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Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Stover's Point Preserve Monitor (part time, seasonal)

About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect Harpswell’s natural resources, cultural heritage and access to the outdoors through targeted conservation, responsible stewardship and education. Learn more at https://hhltmaine.org/.

Background

HHLT’s 4-acre Stover’s Point Preserve features a gravel beach, a salt marsh, and a tidal creek on Harpswell Neck. The Preserve is a popular destination for people to visit in the summer to swim, play, relax and launch small boats. Due to concerns in recent years about some visitors not following the Preserve guidelines, HHLT has decided to hire a part-time beach monitor from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019. The role of the beach monitor is to observe and document visitor use, enforce Preserve guidelines in a polite and non-confrontational manner, and educate visitors about the sensitive natural resources.

Job description

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking a monitor for Stover’s Point Preserve between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day 2019. Days and hours are flexible and will vary depending on weather and visitor use. The beach monitor will be supervised by the Stewardship Coordinator.

The monitor will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Spend at least one hour a day at the Preserve (more on weekends). Walk the entire Preserve to greet and educate visitors.
  • Ensure that visitors are following Preserve guidelines, particularly restrictions related to motorized vehicle use and dogs. More information about the Stover’s Point Preserve and a list of visitor guidelines can be found at https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/stovers-point-preserve/.
  • Approach and greet visitors in a courteous and non-confrontational manner as a representative of HHLT.
  • Answer questions about the Preserve.
  • Wear an HHLT Steward t-shirt while on duty at the Preserve.
  • Log the total number of people, cars, and dogs on the beach at each visit and provide weekly summaries. Document conversations with visitors or other pertinent information to help inform future management decisions. Prepare a final report at the end of the season.

Hours and compensation

This is a 12 hour/week seasonal position (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day) paid at $15/hour.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have excellent people skills and be willing to walk the length of the Preserve and back twice daily (about half a mile). Some knowledge of Harpswell and coastal wildlife and plants is desirable.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter by March 22, 2019 to Andrea Stevens at steward@hhltmaine.org with “Stover’s Point Preserve Monitor” in the subject line.