Maine Corridor Stewardship Technician

Feb 1, 2017, 11:05 AM
Location : ME, NH, VT, MA, CT
Department : Conservation
Supervisor : Alison Scheiderer, Land Protection Associate
Type : Seasonal
Position Summary:

Departmental Mission: 

The Conservation Department of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) ensures the permanent protection and stewardship of Appalachian Trail Lands (ATC lands) and Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands (National Park Service lands) and their associated resources through effective implementation of a cooperative management system involving ATC, Trail-maintaining clubs, and public-agency partners. 

POSITION SUMMARY

Under the supervisions of the Land Protection Associate, the Corridor Stewardship Technician monitors, maintains and recovers exterior corridor boundaries of lands that were acquired to protect the Appalachian Trail, while mitigating encroachments encountered according to ATC and National Park Service protocol. Fieldwork is the primary function of this position. The Technician works with trail clubs and volunteer groups in the New England region to strengthen the existing volunteer-centered system. Data entry and trip planning are required. The Technician maintains detailed work records, and maintains field equipment. Fieldwork may occur from southern Connecticut to northern Maine but will occur primarily along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • ●Assists local volunteer Trail club members in repainting Appalachian Trail corridor boundary lines, posting U.S. boundary signs, monitoring surveyors monuments and clearing lines of sight along NPS boundary lines
  • ●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
  • ●Prepares for assigned field work by reviewing detailed survey and trail maps, researching deeds, and consulting natural heritage and encroachment data
  • ●Assists Land Protection Associate and Trail club leaders with organizing and presenting training workshops
  • ●Assists Trail Clubs and supervisor with volunteer crew training and management
  • ●Travels to and from work sites, keeps detailed work log, tent camps at or near work sites when necessary
  • ●Maintains regular communication with supervisor and Trail clubs     
  • ●Organizes, inventories, and maintains tools, supplies, program vehicle and other field equipment

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • ●Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field, with 1-3 years of experience preferred
  • ●Excellent field skills. Must work on remote A.T. sections and off Trail in difficult terrain in all weather conditions.
  • ●Ability to communicate professionally and promptly by phone, email or in person.
  • ●Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable
  • ●Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting
  • ●Self-motivated person who works well in a two person team environment
  • ●Strong organization, analytical and communication skills with ability to adapt to frequent changes in schedule.
  • ●Experience and passion for working with volunteers and outdoors, including primitive, backcountry camping
  • ●Proven ability to travel on foot over rough terrain and for extended periods of time/distance
  • ●Demonstrated proficiency with map and compass to interpret survey plats, follow compass bearings, and triangulate position using reference landmarks
  • ●Must be willing and able to travel throughout New England for the duration of the position and to work a flexible schedule including weekends
  • ●WFA required, WFR preferred
  • ●Fluency with computer operations,  Microsoft  and  email software
  • ●Experience with GPS, GIS and Google Earth applications a plus
  • ●Must be available from May 15 through October 28, 2017
Qualifications:


  • ●Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, recreation management, natural resources management, forestry, or related field, with 1-3 years of experience preferred
  • ●Excellent field skills. Must work on remote A.T. sections and off Trail in difficult terrain in all weather conditions.
  • ●Ability to communicate professionally and promptly by phone, email or in person.
  • ●Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail, hikers, and conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable
  • ●Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a field and office setting
  • ●Self-motivated person who works well in a two person team environment
  • ●Strong organization, analytical and communication skills with ability to adapt to frequent changes in schedule.
  • ●Experience and passion for working with volunteers and outdoors, including primitive, backcountry camping
  • ●Proven ability to travel on foot over rough terrain and for extended periods of time/distance
  • ●Demonstrated proficiency with map and compass to interpret survey plats, follow compass bearings, and triangulate position using reference landmarks
  • ●Must be willing and able to travel throughout New England for the duration of the position and to work a flexible schedule including weekends
  • ●WFA required, WFR preferred
  • ●Fluency with computer operations,  Microsoft  and  email software
  • ●Experience with GPS, GIS and Google Earth applications a plus
  • ●Must be available from May 15 through October 28, 2017
Physical Demands:
  • ●Regular use of a computer is required; Microsoft Office, ESRI GIS, and Google applications are used
  • ●Requires backcountry camping skills, equipment, and supplies
  • ●Requires work in an office setting using computers and office equipment
  • ●Requires valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record
  • ●Incumbent may be exposed to hazardous physical conditions and seasonal exposure to extreme weather conditions, including rain, snow, humidity, intense heat, and sunlight
  • ●Incumbent will handle heavy brush, walk for extended periods, stand for long periods, perform routine moderate lifting, 50+ pounds in a backpack over five or more miles, traverse rough uneven terrain, and wet and slippery surfaces.
  • ●The position is headquartered at the location of the current work project
Work Environment:

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