Aquidneck Land Trust is excited to partner with Terracorps to host an 11-month Americorps position from August 31, 2020 to July 31, 2021.
Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC) Build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, they increase resources for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs generally spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.
TerraCorps Members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Aquidneck Land Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:
Enhance and expand ALT’s stewardship volunteering program covering topics including conservation easement monitoring, trail maintenance/improvement, property management, and outreach/education. This includes volunteer recruitment, leading work days, and coordinating volunteers.
Develop invasive species management and habitat restoration plans on highlighted ALT properties. Recruit and train invasive species removal teams to identify, target, and remove invasive species at these sites.
Update baseline species and conservation value data on a number of conservation sites, incorporating volunteer citizen science opportunities when possible.
Update trail Management Plans. Complete trail improvement projects on ALT’s 12 miles of trails.
Assist Stewardship Department in monitoring of 81+ conservation sites; land management duties; landowner communications; trail maintenance and improvement projects. The member will get to experience a wide array of stewardship work.
Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.
Strong writing and verbal communication skills
Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
Comfort navigating computer software and mapping programs (ArcGIS and applications, ArcGIS Online, Microsoft Office). ALT will also train the member on LANDSCAPE conservation database software.
Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
Experience identifying habitat types and flora and fauna in the field
Fieldwork experience and comfort navigating a variety of terrains. Fieldwork is done in all types of weather (rain, cold, heat, etc.) across all seasons and across different habitats (farms, bramble scrub-shrub, marsh, etc.). Ticks are common on many sites.
Handiness/carpentry skills a plus (or willingness to learn) including operating power tools safely (hedge trimmers, brush cutter, chainsaw, drills) for trail improvement/maintenance projects.
For questions about Aquidneck Land Trust’s service positions, contact Alex Chuman, Stewardship Director at email@example.com (preferred) or 401-849-2799×14.