Downeast Maine Stewardship Assistant (seasonal, full time)

Posted: 02/05/2020
Expires: 02/24/2020


Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is looking for a full time, seasonal stewardship assistant to work with MCHT stewardship staff based in our Whiting office.  The position is for 16 weeks between May and October with flexible start and end dates.  Applicants must be self-motivated, able to work independently or as part of a team, and willing to work some irregular hours (including occasional weekends). The work will include a variety of stewardship tasks, helping to manage MCHT island and mainland preserves in Washington County. Applicants should be familiar with chain saws, mowers, power tools, hand tools, and small boat travel.

Major Responsibilities

  • Preserve maintenance, including trail work, chain saw work, mowing, boundary marking, and interactions with the public
  • Brush sawing and mowing with a walk-behind bush hog-type mower
  • Help conduct scheduled public events and volunteer workdays on MCHT preserves
  • Work closely with regional stewards on larger projects, such as invasive species control, clean-ups and larger trail projects
  • Help maintain equipment including MCHT work boat, truck, and tools
  • Data entry and record keeping

Skills and Experience Sought

  • Ability and desire to perform hard physical work in remote locations
  • Basic computer skills
  • Willingness to work alone or with a group
  • Experience working with volunteers and the general public
  • Experience operating and maintaining chain saws, brush saws, and hand tools
  • Flexibility and good sense of humor when the weather is bad and the bugs are biting
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic seamanship skills and experience
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Field work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and requires climbing, walking, bending, crouching, lifting, reaching, and other physical capabilities.  Regular travel is required. Some work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc.  Operates computer, printer, and other office equipment.


The Downeast Maine Stewardship Assistant will be paid $16/hour on a bi-weekly basis.  Work-related travel will be reimbursed at 57.5 cents per mile.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to with “Downeast Steward” in the subject line.

Deadline to apply is February 24, 2020.


Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.