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  • TerraCorps Regional Collaboration Coordinator (RCC) with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust & North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership


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    • Employer: TerraCorps
      Location: Athol, MA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/20/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    About TerraCorps:

    TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps affiliated environmental nonprofit growing a more equitable ecosystem of people and organizations to protect and steward land for broader good. Working at the intersection of land conservation, sustainable agriculture and food justice, we seek to bridge the gap between the urban, rural and suburban land movements historically segregated by socio-economic divides. Through our generative service, training and partnership model, we cultivate future conservation leaders and offer immediate capacity support to the local organizations they serve.

    About Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust:

    Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (Mount Grace) is a regional land trust that is deeply rooted in collaboration. Since 1986, we have worked with dozens of partners and hundreds of landowners to protect more than 34,000 acres of woods, streams, farms, and trails in our picturesque rural region. Nestled between Gardner and Greenfield and anchored by the Quabbin Reservoir and its thousands of acres of pristine trails, we are working throughout 23 towns to foster a deep conservation ethic. We are nationally recognized for our innovative and collaborative projects, and Mount Grace was the home and founder of the TerraCorps program.  Two of our staff are AmeriCorps alumni who served with TerraCorps specifically. This year, we are hosting four TerraCorps Members who will be fully integrated into our conservation, stewardship, and engagement teams. We are committed to developing the next generation of conservation leaders, and we are continually inspired by the creativity and vision of the TerraCorps Members who choose to join us each year.
    Our region is beautiful and precious—and has benefited from a tremendous legacy of land conservation—but we have so many more people to reach and land to protect. We are ready for the 2021-2022 team to help us create the next chapter of Mount Grace’s story. 

    COVID-19 Information– Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust strongly recommends that staff and TerraCorps Service Members be fully vaccinated before the start of the TerraCorps service year. The reason we are strongly recommending vaccination is because members will spend a significant amount of time serving in-person with volunteers, staff, or community members, therefore the expectation is that all staff and AmeriCorps members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:

    Lead a team to organize the annual statewide Open Space Conference. The conference is designed for people volunteering on town boards and committees who are interested in conservation and stewardship. This free, peer-to-peer conference seeks to empower local volunteer conservationists with stories and lessons they can take home and apply in their own communities. Click here to learn more about this vital TerraCorps-led effort.

    Coordinate the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership. The Partnership is the second-old regional conservation partnership in New England, and includes landowners, land trusts, foresters, planning agencies, academic institutions, state agencies, and town government partners. The RCC will help plan and lead quarterly meetings to bring partners together to share information about urgent topics in our region, such as climate change planning, and to advance shared priorities, including multi-partner conservation projects. The 2021-2022 service year may feature a strong focus on regional pollinator projects and a grassland bird habitat initiative.

    Create virtual and in-person outreach programming to help landowners engage in long-term thinking about their land and the legacy they hope to leave with it. This project will be done in collaboration with partners at UMass-Amherst.

    AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements

    This year’s TerraCorps members will serve from August 30th, 2021-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. Training hours will not exceed 20% of the member’s total term of service. Members are required to serve and participate in a TerraCorps service day on MLK National Day of Service.

    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:

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

    A complete member application includes a resume, two references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found here,

    https://terracorps.org/member-position-listing/

    We strongly encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible once applications are posted. Position offers and acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. 




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