Trail Training Member - Maine Conservation Corps for 2018


Nov 17, 2017


Maine Conservation Corps

Trail Training Member
Application Deadline: December 22, 2017

Start/End Dates
Training: February 20 – May 18, 2018
Member Orientation and Field Season: May 21 – August 17, 2018 with potential extension to November 2nd

Position Description
Maine Conservation Corps (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, strengthening the future employability of members, while raising the aspirations of members and volunteers.
Trail Training members are 300 hour AmeriCorps members that will attend MCC’s 13 week Trail Training Program, which upon successful completion will qualify them to lead a MCC field team. Members will participate in training for hard and soft skills associated with creating and rehabilitating sustainable trails, as well as mentoring field team members.

Location
54 Independence Dr.
Augusta, ME 04330
Training typically takes place in the Augusta area; field work is conducted throughout Maine.

Time Requirement
Training:
Full time, 7:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday.
Field Season:
Full time, 40 hours a week, 7:00am – 4:30pm, 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 required.

Duties
Trail Trainers will participate in leadership skills development, covering essential hard and soft skills, and will complete conservation projects as part of a team of fellow Team Leader-trainees.
Once the field season starts, a successful Trail Trainer will assume the key responsibilities of a MCC Field Team Leader. This role provides direct leadership, mentorship, and teaching for an MCC field team during the summer and fall field seasons. You can expect to work on physically challenging conservation projects in any kind of weather, gaining hands on experience in the groundwork of stewardship.
The Team Leader position requires mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Team Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the team.
MCC Team Leaders perform many roles, and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with the opportunity for enormous rewards.

Trail Trainers will:
• Participate in job readiness training
• Learn all aspects of trail construction and rehabilitation.
• 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 cooking and cleaning and maintaining hygiene (Not to be counted as direct service hours).
• Build new trails and rehabilitate existing trails
o Build bridges, wooden ladders, retaining walls, etc.
o Construct rock water bars, retaining walls, causeways, stone steps, etc.
o Clear trails (cut and haul brush, dig to mineral soil, pull stumps, etc.)
o 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. See Team Leader position for full details.

Training
• Attend training, such as: Wilderness First Responder, chainsaw safety training, Maine Driving Dynamics, Griphoist operations, building with stone, introduction to small engines and power tools, camping skills, outdoor leadership, introduction to trail design and layout, leadership workshops, sexual harassment awareness, and project planning.
• Attend member orientation training, such as: Leadership styles, communication, and conflict case studies job readiness
• Participate in ongoing training such as: resume writing, job search components, appropriate workplace behaviors, interview skills

Essential Functions
• Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
• Willingness and physical ability to work on a variety of conservation projects, which will include using power and hand tools
• Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
• Walking and working across steep or uneven terrain
• Working in extremes of heat or cold, as well as being exposed to biting and stinging insects
• Working, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
• Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often carrying heavy gear and tools
• Ability to perform tasks as part of a cooperative team
• Non-judgmental attitude, sensitivity to others, approachable
• Responsible and reliable
• Interest in personal growth and in participating in on-going training

Marginal Functions
• The ability to operate a MCC vehicle to transport members and gear to and from project sites

Working Conditions
This position requires serving in adverse weather conditions, including cold, rain, hot, and humid, 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 where long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations, are to be expected.

Qualifications
• Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
• High School diploma or equivalent
• Must be at least 21 years old
• Must be a US Citizen
• Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checks
• One season of outdoor living experience

Benefits
Paid leadership training - Trail Training Members are 300 hour AmeriCorps members who will receive a weekly living stipend of $225 (less taxes) as well as housing during training. Other benefits include health insurance, a wide range of training and networking opportunities, pro-deals, a Maine State Park Pass, and an education award of $1,230.69. Some members may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement.

To Apply: By December 22nd, submit a MCC Application, Certifications, and References. Please email Corps.Conservation@maine.gov for questions and information
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 in advance by contacting MCC staff.

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