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Maine Conservation Corps
Position title : Environmental Steward - Midcoast Conservancy (Lands)
Deadline to apply : 10/21/2019
Start Date : 01/06/2020
End Date : 11/06/2020
Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern
Town, City, Park, etc : Edgecomb
State / Territory : Maine
The mission of the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is to accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire people and enhance communities. Environmental Stewards are placed individually with host sites to accomplish conservation projects, meeting both the mission of MCC and the needs of local communities. Project vary and may include trail projects, volunteer recruitment and management, water quality monitoring, protecting endangered species, increasing capacity, habitat restoration and more.
Midcoast Conservancy seeks to protect critically important natural resources, improve the quality of life for residents of Midcoast Maine, and provide healthy outdoor adventure and learning programs for youth, adults of all ages, and families. When Midcoast Conservancy was formed on January 1, 2016, it brought together four sets of trails and preserves.
The Environmental Steward will care for the lands in the service region by:
- Building a volunteer base through ongoing partnerships with community organizations to maintain and build trails across the region
- Collaborating with the Stewardship Manager and Lands Manager to care for currently conserved lands
- Collaborating with Forestry and Facilities Manager to maintain buildings and facilities at Hidden Valley in Jefferson
The Midcoast Conservancy Land Environmental Steward provides critical support in caring for conserved lands, trails, and facilities in the Midcoast region, both through direct service and by providing leadership that supports and builds the volunteer base. The ES will develop skills including: enhanced ability to work with volunteer groups and build relationships with partner organizations, trail development and maintenance, boundary maintenance, conserved property monitoring and recordkeeping per Land Trust Alliance standards, chainsaw skill and facilities maintenance.
- Maintain and develop volunteer engagement through partnerships to maintain and build trails and manage invasive plants throughout the Sheepscot River, Damariscotta Lake watershed, and Medomak Valley region.
- Assist staff with monitoring of conserved lands and boundary marking, including: record-keeping, landowner notification, communication with volunteer property monitors, and monitoring conserved properties.
- Assist with Facilities Maintenance and firewood processing at Hidden Valley.
- Assist staff with Landowner Outreach via mailings to area landowners.
- Follow protocols set forward by Midcoast Conservancy and partner organizations
- Conduct outreach and build partnerships through meetings, phone calls, emails and letters.
- Lead groups in projects
- Schedule volunteer projects
- Build and maintain trails
- Implement best practices for erosion control both for trails and residences
- Protect shoreline and water from erosion through sustainable practices
- Accomplish projects despite variable weather
- Organize multiple projects
- Track project details
- Analyze information for relevance and impact
- Meet project deadlines
- Drive vehicles and transport tools
- Maintain tools
- Perform outdoor labor in a safe manner
- Communicate with staff, volunteers and landowners
- Maintain written and photographic records of service completed
- Evaluate sites
- Excellent communication and organization skills
- Ability to put others at ease, group leadership skills
- Positive work ethic and sense of humor
- Willingness to assist on trail maintenance, construction projects related to trails and facilities, and facilities maintenance
- Demonstrated ability to work individually while achieving measurable results
- An ability to focus on the passion for Midcoast Conservancy’s mission through outreach
- Flexibility, problem solving, and creative thinking
- Recruiting, retaining and collaborating with volunteers in a professional manner
- Carpentry skills
- Facilities and trails restoration and maintenance skills
- Experience with outreach-comfortable building partnerships and reaching out to new landowners to support trailbuilding and land conservation through phone calls, emails, and letters
- Strong verbal skills
- Leadership aptitude
Environmental Stewards will receive a living allowance of $342.05/week (before taxes). Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, a Maine State Park Pass, and an education award. Some Stewards may also be eligible for student loan deferment, health care, and childcare reimbursement. A small number of Host Sites also offer housing as part of their position.