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.

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

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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. 

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

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!