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Join Our Team: TerraCorps Land Steward Position Opening

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Want to join our team and build your professional skills for the environment?

Kestrel Land Trust will be hosting a Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC) TerraCorps service position for the 2024-25 service term.

As a Member, you would join up to 60 other members serving with nonprofit partner organizations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Service members are paired with a site supervisor who provides guidance and mentorship while you learn to manage land-based activities, community programs, and projects to build capacity for Kestrel Land Trust.

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TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps affiliated non-profit preparing and mobilizing emerging leaders for the environment. TerraCorps cultivates an ecosystem of people and organizations that center community land ownership, access, and stewardship to support a diversity of interests that benefit human health and environmental sustainability.

Members will serve in full-time positions (38-40 hours/week) from August 26, 2024 – July 25, 2025. These 1,700-hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance (pre-tax $1,080 biweekly / $27,000 full service term) and are eligible for health insurance coverage, childcare assistance, a $7,395 education award, federal loan forbearance, and other AmeriCorps benefits. Learn more about TerraCorps service here.

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Grace Goodwin-Boyd, 2021-2022 TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator

The Land Stewardship Coordinator plays a key role in sustaining and expanding Kestrel’s existing network of volunteers for a variety of land stewardship activities. Tasks will include volunteer recruitment and communications, and assisting with coordination of outdoor field projects such as trail creation and upkeep. Based on individual interests, skills, and professional development goals, the LSC may assist with various land management efforts such as monitoring land, managing bird nest boxes, organizing trail data, leading hikes, creating maps, and offering natural history or skills-based workshops. See more details about the position here.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of natural systems and ability to identify plant and animal species.
  • Hands-on experience with recreational trail creation/maintenance and/or land management activities; comfort using relevant hand tools.
  • Experience navigating with GPS technology.
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ArcGIS mapping software; database experience and/or ArcGIS mapping experience a plus.
  • Experience researching and presenting information using mixed media (writing, images, maps) using tools such as PowerPoint, story maps, web pages.
  • Strong interest in national and community service.
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers.
  • Able to build relationships with people from varied cultural, economic, educational, racial, political, and religious backgrounds.
  • Access to a vehicle.

Required AmeriCorps Eligibility Qualifications:

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 17 years old at the start of service
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria (45 CFR 2540.202)

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for these positions, please visit the TerraCorps website here. Please DO NOT send applications directly to Kestrel Land Trust. Position offers and acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. The program aims to fill all positions by the end of July. For questions about Kestrel Land Trust’s service position, feel free to contact office@kestreltrust.org.

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