Stewardship & Facilities Intern
Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
Opening posted: 04/12/2022 | Expires: 05/31/2022
Introduction: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, serving the area in and around Damariscotta, Maine, is accepting applications for the 2022 Stewardship and Facilities Internship.
Coastal Rivers is a non-profit, membership-supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization caring for the lands and waters of the Damariscotta-Pemaquid Region by conserving special places, protecting water quality, creating trails and public access, and deepening connections to nature. Since 1966, we have conserved more than 5000 acres of land, including 71 properties and 60 privately owned conservation easements, and also maintain over 51 miles of trails on our preserves for the public.
General Description: The Stewardship and Facilities Internship is an 8-13-week position focused on maintaining and improving Coastal Rivers preserves, trails, conservation easements, and facilities. Much of the work will occur outdoors, though the job also includes office tasks. The role will involve walking over rough terrain and using hand and power tools.
The intern will gain hands-on experience in conservation management, trail maintenance, land stewardship, facilities maintenance, and volunteer engagement and will develop a working knowledge of how a land trust organization functions.
Supervision: This position is supervised by Coastal Rivers’ Stewardship Director and Trails and Facilities Manager.
The Stewardship and Facilities Intern will focus on the following activities:
- Maintain Coastal Rivers’ preserves in the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region by:
- working on existing and new trails and facilities by mowing, pruning, clearing, and repairing trail infrastructure and performing general maintenance;
- managing preserves by maintaining boundaries, removing invasive species, and improving habitat;
- Assist with Coastal Rivers’ volunteer program by participating in and leading work events;
- Assist in trail improvement projects on the Coastal Rivers’ trails, such as adding trail signage, improving trailheads, building bridges, adding stairs, repairing trail tread, maintaining docks, launching and repairing floats, maintaining and operating boats, maintaining parking areas and access roads;
- Support Coastal Rivers’ community engagement program by staffing one or more community events and by submitting articles and photographs for Coastal Rivers’ eNews and social media, as well as the newspaper;
- Develop inventories of resources and threats on Coastal Rivers properties using GPS and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and assist in planning for future preserve management by completing trail assessment surveys;
- Independent project: The intern and their supervisors may develop a separate project that suits Coastal Rivers’ needs as well as the intern’s interests and skills;
- Other responsibilities: While this internship primarily focuses on Coastal Rivers’ stewardship and facilities-related work, other Coastal Rivers job responsibilities may be assigned, such as assisting with staffing at the Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center or representing the organization at local events.
The successful applicant will:
- Demonstrate curiosity and a collaborative approach;
- Be able to work well with volunteers, partners, staff, and the general public;
- Have the ability to use equipment with attention to personal safety and the safety of volunteers and visitors;
- Be able to work independently and lead others after sufficient training;
- Have strong verbal and written communication skills;
- Be physically able and willing to work outside for up to 7.5 hours at a time in a wide range of conditions;
- Be able to learn new physical and office skills;
- Have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle with proof of insurance. Please note: this position may involve significant driving and the transportation of tools for stewardship (mileage is reimbursed for personal vehicle use);
- Have experience with basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, email, Google Suite, and social media;
- Be willing to work in areas where there may be ticks, browntail moth caterpillars, black flies, mosquitos, poison ivy, and be willing and able to participate in mitigation of associated risks;
- Be legally authorized to work within the United States.
- Familiarity with the use of power tools, such as lawnmowers, weed whackers, power drills, carpentry tools, chainsaws, and tractors.
- Location: The position is based out of Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust’s office in Damariscotta, Maine, but focused on conservation lands throughout our service area, with 50-75% of time spent in the field;
- Timeframe: Approx. 24-35 hours per week over 8-13 weeks, with flexible start and end dates between May 2 and August 28;
- Compensation: $15 to $17 per hour, depending on experience. Work-related travel is reimbursed monthly at the prevailing federal rate (currently, 58.5 cents/mile at the time of writing);
- Free internship housing is provided;
- COVID 19 will likely impact this position. Coastal Rivers strictly follows all state guidelines and regularly develops policies to mitigate risk. This intern must follow all guidelines and organizational policies while working for Coastal Rivers.
Please attach your resume as a single PDF, including two to three references and a one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position.
The position will remain open until filled.