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 23 Individual Placements

Barnstable County

CAPE COD COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

The project goal is to provide educational opportunities to raise awareness of Cape Cod’s unconfined, sole source aquifer for people of all ages. This includes interacting with residents, visitors, municipalities, and non-profits. The main objective will be to plan, coordinate, and implement the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s annual WET Festival and Water Festival events. 


MASSACHUSETTS SEPTIC SYSTEM TESTING CENTER (MASSTC)

This project will focus on outreach and education of the benefits of clean water generally, and on wastewater treatment and reuse more specifically, with the outcome of increased environmental awareness and environmental stewardship in these areas. MASSTC’s goal of community outreach and education will be achieved with assistance of AmeriCorps Cape Cod service efforts. Members will help plan and create a Barnstable County staff-led water podcast called “One Drop Leads to Another” and develop an online, community education video series called “Your Septic in a Minute.” 

State/Federal

CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE: FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICE

The Cape Cod National Seashore Fire Management Office Individual Placement member will coordinate, manage, and lead 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). 


CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE: PARK PLANNING DEPARTMENT

The goals of the placement are to assist long-term planning assistance at the Cape Cod National Seashore, including 1) resource management projects at kettle ponds, beaches and park facilities, 2) analyze park activities such as natural sounds and night sky protection, 3) implementation of the park’s Climate Friendly Parks Action Plan to reduce park emissions. There will also be opportunity to undertake GPS and GIS projects for advance planning to provide mapped documentation of facility, trail, and natural resource improvement projects and to do field work with Natural Resources & Science staff or Interpretation staff. 


MASSACHUSETTS DCR: FOREST FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 1

The Massachusetts DCR: Forest Fire Control District 1 seeks assistance with researching and analyzing the Wildland Fire History of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties (Cape Cod & the Islands). The service member will collect historical data (through interviews, municipal archives, internet and library searches, etc.), compile the data, and publish the results. The results of this project will serve as an essential resource for future emergency planning efforts on Cape Cod & the Islands. 


WAQUOIT BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE

The member will develop and deliver educational programming that fits with the changing needs of schools and students. They will assist the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge with engaging different audiences about the environmental challenges facing local natural resources and increase stewardship efforts through a number of different outreach techniques. 

Towns

BOURNE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

The Town of Bourne Department of Natural Resources looks to support a program that specifically addresses water quality issues. The major projects that the member will be focused on include Shellfish Management & Stormwater Asset Management. Both 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 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) programs. 


CHATHAM DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: SHELLFISH DIVISION

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, volunteer stewardship capacity building, and land management planning. 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.  


DENNIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

The Town of Dennis Natural Resources Department seeks assistance in community outreach, education, and stewardship. Activities would include organizing the annual Dennis Conservation Celebration, coordinating and managing monthly volunteer property clean-ups and other land stewardship projects, and organizing volunteer recruitment events. The goal of the placement would be to encourage a public appreciation for open space and land stewardship. 


FALMOUTH CONSERVATION COMMISSION

The member will serve with the Falmouth Conservation Commission to review Conservation Restriction (CR) documents & conduct site visits to assess for compliance while developing methods to establish a volunteer base for CR reviews.  The member will also expand and update the Town of Falmouth’s Conservation website to include up-to-date content related to land management projects, property maps, and land resource information. 


FALMOUTH MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: SHELLFISH DIVISION

This project is the continuation of a science-based educational workshop series program for local students, which allows the Falmouth’s Shellfish Division to share about the types of projects they are involved in and present current, STEM-based topics that are relevant to Falmouth and Cape Cod. The member will help adapt the workshop series into a hybrid form, which will allow educational programming to have greater reach beyond the Falmouth community. This project is supported by the Falmouth Public School Administration and aims to give students of the same grade level across multiple school systems a common bonding learning experience. 


HARWICH DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

The member will assist the Town of Harwich Conservation Department manage and monitor their conservation lands. The member will lead volunteer stewardship projects, plan and coordinate community-wide events, and help organize citizen science projects. 


HARWICH CEMETERY DEPARTMENT 

The Town of Harwich Cemetery Department seeks assistance with Environmental Education programs for Adults and Students. The member would help design, implement, and promote the James G. Marceline Arboretum property through the creation of brochures and tours. The member would also contribute to ongoing land management on the grounds, including the removal of invasive species and planting of new trees and shrubs. 


