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 four positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC), 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:
2 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.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

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

Broad Meadow Brook-Mass Audubon

Worcester, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

TerraCorps (office)

Lowell, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration 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.

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.

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. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Play a significant role in implementing trail improvements, reroutes, and enhancements based on 57-page trail assessment. Identify projects with Property Manager and Trail Consultant, take leadership role in implementing specific projects by recruiting training and managing volunteers, including individuals, groups, and corporate volunteers.  Support Property Manager and Sanctuary Director with property management and community outreach projects including, trail and field maintenance, invasive plant management, boundary posting, building maintenance, small construction projects and other aspects of managing wildlife sanctuary properties.                       
  2. Examine the desirability and feasibility of creating outdoor open space and trails usable by children in the Hoops and Homework out of school program. If the result of the study is favorable, collaborate with the housing project owners, town of Framingham and other stakeholders to create a community implementation plan.
  3. Bird Monitoring: Assist BU doctoral candidate and Sanctuary Director on long term tree swallow and aerial Insect citizen science project and help plan for continuation of the project in the future. Assist Sanctuary Director in Breeding Bird Surveys and vegetation analysis at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary. Enhance and expand the Volunteer Steward 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 in Microsoft Office Suite such as Outlook, Word and Excel
  • 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, navigate uneven terrain and carry out various laborious tasks
  • Ability and willingness to serve some weekend days
  • Have basic knowledge of and willingness to learn the safe and proper use of hand tools, small power tools and work truck as related to the hands on aspects of fieldwork

 

For questions about Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary’s service positions, contact Elissa Landre at 508-655-2296 x7301 or elandre@massaudubon.org.

 

Buzzards Bay Coalition

Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) is dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards 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 watershed of Buzzards Bay. BBC holds a total of 38 conservation easements (2,000 acres) and owns and operates a series of 5 publicly accessible river and bay reserves totaling about 400 acres.

Stay tuned! This position will be posted shortly. 

Stay tuned! This position will be posted shortly. 

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.

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. CitySprouts has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

The Community Engagement Coordinator at CitySprouts will lead volunteer efforts for both school families and community members in Cambridge and Boston. Through their service, the Member will expand CitySprouts’ family engagement plans with partner schools through volunteer and special event opportunities in the school gardens. They will leverage the service of 300 volunteers throughout our network of 22 partner schools in order to engage in garden education and building projects. Through their service, the CEC will:

  • Participate in CitySprouts All-Staff/Service Member meetings, volunteer team meetings, as well as supervisor 1:1 meetings.
  • Develop and implement family engagement plans with partner schools and create a framework for CitySprouts to use organization-wide.
  • Collect feedback from families and volunteers by designing, implementing surveys and/or focus groups; and analyzing results.
  • Plan and lead volunteers in garden projects.
  • Support cider pressing efforts through on-site assistance and recruitment of family volunteers.
  • Present findings at end of service year to inform Year 2 of CitySprouts’ three year volunteer and family engagement strategy

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 Suite, Salesforce)
  • 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 in public school districts, namely school families
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese)

 

For questions about CitySprouts’ service position, contact Andrea Locke at alocke@citysprouts.org.

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.

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. Emerald Necklace Conservancy has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer Steward Program by leading volunteer stewardship projects, coordinating scheduling, leading field activities and tracking and maintaining relevant metrics to create useful program evaluation tools.
  • Manage Volunteer Leader program including widely promoting the program; leading the training of long-term recurring volunteers in invasive removal (including identification and removal, safety and tool usage), participant safety and satisfaction, volunteer management, and other relevant skills; monitoring the progress of volunteer leaders; and keeping them engaged through social activities, additional training, or other community-building opportunities.
  • Create best practices to make our programming more inclusive and accessible for underserved communities, English language learners, and people with disabilities.
  • Supervise Volunteer Ambassador Program to strengthen the public’s understanding of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy through education and outreach events.
  • Implement and conduct exemplary volunteer recognition protocols.

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 Suite, GIS, Raisers Edge)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship 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, identifying and removing invasive plants, and demonstrating correct and safe usage of landscaping tools
  • Driver’s license in good standing; must be able to drive a truck
  • Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software

 

For questions about the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s service positions, contact Field Operations Manager Ellen Arnstein at earnstein@emeraldnecklace.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 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.

