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Maine Conservation Corps
Position title : Environmental Steward - Midcoast Conservancy (Waters)
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 : Wiscasset
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.
This ES position will collaborate with volunteers and staff to protect the health of Damariscotta Lake and other waters through water quality data collection and analysis, invasive plant surveys, and designing and building projects to prevent storm water pollution from flowing into lakes. The member will be encouraged to pursue one individual project of their choice that will help their professional development and benefit Damariscotta Lake in some way.
Damariscotta Lake has a known infestation of one of the most aggressive invasive plants in North America, Hydrilla. It was discovered in 2009 and is one of only 2 lakes in Maine that has this problem. In addition, the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection has listed this lake as threatened due to inputs of contaminants from development. Monitoring and protection of this and other lakes and rivers in the area will help understand water quality trends and determine methods of effective restoration.
Approximately 60% of the member’s efforts will be spent on projects that protect Damariscotta Lake from the most immediate threats (invasive plants & contaminants) and 40% on projects protecting other water bodies in Midcoast Maine including the Sheepscot River. Training is provided in identifying best management practices for controlling runoff, LakeSmart property assessments, invasive aquatic plant identification and removal, and water quality data collection and analysis.
- Supervise, organize, and support volunteers in Invasive Plant Patrol, Courtesy Boat Inspection, LakeSmart, and Water Quality programs
- Organize lake and river water quality data collection efforts and analyze historic trends
- Work with staff and Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection to conduct surveys for known infestations of hydrilla on Damariscotta Lake
- Assist facilitation of water connectivity and fish passage projects
- Update and maintain Nonpoint Source pollution tracking database
- Work in conjunction with Youth Conservation Corps staff to conduct LakeSmart assessments, becoming proficient in identifying sources of pollution and recommending solutions
- Ability to work closely with volunteers in a professional manner
- Knowledge in natural resource management, environmental science, limnology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic ecology, hydrology, construction management, civil engineering or a related field
- Experience with water quality data collection methods and analysis
- Familiarity with stormwater design theory and best management practices
- Willingness and ability to assist on trail maintenance and other light construction projects
- Demonstrated ability to work individually while achieving measurable results
- Positive work ethic and good sense of humor
- Experience with operating motorized watercraft on inland waters safely, driving and trailering boats
- An ability to focus on the passion for Midcoast Conservancy’s mission through outreach
- Flexibility, problem solving, and creative thinking
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.