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Listed below are current positions available at land trusts and associated entities.

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

Summer Internships 2015

Based in Unity, Maine, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust is proud to be a trusted community partner, working with willing landowners to conserve the lands they love and the resources Central Maine relies upon – abundant wildlife and fisheries, working woodlands, clean water, family farms, and places to hunt, fish and recreate in nature. Now in our 10th year, the Trust has forever conserved more than 3,600 acres, including more than 1,800 acres managed for public access. Program areas are focused on land conservation and stewardship, habitat restoration, and environmental education.

Internships: The Trust seeks 2-3 summer interns to contribute to our continued success in 2015. Internship opportunities are focused on property stewardship or strategic communications, while also providing general support such as assisting with mailings, contributing to the Trust’s social media presence, or supporting public events.

PROPERTY STEWARDSHIP The focus will be identification and management of nonnative invasive plants on Trust properties, with additional opportunity to contribute to trail maintenance and construction, natural resource surveys, and public programs. Interns will also contribute content to the Trust’s blog site. Desired skills include basic plant, bird and animal identification, basic GPS/GIS applications, ability to perform physically demanding field work.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS Intern will assist in writing media materials and promoting the Trust to media outlets. Various other tasks will be assigned throughout the duration of the internship tailored to match the intern’s skills and interests. Communications activity will support the general operations of the Trust but also an ongoing capital campaign and habitat restoration project. Candidates should have some knowledge of writing for the media and a knowledge of and interest in environmental conservation. Strong consideration will be given to students who have written for print or online publications. Other highly desired skills include digital photography and video; and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.

Rate of pay: Internships with the Trust are unpaid. The Trust will provide housing, weekly farm fresh produce, mileage reimbursement.

SRLT supervision: Jennifer Irving, Executive Director, will be the primary supervisor. Interns will also work directly with the Trust’s Land Conservation & Stewardship Committee or Development & Outreach Committee as appropriate.

Hours: Flexible hours; 30-40 hours a week; May/June-August; some weeks may consist of more work hours than others.

• minimum of two years of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in environmental science, ecology, biology, communications, environmental media or related degrees.
• ability to work independently and as part of a team
• effective verbal and written communication skills
• strong organizational and time management skills
• ability to perform moderately strenuous manual labor
• comfortable working outside
• valid driver’s license

Application Information: Candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest that indicates availability and preference for either a Stewardship OR Communications position. Positions will be filled as suitable candidates are identified.

Application Packages and Queries should be directed to:
Jennifer Irving, Executive Director
Sebasticook Regional Land Trust
PO Box 184
Unity, ME 04988

Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Field Ecology Intern

The Maine Natural Areas Program seeks summer interns to assist with the identification, monitoring, and assessment of natural communities and rare plants in various locations throughout Maine. Fieldwork includes collection of ecological data (e.g., vegetation composition, soils, forest structure), identification of plants, and use of hand-held GPS units. Some office work is required, including creating GIS maps, data entry and analysis, and landowner contact. Individuals must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long hikes and some canoeing. The position requires a strong interest in plant ecology, forestry, or wetland ecology, and unmitigated enthusiasm. Familiarity with New England’s vegetation or related field experience is strongly preferred, along with experience using ArcGIS. Position is 40 hours/week from approximately May 2015 to September 2015 and pays $12.00/hour. Some overnight travel is required. Preference will be given to applications received by Friday February 27th, 2015.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Kristen Puryear
Maine Natural Areas Program
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0093 (electronic applications preferred)

For more information on MNAP:

Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Invasive Plant Biology Intern

The Maine Natural Areas Program seeks an Invasive Plant Biology Intern to assist with mapping, treatment, and monitoring of invasive plants in Maine. Fieldwork includes searching for invasive plants and documenting infestations using field forms, maps, and handheld GPS units. Occasional invasive plant control work may be expected. Office work includes data entry and management, creating GIS maps, assisting with preparation for outreach events, and general office projects. Individuals must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long hikes in hot weather. There may be opportunities to assist with other MNAP projects.

