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Our Connecticut program is contingent on AmeriCorps funding approval. We expect confirmation in mid-June.

TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) with the New Canaan Land Trust

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 New Canaan Land Trust:

The New Canaan Land Trust (NCLT) works to foster a connection between people and their natural surroundings through the conservation and stewardship of open space. In our 53-year history, we have protected nearly 400 acres of land in our community. Half of that acreage is open the public, with 5.5 miles of walking trails meandering through 10 different preserves around town. At these preserves, we work to protect and enhance the conservation values of the land by restoring habitats, rebuilding historic stone walls, providing opportunities for passive recreation, and more. NCLT also strives to engage the New Canaan community in our work. We’ve developed internships, volunteer opportunities, guided walk series, lectures, and other programs that educate participants about the importance of protecting and caring for our natural resources.

NCLT is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation Commission, and works solely in the suburban town of New Canaan, CT. We are governed by dedicated Board of Directors, led by a full time Executive Director, and supported by seasonal staff. Though less than an hour from New York City, the town of New Canaan is a quaint suburban community with a thriving downtown village, rich artistic and architectural history, and multiple non-profits that serve New Canaan and surrounding communities.

COVID-19 Information:

The New Canaan Land Trust mandates that all staff and TerraCorps Service Members be fully vaccinated before the start of the TerraCorps service year.

The reason we are mandating vaccination is because the Community Engagement Coordinator will spend a significant amount of time serving in-person with volunteers, staff, and community members. Therefore, the expectation is that all staff and AmeriCorps members are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

New Canaan Land Trust has proposed the following potential project(s) for their  Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Create and manage a robust volunteer program that: routinely engages volunteers in a wide range of service opportunities; supports multiple land trust programs; recruits new volunteers and supporters, and; recognizes volunteers for their service.
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of the 2022 New Canaan Sculpture Trail, a collaborative outdoor art exhibition that first began in 2020 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (details from last year’s exhibition can be found at https://sculpture.newcanaanlandtrust.org.)
  • Work with the Land Trust’s Events Committee to develop and execute regular programs and events with other non-profits, community groups, and land trusts from surrounding tows to expand our reach and impact.
  • Explore opportunities to engage school students with the land trust during the school year (through field trips, in-class programs, or other opportunities).

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications:

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office, Google Drive, social media platforms, WordPress, Mailchimp and/or graphic design software)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience planning and executing events of various size and complexity
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience assessing community needs and developing programs to address those needs
  • Marketing and/or promotional experience, or developing public information materials

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. To complete the application click 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 July, 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 llee@terracorps.org or call 978-364-9770.

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