Seasonal Positions– Summer 2017

Summer Land Steward, 2017

Part of the Regional Field Team at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Two positions are available.

Job Title: Summer Land Steward

Hours: 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (approximately June-August, 2017)

Compensation: $12.00 per hour

Requires: Availability and use of reliable personal vehicle

The Regional Field Team (RFT) is a collaboration between four organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The RFT is hired and managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and we are seeking two Summer Land Stewards for 2017. This is an outdoor position helping to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. Projects will be conducted on lands protected by all four regional organizations, giving our Summer Land Stewards experience with a wide variety of properties, tasks, and land conservation professionals. This will be an excellent opportunity for networking and gaining land management experience. The Summer Land Stewards will work under the direction of the KELT Stewardship Coordinator and other seasonal staff. For some tasks, the Stewards will work directly with staff or volunteers from organizations other than KELT.

Responsibilities:

The Summer Land Stewards will often but not always work as a team, and may work independently or with volunteers and/or staff. Solo work may be required at times. The Stewards will frequently meet visitors on our properties. Successful applicants will be expected to act professionally and communicate necessary information in a polite manner.

Tasks are likely to include the following:

  1. Conduct trail clearing and trimming with loppers, hand-saws, bow-saws, etc.
  2. Occasional use of string trimmer or hedge-trimmer for trail clearing
  3. Monitor trail conditions and create detailed reports of problem areas
  4. Traverse property boundaries to maintain signage and check for encroachment
  5. Assist with occasional clean-up of illicit dumping sites
  6. Build bog bridges, steps, and other trail structures
  7. Check and maintain kiosks, map boxes, trail signage, and paint blazing
  8. Conduct mechanical control of invasive plants (i.e. cutting, digging, or pulling)
  9. Assist with any other suitable project, indoor or outdoor, as needed
  10. Keep a log of activities and hours completed

Preferred Education:

Completed High School program and some college. Applicants still in HS may be considered on a case-by- case basis.

Necessary Skills:

  • Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment over rough ground
  • Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools in the field
  • Ability to work independently, responsibly, and safely

Preferred Skills:

  • First Aid Certification
  • Experience working on trails
  • Experience communicating with the public
  • Map and compass (orienteering) skills

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to cbrunault@kennebecestuary.org. Applicants may also hand-deliver the application to the KELT office, or send by mail to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references.

If an applicant is called to interview, KELT will begin contacting references at that time.

Application Deadline: Extended to March 10th, 2017

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Maine Conservation Corps: Environmental Steward

This position is provided through the AmeriCorps program, Maine Conservation Corps (MCC). It is a 6 month term. Click the link above to learn more about the MCC.

Term of Service: May 22 – Nov 17, 2017 at KELT

Hours: 40 hours per week, occasional weekends/evenings (900 hours)

Location: Bath, Maine (initial training and occasional training events near Augusta)

Requires: Availability and use of reliable personal vehicle

Overview:

The Regional Field Team is a unique collaboration between four conservation organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). It serves to provide skilled land stewardship assistance for a wide range of projects on properties in the Kennebec Estuary region.

In 2017, KELT will be the host site for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Environmental Steward, who will serve on the Regional Field Team (RFT). This position provides extensive networking opportunity, exposure to a wide range of responsibilities, and the chance to experience four different organizations from the inside. It would be hard to find a better orientation to non-profit land conservation in Maine.

The AmeriCorps Environmental Stewards program is administered by the Maine Conservation Corps program. This position will help to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and recreational trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. The Steward will assist with a variety of outdoor projects for four regional organizations, under the direction of the KELT Stewardship Coordinator. Projects will be conducted on lands protected by the four regional organizations. The AmeriCorps Steward placed with the RFT at KELT will have a rich opportunity to gain field and management experience in many facets of conserved land stewardship.

AmeriCorps will provide initial training in volunteer management, CPR/first aid, and GPS usage. KELT will provide additional training in the use of surveys and compass for navigating land, invasive plant species identification and control, trail maintenance techniques, herbicide safety, and basic ArcGIS mapping.

Responsibilities:

The AmeriCorps Environmental Steward will serve under the supervision of KELT’s Stewardship Coordinator and occasionally with staff and volunteers from other regional organizations to complete projects ranging from trail maintenance to permitting and ArcGIS mapping.

Tasks are likely to include the following:

  1. Trail maintenance and monitoring, including the installation of bridges and other structures, supervising volunteers and short-term summer interns
  2. Document activities at the Sewall Woods Demonstration Forest and assist with educational materials
  3. With volunteers and short-term summer interns, mark and maintain preserve boundaries
  4. Identify, scout for, map, and manually remove upland invasive plants
  5. After safety training, assist with herbicide applications
  6. Recruit and engage volunteers for specific projects throughout the season
  7. Collaborate with staff and/or volunteers to inspect and monitor conservation properties
  8. Assist with events and educational programs as needed
  9. With ArcGIS, provide maps for management plans, monitoring reports, and permit applications
  10. Keep a log of activities and hours completed for each organization, and assist with regular recordkeeping for the Regional Field Team

Necessary Skills:

  • Driver’s license and personal transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment over rough ground, sometimes off-trail
  • Willingness to tolerate adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain
  • Willingness to supervise interns and volunteers as needed to complete projects
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools in the field
  • Ability to operate independently, responsibly, and safely

Preferred Skills:

  • Trail maintenance experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Adobe PDF files, and email functions
  • Species identification skills, or ecology/biology background
  • Experience communicating with the public
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Map and compass (orienteering) skills

To Apply:

To review additional important information about this Maine Conservation Corps opportunity, please visit the MCC Environmental Steward webpage HERE. An application link is available through that website. Please indicate your interest in the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust as a Host Site in your application.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2017