The position requires a strong interest in invasive plant ecology and stewardship, attention to detail, and unmitigated enthusiasm. Experience with ArcGIS software, ability to detect/identify common invasive plants in the field, familiarity with handheld GPS units (e.g., Garmin), and prior fieldwork experience (vegetation surveys, plant ID, etc.) is strongly preferred. Position is 40 hours/week from approximately May 2015 to September 2015 and pays $12.00/hour. Occasional overnight travel is possible. Preference will be given to applications received by
February 27, 2015.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Nancy Olmstead
Maine Natural Areas Program
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333 (electronic applications preferred)

For more information about MNAP, visit:

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

MDI Assistant Steward - seasonal

Maine Coast Heritage trust (MCHT) is looking for a stewardship assistant to work with MCHT stewardship staff based in our Mount Desert Island office from mid-April to mid-October (flexible start & end dates). Applicant must be a self-motivated individual able to work independently, and as part of a team. The work will include a variety of different stewardship tasks, with an emphasis on helping the three regional stewards based at the MDI office with their ongoing work from Penobscot Bay to Schoodic.

Major Responsibilities:
• Preserve monitoring and maintenance, including trail work, boundary marking, interactions with the public.
• Conservation easement monitoring, under the supervision of regional stewards.
• Spring and fall boat maintenance.
• Miscellaneous carpentry work on kiosks, barn infrastructure and other small structures.
• Invasives management under the direction of regional stewards.
• Participation in and coordination of volunteer beach clean ups and other activities.
• Data entry and record keeping.

Skills and Experience Sought:
• Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Experience working in the field, alone and with others.
• Ability and desire to perform hard physical work.
• Good basic seamanship skills and experience operating power boats. Experience operating and maintaining the following equipment: Chain saw, brush saw and hand tools.
• Good sense of humor when the weather is bad and the bugs are biting.
• Natural history knowledge/interpretation experience.
• Experience working with invasive plants and Maine Board of Pesticide Control certification desirable.
• Valid Driver’s License and use of a vehicle.

SALARY: The Seasonal Stewardship Assistant will be paid $15/hour on a bi-weekly basis subject to required withholdings. As a short-term employee, you will be entitled to legally required benefits, i.e., Worker’s Compensation and Social Security. This is a six month position. Work related travel will be reimbursed at 56 cents per mile.

Send a cover letter, resume and references by February 13, 2015 to Peg Adamns at:


Maine Coast Heritage Trust
One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086


Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Trail Steward - seasonal

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is looking for a trail steward who will supervise one assistant working on many of the Trust’s mainland and island preserves over three summer months (June-August), and work with MCHT staff in the spring and fall on a variety of stewardship tasks. This is a 6 month position, mid-April to mid-October. Work will include trail clearing, trail improvement (including building steps and erosion control structures), boundary marking, painting structures, basic carpentry, and vegetation control (brush saw work, clipping, etc.) Although not directly responsible for public education, the trail stewards will be representing MCHT and will be expected to interact positively with the public when there is an opportunity. The trail stewards will move frequently, although will occasionally work at the same site for more than one week.

During periods without the assistant, the person will help MCHT stewardship staff with trail work, boundary marking, carpentry tasks, boat and cabin preparation and closing, etc.

The Trail Steward and Assistant will be based on Mount Desert Island and MCHT will provide accommodations there in a small cabin. During work times at other sites, accommodations will vary, depending on location. There will be cabins at some sites, other sites will require camping. Days will be long and days off will be clustered. Some basic gear will be provided.

Some personal work gear, camping equipment, and mainland transportation will be needed. Boat transportation will be provided to island sites.


The MCHT Trail Steward will supervise and work with the Assistant on different MCHT preserves along the Maine coast from June-August. Early and late in the field season, the Trail Steward will work with regional MCHT stewards on a variety of tasks. The Trail Steward will be supervised by MCHT Regional Stewards, but will work autonomously much of the time. The Trail Steward will start mid-April and end mid-October. During the pre-season time, the steward will be responsible for planning the summer schedule, equipment maintenance and purchasing, and assisting Regional Stewards with other pre-season tasks. The ability to coordinate tasks, accommodate changes due to weather and supervise will be very important. Basic orientation to the work and to MCHT will be provided, but the Trail Steward will be expected to have the following skills:

1. Good written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills.
2. Experience operating and maintaining the following equipment: chain saw, brush saw, GPS, map and compass.
3. Experience camping, setting up camp and allocating camp tasks.
4. First Aid Certification.
5. Experience working in the field, alone and with others.
6. Trail building experience and knowledge.
7. Basic carpentry and painting skills.
8. The ability to motivate others.
9. Good sense of humor when the weather is bad and the bugs are biting.
10. Applicants must be 21 years or older and have supervising experience.
11. Good basic seamanship skills and experience operating power boats desired (but not required).
12. Valid Driver’s license and use of a vehicle.

