MassLIFT is now recruiting half-term members for our 2017 AmeriCorps program.
2016-17 AmeriCorps Program Guidelines:
Starting in February, 3-6 half-term members will join our program's 33 full-term members. MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members serve in four positions: Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSC), Regional Conservation Coordinators (RCC), Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC), and Youth Education Coordinators (YEC). The positions differ in their emphasis on land protection, stewardship, community outreach, and youth or adult education. All positions involve recruiting, teaching and training community volunteers, conservation staff and others to participate in and implement the member’s projects. Our members’ service activities build regional capacity to protect and steward open space for farms, working forests, trails, wetlands, rivers, parks, community gardens, and other lands of conservation and local importance. All positions include computer-based administrative and reporting duties. Part-time positions start in February and are open for applications now. Click on the position links below to find available opportunities.
2016-17 Service Positions:
Each of our four service positions has a different set of objectives and its own required and desired qualifications, and the service activities emphasized for each position vary between host sites. AmeriCorps requirements and position descriptions specific to each MassLIFT partner are posted below. Applicants for these positions must also meet AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements (See position descriptions).
All currently available MassLIFT positions are for half of a service year, with members serving a minimum of 900 hours over 6 months.
Qualifications for each position are at the links below.
Land Stewardship Coordinators (1 opening at Grow Food Northampton)
Community Engagement Coordinators (1 opening at Groundwork Lawrence)
Youth Education Coordinators (1 opening at Mill City Grows)
How to Apply
Please submit an application only if you are willing to commit to the full 900 hours and 6-month term of service (February 1 - July 28, 2017). Also consider in advance your ability to live on a pre-tax stipend of $6,787 paid over the 6 months. MassLIFT members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.
1) Review the position descriptions posted above for each of the host sites to determine which positions and placements best match your skills and interests.
2) Download and complete the member application form. Include names and contact information for three references that host sites can call as part of their interview process.
3) Include a 1 – 2 page cover letter, a resume, and the completed application form. Mention in your cover letter what you hope to learn/experience from participation in MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, and describe your interest in community engagement.
4) Scan and save your cover letter, resume, and completed application form (in that order) as ONE PDF file. Title the application as follows: “LastName_FirstName_MiddleInitial” (i.e.,Smith_Lisa_J.pdf)
5) Email your application to email@example.com. Do not send applications directly to host sites.
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Applicants may get interviews and position offers from more than one site. Please be prepared to accept positions within 5 days of receiving an offer.
The program will fill positions on a rolling basis.
Member Compensation and Benefits:
- 2017 MassLIFT-AmeriCorps half-term members will receive a living allowance of $6,787 over the 6-month term of service, which is $522.08 per 13 biweekly pay periods.
- MassLIFT assists members in obtaining health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov. 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 $2,887 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.
- AmeriCorps members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service.
- MassLIFT members gain skills in land conservation, attend a statewide conference, and participate in team trainings and other professional development opportunities.
- AmeriCorps members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement.
- MassLIFT members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.
Are you willing to devote a half-year of service to helping conservation organizations increase their capacity to engage with more people and do more community conservation projects across Massachusetts, engaging community volunteers in conservation-minded service, and strengthening the stewardship of watersheds and protected lands? If so, consider joining MassLIFT-AmeriCorps!
If you have questions about the application procedure please contact the MassLIFT Impact Manager, Ben Carver, at 978-248-2055 x24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.