If you like learning new things and want to explore Maine's beautiful places, the Maine Conservation Corps has a job for you!
The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is devoted to conservation across the state in places like Baxter State Park and the Appalachian Trail, as well as land owned by local communities and land trusts, with positions available throughout the year. The four-fold mission emphasizes these key elements:
Accomplish Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Projects
Create Conservation Employment
Provide Conservation Education
Engage Conservation Volunteers
The 2018 MCC program will be focusing on job training skills, workplace readiness, interviewing skills and resume writing.
|What You Can Do||
Come build great trails with great people! Field Teams with the Maine Conservation Corps are composed of trail crews (3-6 individuals) serving to construct and improve recreational trails in the mountains, along the beautiful coastline and in communities all over the state of Maine.
Projects include remote backcountry hiking trails, local nature and walking paths, multi-use trails, as well as accessible pathways for wheelchair use. Some of the trail structures the MCC builds are stone staircases, timber bridges, boardwalks, bog bridging, and rock water bars, with a focus on the traditional trail skills that the MCC is famous for. For current positions and application deadlines, view the Field Team Opportunities »
I met some really good people and we accomplished some unbelievable things in the great outdoors. Getting thanked by a southbound hiker on the Appalachian Trail in twenty different languages; that won't happen twice! –Erika B., Team Member
If you want to learn how to build trails, work as a team, and become a great trail crew leader, becoming a Trail Training Member is for you! Each year, the Maine Conservation Corps conducts an intensive 11-week training program for potential Team Leaders from mid-February through early May. Participants receive extensive training in trails skills including timberwork, chainsaw safety and operation, rigging & grip hoist operation, rockwork, trail design and construction, crew management, outdoor leadership, and more. In addition, all participants receive Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful participants will lead MCC teams from late May until mid-August.
As a Trail Training Member alum, you have at least been exposed to all aspects of trail work. So far the chainsaw training has resulted in job offers, and I believe that participation in the Academy as a whole was the reason I was offered my current Field Coordinator position. The MCC allows its team leaders to actually manage the team. The MCC empowered team leaders to make decisions and then stood behind the team leader. That level of support, and the ability to develop management skills without being micromanaged was a great professional experience. –Philip K., Trail Training Member & Team Leader
Want to spend a season honing your trail-building skills in the great state of Maine? Serving as a Field Team Leader with the Maine Conservation Corps is an amazing and challenging experience that many leaders return to year after year. As a Team Leader, you will be a teacher, mentor, leader and friend to a group of 2-5 Team Members for 3-6 months. Most Team Leaders will work on an average of 4-6 projects (often both frontcountry and backcountry) throughout each season, enabling them to learn and improve on both new and acquired skills. Responsibilities of the Team Leader include crew management, acting as a liaison with project sponsors, and working with volunteers and local media. Highly successful Team Leaders may also have the opportunity to advance and become Senior Team Leaders in future seasons.
It is difficult to single out any one specific moment or event because quite honestly, every single moment I spent in the woods with my crew(s) was special! Memories were made during the summer/fall sessions that I will cherish for a lifetime! Whether building stone steps on Deboullie Mountain trail, laying bog bridge on Katahdin Lake trail, waking up to seagulls and surf on Marshall Island or cooking a great meal at the end of a long hard day of trail work at Western Head in Cutler, Maine, I enjoyed every minute of every day I spent with the MCC and the outstanding people in my crew(s) and that is no joke! At the age of 46, and after a 21 year career in the Coast Guard, I can honestly say that the summer I spent doing trail work with the MCC was the best summer of my life and I would do it all again in a heartbeat! Thanks for the memories! –Jeff K., Team Leader
Have you ever wondered about the hard work that goes into your favorite trails? How about learning how to move a 500-pound boulder or building a bridge? If you like spending time outside, learning new things and aren't afraid to get a little dirty, spending a season as a Field Team Member is the way to go! You will learn valuable skills (both physical and interpersonal), get in great shape and make a difference, as well as have some fantastic stories to tell by the end of your service. Team Members serve 3-6 months on both frontcountry and backcountry crews all across the state of Maine. Ready to take on a little more responsibility? Provide support and leadership with the Team Leader as an Assistant Team Leader.
My team took on one of the most arduous endeavors. We built the largest bridge that the MCC had ever built. The project took place on the beautiful shore of the Duck Trap River in Lincolnville, Maine. We learned how to use unique tools safely, work together under extremes (it was black fly season), endure really, REALLY, REALLY hard work (most of the wood used for the bridge we carried over a mile to the location). It was certainly an accomplishment to build a 55-foot bridge, but it was truly special what we learned during that process. During that summer we built so much together: bridges, friendships, and futures. –Nicole C., Team Member/Assistant Team Leader
After successful completion of a 2-week orientation and training program Environmental Stewards will be placed with a Maine federal, state or non-profit organization with all the skills needed to:
• Create new trails and rehabilitate existing trails
Host sites have included the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Vaughan Woods State Park, Grafton Notch State Park, Tumbledown Mountain/Mount Blue State Park, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Bigelow Preserve and Chain of Ponds, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and Maine Natural Areas Program.
Environmental Stewards will receive a total living allowance of $7,800 (before taxes), distributed weekly. Those engaging in Chainsaw Training will have their allowance distributed over 27 weeks; those not participating in Chainsaw Training will have their living allowance distributed over 45 weeks. Other benefits include health insurance, a wide range of training and networking opportunities, a Maine State Park Pass and an AmeriCorps education award of $2,865. Some Stewards may also be eligible for student loan deferment and childcare reimbursement. A small number of Host Sites also offer housing as part of their position.
MCC was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was exposed to career choices I had not considered, I gained work experience that has led to my career today, the learning opportunities presented through being part of the MCC group were very influential, and working at my individual placement location was great in teaching me the value of self motivation and initiative. The friendships that developed over the year are priceless. –Megan S., Environmental Steward
|Perks & Rewards||
• Living allowance/stipend
At minimum applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma (a bachelor's degree is required for the Environmental Educator Program), at least 18 years old (leader applicants must be at least 20 years old) and agree to a criminal and sex offender background check.
Additional qualifications may include the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions; the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference; a season (or more) of trail work experience in an outdoor leadership role; previous experience with construction work; and the ability to teach trail skills; good communication, writing and public speaking skills; and a valid driver's license.
|Application & Connections||
To apply, fill out the online application. Unemployed or underemployed youth and military Veterans are encouraged to apply.