Environment Program Manager
Direct Hire Career Opportunity Bulletin
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION & FORESTRY
124 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0124-*Office Located in Mechanical Building – AMHI Complex, Augusta
MAINE CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAM MANAGER
(Volunteer Services Coordinator)
Opening Date: September 27, 2023 Closing Date: November 1, 2023
Location: Augusta* Position #: 01530-1244
Position Type: Full Time Class Code: 5279
Grade/Salary: Grade 22 – $45,364.80 – $61,464.00/Annually
* This position is located in Augusta and may work according to the DACF’s Telework Policy.
Do you have a passion for youth development, environmental stewardship, and community service? Apply now to join the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) in fulfilling its mission to accomplish conversation projects that inspire people and enhance communities.
BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) seeks an experienced conservation and management professional to oversee the MCC Field Team. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with MCC staff to manage a statewide AmeriCorps program. The Field Team Program Manager will develop, cultivate, and maintain partnerships with natural resource managing agencies, including federal, state, municipal, and nonprofit entities to accomplish up to 180 weeks of recreational trail and habitat restoration projects annually. The Program Manager will oversee the recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of approximately 70 AmeriCorps members each year to engage in stewardship projects. Oversight of the MCC Field Team also includes supervision of seasonal support positions; coordination of operational logistics, such as acquisition and maintenance of transportation, housing, equipment, uniforms, supplies, food, etc.; developing and enforcing rules and standards; tracking, monitoring, and analyzing programmatic outcomes; understanding and implementing federal and state policies; drafting and tracking cooperative agreements with partners; and developing and executing a variety of marketing and promotional strategies. The position includes a high level of responsibility within the MCC program and depends upon the capability of working independently. Statewide travel to Maine’s most treasured places is required. Travel averages one day per week.
• Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; in particular, AmeriCorps Code of Federal Regulations, labor and employment laws, land management, and natural resource protection
• Knowledge of statewide public and private programs, activities, agencies, and resources available in the conservation, volunteer, workforce development, and outdoor recreation sector
• Knowledge of volunteer organization and management techniques and practices.
• Ability to supervise staff and/or contractors and establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Ability to apply effective personnel management practices in the recruitment, selection, training, and retention of corps members and volunteers.
• Ability to provide leadership with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in corps programming
• Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships.
• Ability to present ideas publicly to external stakeholders, and corps participants
• Ability to communicate effectively; and write clearly and effectively
• Ability to use applicable computer programs, including but not limited to Microsoft 365 Products, ArcOnline, Survey123, and FieldMaps.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A four (4) year combination of education and/or experience in organizing, supervising, and/or coordinating a volunteer program.
Preference will be given to qualified candidates with a valid driver’s license, experience in youth conservation corps management, AmeriCorps program administration, conservation activities, specifically hands-on technical trail construction and maintenance projects, as well as sustainable recreational trail design and planning.
No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—”Dirigo” or “I lead”—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:
• Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
• Health Insurance Coverage– The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
• Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
• Dental Insurance– The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
• Retirement Plan– The State of Maine contributes at least 13.00% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
• Gym Membership Reimbursement– Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
• Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts– Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
• Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness– The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
• Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
• Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
• Voluntary Deferred Compensation– Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
• Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.
There’s a job and then there’s purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics.
If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
Thinking about applying?
Research shows that people from historically excluded communities tend to apply to jobs only when they check every box in the posting. If you’re currently reading this and hesitating to apply for that reason, we encourage you to go for it! Let us know how your lived experience and passion set you apart.
How to ApplyHOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates need to complete and submit a State of Maine Direct Hire Application, cover letter, and detailed résumé at: https://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/index.shtml#acf Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at (207) 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at: https://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/application.shtml APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: November 1, 2023 Candidate interviews and final decisions are expected to extend into December. Your patience during the hiring process is appreciated.
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