Join TerraCorps

Apply to be a TerraCorps Service Member for the 2018-2019 program year! As a member, you can  serve with any of our 20+ partner sites in one of four positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC), Regional Collaboration Coordinator (RCC), Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC), and Youth Education Coordinator (YEC).  For more information about each coordinator position visit our program page.   Check out the map below to see what partner organizations are hosting members next 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. 

Map of Open TerraCorps Service Positions

Backyard Growers

Gloucester, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Lowell, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Berkshire Natural Resource Council

Pittsfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Buzzards Bay Coalition & Wareham Land Trust

New Bedford, MA
Hosting:
2 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

East Quabbin Land Trust

Hardwick, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

Groundwork Somerville

Somerville, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

Growing Places

Leominster, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Hilltown Land Trust

Ashfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Land Stewardhsip Coord.

Just Roots

Greenfield, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Kestrel Land Trust

Amherst, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Athol, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.
1 Youth Education Coord.

Mystic River Watershed Association

Arlington, MA
Hosting:
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

North County Land Trust

Leominster, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

South Eastern MA Pine Barrens Alliance

Plymouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.
1 Regional Collaboration Coord.
1 Land Stewardship Coord.

Wildlands Trust

Plymouth, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

The Trustees Northwest Region

Windsor, MA
Hosting:
1 Community Engagement Coord.

Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook

Windsor, MA
Hosting:
1 Youth Education Coord.

TerraCorps (office)

Lowell, MA
Hosting:
1 Regional Collaboration 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

Backyard Growers

Backyard Growers is working to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide resources and training to help people re-imagine how land in backyards, housing communities, schools, and throughout the community can be used to establish vegetable gardens and grow food. 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.

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:

  • 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

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.

YECs may help their service site to engage with educators and volunteers to guide youth in environmental inquiry and discovery, school and community garden projects, urban tree stewardship projects, urban pocket park projects, and “green jobs” training and internship programs. 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. Backyard Growers has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Expand School Break Programs:  In 2019, we aim to expand our current February and April break programs to include at least two collaborations with other community partners to create programs that highlight the strengths of both of our organizations. For example, a youth yoga class at a local yoga studio, followed by a green smoothie demo with Backyard Growers.

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
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience with hands-on conservation and stewardship projects
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong writing, communication, and networking skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience creating lesson plans, managing a classroom, and facilitating workshops
  • Enjoys working with children and community members in various settings
  • 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.

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 training and managing volunteers

 

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

Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Berkshire Natural Resources Council‘s mission is “To protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment.” BNRC has been protecting land in Berkshire County for 50 years. BNRC own nearly 11,000 acres in fee, containing over 50 miles of maintained trails and is responsible for protecting an additional 11,000 acres of land in Berkshire County through perpetual Conservation Restrictions with private land owners. In addition, BNRC recently launched its High Road initiative which envisions a county-wide trail network connecting towns to nature and ecology, for the benefit of residents and visitors.

Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook

Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary (BMB) in Worcester serves as Mass Audubon’s regional hub for the Central Sanctuaries in Worcester County, and Wachusett Meadow (WM) Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton serves northern Worcester County. Broad Meadow Brook is New England’s largest ‘in-city’ wildlife sanctuary, and WM is Mass Audubon’s largest staffed sanctuary in central Massachusetts. Donated by the Crocker Family in 1956, WM is a former farmstead that offers spectacular scenery and supports abundant wildlife throughout woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. At both BMB and WM, our goal is to build an environmentally healthy and literate community by taking an active, leadership role in resource management, advocacy, and conservation education at all levels. Admission to BMB is free for residents of Worcester, and admission to WM is free for residents of Princeton.

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.

YECs may help their service site to engage with educators and volunteers to guide youth in environmental inquiry and discovery, school and community garden projects, urban tree stewardship projects, urban pocket park projects, and “green jobs” training and internship programs. 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. Broad Meadow Brook has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  • Enhance partnerships with schools and develop educational experiences to be led onsite at schools or at Broad Meadow Brook. Coordinate with supervisor to find TN’s (teacher naturalists) to lead these experiences. In some cases, the member will lead the experience with the students.
  • Design and update school program curriculum. School curriculum will be science and nature related and will most likely focus on elementary age children. There is some flexibility with the age range. We are looking to enhance our existing programs with climate change activities and develop new programs to attract new schools.
  • Develop grant writing and reporting skills to support member service projects, in conjunction with other Mass Audubon staff.

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
  • experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • strong presentation skills
  • 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

  • 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 with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods
  • experience with curriculum development and lesson planning

 

For questions about Broad Meadow Brook’s service positions, contact Lisa Carlin at: lcarlin@massaudubon.org.

