Field Teams

Field Team members removing bark with hand tools.

Do Something Different and Discover your Potential!

“This program changed my life for the better in every way… I’ve accomplished things I never thought possible. Proved myself to be stronger, smarter and more capable than I believed… And I became someone I can look up to.”

- MCC Field Team Member, 2017

The Maine Conservation Corps Field Team provides community service opportunities and career training. The MCC is composed of trail crews (3-6 people) serving to construct and improve recreational trails in the mountains, along the beautiful coastline, and in communities all over the state of Maine.

Your efforts as part of the Field Team provides access to Maine's natural areas and presents recreation, education, and fitness opportunities to the public.

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. The summer season runs May through mid-August. The fall season runs mid-August through early-November.

Tree felling

Team Members

Are you looking to gain job readiness skills, experience in project management, or contacts in the field of natural resources? How about learn how to move a 500 lb boulder, or build a bridge? The MCC provides community service opportunities and career training. Members serve Maine’s communities, participate in the AmeriCorps program, and gain hands-on experience.
Team Members serve 3-6 months on both front- and backcountry crews all across the state of Maine.

For current deadlines and positions view the Field Team Current Opportunities on the Field Team Positions page.

Team Member Qualifications:

  • Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference

Trail Training Academy

NOTE: This position has been approved for use of the GI Bill benefit. If you want to learn trail building skills, build trails, work as a team, and become a great trail crew leader, the Maine Conservation Corps Trail Training Academy is for you. Each year, the Maine Conservation Corps conducts an intensive 11-week training academy for potential Team Leaders from February through early May. Participants receive extensive training in trails skills including timber work, chainsaw safety & operation, rigging & Griphoist operation, rock work, and crew management, among others. In addition, all participants receive Wilderness First Aid certification. Application deadline is usually in late December/early January.

Trail Training Qualifications:

  • Must be eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • One season of outdoor living experience
  • Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
Stone splitting with rotary hammer drill, feathers, and wedges.

Team Leaders

Want to spend a season honing your trail-building skills in the great state of Maine? Serving as a Team Leader with the Maine Conservation Corps is an amazing and challenging experience that many of our 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 front- 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. Application deadline is in February.

Team Leader Qualifications

  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must submit to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
  • Two seasons of trail work experience in an outdoor leadership role
  • Ability to teach trail skills
  • Previous experience with construction work

MCC provides opportunities for underemployed, unemployed, disadvantaged youth, and veterans.

Field Team Positions Resources

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Contact Program Coordinator

Lindsey May
(207) 624-6091
Lindsey.May@maine.gov