Do you have a background in forestry and want to gain practical experience in the field? The Community Tree Steward (CTS) program offers opportunities for individuals to lead resiliency projects that engage residents in underserved communities.
Initiatives are developed based on local needs and may include:
Live, learn, and explore Maine’s conservation pockets with the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC). As a Community Tree Steward (CTS), you will connect with a community to better understand their aspirations for tree health and make them a reality. During orientation and throughout the term, you will earn certifications, engage in educational opportunities, and attend conferences that will advance your conservation career. Gain experience and an adventure while making a difference.
This general description of MCC CTS positions does not capture each host site’s objectives.
Individual sites will be posted on the MCC website as they are recruited. Applicants will be sent guidance through the process. Projects are restricted to underserved communicates and may occur in a regional area. Training and orientation typically occur near the MCC office in Augusta, Maine.
CTS are expected to serve a minimum of 40 hours per week. A regular schedule is determined by the Host Site and will include a minimum of 2 days off per week. Regular schedules may be modified for special events.
Description of Duties:
Orientation and Training Topics:
Members will be provided with an initial orientation to MCC, and extensive training opportunities will be provided during orientation and after. Professional Development trainings will include Wilderness First Aid, Chainsaw Safety Training, Mental Health Education (either Mental Health First Aid or Psychological First Aid), Certificate in Management of Volunteers, Nonviolent Communication and Mediation, the AmeriCorps Member Conference and the Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference.
The Host Site and/or Maine Forestry Service will provide additional forestry-based training to accomplish specific projects as they relate to grant outcomes and organizational needs.
Members will receive FEMA Training FEMA IS-700B for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and FEMA IS-244B for Developing and Managing Volunteers.
Job readiness training will also be provided, such as resume writing, job search components, appropriate workplace behaviors, and interview skills. Some topics are explicit lessons, and some will be learned throughout the term of service.
The CTS will utilize the Essential Volunteer Management Practices to improve the host site’s volunteer program.
The CTS will also recruit and promote volunteer opportunities from the local community, businesses, and social organizations to accomplish projects. The MCC will assist CTS in identifying potential outreach opportunities and promoting events to increase volunteerism at the Host Site by using Essential Volunteer Management Practices. The CTS will improve the sustainability of the overall volunteer program.
CTS may be enrolled as AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps additionally requires that members:
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