The Maine Conservation Corps
Environmental Educator Program
Do you have an environmental degree, but need some real-world experience before entering the job market? Maybe you’re transitioning from one career to a more environmentally-focused one, or perhaps you are simply passionate about education and conservation. If any of these are true, the Maine Conservation Corps has the ideal position for you!
Environmental Educators serve either 900 hours (approximately 6 months) or 1700 hours (approximately 10 months) as AmeriCorps members with a non-profit organization or state agency in the state of Maine. While community education and outreach are the primary goals, each position has unique responsibilities and activities such as biological monitoring, leading classroom activities in local schools, managing volunteers, trail maintenance & planning, logistics for an educational summer camp, or leading local watershed surveys, just to name a few.
Past organizations that MCC Environmental Educators have recently served with include Merryspring Nature Center, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Many of our Environmental Educators have gone on to serve two terms with the MCC, often with the same organization, and some have even been offered permanent positions as a direct result of connections made during their MCC service. Positions start in January, May, and October and there are different opportunities every year. Application deadlines are generally two to four months prior to the start dates.
MCC members serve at state agencies and nonprofit organizations all over Maine, including: View current open positions
- Center for Disease Control
- Georges River Land Trust
- Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands
- Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Augusta
- Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Portland
- Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
- Maine Energy Education Program
- Medomak Valley Land Trust
- Merryspring Nature Center
- Pemaquid Watershed Association
- Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
- Sandy River Land Trust
- Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
For Prospective Environmental Educators
See Current Environmental Educator Opportunities.
Download our Frequently Asked Questions - PDF (141KB)
MCC Application - PDF (209KB)
Download the Reference Form - PDF (24KB)
For Current Environmental Educators:
Environmental Educator Handbook - Word Doc (363KB)
Quarter Activity Log - XLS (300KB)
Quarter Activity Log Instructions - Word Docx (16KB)
EE Time Management Guidelines - PDF (88KB)
Join the Maine AmeriCorps Google Group
Contact Spreadsheet - XLS (298KB)
List of Activities Prohibited During Service Hours - PDF (29KB)
Contact Bryan Kalleberg at 207-624-6065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“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 Sines, Environmental Educator
“I loved working at the Maine DEP-Portland Regional Office. I was given a lot of responsibility- I helped develop watershed management plans, conducted field work out in the community, learned GIS, and did something different everyday. My experience with MCC helped get me into grad school at Brown for Environmental Studies too!”
-Jessica Hunter, Environmental Educator
“I loved my job up in Baxter State Park. It was so perfect to be outside almost all the time and really interacting with the public and having an active role in preserving and protecting the flora and fauna of that beautiful Park.”
-Margaret “Molly” Meserve, 2-time Environmental Educator
Some of our past Environmental Educators are now:
- Carbon Footprint Educator
- Land Use Planning and Grant Writing
- Teaching elementary and high school
- Environmental Leadership program for kids
- Environmental Studies Program Coordinator at a college.
- Environmental Analyst with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
- Providing professional development training for Land Trusts, Environmental NGO's, Municipal Staff & Officials on topics including; resouces management, water quality and habitat conservation.
- Working as a biologist with an environmental consulting firm