Buzzards Bay Coalition & Wareham Land Trust

Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) is dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy. The Watershed Protection Department within BBC advances land conservation, land stewardship and habitat restoration activities throughout the watershed of Buzzards Bay. BBC holds a total of 38 conservation easements (2,000 acres) and owns and operates a series of 5 publicly accessible river and bay reserves totaling about 400 acres.

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.

East Quabbin Land Trust

The East Quabbin Land Trust works to foster the sustainable use of our natural and historic resources for the benefit of all generations through the conservation and stewardship of the farmlands, woodlands and waters in our region of Massachusetts. We envision a regional community that continues to care for its natural environment and supports a sustainable local economy, ensuring a high quality of life for generations to come. The work of the East Quabbin Land Trust is focused in central Massachusetts, an area with a diverse landscape of rivers, villages, rolling farmland, forested highlands, wetlands and working communities.  The small staff and dedicated volunteers at the East Quabbin Land Trust are mission-driven, always striving to engage more people of all ages and abilities in the care and conservation of our lands.  We take risks, we try new things, and we have fun doing this work as we make lasting changes. 

Groundwork Somerville

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. Groundwork has been working to ensure Somerville residents have opportunities to make positive change in our community since 2000. On the ground, this mission takes form in our three program areas: Food and Farms, Youth Empowerment, and Sustainable Environment.  Groundwork strives to ensure our programs are guided by a social justice lens, seeking to ensure equity is at the forefront of decisions and actions in our city.

Growing Places

Growing Places started in 2001 to donate raised vegetable garden beds to people in need in North Central MA. Over 17 years we have made a conscious effort to be responsive to the need of the community; current programs and services include: Teaching Gardens for Kids; Garden on the Go; Learn & Grow Workshops; Community Teaching Gardens; Fitchburg Farmers Market and Greening the Gateway Cities. We envision a sustainable North Central Massachusetts comprised of healthy people and healthy communities.  Working with individuals, families, non-profit organizations, farmers, businesses, schools and public agencies, our mission is to inspire and connect the North Central MA community to create equitable access to healthy food and environmental sustainability through education, collaboration and advocacy.

Hilltown Land Trust

Hilltown Land Trust’s mission is to protect land and promote ecological diversity and health, respectful land stewardship, historic character and natural beauty in the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts. Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) serves thirteen rural towns in western Massachusetts, in which it holds 32 conservation restrictions (CRs) and owns 8 properties protecting over 3,700 acres. HLT maintains active hiking trails at three properties with development of a fourth property with trails in the coming year. In 2010, HLT and The Trustees of Reservations launched a partnership to combine the efforts and resources of these two non-profit land conservation organizations in the Hilltowns. HLT and The Trustees continue to function as independent entities, but now collaborate in order to increase the pace of land conservation in the Hilltowns.

Just Roots

Just Roots is a nonprofit community organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Our mission is to increase access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how. We started a community farm on Greenfield town land in 2011 and began production of a diverse vegetable farm which, in 2018, will grow food for 300 families in Franklin County, MA. We donate over 10,000 pounds of food each year to our local food pantry and pay-what-you-can cafe. We operate a vibrant community garden and offer on-farm visits and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Since the inception of Just Roots, we have been reinventing the CSA farm share model as a health intervention program. Believing strongly that belonging to a CSA farm share program has the power to change the way you eat for the long-term and improve health, Just Roots set out to create a farm share for every budget, addressing key barriers and increasing access for all.

This position has been filled. 

Kestrel Land Trust

Since 1970, Kestrel Land Trust has conserved and cared for forests, farms, and riverways in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, while nurturing an enduring love of the land. Kestrel has conserved more than 25,000 acres throughout Amherst, Northampton, and their surrounding communities, and we are responsible for stewarding 3,000 acres of protected lands. Throughout our history, we have partnered with landowners, governmental agencies, citizen groups, and other organizations to protect farmland, woodlands, wildlife habitat, water resources, historic landscapes, and scenic vistas throughout the Valley. Along the river, rich soils are actively farmed, while the surrounding hills harbor beautiful forestlands and quaint villages, and the Mount Holyoke Range rises above all. A lively interest in conservation and outdoor recreation prevails in the community, and Kestrel leads regional efforts to maintain the natural qualities that make our Valley a place to love.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (Mount Grace) conserves significant farms, woodlands, and wild areas in North Central and Western Massachusetts for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations. Mount Grace has helped to protect over 32,000 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. We create innovative 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 meaningful experiences in nature. Mount Grace also fiscally sponsors two unique partnerships: the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership and the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance.

