Serve with TerraCorps in Rhode Island!

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. 

The Westerly Land Trust

Westerly, RI
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement/Youth Education Coord.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Smithfield, RI
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Rhode Island Land Trust Council

Smithfield, RI
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

The Westerly Land Trust

Westerly, RI
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement/Youth Education Coord.

Aquidneck Land trust

Middletown, RI
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Providence, RI
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Community Engagement/ Youth Education Coord.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Providence, RI
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Community Engagement/ Youth Education Coord.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Providence, RI
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Community Engagement/ Youth Education Coord.

Southside Community Land Trust

Providence, RI
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.
1 Sustainable Agriculture Coord.

Southside Community Land Trust

Providence, RI
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.
1 Sustainable Agriculture Coord.

Aquidneck Community Table

Newport, RI
Hosting:
1 Youth Education/ Sustainable Agriculture Coord.

Aquidneck Community Table

Newport, RI
Hosting:
1 Youth Education/ Sustainable Agriculture 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

Aquidneck Community Table

Aquidneck Community Table’s (ACT) mission is to grow a healthy local food system accessible to all on our island. ACT brings together partners in the community to collectively build a healthier future, generating events and discussions to explore solutions that strengthen the island’s food system, support the local economy, and expand access to fresh food for everyone. ACT’s programs work directly in communities to grow more food, teach life skills, and empower individuals to take pride in their neighborhood green spaces. ACT serves the population of the island in the towns of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, approximately 60,000 year-round residents, and considerably more in the tourist season.

A Service Member at Aquidneck Community Table 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. Aquidneck Community Table has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator/Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator:

  1. Develop curriculum for youth surrounding healthy food and how to grow it. The Member would allow ACT to respond to requests from Thompson Middle School in Newport to help with their school garden. The Member would support the growth and sustainability of the garden education program at Thompson Middle School in Newport, where like the Pell Elementary School population, 70% of students live in economic hardship and are frequently without access to fresh foods and green spaces. The Member would collaborate with the lead teacher at Thompson by developing lesson plans, garden management and outreach to the parent community.
  2. Empower community members to plant and tend to gardens, either in community spaces or at home, increasing the ability of the region to produce more of its own food and empowering people through the satisfaction and accomplishment of producing some of their own food. The Member would support community garden workdays and (virtual or in person) workshops to provide gardening basics to encourage those who are new to growing food.
  3. Engage with potential volunteers in projects such as the installation of pollinator beds, and the repair and building of new gardens to bring together a broad range of generations, garden experience levels, and ethnic backgrounds.
  4. Find new ways to engage with the young food forest/permaculture model at our Middletown site, Island Community Farm. The Member would engage with volunteers in garden maintenance projects and help to develop educational signage and descriptive labels for existing permaculture plantings to support future programming.

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, Google Drive)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator/Sustainable Agriculture position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with community organizing
  • Understanding of natural systems: organic gardening, farming, healthy ecosystems
  • Experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods

For questions about Aquidneck Community Table’s service positions, contact Bevan Linsley at bevan@aquidneckcommunitytable.org

Aquidneck Land Trust

Aquidneck Land Trust‘s (ALT) mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community, while connecting people with the land that defines the island’s natural character. ALT has existed for 30 years with a service area of three towns, covering approximately 25,000 acres on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island. We work to connect people to nature, protect our drinking and coastal waters, preserve farmland and support local agriculture, provide places to play for the community, and work to make our island more resilient to climate change. ALT has conserved 2605 acres across 81 diverse properties and manages over 12 miles of free hiking trails. ALT also offers a diversity of outreach programs.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island + Rhode Island Land Trust Council

RILTC

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island (Audubon-RI) was founded in 1897 and is not affiliated with National Audubon. The mission of Audubon-RI is the protection of birds, other wildlife and their habitat through conservation, education and advocacy for the benefit of people and other living things.  Audubon-RI protects nearly 9,500 acres of habitat consisting of significant woodlands, wetlands, coastal marshes and grassland habitat in Rhode Island for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations. We partner with community groups and schools to ensure that everyone has access to the outdoors and meaningful experiences in nature.   Audubon also provides environmental education programs for every school district in the state and advocates for sound environmental policy.

Rhode Island Land Trust Council (Council) is a coalition of Rhode Island’s land trusts – nonprofit and municipal organizations with a mission of conserving land to protect the special places in our communities. The Council represents land trusts and land conservation interests in the state, facilitates collaborative efforts, and connects land trusts leaders with training and guidance resources. The Council also provides assistance to help land trusts achieve their conservation goals and ensure the sound stewardship and permanent protection of the special places they are conserving.  There are over 45 land trusts in Rhode Island.  Most are entirely volunteer organizations. Collectively they have conserved over 17,000 acres of land that they own or protect with a conservation easement.

The Council and Audubon Society of Rhode Island are partnering to co-host two TerraCorps members.  Both TerraCorps Member will serve from the Audubon Society of RI headquarter office in Smithfield Rhode Island, but their individual projects will differ depending on the organization they are supporting. 

