Serve with TerraCorps in Massachusetts!

Check out the map below to see open Member positions for the 2020-21 program 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. 

East Quabbin Land Trust

Hardwick, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Growing Places

Leominster, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Hilltown Land Trust

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

Kestrel Land Trust

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

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

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

Sudbury Valley Trustees

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

CitySprouts

Cambridge, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

The Wareham Land Trust + Mass Audubon Great Neck W.S.

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

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

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

Just Roots

Greenfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Gardening the Community

Springfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Sustainable Agriculture Coord.

Natick Community Organic Farm

Natick, MA
Hosting:
1 Sustainable Agriculture Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

Southeastern MA Pine Barrens Alliance

Plymouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Full Circle Earth

Beverly, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Grow Food Northampton

Florence, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Charles River Watershed Association

Weston, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust

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

Round The Bend Farm

South Dartmouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education/ Sustainable Ag Coord.

Speak For The Trees

Boston, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

The 300 Committee Land Trust

Falmouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

The Food Bank of Western MA

Hatfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement/ Sustainable Ag Coord.

Eagle Eye Institute

Holyoke, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Community Harvest Project

Harvard, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement/ Sustainable Agriculture Coord.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

Deerfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

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

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

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

Kestrel Land Trust

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

Kestrel Land Trust

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

Growing Places

Leominster, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

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

Sudbury Valley Trustees

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

The Wareham Land Trust + Mass Audubon Great Neck W.S.

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

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

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

Natick Community Organic Farm

Natick, MA
Hosting:
1 Sustainable Agriculture Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

Round The Bend Farm

South Dartmouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education/ Sustainable Ag Coord.

The Food Bank of Western MA

Hatfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement/ Sustainable Ag Coord.

Community Harvest Project

Harvard, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement/ Sustainable Agriculture Coord.

Franklin Land Trust

Shelburne Falls, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust

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

Merrimack River Watershed Council

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

Merrimack River Watershed Council

Lawrence, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship/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

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 Community Engagement Cooridnator 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.
  • Implement family engagement plans for partner schools and create materials for CitySprouts to use organization-wide, building on the efforts from the previous TerraCorps CEC.
  • Collect feedback from families and volunteers through a combination of surveys, one-on-one interviews, and data from social media, and analyze results.
  • Assist planning and leading volunteers in garden projects, including but not limited to: weeding, watering, planting, harvesting and raking.
  • Support cider pressing efforts through on-site assistance and recruitment of family volunteers. Cider Pressing occurs through the month of October at all 21 of our schools, Monday-Friday. The CEC role will be to support prepping garden materials as well as organizational outreach efforts to recruit volunteers and schedule their time in the schools. The CEC will also have the opportunity to participate at some of our cider pressings.

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

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 positions, contact Alexandra Lennon-Simon at alennonsimon@citysprouts.org

Charles River Watershed Association

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) is an internationally recognized environmental nonprofit based in Weston, MA. CRWA’s mission is to protect, restore and enhance the Charles River and its watershed through science, advocacy and the law. CRWA develops science-based strategies to increase resilience, protect public health, and promote environmental equity as we confront a changing climate. CRWA’s programs serve the over 1 million residents of the watershed, and the millions of annual visitors to the Charles River.

Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is a non-profit organization that strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy. Our programs include the Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown® business membership and marketing campaign, educational activities for the public, technical assistance trainings and workshops for farmers. These programs, in addition to others, are focused on expanding market options for farmers and increasing access to local food for all communities in our region. CISA staff work collaboratively within the organization as well as outside the organization to educate partners and community members about the importance of local agriculture in our local food system.

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. CISA has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  1. CISA intends to help build sales at farmers’ markets, through the Healthy Incentive Program (HIP). It is our goal to bring non-traditional shoppers to the market to increase their access to local, fresh food and expand the market for market venders. CISA’s TerraCorps Member will collaborate with farmers’ market venders and managers, as well as partner organizations to create training materials that can be used to educate families about SNAP/HIP acceptance at markets.
  2. The TerraCorps Member will focus heavily on building strong relationships with partner organizations that have direct relationships with low-income residents. The goal of this project is to educate communities about the use of SNAP and HIP at farmers’ markets to ensure they know how they can receive the most out of the program. HIP makes markets more accessible to the broader community and currently we know that many families are not aware of how to use/access this benefit. A volunteer training program will be established with the assistance of the TerraCorps member to train volunteers that can then table at markets to answer questions related to SNAP/HIP and local agriculture. Volunteers will also be able to attend partner agency meetings to educate their staff on all the rules pertaining to HIP, where and how to use it. The member will be responsible for recruiting, promoting, and training new volunteers while collaborating with CISA and farmers’ market managers throughout the Pioneer Valley.
  3. Another priority for TerraCorps RCC will be to make markets more welcoming for new shoppers and non-English speakers. By expanding the potential customer base for area farmers’ markets the Member will help farms sell more to more people strengthening the markets’ viability. By creating informational tours at farmers’ markets, the Member will enable shoppers to learn ‘how’ to maneuver around the market, give an opportunity to ask questions and get comfortable with how markets operate, making it a more welcoming place.

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

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 (i.e. Microsoft Office, Airtable, Constant Contact, WordPress, Survey Monkey)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Spanish proficiency (applicants fluent in Spanish will receive priority consideration)
  • Comfortable engaging with people of various backgrounds including government agency staff, farmers, farmers’ market managers, business owners, and community members
  • Comfortable speaking on the telephone

For questions about CISA’s service positions, contact Devon Whitney-Deal, Devon@buylocalfood.org, 413-665-7100 x22.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust

The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) was founded as an all-volunteer land trust in 1971 with a mission to preserve and protect Dartmouth’s natural resources for people and nature, forever. DNRT owns 58 fee properties totaling more than 1,700 acres in the town of Dartmouth. In addition to beautiful natural landscapes, our fee properties include active farmland, blueberry fields, a historic gristmill, and a unique daffodil field. DNRT manages 37 miles of trails where visitors can hike, bike, horseback ride, and walk their dogs. We offer programming for all ages that showcases the diversity of flora and fauna found on our nature reserves and emphasizes wellness for both the body and the mind. DNRT’s headquarters is located in a beautifully restored 1830s farmhouse located on 40 acres of active farmland. Our staff of five provides a friendly, relaxed, and professional work environment.

