What is The Corps Network?

Our Impact FY19

Maine Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Team Leader Training -Trails

Deadline to apply :

Town, City, Park, etc :

State / Territory :

Benefits :
AmeriCorps,Education Award,Health Insurance

Project/Program Focus :

Organization/Program Description :

Established in 1983, the Maine Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps Program made up of dedicated members, staff, partners, and volunteers serving the community and environment of Maine. MCC builds upon the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s by providing people of all backgrounds with structured service opportunities. Our placements promote leadership and personal development through a strong tradition of conservation and natural resource stewardship.

MCC members are a diverse group of people that commit to serving anywhere from 3 to 11 months. Many are students, recent graduates, or career changers looking to give back and gain experience in the field of natural resources. All are united in service to the State of Maine, its communities, and the conservation and preservation of our environment.

Position Description :

Time requirements:

Full time, 40+ hours a week.  It is typical to have a varied schedule.  Overnights, weekends, training and service days required.

General Description:

The first 8 weeks of training will cover essential hard and soft skills of field team leadership.  Members will complete conservation projects as part of a team of fellow Team Leader trainees.  The following topics will be covered:

Chainsaw safety training, Wilderness First Aid, sustainable trail building, camp life, diversity and inclusivity training, project management, job readiness training, and other technical trail building topics related to your assigned projects.

A successful member of Team Leader Training will assume the key responsibilities of a MCC Field Team Leader. This role provides direct leadership, mentorship, and training for a MCC field team during the field seasons. You can expect to work on physically challenging conservation projects in any kind of weather. MCC Team Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success.  The position is multi-faceted and demanding but has the opportunity for enormous rewards.

Anticipated 2021 Field Team Leadership positions:


  • Backcountry Stonework on the Appalachian Trail: up to 3 teams will focus on Appalachian Trail rehabilitation projects in the backcountry. These projects will involve carrying food, tools, and gear between 1 and 4 miles to a backcountry basecamp. Projects include construction of stone staircases, stepping stones, and other erosion control structures.  Previous backcountry living experience is required, and stonework and rigging experience preferred.
  • Traveling Stonework Team:  This team will focus on stonework projects and other trail projects in both front and backcountry settings across Maine.  Previous stonework experience preferred.
  • Accessible Trail Building on the Coast of Maine:  One team will be tasked with rehabilitating a section of the Harpswell Cliff Trail, for all to enjoy.  The team will be clearing, excavating, and resurfacing close to a ½ mile of trail to meet the Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines. Previous experience with equipment operation such as a tractor, loader, or mini excavator is preferred.
  • Sustainable Community Trail Building:  Up to 2 teams will travel to communities throughout Maine focusing on a variety of trail building and maintenance task including bridge construction and new trail construction as well as other conservation projects.  Previous carpentry experience and trail building experience preferred.
  • Public Lands Maintenance Team: Up to 2 teams will focus on general maintenance of Maine’s public land units in both front country and backcountry settings.  Projects include, corridor maintenance, blowdown removal, bog bridge construction, and more.  Previous chainsaw experience preferred.
  • Mini-Team:  MCC anticipates having one Mini Team consisting of 1 leader and 2 members focusing on a variety of trail and conservation projects including stonework, bridge construction, and general trail maintenance and construction.  Previous trail construction and chainsaw experience preferred.
Job Duties :

Duties Include:

  1. Safety: Team leaders will promote a ‘culture of safety’ and ensure that the crew is adequately equipped and prepared for projects and living conditions, including serving in inclement weather and serving and living in backcountry settings.  Team leaders will follow and uphold all safety, and sanitation policies and procedures, including heightened COVID-19 protocols.
  2. Conservation Project Management: Leaders will conduct a pre-service site visit at each project site.  Leader will be responsible for preparing and packing appropriate tools and gear for each project, developing an emergency response plan, communicating regularly with project partners, and effectively managing the team to meet project goals.
  3. Documentation and Reporting: Leaders must complete all paperwork in a thorough and timely manner, including daily project reports, submission of timesheets, vehicle mileage logs, and other forms required by the MCC.  Leaders are expected to proactively communicate with field staff about crew dynamics and are responsible for documenting crew member incidents and behaviors related to policy violations and disciplinary action.
  4. Crew Member Mentorship: MCC Team Leaders are teachers and mentors.  They train members in all aspects of trail construction and rehabilitation, and guide and support the team to ensure safety, and wellbeing.  Leaders will participate in and facilitate job readiness training workshops and promote crew member development.  Leaders provide written and verbal feedback to members throughout the term.
Requirements :


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must agree to criminal history checks
  • Previous outdoor leadership or project management experience
  • Committed to MCC through the duration of the term of service

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Previous trail construction experience
  • Backcountry living experience
  • Experience with GPS/GIS
  • Experience with power tools and hand tools including chainsaws, and rigging equipment
Contact Information :

To Apply: By February 1, 2021.  Submit a MCC Application, and send a copy of your resume to  [email protected].  You will be contacted with further instructions.  You may direct questions to the same email above.

Additional Information :

Housing:  Will be provided during the training period.  Housing varies from rustic cabins to tent camping.  Expect to move locations throughout training.  During the field season, teams will camp at a base camp near their project site.  Teams will return to residential sites during their off time.  Facilities will vary from rustic cabins, to tent sites.  Leaders will be expected to act as a residential assistant during time off on a rotating basis.