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14 Oct 2022

Environment 900 Hour Environmental Steward, Mt. Blue State Park/Tumbledown Public Lands Education, ME

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

Job Description

Term: June 5, 2023-November 17, 2023

Housing: Rustic Cabin Provided

Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week, typically weekends with occasional long days for monitoring mountains during peak usage

Additional Training Provided: Chainsaw Safety Training

Host Site and Position Overview:
Mount Blue, Tumbledown, and the Weld region lie within the western mountains of Maine’s ten million-acre northern forest. Spectacular peaks, popular hiking trails, productive forests, alpine ponds, important wildlife habitats, and Webb Lake define this unique area.

Mount Blue State Park is located about 14 miles northwest of Wilton off Route 156 in Weld. The campground, hot showers, sand beach with bathhouse, boat launch, amphitheater, and nature center are featured in the Webb Lake area. A park interpretive naturalist leads scheduled hikes and programs during the summer months. Adirondack shelters are available for group camping and canoes may be rented. The Center Hill area provides scenic overlooks, nature trails, and extensive multiple-use use trails open to ATVs, horses, hikers, and mountain bikes. Mount Blue is also a popular day hike.

This AmeriCorps Environmental Steward (ES) position, funded by the Recreational Trails Program’s safety and environmental protection component will provide information to hikers while on trails. The ES will encourage the best behavior on the part of hikers to facilitate a positive trail experience (particularly for those who are poorly prepared), encourage volunteerism by local individuals and organizations, and educate the public on how to enjoy the trails while also preserving them. The ES will discourage and mitigate misuse of these recreational areas, following and teaching LNT principles. Candidates must demonstrate maturity, responsibility, initiative, self-motivation, and willingness to live in a remote area with little to no wifi or internet access/phone access. In addition to the main purpose, completing trail rehabilitation projects is a focus, including recruiting volunteers to assist with these endeavors.

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, BPL, TCA
• Conduct outreach and build partnerships through meetings, phone calls, emails, and letters.
• Lead groups in projects
• Schedule volunteer projects
• Build and maintain trails
• Implement best practices for erosion control for trails
• Accomplish projects despite variable weather
• Organize multiple projects
• Track project details
• Analyze information for relevance and impact
• Meet project deadlines
• Drive vehicles and transport tools
• Maintain tools
• Perform outdoor labor in a safe manner
• Communicate with staff, volunteers, and landowners

Essential Functions:
• Excellent communication, education, and organization skills
• Ability to put others at ease, group leadership skills
• Positive work ethic and sense of humor
• Familiarity with mountain hiking trails
• Willingness to assist with trail maintenance and construction projects related to trails and infrastructure
• Willingness and physical ability to work 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
• Serving in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
• Serving, living, 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
• Demonstrated ability to serve individually while achieving measurable results
• An ability to focus on the passion for conservation through outreach
• Flexibility, problem-solving, and creative thinking
• Recruiting, retaining, and collaborating with volunteers in a professional manner

Service Conditions:
• These sites do NOT have good cell service or reliable wifi
• Service is performed primarily outdoors in all weather conditions and biting and stinging insects
• Service involves some physical labor, and hiking with gear and tools over difficult terrain
• Service involves travel to nearby locations
Additional Qualifications:
• Knowledge of LNT principles
• Knowledge of safe hiking, backpacking, and camping practices
• Sustainable trail-building skills
• GPS/GIS experience
• WFR/WFA preferred
• Experience with outreach-comfortable building partnerships and reaching out to new volunteers to support education, trail building, and land conservation through phone calls, emails, and letters
• Strong verbal skills
• Leadership aptitude

Website: https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=18
https://tumbledown.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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