The Service Member at Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Land Stewardship role, and 50% of their time 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, CEC/LSCs 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. Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship /Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Develop a public engagement program for our historic grist mill, Allen’s Mill. We are seeking to increase public access and educational opportunities at the mill and raise awareness about the DNRT nature reserve where the mill and its water source are located. Capacity building program elements that a Member may focus on during their service year include: opening the mill for regular public visits (currently it is open one day a year), developing a video about the mill and the surrounding landscape for use on our website, developing an educational pamphlet, recruiting and training volunteer docents, and working with local school groups.
  • Help to oversee the creation of a fruit orchard. DNRT is planning to convert an overgrown field at our headquarters, known as Helfand Farm, into a fruit orchard for wildlife and a pollinator garden. Potential project components for Members to pursue include: engaging with volunteers to remove invasive plants, collaborating with a local bumblebee expert from UMass Dartmouth to identify appropriate native flower species for a pollinator garden, seeking donations from local nurseries for fruit-bearing shrubs and trees, identifying and organizing volunteers to install the plants, developing an interpretive sign, and holding educational workshops and
  • Creating and leading a free public walking series that highlights the natural resources found on DNRT’s properties. While DNRT already hosts a number of walks each month, the demand is greater than we can accommodate. We are excited to capitalize on this popularity in order to grow our membership and support for the organization by highlighting the important land conservation work being carried out by DNRT. Potential audiences for Members to engage include families, school groups, scout troops, and residents of New Bedford, a city with a diverse

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

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, ArcMap)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training community members and volunteers
  • Marketing experience or experience developing public information materials
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Ability to educate and engage the general public through events, walks, and lectures

For questions about Dartmouth Natural Resource’s Trust’s service positions, contact Linda Vanderveer, 508-991-2289, linda@dnrt.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.  We take risks, we try new things, and we have fun doing this work as we make lasting changes.

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. The Conservancy works in collaboration with its partners to restore, improve, maintain, and protect this iconic urban landscape through advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access, and volunteer and youth stewardship programs.

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 generally 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, and tracking and maintaining relevant metrics to create useful program evaluation tools.
  • Manage Volunteer Leader Program by widely promoting the program; leading the training of long-term recurring volunteers in invasive removal (including plant 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
  • 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.

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

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. Support the creation and facilitation of nature connection and environmental education lessons and activities for teen program participants.
  3. Oversee the coordination and facilitation of life and earth science activities and field trips for the Canopy Classroom Program geared at 3rd-graders.
  4. Support the coordination and facilitation of nature connection programs and events for adults and families.

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

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, Zoom, Skype)
  • 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
  • Familiarity with curriculum development and lesson planning

For questions about the Emerald Necklace Conservancy service positions, contact Kent Jackson, 617-522-2700, x 203, or kjackson@emeraldnecklace.org

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Since 1982, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. We provide food to our member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. These 175 independent pantries, meal sites and shelters are on the front lines of emergency food assistance in our region, providing sustenance to individuals, families, seniors, children and people with disabilities (including veterans) to lead healthy and meaningful lives. On average, The Food Bank serves monthly 90,000 individuals experiencing food insecurity. More than 1/3 of the food distributed is fresh vegetables, and more than one million pounds derives from farms in the Pioneer Valley, including The Food Bank’s own 60-acre organic Food Bank Farm in Hadley.

A service member at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Community Engagement role, and 50% of time spent in a Sustainable Agriculture role.

 Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) / Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator (SAC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. CEC/SACs may 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 collaborating with community groups, CEC/SACs demonstrate how the sustainable use and management 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, they increase resources for communities, demonstrate responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape.

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 Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement/Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator:

Through a partnership with the Kestrel Land Trust, The Food Bank has purchased a second Food Bank Farm, also under APR. The Food Bank will contract organic farmers to operate this 142- acre (and 59-tillable acre) organic farm to grow fresh vegetables for distribution through our network, and to feed children in high-poverty school districts.

  • Partner with marginalized people and communities by developing and teaching educational programming around food systems and food access.
  • Plan, research and implement sustainable techniques on three acres of farmland, such as low/no-till farming best practices to improve soil fertility, harvest yields, and sequester carbon. Help implement a detailed timeline of sustainable techniques and projects for all seasons.
  • In Spring 2021, engage the general public (including local public school and university students) in volunteering on the farm and education about organic farming, land conservation, and local food system and food security issues. The member would lead volunteer groups through food system projects such as planting, maintaining, and harvesting crops.

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

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 (Galaxy digital, Microsoft Suite Word, Excel & Outlook)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and Including a strong interest in collaborating with diverse community groups, farmers, school faculty and staff and youth
  • Experience creating inclusive programming, planning and leading events, leading service-learning programs, and giving presentations and/or trainings to a diverse audience
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions and navigate uneven terrain
  • Farming or gardening experience

For questions about The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’s service position, contact Amanda Reynolds, amandar@foodbankwma.org, 413-247-9738 ext. #135

Full Circle Earth

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

Please stay tuned! Position will be posted shortly. 

Gardening the Community

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

Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators (SAC) 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. SACs may create raised beds or community gardens, monitor and maintain urban farmland, establish sustainable food systems, provide new farmer trainings, lead community workshops, etc. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for communities, demonstrate responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. SACs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

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

  • Enhance and expand public involvement with GTC Farms and programs, by coordinating volunteer impact days, expanding our outreach, developing new community and corporate partnerships, organizing orientation and training systems for new volunteers including systems for volunteer communication and tracking and celebrating volunteer involvement. Partners would include area schools, businesses, and organizations. If the COVID pandemic continues, this project will focus on recruiting volunteers who are willing to practice social distance while farming and who could come to the site individually or in small groups.
  • Further developing our farm sites and Walnut St. Farm Store so that they are strong, community-based resources for families in Springfield. This will include assisting with farming activities and deepening our outreach in the neighborhoods around us and in Springfield in general so that more families are aware of GTC and use the Farm Store and CSA. We will focus on families who receive SNAP benefits.
  • Continuing to organize and develop a shared resource drive for farming at GTC. This will include creating an outline of the flow of farming tasks over the seasons, a description of key processes, and a list of resources and contacts used in the process so that the project is documented and more accessible to the full staff.