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 Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

Building on TerraCorps Service Projects from last year, our new Service Member will continue to focus on planning and piloting a local food system model in North Central MA that creates accessible and diverse retail opportunities from our local agricultural system to support local producers and low-access / low-income individuals. Secondary to this, the Service Member will communicate with local producers and develop systems for gleaning to food assistance programs with a goal of piloting this strategy at one food assistance access point.

Primary activities for the project include:

  • Conducting a market analysis to understand consumer purchasing habits in North Central Massachusetts
  • Researching successful indoor farmers markets, CSAs, hub and spoke food models
  • Testing different accessible models on a small scale through one-time place-based events
  • Finalizing a model that best suits local producers and low-income residents in North Central Massachusetts
  • Identifying and communicating with local producers who would be willing to participate in gleaning programs
  • Piloting one location to glean local produce to a food assistance program

 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.

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. Hilltown Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Plan and promote a series of high-quality events, including hikes, skill-building activities, educational talks, a race, and arts-oriented events aimed at reaching diverse audiences and building the skills and engagement of our volunteers. Some of these events will be organized in partnership with recreational groups, schools, town committees, libraries, senior centers and garden clubs.
  • Assist with producing organizational communications, including the website, social media, newsletter, and enews.

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 Suite, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp)
  • 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
  • Familiarity with the needs of rural communities

 

For questions about Hilltown Land Trust’s service positions, contact Sally Loomis at sloomis@thetrustees.org.

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 resilience 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. Hilltown Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer Steward Program by coordinating trainings, property monitoring visits, and service days: HLT has built a successful volunteer-based stewardship program such that most of our protected lands are monitored with the help of trained, volunteers who have made a long-term commitment to HLT. Volunteers also play an important role in managing the properties owned by HLT. This volunteer-based program requires annual management and regular volunteer recruitment and training. The LSC will begin this project by receiving training in the organization’s monitoring procedures and protocols. The LSC will coordinate and conduct fall monitoring visits with long-time HLT volunteers and then begin to recruit and train new stewardship volunteers through a series of outreach and training sessions. We hope to continue the engagement of UMass students in this work in the coming year.

 

  • Baseline Documentation Reports: Each year, HLT takes on new Conservation Restrictions and needs to develop Baseline Documentation Reports (BDRs) for those properties. We also need to update outdated BDRs for previously protected land. The LSC will work with HLT’s Executive Director, experienced volunteers and staff of The Trustees to develop these documents and, in the process train additional volunteers in aspects of developing BDRs.

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 Suite, ArcGIS, WordPress)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species

 

For questions about Hilltown Land Trust’s service positions, contact Sally Loomis, Sloomis@thetrustees.org.

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.

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. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • Develop a Volunteer Steward Program to engage people in invasive plant removal and habitat improvement projects.
  • Recruit volunteers and facilitate training opportunities and service days.
  • Coordinate and facilitate volunteer days for corporate and other organized groups with an emphasis on ecological management.
  • Collaborate with local youth groups, such as Boy and Girl Scouts on environmental projects.
  • Identify and prioritize habitat improvement projects at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and the network of sanctuaries throughout the North Shore.
  • Assist with programming and training opportunities focused on habitat improvement and land stewardship.

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, GIS experience preferred)
  • 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 giving presentations and/or trainings to a diverse audience
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species

For questions about Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary’s service position, contact Amy Weidensaul, aweidensaul@massaudubon.org.

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.

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.  Just Roots has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Meal Prep Party program and Monthly Off-Site: This program will be a monthly part of Just Roots new mobile CSA farm share and will utilize the low-income housing developments’ kitchens to prep food (CSA shares) in community to build fun and skills around cooking whole foods. The monthly Feastival will be creating a feast in the housing developments in partnership with residents and other food-access agencies.
  • Creating and developing systems for CSA distribution leadership teams: Just Roots new mobile CSA farm share program will work with low-income housing residents to run the program. The CEC will be critical in defining what this partnership between Just Roots and residents looks like and how we create systems and track the success of the program.
  • Event series: On and off the farm, Just Roots will be expanding the number and ways we engage with community members and the CEC will be key in leading the development of an event series – building content, recruiting educators, leading groups, marketing, and creating systems to make future years’ event planning even richer and more stream-lined.

