Location: Machias, ME
Housing: NOT provided, but the Host Site is wiling to assist a member in finding reasonable accommodations
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
Host Site and Position Overview:
The Downeast Coastal Conservancy is responsible for the stewardship and protection of 6,275 acres and more than 62 miles of shoreline in Downeast Maine.
The region’s vast forests, abundant lakes and rivers, rugged headlands, and traditional saltwater farms offer exceptional wildlife habitat, unmatched scenic beauty and diverse opportunities for public access and recreation. The Downeast Coastal Region includes the same geographic areas and communities historically served by Great Auk Land Trust and Quoddy Regional Land Trust. We also work in close partnership with other conservation partners such as Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Downeast Salmon Federation and the Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation to achieve conservation at the community and regional landscape level.
This position will assist the Stewardship Director in stewardship related activities, such as trail design and building, trail and grounds maintenance, helping coordinate volunteer groups, and assisting with annual property monitoring requirements for over 80 properties. The member will gain a better understanding of how a land trust operates, trail building and design, land management, community outreach, and other facets of non-profit operations. They will have a chance to network with professionals here in Washington County.
Description of Duties:
• Assist in trail building, signage installation, and other tasks necessary to help bring a new DCC Preserve online
• Assist in monitoring DCC’s 80+ preserves and Easements across Washington County
• Assist in trail and preserve maintenance on DCC’s Public Access Preserves
• Assist with outreach and educational programs offered by DCC, including, if desired, developing programs for schools, community members and/or DCC’s members
• Work with volunteers to complete tasks necessary for DCC to meet our stewardship and property maintenance requirements, set forth by the Land Trust Alliance and DCC’s internal work plan
• Attend meetings with DCC’s Stewardship Committee and Outreach Committee as necessary
• Write and file reports as necessary
• The ability to work outdoors with equipment, most typically, but not limited to: brush mower, brush trimmer, chainsaw, hand tools, and must be able to do this in all conditions
• Excellent written and communication skills
• Ability to work with and manage volunteers
• Ability to work independently and as a team
• Ability to use a GPS and map and compass comfortably in the field (or woods, as it were)
• Understanding of non-profits, especially land trusts
• Knowledge of the purpose and importance of environmental and community conservation
• Good organizational skills
It would be great to have someone who has some understanding of how to manage use on a property that has developed public access (parking, trails, multiple attracting features, etc). We are going to be opening a new preserve in 2020, and want to be thinking about its use, carrying capacity, user management, signage, etc.
It would also be great to have someone with experience working with youth and youth programming.
• Washington County is a rugged rural coastal community with varying landscapes, including rugged coast to marsh, upland rolling terrain, thick woods, and remote settings
• Service includes being in an office setting some of the time
• Service includes some properties which will require long days in the field
• Service involves being outside in the summer months monitoring properties. Terrain can be uneven and challenging to traverse.
• Service includes some longer days and uncomfortable weather conditions including but not limited to rain, heat and humidity, sleet and freezing rain, biting insects, and more
• Service involves travel to other locations within the state
• Service is performed independently and as part of a team
• Service involves frequent communication to multiple parties
• Running water, cellular service and internet access should not be expected
• Experience working with tools in the field (including hand and power tools) and the ability to do so in remote areas
• Excellent communication skills, comfort communicating with the public and different personalities whether they are volunteers, students, or stakeholders
• An understanding of how land trusts operative and why resource protection is important
• Excellent organizational skills
• Friendly, confident personality
• Experience collecting water quality data or conducting other field assessments
• Experience with data management and quality assurance
• Intermediate computer skills
• Self-motivated and flexible individual willing to help in many different situations
• Willingness to serve some early mornings, evenings, and weekends
• Excellent attention to detail and ability to accurately follow complex written and verbal directions
• Able and willing to work long days under physically demanding field conditions as well as in a professional office setting
Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Weekly living allowance of $335.42 (before taxes) for 24 weeks
Certifications in the National Incident Management System, some members will also receive a MCC Chainsaw Safety Certification
Conferences such as the Maine AmeriCorps Member Conference
Maine State Park Pass
AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047.50
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
Subject to criminal background check
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