ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD – 1700 hours
Term: January 11, 2021- November 12, 2021
Midcoast Conservancy (Community)
Location: Wiscasset, 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 Community Steward will build Community in the service region by:
1. Building a volunteer base through ongoing partnerships with community organizations to maintain and strengthen community access to high quality gear, trainings and trails.
2. Delivering programs engaging community in Outdoor adventure activities
3. Maintaining trails and facilities at Hidden Valley in Jefferson
4. Maintaining a mobile library of outdoor adventure gear (fat tire bikes, cross country skis, snowshoes, kayaks)
The Midcoast Conservancy Community Environmental Steward provides critical support to: community trainings, adventure programs, and maintenance of gear, trails, and facilities in the Midcoast region, both through direct service and by providing leadership that supports and builds the volunteer base. The Community Steward will develop skills including: enhanced ability to work with volunteer groups and build relationships with partner organizations, trail development and gear maintenance/ inventory, adventure sport training, trail maintenance, truck/trailer driving, snow grooming, chainsaw operation and facilities maintenance.
This position is composed of 3 core areas of responsibility:
1) Volunteer recruitment and engagement
2) Community Leader trainings and outdoor adventure gear management
3) Building maintenance and trail work
The time line for types of tasks by season is as follows. January-March: trail grooming and trail clearing; x-c ski and snowshoe trainings and maintenance.
April-June: trail stewardship including installing water bars and ditching; bike maintenance and trainings; volunteer recruitment for trails and bikes.
June-August: trail stewardship and new trail construction; paddle sport (SUP/ canoe/ kayak) maintenance, trainings, and volunteer recruitment; infrastructure repair projects at Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) including bridge replacement and hut maintenance and renovation.
September- November: volunteer engagement, community leader trainings, bike maintenance, trail development & maintenance, infrastructure repair projects at HVNC.
Description of Duties:
• Maintain and develop volunteer engagement through community leader trainings
• Assist staff with building maintenance and new infrastructure at HVNC
• Assist with trail maintenance at new trail construction at HVNC
• Lead volunteer workdays at HVNC on trails and building renovations
• Excellent communication and organization skills
• Ability to work closely with volunteers in a professional manner
• Ability to put others at ease, group leadership skills
• Strong work ethic and sense of humor
• Enthusiasm for trail maintenance, construction projects related to trails and facilities, and facilities maintenance.
• Demonstrated ability to work individually while achieving measurable results
• Passion for Midcoast Conservancy’s mission through outreach
• Service occurs in all weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, buggy) and can be physically demanding.
• Service includes leading and training volunteers, occasionally during weekday evenings.
• Service includes traversing uneven terrain.
• Service involves daytime travel for meetings and field projects in the Midcoast region to Damariscotta lake and other water bodies (Liberty to Edgecomb).
• Service requires the use of a canoe and safe operation of motor boat, trailering and driving
• 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.
• Critical thinking, flexibility, and problem solving
• Leadership experience: skill and comfort leading groups of youth or adults through challenging experiences, e.g. - Learning to bike xc ski or replacing a bridge.
• Interest in facilities maintenance/ carpentry
• Previous experience/skill in bike maintenance
• Experience/skill in new construction
• Experience/skill in map and compass
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.