Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) watershed organization officially established in 2006. Our mission is to protect and restore water quality and habitats of the Tinker’s Creek watershed through community partnerships. The Tinker’s Creek watershed drains 96.4 square miles and is the largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River. The watershed area spans 24 communities in Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Geauga counties.
Together with our partners, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recognizes the importance of maintaining water quality throughout Northern Ohio. We also believe in educating the public and regional leaders to support behavioral changes that positively affect our water resources. The Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) works with watershed groups, soil and water conservation districts, city and county government offices, and other conservation nonprofits to facilitate outreach, education, capacity building, environmental stewardship, and stormwater management.
The Nature Conservancy has long been a leader in advancing restoration, stewardship, and education of natural areas in Northeastern Ohio (NEOH). TNC is inviting NOWCorps member applications for a three-pronged approach to restoration in Northeast Ohio. First, through the NEOH Restoration Team, members will conduct restoration and stewardship across Northeast Ohio. Second, through work with the Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center, members will provide educational opportunities and programming for school children and visitors. Third, through work with the Central Lake Erie Basin staff, members will maintain visitor facilities at our public preserves. Team members will have opportunities to work with multiple partners on a variety of natural areas throughout NEOH.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
General Member Responsibilies:
- Promote the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps through education and outreach activities.
- Enhance skills and knowledge applicable to position through participation in related workshops, conferences, and training.
- Assist with fundraising designed to raise funds for activities such as member retreats and other program related projects. These efforts will not contribute to general operating costs for the organization or Host Sites.
- Attend all NOWCorps required meetings and trainings.
- Complete activity reports monthly, required timesheets weekly, and any other reporting in a timely manner in the OnCorps online system.
- All other duties as assigned within the limitations of this member description.
The Nature Conservancy Responsibilities:
- Perform ecological restoration activities in NEOH, with a focus on survey and control of invasive species through chemical and mechanical applications
- Safe operating of vehicles, equipment, and machinery: including ATV’s chainsaws, brush cutters, back pack sprayer, and hand tools
- Responsible for equipment preparation, use, and maintenance as well as use of GPS unit and related devices
- Assist with accurate record keeping and reporting
- Work with TNC staff and Bissell Nature Center volunteers to provide high quality educational programming to students and the public
- Create content for nature center programming (i.e. press releases, fliers, and newsletter content)
- Assist with maintenance of public preserves (mowing, trail & equipment maintenance, etc.)
- Communicate to staff, volunteers, and the public about their work
Additional activities that fall within the goals of the program may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.