Join TerraCorps

Apply to be a TerraCorps Service Member for the 2019-2020 program year! As a member, you can  serve with any of our 20+ partner sites in one of five positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC), Urban Agriculture Coordinator (UAG), Regional Collaboration Coordinator (RCC), Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC), and Youth Education Coordinator (YEC).  For more information about each coordinator position visit our program page.   Check out the map below to see what partner organizations are hosting members next year! For more details about each position, scroll past the map to read individual position announcements. Instructions on how to apply can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Map of Open TerraCorps Service Positions

Berkshire Natural Resource Council

Pittsfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Buzzards Bay Coalition

New Bedford, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

East Quabbin Land Trust

Hardwick, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Growing Places

Leominster, MA
Hosting:
2 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Hilltown Land Trust

Ashfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Land Stewardhsip Coord.

Kestrel Land Trust

Amherst, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Regional Collaboration/ Urban Agriculture Coord.
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Athol, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

North County Land Trust

Leominster, MA
Hosting:
1 split Community Engagement/ Land Stewardship Coord.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Wildlands Trust

Plymouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Broad Meadow Brook-Mass Audubon

Worcester, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Groundwork Lawrence

Lowell, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

CitySprouts

Cambridge, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

New England Forestry Foundation

Littleton, MA
Hosting:
2 Regional Collaboration Coord.

The Nature Conservancy

Great Barrington, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Habitat Education Center and W.S.-Mass Audubon

Belmont, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coordinator

Ipswich River W.S.-Mass Audubon

Topsfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coordinator

Mass Audubon Conservation Science Department

Lincoln, MA
Hosting:
2 Land Stewardship Coordinators

Moose Hill W.S.-Mass Audubon

Sharon, MA
Hosting:
1 split Community Engagement/ Youth Education Coord.

Broadmoor W.S.-Mass Audubon

Natick, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Oak Knoll W.S.-Mass Audubon

Attleboro, MA
Hosting:
1 split Community Engagement/ Youth Education Coord.

Museum of American Bird Art-Mass Audubon

Canton, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Boston Nature Center-Mass Audubon

Mattapan, MA
Hosting:
1 split Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coord.

Tidmarsh W.S.-Mass Audubon

Plymouth, MA
Hosting:
1 split Youth Education/ Community Engagement Coord.
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

The Wareham Land Trust

Wareham, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Boston, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

Just Roots

Greenfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Gardening the Community

Springfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Urban Agriculture Coord.

Natick Community Organic Farm

Natick, MA
Hosting:
2 Urban Agriculture Coord.

Southeastern MA Pine Barrens Alliance

Plymouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Full Circle Earth

Beverly, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Sippican Lands Trust

Marion, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Grow Food Northampton

Florence, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Scroll over the map to see what partner organizations are hosting TerraCorps members this year! Below the map are full position descriptions for each position. 

Open TerraCorps Service Positions

Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Berkshire Natural Resources Council‘s mission is “To protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment.” BNRC has been protecting land in Berkshire County for 50 years. We own nearly 10,500 acres in fee, containing over 50 miles of maintained trails. BNRC is responsible for protecting an additional 12,000 acres of land in Berkshire County through perpetual Conservation Restrictions with private land owners. In addition, BNRC recently launched its High Road initiative which envisions a county-wide trail network connecting conservation to towns, for the benefit of residents and visitors. The High Road endeavors to complement the existing abundance of conservation land in the Berkshires for the benefit of wildlife and ecology at local and regional scales.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. By educating, community members and partner organizations, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers Berkshire Natural Resources Council has proposed the following potential project for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

Taking a previous TerraCorps project to the next level by collaborating with local partners to analyze and develop strategies for particular High Road connectivity projects. The High Road is BNRC’s vision to connect conservation land and trails to towns throughout Berkshire County. The specific project can be catered toward the experience and strengths of the TerraCorps Member but will likely include intensive mapping analyses, GIS-based data collection and input, and project development including collaborations with local land trusts, neighbors to conservation land, trail users, and/or municipal and state agencies. The member will organize small, regional working groups to identify places of collaboration and planning and also serve with volunteers to inventory potential High Road route options. https://www.bnrc.org/the-high-road/

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (GIS, Microsoft office programs)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Associates degree or higher and/or certificate, training, or internship in a field related to landscape architecture, urban or regional planning, real estate law, food systems planning, natural resource planning, or other related fields
  • A strong interest and or experience in land conservation, land use planning, and/or real estate law
  • Experience in local government and/or civic organizations

 

For questions about Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s service positions, contact Mariah Auman at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

Boston Nature Center-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (BNC) is a community-based education center and wildlife sanctuary located in the heart of Boston, in the Mattapan neighborhood.  Its all-inclusive programs promote scientific thinking and ecological learning and are offered on-and off-site, often in collaboration with our many community partners.  Intensive school initiatives, licensed preschools, outreach programs, nationally-accredited camp programs, Youth Leaders program, and public programs are some of the offerings we provide.  BNC features the City of Boston’s first green municipal building and is comprised of 67-acres which includes wetlands, meadows, and forests.

A service member at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Land Stewardship role, and 50% of time spent in a Community Engagement role.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC)/ Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  Members in this role also work on developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, LSC/CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, Members increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and connect a broader cross-section of people to the land and the benefits it provides.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship/Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. Improve habitat for tree swallows and blue birds as well as pollinators through meadow enhancement and maintenance and bird monitoring (including nest box surveys).
  2. Build BNC’s volunteer program infrastructure to increase access by both large volunteer groups and individual volunteers that serve the BNC including developing a data base, recruiting, supervising, and scheduling of volunteers; expanding volunteer opportunities for new groups and evaluating and making recommendations to improve the BNC’s volunteer program.
  3. Expand community engagement though representation of BNC at community events, festivals, library programs and meetings to engage new audiences; maintaining a social media program including Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram; conducting outreach to media through distributing press releases, stories, opinion pieces, and blog entries.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Business Skype and other social media platforms)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Able to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk over uneven terrain, climb ladders, and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Familiarity and comfort (and ability to learn about) green building features, flora and fauna.

 

For questions about Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center service positions, contact Julie Brandlen, jbrandlen@massaudubon.org.

Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary (BMB) in Worcester serves as Mass Audubon’s regional hub for the Central Sanctuaries in Worcester County, and Wachusett Meadow (WM) Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton serves northern Worcester County. Broad Meadow Brook is New England’s largest ‘in-city’ wildlife sanctuary, and WM is Mass Audubon’s largest staffed sanctuary in central Massachusetts. At both BMB and WM, our goal is to build an environmentally healthy and literate community by taking an active, leadership role in resource management, advocacy, and conservation education at all levels.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Broad Meadow Brook has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. Develop a series of events focused on building awareness about Broad Meadow Brook and Mass Audubon to reach new participants across our service area. Events could include Climate Cafés, Nature Trivia Nights, and Open house style events, all of which attract new audiences who can benefit from all that Broad Meadow Brook has to offer.
  2. Strengthen existing relationships and establish new ones with community organizations and user groups who will be inspired to come visit the sanctuary and enjoy the opportunities to get outside and walk the trails and connect with nature. This would involve conducting outreach, attending meetings, and building partnerships with community organizations in the area.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including word, excel, powerpoint and publisher
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Ability to speak a second language is desirable, preferably Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Comfortable with public speaking and organizing events.

 

For questions about Broad Meadow Brook’s service positions, contact Lisa Carlin at lcarlin@massaudubon.org

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary is one of nearly 60 Mass Audubon sanctuaries and protects over 800 acres of conservation land along the Charles River in the MetroWest area of Greater Boston.  Sustainable stewarding of our natural environment for resilience, connecting people and nature through education and advocacy, and collaborating with nearby cities, towns and other conservation organizations on land protection and management are key aspects of our mission.  Sustainable design of our nature center serves as an award winning model. The team at Broadmoor also works to protect and steward over 400 additional acres in the nearby towns of Holliston and Hopkinton.

Buzzards Bay Coalition

Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy. The Watershed Protection Department within BBC advances land conservation, land stewardship and habitat restoration activities throughout the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Wareham Land Trust’s mission is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, to unite citizens in a common goal of conservation and responsible land use, and to educate the public about the environmental and economic benefits of protecting open space and promoting sustainable development. The Wareham Land Trust is guided by a group of hard-working volunteer board members and supported by individuals and organizations throughout Wareham and the neighboring communities.

CitySprouts

The CitySprouts mission is to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the academic curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.  Based in public elementary and middle schools, CitySprouts School Partnership Program works closely with teachers to establish experiential learning and integrate garden-based education into school culture. The CitySprouts Middle School Program curriculum is grounded in scientific inquiry, engineering practices and understanding food systems.  CitySprouts’  serve more than 7,000 students and 300 teachers in 21 public schools in Boston and Cambridge.

This position has been filled. 

East Quabbin Land Trust

The East Quabbin Land Trust works to foster the sustainable use of our natural and historic resources for the benefit of all generations through the conservation and stewardship of the farmlands, woodlands and waters in our region of Massachusetts. We envision a regional community that continues to care for its natural environment and supports a sustainable local economy, ensuring a high quality of life for generations to come. The work of the East Quabbin Land Trust is focused in central Massachusetts, an area with a diverse landscape of rivers, villages, rolling farmland, forested highlands, wetlands and working communities.  The small staff and dedicated volunteers at the East Quabbin Land Trust are mission-driven, always striving to engage more people of all ages and abilities in the care and conservation of our lands.  

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. East Quabbin Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Engage youth in tree planting to improve public health and well-being
  • Expand engagement and learning on the Mass Central Rail Trail
  • Engage youth in creating children’s literature projects that impart messages about land conservation or stewardship themes in Massachusetts
  • Engage youth in taking photographs of conserved lands to promote public awareness of these special places and the work of land trusts
  • Create videos highlighting youth impacts on EQLT preserves
  • Develop a family walking program that uses social media to reach new audiences
  • Expand and enhance programs for growing food with local schools
  • Develop curriculum for summer camp days on conservation land
  • Expand internship and externship opportunities through the local high schools

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing, communication, and networking skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office programs)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above (teaching/ leading groups in outdoors)
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong interest/ experience with hands-on land management or stewardship projects
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Flexible and positive attitude and commitment to learning from and engaging with the volunteers and staff at the East Quabbin Land Trust to affect real change in our region

 

For questions about East Quabbin Land Trust’s service positions, contact Cynthia Henshaw at chenshaw@EQLT.org.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a private non-profit stewardship organization founded in 1998 with the mission to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace for all. The Conservancy connects people with the Emerald Necklace parks and uses projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the 1,100 acres of landscape, waterways and parkways extending from Boston’s Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. Assist in coordinating, leading and managing the Green Team summer youth program, and the fall/winter Youth Leadership Program activities geared at participants 15-18 years old.
  2. Assist in the creation and facilitation of nature connection and environmental education lessons and activities for teen program participants.
  3. Assist in the coordination and facilitation of life and earth science activities and field trips for the Canopy Classroom Program geared at 3rd-graders.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office

     Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience working in an outdoor leadership role including facilitating team-building initiatives
  • Experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods
  • CPR/First Aid certification

 

For questions about The Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s service positions, contact Kent Jackson at kjackson@emeraldnecklace.org or 617-522-2700.

Full Circle Earth

Full Circle Earth promotes and practices Organic Land Care and other Sustainable Solutions while creating rewarding vocational/educational opportunities for people of all abilities with an emphasis on community inclusion and equity for all. Currently, FCE is an all volunteer run non-profit organization seeking to build capacity in order to successfully achieve our vision. We are truly fortunate to have constructed an Environmental Education Greenhouse on an amazing Trustees of Reservations property, Long Hill Reservation. This magical space provides an empowering landscape to facilitate the mission and objectives of FCE for the whole community. We are also fortunate to have a small office space on the Endicott College Campus which acts as our office location.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Full Circle Earth has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Lead a City-Wide Collaborative Organic Land Care Health Initiative by educating and advocating for an OLC approach to the local community and sharing systems and practices that can be implemented on a local scale. This initiative will involve collaborating with municipal leaders, municipal workers, community members, other organizations, and students to develop and implement the OLC Health Initiative. The Member may organize and lead OLC Pilot Projects on City Property; provide homeowners the tools to adopt OLC themselves; and facilitate OLC workshops at schools and community events. Through this project, the CEC will support the sustainable use of all lands.
  • Partner with FCE team in developing the Earth Skills Vocational Program and integrating this program with the OLC Health Initiative Efforts.
  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer & Internship Program by coordinating trainings, outings, and service days.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (google platform)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying wildlife species is a plus
  • Experience working directly with the public
  • Ability to develop public informational/ promotional materials

 

For questions about Full Circle Earth’s service positions, contact Jimi Carnazza at 978-317-2461 or Jimi@fullcircleearth.org    

Gardening the Community

Gardening the Community  (GTC) is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC plays an important role in Springfield’s food justice movement, working to create more access to healthy food, and building toward an equitable local food system. Youth development and urban agriculture are at the center of this work, with youth leadership development built into all levels of the organization. GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield.

