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1700-HR Environmental Steward

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD – 1700 hours                                        Term: January 11, 2021-November 12, 2021
Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District
Location: Windham, ME
Housing: Not Provided, but the Host Site is willing to assist the potential member in finding reasonable, local accommodations
Days and Hours of Service: 40 hours per week: may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
Host Site and Position Overview:
The Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District is a recognized and respected leader in natural resource conservation. We accomplish our mission through public outreach; education; and directly working with individuals, watershed groups, municipalities, and many others to provide expert planning and execution of practices that protect our natural resources.
The District was established in 1946 in response the Dust Bowl. As Washington D.C. skies literally darkened with Midwestern topsoil, local districts were formed to address the poor farming practices that led to the ecological disaster. Today we address soil and water conservation needs on both rural and urban landscapes.
The Environmental Steward (ES) will collaborate with CCSWCD staff and program partners to conduct several educational programs and organize multiple volunteer events to promote clean water and healthy soils. Three large-scale projects the ES will assist with include CCSWCD’s annual MS4 permit implementation tasks on behalf of 14 municipalities and 2 college campuses, invasive forest pest and invasive plant outreach, and provide education and testing support for lead contamination in soil and plants in urban gardens. Additional tasks would include developing and implementing community agriculture plans, youth education, social marketing, /website updates, and overall assistance of general CCSWCD needs and projects as they arise.
General Timeline:
•    Winter: Develop online program materials, provide youth education support, assist in implementing MS4 permit tasks (5k race and stormwater conference), develop social media campaigns, provide assistance with the community agriculture planning project, and assist in preparing for urban garden lead-testing program and other community garden projects.
•    Spring: Provide youth education support, implement portions of YardScape program, create new outreach materials, implement community agriculture projects, planting and maintaining demonstration gardens.
•    Summer: Implement portions of Community Ag program, implement urban garden lead-testing program, continue developing social media campaigns and outreach materials.
•    Fall: Provide youth education support, soil lead testing and community agriculture support, assist in preparing for conference, final assessment and implementation of education & outreach materials.
Description of Duties:
·        Develop and coordinate volunteer events
·        Participate in volunteer recruitment activities
·        Assist in developing and implementing a clean water awareness virtual 5k race
·        Assist in developing and implementing a stormwater conference
·        Assist in developing and implementing an invasive forest pest and invasive plant education & outreach campaign
·        Assist in developing and implementing a pet waste education campaign
·        Assist in developing and implementing a community agriculture plans and programs
·        Assist in developing and implementing a soil and plant lead-testing program in urban gardens
·        Assist in developing and leading youth education programs
·        Assist in developing and creating interactive virtual content for youth
·        Conduct and support education & outreach initiatives
·        Present water quality and/or healthy soil – related education talks, workshops, classes, and community events
·        Organize and update program communication materials
·        Organize and update organization online presence (websites and social media profiles)
·        Create education & outreach content for programs and online applications
·        Communicate with program partners, municipalities, and the public
·        Assist with meeting reporting requirements to program partners and funding organizations
Essential Functions:
·        Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, familiarity with Publisher and Adobe is desired
·        Familiarity with WordPress and/or Squarespace website layout & content management
·        Ability to learn new computer applications as necessary
·        Proficient with using social media platforms and creating virtual content
·        Comfortable communicating over the phone, via email, in person and in writing with a wide range of people
·        Comfortable presenting in front of groups of people
·        Experience teaching in classrooms or working with youth
·        Ability to recruit and collaborate with volunteers
·        Understand basic soil & water conservation practices (erosion control, BMPs)
·        Conference and awareness event planning
Service Conditions:
  • Service is primarily indoors. April-August may have 1-2 days in the field per week.
  • Service involves some physical labor, including but not limited to planting gardens, installing BMPs, storm drain stenciling, moving event and classroom supplies between vehicles and worksites.
  • Service involves travel to other locations in Cumberland County. 
Site Specific Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be creative, organized, and tech savvy. Additional useful skills and experiences include creating social media content and videos, designing educational materials, problem solving, working independently, and coordinating events.