Job Opening: Land Stewardship Coordinator - TerraCorps/AmeriCorps Member

Sudbury Valley Trustees will host a Land Stewardship Coordinator for the 2021-2022 service year (August 30, 2021, to July 29, 2022). This is a TerraCorps/AmeriCorps position. Information about all TerraCorps position is available at terracorps.org.

Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSCs) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of conservation land. They organize, train, and collaborate with various groups to care for, improve access to, and support the sustainable use of community lands.

Projects may include invasive plant control, trail maintenance, accessible trail planning, citizen science, and public outreach. By providing training and organizing collaborative land-focused projects, LSCs 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.

Land Stewardship Coordinator with SVT

TerraCorps Members develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. SVT has proposed the following potential projects for its LSC:

  • Enhance and expand the “Ramping up Volunteerism” initiative in the SVT service region, working with SVT partners in the Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA) and the SuAsCo CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area). This includes recruiting and training new volunteers in the Weed Warrior (invasive plant control) program and recruiting and working with volunteers on various stewardship projects.
  • Work with the Asst. Director of Stewardship to design, plan, and install an accessible trail at an SVT reservation.  Potential to apply for a grant to support this project.
  • Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • Training and experience in natural resources and conservation land management
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (MS Word and Excel).
  • Training and experience pertinent to the LSC position and projects listed above.
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers.
  • Basic plant identification experience.
  • Able to be active outside in a range of weather conditions, and navigate uneven terrain.

This year’s TerraCorps members will serve from August 30, 2021, to July 29, 2022. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire 11-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 38 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.

Member Compensation and Benefits

  • TerraCorps Members will receive a living allowance of up to $15,600 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $624 (pre-tax) per 25 biweekly pay periods.
  • TerraCorps assists Members in obtaining health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available.
  • Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need.
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps Members receive a taxable $6,345 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward for info and restrictions.
  • TerraCorps Members are eligible for forbearance of most federally guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service.
  • TerraCorps Members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
  • TerraCorps Members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement.

Note: TerraCorps members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.

How to Apply

2021-2022 Service Site organizations, service positions, and application procedures are described at terracorps.org.

A complete member application includes a resume, two references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found at terracorps.org/apply/.

Member applications will be collected by TerraCorps and shared with Service Sites. Do not send applications directly to a Service Site.

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 July 1, but Service Sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled.

Questions

For questions about TerraCorps, contact Lianna Lee, who manages TerraCorps’ recruitment process. Email [email protected] or call 978-364-9770.