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900-HR Environmental Steward/Department of Environmental Protection/NPS Program

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 1, 2020 - November 13, 2020

Application Window

March 20, 2020 - March 30, 2020

Location

  • Augusta, ME

Contact Information

Dena Doyon
(207) 624-6085
corps.conservation@maine.gov

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Description

Location: Augusta, ME
Housing: Not Provided

Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include occasional evenings or weekends

Host Site and Position Overview:
Maine DEP is a state Agency responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws. Legislative mandate directs DEP to prevent, abate and control the pollution of the air, water and land. The charge is to preserve, improve and prevent diminution of the natural environment of the State. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission.

The Environmental Steward (ES) will assist with Maine DEP’s Nonpoint Source Training Center and Stream Crossing Grants Program. The Nonpoint Source Training Center provides training and resources to contractors, municipalities and others involved with soil disturbance in Maine to prevent nonpoint source pollution (diffuse water pollution) from entering our waterways. The Stream Crossing Grants Program provides funding and educational opportunities to municipalities for the upgrade and replacement of stream crossings to facilitate fish passage, public safety improvements on local roads, and minimize flooding from undersized stream crossings. Projects include field verification of stream crossing installations for fish passage and public safety, creation of publications on the effectiveness of the stream crossing installations and assisting with outreach projects through the Nonpoint Source Training Center.

The Environmental Steward will provide assistance for both the Nonpoint Source Training Center and Stream Crossing Grants Program by:
• Providing logistical support
• Assisting with analysis of a backlog of data related to the Stream Crossing Grants Program’s past applications
• Implementing a tracking system (including the need for in-field follow-up)
• Creating and introducing new courses aimed at municipal officials, inspectors, and earthwork contractors
• Crafting new training materials based on ES interests related to nonpoint source pollution
• Performing public speaking to a variety of audiences
• Helping shape new curriculum for target audiences
• They will also be exposed to a variety of relevant topics such as erosion & sedimentation control, stormwater management, land use regulations, project management, contract development and assist in the creation of online & in-person education courses.
Description of Duties:

• Complete training in DEP’s data management and ArcGIS (if needed or interested)
• Proof and upload field-collected and application data to the DEP database
• Assist with preparations for and organization of Erosion and Sedimentation Control training sessions
• Assist at Nonpoint Source training sessions
• Prepare supporting materials for training sessions
• Assist with fieldwork data collection and culvert assessments
• Organize and present stream crossing data from submitted projects for higher level analysis
• Assist with producing reports, graphics and other technical and/or educational materials
• Conduct environmental education/outreach activities through the Nonpoint Source Training Center
• Review select awarded projects for QA/QC
Essential Functions:
• Computer skills and ability to learn DEP computer applications (GIS skills a plus)
• Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities
• Ability to focus and be detail-oriented
• Ability to communicate effectively with various audiences and be outgoing
• Comfort with public speaking and/or willingness to improve public speaking skills
• Ability to perform tasks independently as well as part of a team
• Physically able to complete field work including negotiating slopes and over river/stream terrain
• Reliable and responsible
• Positive attitude
• Ability to get along with others and be respectful
• Possession of a valid Maine Driver’s license

Marginal Functions:
Additional functions that the ES could complete will depend on the ES interests. There is significant opportunity to do more with environmental education for municipal officials and contractors (ie. help with requests that DEP staff do not have time to do). The ES could also use or learn skills (e.g GIS, stream crossing design, engineering plan reading) that could improve the efficiency and enhance Nonpoint Source Education and Stream Crossing programs.

Service Conditions:
• Service is performed indoors (about 60%) and outdoors (inspecting previously granted stream crossing projects) from June through November.
• Service involves physical labor, including but not limited to moving tools and equipment between vehicles and service sites, carrying monitoring equipment to sampling sites, and putting watercraft in the water and taking it out.
• Service involves completing tasks outside in inclement weather and with biting insects.
• 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.
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail.
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively.
Additional Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, civil engineering or related field strongly preferred
• Experience conducting field assessments
• Experience with quality assurance
• Intermediate computer skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Comfort with public speaking and/or willingness to improve public speaking skills
• Ability and interest to navigate roadside slopes to assess the installation and condition of stream crossings
• 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
• Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive State of Maine vehicle

Website: www.maine.gov/dep/

Location: Augusta, ME
Housing: Not Provided

Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include occasional evenings or weekends

Host Site and Position Overview:
Maine DEP is a state Agency responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws. Legislative mandate directs DEP to prevent, abate and control the pollution of the air, water and land. The charge is to preserve, improve and prevent diminution of the natural environment of the State. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission.