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

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 Word, Excel; ability to learn Survey Monkey and NeonCRM)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Urban Agriculture Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong understanding of racial justice and food justice and experience with community-based work
  • experience with urban agriculture
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people and comfort working with young people of color from urban areas

For questions about GTC’s service positions, contact Ibrahim Ali (ibrahim@gardeningthecommunity.org) or 413-693-5340 x1

Grow Food Northampton

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

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

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

Our youth education work involves a deep collaboration with the Northampton Public Schools through hands-on cooking classes and farm field trips for elementary school students. Our goal is to provide students with place-based experiences that connect them to farms and healthy food. Because of the uncertainty about what public schooling will look like in the 20/21 academic year, our program will need to adapt. The overall goal of this position will be to develop and implement meaningful educational experiences for youths and families that fit the context of the moment. Specific projects could include:

  • Adding value to our Community Food Distribution Program, a weekly food distribution to over 400 families experiencing food insecurity, by developing educational resources like recipes, cooking videos, nature activities, and more.
  • Expand and improve existing, or develop new, field trip and classroom cooking workshop curriculum. This will include co-leading and leading the implementation of these activities with elementary school classes to the extent possible.
  • Develop and test ideas to support Farm to School efforts in the Public Schools, with a particular focus on supporting food services.
  • Develop and deliver programming for youth outside of school: for example at the Community Garden, Tuesday Farmers Market, and Neighborhood Markets located in subsidized housing communities.
  • Assist in the management of our ½ acre Giving Garden to support local food pantries and free meal sites. This will involve farming and volunteer coordination in addition to youth education.

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

Desired Qualifications

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

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

Growing Places

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

Please stay tuned! Position will be posted shortly. 

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.

Growing Places maximizes impact by focusing on communities where residents experience the greatest health disparities related to food and nutrition in our region. This includes Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Winchendon and Clinton– all communities that are considered food deserts with severely limited access to healthy whole foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. The population across these communities totals 120,000 residents. In 2019, GP served 1,811 individuals, a 48% increase from 2018. Our programs and services focus on connecting and filling gaps in key sectors of the food system as follows: coordinating seven community gardens (200+ raised beds), where residents and youth grow food for themselves and donate to food assistance programs (800+ pounds donated to 9 sites in 2019); growing indoors hydroponically to mitigate the effects of seasonality on local fruit and vegetable production; managing the Fitchburg and Leominster Farmers Markets and a new mobile farmers market that accept nutrition benefits (SNAP/HIP, WIC, Sr. Farmers Market Coupons); conducting elementary gardening and nutrition education during and after-school; promoting teen development through youth-led food justice projects in the community; and coordinating a regional effort to create an equitable hub and spoke healthy food system in our food desert areas in the Greater Winchendon and Gardner region HEAL Winchendon.

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:

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in our region’s most underserved communities to expand our HEAL Winchendon Healthy Food Access Project into additional communities.
  • Expand capacity of our new healthy food access services including Fresh Chef Meal Kits, mobile market and Local Food Marketplace program (includes engaging with local producers and consumers).
  • Coordinate the integration of our new hydroponic Tower Farm into healthy food access strategies (i.e., donations to food assistance programs and mobile market).
  • Engage residents in community driven CIRCL groups to ensure our local food system is just, inclusive and equitable.

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

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 (list programs relevant to position/ your organization)
  • 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 with diverse  stakeholders across all community sectors
  • Willingness to try new things, high level of resilience
  • 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

Hilltown Land Trust + Franklin 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 5,000 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. HLT’s offices are located at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield.

The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) works to conserve farms, forests, wildlands, and other natural resources significant to the quality of the environment, economy, and rural character of our region. We are an innovative, efficient, regional non-profit that has been working to conserve rural landscapes in Franklin County and surrounding towns since 1987. For 33 years, FLT has been steadfast in making land conservation our top priority, completing 415 projects in 32 towns across our region to conserve a total of 32,925 acres. FLT owns and maintains nine properties in Franklin County that are open to the public. FLT engages the greater community in our mission of land conservation through programs, workshops, publications and events. The FLT office is located in downtown Shelburne Falls.

A Service Member at in this position would spend 50% of their time serving with Hilltown Land Trust and 50% of their time serving with Franklin Land Trust.

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

The CEC member will serve 1/2 of the week at each service site and will report to a designated supervisor for time served at each land trust. TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors at both service sites 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 and Franklin Land Trust have proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Plan and promote a series of high-quality events for each land trust, including hikes, webinars, 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 for each land trust, including the website, social media, newsletter, and e-news.

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

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
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances

For questions about the split Hilltown Land Trust/Franklin Land Trust service position, contact Katie Carr at katie@hilltownlandtrust.org, or Melissa Patterson-Serrill at mpatterson@franklinlandtrust.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 generally 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 long-term commitments to HLT. Volunteers also play an important role in managing the properties owned by HLT. This volunteer-based program requires annual management and regular recruitment and training of volunteers. 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 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 collaborate with HLT’s Executive Director, experienced volunteers, and staff of our affiliate, The Trustees, to develop these documents.
  • Public Education HLT’s Land Stewardship Coordinator will assist HLT staff in educating our constituents about the importance and impact of land conservation on the local community through HLT’s communications channels including social media accounts, website, and newsletters. In addition, the LCS will organize a limited number of public education events such as a Vernal Pool certification training and educational programming for town conservation leaders.

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

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

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

Just Roots

Just Roots is a social justice organization that builds equity, connection, health, pride and empowerment in our community and beyond through food-based programs and systems change. Our farm, programming and advocacy efforts connect people to food and one another.  We do our work by growing food; connecting people of all ages and life experiences with the land; running an all-income CSA (we run the largest SNAP-enrolled farm-based CSA in the state of Massachusetts!); cooking community meals; developing partnerships with health insurance companies, legislators, health clinics and other resource agencies; researching the health outcomes of CSA participation and more.  We build direct access, models, momentum and evidence for change in agricultural policy, food policy and social justice. We are a small, efficient, farm-based organization with a goal to change the food system and bring more equity to the world!