Urban Agriculture Coordinators (UAC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands. UACs may create raised beds or community gardens, monitor and maintain urban farmland, establish sustainable food systems, provide new farmer trainings, lead community workshops, etc. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for communities, demonstrate responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. UACs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Gardening the Community  has proposed the following potential projects for their Urban Agriculture Coordinator:

  1. Enhance and expand public involvement with GTC Farms and programs, by coordinating volunteer impact days, expanding our outreach, developing new community and corporate partnerships, developing an orientation and training system for new volunteers and putting into place better systems for communicating with volunteers and tracking and celebrating volunteer involvement. Partners would include area schools, businesses and organizations. This will include expanding the number of volunteers who come regularly and growing our volunteer base by 20%.
  2. Further developing our farm sites and Walnut St. Farm Store so that they are strong, community-based resources for families in Springfield through deepening our outreach in the neighborhoods around us and in Springfield generally so that more families are aware of and use the Farm Store and CSA. We will focus on families who receive SNAP benefits.
  3. Develop a resource binder for farming at GTC which will include an outline of the flow of farming tasks over the seasons, a description of key processes, and a list of resources and contacts used in the process so that the work is documented and more accessible to the whole team.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfortable navigating computer software programs such as MS Word and Excel and able/ willing to learn Survey Monkey and NeonCRM
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Urban Agriculture Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong understanding of racial justice and food justice and experience with community-based work
  • Experience with urban agriculture
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people and comfortable engaging with young people of color from urban areas

 

For questions about GTC’s service positions, contact Ibrahim Ali, 413-693-5340 x1

Groundwork Lawrence

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL),a 501c3 nonprofit, has been making change happen in Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts since it’s early beginnings in 1999. Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. GWL achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, GWL ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

The Green Streets program works to increase the urban tree canopy in the Lawrence by providing FREE trees to city residents and businesses. Green Streets started as a pilot project in 2007 funded with an Environmental Justice grant, since then it has grown into a full time urban forestry program with dedicated staff and a seasonal planting crew.  Green Streets is currently receiving funding by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs (EEA) though their Greening the Gateway Cities program. The program aims to combat the urban heat island effect on a neighborhood scale, increasing energy efficiency and reducing cooling and heating costs for residents. The current planting zones in Lawrence total 560 acres across three neighborhoods. Sustained, effective community engagement is critical to the ongoing success of the program and to achieve this ambitious goals. The Community Engagement Coordinator plays an important role in supporting these efforts.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Groundwork Lawrence has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

The Community Engagement Coordinator will collaborate closely with the Green Streets Program Manager to help implement the Green Streets urban forestry project, which includes:

  • Support ongoing engagement and outreach efforts for the Green Streets Urban Forestry program. These efforts may include, but are not limited to – canvassing, distributing promotional literature, tabling at community events, attending and presenting information at neighborhood association meetings, speaking at public events and interacting with local media and other similar activities.
  • Support awareness and educational efforts by engaging with the community though various civic, cultural and other community-based organizations.
  • Engage with volunteers, students and Green Team members to promote stewardship and monitoring of trees planted by Green Streets; monitoring and tracking the health of trees planted under the Green Streets Program.
  • Support the stewardship of public trees.
  • Assist in documenting ongoing urban forestry activities, contributing to updated content for the Green Streets webpage and social media accounts.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs – Microsoft Office, Google applications, ACR GIS, iTree.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Experience working with diverse, environmental justice communities
  •   A strong interest in urban environmental issues, environmental justice and urban forestry.

 

For questions about Groundwork Lawrence’s service positions, contact Tennis Lilly, Program Manager,  tlilly@groundworklawrence.org or (978) 974-0770, Ext. 7016.

 

Grow Food Northampton

Grow Food Northampton strengthens the local food economy by giving everyone tools to participate in it. We provide access to land and other resources to farmers and community gardeners, bring farmers and customers together at our thriving downtown farmers’ market, and educate over a thousand children each year through a series of farm field trips and in-class cooking workshops. Our commitment to addressing inequity in the food system is woven throughout these programs and is the sole purpose of our Grow Food Shares programs, which offer low-income families many affordable access points to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Our 121-acre farm and office are located in Florence, a village of Northampton, MA.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Grow Food Northampton has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Collaborate with our Local Food Educator to expand and improve existing, or develop new, field trip and classroom cooking workshop curriculum. This will include co-leading or leading the implementation of these activities with elementary school classes.
  • Develop and test ideas to further integrate our programming into the school system, especially food service. This could be done by collaborating with cafeteria staff to lead taste-tests of meals with local ingredients, for example.
  • Develop and deliver programming for youth outside of school, for example: at the Community Garden, Tuesday Farmers Market, or Neighborhood Markets located in subsidized housing communities.
  • Assist in the management of our ½ acre Giving Garden to support local food pantries and free meal sites. This will involve farming and volunteer coordination in addition to youth education.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in youth education, particularly with hands-on and outdoor activities
  • Interest and/or experience in farming and gardening
  • Ability to travel safely, reliably, independently and with supplies to local schools and other sites within 5 miles of the office in all weather. (Mileage reimbursement provided)

 

For questions about Grow Food Northampton’s service position, contact Michael Skillicorn at michael@growfoodnorthampton.com or (413) 320-4799 ext 9.

Growing Places

For over 17 years,  Growing Places (GP) has connected the community through ‘real’ food. GP was founded in 2001 as a private nonprofit organization to donate raised-bed vegetable gardens to low-income individuals in North Central Massachusetts in response to the high levels of poverty, hunger, food insecurity, health disparities and limited access to fresh, affordable and healthy food in the region. As we have strengthened our connection to and understanding of the community’s need, we have expanded beyond simply donating garden materials to creating long-term, sustainable changes that focus on increasing fresh food access and environmental sustainability for those with compromised social determinants of health.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, community housing associations, and local businesses to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs.  By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Growing Places has proposed the following potential projects for their Environmental Sustainability Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

Our Environmental Sustainability RCC will help to build capacity around Growing Places’ new strategic goals that focus on environmental sustainability within the purview of the organization’s current programs and services.

  • Researching evidence-based models and best-practices around sustainable gardening and community orchards and piloting one or two new strategies based on organizational resources.
  • Developing a garden sustainability plan for new and existing gardens in North Central MA.
  • Building capacity of the Greening the Gateways Cities tree planting program to increase the tree canopy in Leominster through an adopt-a-tree program and other programs that increase awareness about the benefits of trees (e.g., tree ID walks, Public Service Announcements)
  • Integrating environmental justice into youth programming for elementary students and teens with Growing Places’ Youth Development and Environmental Sustainability Coordinator.

 Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office-windows, excel, publisher, powerpoint; social media platforms; website platforms-Wordpress; and GIS mapping)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong communicator, both verbal and written, and able to professionally communicate with diverse stakeholders across all community sectors
  • Willingness to try new things, able and willing to persevere
  • Ability to conduct research, plan, implement and evaluate a strategy / program holistically

 

For questions about Growing Places’s service positions, contact Ayn Yeagle at ayn@growingplaces.org or 978-598-3723 ext. 801

Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all.  From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people. Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 90-acre urban oasis that has been devoted to environmental education since 1970.  Just seven miles from down town Boston, Habitat offers diverse educational programs for all ages on and off-site.  Habitat has an active and inclusive volunteer community that is involved in stewardship of: gardens, goats, trails, woods, meadows, ponds, and a wide variety of wildlife.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) Build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mass Audubon Habitat has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Develop and enhance volunteer programs focused on continuous maintenance and management of formal, wildflower, butterfly, herb, and community gardens. These gardens provide wildlife habitat and support education programs. The LSC will also include community members in trainings and events related to the gardens and recruit volunteer leaders.
  2. Create a structure of volunteer leadership and events to enhance our volunteer program specific to managing invasive plants and native plant restoration.
  3. Build skilled volunteer capacity to support a year-round herd of goats. The goats are used for rotational grazing of meadows and for community programs.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Word, Excel, iNaturalist, and Social Media such as Facebook and Instagram)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Experience with managing multiple schedules and events

 

For questions about Habitat’s service positions, contact Sandy Vorce, Property Manager at:  svorce@massaudubon.org   617-489-5050

Hilltown Land Trust

Hilltown Land Trust’s mission is to protect land and promote ecological diversity and health, respectful land stewardship, historic character and natural beauty in the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts. Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) serves thirteen rural towns in western Massachusetts, in which it holds 34 conservation restrictions and owns 9 properties protecting over 4,000 acres. HLT maintains active hiking trails at three properties with development of a fourth property  coming in the next year. In 2010, HLT and The Trustees of Reservations launched a partnership to combine the efforts and resources. HLT and The Trustees continue to function as independent entities, but now collaborate to increase the pace of land conservation in the Hilltowns.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. The 2,000-acre Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield is one of the largest and most popular sanctuaries in Mass Audubon’s statewide system. The sanctuary’s staff provides educational programs to more than 14,000 school children annually, and serves an additional 650 children annually through camp and school vacation programs. The Sanctuary attracts thousands of visitors who participate in programs and events, such as maple sugaring, canoeing, and the Nature Festival, and is visited by an additional 25,000 people a year who simply want to enjoy the sanctuary. The staff at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary also help to maintain a network of sanctuaries throughout the North Shore.

Just Roots

Just Roots is a nonprofit community organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Our mission is to increase access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how. We started a community farm on Greenfield town land in 2011 and began production of a diverse vegetable farm which, in 2018, will grow food for 300 families in Franklin County, MA. We donate over 10,000 pounds of food each year to our local food pantry and pay-what-you-can cafe. We operate a vibrant community garden and offer on-farm visits and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Since the inception of Just Roots, we have been reinventing the CSA farm share model as a health intervention program. Believing strongly that belonging to a CSA farm share program has the power to change the way you eat for the long-term and improve health, Just Roots set out to create a farm share for every budget, addressing key barriers and increasing access for all.

This position has been filled.

Kestrel Land Trust

Since 1970, Kestrel Land Trust has conserved and cared for forests, farms, and riverways in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, while nurturing an enduring love of the land. Kestrel has conserved more than 25,000 acres in the region, and we are responsible for stewarding 3,000 acres of protected lands. Throughout our history, we have partnered with landowners, governmental agencies, citizen groups, and other organizations to protect farmland, woodlands, wildlife habitat, water resources, historic landscapes, and scenic vistas throughout the Valley. Along the river, rich soils are actively farmed, while the surrounding hills harbor beautiful forestlands and quaint villages, and the Mount Holyoke Range rises above all. Kestrel leads regional efforts to maintain the natural qualities that make our Valley a place to love.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Kestrel Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Coordinate partnerships with community organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters to help underserved populations connect with nature.
  • Coordinate with the Eagle Eye Institute to create and support environmental after-school programs for students at Holyoke High School Dean Tech Campus.
  • Develop a new partnership with Westhampton High School focusing on Kestrel’s signature conservation area adjacent to the school.
  • Support new programming at the Buffam Brook Community Forest in partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Pelham schools.
  • Help coordinate landowner outreach programs and educational materials, as well as interacting with new landowner prospects for conservation projects.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and managing volunteers
  • Strong interest in serving with diverse community groups, landowners, and municipalities
  • Experience planning and leading events
  • Associates degree or higher and/or certificate, training, or internship in a field related to environmental and social justice, environmental education, environmental policy and civic advocacy, or other social science related fields.

 

For questions about Kestrel’s service position, contact Kari Blood at kari@kestreltrust.org.

A service member at Kestrel Land Trust will be serving in a blended capacity, with 70% of time in a Regional Collaboration role, and 30% of time spent in an Urban Agriculture role.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC)/ Urban Agriculture Coordinators (UAC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation, access, and management and then organize collaborative community projects and networks of volunteers to help meet these needs. Members in this split position may convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, and community associations to build regional networks and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups around community needs. Through their efforts RCC/UACs are particularly focused on initiating and supporting projects that improve access to the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands. By organizing multi-stakeholder land-focused projects, Members increase access to funding, expand resources for communities, demonstrate responsible land management, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership and responsibility in the local landscape.

More specifically, RCC/UAC’s may assist their service site and partner organizations with collaborative projects and activities such as: developing Municipal Open Space and Recreation Plans; completing farmland and food systems mapping and inventories; securing and protecting land for use as community farms, forests, and parks; planning recreational greenways; developing farm-to-institution and buy local food campaigns; building farmer-to-farmland matching systems; and organizing trainings and outreach for open space planning, farmland protection, land access and affordability options. By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding and land, RCC/UACs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Kestrel Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Conservation/Urban Agriculture Coordinator:

  1. Help to coordinate organizational partnerships, projects and strategies for the regional Forever Farmland Initiative. These may include collaborating with partners such as MDAR and Harvard Forest, as well as with local communities, to expand APR eligibility for previously excluded farms in the Pioneer Valley and statewide, and to establish new, innovative sources of funding for farmland protection in the region.
  2. Assist underserved communities and populations in coordination with organizations such as CISA, All Farmers, and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center (PVWC) to broaden farmland access for local refugee and immigrant populations, and to assist with the development of PVWC’s new co-op farm on land owned by Kestrel and the City of Northampton.
  3. Serve as a liaison with the regional conservation partnerships (RCP’s) in which Kestrel participates, and assess Kestrel’s best and most effective opportunities for involvement in regional conservation efforts.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications:

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills and comfortable speaking to groups
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including Microsoft Office Programs
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration/ Urban Agriculture Coordinator position and projects listed above; specifically, a strong interest in serving with municipalities on land conservation projects
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Associate degree; experience may be substituted for education
  • Experience in land conservation or land use planning (GIS is a plus)
  • Experience with outreach, coordinating events, and developing public informational materials