Land Stewardship Coordinators 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. Audubon Society of RI has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • Enhance and expand the Volunteer Steward Program by coordinating trainings, outings, and service days…. especially the development and training of a volunteer group to implement annual monitoring of all Audubon properties in compliance with Land Trust Alliance National Standards and Practices.
  • Audubon-RI and RI Land Trust Council are working together to establish and implement sound monitoring systems for the properties and conservation easements that they protect. As part of this project, the Audubon and Council, in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island Environmental Data Center (URI-EDC), is developing a monitoring application that uses Esri ArcGIS software.  The monitoring tool allows Rhode Island land trust leaders to view maps of their location, land trust boundaries, and satellite imagery on their phone or tablet, as well as record points in the field as part of their monitoring.

The TerraCorps Member will serve with the RI Land Trust Council and URI EDC on boundaries of properties and conservation easements that they protect into ArcGIS.  They will train and coach Volunteers in using the ArcGIS app and property monitoring. Duties related to the project include:

    • Carrying-out GIS work in support of the app including updating property boundaries of Audubon lands uploading geospatial data onto ArcGIS Online account for Audubon staff and volunteers to utilize in app, and curating geospatial data on ArcGIS Online through keeping metadata up to date.
    • Developing GIS resources for those Audubon properties that still lack property boundary datasets.
    • Training Audubon volunteers on how to use the App for monitoring the conservation properties.
    • Learning best practices in property monitoring according to Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and training volunteers in implementing them through person-to-person site visits and workshops.
    • Collaborating with Audubon’s Senior Director of Conservation to research and develop a strategy to create a statewide volunteer network database. The vision for this program will be to have a pool of volunteers Audubon-RI can call on as stewardship projects arise. The TerraCorps Member will not only help recruit volunteers, but also have the opportunity to help on these projects and share the work of the Audubon as opportunities arise.
    • Help Audubon Society of Rhode Island with required monitoring for protected properties in compliance with LTA Standards and Practices.

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, including the ability to write detailed technical reports
  • Able to serve both independently and as a Member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs like Microsoft Office 365. Direct experience with ArcGIS.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above, such as experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers including experience giving presentations and/or trainings to a diverse audience
  • Orienteering and the ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions and navigate uneven terrain. Ability to hike long distances for hours in variable weather conditions.
  • Ability to read and interpret various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, and USGS topo’s

 

For questions about Audubon’s service positions, contact Scott Ruhren, Senior Director of Conservation sruhren@asri.org

Southside Community Land Trust

Southside Community Land Trust’s mission is to provide access to land, education and other resources so people in Rhode Island can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable and healthy food is available to all.  In the past two decades we have helped to develop policies at the local and state level to purchase and protect farmland, increase state investment in agriculture and aquaculture and establish the RI Food Policy Council. Since 1981, SCLT has transformed nearly 10 acres of urban parcels into 52 community gardens and urban farms. We also manage a 50-acre farm in rural Cranston, RI. Most recently we have focused on beginning farmer and food systems training (supporting beginning farmers, especially immigrant and low-income farmers) and helped found the RI Land Access Working Group.

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. Southside Community Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator:

  • Help match aspiring farmers and gardeners with accessible farmland and garden This includes building relationships with both landowners and managers and with land seekers.
  • Develop and implement agricultural land stewardship plans for SCLT land, focusing on our new and historically underused sites. Assess needs for development, maintenance and repair at different sites and support volunteers and staff to implement those that are
  • Support no and low-cost resource distribution and education to low income and immigrant gardeners and farmers. Resources include organic compost, fish emulsion, seaweed mulch, vegetable plant starts and seeds, straw mulch, garlic, heat mats and/or affordable greenhouse space reemay covering and drip irrigation. This includes gauging community interest and need, providing TA and demonstration as needed, sourcing products and partners,
  • Support outreach for and implementation of Farmer Training
  • Oversee demonstration projects that illustrate organic growing techniques – compost piles, pollinator installations, school gardens,

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)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Urban Agriculture Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Drivers’ license and vehicle (reimbursement for vehicle use available)
  • Skills in one or more of the following languages: Burmese, Hmong, Kirundi/Kinyarwanda, Kunama, Nepali, Portuguese/Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, Swahili
  • Willingness to be active outside in a range of weather conditions

For questions about SCLT’s service positions, contact: Sebastian Interlandi sebastian@southsideclt.org 401 273 9419 ext 105

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. SCLT has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Build a network for and maintain contact with alumni of our youth Including the development of a group text message alert system. Create protocols for supporting participants as they continue in education and career pursuits related to food justice and the environment. Track short- and long-term outcomes and program impacts in youth’s lives.
  • Develop plan to expand off-site activities for youth staff during the academic year. Including researching opportunities, developing plans, arranging for vehicles, and assisting with oversight during these activities
  • Develop a process for making the SCLT Fresh Food Lunch Program available at one or more neighboring summer youth sites operated by other community organizations.
  • Analyze the program process and impacts of the 2020 Fresh Food Prep Pilot Program and collaborate with SCLT Director of Education to determine whether and how to incorporate into the annual summer youth employment program.
  • Support and collaborate with youth and children’s garden and food justice programming with partners outside of
  • Assist other SCLT staff with farmwork and maintenance at the Youth Enterprise Farm, including overseeing youth staff shifts, planting, harvesting, weeding, soil building, etc.

