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Our Impact FY19

Maine Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Assistant Team Leader (Trails)

Deadline to apply :

Town, City, Park, etc :

State / Territory :

Organization/Program Description :

Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is dedicated to accomplishing outdoor recreation and conservation projects for the public, promoting and managing volunteer opportunities, providing conservation education, building self-esteem and leadership, strengthening the future employability of members, while raising the aspirations of members and volunteers.

Position Description :

Live, serve, and explore Maine’s wilderness, coast and mountains with Maine Conservation Corps (MCC). Get paid for 6 weeks of leadership and technical skills training and then practice those skills while serving and supporting a team leader in managing a crew to enhance hiking, biking, skiing, and other types of recreational trails throughout the state. Gain training and experience in leadership while learning how to highline a 500-pound boulder to construct a stone staircase, build timber structures, or open access to treasured natural areas.  You’ll make a difference in the lives of your team and local communities, while connecting to nature, peers and yourself.  Build a path, while finding yours.

Job Duties :

The first 6 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 Assistant Team Leader – trainees.  The following topics will be covered:

chainsaw safety training, rigging training, sustainable trail building, building with stone, backcountry camping skills, Leave No Trace Ethics, tread construction, project management, invasive plant identification, job readiness training

You can expect to work on physically challenging conservation projects gaining hands on experience in the groundwork of stewardship.  MCC Assistant Team Leaders provide logistical and technical support and play a key role in team cohesion.  The ATL position requires a desire to grow as a leader, a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, the ability to live and serve collaboratively in a team setting, and the physical ability to carry out the essential functions of the position.  The position is multi-faceted with many opportunities for growth as a leader and conservationist.

Requirements :

Essential Functions

  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
  • Willingness and physical ability to serve on a variety of conservation projects, which will include using power and hand tools
  • Desire to grow as a leader
  • Ability to self-motivate, take initiative, and act cooperatively in a group
  • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Serving on trails across steep or uneven terrain
  • Serving in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
  • Serving, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying heavy gear and tools
  • Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
  • Non-judgmental attitude, sensitivity to others, approachable
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Interest in personal growth and in participating in on-going training

Marginal Functions

  • The ability to operate an MCC vehicle to transport members and gear to and from project sites

Service Conditions

This position requires serving in adverse weather conditions, including cold, rain, hot, and humidity, exposure to biting and stinging insects, hiking with all tools and gear over difficult terrain, and sleeping in tents. This position should be viewed not as a traditional job, but as an experience where long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations, are to be expected.


  • Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Interest in personal growth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Previous trail construction experience
  • Backcountry living experience
Additional Benefits :
Assistant Team Leaders are 900 hour AmeriCorps members who will receive a weekly living stipend of $287.85 (less taxes). Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, housing during training, pro-deals, a Maine State Park Pass, and an education award of $3,047.50. Some members may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement.
Contact Information :

To Apply: By February 2nd, go to our website to complete an online application and send a copy of your resume to [email protected].  You will be contacted with further instructions to complete the application process.

Additional Information :

Time Requirement

Assistant Field Team Leaders are 900 Hour AmeriCorps members, with an end date of October 16th.

Field Season:

Full time, 40 hours a week, 7:00am – 4:30pm, for 9 days (Monday – Tuesday), followed by 5 days off OR Monday – Friday with weekends off. It is typical to have a mixed schedule, and each team has a unique project and travel schedule. Overnights and weekends required.