TerraCorps is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. This year, TerraCorps is looking for 48 members to serve in full-time, 11 month positions. Members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals; recruit, train, manage, and support community volunteers engaged in land-based activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation, or service opportunities centered around land access and conservation.
Members serve as: Land Stewardship Coordinators, Regional Collaboration Coordinators, Youth Education Coordinators, or Community Engagement Coordinators.
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.
Regional Conservation Coordinators (RCCs) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. Through collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, RCCs tackle projects like establishing farm-to-institute systems and develop open space and recreation plans.
Youth Education Coordinators (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.
Community Engagement Coordinators (CECs) build the long-term capacity of their Service Site by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, they demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline.
Urban Agriculture Coordinators (UACs) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands for agricultural use and production. They may create raised beds or community gardens, monitor and maintain urban farmland, establish sustainable food systems, provide new farmer trainings, lead community workshops, and more.
These 1,700 hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. The 2019-2020 program will run from 8/26/19 – 7/31/20. Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about organizations hosting TerraCorps members can be found at www.terracorps.org/become-a-member/.
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Interviews begin early-May, and we aim to fill all positions by mid-July.
AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to any particular status. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request. TerraCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.