 

For questions about Kestrel Land Trust’s Regional Conservation Coordinator position, contact Mark Wamsley, Land Conservation Manager, at mark@kestreltrust

Mass Audubon Conservation Science Department

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all.  As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Our Conservation Science Department coordinates research, land management planning, and statewide bird conservation efforts. We design and implement habitat restoration projects, partner with academic researchers and citizen scientists to monitor declining species, and lead statewide and regional efforts to identify and protect the most imperiled birds and other wildlife.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mass Audubon’s Conservation Science Department has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Expand citizen science effort to estimate deer density based on pellet counts.
    • Review results of ongoing pilot study.
    • Develop training and support materials.
    • Collaborate with sanctuary staff to recruit and train volunteers and apply project at two to three sanctuaries.
    • Collaborate with conservation partners to expand method to additional locations.
  2. Coordinate rare plant surveys on wildlife sanctuaries
    • Partners with the New England Wild Flower Society to engage trained volunteers in surveying for rare plants at our wildlife sanctuaries.
    • Support the volunteers in data collection including photographs and GPS coordinates which will help in future survey efforts.
    • Develop training and support materials to recruit Mass Audubon volunteers.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (MS Office suite, ArcGIS, eBird, iNaturalist)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species

 

For questions about the Mass Audubon Conservation Science Department’s service positions, contact Margo Servison at mservison@massaudubon.org.

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all.  Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Sharon, MA, is Mass Audubon’s first sanctuary established in 1916. Today, Moose Hill encompasses 1,971 acres of forest, fields, and wetlands with long standing traditions and new, innovative programming. We provide opportunities for visitors to hike our 25 miles of trails, for participants to enjoy diving deeper in school and group programs; children, family and adult programs; special events to highlight seasons; and a summer day camp that is entering its 70th season.

A service member at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Youth Education role, and 50% of time spent in a Community Engagement role.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC)/ Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, YEC/CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. In this role, Members may also engage community members and youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By connecting a broader cross-section of people to our natural world, YEC/CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education/ Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. With the guidance and mentoring of our Education Coordinator/Camp Director, this Member will develop a series of events to reach new participants across our service area by collaborating with local nonprofits, libraries, and schools establishing an after-school nature engagement skills program. The program will include experiential programming developing nature connection skills and wilderness skills such as navigation, natural history, and survival. Through this project, the YEC/CEC will help increase our capacity to build a new audience beyond the classroom with skills for the enjoyment of the nature all around them. In this role, the Member will also actively engage and instruct students.
  2. The YEC/CEC will support connections between the sanctuary and local high schools, further growing the inter-connection of students engaged in environmental clubs with each other while supporting service projects at the sanctuary. Through this connection, the Member will facilitate opportunities for students to understand the “why” behind habitat protection. Through this and similar projects, the Member will increase capacity in an area beyond our camp reach, instilling a love of nature and conservation for those preparing for the next steps in their lives beyond high school.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher along with interest in learning new, Mass Audubon designed registration software.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement and Youth Education Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in planning and leading events
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience in experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods

 

For questions about Moose Hill’s service positions, contact Shawn Moriarty at 781-784-5691, x8102 or smoriarty@massaudubon.org.  

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (Mount Grace) conserves significant farms, woodlands, and wild areas of North Central and Western Massachusetts for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations. Mount Grace has worked collaboratively to protect more than 33,000 acres of land in our twenty-three-town region comprised of small rural communities and larger urban centers. We are nationally recognized for projects that conserve entire landscapes and watersheds and for creating innovative conservation solutions that keep farmland undeveloped and affordable for farmers. We partner with community groups and schools to ensure that everyone has access to the outdoors and to meaningful experiences in nature.  Mount Grace also fiscally sponsors two unique partnerships: the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership and the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, community housing associations, and local businesses to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs. By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mount Grace has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  1. Help coordinate the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership—the second oldest Regional Conservation Partnership in New England—to catalyze collaborative conservation efforts
  2. Collaborate closely with municipal boards, particularly Open Space Committees, throughout the Partnership’s 26-town region to boost their capacity to engage landowners and protect and steward land
  3. Orchestrate a statewide Open Space Conference and support regional gatherings of municipal volunteers interested in land conservation and stewardship
  4. Partner with municipalities to conduct direct landowner outreach, including through mailings, workshops, and site visits designed to boost awareness of and engagement in sustainable forest management
  5. Organize workshops designed to engage forest landowners in thinking about the long-term use and management of their lands

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs like ArcGIS and Microsoft Office
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience coordinating events
  • Experience developing public information materials

For questions about Mount Grace’s RCC position, contact Sarah Wells at 978-248-2055 x23 or wells@mountgrace.org

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mount Grace has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Build on our five-year relationship with the elementary schools in the towns of Royalston, Athol, and Orange by providing in-class programs, field trips, and outdoor service days that connect students with nature and land conservation
  • Grow our partnership with Northfield Elementary School specifically by collaborating with Native American Tribal Nation Representatives to provide curriculum for students followed by guided field trips on the land
  • Organize our annual Family Camp-Out event to encourage families new to camping to come out for a fun overnight in the outdoors
  • Organize events on conservation lands to increase awareness and appreciation of nature and the outdoors
  • Develop a seed-starting program using the Mount Grace greenhouse and coordinate with the schools and students to bring plants into school gardens or school grounds

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience teaching indoors and outdoors, specifically to youth K-4
  • Experience in event planning and managing volunteers of all ages
  • Understanding of natural systems (gardening, farming, healthy ecosystems) and interest in integrating into experiential learning opportunities

For questions about the service position, contact Cami Duquet at 978-248-2055 x 13 or duquet@mountgrace.org

This position has been filled.

Museum of American Bird Art- Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. The Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) at Mass Audubon is a family-friendly, professional art museum set on a 121-acre wildlife sanctuary with 2 miles of trails and is located 15 miles south of Boston in Canton. MABA’s mission is to connect people with nature through art and nature-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs. Onsite and offsite education, including our innovative Wild at Art summer camp, programs serve children adults, families, and school and community groups. MABA offers unique exhibitions and programs that explore the wonders of birds and the human creative capacity.

The Natick Community Organic Farm

Natick Community Organic Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit, certified-organic farm with ambitious agricultural and environmental mission of providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. Located on 27 acres of conservation land since 1975, NCOF is an integral part of the Town of Natick’s geographic and agricultural landscape and a rich center of community life. Over 20,000 visitors come to the farm every year for educational programs, informal visits, and hands-on learning.  Thousands of students, volunteers, and community members spanning several generations have now been introduced to the importance of open productive space, organic agriculture, and supporting local farms and farmers.