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 docs and sheets, basic graphic design and back-end web, Miscrosoft Word and Excel)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in working with and engaging a diverse community of people – passionate about creating experiences that are inclusive, celebratory, connective!
  • Experience in planning, leading and marketing events
  • Detail oriented and excels with a diverse and full plate of on-going projects – we’ve got achievable yet ambitious plans for the year and are looking for a service member who gets inspired by lots of moving parts and engaging with different parts of their brain and skillsets throughout the course of a day!

 

For questions about Just Roots’ service positions, contact Rochelle@justroots.org

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.

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.

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. Continue to develop citizen science Tree Swallow and Eastern Bluebird nest box monitoring on 20 wildlife sanctuaries:
    • Continue to extend efforts of past TerraCorps Service Members by collaborating with staff and research partners to develop and support consistent data collection and management techniques on this long-running project.
    • Review and revise/expand comprehensive training and support materials.
    • Support sanctuary staff by recruiting and training volunteers.
  2. Support citizen science project focused on urban birds
    • Assist in developing the Avian Collision Team, an effort to assess bird deaths associated with urban window strikes. More project info here.
    • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers.
  3. Develop statewide citizen science/birding contest using eBird or iNaturalist.
    • Collaborate with staff to develop and pilot a statewide ‘Big Year’ contest challenging citizen scientists to record bird observations on Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries.
    • Develop support materials and train staff and volunteers on project.

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.  

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.

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 Museum of American Bird Art has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. Increase outreach to students, teachers, and families in the Greater Boston region and South Shore, focusing on increasing the access under-served communities have to nature and high-quality nature-based STEAM educational programs.
  2. Develop new programming and school partnerships for underserved communities. The TerraCorps member will be responsible for developing at least two new nature-based STEAM education programs for MABA. The Member will provide outreach and deliver these programs to students in area schools.
  3. Program marketing and outreach. The member will meet with stakeholders and community partners, including principals, science and art coordinators, and teachers, to help them understand MABA’s mission and how we can help them meet their curricular goals. The TerraCorps member will also schedule, coordinate, and deliver programming to 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 and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs Microsoft Office suite of programs, a plus to have experience with the Adobe Suite, especially Spark, InDesign, Lightroom, and Photoshop
  • 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
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning

 

For questions about the Museum of American Bird Art’s service positions, contact Sean Kent, Education and Camp Director at 781-821-8853 or skent@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:

  • Plan, organize, and support on-going local and regional food systems planning efforts, including coordination of the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance: a regional food systems network managed by Mount Grace
  • Expand and enhance Mount Grace’s innovative farmland protection efforts across the region
  • Develop a strategic farmland mapping analysis from Mount Grace’s farmland inventory data and conduct direct outreach and support to local Agricultural Commissions to conserve priority farms
  • Coordinate quarterly meetings of the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership and assist member groups with conservation projects, particularly municipal open space committees and conservation commissions
  • Organize workshops designed to engage landowners in thinking about the long-term use and management of their lands
  • Help design a multi-partner, multi-landowner conservation initiative

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
  • Education or direct experience in the fields of agriculture, natural resources, conservation, food systems, food access, and land use planning
  • Experience coordinating events
  • Experience developing public information materials

 

For questions about Mount Grace’s RCC position, contact Jamie Pottern at 978-248-2055 x22 or pottern@mountgrace.org.

A service member at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Land Stewardship role, and 50% of time spent in a Youth Education role.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC)/ Youth Education 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 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 engaging community and educating youth, LSC/CECs 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 Land Stewardship/Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer Stewardship Program by recruiting and training volunteer monitors on conservation lands and hiking trails
  • Build on our four-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 build connections and appreciation for nature and land conservation
  • Create a citizen-science volunteer team to conduct natural resource inventories of birds, amphibians, and other species on conservation areas to record changes resulting from wildlife habitat management projects
  • Organize events on conservation lands to increase awareness and appreciation of nature and the outdoors
  • Organize our annual Family Camp-Out event which encourages families new to camping to come out for a fun overnight in the outdoors
  • Monitor and steward Mount Grace conservation areas and 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 ArcGIS and Microsoft Office
  • Experience training volunteers
  • Experience teaching
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units

For questions about the service position, contact Jay Rasku at 978-248-2055 x 17 or rasku@mountgrace.org

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

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:

As part of its efforts to support New England-wide conservation goals, NEFF launched and implemented a multi-year landowner outreach initiative that aims to bridge the information gap that many woodland owners face. Working with local and national partners, NEFF has designed and tested innovative and sustained outreach campaigns to provide forester visits and other resources that landowners need to make informed decisions. First implemented in parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, NEFF is now working on expanding those tools to additional areas.

