Website Charles River Conservancy
TerraCorps Land Stewardship / Community Engagement Coordinator (LSC/CEC) with the Charles River Conservancy
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 Charles River Conservancy:
Founded in 2000, the Charles River Conservancy (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places that invite and engage all in their use and care. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), as well as other State, City and community stakeholders, the CRC’s goals are to: 1) cultivate active engagement with the river; 2) define the parks as a platform for community and cultural life; 3) advocate using research and placemaking; and 4) ensure long term sustainability of the natural resource and organization. While the CRC’s office is in East Cambridge, our geographic focus stretches ten miles from Watertown to Boston.
Charles River Conservancy 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 the Member will spend a significant amount of time serving in-person with volunteers in an urban park as well as in a small office space with other staff members.
Charles River Conservancy has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Land Stewardship / Community Engagement Coordinator (LSC/CEC):
- Vegetation Management Test Plot Observation and Maintenance: The CRC is supporting DCR on a pilot project to test invasive plant species removal methods in several locations along the river. The goal is to enable a coordinated management plan to increase multi-jurisdictional collaboration and effectiveness in eliminating harmful plant species. As part of their Land Stewardship Coordinator role, the Member would assist with:
- Maintenance tasks: Using the CRC truck and tank for watering plants, especially during heat waves.
- Observation: Identifying and documenting invasive and native plant growth in designated test plots, documenting native plant and invasive plant density, and documenting any wildlife observations (mammals, bugs, and birds).
- Communicate with project partners and stakeholders, which include the CRC team members, DCR staff, Charles River Watershed Association staff, contractors, and more.
- Support Volunteer Events and Park Maintenance: Working along side the CRC’s Volunteer Program Manager, the Member will help lead volunteer groups to perform important maintenance, such as:
- Litter removal: Each year the Conservancy hosts cleanups where hundreds of pounds of trash are removed from the parks and shoreline.
- Bench repair and painting: There are many park benches that require yearly maintenance. Sanding and painting benches is a task that DCR specifically requests the Conservancy undertake. Shrub and tree care: Particularly in hot, dry summer months, the CRC waters you and/or vulnerable trees to help preserve the tree canopy. Removal of tree stakes and mulching also occurs on an as needed basis.
- Assist with MathTalk Installation and Activation at Magazine Beach Park: In partnership with MathTalk, a local company that enables adults and children to enjoy and explore math together in their own backyards, the CRC is working to bring interactive “hot spot” math installations to Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, near the Morse Elementary School. Through a combination of paint, signage and access to a free digital app, these fun, outdoor opportunities will increase math learning and exploration. These installations will benefit from periodic, in-park staffing by the Member to answer questions of park visitors and, Covid-depending, organize family “field days” to bring awareness to the installations.
- Support Floating Wetland Education: The Member may also have the opportunity to help the CRC implement pandemic-postponed programming for our floating wetland installation, including meeting with summer camp groups on site, leading an ecology-based tag game, guiding kayak tours and developing new ideas.
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 Comfort navigating computer software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Suite/Canva))
- Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship (LSC) / Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) with the Charles River Conservancy position and projects listed above
- Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
- Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
- Ability to lift 25+ pounds and to bend, stoop, reach, carry, climb and lift as necessary to perform assigned tasks
- Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one before beginning the service year
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.