Environment Training Coordinator
The Maine Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program, 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.
The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is accepting applications for a Training Coordinator. This position is responsible for creating, coordinating and teaching a wide range of curriculum to AmeriCorps members, specifically MCC Environmental Stewards.
Training environments include classrooms, online, outdoor workshops, and collaborative opportunities. Topics may change depending on need, compliance with AmeriCorps, and grants specifications.
Past topics have included:
• Communication Techniques
• Leadership Skills
• Tree ID
• Interpreting Natural Resources
• Leave No Trace
• NIMS (National Incident Management Systems)
• OnCorps Reporting
• Portfolios and Creative Journaling
• Intro to Trails
• Tool Safety and Maintenance
• Invasive Species
• Community Agreements
• Volunteer Management
Workshops and trainings are delivered primarily during orientation for Environmental Stewards beginning in January and May. Environmental Stewards are AmeriCorps members who are individually placed with Host Sites for their terms of service. It is imperative that the training delivered to these members is of high quality and consistency, as once they join their Host Site, communication is limited. Members are expected to understand their requirements from MCC, and ask for assistance when needed.
Beyond the intensive training periods, the role of Training Coordinator becomes multi-faceted. Investigating training resources, understanding AmeriCorps requirements and compliance, collecting high quality data, tracking and recording member assignments, building relationships with host sites, recruiting members and host sites, and supporting the growth of the Environmental Steward component are all tasks relevant to the position. Occasionally, this position may also participate in tool maintenance, trail assessment, event planning, field supervision, and conflict management.
As a compliment to a highly motivated and hardworking staff, this position will be asked on occasion to participate in tasks not listed within the position description. Flexibility, diligence and willingness are keys to success in this position. Effective communication is a requirement.
This position is based in the MCC’s office in Augusta, ME, but is expected to have the ability to travel to all sites. Maine Conservation Corps operates within the State of Maine and is part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands. A State of Maine vehicle will be provided for required travel. This position is an AmeriCorps Grant Staff position, not an AmeriCorps member position, therefore there is no Education Award.
• Has the ability to work 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
• Create, conduct and coordinate training for AmeriCorps members, staff and partners
• Collect and record high quality data related to evaluation and compliance
• Assist AmeriCorps members and staff with events, project, and recruitment as needed
• Participate in the recruitment process
• Assist in the screening, interviewing and selection of AmeriCorps members
• Teach trail construction skills, including stonework, timber work, and trail layout and design
• Teach job readiness skills such as resume writing, career exploration and interview skills
• Teach a variety of other skills
• Effectively communicate with outside instructors to schedule workshops
• Coordinate housing and other logistics for a successful training period
• Work under challenging and strenuous conditions
• Connect with a variety of individuals, including disadvantaged populations, minorities, veterans, and those with disabilities
• Attend outreach events and give presentations for promoting the MCC
• Lead MCC recruitment efforts through career fairs, school, and community presentations
• Draft and execute contracts for training delivered from outside sources
• Conduct a variety of trainings for MCC members and staff
• Collect and record data from MCC members
• Collaborate with Program Coordinator to achieve programmatic goals, schedule visits, and improve the Environmental Steward component
Training and Responsibilities:
• Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by the Maine Commission for Community Service and the MCC
• Complete all paperwork in a thorough and timely manner, including submission of timesheets and other forms required by the MCC
• Maintain a cell phone for communications with the office
• Represent the MCC in a professional and supportive manner
• Adhere to the MCC drug free workplace policy and Code of Conduct
• Other duties as assigned by Program Coordinator
Work schedule: 40+ hour work week, typically Monday-Friday, with some weekends and overnights.
Skill requirements: Essential functions include:
• Experience with recruiting, training and managing volunteers or employees
• Excellent communication skills, including comfort with public speaking
• Strong organizational skills
• Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs
• Passion for community service and the environment
• Submit to the Maine Conservation Corps Criminal History Check Process, including an FBI Fingerprint check.
• Must be approved to drive a State of Maine vehicle by Risk Management
Benefits: The Training Coordinator is an AmeriCorps MCC staff person who will receive a salary of $550.00 per week. Other benefits include health insurance, a wide range of training and networking opportunities, and a Maine State Park Pass.
How to ApplySubmit your cover letter and resume, and ensure two professional references send either letters of recommendation or a completed MCC reference form to the Maine Conservation Corps at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 11, 2017.
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