he Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) AmeriCorps program is seeking candidates for our 2014 service positions.
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps was initiated in 2010 and is managed by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Our program is a collaborative effort of regional conservation groups to meet critical community needs for land and watershed protection, stewardship of protected lands, conservation outreach and education, and service learning that engages young people in conservation.
Up to Twenty-one AmeriCorps members serve MassLIFT each year. Our members serve in one of four positions: land stewardship coordinator, regional conservation coordinator, service learning coordinator, or community engagement coordinator. Specific service responsibilities vary between host sites, but the following general position descriptions serve as a guide:
Service Learning Coordinator: AmeriCorps members serving as MassLIFT Service Learning Coordinators help develop and lead projects that build the capacity of their hosting organizations to engage youth in education and service activities supporting the protection and stewardship of farms, forests, wildlife habitats, water resources, community gardens, and parks.
Regional Conservation Coordinator: AmeriCorps members serving as MassLIFT Regional Conservation Coordinators help develop and lead projects that build the capacity of their hosting organizations to identify and implement land protection projects; educate landowners about conservation options; and help volunteer local land trusts and volunteer municipal committees with conservation planning and initiatives.
Community Engagement Coordinator: AmeriCorps members serving as MassLIFT Community Engagement Coordinators help develop and lead projects that build the capacity of their hosting organizations to: increase community awareness of and support for land conservation through outreach events and informational materials; create and maintain trails that encourage public use to conservation lands; establish and maintain community gardens; engage volunteers in land and water stewardship activities; and develop new partnerships and reach new audiences.
Land Stewardship Coordinator: AmeriCorps members serving as MassLIFT Land Stewardship Coordinators help develop and lead projects that build the capacity of their hosting organizations to: document the wildlife habitats, soils, water resources, and other important natural and cultural resources protected on conserved lands; engage community volunteers in stewardship tasks such as trail maintenance, invasive species removal, natural resource inventories, and monitoring lands protected with conservation restrictions; enhance local interest in conservation through nature walks and other environmental education activities on protected lands.
These are full-time positions, averaging 35 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends. They come with stipends up to $12,400 for the year, health insurance, and the potential to earn a $5,645 education award upon successful completion of 1,700 hours and 11 months of service. Housing is not included, and members must have access to reliable transportation.
The following regional land trusts and conservation organizations will be hosting MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members in our 2014 program: Buzzards Bay Coalition, East Quabbin Land Trust, Essex County Greenbelt Association, Groundwork Lawrence, Hilltown Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, North County Land Trust, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Wildlands Trust. Appalachian Mountain Club-Berkshires and Greenagers will share the assistance of a Service Learning Coordinator.
Our 2014 service term runs from September 8, 2014 to August 7, 2015.
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps is a grant program contingent on federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service: nationalservice.gov/.
Essential and desired qualifications vary by position and host site. Position descriptions for each host site are posted on our JoinMassLIFT webpages: mountgrace.org/join-masslift. Applicants must also meet the following AmeriCorps requirements:
• a US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
• at least 18-years-of-age
• 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
Our application includes a cover letter, resume, references and completed MassLIFT application form.
Application instructions, position descriptions, and further information about MassLIFT AmeriCorps will be on the Mount Grace website when available, likely late April: mountgrace.org/masslift-
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