Mystic River Watershed Association

The mission of the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries, and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations. Covering 76 square miles, the Mystic River Watershed is a living system full of fish and wildlife—including the largest river herring migration in the Commonwealth. The watershed includes thousands of acres of open space and parks along the river that offer recreational opportunities to the 700,000 community members in 22 cities and towns in greater Boston. The watershed starts in Reading and flows into Boston Harbor. It includes 44 lakes and ponds and dozens of tributaries. We are excited about the opportunity to bring a TerraCorps member to MyRWA!

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry)  is a local, regional, and national leader in the growing food systems movement built around the concepts of sustainable farming, land conservation, access to locally grown food, and environmental stewardship. Our mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.  In doing this work, we provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers including support to link beginning farmers with land access opportunities.

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

  1. Support all aspects of the New Entry Food Hub program to:
  • Engage in meaningful and compassionate food access projects through support for farmers and for our food access share program,
  • Help beginning farmers access solid markets for their crops while they work to grow their businesses,
  • Document the needs of beginning farmers through listening sessions and communicate those needs with our technical assistance providers, and
  • Serve directly each week with farmers at the Food Hub to discuss their land access needs and to collaborate with strategic partners to educate them about land ownership/access opportunities and other technical assistance opportunities.

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
  • access to a reliable vehicle for daily transportation
  • valid driver’s license
  • ability to serve inside and outside and through variable weather conditions

Desired Qualifications

  • additional relevant educational experience
  • experience in community needs assessment
  • experience with diversity and inclusion issues
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • marketing experience/ experience developing public informational materials
  • familiarity with land conservation in Massachusetts
  • experience with Salesforce
  • fluent Khmer speaker/ability to provide translation services
  • experience with sustainable agriculture/ organic gardening
  • experience with produce food safety, harvest and post-harvest handling practices
  • experience supporting networking opportunities for diverse audiences

For questions about New Entry’s CEC position, contact Lisa Mosca: lisa.mosca@tufts.edu.

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.  This position will support land conservation through food access support.

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

  1. Support the New Entry farmer training program to provide direct technical assistance to beginning farmers at our Food Hub, in our course trainings, and in our incubator farm fields by working as an intermediary to help farmers with crop availability forecasting, invoicing, and recordkeeping when they drop off produce, as well as providing educational information about beneficial opportunities including land access opportunities and other agricultural events and service providers that can assist beginning farmers with benefits.
  2. Provide education of best practices in soil building, nutrient management, recordkeeping, harvest and post-harvest handling, food safety, and organic pest, weed and disease prevention, and control using a case management model.
  3. Build relationships with beginning farmers and engage as an active listener to learn and document farm needs to relay to New Entry staff.
  4. Host listening sessions and one on one conversations with New Entry farmers to understand their challenges and needs as well as their successes and support for the food system. With this understanding, promote New Entry farmers to landowners, conservation groups, and other community groups that are frequently looking for responsible farmers to steward their land. This will be done through implementation of education at speaker bureaus, community outreach and engagement at local community events, agricultural conferences, and other opportunities that promote farmer needs and better support.
  5. Support volunteer engagement across New Entry programs to better support our beginning farmer success.

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
  • comfortable serving independently in both an office and field setting
  • able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain
  • 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
  • experience training and/or managing volunteers
  • access to your own vehicle/reliable transportation
  • valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • additional relevant educational experience
  • ability to read, interpret and manipulate various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, USGS topos, Advanced Google Maps functions
  • experience with natural systems: farming, gardening, and/or identifying plant and wildlife species
  • experience with diversity and inclusion issues
  • experience with Salesforce
  • fluent Khmer speaker/ability to provide translation services
  • experience with sustainable agriculture/ organic gardening
  • experience with produce purchasing/harvest and post-harvest handling

 

For questions about New Entry’s CEC position, contact Lisa Mosca lisa.mosca@tufts.edu.

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

  • Expand the community we serve by creating more inclusive and effective outreach, communications, and volunteer recruitment for events related to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. In FY 2018, examples of activities that will require outreach and communications support include:
    1. Our twentieth anniversary fall dinner and related activities
    2. Two fall conferences for our incubator farm network and our agricultural apprenticeship network
    3. Our annual series of NESFP courses – Explore Farming, Crop Production, Business Planning, etc…
    4. Our Food Hub CSA Farm Shares and Food Access Shares Sales
    5. Volunteer recruitment for many NESFP on-farm activities
    6. Feature articles about NESFP impact, including for farmer-clients, food recipients, Technical Assistance recipients, course attendees, and stories of graduate impact
    7. Organizing at least a few “impact tours” for interested parties to learn more about NESFP impact through tour of farm/food hub/ farmer graduate spaces.

