Massachusetts Corps

Massachusetts AmeriCorps – Celebrating over 20 years of service!

 

Program dates

Env. Education and Conservation Stewards:
Nov 26th 2018 – Sept 27th 2019
Conservation Stewards:
March 31st – Sept 27th 2019
Number of members: 26
Env. Education & Conservation Stewards: 18
Conservation Stewards: 8
Application review will begin:
2018-2019 Env. Education & Conservation Stewards:
Currently Accepting Applications
2019 Conservation Stewards:
Recruiting begins November 2018

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Members of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program serve Massachusetts’s public lands from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires each summer, and spend the winter providing environmental education to children at local schools in the western part of the state. The residential program, headquartered at Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest in Hawley, MA, is looking for members to join us for our 22nd year, starting Nov 26th, 2018.

Eighteen SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members begin their 10-month term serving at partner schools and education-related internships in Western Massachusetts during the fall and winter months (October – March). They engage students in science-based environmental curricula that create a broad learning context for students, improve their learning skills, and help foster an ethic of service and civic responsibility.

Eight more members are brought on in early March, for a 5-month term, bringing the total corps to 26 members. After trail training season in March, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members provide much-needed assistance in improving the public access to and protection of the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of Massachusetts from April - August. SCA members travel across the commonwealth serving in small teams to complete conservation projects, implemented in dozens of communities.

Each year SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members spend five months teaching approximately 800 environmental education lessons to over 1,000 students. Our members also complete approximately 80 Conservation Service projects each year. Projects include new trail construction, invasive plant management, Universal Access Trail construction, school nature trails, historic site reclamation, and more.

Members of the Massachusetts Corps are eligible to receive the following trainings or certifications:

  • Education and Service Learning Training
  • Teamwork, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Skills Training
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR Certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Defensive Driver Training

Environmental Educators also receive the following trainings and certifications:

  • Leave No Trace
  • Running and Implementing Filed Trips for School Groups
  • Nature Camp Implementation Experience
  • Natural History Trainings
  • Curriculum Trainings
    • Project Wet
    • Project Wild
    • Project Learning Tree

Conservation Stewards also receive or have the option to receive the following trainings and certifications:

  • Comprehensive Trail Construction & Maintenance Skills including Native Timber & Stonework
  • Carpentry*
  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Certification*
  • Basic Rigging*
  • Back Country Living Skills
  • Crew Management and Leadership

(* members will specialize in one of these skills)

Eligibility Requirements:

Members receive full room and board, health insurance, a weekly living stipend, and an AmeriCorps education award.

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Applicants must be US citizens, as we are an AmeriCorps program.
  • Applicants should be in good physical condition and should enjoy hard work outdoors.
  • Applicants should possess the ability to live and work in small, close-knit group.
  • Applicants must have good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Outdoors or trail experience preferred but not necessary.

Want to know more about SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps? Follow the Massachusetts Corps on Facebook, email staff at [email protected] or give the office a call - 412-339-6631.

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It was day five of our first hitch and it had become clear we were running ahead of schedule. If we were unable to find more work to do around Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, we would be done all projects by day six. The park staff were thrilled about the speedy completion of the prescribed tasks they were unsure of what to assign us next. That lunch we were approached by one of the many regular visitors to the reservation. He asked if we were here to open the Little Purgatory Loop.

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Three hitches into conservation season, I’m beginning to notice things about the natural world I wouldn’t have thought to look for before. These new observations have come from the nature of the work and just through virtue of spending so much time outside.

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Training pushed me to expand my knowledge and my will to work. As the seasons changed, so did we. At the beginning of training it was cold, snowy and miserable. All the coffee in the world couldn’t keep us going for eight hours at a time. Fortunately for us we had vercera on the mind to keep us up.

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Whoo Wee what a time of learning! Training season proved to be a catalyst for deep friendships to form between the 10 month members and the new five month members. Fellow corps member Jesse would describe it as “A whirlwind of near misses and catastrophes that brought the community closer. Who knew that dressing fake wounds and holding c-spine during our Wilderness First Responder class would bring people together so quickly!

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Community is the backbone that supports the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. For the past five months we have been serving as educators in elementary schools across Western Massachusetts teaching environmental education lessons along with our 17 other Corps members.

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