Employment and Internship Opportunities

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Scroll down for details.

  • Lands & Stewardship Director
  • Nature Day Camp Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Lands & Stewardship Director

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) seeks a dedicated and experienced individual passionate about land conservation. Join our collaborative team and make a difference in beautiful Harpswell, Maine!

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Neal at info@hhltmaine.org. Applications are due by 9 a.m. on February 6, 2023. We are hoping for a March start date. Questions can be directed to Executive Director Julia McLeod at director@hhltmaine.org or 207-721-1121.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Lands & Stewardship Director is responsible for management of HHLT’s land conservation and stewardship activities. This position requires the employee to perform tasks independently, to communicate consistently, to pay close attention to detail, and to excel at developing positive working relationships with landowners, staff, donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

Duties include:

  1. New land conservation projects – Carrying conservation projects from start to finish, including proactively reaching out to owners of high priority lands, meeting with landowners to discuss conservation options, drafting project selection checklists for the Lands Committee, developing conservation easement plans, negotiating terms of easements and fee purchases, drafting easements, preparing baseline documents, completing all due diligence, and bringing projects to fruition.
  2. Existing easements – Organizing and overseeing easement monitoring. Reviewing annual monitoring reports to ensure adequacy and consistency of information and checking that provisions of easements are being respected. Maintaining positive relationships with owners of conservation easements. Negotiating and preparing easement amendments. Overseeing easement interpretations and drafting interpretation letters and compliance letters. Following up with landowners in the case of easement violations.
  3. Committees and Board of Trustees – Ensuring that the Lands Committee, the Stewardship Committee, and the Board of Trustees have the information needed to make sound, well-informed decisions about conservation projects and stewardship activities.
  4. Representing HHLT in the community – Representing HHLT in the community in an accurate and friendly way. Seeking out and participating in collaborative partnerships.
  5. Land trust accreditation standards and compliance – Ensuring that Land Trust Standards & Practices for evaluating and selecting conservation projects, ensuring sound transactions, tax benefits and appraisals, and conservation easement stewardship are met and documented. Filing required government and grant reports in the areas of lands and stewardship.
  6. Record-keeping – Ensuring impeccable record-keeping through all stages of the land conservation and stewardship process. Creating and maintaining checklists to guide HHLT’s conservation and stewardship efforts. Creating and managing permanent project files for all easement and fee land acquisitions. Preparing management plans for fee land acquisitions.
  7. Grant applications – In collaboration with other staff, preparing grant applications for land acquisition and stewardship projects.
  8. Staff liaison to committees – Serving as the staff liaison to the Lands and Stewardship Committees.
  9. Professional development – Pursuing opportunities to improve, grow, and learn about trends and best practices in the land trust world.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES

  • Education and/or experience in land conservation, natural resource management, real estate transactions, land stewardship, or similar fields.
  • Self-motivated professional with demonstrated skill in managing multiple projects and consistently meeting deadlines. Practical problem-solving and organizational skills with attention to detail and record-keeping.
  • Strong speaking, writing, and listening skills.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn about land conservation transactions.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn about conservation values and natural communities.
  • Comfort working in outdoor settings with the ability to hike on rough terrain.
  • Competency with standard computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace. Experience with mapping and simple spatial analysis preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License in good standing and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends.

LOCATION AND WORKING CONDITIONS

The HHLT office is located at 153 Harpswell Neck Road in Harpswell, Maine. The Lands & Stewardship Director will work primarily in the office, though there will be required fieldwork in Harpswell and remote work is possible with computer equipment provided.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time position with benefits including a health stipend, a retirement savings plan, paid time off (vacation, sick, and holiday), mileage reimbursement at the current IRS rate, a flexible work schedule, and a great work environment. Salary is commensurate with experience, $47,000 – $55,000 annually.

Nature Day Camp Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Summer 2023

About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Nature Day Camp

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

The focus of Nature Day Camp is hands-on exploration of nature, friendship, discovery, and fun. Camp is held at a different Harpswell location each day. For a more detailed description, click here.

Job description

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking Camp Leaders and Assistant Camp Leaders for its popular and highly successful Nature Day Camp program.

Camp leaders have more responsibility and tend to have more experience than Assistant Camp Leaders. Tasks for both positions include the following:

  • Ensure physical and emotional safety of all campers and follow camp safety policies.
  • Provide an enriching, engaging, and fun camp experience.
  • Be kind and patient.
  • Participate in training sessions before the camp season begins.
  • Create a written lesson plan based on the materials and resources provided.
  • Lead camp activities.
  • Communicate effectively with co-leader, parents, volunteers, junior counselors, and HHLT’s Executive Director.
  • Debrief camp through written notes and meetings.

Dates and hours

Two age groups experience camp at the same time but at different locations. Each age group needs a Camp Leader and an Assistant Camp Leader. The camp schedule is based around the tides. In 2023, camp will happen during these weeks: June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, August 7-11, and August 21-25. While we prefer hiring for the entire five weeks of camp, we would consider hiring the right candidate for fewer weeks.

Camp for ages 4-6 runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Camp for ages 7-12 runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Compensation

Camp Leaders are paid $20/hour. Assistant Camp Leaders are paid $18/hour. Paid time includes camp hours and set up and take down each day in addition to training, planning, collecting materials, cleaning, and debrief. There are no health, retirement, or paid time off benefits for these positions.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will effectively demonstrate the following qualifications.

Required:

  • Experience working with children
  • Patience, kindness, and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated attention to safety
  • Flexibility and the ability to work well as part of a team
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check (paid for by HHLT)
  • Adult and pediatric first aid and CPR training by Red Cross or an equivalent provider (paid for by HHLT)

Preferred:

  • Experience teaching about nature outdoors
  • Current or prior connection to Harpswell or the Maine coast
  • Natural history knowledge

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter by March 31 to Katie Neal at info@hhltmaine.org. You are welcome to contact us with questions via email or at 207-721-1121.


Internships

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust sometimes hosts unpaid interns throughout the year. Please reach out to us with questions at info@hhltmaine.org.