New England Forestry Foundation

New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) applies its core expertise in conserving forestland and advancing Exemplary Forestry to help the people of New England to sustain their way of life, protect forest wildlife habitat and ecosystem services, and mitigate and adapt to climate change. Now in its 75th year of operations, NEFF owns more than 29,000 acres of land and conserves another 1.1 million acres through conservation easements.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, community housing associations, and local businesses to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs.  By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. New England Forestry Foundation has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

The Build It With Wood program aims to mitigate climate change through advancing the use of New England wood produced using principles of Exemplary Forestry in new mass-timber construction techniques. This approach could increase carbon sequestered in working forests, reduce emissions required to construct new buildings by replacing steel and concrete with wood, sequester additional carbon in the structure of wood buildings, and reduce travel and commuting emissions by fostering more compact development patterns close to transit hubs.

The best global estimate of the benefits of mass-timber construction indicates this approach to construction could serve as a significant climate wedge eliminating 14% or more of global emissions with essentially no negative economic or environmental impacts. Within the Build It With Wood program, NEFF is implementing a Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge that aims to build a shared value chain from the most remote portions of New England to its urban centers to advance mass-timber buildings and ensure they are constructed from locally and sustainably produced timber. The Regional Collaboration Coordinator will play an important role in advancing this new technology in New England, establishing a model of mass timber introduction in a new market, and paving the way for global impact. The RCC will play an important role in NEFF’s overall strategy and will collaborate closely with staff and partners to advance this new approach to addressing climate change.

  • Collaborate with NEFF’s Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer and the organization’s Deputy Director and Chief Conservation Officer to segment the potential value chain from linking forest landowners to urban building investors in bringing mass-timber solutions to fruition.
  • With the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer, determine one to three market segments that the Member will focus on.
  • Reach out to key participants in those three market segments by phone, email and other mechanisms to a) build a personal network of connections in that market segment, b) better understand the concerns and values of individuals in that market segment, and c) obtain their pledges to the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.
  • Partner with the Boston Public Market to implement a crowd-sourced or artist-driven art project that articulates the importance of local food and local wood to sustainability in New England for display in the market.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager and the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer to prepare blogs, social media posts, and other forms of outreach around all initiatives above and other aspects of the Build It With Wood program and its Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Comfort with Adobe programs (such as Illustrator), ArcGIS, and database software (such as Raiser’s Edge) is helpful but not required.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects outlined above, including specifically:
    • experience doing outreach or making cold calls in a sales, marketing or educational context;
    • outstanding organizational and project management skills;
    • energy and enthusiasm in conveying your commitment to others
    • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Marketing experience or experience developing public information materials, using social media or blogging in service to an organization
  • Experience working with artists or art
  • Experience with crowd-sourced initiatives

 

For questions about NEFF’s service positions, contact Frank Lowenstein, flowenstein@newenglandforestry.org

North County Land Trust

North County Land Trust is a regional Land Trust founded in 1992 to serve the conservation needs of 15 communities in north central Massachusetts. Our mission is to conserve the farms, forests and landscapes that define the character of our region. We assist private landowners with land preservation strategies; we partner with cities, towns and other non-profit organizations to preserve valuable land in a way that benefits the long-term health of our communities, which can include preserving farmland for local agriculture and  city parks where families can gather. We consider it part of our charge to educate and respond to the needs of all children and adults who make up the socio-economically diverse communities we serve.  Our office is located on conservation land owned by the Trustees of Reservations in Leominster, MA.

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary located in Attleboro, is one of three urban nature centers in the Mass Audubon family.  Oak Knoll’s mission is to inspire the community to appreciate and steward nature though meaningful hands-on educational experiences. As it has for the last 20 years, Oak Knoll uses place based education to engage the over 10,000 yearly visitors and over 9,500 yearly program participants. By inspiring our community to appreciate and conserve we further the mission of Mass Audubon to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature no matter their age, background, or ability.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mass Audubon Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. This member will be actively involved in the final development and facilitation of a Youth Climate Summit being developed by Oak Knoll and two additional Mass Audubon sanctuaries, Moose Hill and Stony Brook along with their partners at Wheaton College.
  2. Oak Knoll is in the process of purchasing 26 acres of land that abuts the Wildlife Sanctuary. With the acquisition of this land it will leave us one parcel away from creating a 275-acre open space corridor in Attleboro, essential for the movement of wildlife and plants, especially in our changing climate. In addition, the new property directly abuts a public transportation route, offering access to the over 20,000 people who live within a 2-mile radius. With the help of the TerraCorps Member; we are looking to increase awareness of connecting the open space corridor, increase capacity of programs around this new space including during February and April vacation weeks for schools, and usage of this new property by the general public.
  3. With the help of the TerraCorps Member, Oak Knoll is looking to expand our outreach programming to at least one additional community. With the help of our Education Coordinator this Member will execute our “Junior Conservationist Program” for middle school students in Taunton, MA and seek out new relationships within schools in Bristol County. This project will involve meeting with principals and teachers to help them understand our mission and how we can help them meet the educational goals of the students in their school, coordinate program delivery, execute program delivery (if appropriate) and execute the program evaluation.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and the basics of our Online Program Registration system OPR)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods
  • CPR/First Aid certification

 

For questions about Mass Audubon Oak Knoll’s service positions, contact Chris Hitchener Education Coordinator – 508-223-3060 – chitchener@massaudubon.org

Sippican Lands Trust

The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 with the mission to acquire, manage and protect natural areas in Marion for the benefit of the public. SLT now protects 1,350 acres of open space and its properties are open to the public for the enjoyment of recreational pursuits. SLT has 50+ properties and 10+ miles of trails, and sponsors walks, educational workshops and special events throughout the year to connect visitors with our properties. SLT properties are open to the public for the enjoyment of recreational pursuits.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) Build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Sippican Lands Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer Steward Program by coordinating trainings, outings, and service days for volunteers.
  • Develop and implement better trail and property boundary marking systems for Sippican Lands Trust properties.
  • Create trail guides that feature Sippican Lands Trust’s properties and contain details about natural and geological features along the trails.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and ArcGIS
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS unit
  • Ability to read and interpret various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, and USGS topos
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species

For questions about Sippican Lands Trust’s service positions, contact Jim Bride at jbride@sippicanlandstrust.org or (508) 748-3080.

