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11 Oct 2022

Environment 1700HR Environmental Steward – Midcoast Conservancy (Water)

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

Job Description

Housing: Not Provided, but the Host Site is willing to help the member find reasonable accommodations and potentially provide a housing stipend to offset costs

Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week may include evenings, weekends and holidays.

Additional Training Provided: Mental Health First Aid

Host Site and Position Overview:
Midcoast Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to protect vital lands and waters on a scale that matters. Our focus area includes 26 towns and over a 500-square mile area from Montville to Friendship to Westport Island, and includes the Damariscotta Lake, Sheepscot River, and Medomak River watersheds, along with their many tributaries. Work is supported by membership, major donors, grants and foundations.

Midcoast Conservancy seeks to protect critically important natural resources, improve the quality of life for residents of Midcoast Maine, and provide healthy outdoor adventure and learning programs for youth, adults of all ages, and families.

The environmental steward’s primary duty will be to assist with water oriented programs and volunteer management in the
Damariscotta Lake and Sheepscot River watersheds including, but not limited to, our rewilding program, invasive plant patrol, water quality monitoring, and oyster aquaculture. Depending on the candidate’s interest and experiences, there are additional opportunities to learn about and participate in other water oriented projects.

Under the supervision of senior water team staff, the Environmental Steward will be responsible for:
• Lead and coordinate our rewilding program (including the Youth Conservation Corps)
• Lead and coordinate volunteers in the Damariscotta Lake Watershed
• Assist with the oyster aquaculture program on the Sheepscot River Estuary
• Assist with routine bacteria monitoring on Damariscotta Lake
The Environmental Steward will also develop outreach materials for new and existing lakeshore landowners.

Additional water team capacity will help build programmatic infrastructure, allow for greater volunteer engagement, and better community support and outreach. By amplifying our work and engaging more people in a meaningful way, we will be better able to achieve our clean water goals. Additionally, increased engagement will also lead to increased interest in support for our organization, with the goal of eventually adding staff to our water team.

General timeline:

• January – April: orientation, development of outreach and education materials, solicit and organize YCC projects
• May – September: volunteer and Youth Conservation Corps leadership, water quality (bacteria) monitoring, oyster aquaculture tending
• September – November: assist with volunteer appreciation events, perform Lake Smart evaluations, assist with report writing and community outreach.
Description of Duties:
• Develop outreach and education materials for new and existing landowners within our service area about protecting healthy watersheds
• Collaborate with staff to incorporate LakeSmart property assessments, becoming proficient in identifying sources of pollution and recommending solutions
• Collaborate with the Host Site Supervisor and YCC Crew Leader to design, permit, and install conservation practices on private properties to reduce pollution loading into local waterways
• Lead, organize, and support volunteers in Invasive Plant Patrol, Courtesy Boat Inspection, LakeSmart, and Water Quality programs
• Coordinate Midcoast’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program
• Communicate professionally and independently with private landowners to solicit projects, establish trust, and design, permit and install projects to protect the shoreline
• Establish relationships with vendors and contractors to procure estimates for goods and services
• Prepare relevant Maine DEP and municipal permits
• Train crew members on proper use of hand tools and ensure safety and professionalism at all times
• Collaborate with the team and be courteous of landowner requests
• Assist in routine tending of oyster aquaculture
• Routinely monitor for fecal bacteria pollution in Damariscotta Lake including samples, analysis of samples, and reporting of results

Essential Functions:
• Ability to collaborate closely with volunteers in a professional manner
• Knowledge in natural resource management, environmental science, limnology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic ecology, hydrology, construction management, civil engineering or a related field
• Willing and able to conduct manual labor outdoors on a regular basis in a variety of weather conditions
• Familiarity with stormwater design theory and best management practices
• Demonstrated ability to accomplish individually while achieving measurable results
• Positive work ethic and good sense of humor
• An ability to focus on the passion for Midcoast Conservancy’s mission through outreach
• Flexibility, problem solving, and creative thinking
• First aid and CPR certification is highly encouraged
• Must have valid driver’s license and pass a 3-year Driving Record check to use company vehicle

Marginal Functions:
• Experience with data management, statistical and spatial data analysis
• General ability to serve independently in the field and maintain equipment, as well as an affinity for leading activities and discussions with volunteers
• Experience with construction is highly recommended, though not required
• Experience in promotions, marketing, or sales is highly recommended, though not required
Writing and experience with communications tools such as PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.

Service Conditions:
• Service occurs in all weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, buggy) and can be physically demanding.
• Service involves wading/accomplishing projects in stream and river conditions with unstable footing and during periods of inclement weather or high temperatures.
• Service includes leading and training volunteers on aquatic plant identification, occasionally during weekday evenings.
• Service includes traversing uneven terrain.
• Service involves daytime travel for meetings and field projects in the Midcoast region to Damariscotta lake and other water bodies (Liberty to Edgecomb).
• Service requires the use of a canoe and safe operation of motor boat, trailering and driving
• Service includes interaction with a wide variety of program partners and the public.
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail.
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively.

Additional Qualifications:
• A passion for lakes, rivers and streams is required
• Ability to serve independently and be a team player is required
• Critical thinking, problem solving, and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and conditions is required

Website: http://www.midcoastconservancy.org/

How to Apply

Go to our website to complete an online application and send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to corps.conservation@maine.gov. You’ll be contacted with further instructions.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: #environmental, #seasonal, americorps, conservation, and volunteer.

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