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 projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Educational and Fun Content and Event Creation!: Whether we’re still in the midst of COVID-19 or have overcome this hardship, the CEC will be responsible for creating materials and experiences that utilize land and food to connect people to one another and to health. We at Just Roots pride ourselves in making participation in the local food system possible and joyful for all members of our community and are excited to have a CEC who will be focused on building capacity around events as well as physical and digital materials that facilitate engagement in the local food system and connection to the land.
  • Partnership Development: Greenfield is a special place full of organizations that are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our residents. The CEC will be responsible for selecting a few new partners to deepen our relationships with this year. Ex: what does a collective initiative with the YMCA look like – weaving their Exercise is Medicine program into a Just Roots Food is Medicine program? Or, what are new ways we can engage with the school systems of Franklin County to facilitate the connection between family members, neighbors, students through food and land-based learning/initiatives?
  • Developing farm walk: Just Roots is excited to make our farmland even more accessible and fun to engage with by building interactive, educational and fun activities around the farm that visitors can engage with as they walk around the land.  The CEC could have the opportunity to design a proposal for this project!
  • Boston Children’s Hospital CSAs and Feastivals: Just Roots completed scientific research around utilizing the CSA model as a health intervention and is now working with 4 clinics to integrate CSA share referrals into their practices, specifically to reach patients who identify as food insecure. This work is being expanded from 1 clinic in 2019 to 4 clinics in 2020/2021. The CEC will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the JR team, our Boston Children’s Hospital partners, and residents in the communities connected with each clinic to create and document the systems around these new sites, as well as actually do the on-the-ground execution of CSA distributions and Feastivals (community meals) in these new spaces.

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

Will you be the newest addition to our small, bright, skilled, passionate, quirky, exuberant team? Join Just Roots to celebrate life and food with a wide range of community members, and use food as a tool to bring people together and build health and equity.  Serving at Just Roots comes with an abundance of the most delicious and fresh produce straight from our fields during the harvest season, community Feastivals and weekly team farming hours if you’re into getting your hands dirty! We love what we do in our community and are proud of the power and impact of our small yet mighty team. Looking forward to adding a rockstar TerraCorps member to our team!

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
  • Marketing and social media experience and experience developing public  
       informational materials
  • Detail oriented and able to balance dynamic 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 pieces and engaging with different parts of their brain and skillsets throughout the course of a day!
  • Strong interest in serving with diverse community groups, landowners, and  municipalities

For questions about Just Roots’ service position, contact Rochelle Bellin at Rochelle@justroots.org

Kestrel Land Trust + Eagle Eye Institute

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.

Eagle Eye Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to empower urban people from underserved communities, especially youth of color, to be active caretakers of our environment. Eagle Eye was founded in 1991 by Anthony Sanchez and MaJa Kietzke with the vision of a world in which people of all cultural backgrounds are engaged in the stewardship of Earth’s resources everyday. Eagle Eye serves urban communities in Western Massachusetts, primarily Holyoke. We offer hands-on learning programs in nature that raise environmental awareness, develop responsibility, and cultivate leadership. We work collaboratively with schools, youth organizations, environmental agencies, universities, and natural resource professionals, leveraging partnerships to increase our impact. In addition to programs at our Berkshires site, we offer place-based programs in Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley.

A service member in this position will support both Eagle Eye Institute and Kestrel Land Trust and will be serve in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Community Engagement role, and 50% of time spent in a Youth Education role.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC)/Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) 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. Eagle Eye and Kestrel have proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement/Youth Education Coordinator:

The CEC/YEC will be trained in Eagle Eye’s hands-on program model, gaining the skills and tools needed to effectively engage urban youth in environmental learning and stewardship programs. The member will also be trained in the basics of land conservation and community engagement for land trusts.

  • Coordinate EAGLE Club (Earth Advocates: Green Leaders for the Environment), a place-based after-school program, at two Holyoke High School campuses, and develop the program to be reproducible and sustainable.
  • Coordinate Eagle Eye’s learning and stewardship programs with additional youth and school partners, including Learn About Forests™, Urban Stewardship, Learn More About Forests overnight, and Winter Exploration on Snowshoes. (Find out more about our programs here: https://eagleeyei.org/programs/.)
  • Assist in the coordination of current youth group and school partnerships for Eagle Eye and Kestrel Land Trust.
  • Conduct outreach, build relationships, and represent Kestrel and Eagle Eye in the community.
  • Assist Kestrel staff with coordinating events/programs for the general public on natural history, the arts, food/farms and culture.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, and coordination of program volunteers for Kestrel and Eagle Eye, including guest instructors and college students.
  • Assist with social media, video creation, print and online newsletter, and other media in order to engage supporters and increase followers for both organizations.

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

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs: Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, social media platforms (FaceBook/Instagram)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement & Youth Education Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience educating and/or mentoring youth, preferably outdoors
  • Experience planning and leading programs and events
  • Strong interest in engaging with diverse individuals and communities

For questions about Eagle Eye and Kestrel’s service position, contact Cass Pastorelle, Program Director, at cpastorelle@eagleeyei.org, or Kari Blood, Communications and Outreach Manager, at kari@kestreltrust.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 generally 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. Kestrel Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

Expand KLT’s Land & Trail Crew program by coordinating field project events. Our LSC position involves a combination of solo fieldwork and volunteer engagement/coordination to strengthen regional capacity and manage conservation land. With input from your supervisor and using KLT resources as a guide, you will carry out a minimum of three outdoor field projects per month on KLT and partner land (Oct–Nov and Feb–July), involving volunteers to the greatest extent possible. Activities will include trail creation and upkeep, kestrel nest box maintenance, and invasive species management. One solo project may involve monitoring KLT boundaries to maintain markers.

We look to our TerraCorps members to help uphold and diversify KLT’s volunteer base by maintaining existing partnerships (e.g., UMass Amherst), recruiting creatively, and developing engaging field opportunities. Understanding that volunteer involvement may be reduced over the coming year due to health concerns, our LSC should also be prepared to do some solo fieldwork, and to use email and social media to keep our volunteers excited and engaged from afar.

