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Maine Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:
No

Position title :
Environmental Steward - LWCF Legacy Project

Deadline to apply :
10/19/2020

Town, City, Park, etc :
Augusta

State / Territory :
Maine

Project/Program Focus :
Data Collection,Other

Organization/Program Description :

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 (LWCF) was established to assist federal, state and local governments in the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation facilities. Administered at the federal level by the National Park Service and at the state level by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, LWCF grants can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved acquisition or development projects for public outdoor recreation.

Position Description :

Two Environmental Stewards will serve in collaboration with the Supervisor of Outdoor Recreation to digitize the relevant project records for every Land and Water Conservation Fund grant awarded in Maine since 1965. This process will verify every fund assisted site and create project boundary polygons for the creation of a LWCF GIS layer. This layer will reflect protected land, original grant information, recreation amenities at the site and other relevant project information.

The steward will engage in the tedious and timely process of reviewing each of the existing LWCF project files, scanning relevant documents within each file and saving them to respective folders. This effort also requires an investigation of the parcel map, verifying the validity of that map and creating a digital rendition of that for eventual use as a polygon on a GIS layer. In many cases verification of map validity will entail contacting the project host and working with them to resolve map uncertainties.

Job Duties :
  • Reading / reviewing project files to determine critical content (in consultation with OR supervisor)
  • Scanning relevant project files and storing in respective e-folders.
  • Verifying project boundaries and validity of 6(f) boundary maps. When boundaries are indistinct or incomplete, reaching out to local project sponsors to revise maps.
  • Scanning 6(f) maps
  • Creating GIS layer related to all relevant project information to include project boundary polygons.
  • Assist with reports and data extraction
  • Field assessments will include traveling long distances, at times to remote regions
  • Establish emergency response plans and abide by safety policies of MCC
  • Utilize an InReach unit for safety and communication with the office when serving in remote areas.
  • Maintain check-in schedule with Host Site Supervisor.
  • Represent the Department, MCC, and AmeriCorps in a professional manner and provide information to the public on intent and outcomes of the program
  • Cooperate with fellow AmeriCorps Environmental Steward to achieve quality results, effective communication, and positive rapport
Requirements :
  • Adept at GIS and development of integrated database
  • Proficient with MS Office associated software and scanning devices
  • Attention to detail and investigative tendencies
  • At ease with direct outreach to city and town officials and state staff to accomplish required project goals (verifying and perhaps negotiating new boundaries)
  • Ability to orient a generally poorly developed map to actual ground conditions on project sites.
  • Can serve and live in outdoor setting, including the desire to explore and assess some of Maine‚Äôs most beautiful recreation sites
  • Ability to communicate effectively electronically, telephonically and in person
  • Capability to plan and organize tasks in effective and efficient manner
  • Must possess mobility to function in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to serve in the field including traversing uneven terrain, to operate a motor vehicle, and use of measuring tools and equipment
  • Vision to inspect assigned areas, read printed materials, and a computer screen
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and kneel. Must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 35 pounds
  • Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
  • Responsible and reliable
Additional Information :

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