SCA Massachusetts Forests and Parks AmeriCorps
SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps Program
February - December
Number of members: 12
SCA’s MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps is an inaugural program designed to engage enthusiastic conservationists to provide critical environmental outreach and stewardship in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The SCA Massachusetts Forests and Parks AmeriCorps program will be comprised of twelve AmeriCorps members serving with 2 partners at 2 sites. From February to October, all 12 members will complete conservation stewardship and historic preservation projects on public lands to improve and protect natural, cultural and historic resources in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Six members will serve with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in the Boston area, and 6 members will serve with the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge out of Hadley, MA. Members will serve under the guidance of Park and Refuge professionals to complete critical conservation projects and to provide environmental education and outreach to local communities. The projects selected will be based on the needs identified by DCR and Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
The 6 FT DCR members and 6 FT Conte members will serve in a team based model with specific guidance from conservation professionals from their respective agencies. The 12 Corps members will come together monthly to complete larger conservation projects, receive additional trainings, and develop a sense of camaraderie!
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR):
DCR is a state agency dedicated to protecting, promoting and enhancing the natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Common Wealth for the well- being of all. AmeriCorps members serving with DCR will receive the skills, training and experience to begin a career in the conservation field.
Members will complete historic preservation projects, environmental education, trail work and general park support projects. Members will deploy in a full group of 6 to complete projects throughout the eastern part of the state, often camping and serving on the Boston Harbor Islands. Historic preservation projects will include carpentry repairs, brick/foundation repointing, reconstruction, window replacement, fundamental maintenance, and erosion control.
During the summer, members will complete month long environmental education rotations at local Parks. Additionally, members will help with Park Serve and Learn to Camp events.
Additionally, members will work on trails throughout the parks that they visit. Completing these projects will result in improved access to and sustainability of these public building and properties. As a result, the public will have opportunities to learn about the history and cultural significance of our public lands and facilities.
The Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge:
The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley, Massachusetts is a federal agency is dedicated to strategically and collaboratively addressing the mounting challenges faced by conserving America’s wild plants, fish, animals and their habitats in our rapidly changing world.
The six AmeriCorps members serving at Conte will work on projects that include trail construction and maintenance on two Massachusetts divisions of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge. The 2017 crew will primarily be building on the work of previous SCA/AmeriCorps members on the Fort River Division of Hadley, MA as well as starting a new universally accessible birding and nature trail as part of their Springfield Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership in Longmeadow, MA.
Members will also gain experience developing and delivering environmental education in schools, special events, the Springfield Science Museum and summer camps. Members may collaborate with partners in MA in conjunction with fisheries sampling and research and will work with high school age Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) employees as well as volunteers of all ages and abilities.
Members who successfully complete the program will receive high quality trainings and professional development support from SCA staff. Additionally, members receive or have the option to receive the following trainings or certiﬁcations:
- Wilderness First Aid
- CPR Certiﬁcation
- Carpentry Training
- Hand and Power tools training
- Extensive Trail Construction and Maintenance Skills
- Lead Renovator Certification
- Leave No Trace Training
- Leadership and Communication Training
Members of the SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps program use trail skills, restoration techniques, carpentry skills, and hard labor to complete an array of projects aimed at protecting and enhancing the lands and cultural resources of the Common Wealth of Massachusetts. Members also gain valuable professional connections with State, Federal and non-profit agencies, as well as leadership experience to prepare them for future employment.
Interested in SCA MA Forests and Parks AmeriCorps?
Contact: Nancy Perales [email protected]
Applicants must be age 18 or older, and must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.