TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator
TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator with Mass Audubon’s Metro West Wildlife Sanctuaries
Mass Audubon is seeking an individual to serve as a TerraCorps service member for the 2021-2022 service period with the wildlife sanctuaries in the 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.
- Continue and expand the significant work of previous service members in implementing trail improvements, reroutes, and enhancements based on 57-page trail assessment. Take a leadership role together with the Property Manager and Trail Consultants in implementing specific projects by recruiting, training, and managing volunteers including individuals, groups and corporate volunteers. Support Property Manager and Community Advocacy and Engagement Manager (CAEM) with property management and community outreach projects including trail and field maintenance, invasive plant management, boundary posting, building maintenance, small construction projects and other aspects of managing wildlife sanctuary properties.
- Work with resident community contacts developed by current service member at Hoops and Homework after school program to develop and implement plans for outdoor nature exploration space in the housing projects. Framingham Housing authority and City administrators will be involved. Work with Mass Audubon Climate Resilience Coordinator and MW CAEM in collaboration with Natick, Framingham and Ashland municipal officials to connect with residents of environmental justice communities in ways meaningful to them and find out how Mass Audubon, the towns/city, and underrepresented residents can work together toward environmental equity in their communities.
- Bird and Insect Monitoring: Assist CAEM and volunteers in monitoring bird nest boxes and insect traps, as part of a long term tree swallow and aerial insect citizen science project. Expand the Volunteer Stewardship program at unstaffed Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary by coordinating trainings, outings, and service days.
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills
- Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
- Comfort navigating computer software programs (Comfort navigating computer software programs Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Office Products; Google Suite)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Land Stewardship Coordinator position and projects listed above
- Experience training and educating community members and volunteers
- Have basic knowledge of and willingness to learn the safe and proper use of hand tools, small power tools and work truck.
- Ability to work outdoors in a range of weather conditions, navigate uneven terrain and carry out various laborious tasks
- Previous trail experience preferred
How to Apply
Member applications must be submitted to TerraCorps through their website. Do not send applications directly to Mass Audubon. Please view this position on TerraCorps’ website and apply through there.