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.
54 Independence Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
Training will take place in Raymond, ME; field projects are conducted throughout Maine.
Start Date: Monday, June 12, 2023
End Date: Friday, October 13, 2023
Time Requirement: Full-time, 40 hours a week, for 9 days (Monday – Tuesday), followed by 5 days off OR Monday – Friday with weekends off. It is typical to have a mixed schedule, and each team has a unique project and travel schedule. Overnights and weekends are required. Field Team Members are 675-hour AmeriCorps members
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 the 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.
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.
Team Members are AmeriCorps members who will receive a weekly living stipend of $325 (less taxes). Other benefits include a wide range of training and networking opportunities, a Maine State Park Pass, discounts on outdoor gear, and an education award of $2,474.27. Some members may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement.
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