TerraCorps Regional Collaboration Coordinator
New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) applies its core expertise in conserving forestland and advancing Exemplary Forestry to help the people of New England to sustain their way of life, protect forest wildlife habitat and ecosystem services, and mitigate and adapt to climate change. Now in its 75th year of operations, NEFF owns more than 29,000 acres of land and conserves another 1.1 million acres through conservation easements.
NEFF offers a friendly working environment with flexible scheduling, and a dog and hiking boot friendly office environment. The position is based at the organization’s Prouty Woods headquarters in Littleton, Massachusetts, with hiking trails on-site as well as a lake for swimming and easy access to major commuting options. The Terracorps member will share office space with one or two existing staff in the historic home that serves as our headquarters.
New England Forestry Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Regional Collaboration Coordinators (RCC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate municipal boards, all-volunteer local land trusts, planning agencies, academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, neighborhood groups, community housing associations, and local businesses to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs. By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, RCCs empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.
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. New England Forestry Foundation has proposed the following potential projects for their Regional Collaboration Coordinator:
The Build It With Wood program aims to mitigate climate change through advancing the use of New England wood produced using principles of Exemplary Forestry in new mass-timber construction techniques. This approach could increase carbon sequestered in working forests, reduce emissions required to construct new buildings by replacing steel and concrete with wood, sequester additional carbon in the structure of wood buildings, and reduce travel and commuting emissions by fostering more compact development patterns close to transit hubs.
The best global estimate of the benefits of mass-timber construction indicates this approach to construction could serve as a significant climate wedge eliminating 14% or more of global emissions with essentially no negative economic or environmental impacts. Within the Build It With Wood program, NEFF is implementing a Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge that aims to build a shared value chain from the most remote portions of New England to its urban centers to advance mass-timber buildings and ensure they are constructed from locally and sustainably produced timber. The Regional Collaboration Coordinator will play an important role in advancing this new technology in New England, establishing a model of mass timber introduction in a new market, and paving the way for global impact. The RCC will play an important role in NEFF’s overall strategy and will collaborate closely with staff and partners to advance this new approach to addressing climate change.
1) Collaborate with NEFF’s Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer and the organization’s Deputy Director and Chief Conservation Officer to segment the potential value chain from linking forest landowners to urban building investors in bringing mass-timber solutions to fruition.
2) With the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer, determine one to three market segments that the Member will focus on.
3) Reach out to key participants in those three market segments by phone, email and other mechanisms to a) build a personal network of connections in that market segment, b) better understand the concerns and values of individuals in that market segment, and c) obtain their pledges to the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.
4) Partner with the Boston Public Market to implement a crowd-sourced or artist-driven art project that articulates the importance of local food and local wood to sustainability in New England for display in the market.
5) Collaborate with the Communications Manager and the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer to prepare blogs, social media posts, and other forms of outreach around all initiatives above and other aspects of the Build It With Wood program and its Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.
Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.
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
• Strong writing and verbal communication skills
• Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
• Comfort navigating computer software programs including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Comfort with Adobe programs (such as Illustrator), ArcGIS, and database software (such as Raiser’s Edge) is helpful but not required.
• Training and experience pertinent to the Regional Coordinator position and projects outlined above, including specifically:
o experience doing outreach or making cold calls in a sales, marketing or educational context;
o outstanding organizational and project management skills;
o energy and enthusiasm in conveying your commitment to others
• Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
• Marketing experience or experience developing public information materials, using social media or blogging in service to an organization
• Experience working with artists or art
• Experience with crowd-sourced initiatives
For questions about NEFF’s service positions, contact Frank Lowenstein, ------------
AmeriCorps Member Eligibility Requirements
This year’s TerraCorps members will serve from August 26th, 2019-July 31st, 2020. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire 11-month term, and complete at least 1,700 hours of service, including time spent in trainings and service with the full TerraCorps team. Weekly service averages 38 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities.
AmeriCorps programs provide equal opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.
Member Compensation and Benefits
• TerraCorps members will receive a living allowance of up to $14,600 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $608.33 (pre-tax) per 24 biweekly pay periods.
• TerraCorps assists members in obtaining health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available.
• Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need.
• Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable $6,095 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward for info and restrictions.
• TerraCorps members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service.
• TerraCorps members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
• TerraCorps members experience the personal rewards of national service
and community engagement.
Note: TerraCorps members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.
How to Apply
2019-2020 Service Site organizations, service positions, and application procedures are described at ------------.
environmental, conservation, forestry, communications, Internship