The Environmental Steward (ES) will assist with Maine DEP’s Nonpoint Source Training Center and Stream Crossing Grants Program. The Nonpoint Source Training Center provides training and resources to contractors, municipalities and others involved with soil disturbance in Maine to prevent nonpoint source pollution (diffuse water pollution) from entering our waterways. The Stream Crossing Grants Program provides funding and educational opportunities to municipalities for the upgrade and replacement of stream crossings to facilitate fish passage, public safety improvements on local roads, and minimize flooding from undersized stream crossings. Projects include field verification of stream crossing installations for fish passage and public safety, creation of publications on the effectiveness of the stream crossing installations and assisting with outreach projects through the Nonpoint Source Training Center.

The Environmental Steward will provide assistance for both the Nonpoint Source Training Center and Stream Crossing Grants Program by:
• Providing logistical support
• Assisting with analysis of a backlog of data related to the Stream Crossing Grants Program’s past applications
• Implementing a tracking system (including the need for in-field follow-up)
• Creating and introducing new courses aimed at municipal officials, inspectors, and earthwork contractors
• Crafting new training materials based on ES interests related to nonpoint source pollution
• Performing public speaking to a variety of audiences
• Helping shape new curriculum for target audiences
• They will also be exposed to a variety of relevant topics such as erosion & sedimentation control, stormwater management, land use regulations, project management, contract development and assist in the creation of online & in-person education courses.
Description of Duties:

• Complete training in DEP’s data management and ArcGIS (if needed or interested)
• Proof and upload field-collected and application data to the DEP database
• Assist with preparations for and organization of Erosion and Sedimentation Control training sessions
• Assist at Nonpoint Source training sessions
• Prepare supporting materials for training sessions
• Assist with fieldwork data collection and culvert assessments
• Organize and present stream crossing data from submitted projects for higher level analysis
• Assist with producing reports, graphics and other technical and/or educational materials
• Conduct environmental education/outreach activities through the Nonpoint Source Training Center
• Review select awarded projects for QA/QC
Essential Functions:
• Computer skills and ability to learn DEP computer applications (GIS skills a plus)
• Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities
• Ability to focus and be detail-oriented
• Ability to communicate effectively with various audiences and be outgoing
• Comfort with public speaking and/or willingness to improve public speaking skills
• Ability to perform tasks independently as well as part of a team
• Physically able to complete field work including negotiating slopes and over river/stream terrain
• Reliable and responsible
• Positive attitude
• Ability to get along with others and be respectful
• Possession of a valid Maine Driver’s license

Marginal Functions:
Additional functions that the ES could complete will depend on the ES interests. There is significant opportunity to do more with environmental education for municipal officials and contractors (ie. help with requests that DEP staff do not have time to do). The ES could also use or learn skills (e.g GIS, stream crossing design, engineering plan reading) that could improve the efficiency and enhance Nonpoint Source Education and Stream Crossing programs.

Service Conditions:
• Service is performed indoors (about 60%) and outdoors (inspecting previously granted stream crossing projects) from June through November.
• Service involves physical labor, including but not limited to moving tools and equipment between vehicles and service sites, carrying monitoring equipment to sampling sites, and putting watercraft in the water and taking it out.
• Service involves completing tasks outside in inclement weather and with biting insects.
• 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.
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail.
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively.
Additional Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, civil engineering or related field strongly preferred
• Experience conducting field assessments
• Experience with quality assurance
• Intermediate computer skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Comfort with public speaking and/or willingness to improve public speaking skills
• Ability and interest to navigate roadside slopes to assess the installation and condition of stream crossings
• 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
• Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive State of Maine vehicle

Website: www.maine.gov/dep/
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Living Allowance

$1400 - $1400 monthly

Benefits

Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Additional Benefits

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 Networking opportunities 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

Education Benefits

Credential or Certification

Education Requirements

High School Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Subject to criminal background check

Age Requirement

18 - 99

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Environment

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Federal Government Agency, Local Government Agency, Museum or Nature Center, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Park, State Agency other than State Service Commission

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Dena Doyon
(207) 624-6085
corps.conservation@maine.gov

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