2020 Ronald Joseph Summer Internship

Kennebec Land Trust

Opening posted: 12/19/2019 | Expires: 02/28/2020

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2020 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 have the opportunity to assist with environmental education programs at the Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead http://vaughanhomestead.org/

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.

Optional Independent Research Opportunities: KLT also provides opportunities for interns to conduct independent research focused on conservation and resource management, wildlife and plant ecology, land use history or other relevant topics.

This summer we are specifically looking for students to conduct research focused on:

  • land trust policies regarding siting of solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower facilities and other renewables – a national perspective based on specific land trust projects
  • best practices for developing and managing multi-use trails
  • socially responsible investing – best practices in the non-profit sector

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.

2009-2019 Interns and Research projects

Rate of pay: KLT provides a stipend and housing. Interns are responsible for purchasing their own food.

Interns and students conducting independent research projects are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to help compensate their time with KLT. KLT will provide mileage at the IRS rate for summer interns.

KLT supervision: Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director and Theresa Kerchner, Executive Director.

Hours: Flexible hours; 32-40 hours a week (Friday research day optional); June 22 – August 23; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others. 

Qualifications:

  • 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 driver’s license

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below by February 28, 2020. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Send full application to:

The Kennebec Land Trust

c/o Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director

PO Box 261

Winthrop, Maine 04364

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Email: