Join TerraCorps

Apply to join TerraCorps in December and serve in a 1,200 hour position! We have 4 open member positions.  Members that join our team in December will serve in full-time, 8-month positions (December 10th- July 26, 2019) in which they complete at least 1,200 hours of service with one of our partner organizations.  As a member, you will join the 28 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! 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. 

Map of Open TerraCorps Service Positions

TerraCorps

Lowell, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Backyard Growers

Gloucester, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

MA Audubon

Lincoln, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Groundwork Lawrence

Lawrence, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement 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

Backyard Growers

Backyard Growers  is a grassroot nonprofit working to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide resources and training to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. Since 2010 Backyard Growers has built over 150 raised bed gardens, serving hundreds of Gloucester residents. We serve 100% of public school students from preschool to 6th grade, providing true seed-to-fork experiences for Gloucester kids. In the end, we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their service sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CEC’s 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 open space, CECs build connections between land and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives.

CECs may partner with homeless shelters or food pantries to build community gardens;  hospitals to build wellness gardens and walking paths, neighborhood groups to revitalize urban parks and greenways; farmers markets to increase community access to locally grown food;  disability groups to create wheelchair accessible outings; youth and adult groups to inspire artistic expression; public health programs to support recovery; and any underrepresented community groups who want to provide access to the outdoors for recreational and entertainment purposes. By engaging with diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CEC’s build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people. This position supports land conservation through food access.

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. Backyard Growers has proposed the following potential project for their Community Engagement Coordinator: 

  1. Expand Senior Programming: In 2019, one of our oldest community garden sites is being renovated to include a new 8 bed community garden with additional, table-top gardens for increased accessibility. With a lapse in a garden season during the construction year, the 2019 CEC will focus on building connections, training new gardeners, and establishing new programs at the expanded garden site.

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

Essential Qualifications

  • associate degree; experience may be substituted for education
  • a strong interest in working with diverse community groups, landowners, and municipalities
  • comfortable presenting in front of groups
  • strong writing, communication, and networking skills
  • experience in community organizing and outreach
  • experience working with groups of people of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • commitment to and experience in community work, education, and food justice
  • excellent organization, time management, work ethic, leadership, communication and writing skills
  • an aptitude for multitasking projects at various states of completion
  • eager to learn and able to solve problems independently and as part of a team
  • experience or interest in organic gardening and/or farming
  • an aptitude for physically demanding, fast-paced work (the ability to safely lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly)
  • be eager to work hard and get dirty in all kinds of weather (cold, heat, rain, snow, wind)
  • must have access to your own vehicle, and be willing and able to drive a large work van.
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office programs

Desired Qualifications

  • associates degree or higher and/or certificate, training, or internship in a field related to environmental education, environmental and social justice, environmental policy and civic advocacy, or other social science related fields.
  • experience in community needs assessment
  • experience with diversity and inclusion issues
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • experience in local government, or civic organizations
  • marketing experience or experience developing public informational materials
  • familiarity with land conservation in Massachusetts
  • experience with service learning programs

For questions about Backyard Growers’ service positions, contact Anna Swanson at anna@backyardgrowers.org

Groundwork Lawrence

Groundwork Lawrence is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been making change happen in Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts since it’s early beginnings in 1999. Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. GWL achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, GWL ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their service sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CEC’s 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 open space, CECs build connections between land and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives.

CECs may partner with homeless shelters or food pantries to build community gardens;  hospitals to build wellness gardens and walking paths, neighborhood groups to revitalize urban parks and greenways; farmers markets to increase community access to locally grown food;  disability groups to create wheelchair accessible outings; youth and adult groups to inspire artistic expression; public health programs to support recovery; and any underrepresented community groups who want to provide access to the outdoors for recreational and entertainment purposes. By engaging with diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CEC’s build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people. This position supports land conservation through food access.

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. Groundwork Lawrence has proposed the following potential project for their Community Engagement Coordinator: 

  1. The Community Engagement Coordinator will serve closely with the Community Engagement Manager and the grower to initiate outreach and promote the farm as a meaningful way to engage with the community and better understand the connection between the earth, the food we eat, the impact on our health, and the need to steward our assets. Expanding upon existing opportunities, the member will help to develop and advance strategies dedicated to cultivating a sustainable corps of volunteers. Volunteer engagement will result in operational enhancements (increased yield, extended growing season) and greater impact as Lawrence and its surrounding community till the soil and reap the benefit. Through increasing potential partnerships with local organizations, schools, and clubs, the member will help GWL to take advantage of the undertapped, invaluable resource to grow more food and get it into the hands of more of the community.
  2. The CEC will also support our Greenstreets program by helping to implement an outreach strategy.
  3. The CEC will also help to increase the amount of STEM educational enrichment opportunities in Lawrence schools. An example of a project the member would assist with would be helping to develop curriculum on integrating teachings on trees in Lawrence into its school-based curricula.