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

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, primarily ArcGIS and the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience leading or participating in trail creation/maintenance and comfort using relevant hand tools.
  • Ability to interpret survey and other maps, and to navigate independently in the field using compass and GPS.
  • Able to navigate uneven terrain and carry tools and other supplies.

For questions about Kestrel Land Trust’s service positions, contact Chris Volonte at chris@kestreltrust.org.

Merrimack River Watershed Council

Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) improves and conserves the Merrimack River watershed for people and wildlife through education, recreation, science, and advocacy. We work with diverse stakeholders and decision makers to address threats such as combined sewer overflows and climate change; educate the public; engage communities in protection; and promote public access to the Merrimack and its tributaries. MRWC was founded in 1978 to address the issue of pollution in the Merrimack River.  From the beginning, MRWC has seen our mission as a mandate to both to protect the community from the dangers of contamination in the water, and to engage and educate residents in protecting and preserving this vital natural resource.

A Service Member at MRWC will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Land Stewardship role, and 50% of their time 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, CEC/LSCs 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.

The Member will focus their time in Lawrence and Lowell, but also travel extensively throughout other Massachusetts sites along the River. Lawrence and Lowell, MA are two of five urban communities along the mainstem of the Merrimack River which suffer from a) lack of accessible urban green space, and b) are home to a total of 53 combined sewer outfalls. As long as these twin problems exist, individuals have limited opportunities to enjoy the health benefits of time in nature without risk of exposure to sewage-associated pathogens and subsequent infections. In addition to the environmental justice concerns related to green space and water quality in the Merrimack River, the residents of Lowell and Lawrence predominantly represent demographically vulnerable populations. The populations of Lawrence and Lowell are majority minority, are low-income compared with the statewide average, experience English isolation, and carry a disproportionate burden of water contamination and other environmental factors. MRWC has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Enhance and expand the Riparian Habitat Restoration Volunteer Program by increasing bi-lingual volunteer recruitment, coordinating logistics, leading planting and invasive weed control events, and overseeing site maintenance.
  • Enhance and expand the Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Program by overseeing volunteer citizen scientists, coordinating trainings, and conducting data entry.
  • Co-lead the planning and facilitation of the State of the Waters annual conference.
  • Educate watershed residents about the connection between land and the health of our aquatic ecosystems by representing MRWC at community events and in school settings.
  • Enhance and expand awareness of recreational access opportunities for community members, including paddling, boating, fishing, swimming, etc. by representing MRWC at community events.
  • Develop a social media strategy that maximizes enriching educational content and engages community members digitally.

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

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 (Excel, Word, social media)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience planning and leading volunteer events
  • Experience with environmental field work, particularly water quality monitoring, and/or invasive species management
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Khmer

For questions about MRWC’s service positions, contact: Matthew Thorne at matthew@merrimack.org

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (Mount Grace) is a regional land trust that is deeply rooted in collaboration. Since 1986, we have worked with dozens of partners and hundreds of landowners to protect more than 34,000 acres of woods, streams, farms, and trails in our picturesque rural region. Nestled between Gardner and Greenfield and anchored by the Quabbin Reservoir and its thousands of acres of pristine trails, we are working throughout 23 towns to foster a deep conservation ethic. We are nationally recognized for our innovative and collaborative projects, and Mount Grace was the home and founder of the TerraCorps program. Four of our eleven staff are AmeriCorps alumni, three of whom served with TerraCorps specifically. This year, we are hosting four TerraCorps members who will be fully integrated into our conservation, stewardship, and engagement teams. We are committed to developing the next generation of conservation leaders, and we are continually inspired by the creativity and vision of the TerraCorps members who choose to join us each year.

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 generally spend roughly 40% of their time in the office and 60% 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. Mount Grace has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • 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 as well as climate change
  • Create a pollinator garden at the Mount Grace headquarters and increase community awareness of the importance of pollinators
  • Construct and implement a wheelchair-accessible nature trail project
  • Collaborate with the TerraCorps YEC to lead local scout groups to earn badges
  • Create an ecological stewardship plan for Mount Grace-owned properties. The plan will propose a timeline to implement best management strategies to care for our properties and protect our natural resources through habitat management, invasive plant removal, nature resource inventory, and public access opportunities
  • Visit and monitor Mount Grace conservation lands to ensure the land is continually protected and managed. This may include observing for any encroachment, installing boundary markers, constructing and maintaining trails, creating informational signage, removing invasive plants, and providing resources to landowners to manage their land
  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer Stewardship Program by recruiting and training volunteers to monitor conservation lands and hiking trails
  • Organize events on conservation lands to increase awareness and appreciation of nature and the outdoors

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

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team in an office and field setting
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including ArcGIS, Zoom, and Microsoft Office
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers of all ages
  • Able to walk 3-4 miles a day over uneven terrain in a range of weather conditions and navigate in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Ability to write detailed technical reports

For questions about Mount Grace’s Stewardship Manager positions, contact KimLynn Nguyen: nguyen@mountgrace.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. Mount Grace has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  • Provide catalyzing support for working groups of the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance, an informal network created and coordinated by Mount Grace that brings food system stakeholders together to discuss challenges while identifying and implementing creative solutions. The RCC will tap into groundwork laid by previous TerraCorps Members to build capacity of local people and entities that are currently tackling issues related to farm viability, land access, food access and equity, and community health. Their specific roles will include helping perform research and outreach, as well as leading and organizing effective meetings and planning event logistics.
  • Help design and implement a farm conservation neighborhood project. Following the example of similar successful multi-landowner projects, the RCC will guide and support a circle of farming friends and neighbors to conserve their lands. This project will involve organizing neighborhood meetings and helping design a finance strategy that will include grant writing.
  • Create a Strategic Farmland Conservation Map that will guide the next era of Mount Grace’s farm protection work. The map will ultimately help Mount Grace understand what farms are available to protect, and to prioritize our farm conservation efforts. To build this map, the RCC will utilize ArcGIS and existing information collected through interviews with farmers and agricultural commission members throughout our region.

