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TerraCorps Service Member

Location: Sharon, MA
Sanctuary: Moose Hill

Youth Education/ Community Engagement Coordinator with Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

A service member at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary will be serving in a blended capacity, with 50% of time in a Youth Education role, and 50% of time spent in a Community Engagement role.

Youth Education Coordinators (YEC)/ Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, YEC/CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. In this role, Members may also engage community members and 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 people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. By connecting a broader cross-section of people to our natural world, YEC/CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

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. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary has proposed the following potential projects for their Youth Education/ Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • With the guidance and mentoring of our Education Coordinator/Camp Director, this Member will develop a series of events to reach new participants across our service area by collaborating with local nonprofits, libraries, and schools establishing an after-school nature engagement skills program. The program will include experiential programming developing nature connection skills and wilderness skills such as navigation, natural history, and survival. Through this project, the YEC/CEC will help increase our capacity to build a new audience beyond the classroom with skills for the enjoyment of the nature all around them. In this role, the Member will also actively engage and instruct students.
  • The YEC/CEC will support connections between the sanctuary and local high schools, further growing the inter-connection of students engaged in environmental clubs with each other while supporting service projects at the sanctuary. Through this connection, the Member will facilitate opportunities for students to understand the “why” behind habitat protection. Through this and similar projects, the Member will increase capacity in an area beyond our camp reach, instilling a love of nature and conservation for those preparing for the next steps in their lives beyond high school.

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

Qualifications

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old
  • 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, including an FBI check

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 including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher along with interest in learning new, Mass Audubon designed registration software.
  • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement and Youth Education Coordinator position and projects outlined above
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
  • Experience in planning and leading events
  • Experience teaching or leading groups in the outdoors, preferably youth
  • Experience in experiential education, service learning, and inquiry-based learning methods

How to Apply

For questions about Moose Hill’s service positions, contact:

Shawn Moriarty
781-784-5691
Job# 3132

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