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14 Jun 2022

Environment Environmental Steward; Maine State Parks; Camden Hills State Park Interpretive

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

Job Description

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD – 675 or 450 hours Term: July 12 or August 22, 2022-November 11, 2022

Location: Camden, ME
Housing: Camping available at Camden Hills State Park

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

Host Site and Position Overview:
The primary purpose of this position is to create and deliver Interpretive Programs at Camden Hills State Park. The member will collaborate with the Park Manager and Park Ranger to develop new programs (Star Gazing, Owl Prowl, Jr. Ranger, Invasive Species, and History) and interpretive brochures as well to help develop programs for future generations’ education and enjoyment.
The member will also identify, map, and remove invasive terrestrial plants in the park. The majority of this service will occur on the Sagamore side of the park also known as the Day use area, and the member will collaborate with Maine Natural Areas Program to record invasive terrestrial plant species on Imap Invasives, learn about best management practices, and implement portions of the management plan. The Environmental Steward will be able to grow professionally in the area of natural resource management. They will develop the ability to interact within a large agency involved in the management of a resource-based entity. They will also become more comfortable dealing with the public.
The Environmental Steward will be an integral part of the summer interpretive program out of the Visitor Center’s interpretive room. They will assist with and lead nature programming at the park, and they will also be involved in eradicating terrestrial invasive plants and recording data. The member will develop communication and public speaking skills, further develop their knowledge of natural history topics, and they will also learn the mechanics of State Park operations and some trail building skills.
Description of Duties:
• Plan, set up and host interpretive programs
• Assist with eradication of terrestrial invasive plant species and record on Imap invasives
• Assist with brush cutting and large projects within the park
• Collaborate with volunteers to accomplish park projects
• Develop and maintain interpretive programs
• Organize and submit data to proper reporting sites by specific deadlines
• Assist with special events
• Drive vehicles and transport tools
• Maintain tools
• Perform outdoor labor in a safe manner
• Communicate with staff and supervisor
• Maintain written and photographic records of service completed
• Assist park staff with ongoing park projects

Essential Functions:
• Strong organizational skills
• Demonstrates excellent writing skills
• Ability to manage time effectively
• Familiarity with mountain hiking trails
• Experience with general maintenance skills
• Willingness and physical ability to participate in 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
• Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying heavy gear and tools

Marginal Functions:
• The ability to operate a State of Maine vehicle to transport materials and volunteers to and from project sites

Service Conditions:
• Service is performed primarily outdoors from June through November
• Service is performed primarily outdoors in all weather conditions and biting and stinging insects
• Service involves some physical labor, occasional hiking with gear and tools over difficult terrain
• Service involves travel to nearby locations
• Service involves frequent communication to multiple parties, 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, serve independently and collaboratively

Site Specific Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Biology, or related field
• Proficient with Microsoft Office, databases, desktop publishing and websites preferred
• Ability to critically think and solve problems
• General ability to serve independently in the field and maintain equipment, as well as an affinity for leading activities and discussions with volunteers and the public

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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