Live, serve, and explore Maine’s wilderness, coast and mountains with Maine Conservation Corps (MCC). Members serve in teams of three to six, using traditional construction and maintenance skills to enhance hiking, biking, skiing, and other types of recreational trails throughout the state. Learn how to highline a 500-pound boulder to construct a stone staircase, build timber structures, or open access to treasured natural areas. You’ll make a difference in local communities, while connecting to nature, peers and yourself. Build a path, while finding yours.
54 Independence Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
Training typically takes place in the Augusta area; field projects are conducted throughout Maine.
Start Date: August 9, 2021
End Date: October 1, 2021
Full time, 40 hours a week, 7:00am – 4:30pm, for 9 days (Monday – Tuesday), followed by 5 days off OR Monday – Friday with weekends off. It is typical to have a mixed schedule, and each team has a unique project and travel schedule. Overnights and weekends required. Field Team Members are 300 hour AmeriCorps members
Team Members will attend a member orientation to MCC and AmeriCorps. Topics may include: backcountry wellness, Leave No Trace ethics, diversity and inclusivity, and an introduction to trail tools and safety standards. During the Field Season members will participate in ongoing job readiness training including job searches, resume and cover letter writing, and goal setting.
Field Team Members will complete conservation projects as part of a team primarily focused on rehabilitation and construction of recreational trails across Maine. You can expect to serve on physically challenging projects in any kind of weather, gaining hands on experience in the groundwork of stewardship. The Team Member position requires a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, the ability to live and serve collaboratively in a team setting, and the physical ability to carry out the essential functions of the position.
• Learn all aspects of trail construction and rehabilitation.
• Participate in job readiness training
• Adhere to the MCC safety rules and guidelines including heightened COVID-19 protocols
• Follow the MCC Code of Conduct, and all guidelines set forth in member agreement and MCC Handbook.
• Adhere to the MCC drug free workplace policy.
• Submit paperwork in a timely manner. Paperwork includes timesheets, job readiness assignments, and other forms required by the MCC.
• Represent the MCC in a professional and supportive manner, to the public and media.
• Live cooperatively with other members during training and service sessions. Willingly perform joint living tasks, such as cooking and cleaning and maintaining hygiene (Not to be counted as direct service hours).
• Build new trails, rehabilitate existing trails, and complete other conservation projects
o Build bridges, wooden ladders, retaining walls, etc.
o Construct rock staircases, retaining walls, stepping stones, etc.
o Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
o Other treadway maintenance and construction (crush rock, haul gravel)
o Invasive species removal
This position requires serving in adverse weather conditions, including cold, rain, heat, and humidity, exposure to biting and stinging insects, hiking with all tools and gear over difficult terrain, and sleeping in tents. This position should be viewed not as a traditional job, but as an experience where long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations, are to be expected.
• Attend training, such as: orientation to the MCC and AmeriCorps, Leave No Trace, diversity and inclusivity, introduction to trail tools and safety standards.
• Participate in ongoing training such as: resume writing, job search components, and interview skills
• Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
• Willingness and physical ability to serve on a variety of conservation projects, which will include using power and hand tools
• Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
• Serving on trails across steep or uneven terrain
• Serving in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
• Serving, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
• Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying heavy gear and tools
• Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
• Non-judgmental attitude, sensitivity to others, approachable
• Responsible and reliable
• Interest in personal growth and in participating in on-going training
• Interest in serving with a diverse group of people
• Willingness to follow heightened health and safety protocols due to COVID-19 during service sessions and during time off, including restricted travel outside of Maine.
• The ability to operate an MCC vehicle to transport members and gear to and from project sites
Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Team Members are AmeriCorps members who will receive a weekly living stipend of $270 (less taxes). Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, pro-deals, a Maine State Park Pass, and an education award of $1,311.11. Some members may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• Must be eligible for AmeriCorps
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Must be at least 17 years old
• Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident
• Must agree to criminal history checks
Subject to criminal background check