Environment 900 Hour Environmental Steward, Greenhorns, ME
Term: June 5, 2023-November 17, 2023
Housing: Provided-rustic bunkhouse
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include evenings and occasional weekends.
Additional Training Provided: Chainsaw Safety Training
Host Site and Position Overview:
Greenhorns is a 15-year-old grassroots non-profit dedicated to supporting careers in organic agriculture. We create programming to welcome young people in eluding networking events, workshops, symposia, etc. We make films, run workshops, and host artists at our Agrarian Library and campus in Downeast Maine.
The ES will be involved in our “Civilian Climate Corps” (CCC) program, trail-making, and resilience planning in Pembroke. The CCC program will include engaging stakeholders, running an all-ages youth camp, and developing an action plan should funding be made available at the federal level. The ES would assist in the construction of a public trail along the Pennamaquan River in Pembroke, which will incorporate interpretive signage on the history of the area. Finally, the ES would assist in a resilience planning process for the town of Pembroke. In addition, the ES will support and work directly with landscape architects and Greenhorns leadership to develop a CCC hub online, available as part of the larger Greenhorns network.
The ES will support CCC curriculum development and implementation, aid in trail construction, and co-facilitate resilience planning for the town of Pembroke. These activities will support Greenhorns’ goals of providing education on sustainability and ecosystem health to the public, improving access to natural commons, and participating in our civic community to strengthen our hometown in the face of climate change.
June: Orientation and training; ES will familiarize themselves with the work done thus far, gauge workflow, and propose a timeline for goal completion.
July-August: CCC curriculum development and implementation. Assist RISD faculty with program design, and support camp activities. Begin trail work; clear brush following local and state regulations, consult with the Historical Society for interpretive signage.
September-October: complete trail work; begin stakeholder engagement for resilience planning. Meet with local community groups and civic centers, gather input, and translate it into an action plan.
November: Use community input to develop a robust proposal for a resilience plan. Bring to the appropriate forum for consideration and adoption.
Description of Duties:
● Collaborate with partners on the development and implementation of a curriculum for all-ages “Civilian Climate Corps” camp
● Interpret local and state regulations regarding trail construction
● Assess and carry out trail construction; including clearing brush, limbing trees, mowing, and other trail-related activities
● Research and implement trail infrastructure and safety improvements
● Liaise with the local Historical Society to design signage displaying historical uses of the Pennamaquan River
● Research and synthesize written material for interpretive signage
● Install signage
● Gather stakeholder input for a town-wide resilience plan; analyze and interpret data
● Create outreach materials, maintain web presence and strategic communications
● Synthesize a comprehensive resilience plan for the town of Pembroke based on community input, as well as qualitative and quantitative research
● Bring the resilience plan to the town, submit it for consideration and/or adoption
● Be a responsible and considerate member of a cohabiting environment
● Perform all necessary clerical tasks to ensure proper tracking of hours, timely completion of tasks, seamless coordination with partners, etc.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Familiarity with trail work (chainsaw training provided)
• Ability to analyze information and synthesize concisely written material
• Ability to work with multiple partners on several projects at once, maintaining time management and prioritizing efficiently
• Ability to work in both an office and out in the field for 8 hours per day. Ability to lift at least 75lbs.
• Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
• Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
• Strong organizational skills
• Demonstrates excellent writing skills
• Ability to manage time effectively
• Familiarity with mountain hiking trails
• Experience with general maintenance skills
• Willingness and physical ability to participate in a variety of conservation projects, which will include using power and hand tools
• Heavy lifting, bending and carrying up to 50 pounds
• Walking across steep or uneven terrain
• Serving in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
• Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying heavy gear and tools
● Experience in policy writing
● Experience in trail design and planning
● Experience in community engagement or community organizing
• Service includes indoor office settings and outdoor field settings
• Service is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and biting and stinging insects
• Service involves some physical labor, occasional hiking with gear and tools over difficult terrain
• Service involves travel to nearby locations around Pembroke (*20-mile radius)
• In summer living conditions there will not be running water, electricity, or wifi in the housing location. In the winter, these amenities are provided. During the summer, the ES may use the outdoor cooking and washing facilities at the home farm, and access wifi at one of several other buildings.
• Service involves frequent communication with multiple parties, and may include electronic, telephonic, and/or in-person communication
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively
Site Specific Qualifications:
• Experience in community education, engagement, or organizing
• Experience in program management or program development
• Experience in trail work and maintenance
• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field
• Proficient with Microsoft Office, databases, desktop publishing, and websites preferred
• Ability to critically think 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 and the public
How to ApplyTo Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application, and email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to email@example.com. You will then be contacted with further instructions. If you have any questions, please direct those to the email above as well.
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