Website Kestrel Land Trust
TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC) with Kestrel 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 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 4,800 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. Our region is the culturally dynamic home to five major colleges. 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, offering a haven for wildlife and a network of hiking trails for people. 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.
Kestrel 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 we consider widespread vaccination the best tool for limiting the spread of Covid-19. Because all staff and TC members interact in person with staff, volunteers, and members of the community, it is critical that each of us get vaccinated unless a medical contraindication makes this impractical.
Kestrel Land Trust has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:
- Expand KLT’s Land & Trail Crew program by coordinating field project events and developing a volunteer network to support and maintain the regional Robert Frost Trail. Our LSC position involves a combination of solo fieldwork and volunteer engagement/coordination to strengthen regional capacity to care for trails and conservation land. Guided by KLT’s priorities, you will carry out outdoor field projects on KLT and partner land, involving current and new volunteers to the greatest extent possible. Activities include trail creation and upkeep, kestrel nest box maintenance, woodworking projects, property monitoring, and invasive species management.
- Help uphold and diversify KLT’s existing volunteer base. During the 2021-22 service year, a major focus will be building on previous TerraCorps members’ work by engaging both community groups and individual volunteers as “trail adopters” for the 37-mile Robert Frost Trail. Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.
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 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 Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ArcGIS mapping software)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
- Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
- Experience leading or participating in recreational trail creation/maintenance and comfort using relevant hand tools.
- Ability to interpret survey and other maps, and to navigate independently in the field using GPS technology.
- Basic understanding of natural systems and ability to identify plant and animal 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 MA@terracorps.org or call 978-364-9770.