The Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) AmeriCorps program is seeking candidates for our 2012 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.
Twenty AmeriCorps members serve MassLIFT each year. Our members serve in one of four positions: land steward, regional conservationist, service learning coordinator, or community outreach 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 Service Learning Coordinators design and lead projects that engage youth in education and service activities supporting the protection and stewardship of farms, forests, wildlife habitats, water resources, community gardens, and parks.
Regional Conservationist: AmeriCorps members serving as regional conservationists help identify promising land protection projects; assist with the initiation and implementation of conservation projects; and help volunteer local land trusts and volunteer municipal committees with conservation initiatives and landowner outreach.
Community Outreach Coordinator: AmeriCorps members serving as Outreach Coordinators help increase local interest and participation in land conservation by engaging community groups in projects such as creating and maintaining trails and community gardens, and assisting with stewardship tasks on protected lands. They also develop informational materials; give public presentations; and plan outreach events such as nature walks and wildlife tracking forays on protected lands.
Land Steward: AmeriCorps members serving as land stewards document the wildlife habitats, soils, water resources, and other important natural and cultural resources protected on conserved lands (GIS skills are usually required). They also conduct annual monitoring visits, complete stewardship reports; and engage community volunteers in stewardship tasks such as trail maintenance, invasive species removal, natural resource inventories, and monitoring lands protected with conservation restrictions.
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 $5,550 education award upon successful completion of 1,700 hours and 11.5 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 2012 program: Buzzards Bay Coalition, East Quabbin Land Trust, Essex County Greenbelt Association, Franklin Land Trust, Groundwork Lawrence, Hilltown Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Nashua River Watershed Association, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Wildlands Trust. Appalachian Mountain Club-Berkshires and Greenagers will share the assistance of a Service Learning Coordinator; and the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Millers River Watershed Council will share the services of a Community Outreach Coordinator.
Our 2012 service term runs from September 11, 2012 to August 23, 2013.
Application instructions, position descriptions, and further information about MassLIFT-AmeriCorps can be found on the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust website: http://www.mountgrace.org/masslift-americorps (Click on Join MassLIFT) and on the web pages of other MassLIFT host sites.
The application deadline for our 2012 program is June 14, 2012. Early applications are highly encouraged as interviews will begin June 10, 2012. Late applications will be accepted and reviewed on an as needed basis.
Deadline: Thursday, June 14, 2012
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