Summer Program Steward

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Opening posted: 03/17/2021 | Expires: 04/12/2021

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Hours: 40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (approximately Late May through end of August)

Compensation: $14.00 per hour

Requires: Availability, use of reliable personal vehicle, and passing a background check in order to work with children

The Summer Program Steward will assist the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) with activities part of the land trust’s education, administrative, development, and land protection programs. This position is an opportunity to gain experience on a variety of tasks and projects in the conservation field– working with professionals, the public, volunteers, and a diversity of age groups.

Opportunities Provided by this Position:

  • Experience the structure and operation of a not-for-profit land trust, with a particular emphasis on education, outreach, and development.
  • Gain hands-on experience with many facets of facilitating public events, including a summer day camp for children 6-12 years old
  • Develop skills in database management and reporting
  • Exercise creative muscles by assisting to write and design content for a variety of platforms (print and digital media)
  • Have the opportunity to work with GPS data collection and basic ArcGIS mapping
  • Work outside to support field work on preserves, for community science programs, and at KELT’s LOCAL Garden (an educational garden in south Bath)
  • Spend most of the summer working in the beautiful natural areas of the Maine Coast

Supervision and Team Design:

The Summer Program Steward will work under the direction of the KELT’s Program Director.

Independent work may be required at times, and the Steward will have the opportunity at times to lead groups of volunteers. The Steward will frequently meet and communicate with visitors and/or volunteers at the office, events, or properties. Successful applicants will be expected to act professionally and communicate in a polite manner, both with the public and with fellow team members, as well as follow all applicable COVID-19 guidelines.

Responsibilities:

  • Help facilitate summer day camp activities during two week-long camp sessions for children 6-12 years old
  • Assist land trust staff to plan and staff public educational events as a part of KELT’s annual Summer Explorations Series
  • Help promote, organize and facilitate a summer celebration event
  • Create event publicity materials, including posters and social media posts as well as draft press releases
  • Assist as needed with operational tasks such as database management, filing, mailings, etc.

Preferred Education:

Completed High School program and some college. Applicants still in HS may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Necessary Skills:

  • Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
  • Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain
  • Willingness to work with people of all ages and experiences, especially kids
  • Availability for events outside of traditional work day hours on some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, responsibly, and safely
  • Pass a basic background check (in order to work with children)

Please share with us if you have any similar skills or experiences to those listed below:

  • First Aid Certification and/or Life Guard Certification
  • Experience working outdoors
  • Experience specifically working with children
  • Experience communicating with the public
  • Environmental or ecological study or background knowledge
  • Experience using ArcGIS mapping software or Adobe InDesign software

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file to with the subject line ‘Summer Program Steward’. Applicants may also mail the application to the KELT office to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530.

Please prepare the names and contact information of three references. If an applicant is called to interview, KELT may request the list of references at that time.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021