Host Site and Position Overview:
The purpose of this position is to fulfill the mission of the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), which is to accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire people and enhance communities. This is achieved by accomplishing conservation projects, creating pathways to employment, delivering environmental education, and engaging community volunteers.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument comprises 87,563 acres in the Maine’s north woods and is managed by the National Park Service. The purpose of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is to preserve the nationally significant natural, cultural and ecological resources associated with the north Maine woods; to facilitate the shared stewardship of the resources, landscapes and environments that contribute to the culture and identity of Penobscot, Maliseet, Micmac, and Passamaquoddy tribal nations; to safeguard the character of the free flowing and scenic rivers and streams within its boundaries; and to provide a broad range of opportunities for public enjoyment, recreation, and inspiration.
The primary task for the Environmental Steward will be to assist with building new hiking trails and maintaining existing trails and visitor facilities in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. They will also serve as the Trails Program Volunteer Coordinator and assist with promoting and leading volunteer events. The Steward will have the opportunity to shadow other staff in the monument and assist with Visitor Services and Resource Management.
• July - August: Open & maintain hiking and multiuse trails. Plan volunteer events.
• September: Manage volunteer events. Build Seboeis River Connector Trail, including two trailhead parking areas. Assist with stream surveys and stream crossing replacements.
• October – Trail & road maintenance. Potential volunteer events.
• November - Assist with winterization. Close out position and document accomplishments.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
• Weekly living allowance of $350 (before taxes) for 18 weeks
• AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,360.00
• Health insurance, if eligible
• Certifications in the National Incident Management System, some members will also receive MCC Chainsaw Safety Certification
• Conferences such as the Volunteer Leadership Conference
• Networking opportunities
• Maine State Park Pass
• Some members may also be eligible for student loan forbearance and childcare reimbursement
• A small number of Host Sites also offer housing as part of their position
Credential or Certification
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Must be a US Citizen
• Must agree to a criminal history check
• All positions at State sites require a valid driver’s license with a good 5-year driving record
• Passion for community service and the environment
• Commitment to complete the full term of service
Site Specific Qualifications:
• Trail building experience (preferred)
• Demonstrates a desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference (required)
• General ability to serve independently in the field and maintain equipment, as well as an affinity for leading activities and discussions with volunteers (required)
Subject to criminal background check
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