TerraCorps, formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen community-based nonprofits working to meet these goals.
This year’s TerraCorps program will support thirty-six full-time AmeriCorps members, serving in one of four positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC), Regional Conservation Coordinator (RCC), Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC), and Youth Education Coordinator (YEC). Members will serve in full-time, eleven-month positions (August 28th, 2017- July 27, 2018) in which they complete at least 1,700 hours of service with one of our partner organizations. Members receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits (see full list at end of announcement).
Buzzards Bay Coalition will host a Youth Education Coordinator for the 2017-18 service year. Information about all TerraCorps positions is available at terracorps.org.
Buzzards Bay Coalition
114 Front Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
The Buzzards Bay Coalition was founded in 1987 as a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its 432-square-mile watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.
We pursue our mission through specific programs aimed at protecting clean water and building public awareness. Our goals are to increase the rate of land protection and the amount of protected land in the Bay watershed, to pursue a Bay-focused land protection strategy, to empower local land trusts, and to educate private landowners about land conservation. Since launching its land conservation program in 1998, the Coalition has permanently protected more than 7,500 acres of land.
In addition, the Coalition is focused on providing programs and resources that promote outdoor exploration and environmental stewardship across the region. Since launching its public engagement initiatives in 2010, the Coalition has provide outdoor exploration programs for over 10,000 youth and adults and provides online resources to support thousands more in discovering Buzzards Bay.
Wareham Land Trust
P.O Box 718 Wareham, MA 02571
The Wareham Land Trust’s mission is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, to unite citizens in a common goal of conservation and responsible land use, and to educate the public about the environmental and economic benefits of protecting open space and promoting sustainable development. The Wareham Land Trust is guided by a group of hard-working volunteer board members and supported by individuals and organizations throughout Wareham and the neighboring communities.
Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their host site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles.
YECs may help their host site to engage with educators and volunteers to guide youth in environmental inquiry and discovery, school and community garden projects, urban tree stewardship projects, urban pocket park projects, and “green jobs” training and internship programs. By serving with youth in an outdoor learning environment, they reinforce the connection between people, nature, and community and foster an inclusive land stewardship ethic in future generations.
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. Buzzards Bay Coalition and Wareham Land Trust have proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:
1) Develop localized curriculum, field guides, and interpretive signage to assist educators in utilizing the outdoor learning spaces.
2) Provide professional development programs for teachers to strengthen their skills in providing outdoor exploration programs.
3) Create and provide outdoor exploration and stewardship programs for local families.
4) In partnership with the Wareham Land Trust stewardship committee, develop a trail monitoring program to help local volunteers of all ages engage in active stewardship of local conservation properties.
5) Engage youth groups in stewardship projects.
Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.
• Associate degree; experience may be substituted for education
• Experience teaching or leading groups of all ages in the outdoors
• Experience with hands-on conservation and stewardship projects
• Strong writing, communication, and networking skills
• Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
• Bachelor’s degree or higher with a focus in education and/or environmental science
• Experience with, and enthusiasm for, training and managing volunteers
• Experience with experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods
• Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
For questions about this Youth Education Coordinator position, contact Cassie Lawson at Lawson@savebuzzardsbay.org.
This year’s TerraCorps program will run from August 28, 2017 through July 27, 2018. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire eleven-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 35 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities.
How to Apply
2017-2018 Host Site organizations, service positions, and application procedures are described at terracorps.org. A complete member application includes a 1-page cover letter, a resume, three references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found at terracorps.org.
Member applications will be available for viewing by all our host sites. Do not send applications directly to a host site.
We strongly encourage application submissions before interviews begin in mid-April. Position offers and acceptances will begin shortly thereafter. The program aims to fill all positions by early June, but host sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled.
For questions about TerraCorps, contact Hanna Mogensen, who manages TerraCorps’ recruitment process, at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-248-2043.
Additional Information About this Program
TerraCorps We seek to create change by achieving a broader, more authentic engagement of the diverse peoples living in our communities. When we do this, resources will grow, access to land will increase, the pace of land conservation will accelerate, and whole communities will achieve more resilient futures. To learn more about TerraCorps, visit: terracorps.org.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems and also leverage their service by mobilizing volunteers to help address community needs for environmental stewardship, health, education, economic opportunity, disaster services, and support to veterans and military families. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit americorps.gov.
TerraCorps is a grant program contingent upon renewal of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts are administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA, mass-service.org) is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism. MSA’s mission is to catalyze the innovation and growth of service and volunteerism by creating partnerships that maximize resources, expertise, capacity, and impact. TerraCorps is one of 23 AmeriCorps programs for which MSA currently administers funding and supports program implementation.