The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), a unit of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, is recruiting for an 11-month, full-time (40 hours/week) Volunteer Coordinator in conjunction with Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps. MET’s mission is to conserve and maintain Maryland’s natural, agricultural, scenic, and cultural resources for future generations, while also inspiring and engaging the public to take responsibility of state’s natural resources. Volunteers for MET serve as land stewards, visiting properties protected with conservation easements, documenting land use and ensuring that properties are being managed in accordance with the terms of the easement. They photograph natural and built features of the properties, such as waterways, woodlands, and houses, and complete digital monitoring reports. The volunteer visits help to foster and maintain working relationships with the landowners of easement properties and other protected lands e.g., county and state natural resource areas.
The Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member, will primarily recruit, manage, coordinate, and train volunteers and will also host and schedule educational seminars for volunteers and landowners on enhanced stewardship of conserved land. Assistance will also be provided to Local Land Trust (LLT) partners for recruitment and joint training of volunteers.
The service year will begin on September 14, 2022 and conclude on August 1, 2023; members must complete 1,700 service hours during the term.
VM AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of $16,502 (pending funding from the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism), and health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a childcare allowance. Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for site-related travel, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community. After completion of a successful service year, members receive an education award of $6,495 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Some members may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, see additional information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-is-public-service-loan-forgiveness-en-641/
For more information or to submit resume email Josette.Markline@maryland.gov.