Maine Conservation Resources Manager

Organizational Mission

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Maine Conservation Resources Manager (MCRM), reporting to the Regional Director, serves as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's primary representative in Maine. The MCRM functions as a partnership liaison that implements and manages, coordinates or supports identified programs and projects within the state of Maine. The Maine Conservation Resources Manager, working within the framework of the federally-legislated Cooperative Management System, strengthens and enhances the mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and supports the volunteer stewardship heritage of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST). Position may be responsible for daily supervision of assigned staff resources (interns, volunteers, seasonal employees as designated).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Partnerships Liaison

Serves as the primary organizational liaison to the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and agency trail management partners in Maine. The position:

  • Briefs local management partners regarding ATC strategic direction, policies, programs and projects.
  • Provides club leadership with the appropriate paperwork and training to respond to work-related
  • incidents and submit federal volunteer worker claims.
  • Provides assistance and technical expertise, where appropriate.
  • Participates in club and agency meetings and work trips
  • Develops working relationships and alliances with identified organizations that strengthen the capacity
  • Of the federally-legislated Appalachian National Scenic Trail Cooperative Management System

Project Management

Implements, manages, coordinates, supports, and prioritizes identified regional projects. Current projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Federally-funded trail repair and reconstruction efforts and contract administration
  • Project planning and environmental review process including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state environmental assessment compliance planning for identified projects.
  • With other A.T. protection partners, assess and develop appropriate responses to external threats to corridor lands and the A.T. footpath. Under the supervision of the Regional Director, drafts comments, testifies at public hearings or negotiates directly with developers to minimize impact of threats.
  • Land conservation opportunities that benefit the ANST in partnership with private, local, state, and federal partners
  • Restoration projects including demolitions, site restorations, and removal of abandoned property as necessary for the protection and management of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Resource management

  • Local management planning process, including capital planning and GIS trail assessments
  • ANST Corridor Lands monitoring and Boundary Stewardship in consultation with MATC Overseer of Lands.
  • ATC Land Trust property monitoring
  • Rare plant monitoring, phenology monitoring, and Non-Native Invasive Species (NNIS) monitoring and management

Program Management

Implements, manages, coordinates or supports, identified regional programs. Current programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Club/agency-sponsored seasonal programs
  • Visitor use outreach/education
  • Volunteer trail crews
  • Volunteer recruitment, development and recognition programs
  • Volunteer skill development trainings in areas including Leave No Trace education, trail construction,
  • trail maintenance, overnight site management, safety and risk management, natural and cultural
  • resource management, sawyer safety trainings
  • Kennebec Canoe Ferry contract administration and program development

Community Engagement/Education

  • Serve as ATC's Maine representative to the Appalachian Trail Community and Trail to Every Classroom program.

Public Relations

  • Supports a professional and safe office environment including general upkeep of visitor reception area and work spaces.
  • Implements ATC's response to emergencies and ANST-related incidents in the Maine .
  • Refers media inquiries to the Regional Director or ATC's Director of Marketing and Communications and assists with coordination of ATC and club participation, in accordance with direction provided from law-enforcement agencies (where applicable).
  • Coordinates with the regional director regarding the submission of promotional public relations and communications materials.
  • Provides visitor information services to the general public.
  • Attends public events to promote ATC membership and recruit A.T. volunteers in cooperation with MATC.

Administration

  • Assist the Regional Director and other regional staff in program planning, development, and budget management
  • Attend regional and national staff and partnership meetings and retreats
  • Complete accurate and timely expense reports, timesheets, and purchasing procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, recreation management, resource management or related field, with 3-5 years of experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and relationships concurrently with excellent organizational and communication skills, in an environment with minimal direct daily supervision Ability to work collaboratively within the Cooperative Management System, including state and federal agency partners, volunteer constituencies, alliance organizations, community and business leaders, and media representatives
  • Ability and commitment to be fully engaged in a dispersed yet cohesive staff team structure
  • Excellent analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience or training in personal computer operations, including Microsoft Office suite, and ESRI ArcMap GIS software
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, hikers, conservation volunteerism and related fields is desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Extensive travel and evening and weekend work will be required
  • Use of personal vehicle for work-related travel with reimbursable mileage is expected
  • Ability to communicate with individuals by phone, email, and in person
  • Ability to lift or move light to moderate weight
  • Ability to hike long distances over rugged terrain in all seasons and weather conditions to provide physical inspection of remote Trail locations

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Moderate noise level due to open office environment with a high level of activity on the phone, computers, and printers
  • Fully rigorous outdoor work environment along the Appalachian Trail in Maine
  • Position is based at a TBD location in Maine.

To Apply

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2013. To apply please email resume to lbresette@appalachiantrail.org.

TBD, Maine
2013-04-01
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Human Resources
lbresette@appalachiantrail.org


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