Become a Member (2020 MA ConSci)
Serve with TerraCorps in Massachusetts!
Currently, we are only recruiting for one full term TerraCorps position with Mass Audubon Conservation Science Department. We are aiming to fill this position as soon as possible- see full position description below and let us know if you’re interested.
Please note: we will have more partial term positions that will begin in December. Please continue to check back for more updates on those opportunities!
Open TerraCorps Service Positions
Mass Audubon Conservation Science Department- Attleboro, MA
Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Our Conservation Science Department coordinates research, land management planning, and statewide bird conservation efforts. We design and implement habitat restoration projects, partner with academic researchers and citizen scientists to monitor declining species, and lead statewide and regional efforts to identify and protect the most imperiled birds and other wildlife.
Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) Build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs 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. Mass Audubon’s Conservation Science Department have proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:
- Coordinate rare plant surveys and database at Mass Audubon:
While Mass Audubon has kept records from staff and volunteers about rare plants on the wildlife sanctuaries in the past, the effort recently has not been coordinated. TerraCorps service members have started the process of coordinating this effort, but we still have the following needs:
- Increase herbarium collection by continuing to survey wildlife sanctuaries that are known to have rare plants.
- Research long-term database options for collecting this information and storing historical data.
- Increasing capacity to manage our land statewide
- Collaborate with the Regional Scientists to prioritize land management needs across our sites to determine those sites most in need of habitat management.
- Funding permitting, collaborate with the Regional Scientists to develop and implement a seasonal summer crew of young professionals to learn how to manage land, build professional networks, and help us better steward our land.
- Expanding deer density monitoring on conservation land in Massachusetts:
White-tailed deer are overpopulated in many areas of Massachusetts. Areas with high densities of deer have suffered ecologically from high browse of the understory of the forests. Mass Audubon has been working with the state Fish and Wildlife Service to better understand the density of deer on our own sites so that we can try to manage the population in areas where it is most dense. This TerraCorps position will be tasked with the following:
- Continue to support deer density monitoring efforts on our wildlife sanctuaries by recruiting and training volunteers in deer pellet counts.
- Measure the effects of overabundant deer on our wildlife sanctuaries and the effectiveness of hunting on reducing the population at several sites.
- Develop a program to train other conservation entities in the state to measure overabundance of deer and its impact on the land.
Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills
- Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
- Comfort navigating computer software programs (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Teams)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
- Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
- Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
- Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
- Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software
- Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units
For questions about Mass Audubon Conservation Science’s service positions, contact Margo Servison, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements
This year’s TerraCorps program will run from August 31st, 2020 through July 30, 2021. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire eleven-month term, and complete at least 1,700 hours of service, including time spent in trainings and service with the full TerraCorps team. Weekly service averages 38 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities.
As a program of AmeriCorps, Terracorps applicants must meet the following AmeriCorps requirements:
- A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member
- At least 18 years old
- A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
- No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
- Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check
AmeriCorps programs provide equal opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.
Member Compensation and Benefits
- Up to $15,200 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $633.33 per 24 biweekly pay periods.
- Health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available. Learn more here
- Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need. Learn more here
- Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable $6,195 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. Learn more here
- TerraCorps members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service. Learn more here
- TerraCorps members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
- TerraCorps members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement.
Note: TerraCorps members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.
TerraCorps is a grant program contingent upon renewal of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts are administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.