Join TerraCorps

Apply to join TerraCorps in December and serve in a 1,200 hour position.  Members that join our team in December will serve in full-time, 8-month positions (December 2nd, 2019- July 24, 2020) in which they complete at least 1,200 hours of service with one of our partner organizations.  As a member, you will join the 42 other full-term members currently serving across the State in 11-month (1,700 hour) positions. Members receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits (at bottom of page).

Check out the map below to see what partner organizations are hosting 1,200-members! More partner sites will be added over the next few weeks. For more details about each position, scroll past the map to read more. Instructions on how to apply can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Map of Open TerraCorps Service Positions

Wareham Land Trust

Wareham, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Moose Hill W.S.

Sharon, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education/Community Engagement Coord.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Athol, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Eagle Eye Institute

Greenfield + Peru, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Scroll over the map to see what partner organizations are hosting 1,200-hour TerraCorps members this year! Below the map are full position descriptions for each position. 

Open TerraCorps Service Positions

Eagle Eye Institute

Eagle Eye’s mission is to empower urban people from underserved communities, especially youth of color, to be active caretakers of our environment. Eagle Eye was founded in 1991 with a vision of a world in which people of all cultural backgrounds are engaged in the stewardship of Earth’s resources everyday.  Eagle Eye engages multiple stakeholders, including urban youth development organizations, schools, community groups, natural resource professionals, and state and local agencies, to offer a transformational experiential program model that raises environmental awareness, develops responsibility, and cultivates leadership. Eagle Eye is based at our forest site in Peru, MA, 220 acres under a conservation restriction with the Trustees of Reservations. At our site, we lead day and overnight programs with groups of youth ages 8-24. We also coordinate a residential summer internship program for college students in July & August.  In addition to programming in Peru, we lead place-based programming in our service community of Holyoke.

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. Eagle Eye Institute has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

Our Youth Education Coordinator will help us expand our outdoor environmental programs with Holyoke youth by connecting with new and existing groups, using existing program models to develop and coordinate programs to meet unique needs, and helping to build and facilitate sustainable relationships with partners. One main focus for our YEC will be expanding our 2020 program offering to other partners, like the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club, with whom we piloted a summer program series in 2019. We have led programs with other groups from Holyoke High North Campus, LightHouse Holyoke, and Paulo Freire, who have all expressed a desire for more outdoor opportunities for their youth. With our current capacity, we are unable to meet the needs of these youth partners, outside of occasional programming. Our goal is for the YEC to engage 100 youth from 4-6 groups, on 8-10 programs, and recruit 8-10 guest instructors for those programs. In addition to Learn About Forests™ day programs in the Berkshires, local programs could include urban tree education & stewardship, wildlife monitoring, or other place-based activities.

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

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong 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 suite, social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, and self-advocating
  • Open-minded and flexible
  • Prior experience with education, youth development, or mentorship, preferably outdoors
  • Commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice, prior experience working with diverse individuals and communities preferred

For questions about Eagle Eye Institute’s service position, contact Cass Pastorelle, Program Director at cpastorelle@eagleeyei.org.

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all.  Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Sharon, MA, is Mass Audubon’s first sanctuary established in 1916. Today, Moose Hill encompasses 1,971 acres of forest, fields, and wetlands with long standing traditions and new, innovative programming. We provide opportunities for visitors to hike our 25 miles of trails, for participants to enjoy diving deeper in school and group programs; children, family and adult programs; special events to highlight seasons; and a summer day camp that is entering its 70th season.