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) is a 501c3 not for profit organization that is directed and managed solely by volunteers. SEMPBA formed in 2013 when a group of citizens realized that Plymouth, Massachusetts is in the heart of a globally rare and richly bio–diverse ecoregion named by the United States Geological Survey as the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens.  Our mission is to raise awareness and promote the restoration, management, conservation and protection of the world’s second largest remaining coastal pine barrens.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, community housing associations, and local businesses to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs.  By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. The Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  1. Continue to help build the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership (PBP). Forming partnerships is critical for the conservation of our rare ecosystem. Since 2014 we’ve developed partnerships with federal, state, municipal and tribal agencies, conservation groups and residents. The RCC will engage with and foster the cooperation of high-level conservation professionals from agencies and groups across the ecoregion in projects designed to advance the pace of conservation in the ecoregion.
  2. Eco–regional Conservation Vision Map: the RCC will continue the efforts of the previous RCC by helping to coordinate the development of a science-based conservation vision map with public engagement throughout the process. The RCC will help gather data from the public and organize regional workshops, collaborating with our partners from Manomet, Cape Cod Commission and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to create the Regional Conservation Vision Map.
  3. Assist SEMPBA in completing projects under a newly acquired US Forest Service Landscape Scale restoration (LSR) grant aimed at habitat management and raising the public’s awareness of our ecoregion. The main focus of the RCC will be to develop messaging to make Coastal Pine Barrens a “household name.”
  4. SEMPBA plans to establish the Climate Change Solution and Nature Center (CCSNC) at the beautiful Center Hill Preserve this summer. The RCC will engage visitors to the CCSNC and coordinate educational programs with our CCSNC partners.
  5. Help manage SEMPBA’s citizen science projects: Horseshoe Crab Monitors (a program in cooperation with the Mass Division of Marine Fisheries to count horseshoe crabs along Long Beach during spawning season); SEMPBAT (a program to track the types of habitats preferred by bats); and Natural Communities Identification and Mapping training program (training to land managers, conservation commissions and high school students to help people understand the variety and characteristics of the natural communities within the Coastal Pine Barrens).
  6. SEMPBA’s RCC typically joins other locally based TerraCorps service members and should plan to cooperate with service Members from Wildlands Trust and Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Farms on stewardship and public outreach projects.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Word, Excel, WordPress preferred)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above (computer mapping and GIS skills are a plus)
  • Experience developing public information materials
  • Experience coordinating events and training/managing volunteers
  • Experience with land conservation or land use planning, and collaborating with municipal agencies and/or civic organizations
  • Looking for a RCC who is passionate about a career in the environmental field and is self-motivated to build connections towards their career goals.

 

For questions about Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance’s service position, contact Sharl Heller, slheller@comcast.net, 617-449-8816.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations. We care for some of this region’s most important forests, wetlands, and grasslands—natural areas that support wildlife habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. As of 2018, SVT cares for more than 4,800 acres on 89 reservations and 75 Conservation Restrictions and maintains more than 55 miles of trails. We collaborate with numerous partner organizations, and our work is supported by 2,900 members and 200 volunteers. Our headquarters is located in an old farmhouse on a lovely 53-acre property with views of field and forests.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) Build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Sudbury Valley Trustees has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

SVT is increasing its support to local land trusts and municipal conservation committees to build regional capacity for and collaboration on land stewardship. The LSC will serve with SVT’s Director of Land Stewardship and stewardship staff to assess community-level conservation land stewardship priorities and needs. The LSC will meet with and interview local land trust and municipal conservation representatives and /or boards. With this information, the LSC will develop training and service days to address those priorities and needs. We anticipate the stewardship issues will focus on invasive species, deer impacts and control, building climate resiliency, managing field and early successional habitats, and connecting trail networks. This initiative is part of continued development of the capacity of the Metrowest Conservation Alliance and the Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, two regional conservation collaboratives.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills as well as presentation skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs such as Microsoft Office and ArcGIS, and able to quickly learn new programs
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, natural resources management or related field
  • Knowledge of New England natural communities, plants and wildlife as well as experience with plant identification and some knowledge of invasive plant control
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units, in a range of weather conditions and over uneven terrain off-trail


For questions about Sudbury Valley’s service positions, contact Laura Mattei at lmattei@svtweb.org.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the land and water on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy began when leading scientists, committed citizens and dedicated leaders came together with a shared vision to protect and care for nature. From our first land purchase to our latest water fund, we are constantly evolving to bring innovative solutions to the challenges facing our world. In Massachusetts, we’re working with diverse partners to bring back healthy rivers, estuaries and fisheries; protect forests and the benefits they provide; transform the city landscape; and fight the causes of climate change, while working with communities to use nature to adapt to its impacts. This position is based in Great Barrington, MA. 

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. The Nature Conservancy in Great Barrington, MA has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Enhance and expand the Volunteer Steward Program by coordinating trainings, outings, and service days. We seek to grow our volunteer steward program to better care for our growing preserves and offer more opportunities for us to engage with our community. We hope to do so by offer specific trainings, such as invasive plant ID and control, boundary line delineation, mobile GIS training and as well as coordinate more services days and opportunities for our volunteers to interact with each other and our staff.
  2. Develop an outreach plan and materials to be used at local and regional events. We are seeking to advance our outreach abilities by creating a calendar of outreach events that our member, staff and volunteers will attend and assembling specific materials (brochures, maps, etc.) for the events and developing targeted and consistent messaging for our target communities.
  3. Coordinate with target community and multiple partners to gather community feedback on trail expansion projects. Pending grant funding, engage with partners, community organizations and local government of small town in the Westfield River watershed to develop trail improvement project that will address safety issues from a historic structure, improving trail conditions and creating a new trail head and parking area. Our goal is to connect this trail to the local community and a growing regional trail network while also seeking a resolution to a historic structure. We want the resolution to this issue to incorporate community desires, historic preservation, and risk analysis.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office 360, ArcGIS)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
  • Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species

For questions about The Nature Conservancy’s service positions, contact Angela Sirois-Pitel at asirois@tnc.org; 413-229-0232

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a 481-acre landscape of cold-water streams, ponds, forest, and woodlands. Once a working cranberry farm, this landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast.  Its previous owners, the Schulman Family, along with many other organizations, re-created nearly three and a half miles of meandering stream channel, sculpted the land’s surface, and removed nine dams to reconnect the headwaters of Beaver Dam Brook to the ocean. Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public in January 2018. In the first year we welcomed over 35,000 visitors, launched public and school programs, created and enhanced trails, and continued to restore habitats across this amazing landscape.

A service member at Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Youth Education role, and 50% of time spent in a Community Engagement role.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC)/ Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CEC/YECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. In this role, Members may also engage community members and youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By connecting a broader cross-section of people to our natural world, CEC/YECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education/ Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. Develop, market, and deliver all ages, family, and youth programs to expand our reach in the local community and service area. This may include developing one-off programs and/or a regular series such as a Youth Stewardship/Natural History Leadership Course.
  2. Collaborate with Tidmarsh’s Education Coordinator to develop and implement school curriculum around a variety of STEM topics as they relate to Tidmarsh (such as pollinators and their importance – especially as it relates to the pollinator work happening at Tidmarsh, Watershed Education, Climate Change Resiliency, etc.).
  3. Develop outreach materials and strategies to grow our visibility, strengthen our network of community partners, and increase our community engagement through public and on-site events (such as open houses, Plymouth 400 events, Cranberry Festival, Herring Festival, etc.).

