AmeriCorps Environmental Steward – Maine State Parks

Maine Conservation Corps

  • LTE/Temporary
  • Maine
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-08

This Environmental Steward will be performing a range of trail stewardship projects at the associated park or parks. In addition to performing direct trail maintenance and rehabilitation services, the steward(s) will recruit, train and lead volunteers in a variety of trail stewardship tasks.

This Environmental Steward position will function independently for the majority of the term, focusing on specific trail projects between Midcoast Maine State Parks or Parks in the Sebago and Freeport region. The overall purpose is to focus on tangible trail improvements. There will also be times where the ESs will focus on growing the volunteer base at the parks.

Description of Duties

  • Rehabilitate existing trails in all seasons and weather conditions including:
  • Build timber structures (bridges, retaining walls, etc.)
  • Construct stone and earth structures (reinforced grade dips, retaining walls, causeways, stone steps, etc.)
  • Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
  • Other tread way projects (crush rock, haul gravel)
  • Monitor use of trails
  • Assist park staff with ongoing trail related park projects
  • Evaluate current and future trail projects for ongoing maintenance and construction

Essential Functions

  • Trailwork experience
  • Familiarity with mountain hiking trails
  • Experience with general maintenance skills
  • Willingness and physical ability to participate in a variety of conservation projects, which will include using power and hand tools
  • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Walking across steep or uneven terrain
  • Serving in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
  • Serving, living, 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

Service Conditions

  • These sites do NOT have good cell service or reliable wifi
  • Service is performed primarily outdoors in all weather conditions and biting and stinging insects
  • Service involves some physical labor, and hiking with gear and tools over difficult terrain
  • Service involves travel to nearby locations
  • Service involves frequent communication to multiple parties, and may include electronic, telephonic and/or in-person communication

Site Specific Qualifications

  • Trail building experience preferred
  • Ability to critically think and solve problems
  • General ability to serve independently in the field and maintain equipment, as well as an affinity for leading activities and discussions with volunteers

To apply for this job please visit www.maine.gov.