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

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, Zoom, basic computer mapping skills with ArcGIS)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience or strong interest in coordinating events, speaking to groups, and facilitating meetings
  • Familiarity with or interest in community organizing

For questions about Mount Grace’s RCC for the Farmland Conservation Program, contact Rocio Lalanda at lalanda@mountgrace.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. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  • Lead a team to organize the annual statewide Open Space Conference. The conference is designed for people volunteering on town boards and committees who are interested in conservation and stewardship. This free, peer-to-peer conference seeks to empower local volunteer conservationists with stories and lessons they can take home and apply in their own communities.
  • Coordinate the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership. The Partnership is the second-old regional conservation partnership in New England, and includes landowners, land trusts, foresters, planning agencies, academic institutions, state agencies, and town government partners. The RCC will help plan and lead quarterly meetings to bring partners together to share information about urgent topics in our region, such as climate change planning, and to advance shared priorities, including multi-partner conservation projects.
  • Collaborate with town partners to conduct direct landowner outreach through workshops and site visits designed to boost awareness of and engagement in sustainable forest management.
  • Create workshops designed to engage woodland landowners in long-term thinking about their land and the legacy they hope to leave with it.

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

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, and basic mapping programs (ArcGIS)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • A strong interest in understanding and cultivating partnerships
  • Experience or interest in coordinating events

For questions about Mount Grace’s RCC position with the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership, please contact wells@mountgrace.org

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

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

  • Provide in-class programs and field trips to grades K-4 to build on our five-year relationship with the elementary schools in three local towns
  • Collaborate with Tribal Nation representatives to provide curriculum and guided field trips on the land for local elementary students
  • Organize and create events on conservation lands to increase awareness and appreciation of nature and the outdoors for underserved students
  • Coordinate implementation of a trail project on elementary school campus with interpretive signage made by students
  • Collaborate with the LSC TerraCorps Member to lead local scout groups to earn badges

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

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom and video editing
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above (including delivering curriculum to K-4 youth, teaching indoors and outdoors)
  • Experience in event planning, and training and educating community members and volunteers of all ages
  • Understanding of natural systems (gardening, farming, ecology, healthy ecosystems) and integrating into experiential learning opportunities
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, especially in fields pertaining to environmental science or education
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects at once

For questions about Mount Grace’s YEC position, contact Marielena Lima (lima@mountgrace.org).

The Natick Community Organic Farm

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

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. Natick Community Organic Farm has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. Develop and coordinate diverse adult programming.
    • Developing and teaching new adult-focused programs that occur during evening/weekend hours. These programs could cover a wide range of interests/topics depending on community interest.  Everything from beginner gardening to food preservation.  This can involve partnering with other non-profits or community services (libraries, colleges, etc.). 
    • Identify community stakeholders that would benefit from these adult programs.
  1. Design and develop a manual to help other groups create Community Gardens and Community Farms.
    • Look at the extensive history of NCOF and create a living document of best practices.
    • Look at what has worked and what hasn’t for Community based farming.

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

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 Drive, Excel, GiveCloud & Donor Perfect
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Exceptional work ethic, both independently and in groups. 
  • Flexible and self-directed worker, capable of managing own time and timeline, as well as tackling projects with limited supervision
  • Excited to experience all aspects of Farm life including, but not limited to; animal chores, field work, leading diverse groups of volunteers, etc.  
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers

For questions about Natick Community Organic Farm’s service position, contact Trish Wesley Umbrell (Trish@natickfarm.org)

Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators (SAC) 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. SACs may create raised beds or community gardens, monitor and maintain urban farmland, establish sustainable food systems, provide new farmer trainings, lead community workshops, etc. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for communities, demonstrate responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. SACs 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.  Natick Community Organic Farm has proposed the following potential projects for their Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator:

  1. Develop a goat scaping program to clear invasive species: As part of the Town of Natick and given our location on conservation land, we’d like to partner with the Conservation Commission to use the Farm’s goat to clear invasives on other Conservation properties.
    • This will involve training our goats to electric fences as well as working with the Conservation Agent, the Director of Sustainability and other town officials to identify the appropriate property. This will also involve marketing this project on behalf of NCOF and recruiting and coordinating multiple volunteers to ensure a positive outcome for everyone (especially the goats). 
    • This project has a two-fold purpose as it is meant to reduce the strain on our pastures by giving our goats forage and it is meant to demonstrate a different way to think about green space/invasive control.
    • This project can also include collaborating with our local horticulture program at the Vocational High School and influencing the next generation of landscapers/horticulturists.
  2. Design and implement a multipurpose garden space in an underutilized space: Our ‘Toddler Garden’ is currently underutilized. Lacking the structure and purposeful planning of an educational garden, it is likewise not a crucial part of our yearly crop plan.
    • Meet with NCOF stakeholders (education and production) and develop a design that allows for numerous needs to be met. These could include a pollinator garden to be used during field trips, space to grow herbs to be used in educational opportunities, demonstrating different types of container/raised bed gardens for the general public, etc.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs Google Drive and Excel
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Exceptional work ethic, both independently and in groups.
  • Flexible and self-directed, capable of managing own time and timeline, as well as tackling projects with limited supervision.
  • Excited to experience all aspects of Farm life including, but not limited to; animal chores, field work, leading diverse groups of volunteers, etc.

For questions about Natick Community Organic Farm service positions, contact Casey Townsend (casey@natickfarm.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. Natick Community Organic Farm has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. We have historically offered programming during business hours, meaning that working families are infrequent participants. We think there is great room for growth both in our infrastructure to accommodate weekend and evening programs as well as coming up with new ideas for programming. This can include but is not limited to:
    • Offer weekend farm-based programing to appeal to youth and families who cannot take part in our traditional week-day program.
    • Offer weekend or evening classes beyond our traditional programming.
    • Develop new programs and new approaches to farm-based education.
  1. Expand our farm-based field trips into classroom presentations.
    • Given the current budget limitations for schools, we’d like to experiment with offering online programming and in-class programming.
    • This could potentially expand into an online curriculum for homeschoolers or distance learners.
    • This will include thinking about place-based education and how it can be done successfully within a classroom or even online.

