Maine Conservation Corps seeks Trail Training Member

Nov 17, 2016

Maine Conservation Corps

Purpose: Trail Training Members serve Maine’s communities, participate in the AmeriCorps program, receive leadership training and gain hands-on experience. MCC is dedicated to accomplishing outdoor recreation and conservation projects for the public, promoting and managing volunteer opportunities, providing conservation education, building self-esteem and leadership, strengthen the future employability of members, while raising the aspirations of members and volunteers.

Location: Training typically takes place in the Hallowell area; field work is conducted throughout Maine

Time Commitment:
Training: February 21 – May 19, 2017
MCC Member Orientation and Field Season: May 22 – August 18, 2016 with potential extension to November 3rd.
40 hours a week; overnights and weekends required

Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award – 300 hour term during training
High School diploma
Must be at least 20 years old
Must be a US Citizen
Must submit to criminal history checks
One season of outdoor living experience

Essential Functions
Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
Follows directions
Non-judgmental attitude, sensitivity to others, approachable
Responsible and reliable
Interest in personal growth and in participating in on-going training
Ability to teach others

Desired Functions:
Approved to drive State vehicles by the Risk Management Division
Good communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Excellent work ethic
Possesses motivation and initiative
Previous conservation experience

Key Responsibilities:
Learn all aspects of trail construction and rehabilitation.
Participate in and lead job readiness training workshops
Adhere to the MCC safety rules and guidelines.
Adhere to the MCC Code of Conduct, and all guidelines set forth in member agreement and MCC Handbook.
Adhere to the MCC drug free workplace policy.
Submit paperwork in a timely manner
Represent, in a professional and supportive manner, the MCC, to the public and media.
Live cooperatively with other members during training and service sessions. Willingly perform joint living tasks, such as food shopping, cooking and cleaning and maintaining hygiene.
Build new trails and rehabilitate existing trails
Build bridges, wooden ladders, retaining walls, etc.
Construct rock water bars, retaining walls, causeways, stone steps, etc.
Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
Other tread way work (crush rock, haul gravel)
Assume the key responsibilities of a MCC Field Team Leader, upon the successful completion of trail training

Training Provided:
Attend training, such as: Wilderness First Responder, chainsaw safety training, Maine Driving Dynamics, Griphoist operations, building with stone and stonecutting, introduction to small engines and power tools, camping skills, outdoor leadership, trail design and layout.
Attend MCC Field Team Leader Orientation including leadership workshops, sexual harassment awareness, and project planning.
Participate in Trail Skills Week – such as trail construction with stone and timber, with new members
Attend member orientation training, such as: leadership styles, communication, and conflict case studies
Job readiness skills – resume and cover letter writing, job search components, appropriate workplace behaviors, interview skills

Stipend of $150 per week during training; $270 - $440 per week during field season (less taxes)
Housing during training and orientation
Health Insurance
$1,221.96 AmeriCorps Education Award (300 hour term during training)
Student Loan Forbearance, if eligible
State Park Pass

Application Deadline: December 30, 2016

For more information and to download an application off the MCC website:

Or email:

Unemployed, underemployed, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply

The Maine Conservation Corps provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Accommodation arrangements must be requested by contacting MCC staff.

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