Community Engagement Coordinators (CECs) build the long-term capacity of their host sites to expand community engagement efforts, traditionally focused on conservation minded groups and populations, to include more diverse demographics and civic interests for the purpose of increasing public support for land conservation (including urban conservation and gardening efforts).
Recruiting for 2017 half-term positions is now closed. Partners are below for reference:
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Essex County Greenbelt
Kestrel Land Trust
Hilltown Land Trust & Grow Food Northampton
Mass Audubon - Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Mill City Grows
North County Land Trust
Sudbury Valley Trustees
Wareham Land Trust/Buzzards Bay Coalition
Specifically, the CEC will engage new constituencies in land conservation (including urban conservation and gardening efforts) by educating the public about the many social benefits of land conservation and by including them in projects and events that demonstrate how land conservation can address diverse community needs such as public health, economic development, education, poverty and hunger, neighborhood revitalization, and cultural decline. With volunteers, CECs have helped create community gardens at homeless shelters and food pantries, initiate and improve farmers’ markets, build wellness trails and gardens for hospitals, revitalize urban parks and greenways, create wheelchair accessible camping events, organize urban rivers water quality monitoring, build recreational trails with addiction recovery programs, organize urban birding clubs, and organize corporate volunteer projects. By engaging with diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, they build bridges that reinforce the connection between land conservation and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps 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.