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Maine Conservation Corps
Position title : Environmental Steward - Mt. Blue State Park
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 : Weld
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.
Mt Blue is an 8,000 acre park with a 136 site campground. There are hiking trails, a beach, water activities and several picnic areas. The park receives approximately 60,000 visitors a year.
The Environmental Steward will be involved in a variety of projects at Mt. Blue, with a heavy focus on trails. They will assist with winter programs and activities including: ski, snowmobile and snowshoe trail maintenance, maintaining the warming station, ice rink maintenance and assisting with winter programs such as the ski and snowshoe trailer and “Take it Outside” events. They will lead nature and trail programming, and create new interpretive displays for the park’s trails. They will also be involved in trail maintenance and oversight on all the trails within the park and the Tumbledown Range.
- Trail maintenance in all seasons and all weather, including hiking, ski, snowshoe, snowmobile and multi-use trails
- Interpretive trail programming
- Teach Leave No Trace ethics to visitors using the trail systems
- Monitor ATV use of trails
- Coordinate volunteer activities
- Assist in events such as “Take it Outside” events
- Assist park staff with ongoing park projects
- Trailwork experience
- Familiarity with mountain hiking trails
- Willingness to learn new skills
- Ability to make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and enhancement
- Ability to recruit volunteers and guide their tasks
- Experience with general maintenance skills, with a broad range from plowing to planting
- Ability to critically thing and solve problems
- General ability to serve independently in the field and maintain equipment, as well as an affinity for leading activities and discussions with volunteers
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.