Commonwealth Corps Environmental Educator

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Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:00am



New Bedford, MA
United States

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Job Description:

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.

Commonwealth Corps members with the Buzzards Bay Coalition will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1987 and dedicated to the protection, restoration, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. The organization works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem by restoring clean water, protecting watershed lands, and engaging the community. Learn more at The Coalition seeks two Commonwealth Corps members to be a core part of our Community Engagement department with an overall goal of engaging the community in active and on-going stewardship of the Bay and watershed. Specifically, members will serve with our youth and family education initiatives which seek to strengthen the ethic of environmental stewardship in the region and improve academic achievement in the classroom through increased school engagement. Members will receive extensive training and professional development related to environmental education and volunteer engagement.


  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 30, 2018.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and Buzzards Bay Coalition, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2017.
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Develop and provide hands-on, field-based environmental education programs for the region’s youth and families. Programs may take place during the school day or outside of school time. Extensive training and guidance will be provided.
  • Recruit, train, and support community members to serve as volunteer Educational Docents serving in our learning centers or as Outdoor Education Assistants serving in the field.
  • Provide programs, curricular resources, teacher training, and volunteer management to help develop outdoor learning spaces at local schools.

Member Benefits:

  • Stipend of $541.66 every other week while in service, up to $13,000, minus taxes and withholdings
  • Health insurance (individual coverage only);
  • Completion award of up to $2,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.
  • Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.


  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Team player who is excited to learn
  • Comfortable speaking with individuals and groups of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Service members will be leading outdoor exploration programs in forests, on beaches, and in wetlands. Members should be comfortable:
    • Transporting up to 30 lbs. of equipment
    • Wading or traversing into water
    • Traversing on uneven terrain
    • Being outside for several hours at a time during all seasons
  • High school diploma, or equivalent, required. Associates or Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.


  • Knowledge of ecology or environmental science
  • Access to reliable transportation in order to travel to program sites

Term of Service:

  • Position Start Date: August 15, 2017
  • Position End Date: June 30, 2018
  • Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Primarily Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, but will include an average of 2 evening and 2 weekend programs or meetings per month scheduled with significant advance notice.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by to Cassie Lawson at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received by May 31, 2017.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition 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. The Buzzards Bay Coalition welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.