Environment 1700HR Environmental Steward, Viles Arboretum, ME
Term: January 16, 2023-November 17, 2023
Housing: Rustic camping can be provided, Host Site is also willing to work with an extensive network of members/volunteers/community partners to support a member in finding reasonable housing.
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Additional Training Provided: Chainsaw Safety Training
Host Site and Position Overview:
Viles Arboretum was established in 1982 in conjunction with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to provide educational, recreational, and inspirational opportunities to the public through the cultivation of trees and other woody plants from around the world. Located in Maine’s Capital City, the Arboretum welcomes thousands of people annually to its free, easily accessible, 224-acre botanical garden that features miles of trails, sprawling stands of unique and interesting trees, a full-service visitor center, an assortment of programs & events, demonstrative research, and a variety of habitats that are home to flora and fauna of Statewide importance. The Arboretum is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation supported by charitable giving, grants, and earned income.
This Environmental Steward position will be directly involved in the stewardship of our 224 acres of conservation lands, engaging in activities ranging from basic arboriculture and trail construction projects to grant-funded projects such as new sign installation or integrated pest management – collaborating with staff/volunteers to bring specific areas of the property to excellent horticultural, aesthetic, and ecological condition.
Environmental Stewards at Viles Arboretum will tackle new/expanded management projects:
• Enhance the visitor experience by improving signage, trail accessibility, and the overall aesthetic condition of the facility
• Maintain or improve the ecological condition of habitats and their flora/fauna
• Improve the viability of botanical collections which provides a place-based vehicle for education, research, and natural history
Description of Duties:
• Conservation Projects – Assist in the implementation of special (typically grant-funded) land conservation projects. In 2023 we’ll be implementing (2) RTP infrastructure projects, launching a new climate research forest, and beginning work on a Children’s Forest.
• Trail Maintenance – Develop new trails, or rehabilitate existing trails as necessary and install new signs, bridging, benching, or other structures as needed.
• Communications – Effectively use technology (GSuite) to identify, schedule, and document land stewardship activities throughout the Arboretum.
• Land Management Policy – Sit on our land management committee and collaborate with other staff/volunteers to develop practices/policies that relate to all aspects of how we care for public lands.
• Education – In conjunction with staff, develop and implement new programs and activities that help inform the public on topics relating to conservation and the environment.
• Horticulture – On a rotating basis, address the restoration of various botanical collections by managing invasive species, caring for specific trees, and replanting as needed.
• Volunteer/Intern Leadership – In conjunction with our Programs Manager, develop new programs and activities that increase volunteer involvement, through active solicitation/supervision/training of volunteers in the field.
• Must be able to operate essential equipment and tools, and have a basic understanding of them, including their basic care and maintenance
• Ability to serve in a variety of terrains and landscapes carrying up to 40 pounds
• Ability to safely operate a chainsaw, a range of lawn and garden tools, and ride-on equipment such as a diesel tractor, ride-on lawn mower, ATV, snowmobile, etc
• A willingness to serve outside in a variety of weather conditions, independently or in a group setting
• Proven ability to manage a large and diverse project load, complete assignments, meet deadlines, and stay within established budgets
• Experience in horticulture, botany, forestry, ecology, landscaping, agriculture, recreation, or related fields and demonstrated relevant work experience in similar or related areas
• Strong interest in conservation, ecological management, plants, and their proper culture and care. Knowledge and experience in arboricultural work are desirable, but not required
• Interest in serving occasional weekends and evenings
• Proficient computer skills
• Can easily accomplish tasks with others
• Possesses the ability to manage volunteers
• Knows proper trail construction techniques
• Understands materials used for proper trail maintenance and repair
• Comfortable with a variety of tools and equipment related to trail building and repair
• Has a good understanding of invasive species and how to best manage them
• GIS Mapping
Service will be completed outdoors in all conditions, with a mix of field and office tasks.
• Service is performed primarily outdoors from June through November.
• Service involves some physical labor
• Service is performed independently and as part of a team
• Service involves frequent communication with multiple parties
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively
• Strong work ethic, capable of serving independently, safely, and effectively in a hands-on position (required)
• Familiarity with landscape tools and equipment (required)
• Interested in outdoor recreation/environmental education (required)
• Trail maintenance, building, and repair experience (preferred)
• Ability to lead volunteers and interact regularly with community members, partner non-profits and school-aged groups preferred
• Self-starter with effective communication skills and excellent organizational skills
• Leadership experience and an ability to serve as a positive role model to a wide array of people.
How to ApplyTo Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application, and email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be contacted with further instructions. If you have any questions, please direct those to the email above as well.
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