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

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 Drive, Excel, GiveCloud & Donor Perfect
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Exceptional work ethic, both independently and in groups. 
  • Flexible and self-directed worker, capable of managing own time and timeline, as well as tackling projects with limited supervision
  • Excited to experience all aspects of Farm life including, but not limited to; animal chores, field work, leading diverse groups of volunteers, etc.  
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers

For questions about Natick Community Organic Farm’s service positions, contact Audrey Fergason (audrey@natickfarm.org)

Round the Bend Farm

Round the Bend Farm (RTB), a Center for Restorative Community, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts is a working farm and educational non-profit. We are a living laboratory that cultivates, educates, and empowers people of all ages. We are devoted to the global paradigm shift toward hope and abundance by valuing diversity, modeling nature, and redefining wealth. Each choice that we make on the farm seeks to enhance and promote life. We aim to exemplify a lifestyle that respects and consciously works with the environment, using the resources offered by nature to their “highest good”. We are deeply aware that we are a part of nature’s complex web of interdependence. In each choice that we make as a team, we consider: What is the impact on nature? How can we use this resource to its full potential? And finally, how can we share these lessons with our community? Empowering others to make choices that are in line with their highest good is our ultimate goal as living laboratory.

A Service Member at Round the Bend Farm will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Youth Education role, and 50% of their time in a Sustainable Agriculture role.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC)/ Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators (SAC) 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. YEC/SACs may engage neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands. YEC/SACs may create raised beds or community gardens, monitor and maintain farmland, establish sustainable food systems, develop curriculum and programming, run youth trainings, lead community workshops, etc. By engaging youth in activities that support the hands-on stewardship of community lands, 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. Round the Bend Farm has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education/ Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator:

  • The YEC/SAC Member will support our education programs on the farm and in the wider community. This includes collaborating with teachers, students, and RTB staff to plan and implement experiential farm-based field trips, educational workshops, tours, presentations and other forms of community outreach.
  • The Member will also have the opportunity to support RTB’s food systems. This includes collaborating with our Garden Manager in the operation of RTB’s market-garden scale crop production. We are growing a diversified range of primarily vegetables, fruits, nuts, edible perennials and medicinal herbs, on roughly 2 acres of land, in order to feed and heal our community, source events and occasionally sell to the public. Cooking and on-site food processing and preservation is also a crucial part of our food systems.
  • We hope to increase our online presence and develop open source curriculum /materials to support people in these uncertain times. The YEC/SAC member could assist in developing these resources such as film projects, visual aids, outreach materials, and marketing support. As well as brainstorm new creative solutions that help address this need.

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

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, Google Docs. Skills in photography, film making, editing, and social media applications are not required but would be valuable
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education/Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in organic growing and a general love of dirt
  • Strong work ethic and ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Desire and ability to integrate into the community at the farm, open mindedness and high self-awareness are crucial

For questions about Round The Bend Farm’s service position, contact: Nate Sander;  Education Manager nate@roundthebendfarm.org

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

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

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

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

SEMPBA believes that building partnerships region wide is the only way we are going to save the Coastal Pine Barrens. That is why we spearheaded and now serve as the coordinators of the Southeastern Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership. Regional Conservation Partnerships are designed to foster cooperative conservation initiatives and enhance the efforts of all of the participants to better manage and conserve the land and water resources within the area of focus. Building and nurturing the Pine Barrens Partnership is now a major focus of SEMPBA and we plan to dedicate much of the TerraCorps Regional Collaborator Coordinator’s time to that effort.

  • Build partnerships for the conservation, restoration, management and protection of the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens;
  • Conduct outreach to landowners and land managers from Federal, State, Municipal, Tribal, and nonprofit organizations to develop regional conservation initiatives across jurisdictional boundaries;
  • Train professionals and volunteers to identify natural communities as part of an initiative to support native plant and animal populations, and ultimately human communities;
  • Develop and implementing citizen science projects;
  • Lead nature education activities for the public at the Center Hill Preserve Climate and Nature Education and Research Center, Plymouth, MA.
  • Initiate and coordinate research projects with scientists at the 100-acre Center Hill Preserve’s beach, former cranberry bog and forested lands.
  • Help promote the idea that together we can ensure a future where deep corridors of healthy forests and grasslands give home to an abundance of native plants and animals, where fresh and marine waters offer plentiful sustenance for all creatures.

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

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, and WordPress)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Collaboration Coordinator position and projects listed above (GIS and mapping are a plus)
  • Experience coordinating events and training/educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience developing public information materials
  • Experience with land conservation or land use planning, and collaborating with municipal agencies and/or civic organizations
  • Looking for an RCC who is passionate about a career in the environmental field and is self-motivated to build connections towards their career goals.

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

Speak For The Trees, Boston

The mission of Speak for the Trees is to improve the size and health of the urban tree canopy in Boston, especially in under-canopied and under-resourced neighborhoods. We partner with community members, parallel organizations, and municipalities to build a healthier tree canopy for all. Our community projects focus on education, plantings, and engagement at the neighborhood level. We believe that change happens when citizens have ownership over their urban spaces and feel empowered to take action. Trees, whether they be on private or public property, serve to connect residents to their community, their neighbors, and the larger global environment. We envision a city with a healthy tree canopy that takes into account issues of equity such as diversity, race, socioeconomic status, and geography.

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. Speak for the Trees, Boston has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Within their service year, the CEC will have the opportunity to develop and expand our community engagement work, with a focus on the neighborhood of Roxbury, to learn more about residents’ feelings towards urban trees.
  • The CEC will be able to explore current tree-related school curriculum and seek opportunities to engage with local schools and teachers to provide learning opportunities about trees, either in school or after school
  • The CEC will also have the opportunity to create a series of community-based events to reach new participants and provide opportunities for them to learn about trees, engage in tree inventory work, and be part of planting and caring for trees.

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

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 GoogleDocs, GoogleSheets, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Experience with and knowledge of social media platforms, graphic design, and GIS a plus.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong interest in serving with diverse community groups, residents, and municipal officials.
  • Experience creating inclusive programming
  • Fluency in languages other than English a plus.

For questions about Speak for the Trees, Boston’s service positions contact David Meshoulam, Executive Director, at david@sfttbos.org

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is a regional land trust that works to protect natural areas, wildlife habitat, and farmland in the 36 communities that surround the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) Rivers—an area situated between Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. SVT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is supported by 2,900 member households and 200 volunteers. We accomplish our work through an all-volunteer Board of Directors, and 13 staff Members (full and part time). SVT is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. As of Fall 2019, SVT owns more than 2,400 acres on 91 reservations, and we hold conservation restrictions on another 88 properties totaling 2,830 acres. We also maintain more than 65 miles of hiking trails. Our headquarters is located in an old farmhouse on a lovely 53-acre property with views of field and forests.