 

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)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Drivers’ license and vehicle (reimbursement for vehicle use available)
  • Skills in one or more of the following languages: Burmese, Hmong, Kirundi/Kinyarwanda, Kunama, Nepali, Portuguese/Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, Swahili
  • Willingness to be active outside in a range of weather conditions

For questions about SCLT’s service positions, contact: Raffini raffini@southsideclt.org 401 273 9419 ext. 109

Westerly Land Trust

The Westerly Land Trust (WLT) works to conserve open space, revitalize culturally significant properties, and provide environmental programs for the enduring benefit of our community. Since being established in 1987, WLT has conserved approximately 1,700 acres of conservation lands in the town of Westerly. Our 31 properties consist of upland forests, wetlands, grasslands, salt marshes, and downtown urban spaces like our Community Garden. In 2017, WLT was awarded national accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, becoming one of only six accredited land trusts in Rhode Island at the time. In addition to land conservation, the Westerly Land Trust has a strong focus on environmental education and community engagement.

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) sparks economic development through our work restoring the Woonasquatucket River and communities around it, and by enhancing, extending and bringing people to the Woonasquatucket River Greenway. Our mission is to encourage, support and promote the restoration and preservation of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed as an environmental, recreational, cultural, and economic asset of the State of Rhode Island.The WRWC is a successful model of community revitalization that helps people discover this local American Heritage River and its natural resources, channeling life and economic development into neighborhoods.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site 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. WRWC has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Expand active programming in Greenway parks by collaborating with local businesses and organizations offering services to the community. The CEC’s projects will focus on curating services on the Greenway to provide activities for physical fitness, creation of and education on local arts, engaging youth with nature in the city, and supporting families in spending time together outside.
  • Build a cohort of Greenway parks friends groups from local neighborhood partners who will give voice to community needs.
  • Grow the Clean Days on the Greenway corporate support program by working closely to expand existing partnerships and build new ones. The CEC will do so by collaborating with local businesses, schools, nonprofits and government partners through planning special projects with River Rangers on the Greenway.
  • Coordinate next Clean Days on the Greenway Kickoff event as the signature starting event for the Clean Days on the Greenway program.

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

Desired WRWC Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills. Good written, oral and graphic communication skills. Able to communicate effectively and courteously. Ability to speak to and lead groups.
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team. Highly motivated, self-driven
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Desire and ability to engage with a diverse group of people with different knowledge and backgrounds, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to serve a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
  • Fluency both verbally and in writing in Spanish as well as English

For questions about WRWC’s service positions, contact Nicole Vance, Greenway Program Director at nvance@wrwc.org, or call our office 401-861-9046.

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. WRWC has proposed the following potential project for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  • “Talking NO Trash” Initiative Leader. Coordinate Top Down and Bottom Up Initiative:
    • Collaborate with local and state partners to develop ordinance language and policies that help prevent littering and make proper trash disposal easy and free
    • Help develop and collaboarte with a WRWC “Talking NO Trash” media team to create and implement high level and grass roots messaging aimed at changing behavior and creating community pride
    • Help the WRWC River Ranger Team on recruiting youth from neighborhoods surrounding the River and Greenway to participate in and lead litter-free initiatives in their own neighborhoods, including developing signage in both English and Spanish, visiting residents and local businesses to create buy-in and enthusiasm for the initiative and host community cleanup events where larger initiative messaging is reinforced
  • Expanding capacity for WRWC’s Woonasquatucket River Greenway (trail) based programs including:
    • Building new and maintain additional recreational amenities
    • Collaborate with River Rangers on best methods to manage invasive species, planting native species and improving river and greenway wildlife habitats
    • Develop and lead public recreation programs such as walks, hikes, bikes and paddles

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

Desired WRWC Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills. Including: both English and Spanish and the ability to communicate effectively and courteously.
  • Ability to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above (including landscaping, installing & maintaining plants, reading landscape plans, operating tools and equipment required for ground and turf maintenance, driving large vehicles & towing a large trailer)
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers, including an enjoyment to meet with and engage with new people of all backgrounds, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods.
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, with a clean driving record
  • Serve outdoors in all weather conditions, able to carry up to 50 lbs. & climb uneven surfaces, have no life-threatening allergies to outdoor plants

For questions about WRWC’s service positions, contact Alicia Lehrer, Executive Director at alehrer@wrwc.org, or call our office 401-861-9046.

To Apply to Become a TerraCorps Member

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

Please note– the TerraCorps application has been open since the end of April and will remain open until all positions are filled. We have received an unprecedented number of applications this year. While we do still have positions open and are so excited to see your application, in an effort to manage our staff time, we ask that you allow up to 5 business days for us to process your application. Thank you!