Build a path, while finding yours! 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, and engage in other conservation projects to improve habitat and expand access to treasured natural areas. This short-term commitment leads to long-term impacts. You’ll make a difference in local communities while connecting to nature, peers, and yourself.
START DATE: Monday, June 10, 2024
END DATE: Friday, October 11, 2024
Team Members are 675-hour AmeriCorps members. Commitment to service for the duration of the term is of utmost importance.
LOCATION: Orientation will be based out of a summer camp. Field projects after orientation are conducted state-wide in National and State Parks, Public Lands, Municipalities, and non-profit organizations.
MCC Office: 54 Independence Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
TIME REQUIREMENTS: 675-hour AmeriCorps Term, Full-time, 40 hours per week. It is typical to have a varied schedule, i.e., 9 days on (Monday – Tuesday), followed by 5 days off (Wednesday – Sunday) and/or Monday – Friday with weekends off. Each team has a unique project and travel schedule. Overnights, weekends, training days, and service events are required.
Field 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 career research, resume and cover letter writing, interview tips, self-reflection, and goal setting.
Field Team Members will complete conservation projects as part of a team primarily focused on the rehabilitation and construction of recreational trails across Maine. Team Members 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. Team Members will:
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. Long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations, are to be expected.
HOUSING: Will be provided during the orientation. During the field season, teams will camp at their project site and will return to an assigned basecamp or the MCC Office for off time. Basecamps will vary from rustic cabins to tent sites.
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