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MassLIFT AmeriCorps Intern

Posted on Tuesday June 10th 2014

MassLIFT AmeriCorps Intern

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust1461 Old Keene Rd Athol, MA 01331 United States

Mount Grace facilitates land conservation (forests & farms), and supports local economy & community.

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Overview

The Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) was established in 2010 under the leadership of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust of Athol, Massachusetts. This AmeriCorps program is a collaborative effort of regional conservation organizations seeking to build public support for land conservation, increase regional conservation capacity, strengthen land stewardship, and provide opportunities for youth to connect with nature and engage in service learning. The overall goal of MassLIFT is to accelerate the pace of land protection across the Commonwealth. Our AmeriCorps program focus is Capacity Building. This year 21 AmeriCorps members will serve in the MassLIFT program in one of four positions: Regional Conservation Coordinators, Land Stewardship Coordinators, Community Engagement Coordinators, and Service Learning Coordinators. All members carry out capacity building projects and recruit, train, and/or manage community volunteers. Specific activities vary by host site. Land Stewardship Coordinators produce baseline reports and stewardship plans, provide trainings for municipal boards, and engage community members in volunteer stewardship activities. Community Engagement Coordinators develop outreach programs and resources and engage community groups in conservation education, outdoor recreation, and service activities. Regional Conservation Coordinators assist volunteer municipal commissions, local land trusts, and regional partnerships with landowner outreach, conservation planning, and land protection initiatives. Service Learning Coordinators develop opportunities and resources to help youth learn about nature and assist with nature inventories, water monitoring, community gardens, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, etc. These are full-time AmeriCorps positions requiring 1700 hours of service over 11 months. The 2014 MassLIFT program will run from September 8, 2014 – August 7, 2015. Thirteen organizations, located across the state, will host MassLIFT AmeriCorps members in 2014-2015: Buzzards Bay Coalition/Wareham Land Trust, East Quabbin Land Trust, Essex County Greenbelt Association/Town of Ipswich, Groundwork Lawrence, Hilltown Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (Mount Grace), North County Land Trust, the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership (with Mount Grace), Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Wildlands Trust. Appalachian Mountain Club-Berkshires and Greenagers will share the assistance of a Service Learning Coordinator. Member application specifics, position descriptions, and information about MassLIFT AmeriCorps and the organizations hosting members can be found on the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust website: mountgrace.org/masslift-americorps. (Choose Join MassLIFT) We aim to fill our positions by July 25th. Interviews may begin June 2nd. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. MassLIFT AmeriCorps is a grant program contingent on federal funding through the Corporation of National and Community Service. MassLIFT members serve in one of four positions: land stewardship coordinator, regional conservation coordinator, service learning coordinator, or community engagement coordinator. These full-time AmeriCorps positions come with living allowances, health insurance, and the potential to earn education awards. Our 2014 program runs from September 8, 2014 through August 7, 2015. Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about the program and organizations hosting MassLIFT members can be found on the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust website: mountgrace.org/masslift-americorps. We encourage May submissions and aim to fill positions by July 25th. Interviews may begin June 2nd. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. MassLIFT-AmeriCorps is a grant program contingent on federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service: nationalservice.gov.

Start date

September 8, 2014

End date

August 31, 2015

Intern responsibilities

Responsible for your own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.
Devote year of service to increasing the pace of land conservation in MA.
Living allowance of $12,400.00

Required intern qualifications

Must be able to devote a year of service.
Living allowance of $12,400 over an 11-month term of service is paid.

Desired outcomes of internship

MassLIFT members gain skills in land conservation, attend a statewide conference and participate in team training and other professional development opportunities.


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