Location: Hancock, ME
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
Host Site and Position Overview:
Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is a nationally accredited, nonprofit, land conservation organization. Now in our 30th year of operation, we have protected nearly 7,000 acres in 12 towns and townships, through conservation easements or FBC-owned preserves. Our conserved lands protect a broad variety of ecosystems and traditional land uses, including forest, wetlands, coastline, mountains, an organic farm, a working woodlot, blueberry fields, and waterfront along a wild and scenic river. Frenchman Bay Conservancy maintains more than 25 miles of year-round public access hiking trails for nature observation, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hunting. We protect access for the public to enjoy scenic vistas, sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and mudflats for recreation and commercial access including clam and worm harvesting.
The ES will be involved with trail building and recruiting volunteers to build trails mostly. In addition, trail maintenance, GPS trail mapping, and leading community volunteers in trail building events.
FBC is constantly protecting new lands and creating new Preserves that need public access enhancements. We have over 25 miles of trail to maintain in addition to the new lands we are opening to the public. Last year our MCC Environmental Steward coalesced a great group of community volunteers, and they are excited to come back for another season of work. But, our need for volunteers has also grown with more projects to do this summer! If we have more volunteers, we can get more work done! And we rely entirely on volunteers for our stewardship work.
The purpose of this position is to engage community in conservation by providing opportunity to volunteer on our Preserves, or simply visit a Preserve and experience time in nature. Trails serve as a link between the general public and valuing conservation lands. This Environmental Steward provides FBC with the capacity to engage with community, give them an opportunity to feel a sense of ownership of these public lands, and help FBC keep up with the growing demand for new trails and improvements on existing trails.
Skills a member will develop:
Outreach – engage community members to recruit a lasting volunteer stewardship group for Day Ridges Preserve in Gouldsboro.
Leadership – working alongside and teaching volunteers basic trail building skills.
Trail Building- experience in new trail construction, building trail structures such as bog bridging, stepping stones, dimensional bridging construction.
Project Management – The LS will work under guidance of FBC’s Land Protection Manager and Stewardship Committee to plan out and schedule materials needed, volunteers needed, tools needed and time needed to complete projects.
GPS Mapping – If the Land Steward doesn’t already have skills using GPS, we will teach them to navigate and track for the purposes of creating new maps and keeping a work log of volunteer group accomplishments.
An ES at Frenchman Bay Conservancy would have the opportunity for personal fulfillment and professional growth - through accomplishing multiple facets of land conservation. The ES will be involved in planning and leading periodic volunteer service days, conducting trail stewardship tasks clearing trails, blazing trails, installing bog bridging, tracking trail usage via hiker registration boxes and engaging our members through various outreach events, such as group hikes, educational activities and fundraising events.
Description of Duties:
• Collaborate with FBC Stewardship Committee and Land Protection Manager to layout new trails
• Serve independently to maintain trail corridor, drainage structures and any other trail maintenance as required.
• Recruit Community Volunteers to form ‘Friends of..’ groups for FBC to maintain
• Plan and implement volunteer trail building events
• Lead volunteers on trail projects in the field
• Maintain FBC tool cache
• Provide data entry and create work log data to maintain up to date trail stewardship database
• Planning field days including preparing equipment and supplies and determining the tasks/projects to be completed
• Leading safe and productive volunteer service days
• Knowledge and understanding of basic trail building practices and ability to implement these practices
• Knowledge and understanding of basic carpentry skills
• Recruiting and retaining volunteers
• Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with FBC staff, volunteers, board members, local partners, and members of the public.
• Support ongoing FBC Stewardship projects as needed
• Support FBC Community Outreach Events as needed
• Service is performed primarily outdoors from May through October.
• Service involves physical labor in isolated outdoor locations on difficult terrain in variable weather conditions, including but not limited to moving tools and equipment between vehicles and service sites and moving lumber and other materials to service sites and installing them.
• Service involves travel to locations throughout Hancock County.
• Service is performed both independently and in collaboration with stewardship volunteers; some volunteers will be inexperienced and require basic training.
• 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.
• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Conservation, Environmental Science, or related field preferred
• Knowledge of sustainable trail building practices and specifically experience with sustainable tread preferred
• Strong ethic of service
• Strong communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong problem solving skills
• Experience utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping, a plus
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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