  • Collaborating with the Outreach Coordinator, reach out and respond to private woodland owners with information and resources about climate-informed forest management, including vulnerability of their land to changing conditions and advice on adaptation actions and funding programs.
  • Organize a series of woodland walks and/or other educational events for landowners and the public about the multiple benefits of forests for people, wildlife habitat, clean air and water, focusing on demonstration sites where adaptation plans are being implemented.  
  • Support regional conservation partnerships or RCPs in focus areas to promote information to landowners about conservation options, sustainable forestry and estate planning resources, and track the success of outreach campaigns to engage owners in making decisions about their land.
  • Collaborating with the Forest Stewardship team, coordinate a training workshop for new prospects and volunteers interested in stewarding NEFF community forests, as well as easement landowners. Collaborate to plan and implement recruitment of new volunteers, including potential for photography and writing brief articles or blogs for volunteer communications.
  • Collaborate with Outreach Coordinator and Deputy Director to design pilot social media educational campaign for key landowner audiences, including potential for A/B testing of effective messages.
  • Write articles, blogs or case studies for NEFF audiences including landowners, municipal commission members, land trusts and foresters.

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, or database software, potential for GIS or other parcel-level mapping tools)
  • 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, and/or speaking to groups
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Experience developing public information materials and/or using social media

 

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.

A service member at North County Land Trust 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. North County Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Plan, organize and execute at least three Landowner Outreach Workshops
  • Assist with invasive plant management at two conservation areas by monitoring for new growth, removing plants and organizing teams of volunteers to help.
  • Research, design and develop a nature walk at one conservation area.
  • Assist with stewardship at our conservation areas including trail development and maintenance and annual monitoring of conservation restrictions.
  • Bring awareness of North County Land Trust and our core initiatives by leading walks, tabling events, cultivating relationships with local organizations and other creative approaches.
  • Volunteer Engagement – sustain existing volunteer relationships, expand the number of volunteers and adapt existing programs to match the needs of the organization
  • Continue to help expand opportunities for limited mobility access on NCLT properties. 

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, GIS, Power Point)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship /Community Engagement 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 units uneven terrain for a distance of 3-4 miles in a variety of weather conditions; to interpret various maps such as USGS topos and surveys and to write technical reports.
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Experience creating inclusive programming, giving presentations and interest in serving a diverse audience including community groups, landowners and municipalities.

 

For questions about NCLT service positions, contact Lisa Adams, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at ladams@northcountylandtrust.org or Jassy Bratko, Director of Land Protection at jbratko@northcountylandtrust.org.

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

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.

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. Sudbury Valley Trustees has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  1. Coordinate a series of workshops aimed primarily at priority landowners in a particular town, but which are open to the general public, emphasizing a community-based approach to conservation. Workshops would be spread out throughout the year, and will focus on different land management and/or land conservation techniques.
  2. Other projects might include organizing SVT’s annual legislative breakfast, and researching relevant legislation and pending legislation; organizing workshops, such as conservation options for landowners; and providing general assistance for land protection 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 as well as presentation and facilitation skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS a plus.)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in local government and or civic organizations as well as a strong interest in serving with municipalities on sustainable land use projects
  • Experience coordinating events
  • Experience developing public informational materials

 

For questions about Sudbury Valley’s service positions, contact Christa Collins at ccollins@svtweb.org

TerraCorps

At TerraCorps we’re working to help communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen the community based non-profits working to meet these goals. We seek to create change by achieving a broader, more authentic engagement of the diverse peoples living in our communities. When we do this, resources will grow, access to land will increase, the pace of land conservation/access will accelerate, and whole communities will achieve more resilient futures.