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
  • access to a reliable vehicle for daily transportation
  • ability to serve inside and outside and through variable weather conditions
  • strong presentation skills

Desired Qualifications

  • experience with diversity and inclusion issues
  • fluent Khmer speaker/ability to provide translation services
  • event planning experience
  • degree in graphic design, communications, marketing or other advanced degree that has instilled effective communication skills with diverse audiences
  • experience soliciting scholarship support for diverse audiences to participate in events
  • experience in community needs assessment
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • marketing experience/ experience developing public informational materials
  • experience with Salesforce
  • experience with sustainable agriculture/ organic gardening
  • experience supporting networking opportunities for diverse audiences

For questions about New Entry’s CEC position, contact Lisa Mosca: lisa.mosca@tufts.edu.

North County Land Trust

North County Land Trust is a non-profit, regional land conservation organization founded in 1992 to protect, preserve and promote the natural resources of north central Massachusetts. NCLT serves 14 communities and focuses on identifying natural resources, working lands, and landscapes whose conservation is of the highest priority; conserving land in perpetuity for future generations; and engaging communities to understand and appreciate their natural environment and the importance of conservation. Our office is located on conservation land owned by the Trustees of Reservations in Leominster, MA.

A service member at North County Land Trust will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Community Engagement role, and 50% of time spent in a Land Stewardship role.

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.

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.

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. North County Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Community Engagement/ Land Stewardship Coordinator:

 

  1. Expand our outings by cultivating relationships with local organizations, urban neighborhoods, and community groups and implement programs that engage community members in the natural world.
  2. Collaborate with NCLT staff and other TerraCorps members within the region to think strategically about engaging citizens in our communities and responding to their unique needs.
  3. Develop systems and frameworks to streamline and expand capacity for North County Land Trust’s communications and outreach efforts.
  4. Expand and implement creative and engaging ways in which we can bring awareness of North County Land Trust and our core advocacy issues (environmental awareness, land conservation, appropriate development, human wellness, universal access and connection to nature) to new constituents.
  5. Help to survey and monitor conservation land and create networks of volunteers to support this stewardship.
  6. Develop annual maintenance task list and schedules for all our publicly accessible properties.
  7. Help organize and participate in the projects that restore wildlife habitat, mitigate erosion, and improve public access to open spaces.
  8. Assist to research, design, and apply for funding for handicap accessible trails on NCLT properties.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Able to walk 3-4 miles a day over uneven terrain in a range of weather conditions
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors
  • strong presentation skills
  • strong writing, communication, and networking skills
  • able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • ability to represent NCLT at local events and cultivate partnerships through personal outreach and connection.
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office programs

Desired Qualifications:

  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • experience with hands-on conservation and stewardship projects
  • experience engaging with local government or civic organizations
  • familiarity with land conservation in Massachusetts
  • an understanding of the importance of including diverse populations in our work
  • familiarity with GIS mapping software

 

For questions about NCLT’s service positions, contact Anna Wilkins at 978-466-3900 or awilkins@northcountylandtrust.org.

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

South Eastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) formed in 2013 to raise awareness and promote the restoration, management and protection of the world’s second largest Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens, a globally rare and richly bio–diverse ecoregion. Our headquarters is the Hauthaway Community Conservation Center, located within the Russell Mill Pond Conservation Area along the Eel River, the site of a nationally significant restoration project. Here we conduct a variety of environmental outreach programs, however, our primary focus lies in addressing the most pressing environmental concerns of the eco–region and building partnerships among federal, state and municipal agencies, conservation groups, schools and businesses to address those concerns.

This position has been filled. 

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations. We care for some of this region’s most important forests, wetlands, and grasslands—natural areas that support wildlife habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. As of 2017, SVT cares for more than 4,800 acres on 89 reservations and 75 Conservation Restrictions and maintains more than 55 miles of trails. We collaborate with numerous partner organizations, and our work is supported by 2,900 members and 200 volunteers.

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.

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. Sudbury Valley Trustees has proposed the following potential project for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

The CEC will engage and mobilize more people to participate in conservation. In particular, the CEC will help SVT build a pipeline to outreach and ultimately to membership. In order to achieve this goal, examples include:

  • Collaboration and engagement of diverse partner groups. The CEC will engage more traditional partners (e.g. like-minded conservation and environmental groups), while also engaging organizations whose main focus/mission is very different from SVT. This could include organizations/ groups with a focus on healthcare, housing insecurity, and diversity/inclusion. The CEC will work to align each organization’s strengths for the benefit of all.
  • Greatly expanding SVT’s trail presence, in collaboration with SVT’s Stewardship team. The CEC will be physically present on SVT trails and have the skill set to maximize communication with visitors, through face-to-face conversations and creation of proper marketing materials. In addition to being physically present, the CEC will help SVT grow its communication avenues, whether that is through increased volunteers, better signage, more programming, or other strategies.
  • Research outreach avenues and determine which will help SVT maximize its brand awareness to the communities we represent. This includes identifying how people gather information about their region and community through Newspapers, social media, email, multilingual, community gatherings, etc. The CEC will build outreach lists and strategies and help SVT focus on ones that have the greatest potential for success.

