Land Stewardship Coordinators (LSCs) build the long-term capacity of their host sites to meet core land stewardship responsibilities and collaborate externally with municipal boards, local volunteer land trusts, and other community groups to develop sustainable volunteer stewardship programs.
Recruiting for 2017 half-term positions is now open. Partners are below for reference:
Specifically, the LSC builds networks of volunteers to support community land stewardship needs. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, youth groups, and schools to steward conservation land. With volunteers, LSCs survey and monitor conservation land, build and maintain recreational trails, remove invasive plants, restore wildlife habitat, mitigate erosion, and improve public access to open spaces. By providing training and organizing collaborative stewardship projects, they increase access to funding for community projects, demonstrate environmentally responsible land management, help individuals build skills, and nurture an inclusive sense of public ownership in the local landscape. LSCs spend roughly 60% of their time in the office and 40% in the field.
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.