TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps affiliated start-up 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, our vision is to create a future where land is the foundation of health and well- being for ALL people in EVERY community.
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust will host a Land Stewardship/Community Engagement Coordinator for the 2020-2021 service year. Information about all TerraCorps positions is available at terracorps.org.
Land Stewardship/ Community Engagement Coordinator with Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
The Service Member at Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Land Stewardship role, and 50% of their time in a Community Engagement role.
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust has proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship /Community Engagement Coordinator:
- Develop a public engagement program for our historic grist mill, Allen’s Mill. We are seeking to increase public access and educational opportunities at the mill and raise awareness about the DNRT nature reserve where the mill and its water source are located. Capacity building program elements that a Member may focus on during their service year include: opening the mill for regular public visits (currently it is open one day a year), developing a video about the mill and the surrounding landscape for use on our website, developing an educational pamphlet, recruiting and training volunteer docents, and working with local school groups.
- Help to oversee the creation of a fruit orchard. DNRT is planning to convert an overgrown field at our headquarters, known as Helfand Farm, into a fruit orchard for wildlife and a pollinator garden. Potential project components for Members to pursue include: engaging with volunteers to remove invasive plants, collaborating with a local bumblebee expert from UMass Dartmouth to identify appropriate native flower species for a pollinator garden, seeking donations from local nurseries for fruit-bearing shrubs and trees, identifying and organizing volunteers to install the plants, developing an interpretive sign, and holding educational workshops and
- Creating and leading a free public walking series that highlights the natural resources found on DNRT’s properties. While DNRT already hosts a number of walks each month, the demand is greater than we can accommodate. We are excited to capitalize on this popularity in order to grow our membership and support for the organization by highlighting the important land conservation work being carried out by DNRT. Potential audiences for Members to engage include families, school groups, scout troops, and residents of New Bedford, a city with a diverse
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 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
- 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, ArcMap)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Coordinator position and projects listed above
- Experience training community members and volunteers
- Marketing experience or experience developing public information materials
- Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
- Ability to educate and engage the general public through events, walks, and lectures
AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements
This year’s TerraCorps Members will serve from August 31st, 2020-July 30th, 2021. 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 $15,200 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $633.33 (pre-tax) per 24 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 $6,195 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See 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
2020-2021 Service Site organizations, service positions, and application procedures are described at terracorps.org.
A complete Member application includes a 1-page cover letter, a resume, two references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found at https://terracorps.org/become-a-member.
Member applications will be collected by TerraCorps and shared with Service Sites. Do not send applications directly to DNRT.