Community Engagement Coordinator- TerraCorps Service Member

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 9:00pm



Gloucester, MA
United States


Backyard Growers

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Backyard Growers is a grassroots nonprofit working to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide resources and training to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. Since 2010 Backyard Growers has built over 150 raised bed gardens, serving hundreds of Gloucester residents. We serve 100% of public school students from preschool to 6th grade, providing true seed-to-fork experiences for Gloucester kids. In the end, we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.

Backyard Growers will host a Community Engagement Coordinator through TerraCorps for the 2017-2018 service year.

TerraCorps, formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. This year we are looking for 36 members to serve in full-time, 11 month positions. Members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals; recruit, train, manage, and support community volunteers engaged in land-based activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation, or service opportunities centered around land access and conservation.

Community Engagement Coordinators build the long-term capacity of their host sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, 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.

These 17,000 hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. The 2017-2018 program will run from 8/28/17 – 7/27/18.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to any particular status. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.

TerraCorps is a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service:

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Monday, August 28, 2017

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Application specifics, position descriptions, and information about organizations hosting TerraCorps members can be found at

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Interviews begin mid-April, and we aim to fill all positions by the beginning of June.

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TerraCorps members will receive a living allowance of $12,530 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $522.08 per 24 biweekly pay periods.

TerraCorps assists members in obtaining health insurance coverage through 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 $5,815 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See 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.

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Anna Swanson

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