Website Speak for the Trees, Boston

TerraCorps Youth Education Coordinator (YEC) with Speak for the Trees, Boston 

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 Speak for the Trees:

The mission of Speak for the Trees is to improve the size and health of the urban tree canopy Boston, especially in under-canopied and under-resourced neighborhoods. We partner with community members, parallel organizations, and municipalities to build a healthier tree canopy for all. Our community projects focus on education, plantings, and engagement at the neighborhood level. We believe that change happens when citizens have ownership over their urban spaces and feel empowered to take action.

Trees, whether they be on private or public property, serve to connect residents to their community, their neighbors, and the larger global environment. We raise awareness about the importance of trees and the role that every resident can take in planting and caring for trees. Considering the size and scope of Boston’s urban forest, we partner with the numerous existing local and national environmental organizations to share best practices and develop a long-term strategy for caring and growing the city’s tree canopy. We envision a city with a healthy tree canopy that takes into account issues of equity such as diversity, race, socioeconomic status, and geography. Our work occurs across the city in spaces where people and trees live and breathe. In the coming year we are looking to expand our partnerships throughout the city to learn more about residents’ feelings towards trees and provide them with resources and tools to advocate for and care for trees in their neighborhoods. 

COVID-19 Information:

Speak for the Trees, Boston 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 work directly with a wide range of residents in the community – many of them belonging to vulnerable groups – and want to ensure the safety of our staff and all we serve.

Speak for the Trees, Boston has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. Develop curriculum for students at local schools and after-school clubs (such as Boys and Girls Clubs), with special attention to opportunities for creating meaningful in person learning experiences that align to Mass Education Standards.
  2. Further develop and implement the work of SFTT’s summer Teen Urban Tree Corps to help reach their peers and colleagues in school and in parallel orgs such as Leah Project, Mass Audubon, Sierra Club, and REEP (at ACE), as well as other youth and nature-focused orgs in the Boston area.

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 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 Google Suite- Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Calendar; GIS, social media platforms, graphic design)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Strong interest in serving with diverse community groups, residents, and municipal officials.
  • Experience creating inclusive programming
  • Fluency in languages other than English a plus.

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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