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Maine Conservation Corps
Position title : 900-Hour Environmental Steward
Deadline to apply : 02/03/2020
Start Date : 04/21/2020
End Date : 10/02/2020
Type of Position : Other
Town, City, Park, etc : Augusta
State / Territory : Maine
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.
Live, learn and explore Maine’s conservation pockets with Maine Conservation Corps (MCC). As an individual placement member, learn how you can make in impact within an organization and community through achieving specific Host Site goals as unique as each placement. Environmental Stewards (ESs) accomplish a huge variety of conservation projects ranging from water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, mobilizing volunteers to maintain hiking trails, banding and gathering data on songbirds, restoring eelgrass and teaching school kids about shellfisheries, mapping invasive species, and more. Gain experience and an adventure while making a difference to individuals and communities, while connecting to nature, peers and yourself.
MCC ESs will engage in a variety of projects, and the specific duties to those sites will be listed in the individual descriptions for those placements. All positions, however, will be required to lead volunteers, meet AmeriCorps requirements such as trainings and other opportunities, and be engaged in the following:
Environmental Stewards will:
- Participate in MCC and AmeriCorps orientations, trainings, events and conferences
- Assist with pre-approved and allowable fundraising activities
- Complete an initial and final assessment of the Essential Volunteer Management Practices
- Implement the Essential Volunteer Management Practices
- Promote volunteer opportunities
- Recruit volunteers
- Conduct a Volunteer Management Action Plan
- Complete job readiness assignments
- Participate in a Site Visit
- Complete quarterly reporting and time sheets
- Complete a member portfolio
- Check email weekly
- Participate in mid-term and end of term evaluations
- Complete site-specific tasks as described in the recruitment blurbs and individual position descriptions
Vary by site; refer to the recruitment blurbs/ position descriptions on the MCC website. Most will involve at least some time outside 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 sometimes 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.
Time Requirement: Environmental Stewards are expected to serve a minimum of 40 hours per week, based on Host Site needs. This is typically a regular schedule decided by the Host Site depending on their needs, and will include a minimum of 2 days off per week unless there are special events taking place. Each placement has a unique schedule and some may travel more than others to required events.
High School diploma or equivalent
Must be at least 18 years old
Must be a US Citizen
Must agree to criminal and sex offender background checks
All positions at State sites require a valid driver’s license with a good 5 year driving record
Passion for community service and the environment
Commitment to complete the full term of service
Must be willing and able to recruit, lead, and motivate volunteers of all ages and abilities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills to be able to collaborate within organizations and through outreach activities
Program Benefits: Environmental Stewards will receive a weekly living allowance of $335.42 for 24 weeks. Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, a Maine State Park Pass and an education award of $3,047.50 Some Stewards may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement. A small number of Host Sites also offer housing as part of their position.
To Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application and send a copy of your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by February 3, 2020 for April Starts, and March 23 for June Starts. Additional application components will be requested thereafter.
Orientation Training consists of one first day training which will go over the Member Agreement, Handbook, and other important information to start the term. In June, all 900 Environmental Steward will come together to finish a week of training at a local summer camp and will include mandatory AmeriCorps trainings such as elevator speeches, professional communication, volunteer management, and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) as well as trainings focused on general skills members will need at their host sites.
Chainsaw Training consists of 3 days of training at a local site focused on safety. Not all 900-hour Environmental Stewards will attend chainsaw training. Only those Environmental Stewards whose host site has required chainsaw training will participate.
Job Readiness Training, such as Resume Writing, Job Search components, appropriate Workplace Behaviors and Interview Skills will be taught throughout the term of service.