Location: Wells, ME
675 Hour Term: June 5, 2023 – October 6, 2023
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include evenings and occasional weekends.
Additional Training Provided: Chainsaw Safety Training
The purpose of this position is to fulfill the mission of the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), which is to accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire people and enhance communities. This is achieved by accomplishing conservation projects, creating pathways to employment, delivering environmental education, and engaging community volunteers.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global non-profit with a business unit in Maine. Our mission is to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. We own and manage almost 300,000 acres in Maine, and have actives programs focused on freshwater, ocean, climate, and community resources across the state.
This AmeriCorps member position will support Burn Boss Jon Bailey and Burn Crew Leader Sam Nyes in the implementation of a collaborative grant with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) through the U.S. Fisheries &Wildlife Service (USFWS) Partners Program entitled Southern Maine Prescribed Fire & Hazardous Fuels Reduction Landscape Partnership. This will involve various and sundry tasks associated with the preparation and coordination of tasks associated with this large effort to reduce hazardous fuels and manage wildlife habitat in Wells and Kennebunk, ME.
Late summer-coordination of mowing activities, preparatory fire equipment maintenance, orientation, GIS planning and prep.
Fall burn season-participate in prescribed burns, maintain equipment, and collect GIS data.
Post burn season-reporting, maintenance, and data maintenance.
Description of Duties:
The TNC’s Southern Maine Field Office is a dynamic work environment with a combination of field tasks, workshops, and office tasks. The field office consists of a Burn Boss/Program Manager, Crew Leader/Land Manager, and The Environment Steward(s). 20 to 45 active fire-trained volunteers and several state, federal, and NGO’s collaborative partners. Both the Maine and New Hampshire TNC business unit staff provide support and hands-on assistance.
The projects can be fast paced making for solid positive high-quality results. Safety is a top priority. All team members strive for equality, inclusion, openness to learning and growth, integrity, and a positive work environment.
They will be required to hike uneven terrain, grasslands, and forested lands on our managed lands which range from easy to strenuous, and may be working in poor weather (rain, heat), often with biting insects. There may be some long days in the field.
Orientation and Training Topics:
Members will participate in up to five orientation and training days, typical topics include: Intro to AmeriCorps, Prohibited Program Activities, MCC, Host Sites and You, OnCorps reporting, Portfolio Development, Professional Communication, National Incident Management Systems, Leave No Trace, Intro to Trails, Tool Safety, Use and Maintenance, Interpretive Programs. Initial orientation and training will likely include some virtual aspects in 2023.
Job readiness training, such as resume writing, job search components, appropriate workplace behaviors, and interview skills will be taught throughout the term of service.
To Apply: Go to our website to complete an online application, and email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to [email protected]. You will then be contacted with further instructions. If you have any questions, please direct those to the email above as well.
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