for a better understanding of the town's natural resources and its efforts to sustain them.
WAQUOIT BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE The member will develop and deliver a variety of educational materials, activities, and stewardship projects to educate and engage different audiences about the environmental and the challenges facing natural resources.
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE: PLANNING DEPARTMENT The goals of the placement are to assist with long-term planning at CCNS, including 1) resource management projects at kettle ponds, beaches, and park facilities, and 2) implementation of the park's Climate Friendly Parks Action Plan to reduce park emissions. There will also be opportunities for embers to undertake GPS and GIS projects for advance planning to provide mapped documentation of facility, trail, and natural resource improvement projects or do field work with Natural Resources & Science staff in water quality or shorebird protection.
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE FIRE MANAGEMENT Serve with the Seashore Fire Management Office coordinating, managing and leading volunteers in fuel reduction projects (including but not limited to: cut pile/burn activities, hand and power tool training, cache/tool/clothing maintenance, administration, scheduling, communication, report writing, photo documentation, prescribed fire, purchasing and vehicle operation) and performing invasive species management (removal, documentation, training).
BARNSTABLE CLEAN WATER COALITION The member will assist BCWC staff to collect water quality data weekly at 11 sites along the Marstons Mills River as part of the Marstons Mills River Restoration Plan and Living Laboratory. Water samples are collected at each site to test for total nitrogen and are delivered to the Barnstable County Health Lab for processing. The member should be prepared to serve outside in all weather conditions. All collected data is inputted into a database to add in the creation of baseline data for the implementation of alternative tools to reduce nitrogen pollution
BARNSTABLE LAND TRUST This project will focus on strengthening Barnstable Land Trust’s volunteer program to recruit and retain volunteers. The member will research volunteer recruitment and retention strategies of other community organizations, develop volunteer manuals and training materials, and assist with active recruitment in the community. This service will build Barnstable Land Trust’s capacity to effectively recruit and train new volunteers and continue to support its volunteer base.
BREWSTER CONSERVATION TRUST This placement will focus on land stewardship with the following specific focus areas: natural resource inventories, land management boundary marking, mapping, and volunteer coordination. This placement offers a well-rounded opportunity for the individual to learn about land conservation and management from a non-profit standpoint.
CARE FOR CAPE AND ISLANDS The Cape Cod Stewardship Collaborative unites organizations across the Cape & Islands to reduce litter, single use plastic, and the improper disposal of cigarettes and dog waste. The member will play a key role in helping design and implement the procedures and system to hold data, proactively engage with constituent organizations to encourage data collection and sharing, and periodically collate and publish the collected data. The member will have the opportunity to represent CARE at community events focused on environmental education and awareness.
CENTER FOR COASTAL STUDIES The Center for Coastal Study collaborates with fishermen and natural resource managers to study marine fisheries. They work together to study fish, squid and shellfish habitat using field-based and laboratory methods to understand how environmental and human influences affect fishery dynamics. The member will be serving alongside staff to conduct shellfish and finfish surveys in coastal habitats around Cape Cod, as well as some more focused community-based research projects aimed at providing data to support management of sustainable marine fisheries.
CHATHAM CONSERVATION FOUNDATION The member will support conservation and natural resource efforts in Chatham in this collaborative project with the Town of Chatham Department of Natural Resources and the Chatham Conservation Foundation. Service opportunities include shellfish surveying, conservation land maintenance, and volunteer stewardship capacity building. Connect with the community of Chatham on land and by water and from the perspective of the Town and of a non-profit land trust. This placement is a collaboration with the Town of Chatham Department of Natural Resources.
DENNIS CONSERVATION LAND TRUST The Dennis Conservation Trust (DCLT) and the Town of Dennis are requesting an Individual Placement that would assist both organizations in our land conservation activities around trails, mapping and stewardship. The goal of the placement would be to 1) produce trail maps for Town of Dennis and DCLT trails, 2) assist with mapping, research and stewardship of Town and DCLT conserved and to be conserved lands, and 3) contribute to DCLT publications to encourage a public appreciation for open space and land stewardship. This is a collaborative placement with Town of Dennis.
HARWICH CONSERVATION TRUST The member would assist the Town of Harwich and Harwich Conservation Trust to manage and monitor their conservation lands. The member will lead volunteer stewardship projects, lead walks on conservation lands, and help organize citizen science projects. This is a joint placement with the Harwich Conservation and Cemetery Departments
IFAW – MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE & RESEARCH PROGRAM The project will be a continuation of the project worked on by previous AmeriCorps members- to help enhance our Outreach and Volunteer programs to ensure volunteer and local agency engagement. The member will assist in updating protocols, guides, and trainings to help better prepare our volunteers when responding in the field to live and dead stranded marine mammals. The member will also help to develop tools and materials to instruct and train volunteers and interns manning outreach events as well as, take lead in outreach event coordination if appropriate.
ORLEANS CONSERVATION TRUST Assist with the coordination of land steward volunteers for property monitoring and land management workdays; complete land acquisition files; organize and promote educational programs and community events.  This is a collaborative placement with Town of Orleans.
WELLFLEET CONSERVATION TRUST Execute stewardship activities for Wellfleet Conservation Trust properties. Projects include coordination of Spring “Clean-up” volunteer workdays, update Wellfleet Conservation Trust maps, property inspections, boundary marking, and participate in field workdays.