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Join Our Team! TerraCorps Position Openings 2021-22

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

Kestrel Land Trust will be hosting two TerraCorps service positions for the 2021-22 service term: a Land Stewardship Coordinator and a Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator.

As a Member, you would be part of the 2021-2022 TerraCorps program and join up to 80 other members serving with nonprofit partner organizations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

TerraCorps is an innovative national service program that prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. They do this by supporting AmeriCorps Members who serve with nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to tackle issues around land access, urban agriculture, and conservation.

Members serve in full-time (38 hour/week) position from August 30, 2021- July 29, 2022. These 1,700-hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance and are eligible for health insurance coverage, childcare assistance, education award, federal loan forbearance, and additional AmeriCorps benefits.

 

About Kestrel’s Position Openings

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.  LSCs generally spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.

Kestrel has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Guided by KLT’s land management priorities, carry out outdoor field projects on KLT and partner land, involving current and new volunteers to the greatest extent possible. Activities include trail creation and upkeep, kestrel nest box maintenance, woodworking projects, property monitoring, and invasive species management.
  2. Build on previous TerraCorps members’ work by engaging community groups and individuals to develop a volunteer network to support and maintain the regional Robert Frost Trail.
  3. Use and train others to use an internal conservation database, a property monitoring phone app, and online trail guides. Add to and improve KLT’s trail data and other mapping data.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills. TerraCorps Members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year.

Desired LSC 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 Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ArcGIS mapping software)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience leading or participating in recreational trail creation/maintenance and comfort using relevant hand tools.
  • Ability to interpret survey and other maps, and to navigate independently in the field using GPS technology.
  • Basic understanding of natural systems and ability to identify plant and animal species.

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Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC)/ Youth Education Coordinators (YEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CEC/YECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. In this role, Members may also engage community members and 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 people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By connecting a broader cross-section of people to our natural world, CEC/YECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

Kestrel has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education/Community Engagement Coordinator:

  1. Create nature-based experiences for youth in partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County, CARE Center of Holyoke, and local school groups. Support Kestrel’s partnership with Eagle Eye Institute to organize outdoor land stewardship activities for underserved youth groups.
  2. Assist Kestrel staff with coordinating events and programs for the general public on natural history, the arts, food/farms, and outdoor place-based educational materials such as nature guides and trail signs.
  3. Expand Kestrel’s visibility among younger adults by coordinating Kestrel’s Community Crew volunteer group, as well as student volunteer groups from area colleges. Assist with social media and video creation to engage new supporters and increase followers.

Desired YEC/CEC Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs, FaceBook, Instagram; video/photography/publishing software experience a bonus)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement and/or Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and coordinating community members and volunteers
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience planning and leading events
  • Marketing experience or experience developing public information materials

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Required AmeriCorps Qualifications for All Positions:

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY:

Member applications will be collected by TerraCorps and shared with all Service Sites. Please DO NOT send applications directly to Kestrel Land Trust.

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. 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.

 

COVID-19 Information: Kestrel strongly recommends that staff and TerraCorps Service Members be fully vaccinated before the start of the TerraCorps service year because we consider widespread vaccination the best tool for limiting the spread of Covid-19. Because all staff and TC members interact in person with staff, volunteers, and members of the community, it’s critical that each of us get vaccinated unless a medical contraindication makes this impractical.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons for all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive community. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and varying experiences, including people with disabilities, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals. We will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and services upon request. TerraCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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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