Website Grow Food Northampton

TerraCorps Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator (YEC/CEC) with Grow Food Northampton

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 Grow Food Northampton:

Grow Food Northampton builds a community that supports its farms and farmers and makes local food available to everyone who lives here. Grow Food Northampton owns a 120-acre community farm that leases land to four different farmers practicing sustainable agriculture; manages a vibrant 310-plot organic community garden; grows over 8,000 pounds of produce annually that is donated to people in need; operates a thriving downtown farmers’ market; educates over 1,200 students about local food on the farm and in the classroom annually; and manages food access initiatives that invite people of all incomes into the local food movement. Founded in 2010, Grow Food Northampton serves the city of Northampton and nearby communities with two full-time and seven part-time staff members, TerraCorps service members, interns and volunteers. Our 121-acre farm and office are located in Florence, a village of Northampton, MA. 

COVID-19 Information: 

Grow Food Northampton 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 members will spend a significant amount of time serving in-person with volunteers, staff, or community members. It is likely that members will be visiting public school classrooms to lead workshops, and/or leading outdoor field trips with public school classes on the farm. Members will also be assisting with in-person community workshops and hosting other outdoor (and possibly indoor) events.

Grow Food Northampton has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. Expand and improve existing, and develop new field trips and classroom cooking workshop curriculum. Any developments will address structural inequities and racism in the food system. This will include co-leading and leading the implementation of these activities with elementary school classes, in-person or virtually.
  2.  Expand and lead after-school extra-curricular programming online and in-person outdoors at the Grow Food Northampton community farm: about food, cooking, farming, gardening, pollinators, wild edibles, etc.
  3. Develop and lead programming for youth outside of school: for example at the Community Garden, Tuesday Market, and Neighborhood Markets located in subsidized housing communities.
  4.  Develop and test ideas to support Farm to School efforts in the Public Schools, with a particular focus on supporting food services.
  5. Assist in the management of our ½ acre Giving Garden to support local food pantries and free meal sites. This will involve farming and volunteer coordination in addition to youth education.

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)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in youth education, particularly with hands-on and outdoor activities
  • Interest and/or experience in farming and gardening
  • Ability to travel safely, reliably, independently with supplies to local schools and other sites within 5 miles of the office in all weather. (Mileage reimbursement provided)

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 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 or call 978-364-9770.