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14 Oct 2022

Environment 1700HR Environmental Steward, Peaks Island Land Preserve, ME

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

Job Description

Term: January 16, 2023-November 17, 2023

Housing: Not provided, Host Site is trying to find low-cost options and may be willing to offset a portion of the cost of housing

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

Additional Training Opportunities: Chainsaw Safety Training

Host Site and Position Overview:
Peaks Island Land Preserve is committed to the acquisition, preservation, and stewardship in perpetuity of Peaks Island lands for the use and enjoyment of islanders and visitors. We are a small, all-volunteer non-profit holding approximately 30 percent of the island in conservation.

The Environmental Steward will be focused on these areas:
1. Community Education
2. Invasive Species Management
3. Trail projects
4. Volunteer Engagement
5. Tracking and documentation for these tasks

This is a volunteer-led organization. This position will require someone responsible and self-motivated. Oversight and guidance will be provided, but it is imperative potential applicants understand that they will be required to initiate and complete tasks independently, with support from Board members and engaged volunteers.

Being present on the preserve, educating the public on Leave No Trace practices, and managing invasive species will be consistent throughout the term. Spring will include becoming familiar with what the organization has in place for documentation, and becoming familiar with the conserved lands and Board members. Summer will focus on educating the public. Fall will focus on trail maintenance and community education.

Description of Duties:
• Interact with and educate the public on safe trail use
• Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision
• Interact with the public under stressful conditions, both weather conditions (bugs, heat, cold, rain, etc.,) and dispositions of the public (argumentative, aggressive, hostile, apathetic)
• Maintain and develop volunteer engagement through partnerships to maintain trails and educate others on LNT principles.
• Assist staff with monitoring conserved lands and visitor use (i.e. parking lot car counts, maintaining records of the number of fire rings disbanded, etc.)
• Follow protocols set forward by MCC, Peaks Island Land Trust
• Conduct outreach and build partnerships through meetings, phone calls, emails, and letters.
• Build and maintain trails, implement best practices for erosion control for trails
• Organize and accomplish projects despite variable weather
• Track project details
• Analyze information for relevance and impact
• Meet project deadlines
• Drive vehicles
• Maintain and transport tools and equipment
• Perform outdoor labor in a safe manner
• Communicate with volunteers and landowners

Essential Functions:
• Excellent communication and organization skills, with a focus on relationship building and empathetic relating
• Ability to explain environmental concerns to a variety of audiences using terms they will understand
• Ability to collaborate closely with volunteers in a professional manner
• Ability to put others at ease, group leadership skills
• Strong work ethic and sense of humor
• Enthusiasm for trail maintenance, and construction projects related to trails and facilities
• Demonstrated ability to accomplish tasks individually while achieving measurable results
• Passion for Peaks Island Land Trust’s mission through outreach
• Willingness to assist with trail maintenance and construction projects related to trails and infrastructure
• 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
• Walking across steep or uneven terrain

Service Conditions:
• Service occurs in all weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, buggy) and can be physically demanding.
• Service includes leading and training volunteers, occasionally during weekday evenings.
• Service includes traversing uneven terrain.
• Service involves daytime travel for meetings and field projects
• Service involves frequent communication to multiple parties, with a wide variety of program partners and the public, 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, and serve independently and collaboratively.

Additional Qualifications:
• Critical thinking, flexibility, and problem-solving
• Experience with leadership: skill and comfort leading groups of youth or adults through challenging experiences
• Experience educating and working with the public
• Experience/skill in trail maintenance and construction
• Experience identifying invasive species
• Experience/skill in GIS and mapping applications (Strava, Avanza, Gaia)
• Experience with public speaking
• Knowledge of LNT principles
• WFR/WFA preferred

Website: https://www.peaksislandlandpreserve.org/

How to Apply

To Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application, and email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to conservation.corps@maine.gov. You will then be contacted with further instructions. If you have any questions, please direct those to the email above as well.

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

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