ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD – 1700 hours
Term: January 11, 2021-November 12, 2021
City of Portland
Location: Portland, ME
Housing: Not provided
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
Host Site and Position Overview:
City of Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department oversees all city parks, trails, open spaces, forestry, recreation programs, and recreational and cultural facilities within Portland.
Two MCC Environmental Stewards (ESs) will serve as the Crew Leaders for the inaugural year of the Portland Youth Corps (PYC). One will start in January, and a second shorter term member will start in April. The PYC will be comprised of middle and high school aged students (13-16 years old) who will perform service projects throughout Portland’s parks and open spaces. The youth crew members receive a stipend, training, work experience, and professional mentorship. The Environmental Stewards are responsible for recruitment, daily leadership, and coordination of the day to day logistics of the program.
The ESs will gain experience serving directly with youth to complete vital conservation projects in urban settings such as tree planting, young tree maintenance, pollinator and perennial garden maintenance, trail construction, bridge and boardwalk construction, and natural playground maintenance. The ESs will gain skills in leadership and mentorship of diverse youth populations, project management, municipal parks management, and coordinating complex logistics.
January-May: Recruitment of youth crew members
June-August: Leadership of summer work crews
Sept-November: Program wrap up and prep for following season
Description of Duties:
• Recruitment and selection of up to 30 middle and high school aged youth who will take part in the Portland Youth Corps. This involves communication with school staff and community organizations and making in-person presentations to students. This also includes a high level of written and verbal communication with various program partners and school district staff.
• Processing applications and conducting youth volunteer interviews.
• Organizing regular weekend or afterschool service projects for crews during the school year.
• Leading summer crews that will perform projects throughout Portland’s parks and open spaces.
• Provide day to day leadership, coordination, mentorship and problem solving.
• Coordinating with various Parks, Rec and Facilities staff and partner organizations to plan and implement projects, including arranging for materials, tools, food, transportation, and other logistics.
• Projects include: tree planting, natural playground maintenance, trail maintenance, trail bridge construction, invasive species control, native plantings and maintenance, general park cleanup.
• Leading overnight recreation-based trips at the end of each 2-3 week hitch. Potential trips include backpacking, day hiking, canoeing, and white water rafting.
• Responsibility for the day to day safety and well-being of the program members. Creating a positive environment that is productive and welcoming for students of all backgrounds.
• Recording and tracking of volunteer program records: applications, emails, rosters, etc.
• Provide positive and inclusive leadership and role-modeling to middle and high school aged crew members.
• Ability to clearly communicate in writing and verbally with staff at City and with partner organizations.
• Ability to be a self-starter. This program requires a great deal of independence, self-motivation and confident leadership. Supervising staff will not always be in the field with the MCC Environmental Stewards, and stewards are expected to display the highest level of professionalism while serving the local community.
• Knowledge and ability to perform outdoor projects, including but not limited to: trail construction, light carpentry, tree plantings, garden maintenance, general park cleanup.
Service will be generally indoors during the recruitment season (January—May), with occasional outdoor service projects on weekends and afterschool. The stewards will be generally outdoors in all conditions during the summer season (June—November).
• Service is performed primarily outdoors from June through November.
• Service involves some physical labor
• Service involves travel to nearby location
• Service is performed independently and as part of a team
• 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
• Valid drivers license
• Ability to pass City of Portland background check
• Conflict resolution and positive mentoring skills are desired.
• Self-starter with effective communication skills and excellent organization skills.
• Leadership experience and an ability to serve as a positive role model to a wide array of young people.
• Experience with outdoor labor including trail maintenance, tree planting and gardening.
• A second language would be desirable, but not required: French, Spanish, or Arabic.
To Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application and email a copy of your current resume and a cover letter to email@example.com. You will be contacted with further instructions.