Field Team Program

Team Members

Team Members

Come build great trails with great people! The Maine Conservation Corps Field Team is composed of trail crews (3-6 people) serving to construct and improve recreational trails in the mountains, along the beautiful coastline, and in communities all over the state of Maine.

Projects include remote backcountry hiking trails, local nature and walking paths, multi-use trails, as well as accessible pathways for wheelchair use. Some of the trail structures the MCC builds are stone staircases, timber bridges, boardwalks, bog bridging, and rock water bars, with a focus on the traditional trail skills that the MCC is famous for. The summer season runs May through mid-August. The fall season runs mid-August through early-November.

Team Members

Have you ever wondered about the hard work that goes into your favorite trails? Ever wanted to explore Maine? How about learn how to move a 500 lb boulder, or build a bridge? If you like spending time outside, learning new things, and are not afraid to get a little dirty, spending a season as a Team Member with the Maine Conservation Corps is the way to go! You will learn valuable skills (both physical and interpersonal), get in great shape, and make a difference, as well as have some fantastic stories to tell by the end of your service. Team Members serve 3-6 months on both front- and backcountry crews all across the state of Maine.

For current deadlines and positions view the Field Team Current Opportuntities on the Field Team Positions page.

A trail crew pyramid in Baxter State Park

A trail crew pyramid in Baxter State Park

Team Member Qualifications:

  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must agree to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference

Trail Training Academy

If you want to learn how to build trails, work as a team, and become a great trail crew leader, the Maine Conservation Corps Trail Training Academy is for you. Each year, the Maine Conservation Corps conducts an intensive 11-week training academy for potential Team Leaders from February through early May. Participants receive extensive training in trails skills including timber work, chainsaw safety & operation, rigging & Griphoist operation, rock work, and crew management, among others. In addition, all participants receive Wilderness First Aid certification. Application deadline is usually in late December/early January.

Trail Training Qualifications:

  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • 1 year of outdoor experience
  • Must agree to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference

Team Leaders

Want to spend a season honing your trail-building skills in the great state of Maine? Serving as a Team Leader with the Maine Conservation Corps is an amazing and challenging experience that many of our leaders return to year after year. As a Team Leader, you will be a teacher, mentor, leader and friend to a group of 2-5 Team Members for 3-6 months. Most Team Leaders will work on an average of 4-6 projects (often both front- and backcountry) throughout each season, enabling them to learn and improve on both new and acquired skills. Responsibilities of the Team Leader include crew management, acting as a liaison with project sponsors, and working with volunteers and local media. Highly successful Team Leaders may also have the opportunity to advance and become Senior Team Leaders in future seasons. Application deadline is in February.

Utilizing rock bars to move a boulder

Utilizing rock bars to move a boulder.

Team Leader Qualifications:

  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 20 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must agree to criminal and sex offender background checks
  • Have the ability to live and perform strenuous work under challenging conditions
  • Have the desire to learn, serve others, and make a difference
  • One season of trail work experience in an outdoor leadership role
  • Ability to teach trail skills
  • Previous experience with construction work

See Current Field Team

Opportunities
Field Team FAQ's - PDF (20KB)
Field Team Handbook - in revision
List of Activities Prohibited During Service Hours - PDF (29KB)

Apply Now - Register & Apply Using AmeriCorps Application

Contact the Program Coordinator:

Sara Knowles (sara.knowles@maine.gov)
or 207-624-6086