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TerraCorps Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator with Greenwich 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 Greenwich Land Trust:
Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) conserves open space, connects our community with the natural world, and inspires the next generation of conservationists. The Land Trust permanently protects and cares for more than 848 acres of woodlands, marshlands, orchards, and meadows throughout Greenwich, CT, preserving the ecological integrity, historic character, and scenic beauty of our community.
As far back as the 1960’s, there was a growing sense among a prescient group of Greenwich citizens of the fragile, yet vital nature of the town’s natural environment. The need for a local land trust in Greenwich was recognized more than a decade before GLT was incorporated in 1976. By 1970, the group expanded its outreach in the community to include other conservation-oriented Greenwich citizens, and sought to join forces with another existing organization (Greenwich Audubon) in town to form a land trust. The Greenwich Audubon Society’s Board agreed to “launch the activity and later have it become an independent entity.” By 1975, the Greenwich Audubon Society land trust division was ready to stand on its own. In July 1976, GLT was incorporated as a separate, non-profit, tax exempt organization.
Today, GLT is a nationally accredited land trust, part of the 1,000-member Land Trust Alliance. GLT has a professional staff with expertise in land management and environmental sciences. In addition, GLT has dozens of dedicated volunteers who help to protect and care for more than 848 acres of open space throughout Greenwich.
Greenwich 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 encouraging vaccination is that the member will be working in person with a wide variety of community groups and volunteers. The majority of GLT staff are also vaccinated and it would make the logistics of the position much simpler.
GLT has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator:
- In 2017, GLT began its Seed-to-Seed program designed to propagate native wildflowers from seeds collected on GLT preserves and then use them for restoration projects in the community and on GLT preserves. The TerraCorps member will assist Land Trust staff with native plant propagation as part of its Seed-to-Seed program, including helping with seed collection, processing, and sowing, as well as transplanting seedlings and general plant care.
- The member will coordinate and implement native planting projects, both on Land Trust preserves and throughout the community. They will be responsible for reaching out to volunteers, schools, garden clubs, and other community groups to identify potential partners and projects and follow those projects through to completion.
- The member will assist with stewardship of GLT’s preserves. Tasks include invasive plant control, preserve maintenance, trail construction and repair, native plantings, property inspections, and other care as needed.
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 (Word, Excel, ArcMAP GIS)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Coordinator position and projects listed above
- Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
- Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, lift 50 pounds, and navigate uneven terrain
- Experience with general plant care
- Familiarity with natural systems and identifying 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-364-9770.
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