Maine Conservation Corps 900-Hour Environmental Steward Positions


April 20, 2017


Maine Conservation Corps 900-Hour Environmental Steward Positions

Training Dates: May 22-June 2, 2017
Additional Training Dates: May 15-May 19, 2017(For Environmental Stewards serving at sites requiring chainsaw training)
Host Sites Dates: June 5- November 17, 2017

Position Description:
The Maine Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program, is accepting applications for 900-hour AmeriCorps Environmental Steward positions located throughout Maine for May 2017. 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.

Environmental Stewards serve a 900-hour term of service. Environmental Stewards undergo two weeks of training with MCC before being paired with a Host Site for the remainder of their term. MCC will post a full list of Host Sites on our website mid-October. Host Sites have included: Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Vaughan Woods State Park, Grafton Notch State Park, Tumbledown Public Lands, Mt. Blue State Park, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Bigelow Preserve and Chain of Ponds, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and Maine Natural Areas Program.

MCC’s Environmental Stewards assist agencies with a wide variety of projects: water quality testing, wildlife protection, trail improvements and volunteer recruitment are all examples of projects that Environmental Stewards may be involved in.

Attitude:
• Has the ability to serve and get along with others
• Possesses a non-judgmental attitude and sensitivity to others
• Brings a positive approach and initiates creative solutions
• Has the desire to learn, serve others and make a difference
• Is reliable and responsible
• Demonstrates motivation and initiative

Qualifications:
• 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

Essential Functions:
• Communication skills, including comfort with public speaking
• Strong organizational skills
• Experience conducting outreach and giving presentations
• Good computer skills
Program-specific duties:
• Vary by site; refer to position descriptions on the MCC website

Training Provided:
Orientation Training:
Intro to AmeriCorps
Prohibited Program Activities
First Aid/CPR
MCC, Host Sites and You
OnCorps reporting
Goal Setting
Portfolios
Communication
Conflict Resolution
National Incident Management Systems
Civil Rights Training
Developing a Volunteer Recruitment Plan
Leave No Trace
Trail Assessment
Tool Safety, Use and Maintenance
Interpretive Programs

Chainsaw Training May 15-May 19, 2017 (tentative dates). Not all 900-hour Environmental Stewards will attend chainsaw training. Only those Stewards whose host site has required chainsaw training will participate.

WorkReady Credentialing Curriculum, such as Resume Writing, Job Search components, appropriate Workplace Behaviors and Interview Skills will be taught throughout the Term of Service.

Program Benefits: Environmental Stewards will receive a total living allowance of $7,800 (before taxes), distributed weekly. Those receiving Chainsaw Training will have their allowance distributed over 27 weeks, those not participating in Chainsaw Training will have their living allowance distributed over 26 weeks. Other benefits include health insurance, a wide range of training and networking opportunities, a Maine State Park Pass and an education award of $2,887.50. Some Stewards may also be eligible for student loan forbearance and childcare reimbursement. A small number of Host Sites offer housing as part of their position.

Service schedule: 40-hour week, typically Monday-Friday, with occasional weekends and overnights, depending on Host Site Preferences.

To Apply: Submit an application and references, a resume, cover letter, and complete all other required documents. Please email Corps.Conservation@maine.gov for questions and information.

Unemployed, underemployed, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The Maine Conservation Corps provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Accommodation arrangements must be requested by contacting MCC staff.

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