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 21 Individual Placements
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.
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. Other projects include community presentations and outreach about the shellfish survey results and working independently with the conservation division to preform general trail and property maintenance. This placement is a collaboration with the Chatham Conservation Foundation.
DENNIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Assist with the management and enhancement of natural resources within the town of Dennis. Projects include property monitoring, management of the you-pick Blueberry patches, maintenance of conservation areas and trails, assist with aquaculture projects, and planning the annual herring count. This is a collaborative placement with Dennis Conservation Trust.
FALMOUTH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: PARKS DIVISION Create a planting plan for 200 trees within commercial and neighborhood corridors in Falmouth. This includes cataloging trees within the town road layout and flagging trees that pose a threat to public safety. Other projects include planning outreach events surrounding the tree plantings such as an event celebrating arbor day.
FALMOUTH MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SHELLFISH DIVISION Create a local science-based educational workshop curriculum to share marine related projects the MES Shellfish and Biological Services Division are working on with the Falmouth community at large. Work along MES staff to coordinate and teach the curriculum to Falmouth Elementary students. Other projects include assisting with shellfish propagation and Shellfish data collection.
FALMOUTH CONSERVATION COMMISSION Assist with mapping town and 300 committee land trust properties for recreational access and baseline data collection. Provide general support for the Coonamesset Greenway Heritage projects and assist the Commission with outreach to share their restoration projects with the public. This is a collaborative placement with the 300 Committee Land Trust.
HARWICH DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION Create and manage a new community arboretum in the Island Pond Conservation Area and adjoining Island Pond Cemetery. 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. This is a joint placement with the Harwich Conservation Trust
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 to create a composite of beach and species movement within the Nauset Beach barrier beach system. This is a collaborative placement with Orleans Conservation Trust.
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 a shellfish advisory group and outdoor shellfish STEM curriculum for students at Sandwich High School. Other projects include monitoring and maintaining Sandwich conservation properties, shorebird monitoring and herring run maintenance.
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, and various larger scale natural resource projects. This placement works in collaboration with the Wellfleet Conservation Trust.
WELLFLEET SHELLFISHING DIVISION Assist with quahog and oyster shellfish propagation at all stages of development including planting seed quahogs to broadcasting oysters. Other projects include assisting the shellfish constable to update permit databases and create an informational map of shellfishing areas in Wellfleet.
WEST BARNSTABLE FIRE DEPARTMENT Lead the effort to create and update a new “Strategic Plan” and “Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Plan” for the West Barnstable Fire Department. Other projects include assisting with volunteer firefighter recruitment and leading Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) exercises with elected officials, community volunteers, and West Barnstable Fire Department staff.
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE: PLANNING DEPARTMENT Assist with long-term park planning, including resource management at kettle ponds, beaches, and park facilities, 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.
AMERICAN RED CROSS 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 CLEAN WATER COALITION Collect 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. Input data collection into a database to assist in the creation of baseline data to assist in the implementation of alternative tools to reduce nitrogen pollution.
BARNSTABLE LAND TRUST Research, develop, and implement nature-based programming for 3-5 Barnstable Land Trust properties to engage the public in natural resource advocacy and education. Projects include designing and installing signature kiosk and waysides on Trust properties.
BREWSTER CONSERVATION TRUST Assist with Land Stewardship activities for the trust focusing on land management, boundary marking, and mapping. Other projects include assisting with Brewster Conservation Day and leading volunteer coordination. This is a collaboration with the Town of Brewster Department of Natural Resources.
CENTER FOR COASTAL STUDIES Collaborate with fisherman and natural resource managers to study marine invertebrate fisheries. This project includes data collection to study crab, clam, and squid habitat using field-based and laboratory methods to understand how environmental and human influences affect fishery dynamics.
CHATHAM CONSERVATION FOUNDATION Assist with updating land management Inventory and baseline documentation reports. Projects include property boundary marking, leverage volunteers to address land stewardship needs, including trail maintenance, and ecological restoration, and assist with shore bird monitoring. This placement is a collaboration with the Town of Chatham Department of Natural Resources.
DENNIS CONSERVATION LAND TRUST Organize the annual Dennis Conservation Celebration, coordinate and manage monthly property clean-ups for DCLT, maintain and improve DCLT geocaches, work on trails, boundary marking, land stewardship projects, and assist with volunteer recruitment and outreach. This is a collaborative placement with Town of Dennis.
HARWICH CONSERVATION TRUST Coordinate Stewardship activities including property boundary marking and trail maintenance. Organize signature events like Tour de Trash, COASTsweep, and education nature lectures. Other projects include preparation for the herring count and bird nesting box inventory. This is a joint placement with the Harwich Conservation and Cemetery Departments
IFAW – MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE & RESEARCH PROGRAM Coordinate and participate in education/outreach events promoting the work of IFAW and marine mammal conservation. Projects include developing education tools and materials to instruct and train volunteers and intern to improve outreach events. Assist staff on critical aspects of live and dead marine mammal stranding response.
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.
MASS AUDUBON COASTAL WATERBIRD PROGRAM 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.
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.