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TerraCorps Land Stewardship/Community Engagement Coordinator (LSC/CEC) with Westerly Land Trust
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 the Westerly Land Trust:
The Westerly Land Trust (WLT) works to conserve open space, revitalize culturally significant properties, and provide environmental programs for the enduring benefit of our community. Since being established in 1987, WLT has conserved approximately 1,700 acres of conservation lands in the town of Westerly. Our 31 properties consist of upland forests, wetlands, grasslands, salt marshes, and downtown urban spaces like our Community Garden. In 2017, WLT was awarded national accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, becoming one of only six accredited land trusts in Rhode Island at the time.
In addition to land conservation and land stewardship, the Westerly Land Trust has a strong focus on environmental education and community engagement. WLT is one of the only land trusts in Rhode Island with an active youth education program, and the only one that is an active Member of Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA). WLT provides a wide range of public programs promoting active, healthy lifestyles and environmental awareness, including monthly All Ages guided hikes, weekly Thursday Hikes/Paddles, owl programs, birding events, discussions and lectures, special events, and our popular Farmer’s Market and Community Garden.
The Westerly Land Trust strongly recommends that staff and TerraCorps Service Members be fully vaccinated before the start of the TerraCorps service year. The reason we are strongly recommending vaccination is because that it is the best way to protect yourself, each other, and the volunteers/members of the public you will be interacting with during your service.
The Westerly Land Trust has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Land Stewardship/Community Engagement Coordinator:
- Enhance and expand the Volunteer Stewardship Program (CCC) by creating a workplan/priority schedule for this volunteer group. The member will work in tandem with the Conservation Programs Manager and the Chair of Stewardship Committee to determine critical actions for the long-term management of our protected properties.
- Review and update Management Plans for WLT properties, and utilize the newly created Monitoring App. WLT owns most of our properties outright, and Management Plans help us with our long-term stewardship of these lands. The Monitoring app, which has never been utilized before, will support our annual monitoring process, and the Member will use the app to map clear boundaries, which we will then mark where appropriate. This long-term project will increase WLT’s capacity to manage our boundaries and support positive relationships with WLT property neighbors.
- Support WLT staff in coordinating our community programming and expand upon it where possible (i.e. community garden, farmers market, weekly hikes/paddles, bird events, Member events, special events)
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
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
- Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office suite, ArcGIS software experience a plus)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Coordinator position and projects listed above
- Experience educating community members and volunteers
- Experience planning and leading events, conducting presentations
- Ability to read and interpret various maps, such as surveys, aerial photos, and USGS topos
- Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
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 RI@terracorps.org or call 978-364-9770.