As an Outdoor Recreation Coach, you'll work with two other AmeriCorps members in Skowhegan, Maine, to plan and execute free outdoor recreation activities, events, and trainings for our residents. Member-led programming will range from low-impact activities like nature hikes and lunchtime walks around downtown to high-impact activities like mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and whitewater paddling. You'll plan a minimum of three activities each week, and you'll work with local organizations, schools, and stakeholders to promote programming and encourage participation. You'll also recruit volunteers--people who will sustain the program for years to come--and fine-tune our volunteer engagement and management practices. AND you'll draft a business plan for a community gear hub and then start the hub out of our office!
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Training
Professional Development & Career Preparedness
Coaches will also be trained to perform the duties as described in the position description, and will gain valuable skills via workshops and professional development trainings, including:
Outdoor recreation skills training and training best practices
Emergency management practices and procedures
All federal- and state-sponsored AmeriCorps training and professional development programs
Other trainings as required
Coaches will leave the program with experiences that will bolster their resume and put them a step ahead of others as they search for their dream career.
Fulfilling Work in a Rural Community
Skowhegan, Maine, is a historic mill town nestled in the heart of the Kennebec River Valley. Centrally located between Maine's rocky coastline and the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, Skowhegan is a town in the midst of a renaissance—one that's transforming the community into an outdoor recreation mecca and local food hub.
Outdoor Recreation Coaches will play a critical role in this transformation, as they will plan and implement FREE outdoor recreation programming, providing opportunities for Skowhegan residents to get outside and active. Coaches will catalyze a community shift toward a healthy lifestyle through active engagement with nature.
Coaches will help improve the quality of life for everyone—all while living in a vibrant community that offers a laid-back way of life and plentiful recreation opportunities with a host of trail systems in and around Skowhegan, beaches and more at Lake George Regional Park, and easy access to the mountains, woods, and river. And, in 2021, construction will begin on New England's first whitewater park and recreation area.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Love for the outdoors, with some outdoor recreation experience
Customer service skills
Ability to work well as a team
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check