SALARY: The Trail Steward will be paid $15/hour on a bi-weekly basis subject to required withholdings. As a short-term employee, you will be entitled to legally required benefits, i.e., Worker’s Compensation and Social Security (housing and boat transportation provided). This is a short-term, full-time, 40-hour week, 6 month employment from mid-April through mid-October. Work-related travel will be reimbursed at 56 cents per mile.

** Note: Must have your own land transportation. Trail stewards are encouraged to drive together to sites. MCHT vehicle is also provided.

Send a cover letter, resume and references by February 13, 2015 to Peg Adams at:


Maine Coast Heritage Trust
One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086


Islesboro Islands Trust

Island Explorations Summer 2015 Counselor Positions

Islesboro Islands Trust (IIT) seeks two well-rounded individuals to help with our outdoor education programs this summer. The part-time, temporary positions involve one day per week for 7 weeks beginning Tuesday, July 7th, plus one additional day earlier in July for planning and preparation.

IIT offers a nature day camp for children ages 3 to 7 at different locations around the island. The primary goal of the camp is to have fun exploring the outdoors! The program also serves to educate youngsters about their local environment and to develop a sense of stewardship and ecological consciousness. The successful applicants will, with IIT staff, organize and guide our nature day camp. Primary job responsibilities include development and implementation of day camp programs (building on past plans), leading games and activities, and supervising student participants. One counselor will work primarily with the 3 to 4 year old children and one will work primarily with the 5 to 7 year olds.

We seek responsible individuals able to make a commitment for the 7-week season. The ideal candidate has experience working with children, leadership skills, and some knowledge of Maine's natural communities. This position is located on Islesboro in Penobscot Bay, separated from the mainland by a 20-minute ferry ride, and continues through August 18th. IIT offers a competitive stipend of $100 to $150 per day, depending on experience. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Islesboro Islands Trust at P.O. Box 182, Islesboro, ME 04848 or This position is open until filled.

Maine Island Trail Association

Regional Stewardship Manager

The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. The Regional Stewardship Manager is responsible for the recruitment, training, coordination and recognition of MITA’s volunteer corps, the management of MITA’s marine fleet, the implementation of MITA’s stewardship and education programs, and for maintaining relationships with private and institutional Trail site owners.

This is a full time, salaried position with a benefits package that includes health and retirement plans. This position is based in MITA’s Portland office and serves the southern section of the Trail. It involves frequent travel along the coast and includes weekend and evening work.

Primary responsibilities include:
* Volunteer Stewardship Programs
* Marine Fleet
* Island Stewardship
* Education
* Island Owner/Partner Relations

Desired Qualifications
* At least 2 years of work experience in a related field or a combination of graduate school study and internship experience
* Proven ability to recruit, manage and retain volunteers
* Demonstrated boating experience (powerboat maintenance/handling, trailer operation, navigation, safety)
* Good physical condition and ability to work in remote settings with limited amenities
* Knowledge of the Maine coast and regional environmental issues
* Knowledge of natural resource management and island ecology
* Familiarity with Leave No Trace and low-impact recreation practices
* Proven leadership, problem-solving and diplomacy skills
* Excellent organizational and multi-tasking capabilities
* Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
* Ability to work well with persons of varying backgrounds, interests and ages, including youth and retirees
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Google Apps.
* Familiarity with relational databases
* Basic carpentry, chainsaw and other equipment operation skills a plus
* Valid driver’s license

View the full description on the MITA website:

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter AS A PDF DOCUMENT to Cover letter is required and should explain your interest in the position and summarize your relevant qualifications. You will receive an emailed receipt to acknowledge your application. Phone inquiries will not be accepted. This position is open until filled.

The Maine Island Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kennebec Land Trust

2015 KLT Ronald Joseph Summer Internship

The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking summer interns to work on trail maintenance and construction, land conservation projects, invasive plant control, educational programming, and general office work such as writing press releases and sending out mailings. Interns will also support KLT's Land Trust Alliance Accreditation application. Interested applicants should be willing to learn basic plant identification skills, be able to perform physically demanding field work, be comfortable multi-tasking in the office, and have an interest in land conservation.

Independent Research Opportunities: In addition to our Summer Internship Program, KLT provides opportunities for students to conduct independent research focused on wildlife and plant ecology, land use history, and conservation and resource management. This summer we are specifically looking for students to conduct projects focused on 1) the ecological functions and characteristics of mature growth forests 2) oral histories - childhood memories of days in the woods on Howard Hill, Augusta 3) the economic and conservation benefits of a local woods market 4) the frequency and impacts of public use on conserved lands. In addition to these topics, we welcome other project proposals.