A service member at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Youth Education role, and 50% of time spent in a Community Engagement role.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC)/ Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, YEC/CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. In this role, Members may also engage community members and youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By connecting a broader cross-section of people to our natural world, YEC/CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

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

  1. With the guidance and mentoring of our Education Coordinator/Camp Director, this Member will develop a series of events to reach new participants across our service area by collaborating with local nonprofits, libraries, and schools establishing an after-school nature engagement skills program. The program will include experiential programming developing nature connection skills and wilderness skills such as navigation, natural history, and survival. Through this project, the YEC/CEC will help increase our capacity to build a new audience beyond the classroom with skills for the enjoyment of the nature all around them. In this role, the Member will also actively engage and instruct students.
  2. The YEC/CEC will support connections between the sanctuary and local high schools, further growing the inter-connection of students engaged in environmental clubs with each other while supporting service projects at the sanctuary. Through this connection, the Member will facilitate opportunities for students to understand the “why” behind habitat protection. Through this and similar projects, the Member will increase capacity in an area beyond our camp reach, instilling a love of nature and conservation for those preparing for the next steps in their lives beyond high school.

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

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher along with interest in learning new, Mass Audubon designed registration software.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement and Youth Education Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in planning and leading events
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience in experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods

 

For questions about Moose Hill’s service positions, contact Shawn Moriarty at 781-784-5691, x8102 or smoriarty@massaudubon.org.  

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust(Mount Grace) conserves significant farms, woodlands, and wild areas of North Central and Western Massachusetts for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations. Mount Grace has worked collaboratively to protect more than 33,000 acres of land in our twenty-three-town region comprised of small rural communities and larger urban centers. We are nationally recognized for projects that conserve entire landscapes and watersheds and for creating innovative conservation solutions that keep farmland undeveloped and affordable for farmers. We partner with community groups and schools to ensure that everyone has access to the outdoors and to meaningful experiences in nature.

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

  • Build on our five-year relationship with the elementary schools in the towns of Royalston, Athol, and Orange by providing in-class programs and field trips to grades K-4
  • Grow our partnership with Northfield Elementary School specifically by collaborating with Native American Tribal Nation Representatives to provide curriculum for students followed by guided field trips on the land
  • Organize events on conservation lands to increase awareness and appreciation of nature and the outdoors
  • Coordinate implementation of trail project on school campus with interpretive signage made by students

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

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Especially in fields pertaining to environmental science or education
  • 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
  • Experience delivering curriculum to youth, specifically youth K-4
  • Experience teaching indoors and outdoors, specifically environmental education
  • Experience in event planning and managing volunteers of all ages
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects at once
  • Understanding of natural systems (gardening, farming, ecology, healthy ecosystems) and interest in integrating into experiential learning opportunities

 

For questions about the service position, contact Cami Duquet at 978-248-2055 x 13 or duquet@mountgrace.org

Wareham Land Trust

The Wareham Land Trust’s mission is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, to unite citizens in a common goal of conservation and responsible land use, and to educate the public about the environmental and economic benefits of protecting open space and promoting sustainable development. The Wareham Land Trust is guided by a group of hard-working volunteer board members and supported by individuals and organizations throughout Wareham and the neighboring communities.

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

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

  • Design and implement curriculum-based programs targeted towards 4th and 5th grade students, with a particular focus on land conservation, protection and other environmentally-related topics.
  • Design and implement environmental programs for students in the CARE after school program (grades K-7).
  • Collaborate with students at the Wareham Middle and High schools on land-based projects and conservation themed programs. There is also the potential to connect with students attending Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.
  • Develop new and foster existing relationships with the Wareham library, youth-based community groups (YMCA, Boys and Girls Club), and other local organizations to connect more youth to Wareham’s natural spaces.

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

 

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods, in both formal and informal settings
  • CPR/First Aid certification

 

For questions about The Wareham Land Trust’s service positions, contact Amy Pettigrew at admin@warehamlandtrust.org.

AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements

This year, members serving in the 1,200-hour positions will start on December 2nd, 2019 and serve until July 24, 2020. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire 8-month term, and complete at least 1,200 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 also 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 $10,341.61 (pre-tax) over the 8-month term of service, which is $608.33 per  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 $4,266.50 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. Learn more here
  • TerraCorps members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service. Learn more here
  • TerraCorps members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
  • TerraCorps members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement.

Note: TerraCorps members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.

TerraCorps is a grant program contingent upon renewal of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts are administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

To Apply to Become a TerraCorps Member

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Send your completed application form along with a cover letter and resume to: admin@terracorps.org