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. Learn how to highline a 500-pound boulder to construct a stone staircase, build timber structures, or open access to treasured natural areas. You’ll make a difference in local communities, while connecting to nature, peers and yourself. Build a path, while finding yours.
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 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.
• 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 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).
• Build new trails, rehabilitate existing trails, and complete other conservation projects
o Build bridges, wooden ladders, retaining walls, etc.
o Construct rock staircases, retaining walls, stepping stones, etc.
o Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
o Other treadway maintenance and construction (crush rock, haul gravel)
o Invasive species removal
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 where long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations, are to be expected.
• 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