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Join Our Team: TerraCorps Positions for 2022-23

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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 2022-23 service term: a Land Stewardship Coordinator and a Youth Education Coordinator.

As a Member, you would be part of the 2022-2023 TerraCorps program and join up to 60 other members serving with nonprofit partner organizations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps affiliated environmental non-profit preparing and mobilizing emerging leaders to help communities gain access to and conserve land for people and nature. Working at the intersection of the land conservation and urban agriculture movements, its vision is to create a future where land is the foundation of health and well-being for ALL people in EVERY community.

Members serve in full-time (38 hour/week) position from August 29, 2022- July 28, 2023. 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. Learn more about TerraCorps service here.

OPEN POSITIONS AT KESTREL

Volunteers building footbridge at Well-Away FarmLand Stewardship Coordinator (LSC). LSCs 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. Kestrel Land Trust has proposed the following potential project for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Expand KLT’s Land & Trail Crew program by coordinating field project events and developing a volunteer network to support recreational trails. Our LSC position involves a combination of solo fieldwork and volunteer engagement/coordination to strengthen regional capacity to care for trails and conservation land. Guided by KLT’s priorities, you will 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, land monitoring, and land management.
  2. TerraCorps Members help KLT support and diversify our existing volunteer base. During the 2022-23 service year, two areas of focus will be developing volunteer networks and partnerships to maintain the 45-mile Robert Frost Trail, and coordinating volunteers to assist with a major trail improvement project involving boardwalk construction through a spectacular bog.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the Member’s interests and skills.

Desired LSC Qualifications:

  • Experience leading or participating in recreational trail creation/maintenance and comfort using relevant hand tools.
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ArcGIS mapping software.
  • Experience training and educating community members or volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team.

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Youth Education Coordinator (YEC). YECs build the long-term capacity of their Service 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. 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. Kestrel has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education Coordinator:

  1. The YEC will create nature-based events or programs for youth of various ages in partnership with other nonprofit groups or communities, to provide positive, safe experiences in nature. Programs may involve natural history, the arts, food/farms, or place-based educational materials such as nature guides and trail signs. The YEC will serve with our current partners including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Eagle Eye Institute, Latino Outdoors Western MA, and Northampton Parents Center, or other organizations as opportunities arise.
  2. Coordinate Kestrel’s Community Crew volunteer group to support Kestrel’s public events, and to increase awareness of the benefits of public lands that volunteers can then share as “ambassadors.” Build individual relationships and provide training to volunteers.
  3. Expand Kestrel’s visibility among younger adults by supporting student groups or interns from area colleges. If desired, assist with social media and video creation to engage new younger supporters and increase followers.

Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the Member’s interests and skills.

Desired YEC 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 apps experience a bonus)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Youth Education Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience planning and leading events

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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: To apply for this position and to learn more about other TerraCorps service Member opportunities, please visit the TerraCorps website here.  Member applications will be collected by TerraCorps and shared with Service Sites. A complete Member application includes a resume and two professional or academic references that you will upload as part of your application. 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 late June, but Service Sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled.

For questions about Kestrel Land Trust’s service positions, contact office@kestreltrust.org

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