Regional Conservation Coordinators (RCCs) build the long-term capacity of their host sites to assess and coordinate opportunities for collaborative land conservation and community planning across all social sectors working in the region. The RCC will engage, individually or collectively, municipal boards; local, volunteer land trusts; planning agencies; academic institutions, non-profits, government agencies, and local businesses to build regional land conservation and food systems networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community priorities.
Recruiting for 2017 half-term positions is now open. Partners are below for reference:
Opacum Land Trust / MassConn Regional Conservation Partnership
Kestrel Land Trust
North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership
Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance
Sudbury Valley Trustees
Westport Land Conservation Trust
Specifically, the RCC will boost land protection capacity locally and regionally by assisting their host site and partnered organizations with collaborative projects and activities such as: develop Municipal Open Space and Recreation Plans; complete farmland and food systems mapping and inventories; acquire and protect land for use as community farms, forests, and parks; plan recreational greenways; develop farm-to-institution and buy local food campaigns; build farmer-to-farmland matching systems; organize training and outreach for open space planning, farmland protection, land access and affordability options, and local food procurement; and identifying and organizing volunteers in support of any and all of the above listed tasks. By educating landowners, farmers, and community groups about land conservation and food systems, and organizing multi-stakeholder projects that increase access to funding, they empower diverse people to create healthy, vibrant communities.
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.