Development of this 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

  • a strong interest in environmental and social justice, environmental education, environmental policy and civic advocacy, social marketing and communication, 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 Sudbury Valley Trustees service positions, please contact Michael Sanders, msanders@svtweb.org.  No phone calls please.

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.

Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their service sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, community housing associations, and local businesses to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs. 

RCCs may assist their service site and partner organizations with collaborative projects and activities such as: developing Municipal Open Space and Recreation Plans; completing farmland and food systems mapping and inventories; securing and protecting land for use as community farms, forests, and parks; planning recreational greenways; developing farm-to-institution and buy local food campaigns; building farmer-to-farmland matching systems; and organizing trainings and outreach for open space planning, farmland protection, land access and affordability options. By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.

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 Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

  • Plan and coordinate conservation-focused service projects for the 2018-19 TerraCorps team and available 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 across the state to assess needs and identify networks of volunteers to accomplish ad hoc conservation projects.
  • Collaborate with outdoor educators to build a network for promoting environmental and conservation focused education statewide.

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 municipalities 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

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, or other related fields.
  • computer mapping skills (GIS) are a plus
  • experience coordinating events
  • experience developing public informational materials
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • experience in local government and/or civic organizations
  • experience in land conservation or land use planning

 

For questions about TerraCorps’ service positions, contact Hanna Mogensen at hmogensen@terracorps.org

The Trustees Northwest Region

The Trustees preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. We enjoy and care for more than 100 special places – nearly 25,000 acres – all around Massachusetts. And we are actively building an extended family of friends and neighbors across the state that can help in their different ways. The Trustees Northwest Region is located in the hilltowns and Northern Quabbin region of Western Massachusetts. We steward and program 4 properties between Hampshire, Berkshire and Worcester Counties. These properties include: The William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington), Notchview Nordic Ski Center (Windsor), Tully Lake Campground (Royalston) and Field Farm Guest House & The Folly (Williamstown). Combined, these properties welcome over 20,000 people annually interested in history, ecology, art and outdoor recreation. Our leadership team directs our properties’ stewardship and engagement strategies in order to get more people outside and invested in the crucial role history and nature play in our local heritage and landscape’s ecological health.

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.

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 Trustees proposed the following potential project for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

The main focus sites will be The William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington) and Notchview (Windsor)

Engaging Local Audiences Through Education (William Cullen Bryant Homestead)

The development, coordination and marketing of a series of free educational workshops available to the surrounding local Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin County communities focused on the connection between the required relationship between local agricultural and community support. These workshops would include talks and demonstrations by local farmers, homesteaders, food tastings and classes, as well as homesteading traditions and skills that can easily be adopted at home and are inexpensive. This project would culminate in the assistance of organizing our 2nd Homestead Harvest Festival at the Bryant Homestead where we plan a series of workshops and demonstrations that celebrate and teach about local agriculture and history.

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
  • an interest in historic preservation and outdoor recreation
  • 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

  • associates degree or higher and/or certificate, training, or internship in a field related to historical interpretation, outdoor recreation, art, literature, environmental and social justice, education, social marketing and communication, or other humanities/social sciences field.
  • experience in community needs assessment
  • experience with diversity and inclusion issues
  • experience training and managing volunteers
  • experience in winter sports such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
  • marketing experience or experience developing public informational materials
  • familiarity with land conservation in Massachusetts
  • experience with service learning programs and delivering public programs

 

For questions about The Trustees’ service positions, contact Andrea Caluori, Engagement Manager at acaluori@thetrustees.org (email is best as the EM is usually on site and away from desk).

Wildlands Trust

Wildlands Trust works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world. Since our founding in 1973, we have facilitated the protection of nearly 10,000 acres of land across our 1,500-square-mile region. We envision a future where open land is abundant, our water is clean, and forests, farms, wetlands, fields, ponds, and coastal areas are commonplace sightings on our landscape.

AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements

This year’s TerraCorps program will run from August 27, 2018 through July 26, 2019. 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 37 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 $14,000 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $583.33 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 $5,920 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