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The mission of the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is to accomplish conservation projects that inspire individuals and enhance communities. As an AmeriCorps program MCC is dedicated to accomplishing conservation projects for the public, promoting and managing volunteer opportunities, providing education, and building self-esteem, leadership, and skill sets to strengthen the future opportunities of members.
Build a path, while finding yours! 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, and engage in other conservation projects to improve habitat and expand access to treasured natural areas. This short-term commitment leads to long-term impacts. You’ll make a difference in local communities while connecting to nature, peers, and yourself.
- Location: 54 Independence Drive, Augusta, ME 04330; Training will take place in Raymond, ME; field projects are conducted throughout Maine.
- Start Date: Monday, June 12, 2023
- End Date: Friday, October 13, 2023
- Time Requirement: Full-time, 40 hours a week, 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 are required. Field Team Members are 675-hour AmeriCorps members
Team Members will attend a one-week member orientation to MCC and AmeriCorps. Topics will include: backcountry wellness, Leave No Trace ethics, diversity and inclusivity, and an introduction to trail tools and safety standards. A portion of Field Team Members will undergo Chainsaw Safety Training depending on assigned projects. 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 the 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.
- Build new trails, rehabilitate existing trails, and complete other conservation projects
- Build bridges, boardwalks, wooden ladders, etc.
- Construct rock staircases, retaining walls, stepping stones, etc.
- Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
- Other treadway maintenance and construction (crush rock, haul gravel)
- Habitat Restoration, such as invasive plant removal
- 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 the 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).
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. 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. A portion of MCC Team Members will attend Chainsaw Safety Training.
- 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 ongoing training
- Interest in serving with a diverse group of people
- Willingness to follow heightened health and safety protocols due to COVID-19.
- The ability to operate an MCC vehicle to transport members and gear to and from project sites
- 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
Team Members are AmeriCorps members who will receive a weekly living stipend of $325 (less taxes). Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, a Maine State Park Pass, discounts on outdoor gear, and an education award of $2,474.27. Some members may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement.