Location: Brunswick, ME
Housing: Not Provided
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week may include evenings, weekends and holidays
Host Site and Position Overview:
The Nature Conservancy is an international non-profit with a business unit in Maine. Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We own and manage almost 300,000 acres of conservation land in Maine. We also have active freshwater, marine, and climate programs with partners across the state.
The Environmental Steward will help TNC to assess lands that have been protected using the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (MNRCP), a program that provides funding for wetland restoration and preservation projects. MNRCP receives funds through the state and federal permitting process (the Maine In Lieu Fee Program) as a way to offset the impacts from development. The ES will perform site visits to protected natural areas, review management plans, and document whether protected areas are complying with the terms of the plans.
The objective of the position is to monitor the long-term preservation sites to make sure they are in compliance with project agreements and long-term management plans and are satisfying state and federal mitigation policies as well as meeting the intended goals of the MNRCP program. The ES will need to review existing plans, contact current landowners/land managers, and perform field visits to the project sites to document conditions on the ground. Site visits will be performed to protected natural areas all over the state, giving the ES an opportunity to see a wide variety of sites and habitats across Maine.
Description of Duties:
• Work with TNC MNRCP team to identify sites for assessment and points of contact.
• Work with MNRCP team and TNC stewardship staff to refine a monitoring protocol and data collection standards.
• Reach out to the current landowners (usually land trusts, municipalities, or state agencies) to coordinate site visits.
• Review management plans and project agreements prior to site visits.
• Perform field visits to protected natural areas located all over the state of Maine (e.g., land trust properties, state wildlife management areas, and town-owned natural areas).
• Collect data in the field using digital technology (e.g., iPad, camera) documenting compliance with the plans. If there are violations and/or problems found during site visits, the ES will only be responsible for reporting those issues to TNC and will not be responsible for enforcement activity with landowners.
• Compile collected data and prepare a final written summary report of site conditions and MNRCP program alignment.
• Outdoor field work and data collection experience preferred
• Use of GPS or other mobile mapping platforms (e.g., ArcGIS Collector, Survey 123, etc.)
• Good communications skills and ability to positively represent MNRCP and TNC with partners and landowners
• Good organizational and writing skills and ability to work independently
• Ability to compile collected information into a clear, comprehensive report
• Ability to navigate solo in the woods in potentially difficult conditions
• Knowledge of wetlands and streams a plus
• Knowledge of invasive plant species a plus
• Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive potentially long distances alone
• Ability to use personal vehicle for site visits preferred, but not required
• Limited overnight travel may be required
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Knowledge of GIS may be useful in this position but is not required, and there may be opportunities to learn if the ES is interested
• High quality photographs of the preserves, for potential use in promotional/communication materials, would be great, but not required.
• Service is performed about 40% indoors at a desk and about 60% in the field
• Service involves travel throughout the State of Maine, including to remote areas with little or no cell coverage
• Service involves hiking on and off trails, walking on uneven ground, on dry ground and in and around wetlands
• Service involves serving outside in all weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, snow, humidity etc.) and often with biting and stinging insects
• Service may involve overnight trips and long days in the field
• Service is performed independently and as part of a team
• Service involves frequent communication to multiple parties
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively
• Ability to serve independently in challenging conditions
• Good organizational and communication skills
• Proficiency with field data collection, including digital field technology
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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