Students' studies have the potential to enhance KLT's educational offerings, and to inform property management plans and our Strategic Conservation Plan.
KLT will help students frame research questions and identify properties on which to conduct research. We ask that students work with an advisor from their college or university on their independent projects, and that they submit a final report to KLT upon completion of their summer research.

Rate of pay: KLT will provide a modest stipend. Interns and students conducting independent research projects are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to compensate their time with KLT. KLT will provide mileage at IRS rate for summer interns. Rustic housing opportunities are available.

KLT supervision: Theresa Kerchner, Executive Director; Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Coordinator

Hours: Flexible hours; 25-40 hours a week; June-August; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others.

• minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in education, environmental science, biology, forestry, geography or related degree (or equivalent experience); other majors will be considered
• ability to work independently and as part of a team
• strong organizational and time management skills
• ability to perform moderately strenuous manual labor
• comfortable working outside
• valid drivers license

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below by March 1st, 2015. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Send full application to:
The Kennebec Land Trust
c/o Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Coordinator
PO Box 261
Winthrop, Maine 04364

York Land Trust, Inc.

Development Director

Dynamic, innovative land trust in York, Maine seeks full-time, experienced, effective, fundraising professional. This individual will lead efforts to raise funding for operations and capital campaigns. He/she will report to the Executive Director and supervise a Development Assistant and group of volunteers. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, impeccable communications skills and 5-7 years of fundraising experience, including work on major capital campaigns and events. Work experience in a land conservation organization is a plus. Competitive salary and benefits offered and a great work environment. Send cover letter and resume by February 15, 2015 to: No phone calls please. Equal opportunity employer.

The York Land Trust was founded in 1986, has over 600 members and donors, 17 Board members and three staff persons. Having closed 29 land projects over the past 10 years, the Trust has over 2,200 acres in its conservation holdings and has helped preserve an additional 1,200 acres that are held by state and local agencies.

York Land Trust is a partner in a ten-member coalition that is carrying out the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative, an effort that has led to the protection of 13,263 acres in a six-town region of southern Maine and has created nature preserves that are accessible and enjoyed by the public.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

Garden Coordinator for the Tom Settlemire Community Garden and Common Good Garden

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust created the Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG) in 2012 to provide intergenerational organic gardening opportunities, provide locally grown food to alleviate hunger in the community, and offer experiential gardening education. The Garden is located on prime farmland on the eastern edge of Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s signature 321-acre property on Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick. TSCG has 80 plots and serves the entire community on a first-come, first-served basis, and also includes the Common Good Garden: a partnership with Mid Coast hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) to grow food for their soup kitchen and pantry, which has yielded nearly 7,000 pounds of produce in three seasons.

The Land Trust is seeking a part time, paid Garden Coordinator position. The Coordinator will work with the TSCG Committee and MCHPP, and the plot holders and volunteers from both organizations. The Coordinator is directly responsible to the Executive Director of the Land Trust.

The Coordinator will supervise the operation of the TSCG plots and grounds. He or she will oversee, coordinate and nurture plot holder volunteers and keep them informed of volunteer opportunities. The Coordinator will be an ex officio member of the TSCG Committee and, with them, will assist in scheduling, planning and overseeing TSCG events that occur during the growing season. He or she will visit the TSCG on a regular weekly basis from April 1 through October 31 to monitor and report on plot compliance with the TSCG Guidelines, check on disease, weed and pest issues and the general condition of the grounds including the orchard.

The Garden Coordinator will work with the MCHPP Garden Committee and volunteers at the ‘Common Good Garden’ and will have responsibility to produce food in the established beds of the “Common Good Garden’.

The expectation is that the Garden Coordinator position will average 10 hours per week starting on April 1 and ending on October 31. The stipend will be determined by the experience and skills of the candidate.

Skills needed:
• Knowledge of organic vegetable growing and soil, pest and disease management
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Ability to organize, motivate and nurture volunteers
• Excellent communication skills
• Organizational skills, ability to multi-task
• Detail oriented
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, email
• Physical ability to undertake various gardening tasks

Duties include:

April – May
• Create a plan for the Common Good Garden (according to the garden design), taking into account crop rotation and crop needs for the season and principles of organic gardening
• Order and obtain seeds and seedlings, working with the MCHPP Garden
Committee to determine budget and garden needs.
• Under the direction of the TSCG Committee, coordinate and assist in overseeing the Spring Workday
• Monitor weed, pest and disease issues in both gardens
• Ensure that, by April 15, the TSCG is ready to be used by the plot holders This includes ordering compost, flagging plots and starting water system
• Monitor the compost bins

