Join the Maine Conservation Corps

Position Available: Environmental Steward (900-HR) - The Nature Conservancy

The purpose of this position is to fulfill the mission of the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), which is to accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire people and enhance communities. This is achieved by accomplishing conservation projects, creating pathways to employment, delivering environmental education, and engaging community volunteers.

TNC is a global non-profit with a business unit in Maine. Our mission is to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. We own and manage almost 300,000 acres in Maine, and have actives programs focused on freshwater, ocean, climate, and community resources across the state.

This AmeriCorps member position will support Burn Boss Jon Bailey and Burn Crew Leader Sam Nyes in the implementation of a collaborative grant with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) through the U.S. Fisheries &Wildlife Service (USFWS) Partners Program entitled Southern Maine Prescribed Fire & Hazardous Fuels Reduction Landscape Partnership. This will involve various and sundry tasks associated with the preparation and coordination of tasks associated with this large effort to reduce hazardous fuels and manage wildlife habitat in Wells and Kennebunk, ME.

General Timeline:

Late summer-coordination of mowing activities, preparatory fire equipment maintenance, orientation, GIS planning and prep.

Fall burn season-participate in prescribed burns, maintain equipment, and collect GIS data.

Post burn season-reporting, maintenance, and data maintenance.


The Nature Conservancy Southern Maine Field Office 527 Wire Rd. Wells, ME 04090

Training and orientation typically occur near the MCC office, 54 Independence Drive, Augusta, ME.

Time Requirement:

Environmental Stewards are expected to serve a minimum of 40 hours per week. A regular schedule is determined by the Host Site and will include a minimum of 2 days off per week. Regular schedules may be modified for special events.

Description of Duties:

  • Field duties will include
    1. Fireline preparation
    2. Fuel reduction through mowing and hand cutting
    3. Leadership of contracted crews
    4. Equipment mobilization,
    5. Maintenance and repair of tools and equipment,
    6. Prescribed burn operations, and
    7. Post-burn monitoring
  • Office duties will include
    1. Meeting coordination and agenda preparation
    2. Fire volunteer coordination and communications
    3. Map creation in ArcGIS pro
    4. GIS data maintenance in ArcGIS pro and ArcGIS online 5 Monitoring data coordination and maintenance
    5. Generation of grant report components, such as monitoring updates
  • Participate in MCC and AmeriCorps orientations, trainings, events, and conferences
  • Assist with pre-approved and allowable fundraising activities
  • Engage in volunteer management activities including:
    1. Recruiting volunteers
    2. Promoting and leading volunteer events
    3. Collecting and submitting Volunteer Assignment Agreements to MCC
    4. Implementing the Essential Volunteer Management Practices and Volunteer Management Action Plan
  • Complete ongoing assignments and required tasks, including: job readiness training, construction of member portfolio, weekly timesheets, and quarterly reports.
  • Participate in a Site Visit with MCC staff
  • Maintain regular communication with MCC, including checking email no less than weekly
  • Participate in mid-term and end-of-term evaluations with the Host Site Supervisor
  • Adhere to the MCC code of conduct, safety rules and guidelines, drug-free workplace, and other policies outlined in the MCC Handbook and AmeriCorps Member Agreement
  • Represent MCC and host site in a professional and supportive manner to the public and media

Essential Functions:

  • GIS experience/willingness to learn and innovate
  • GPS/iPad data collection
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite
  • Good communication skills and ability to lead volunteer groups
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrates good judgment and professionalism
  • Demonstrates initiative, reliability, and flexibility
  • Ability to serve both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage time effectively and produce quality results with attention to detail
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference

Marginal Functions:

  • Fire training (red card/FFT 2, higher level training better)
  • GIS experience
  • Chainsaw/brush saw certification experience (can Provide)
  • ATV/UTV certification experience (can Provide)

Service Conditions:

The TNC's Southern Maine Field Office is a dynamic work environment with a combination of field tasks, workshops, and office tasks. The field office consists of a Burn Boss/Program Manager, Crew Leader/Land Manager, and The Environment Steward(s). 20 to 45 active fire-trained volunteers and several state, federal, and NGO's collaborative partners. Both the Maine and New Hampshire TNC business unit staff provide support and hands-on assistance.

The projects can be fast paced making for solid positive high-quality results. Safety is a top priority. All team members strive for equality, inclusion, openness to learning and growth, integrity, and a positive work environment.

They will be required to hike uneven terrain, grasslands, and forested lands on our managed lands which range from easy to strenuous, and may be working in poor weather (rain, heat), often with biting insects. There may be some long days in the field.

  • Service includes being in an office environment much of the time, with their own desk and computer
  • Service includes the majority of time in the burn season spent outside and long days are expected
  • Service includes hiking on uneven terrain with tools and equipment
  • Service may involve travel to other locations
  • Service is performed independently and as part of a team
  • Service involves frequent communication to multiple parties


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must agree to a criminal history check
  • All positions at State sites require a valid drivers license with a good 5-year driving record
  • Passion for community service and the environment
  • Commitment to complete the full term of service
  • Skills, experience, and education requirements vary by site
  • Fire Experience
  • Maintenance Experience
  • GIS Experience


  • Weekly living allowance of $480 (before taxes) for 24 weeks
  • AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,447.50
  • Certifications in the National Incident Management System, some members will also receive MCC Chainsaw Safety Certification
  • Conferences such as the Maine AmeriCorps Member Conference
  • Networking opportunities
  • Maine State Park Pass
  • Some members may also be eligible for student loan forbearance and childcare reimbursement
  • Housing is provided on site for this position

Orientation and Training Topics:

Members will participate in up to five orientation and training days, typical topics include: Intro to AmeriCorps, Prohibited Program Activities, MCC, Host Sites and You, OnCorps reporting, Portfolio Development, Professional Communication, National Incident Management Systems, Leave No Trace, Intro to Trails, Tool Safety, Use and Maintenance, Interpretive Programs. Initial orientation and training will likely include some virtual aspects in 2024.

Job readiness training, such as resume writing, job search components, appropriate workplace behaviors, and interview skills will be taught throughout the term of service. Additional training may be provided by the Host Site.

Volunteer Engagement

The Environmental Steward will utilize the Essential Volunteer Management Practices to improve the sites volunteer program.

The MCC ES will also recruit and promote volunteer opportunities from the local community, businesses, and social organizations to accomplish trail projects. The MCC will assist members in identifying potential outreach opportunities, best approaches, and promotion of events to increase volunteerism at the Host Site by using the Essential Volunteer Management Practices. The ES will improve the sustainability of the overall volunteer program.

To Apply: submit an MCC Application, resume, and cover letter. Please email for questions and information.

Unemployed, underemployed, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply

The Maine Conservation Corps provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Accommodation arrangements must be requested in advance by contacting MCC staff.