Stay tuned! This position will be posted shortly.

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.

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 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. 

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 Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

The LSC will collaborate with the Southeast MA, Cape & Islands Regional Scientist, sanctuary staff, volunteers and citizen scientists to enhance and expand land conservation management and monitoring capacity at three Mass Audubon sanctuaries: Tidmarsh , South Shore  and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Potential projects include:

  • Enhance and expand volunteer stewardship and citizen science programs by; coordinating trainings, outings, and service days for sanctuary management and plant and wildlife habitat restoration and monitoring projects, recruiting and training volunteers to use our new volunteer data management system and invasive plant mobile tracking application, and developing a volunteer and community based native plant seed collection and propagation program to enhance sanctuary invasive plant species control and wildlife habitat restoration projects.
  • Assist the Southeast MA, Cape and Islands Regional Scientist to increase our capacity to complete ongoing, and develop and implement new, insect pollinator habitat enhancement projects on sanctuaries with community programing to raise project and pollinator conservation awareness and volunteer coordination of field days to complete conservation management tasks.
  • Assist the Southeast MA, Cape and Islands Regional Scientist with developing sanctuary conservation management plans to address high priority, ecological management projects on sanctuaries and to identify and help to secure financial resources and support to assist in project implementation.

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 including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, ArcGIS and Google Earth Pro)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with invasive plant management control techniques
  • Experience in applied natural resource management with knowledge of the native and exotic plant and wildlife species in southeastern MA
  • Experience giving presentations and/or trainings to a diverse audience

 

For questions about Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary’s service positions, contact Gene Albanese, Southeast MA, Cape & Islands Regional Scientist, at galbanese@massaudubon.org

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.

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. Wildlands Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

1) Youth Unplugged: Educate youth in our region about the importance of protecting our environment, with a focus on the high school age group. The CEC at Wildlands Trust will help coach the Envirothon team at Brockton High School by developing lessons about soil, forestry, wildlife, and water to deliver at afterschool meetings, and by helping the team research a relevant current environmental issue in preparation for the Massachusetts Envirothon Competition in May. Starting in late winter, the CEC will collaborate closely with the Outreach Manager to begin developing the 2020 Summer Green Team, a service-learning program for middle and high school students in July. The CEC will recruit teen applicants for the program and craft meaningful service-learning opportunities for the teens to participate in. Aside from those two main Youth Unplugged programs, the CEC will explore other ways to connect local youth to the environment, perhaps by leading guided walks for youth groups, developing curriculum for educational programs, or starting a new Envirothon team at another local high school.

2) Brockton Community Building: Wildlands Trust has been building on our work in the City of Brockton, an Environmental Justice community. The CEC will review and reflect on the projects and research of the previous CEC to identify community needs in the city as they relate to access to open space, clean air, clean water, and fresh food. The CEC will collaborate with the Outreach Manager, the LSC, and other staff at Wildlands to develop outreach initiatives to help meet these community needs. One example might be engaging students at Brockton High School in a pond restoration project on their school property (grant pending). Another example might be to continue to expand public program offerings at the preserves in Brockton by leading walks or creating a program series. Projects will develop as needs continue to be assessed and Wildlands continues to progress with our environmental work in the city.

3) Volunteer Programs: Collaborate with the Outreach Manager to develop new volunteer programs to help with public programs and events, especially at the Community Conservation Barn. Recruit and train volunteers to fit these new roles.

4) Showcase Preserves Tours: Showcase preserves are our largest and most visited preserves. The 2018-19 CEC began researching and writing preserves tour guidebooks for these properties, and we hope the new CEC will pick up where they left off. These guidebooks can be used by trained volunteer hike leaders, Wildlands staff, and AmeriCorps to lead Preserves Tours, a new public program offering. The CEC would also be responsible for training volunteers to lead the new Preserves Tours.

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, Adobe)
•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, especially in an outdoor setting
•Experience teaching or working with kids, especially teenagers
•CPR/First Aid certification – Wildlands Trust will help acquire if needed

For questions about Wildlands Trust’s CEC service position, contact Outreach Manager Rachel Calderara, rcalderara@wildlandstrust.org, 774-343-5121 x108.

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