June – October
• Work with and coordinate adequate MCHPP volunteer coverage and plan, oversee and carry out all aspects of garden prep, planting, maintenance, harvesting and final clean up
• Keep volunteers of the TSCG and CGG and garden committee members informed of the tasks that need to be done in the garden largely via email, and make sure that they are accomplished by self or by volunteers
• Keep records of amounts and varieties of seeds and seedlings planted in the CGG and amounts of produce harvested at end of season
• Monitor weed, pest and disease issues in both gardens
• Under the direction of the TSCG Committee, coordinate and assist in overseeing the Fall Workday
• Work with MCHPP Food Bank Coordinator to carry out harvest and delivery
of produce
• Provide final report to MCHPP and to the TSCG Committee
• Make sure both gardens are ‘put to bed’ by November 1 and that the water system is ready for the winter
• Monitor the compost bins

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter on or before February 1, 2015 to:
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
Attn: Lee Cataldo
108 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011

Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire

Conservation Easement Steward

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire seeks qualified candidates for the position of Conservation Easement Steward. The Conservation Easement Steward is a full time position responsible for completing the monitoring of conservation easements held by the Land Trust. With the Land Trust holding more than 200 conservation easement interests, the Conservation Easement Steward’s position is vital to the organization’s ability to meet our commitment to the long-term stewardship and protection of each property’s natural resources and easement purposes.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience in and a passion for land conservation, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with partners and the desire to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment for a leading and growing Land Trust.

Primary Responsibilities
Monitoring and Enforcing Conservation Easements
• Review and analyze aerial imagery of conservation easement properties to identify potential encroachments or violations
• Perform ground monitoring visits including walking properties and meeting with land owners and land managers
• Document aerial monitoring and ground visits through written reports, maps, photographs, and other tools
• Evaluate ongoing activities to ensure compliance with easement terms
• Review monitoring reports for all Executory Interests held by the organization
• Perform aerial and ground monitoring for conservation easements held by other organizations in accordance with existing contracts
• Use Conservation Connections, our custom database for all conservation lands held by the organization, to track landowner information, stewardship activities, and tasks

Building Positive Relationships with Easement Landowners
• Initiate and sustain communication with easement landowners and build relationships to enhance compliance
• Respond to landowner inquiries and requests for help regarding land management, easement terms, encroachments, and related ownership issues
• Assist in the creation of educational opportunities for easement landowners on natural resources and management through workshops and publications

Executory Interest Compliance
• Annually communicate with partner land trusts and communities to ensure stewardship of lands where the Land Trust holds secondary interests
• Ensure that partners monitor their easement interests and provide the Land Trust with appropriate documentation

Additional Responsibilities
• Assist with the management of the Land Trust’s GIS data, ensuring the accuracy of property boundaries for easements, executory interests, and fee ownerships and obtaining updated natural resource layers from partner agencies as appropriate.
• Participate in the development of new policies and procedures to ensure consistency with applicable LTA Standards and Practices
• Support the protection of new lands through the completion of baseline documentation reports, including GIS mapping
• Write content for Everlasting, the easement stewardship semi-annual newsletter
• Participate in organizational outreach events and field trips
• Complete other tasks as necessary to support the organization’s mission

Required Qualifications and Skills
• Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g., resource management, environmental studies, or natural science) and two years related professional experience; or
• Master’s degree in related field and one year related professional experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organizational abilities and proficiency in Microsoft Office software
• Working knowledge of ArcView 9 or 10 and GPS technology
• Skilled in one or more of the following: natural resource inventories, NH plant, animal, or community identification, land management, and/or other field work
• Ability to interpret maps, surveys, and other field documentation
• Strong understanding of land conservation techniques, trends, and practices
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and interest in being part of a growing non-profit group
• Interest and ability to grow professionally as the organization’s needs evolve
• Physical ability to hike rough terrain, navigate via map and compass, comfortable working alone in the field
• Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to a reliable vehicle
• Excitement and commitment about our mission of conserving land

Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for this position is between $35,000 and $41,000, commensurate with experience.
Benefits include paid vacation and sick time, health insurance, matching contributions to 403b(7) retirement plan, and long-term disability insurance.

Other Details
The Land Trust’s office is located in beautiful downtown Exeter, New Hampshire. This position includes extensive field work out of the office. The Conservation Easement Steward reports to the Easement Stewardship Director.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three references by 4:00pm, Friday, January 30, 2015 to: Conservation Easement Steward Search, Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, PO Box 675, Exeter, NH 03833 or via email to Electronic submissions are preferred. Please, no phone calls.