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

Essential Qualifications

  • high school diploma and relevant experience
  • a strong interest in serving with diverse community groups, landowners, and municipalities
  • comfortable presenting in front of groups
  • strong writing, communication, and networking skills
  • able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office programs

Desired Qualifications

  • experience in community needs assessment
  • experience with diversity and inclusion issues
  • marketing experience or experience developing public information materials
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods

For questions about Groundwork Lawrence’s service positions, Lesly Melendez at lmelendez@groundworklawrence.org.

Mass Audubon

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. 

LSCs may assist their service site by: surveying and monitoring conservation land, building and maintaining recreational trails, monitoring and maintaining urban farmland, restoring wildlife habitat, mitigating erosion, and improving public access to open spaces. 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 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 has proposed the following potential project for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

The LSC will collaborate with the Director of Conservation Science, other staff, and citizen scientists to enhance and expand our land monitoring and conservation capacity. Potential projects include:

  1. Enhance Tree Swallow and Eastern Bluebird nest box monitoring on 20 wildlife sanctuaries:
    • Collaborate with staff and research partners to develop and support consistent data collection and management techniques on this long-running project.
    • Develop comprehensive training and support materials.
    • Team up with sanctuary staff to recruit and train volunteers.
  2. Support citizen science project focused on urban birds:
    • Assist in developing project to assess bird kills associated with large buildings, similar to FLAP program in Toronto (flap.org).
    • Assist in recruiting and training volunteers.
  3. Develop pilot citizen science effort to estimate deer density based on pellet counts:
    • Research existing methods.
    • Develop training and support materials.
    • Collaborate with sanctuary staff to recruit and train volunteers and initiate pilot project on 1-2 sanctuaries.
    • Team up with conservation partners to expand method to additional land.
  4. Train land stewardship volunteers in boundary monitoring
    • Assist staff with boundary marking on Mass Audubon or partner conservation land.
    • Train volunteers in reading maps and plans, wayfinding, boundary finding, and documentation techniques.

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

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or related field, or classes in environmental studies with specific relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of New England wildlife, plants, and natural communities
  • Ability to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
  • Comfortable serving independently in both an office and field setting
  • Comfortable utilizing computer programs such as Microsoft Office and able to quickly learn new programs
  • Experience giving presentations and/or trainings to a diverse audience indoors and outdoors
  • Experience training and/or managing volunteers, employees, or other team members

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with field research including study design, data collection, and data management
  • Strong writing skills, especially the ability to write detailed technical reports
  • Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units
  • Ability to read and interpret various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, and USGS topos

For questions about Mass Audubon’s service position, contact Jeff Collins, Director of Conservation Science, at jcollins@massaudubon.org.

TerraCorps

At TerraCorps we’re working to help communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen the community based non-profits working to meet these goals. We seek to create change by achieving a broader, more authentic engagement of the diverse peoples living in our communities. When we do this, resources will grow, access to land will increase, the pace of land conservation/access will accelerate, and whole communities will achieve more resilient futures.

While TerraCorps supports all members serving in the program, we also look for one member to serve directly with the TerraCorps staff team in Lowell, MA.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their service sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CEC’s 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 open space, CECs build connections between land and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives.

CECs may partner with homeless shelters or food pantries to build community gardens;  hospitals to build wellness gardens and walking paths, neighborhood groups to revitalize urban parks and greenways; farmers markets to increase community access to locally grown food;  disability groups to create wheelchair accessible outings; youth and adult groups to inspire artistic expression; public health programs to support recovery; and any underrepresented community groups who want to provide access to the outdoors for recreational and entertainment purposes. Additionally, CEC’s can be involved with developing stronger community partnerships through social media, event coordination, and volunteer involvement. By engaging with diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CEC’s build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people. This position supports land conservation through food access, social engagement, and community awareness.

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. TerraCorps has proposed the following potential project for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Plan and coordinate conservation-focused service project events for the 2018-19 TerraCorps team and to the wider community. Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, AmeriCorps Week, and Earth Day are possible regional service days.
  • Collaborate with conservation organizations throughout Lowell to build support, assess needs, and identify networks of volunteers to accomplish ad hoc conservation projects in the Greater Lowell community.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a cohesive TerraCorps brand on social media, website, and print production.

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

Essential Qualifications

  • high school diploma and relevant experience
  • a strong interest in serving with nonprofits on sustainable land use projects
  • comfortable speaking to groups
  • strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
  • familiarity with Instagram and Facebook

Desired Qualifications

  • associates degree or higher and/or certificate, training, or internship in a field related to landscape architecture, urban planning, food systems planning, natural resource planning, community organizing, or other related fields.
  • graphic design skills are a plus
  • experience coordinating events
  • experience developing public informational materials
  • Experience with organizational branding and marketing materials
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • experience in leading groups
  • experience in land conservation or land use planning
  • familiarity with social media platforms, WordPress, and Mailchimp

 

For questions about TerraCorps’ service position, contact Mackenzie Sains at msains@terracorps.org

AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements

This year, members serving in the 1,200-hour positions will start on December 10th, 2018 and serve until July 26, 2019. 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 $9,916 (pre-tax) over the 8-month term of service, which is $583.33 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