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Maine Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:
No

Position title :
Environmental Steward - City of Portland

Deadline to apply :
10/19/2020

Town, City, Park, etc :
Portland

State / Territory :
Maine

Benefits :
AmeriCorps,Childcare,Education Award,Health Insurance,Industry-Recognized Certifications,Student Loan Forbearance

Project/Program Focus :
Habitat Restoration,Invasive Species Mngmt,Landscaping,Volunteer Engagement,Youth Programs (<18)

Organization/Program Description :

City of Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department oversees all city parks, trails, open spaces, forestry, recreation programs, and recreational and cultural facilities within Portland.

Position Description :

Two MCC Environmental Stewards (ESs) will serve as the Crew Leaders for the inaugural year of the Portland Youth Corps (PYC). One will start in January, and a second shorter term member will start in April. The PYC will be comprised of middle and high school aged students (13-16 years old) who will perform service projects throughout Portland’s parks and open spaces. The youth crew members receive a stipend, training, work experience, and professional mentorship. The Environmental Stewards are responsible for recruitment, daily leadership, and coordination of the day to day logistics of the program.

The ESs will gain experience serving directly with youth to complete vital conservation projects in urban settings such as tree planting, young tree maintenance, pollinator and perennial garden maintenance, trail construction, bridge and boardwalk construction, and natural playground maintenance. The ESs will gain skills in leadership and mentorship of diverse youth populations, project management, municipal parks management, and coordinating complex logistics.

Job Duties :
  • Recruitment and selection of up to 30 middle and high school aged youth who will take part in the Portland Youth Corps. This involves communication with school staff and community organizations and making in-person presentations to students. This also includes a high level of written and verbal communication with various program partners and school district staff.
  • Processing applications and conducting youth volunteer interviews.
  • Organizing regular weekend or afterschool service projects for crews during the school year.
  • Leading summer crews that will perform projects throughout Portland’s parks and open spaces.
  • Provide day to day leadership, coordination, mentorship and problem solving.
  • Coordinating with various Parks, Rec and Facilities staff and partner organizations to plan and implement projects, including arranging for materials, tools, food, transportation, and other logistics.
  • Projects include: tree planting, natural playground maintenance, trail maintenance, trail bridge construction, invasive species control, native plantings and maintenance, general park cleanup.
  • Leading overnight recreation-based trips at the end of each 2-3 week hitch. Potential trips include backpacking, day hiking, canoeing, and white water rafting.
  • Responsibility for the day to day safety and well-being of the program members. Creating a positive environment that is productive and welcoming for students of all backgrounds.
  • Recording and tracking of volunteer program records: applications, emails, rosters, etc.
Requirements :
  • Provide positive and inclusive leadership and role-modeling to middle and high school aged crew members.
  • Ability to clearly communicate in writing and verbally with staff at City and with partner organizations.
  • Ability to be a self-starter. This program requires a great deal of independence, self-motivation and confident leadership. Supervising staff will not always be in the field with the MCC Environmental Stewards, and stewards are expected to display the highest level of professionalism while serving the local community.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform outdoor projects, including but not limited to: trail construction, light carpentry, tree plantings, garden maintenance, general park cleanup.
  • Valid drivers license
  • Conflict resolution and positive mentoring skills are desired.
  • Self-starter with effective communication skills and excellent organization skills.
  • Leadership experience and an ability to serve as a positive role model to a wide array of young people.
  • Experience with outdoor labor including trail maintenance, tree planting and gardening.
  • A second language would be desirable, but not required: French, Spanish, or Arabic.
Additional Information :

See Maine Conservation Corps website for full position details, application, as well as MCC and AmeriCorps position requirements.