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16 Oct 2018

Environment Conservation Planner

Maine Conservation Corps – Posted by MaineConservation Anywhere

Job Description

Time Requirement:
• January 2 – December 27, 2019 (year-round)
• 40+ hours a week
• Monday-Friday during training and orientation weeks
• Four 10-hour days during the field season (standard schedule); overnights and some weekends required; flexibility essential to meet the needs of MCC AmeriCorps members

Description of Duties:
• Establish connections and communication with federal, state, nonprofit and municipal land managers throughout Maine to develop conservation projects and future partnerships, including public presentations and outreach initiatives
• Provide conservation project and trail planning to partners, including quantitative and qualitative objectives, estimates of time and materials, and GPS data/mapping when applicable
• Supervise and oversee training of two MCC Environmental Stewards who will:
o Establish connections and communication with park and land managers throughout Maine to create a logistical approach for field season data collection
o Collect information on current trail systems, including intended user groups, total miles of trail system, connectivity, access points, general terrain, and rate of annual usage in preparation for field assessments
o Collaborate with MCC staff and external professionals to test and finalize assessment tool
o Conduct rigorous data collection on recreational trail systems in Maine parks and lands, including cataloging environmental conditions and trail qualities (e.g. erosion, wet areas, grade, slope alignment, corridor width, safety issues, etc.)
o Ensure efficiency and accuracy of collection
o Transmit data to staff and evaluator for analysis in timely manner
o Assist with reports and data extraction when needed
o Field assessments will include traveling long distances, at times to remote regions; hiking long distances with measure tools; camping, as well as backpacking as needed
o Establish emergency response plans and abide by safety policies of MCC
• Engage with professionals in data collection, mapping, and conservation planning to establish modern and efficient systems to collect, assess, and report programmatic data and synthesize information to internal and external stakeholders
• Manage the maintenance and inventory of MCC leased vehicles, chainsaws, power equipment, rigging equipment, hand tools, safety gear and camping equipment before, during and after the field season
• Complete all paperwork in a thorough and timely manner, including submission of timesheets and other forms required by the MCC
• Maintain a personal cell phone for communications with the office
• Adhere to the MCC drug free workplace policy
• Represent the MCC and the host site organization in a professional and supportive manner

Secondary Duties:
• Assist MCC staff in developing and providing training for AmeriCorps members before and during the season
• Assist with the recruitment, screening, interview, and selection of members
• Monitor and provide technical and safety support to MCC Field Teams and Environmental Stewards
• Help collect, monitor, and assess paperwork and assignments from members, including but not limited to evaluating Emergency Response Plans, tracking Work Ready Assignments, and tracking the progress of multiple member surveys

Essential Functions:
• Can work and live in outdoor setting, including the desire to explore and assess some of Maine’s 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
• Walk and/or hike up to 12 miles or more per day to conduct assessments, often over rugged terrain with tools and gear
• 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 and independently
• Responsible and reliable

Marginal Functions:
• Ability to teach trail skills
• Experience with recruitment, selection and training of volunteers

Working Conditions:
Work will take place outdoors approximately 50% of the work week while weather permits (approximately April – November). Field assessments will include exposure to cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather, road hazards, and other environmental challenges (poisonous plants, allergens, insects). While in the field, camping (in a tent), hiking, and preparing meals outdoors will be required. Running water, cellular service and internet access should not be expected. Long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations, are to be expected.

Qualifications:
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Must submit to criminal history check
• Must be approved to drive State vehicles by the Risk Management Division
• Four years of trail work and/or conservation planning experience
• Knowledge and experience with trail layout and design
• Supervisory experience
• Experience camping, backpacking and long distance hiking
• Familiarity with outdoor ethics and safety
• Ability to interpret maps and navigation skills
• Experience with data collection and management, including tools and methods

Benefits:
• Stipend of $550 – $650 per week based on number of years in role (less taxes)
• Health Insurance, including dental and vision
• State Park Pass

How to Apply

Submit resume, letter of interest with dates of availability, and contact information for at least three professional references to: Maine Conservation Corps 124 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333 Fax: (207) 287-3342 Email: corps.conservation@maine.gov Phone: (207) 624-6085

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: conservation, environmental, temp, and volunteer.

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