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13 Mar 2019

Environment Field Team Member

Maine Conservation Corps – Posted by MaineConservation Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description

Field Team Member
Application Deadline: April 7, 2019

Start/End Dates
Optional Training: June 10, 2019 – June 14, 2019
Member Orientation and Field Season: June 17 – October 18, 2019

Position Description
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.
Field Team Members will serve on a team to accomplish conservation projects throughout Maine. Members will also participate in training, adhere to all MCC policies, and live cooperatively with other team members during their term of service.

Location
54 Independence Dr.
Augusta, ME 04330
Training typically takes place in the Augusta area; field work is conducted throughout Maine.

Time Requirement
Field Team Members are 675 Hour AmeriCorps members, with an end date of October 18th.
Field Season:
Full time, 40 hours a week, 7:00am – 4:30pm, for 9 days (Monday – Tuesday), followed by 5 days off OR Monday – Friday with weekends off. It is typical to have a mixed schedule, and each team has a unique project and travel schedule. Overnights and weekends required.

Duties
Field Team Members will participate in job readiness training, covering essential hard and soft skills, and will complete conservation projects as part of a team.
You can expect to serve on physically challenging conservation projects in any kind of weather, gaining hands on experience in the groundwork of stewardship.
The Team Member position requires a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, the ability to live and serve collaboratively in a team setting, and the physical ability to carry out the essential functions of the position.

Team Members will:
• Participate in job readiness training
• Learn all aspects of trail construction and rehabilitation.
• Adhere to the MCC safety rules and guidelines.
• Adhere to the MCC Code of Conduct, and all guidelines set forth in member agreement and MCC Handbook.
• Adhere to the MCC drug free workplace policy.
• Submit paperwork in a timely manner submission the of surveys, timesheets, and WorkReady assignments, and other forms required by the MCC.
• Represent, in a professional and supportive manner, the MCC, to the public and media.
• Live cooperatively with other members during training and service sessions. Willingly perform joint living tasks, such as cooking and cleaning and maintaining hygiene (Not to be counted as direct service hours).
• Build new trails and rehabilitate existing trails
o Build bridges, wooden ladders, retaining walls, etc.
o Construct rock water bars, retaining walls, causeways, stone steps, etc.
o Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
o Other tread way maintenance and construction (crush rock, haul gravel)

Training
• Attend training, such as: orientation to the MCC and AmeriCorps, First Aid and CPR, communication, Leave No Trace, diversity and inclusivity, introduction to trail tools and safety standards
• Participate in ongoing training such as: resume writing, job search components, appropriate workplace behaviors, and interview skills

Essential Functions
• Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
• Willingness and physical ability to serve on a variety of conservation projects, which will include using power and hand tools
• Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
• Serving on trails across steep or uneven terrain
• Serving in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
• Serving, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
• Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying heavy gear and tools
• Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
• Non-judgmental attitude, sensitivity to others, approachable
• Responsible and reliable
• Interest in personal growth and in participating in on-going training

Marginal Functions
• The ability to operate a MCC vehicle to transport members and gear to and from project sites

Working Conditions
This position requires serving 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 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.

Qualifications
• Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Must be a US Citizen
• Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checks

Benefits
Team Members are 675 hour AmeriCorps members who will receive a weekly living of $270 (less taxes). Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, housing during training, pro-deals, a Maine State Park Pass, and an education award of $2,255.24. Some members may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement.

How to Apply

To Apply: By April 7th, visit our website to complete an online application, and email a copy of your resume to corps.conservation@maine.gov. You will be contacted with further requirements.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: conservation, environment, seasonal, and volunteer.

Job expires in 48 days.

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