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TerraCorps Youth Education Coordinator (YEC) with Eagle Eye Institute

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 Eagle Eye Institute:

Eagle Eye Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on outdoor equity and nature-based youth development. We believe access to nature and developing a positive relationship with nature are basic rights that must be extended to all youth. For the past 30 years, Eagle Eye has offered experiential outdoor learning programs for youth and young adults in urban communities in Massachusetts, with a focus on youth of color. We offer both immersive programs at our 220-acre forest site in the Berkshires and place-based programs that connect youth to nature in their communities. Our programs engage a small group of 12-15 youth with an intentional model that includes experiential learning, games and teambuilding, self-reflection, and environmental stewardship. We use nature as a catalyst for awareness, relationships, leadership development, and transformation. We partner with youth development organizations, public schools, environmental agencies, and universities to offer high-quality programs and build the capacity and commitment of others to engage in our mission.

Currently, we serve groups in Holyoke, MA, and maintain a shared office space at Cubit CoWorks. We offer programming year-round at our conservation site, including day, overnight, winter exploration, and summer internship programs. 

COVID-19 Information:

Eagle Eye Institute 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 because staff and Service Members will spend a significant amount of time in-person with youth, volunteers, and community members.

Eagle Eye Institute has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. Develop and deliver after-school programming with 2+ youth groups exploring the interconnections between nature and the city and students’ relationship with nature.
  2. Coordinate new and existing volunteers, including naturalist guest instructors, college student class volunteers, and community members.
  3. Collaborate with partners to develop programming that engages youth in community stewardship activities, e.g. local trail stewardship.

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 written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (GSuite, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience developing educational activities for youth
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort with outreach
  • Self-motivated and self-advocating

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.

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