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 (priority), vernal pool certification, 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 and potential mapping projects.) This project requires a member who loves being outdoors in all kinds of weather, is capable of working near AND ON the water and doesn’t mind physical labor. These projects will allow the member to work independently and provide significant, tangible contributions for a better understanding of the town’s natural resources and its efforts to sustain them. 

Non-Profits

BARNSTABLE CLEAN WATER COALITION

The member will help 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. Water samples are collected at each site to test for total nitrogen and are delivered to the Barnstable County Health Lab for processing. Stream flow measurements are taken at each site using a current meter, measuring equipment, and a specific conductance probe. 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 evaluating the town of Barnstable community youth’s need for environmental engagement and how Barnstable Land Trust can fill that need through providing hands-on experiential opportunities. The member will assess community youth needs, research various youth engagement and service-learning programs, and develop a plan and program to address and support identified needs that fits within Barnstable Land Trust’s service capacity. This project will build Barnstable Land Trust’s capacity to achieve community impact goals outlined within our most recent strategic plan, while offering experiential opportunities to inspire future environmental leaders. 


BREWSTER CONSERVATION TRUST

This placement will focus on land stewardship with the following specific focus areas: 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. 


CAPE COD CLIMATE CHANGE COLLABORATIVE

This newly formed Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative seeks assistance with community outreach and education efforts, including: 1) research and develop community-relevant, climate-focused content for the Climate Collaborative’s website; 2) aggregate and curate copy for the bi-weekly Climate Action Newsletter; and 3) develop a social media strategy for the organization. 


CARE FOR CAPE AND ISLANDS

CARE’s Cape Cod Stewardship Collaborative unites organizations across Cape Cod & the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to reduce litter, single use plastic, and the improper disposal of cigarettes and dog waste. An AmeriCorps Cape Cod Individual Placement member will engage with a broad cross-section of organizations in the area — all working toward common goals — helping CARE provide the “glue” to align all for greater efficiency and impact. This service will be varied, engaging your presentation, business/organizational, collaborative, and relationship skills to help manage volunteers, educate the community, and coordinate activities of Collaborative participants. 


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 participate in more focused community-based research projects which aim to provide data to support the 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, volunteer stewardship capacity building, and land management planning. 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.  


DENNIS CONSERVATION LAND TRUST

The Dennis Conservation Trust (DCLT) seeks assistance with community outreach, education, and stewardship. Activities would include stewarding the land, mapping and data management on individual properties, outreach and education within the local community, and promoting DCLT lands as a laboratory for learning.  The member would also have the opportunity to support the Town of Dennis Dept. of Natural Resources in planning the annual Dennis Conservation Celebration.  


FRIENDS OF MASHPEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The member will develop and deliver educational programming that fits with the changing needs of schools and students. They will assist the Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with engaging different audiences about the environmental challenges facing local natural resources and increase stewardship efforts through a number of different outreach techniques. 


HARWICH CONSERVATION TRUST

The Harwich Conservation Trust seeks assistance with managing and monitoring their conservation lands. The member will help lead volunteer stewardship projects, lead walks on conservation lands, and help organize community-wide events.  


IFAW – MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE & RESEARCH PROGRAM

The project will be a continuation of those worked on by previous AmeriCorps members. The member will be trained to become an integral member of our stranding response team and assist with responding to reports of live and dead stranded marine mammals on Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts. When the member is not in the field, they will help enhance our Education/Outreach and Volunteer programs by assisting with the development of protocols, trainings and resources to promote open communication and engage our volunteer responders and local municipalities. Additionally, the member will help develop tools and materials to instruct volunteers and interns manning outreach events as well as, take lead in outreach event coordination if appropriate. 


ORLEANS CONSERVATION TRUST

The AmeriCorps Cape Cod member will serve with the Orleans Conservation Trust by continuing our ongoing boundary marking project and assisting with our diverse land stewardship projects. This placement will provide the opportunity to experience how a local conservation nonprofit organization operates on Cape Cod.


SIPSON ISLAND TRUST

Sipson Island Trust seeks assistance in creating a program to onboard and manage volunteers, especially to interact with the public on Sipson Island. We have a backlog of messages from people interested in volunteering and volunteer management software, but we need a person to seek pertinent information from them, organize the data, and help launch a volunteer island monitoring program so that we can effectively use volunteer interest and energy in support of our mission. Such support would greatly increase the Trust’s capacity to manage visitation to the island, educate the public, and safeguard the island’s conservation values.