Maine Corridor Stewardship Technician(s)

Feb 15, 2018, 13:56 PM
Location : New Hampshire and Maine
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Alison Scheiderer
Type : Seasonal
Position Summary:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hiring four to monitor, maintain and recover surveyed exterior corridor boundaries of lands that were acquired to protect the Appalachian Trail, and mitigate encroachments encountered according to ATC and National Park Service protocol. Two of these are 20-week positions from late May through early October and two are 14-week positions from late May to mid-August.  Backcountry fieldwork is the primary function of these positions. Technicians work with trail clubs and volunteer groups in course of their work. They plan project logistics, maintain detailed work records, and maintain field equipment. Fieldwork will occur along the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Maine.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Works closely with other Maine Corridor Stewardship Technicians to repaint Appalachian Trail corridor boundary lines, post U.S. boundary signs, monitor surveyors’ monuments and clear lines of sight along these boundary lines with hand tools
  • Maintains organized field work files with detailed attention to data entry
  • Documents and follows protocol for minor, moderate and severe encroachments.
  • Schedules and completes field projects; including logistics, pre-field preparation, and post-field reporting
  • Leads and manages volunteer work crews
  • Travels to and from work sites, keeps detailed work log, tent camps at or near work sites as appropriate
  • Maintains regular communication with supervisor and Trail clubs              
  • Organizes, inventories, and maintains tools, supplies, program vehicle and other field equipment
  • Collaborates with ATC regional and field staff in program and project planning, development, and reporting
  • Generates accurate and on-time project, timesheet, and expense reports
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in or work towards Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field, with 1-3 years of experience preferred
  • Experience on and/or leading trail or other outdoor conservation work crews.
  • Strong backcountry travel skills
  • Familiarity with technological operations, including Microsoft Office suite, handheld GPS units, and ESRI ArcGIS mapping software
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting with staff and volunteers
  • Self-motivated person who works well in a two-person team environment
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Experience and passion for working with volunteers and outdoors, including primitive, backcountry camping
  • Familiarity with reading and interpreting maps, property deeds, and surveys
  • Proficiency with identifying trees common to northern New England
  • Strong familiarity with the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics – Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator desired
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification required before first date of employment, Wilderness First Responder certification recommended
  • Valid driver’s license with no restrictions
  • Experience using and maintaining hand tools and power equipment
Physical Demands:

Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain and work in all weather conditions at remote locations

Ability to live and perform strenuous work in the backcountry for multiple consecutive days.

Ability to lift 50+ pounds

Ability to communicate effectively on the phone, by email, and in person with staff, volunteers, and the public

Travel, evening, and weekend work required

Work Environment:

Rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail in Maine with exposure to ticks and pests, as well as extreme and varied weather conditions

Independent, field-based work environment with some administrative duties

Office environment with a moderate level of noise due to activity on the phone, computer, and printer

The position is based at the location of the current work project and in Monson, ME.

To Apply:

To apply please email a cover letter including your dates of availability and resume [email protected]. All resumes should be titled as “Last Name_First Name.”  Indicate whether you prefer to be considered for the 14 or 20-week position. Please include “Maine Corridor Stewardship Technician” and your name in the email subject line. If you have questions about these positions, please send an email to [email protected] Positions will remain open until filled, however preference will be given to applications received by February 26th.

 

BENEFITS

  • Shared staff housing in Monson, ME, will be available with nominal rent and deposit.
  • Personal vehicle mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate
  • Food expenses are reimbursed up to $30/ day
  • Any camping fees incurred are reimbursed
  • No health benefits are available with these positions

ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

Position Type : Careers - Seasonal