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TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) with Osamequin Farm and Movement Education Outdoors 

About TerraCorps:

TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps affiliated environmental nonprofit growing a more equitable ecosystem of people and organizations to protect and steward land for broader good. Working at the intersection of land conservation, sustainable agriculture and food justice, we seek to bridge the gap between the urban, rural and suburban land movements historically segregated by socio-economic divides. Through our generative service, training and partnership model, we cultivate future conservation leaders and offer immediate capacity support to the local organizations they serve.

About Osamequin Farm:

Osamequin Farm Inc is a working farm and educational non-profit situated 15 minutes outside Providence on 1700s historic farmland in Seekonk MA, Pokanoket territory. Our mission is “to share the historic land of Osamequin Farm by hosting a cooperative of small scale farmers, public gatherings, and educational opportunities for our community. All of our work is a direct reflection of our guiding values of cooperation, collaboration, and stewardship.” We host 5 Resident Farmers in our cooperative. Our educational offerings currently center around art in nature (natural dyeing, papermaking) and wildlife (bird and nature ID walks). We are still relatively new (2021 will be our third year in operation) and fleshing out what makes sense to offer to our community, which we consider to be the Seekonk/Rehoboth/Swansea suburbs and Providence/Pawtucket/East Providence urban centers. In 2021 we’ll be working with the Pokanoket community to offer indigenous history integrated into all of our programming. 

About Movement Education Outdoors:

Movement Education Outdoors (MEO) provides multiple access points for youth of color and of limited economic resources to experience wellness in outdoor environments, foster their leadership, and help youth become stewards of environmental justice in their communities across RI. MEO is led by one staff member with the help of a quarter time program assistant. MEO will require assistance with coordinating programs by being face to face with youth 13-18 years old, co-facilitating, facilitating outdoor experiences integrating Mindfulness: empowers students to become aware of their social emotional state. Native and Black History of RI; contextualizes environmental degradation in history. Environmental Justice; MEO educates youth about environmental justice as a BIPOC-lead movement and the disproportionate impact of climate change on Black and Brown communities and the environments in which they live. Leadership and Advocacy; MEO empowers youth to address systemic environmental and racial injustices through equipping them with concrete leadership skills. The service member will also be providing assistance facilitating or co-facilitating MEO’s outdoor experiences that include but are not limited to: hiking, urban gardening, farming, archery, snowshoeing and canoeing. The service member will also be in daily communication with program assistant and staff member. It would be helpful but not required to have experience with writing grants.

COVID-19 Information:

Osamequin Farm and Movement Education Outdoors will continue to enforce the existing COVID-19 office safety policy. This includes wearing a mask at all times when in the presence of others, especially youth. If you are fully vaccinated you may present your record to be excused from wearing a mask when around other adults who consent. The reason we are doing so is because the position includes frequent and extended interactions with young people who are not able to be vaccinated. While we respect each person’s personal health choices, our highest priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of our community.

Osamequin Farm and Movement Education Outdoors has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. For Osamequin Farm – Begin development of a self-guided immersive walking tour of the land for visitors. The tour will weave together human stories and experiences from our farmers, the landowners, the Pokanoket community, and Seekonk community members, as well as native plant and wildlife stories, and ecological and geological context and history, for a fully integrated educational experience. We’re interested in the project encompassing science and art, storytelling and historical context. This project will become the foundation for visitors and community partners to understand the broader context and long and complex history of the land we steward, and the region.
  2. For MEO – Develop a framework of curriculum, learning goals, and collaborators to offer half day, day long, and overnight experiences for RI youth outside of the city. The service member will be responsible for communication and planning, implementation of programming, and development of training and other relevant written materials for volunteers and participants.

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 (Comfort navigating computer software programs)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience planning and leading events
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents in a diverse community
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports

AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements:

This year’s TerraCorps members will serve from August 30th, 2021-July 29, 2022. All Members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire 11-month term, and complete at least 1,700 hours of service, including time spent in trainings and service with the full TerraCorps team. Weekly service averages 38 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities. Training hours will not exceed 20% of the member’s total term of service. Members are required to serve and participate in a TerraCorps service day on MLK National Day of Service.

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:

  • TerraCorps Members will receive a living allowance of up to $15,600 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $624 (pre-tax) per 25 biweekly pay periods.
  •  TerraCorps assists Members in obtaining health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available.
  • Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need.
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps Members receive a taxable $6,345 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward for info and restrictions.
  • TerraCorps Members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

Member applications will be collected by TerraCorps and shared with Service Sites. Do not send applications directly to a Service Site.

A complete member application includes a resume, two references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found here

We strongly encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible once applications are posted. Position offers and acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. The program aims to fill all positions by late June, but Service Sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled.

For questions about TerraCorps, contact Lianna Lee, who manages TerraCorps’ recruitment process. Email MA@terracorps.org or call 978-364-9770.

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