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. Sudbury Valley Trustees has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • The Community Engagement Coordinator will research, develop, and implement tools to deepen relationships with current SVT members, as well as establish and pilot best practices for how to reach and engage new audiences.
    • Specifically, the CEC will build upon current weekly outreach emails and social media posts to increase the relevance and value of these communication channels’ content.
    • The Member will also seek, attend, evaluate, and recommend improvements for high impact outreach opportunities such as tabling and community events. These events will both serve to deepen existing relationships with towns, organizations and members, and will allow SVT to expand its reach to establish connections more broadly.
    • In a strategic effort to engage young people in the service area, the CEC will also organize a youth summit to gather information about how best to reach and involve high-schoolers in this initiative.
  • The CEC will also have the opportunity to bolster SVT’s capacity to serve as a resource for our regional partners. In collaboration with the development team, the CEC will:
    • Develop two training modules for our partners at the MetroWest Conservation Alliance (MCA) where they will share key learnings from the above outreach projects. The first module will focus on how to efficiently reach new diverse audiences through social media, communications and events. The second training will concentrate on sharing tools to deepen engagement with constituents through volunteerism, giving and events.
    • The CEC may also participate in SVT’s annual volunteer training (April 2021) to share best practices for tabling and outreach events. These trainings will multiply the impact of the CEC’s projects, and will significantly build capacity not only for SVT, but for the region’s network of conservation organizations and volunteers.
  • SVT continues to explore how best to engage the diverse population in Framingham, MA. To further these efforts, the CEC will explore collaboration with the representatives of the city and local environmentally-focused groups to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of preserving healthy land and engaging with nature.

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

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 Suite)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community Members and volunteers
  • Marketing experience (traditional and social media) or experience developing public information materials

For questions about Sudbury Valley Trustee’s service positions, contact Elizabeth Wallace (ewallace@svtweb.org or by phone at 978-443-5588 x111)

The 300 Committee Land Trust

The 300 Committee Land Trust (T3C) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to permanently preserve and protect open space in Falmouth, MA through land acquisition, education and management. T3C safeguards natural resources, provides public green spaces, connects people with nature, and strives to retain Falmouth’s unique character and beauty. Since our beginnings in 1985, our land trust has helped protect more than 2,500 acres throughout Falmouth for conservation, recreation and clean drinking water.  Our lands contribute to a healthy environment and are preserved in perpetuity. In recent years, T3C has embraced the goal of making conservation lands accessible to all by providing trails and signage that can accommodate people of all abilities, where feasible. Additionally, T3C strives to provide more inclusive engagement opportunities to community members in outdoor programs they may otherwise not have access to.

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 generally 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 300 Committee has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • Improve upon the current Conservation Restriction Monitoring Program: The Member will help to ensure that each fee owned and conservation restriction property is monitored with documentation. This will grow our current monitoring program and will help meet our annual monitoring obligations for 80+ properties. To do this, the Member will be trained on how to conduct a monitoring visit and how to properly document visits usingT3C’s land management software. The Member will maintain a list of active volunteers and engage them to accomplish monitoring. The Member will also identify and act upon follow up that may be needed for each property.
  • Expand the Volunteer Stewardship Program: Serving with T3C staff, the Member will assist in expanding upon the Volunteer Steward Program. The Member will organize weekly workdays to address stewardship needs as they are identified. This is a fun opportunity to engage with and expand a jovial corps of volunteers that are committed to improving conservation lands in town. Through planning and implementation, the service Member will learn from the T3C staff about project management. Workdays may include, invasive species removal, general clean-up, habitat management and trail work.
  • Maintaining and improving maps: The Member will learn some basic mapping techniques and may help identified habitat restoration areas, revitalize our trail maps, and maintain a mapping database for acquisition feasibility and cataloging resources.

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

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, Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience or willingness to train and educate community Members and volunteers
  • Ability to read and interpret various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, and USGS topos. Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software preferable
  • Experience or interest in natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain

For questions about The 300 Committees service position, contact Alexandra Zollo, azollo@300committee.org

Wareham Land Trust + Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon

The Wareham Land Trust’s mission is to permanently protect and conserve special open spaces and natural resources to benefit water quality, wildlife habitat, the citizens of Wareham, and for the economic enhancement of the Town. The Wareham Land Trust is the premier conservation organization in the Town of Wareham. It is an all-volunteer land trust accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The town covers 36 square miles with 54 miles of coastline which gives us very diverse landscape. From sandy beaches, to freshwater ponds and rivers, cranberry bogs to forests, Wareham has it all!  Our various boards and committees are made up of our dedicated members. We promote land protection, natural resource education, and smart growth. Through a variety of well-established methods we safeguard valuable land and water resources.

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Wareham is managed by the Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries and was recently expanded with the connection of the 112-acre former Sacred Hearts Retreat Center property. The 200-plus acre Great Neck property is part of the largest remaining contiguous forest stands along Buzzards Bay and home to several ecological zones including: barrier beach, salt marsh, freshwater pond, Red Maple swamp, and mature mixed transitional forest.

A Service Member at Mass Audubon Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wareham Land Trust will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Land Stewardship role, and 50% of their time 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, CEC/LSCs 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 Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wareham Land Trust have proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Engage Wareham community through innovative environmental programming and on-the-ground stewardship that builds new and long-lasting relationships with individuals and partner organizations.
  • Facilitate trail improvements, coordinate construction of projects, and/or develop interpretive materials that enhance visitor experience on Wareham properties.
  • Build a group of Citizen Science Volunteers in the realm of bird monitoring, state-listed turtles, deer browsing, invasive plants, climate change indicators or similarly related project.

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

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)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
  • Interest in ecology, wildlife, environmental science or natural communities
  • Experience developing public information materials including marketing and social media
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers

For questions about Mass Audubon and the Wareham Land Trust’s service position, contact Lauren Miller-Donnelly at laurenmiller@massaudubon.org, 508-636-2437. 

To Apply to Become a TerraCorps Member

email to tc

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