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 (MCC) Field Team provides community service opportunities and career training. Field Teams are composed of groups of 3 or 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.

Field Teams provide 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. Some of the trail structures the MCC builds are stone staircases, timber bridges, boardwalks, bog bridging, and drainage structures, with a focus on the traditional trail skills that the MCC is famous for. The field season runs from mid-June through mid-October. Leadership training opportunities begin in February and April.

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Team Members

Are you looking to gain job 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 5 month AmeriCorps terms in both front- and backcountry settings all across 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
  • Ability to obtain H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must agree to sex offender and criminal history checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference

Team Leader Training

If you want to learn technical trail skills, gain conservation certifications, and become a positive role model, Team Leader Training is for you. Each year, the MCC conducts an intensive training program for potential Team Leaders. New leader candidates begin in February, while seasoned leaders start in April. 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 Responder certification. Successful participants go on to lead teams from mid-June to mid-October. Application deadline is usually in late November. NOTE: This position has been approved for use of the GI Bill benefit.

Team Leader 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
  • Candidates joining in April are expected to have a higher level of experience
Stone splitting with rotary hammer drill, feathers, and wedges.

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