ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD – 1700 hours
Term: January 11, 2021 - November 12, 2021
Midcoast Conservancy (Land)
Location: Edgecomb, ME
Housing: Local low-cost housing available if needed
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
Host Site and Position Overview:
Midcoast Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to support healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning. Our focus area includes Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties, encompassing 24 towns and the 450 square miles of the Damariscotta Lake watershed, Medomak River watershed, and Sheepscot River watershed, along with their many tributaries. Work is supported by membership, major donors, grants, and foundations.
Midcoast Conservancy seeks to protect critically important natural resources, improve the quality of life for residents of Midcoast Maine, and provide healthy outdoor adventure and learning programs for youth, adults of all ages, and families.
The Environmental Steward will care for the lands in the service region by:
Building a volunteer base through engaging local champions to build locally-centered trails and sustaining partnerships with community organizations to maintain and build trails across the region
Collaborating with the Senior Land Steward and Forest and Lands Manager to care for currently conserved lands
Assisting with property monitoring and contributing to stewardship documentation
The Midcoast Conservancy Land Environmental Steward provides critical support in caring for conserved lands, trails, and facilities in the Midcoast region, both through direct service and by providing leadership that supports and builds the volunteer base. The ES will develop skills including: enhanced ability to work with volunteer groups and build relationships with partner organizations, trail development and maintenance, boundary maintenance, conserved property monitoring and recordkeeping per Land Trust Alliance standards, chainsaw skill and facilities maintenance.
Description of Duties:
• Maintain and develop volunteer engagement through partnerships to maintain and build trails and manage invasive plants throughout the Sheepscot River, Damariscotta Lake watershed, and Medomak Valley region.
• Assist staff with monitoring of conserved lands and boundary marking, including: record-keeping, landowner notification, communication with volunteer property monitors, and monitoring conserved properties.
• Contribute to sustainable forestry operations at Hidden Valley Nature Center.
• Assist staff with stewardship records and documentation.
• Follow protocols set forward by Midcoast Conservancy and partner organizations
• Conduct outreach and build partnerships through meetings, phone calls, emails and letters.
• Lead groups in projects
• Schedule volunteer projects
• Build and maintain trails
• Implement best practices for erosion control for trails
• Accomplish projects despite variable weather
• Organize multiple projects
• Track project details
• Analyze information for relevance and impact
• Meet project deadlines
• Drive vehicles and transport tools
• Maintain tools
• Perform outdoor labor in a safe manner
• Communicate with staff, volunteers and landowners
• Excellent communication and organization skills
• Ability to put others at ease, group leadership skills
• Positive work ethic and sense of humor
• Willingness to assist on trail maintenance and construction projects related to trails and infrastructure
• Demonstrated ability to work individually while achieving measurable results
• An ability to focus on the passion for Midcoast Conservancy’s mission through outreach
• Flexibility, problem solving, and creative thinking
• Recruiting, retaining and collaborating with volunteers in a professional manner
• Service occurs in all weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, buggy) and can be physically demanding. Midcoast Conservancy provides training for land stewardship based conservation projects and support with trail building techniques.
• Service includes traversing uneven terrain.
• Service involves daytime travel for meetings and field projects throughout the Midcoast region (Montville to Waldoboro).
• Service includes moving materials and tools for carpentry projects
• Service is performed independently and as part of a team.
• Service includes interaction with a wide variety of program partners and the public.
• Service involves managing time effectively and completing tasks with attention to detail.
• Service will require the ability to self-motivate, serve independently and collaboratively.
• Carpentry skills
• Sustainable trail-building skills
• GPS/GIS experience
• Experience with outreach-comfortable building partnerships and reaching out to new landowners to support trailbuilding and land conservation through phone calls, emails, and letters
• Strong verbal skills
• Leadership aptitude
To Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application and email a copy of your current resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted with further instructions.