TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator with Mass Audubon's Metro West Sanctuaries

This Member in this position will be based out of Drumlin Farm, but will also support additional wildlife sanctuaries in Mass Audubon’s Metro West region.

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.  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. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Mass Audubon’s Metro West Sanctuaries have proposed the following potential projects for their Land Stewardship Coordinator:

  1. Support the Drumlin Farm Ecological Manager in the implementation of the Drumlin Farm Land Stewardship Plan (Lincoln, MA):
    • Assist in developing a monitoring protocol for assessing changing ecological conditions and measuring the effectiveness of our stewardship actions
    • Lead volunteer groups in ecological management activities, including removal of invasive plants, planting of native species, and field edge cut-back
    • Develop curriculum and support materials to assist our educators in incorporating ecological stewardship lessons into our educational programs
  2. Support the opening of Brewster’s Woods Wildlife Sanctuary (Concord, MA) to the general public for the first time:
    • Assess current trail layout and determine changes to be made to increase visitor engagement in a variety of ecological habitats and protection of sensitive natural areas
    • Collaborate with Mass Audubon property staff on any necessary trail improvements / additions
    • Assist Mass Audubon educators and graphic designers in developing the sanctuary trail map and installing signage for the public opening planned for spring 2021
  3. Create opportunities for urban teens and young adults to participate in ecological management projects on Metro West Sanctuaries:
    • Connect and coordinate with urban based organizations who can encourage and support their constituents to participate in land steward and ecological projects
    • Create and lead volunteer events with outreach to urban communities for projects including: invasive plant management, meadow restoration, and species identification
    • Research transportation options and funding sources for transporting participants from urban areas to our properties
    • Create online training resources to support and connect urban youth before they engage in ecological activities

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

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams)
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
  • Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and wildlife species
  • Knowledge and direct experience with ArcGIS mapping software
  • Ability to navigate independently in the field utilizing map, compass, and GPS units

 

Members serve in full-time (38 hour/week), 11-month positions from August 31st, 2020- July 30th, 2021. These 1,700-hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance and are eligible for an education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. Application specifics, position descriptions, and additional information about how to apply can be found at https://terracorps.org/apply/

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