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs such as Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, Forms, and OneDrive), and Social Media Tools such as Facebook or Instagram
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement and Youth Education Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience developing, marketing, and leading inclusive STEM and nature programming
  • Public outreach experience and/or experience developing public information materials
  • CPR/First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain)

 

For questions about Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary’s service positions, contact Lauren Kras at 508-927-1200. 

Wareham Land Trust

The Wareham Land Trust’s mission is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, to unite citizens in a common goal of conservation and responsible land use, and to educate the public about the environmental and economic benefits of protecting open space and promoting sustainable development. The Wareham Land Trust is guided by a group of hard-working volunteer board members and supported by individuals and organizations throughout Wareham and the neighboring communities.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. The Wareham Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Build a volunteer recruitment and training program to help us engage with more volunteers for both educational programs and trail construction and maintenance
  • Strengthen existing relationships and establish new ones with community organizations and user groups who will be inspired to visit Wareham Land Trust properties. This would involve developing outreach events, attending meetings, and building partnerships with community organizations in the area.
  • Develop a survey method to collect feedback from members and program participants and analyze results to help assess what community needs the WLT can work towards meeting as we continue to foster relationships within our community.
  • Create new and innovative ways for the WLT to engage with people through our social media platforms. This could be done through regular volunteer spotlights, property highlights, or some other imaginative way to increase our social media presence and reach.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience planning and leading events
  • Strong interest in serving with diverse community groups
  • Comfort using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

 

For questions about The Wareham Land Trust’s service positions, contact Amy Pettigrew at admin@warehamlandtrust.org.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. The Wareham Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Design and implement educational programs targeted for students K-12 for both during school (curriculum-based) and afterschool settings, with a particular focus on land conservation, protection and other related topics.
  • Develop new and foster existing relationships with local libraries, community groups (YMCA, Boys and Girls Club), and local organizations to connect more youth to local natural spaces
  • Create new ways (social media contests, outdoor programming and event, etc.) to engage local families and student groups directly on WLT properties with the goal of engaging more diverse audiences on our conservation lands

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods, in both formal and informal settings
  • CPR/First Aid certification

 

For questions about The Wareham Land Trust’s service positions, contact Amy Pettigrew at admin@warehamlandtrust.org.

Wildlands Trust

Wildlands Trust  works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world. We envision a future where open land is abundant, our water is clean, and forests, farms, wetlands, fields, ponds, and coastal areas are commonplace sightings on our landscape. Founded in 1973, Wildlands Trust is one of the largest and oldest regional land trusts in Massachusetts and has helped to ensure the protection of 8,500 acres of natural and agricultural lands. We are a small staff of six full-time and four part-time members working out of our Plymouth headquarters, located among thousands of acres of protected open space, yet right off Route 3.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) Build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands.  By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Wildlands Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Enhance and expand the “Adopt-a-Preserve” Volunteer Program by coordinating trainings, outings, and service days. This volunteer program allows volunteers to help monitor our properties on their own time, acting as our eyes and ears across our 1500 sq. mile service region. This has been one of our most popular volunteer programs, and was originally started by a previous LSC in 2014-15. To help improve and expand this program, we would like an LSC to identify preserves that need more monitoring activity and recruit new volunteers to accomplish this goal. Specifically, we would like to target neighbors and abutters of preserves and community groups. We would like the LSC to develop helpful trainings for our AAP volunteers to be more effective and safe while out in the field. The LSC will help initiate the AAP program at the Stone Farm preserve, a 105-acre parcel of conservation land in Brockton which Wildlands has been managing since 2017. To better connect Wildlands’ extensive group of volunteers, the LSC will help organize at least one social gathering designed to bolster the volunteer community, who are otherwise working on their own.
  2. Lead and develop stewardship-based land ethics programming for local schools and youth groups.  We’d like our LSC to develop periodic programming for local youth groups that have a service-learning component to them.
  3. Wildlands has been working closely with several state agencies, predominantly the Department of Conservation and Recreation, to facilitate Brockton’s involvement in the Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP), a free state-sponsored initiative that plants trees in environmental justice communities in Brockton. The LSC will collaborate closely with Wildlands’ Community Stewardship Coordinator to expand the capacity for public outreach and community engagement in the GGCP as well help to build capacity for future environmental justice work within the city. The LSC will build capacity for this program by helping to establish connections, and build upon preexisting relationships, with other Brockton-based nonprofit groups, local community leaders, educational groups, and other members of Brockton’s community. Through these partnerships the LSC will help establish a core group of volunteers who will support the LSC and Wildlands on the GGCP. The LSC will help coordinate outreach for the program by participating in door-to-door canvassing as well as tabling at community events to educate residents on the program. The LSC will also help build an “Adopt-A-Tree” program within the Brockton community that will seek to engage residents in the health and maintenance of Brockton’s public trees. While building capacity for GGCP the LSC will also be helping to develop a vision for future environmental justice work within the city.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills and comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations to diverse audiences
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfortable navigating copter software programs including Microsoft Suite and ArcGIS
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers; additionally, experience or desire to engage with youth
  • Ability to walk 3-6 miles a day carrying equipment over uneven terrain in a range of weather conditions and can lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to read and interpret various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, and USGS topos and navigate independently in the field using maps, compass and GPS units
  • Outgoing personality

 

For questions about Wildlands Trust’s Land Stewardship Coordinator Position, contact Erik Boyer at EBoyer@WildlandsTrust.org

AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements

This year’s TerraCorps program will run from August 26, 2019 through July 24, 2020. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire eleven-month term, and complete at least 1,700 hours of service, including time spent in trainings and service with the full TerraCorps team. Weekly service averages 38 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities.

As a program of AmeriCorps, Terracorps applicants must meet the following AmeriCorps requirements:

  • A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

AmeriCorps programs provide equal opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.

Member Compensation and Benefits

  • Up to $14,600 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $608.33 per 24 biweekly pay periods.
  • Health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available. Learn more here
  • Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need. Learn more here
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable $6,095 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. Learn more here
  • TerraCorps members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service. Learn more here
  • TerraCorps members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
  • TerraCorps members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement.

Note: TerraCorps members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.

TerraCorps is a grant program contingent upon renewal of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts are administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

To Apply to Become a TerraCorps Member

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Send your completed application form along with a cover letter and resume to: admin@terracorps.org or mail to us using the address listed on the application