Environmental Stewards serve 1700 or 900 hour AmeriCorps terms, beginning in January and June. Their term of service begins with one to two weeks of training with the Maine Conservation Corps before being paired with a Host Site. Environmental Stewards are tasked with expanding the capacity of local organization by accomplishing conservation initiatives. The activities of stewards vary by the needs of host sites; past projects have included: water quality monitoring, volunteer management, habitat restoration, environmental education, small scale recreational trail projects, and much more.
• Vary by site; refer to position descriptions on the MCC website
Community Need Addressed
Increase awareness of environmental issues, connecting youth and strengthening communities.
Ecosystems will be improved through monitoring waterways, providing public education, constructing sustainable trails, tracking and eradicating invasive species, and other similar projects. Volunteers will benefit from increased community involvement and learning technical environmental skills, and will influence Maine's lands and waters in a positive manner. AmeriCorps members will increase their knowledge of soft skills (e.g. conflict resolution, team work, and communication), technical skills (e.g. rigging, stone work, chainsaw use, carpentry, laboratory techniques), and job readiness skills (e.g. interview techniques, resume writing, and job search techniques) after the completion of their terms.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
1700 hour Environmental Stewards will receive a total living allowance of $15,500 (before taxes), distributed over 43 weeks. 1700 hour members are eligible of health coverage.
900 hour Environmental Stewards receive a total living allowance of $8,050 (before taxes), distributed over 23 weeks.
Both placements receive wide range of training and networking opportunities, access to pro-deals, and a Maine State Park Pass. A small number of Host Sites also offer housing as part of their position.
Credential or Certification
Competencies You Will Develop
Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment