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Employment and Internship Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Nature Day Camp Assistant Leader

Application deadline: March 24, 2019

About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Nature Day Camp

The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s mission is preserve and protect Harpswell’s natural resources, cultural heritage and access to the outdoors through targeted conservation, responsible stewardship and education. Learn more at www.hhltmaine.org.

Since 1998, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) has offered Nature Day Camp to educate and engage children with Harpswell’s natural environment. Camp is held at a different Harpswell location each day, and the focus is on hands-on exploration of nature, learning and fun. For a more detailed description, visit: http://hhltmaine.org/nature-day-camp/.

Job description

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking an assistant leader for its Nature Day Camp program. This person will teach alongside experienced camp leaders. We prefer to find an assistant leader who is available for all four camp weeks, but will consider applicants who are available for just part of the summer.

The assistant camp leader’s responsibilities are as follows:

  • Ensure safety of all campers
  • Provide an enriching, engaging and fun camp experience
  • Be kind and patient
  • Communicate with the camp leader about any issues that arise
  • Attend camp orientation before the camp season begins
  • With camp leader, create a schedule of developmentally-appropriate activities for campers
  • Co-lead camp activities
  • Debrief camp

Dates, hours and compensation

Both preschool and elementary camp sessions are offered concurrently during the following weeks: July 8-12, July 22-26, August 5-9 and August 19-23. Preschool camps run Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Elementary camps run Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The assistant camp leader will be responsible for all four weeks of camp – two weeks with preschoolers and two weeks with elementary school students. The assistant leader will be expected to contribute to the planning process before camp begins and should be available before and after camp each day for set up and wrap up. Compensation for the assistant camp leader is $288/week for preschool camp and $608/week for elementary camp.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate the following qualifications.

Required:

  • Experience working with children
  • Experience teaching about nature outdoors
  • Patience, kindness and enthusiasm
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check (paid for by HHLT)
  • First aid and CPR training

Preferred:

  • Current or prior connection to Harpswell or the Maine coast
  • Natural history knowledge

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter, indicating which weeks you are available, by March 24 to Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org. You are welcome to contact Julia with questions via email or at 207-837-9613.

Stover’s Point Preserve Monitor (part-time, seasonal)

Application deadline: March 22, 2019

About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT)

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

Background

HHLT’s 4-acre Stover’s Point Preserve features a gravel beach, a salt marsh, and a tidal creek on Harpswell Neck. The Preserve is a popular destination for people to visit in the summer to swim, play, relax and launch small boats. Due to concerns in recent years about some visitors not following the Preserve guidelines, HHLT has decided to hire a part-time beach monitor from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019. The role of the beach monitor is to observe and document visitor use, enforce Preserve guidelines in a polite and non-confrontational manner, and educate visitors about the sensitive natural resources.

Job description

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking a monitor for Stover’s Point Preserve between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day 2019. Days and hours are flexible and will vary depending on weather and visitor use. The beach monitor will be supervised by the Stewardship Coordinator.

The monitor will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Spend at least one hour a day at the Preserve (more on weekends). Walk the entire Preserve to greet and educate visitors.
  • Ensure that visitors are following Preserve guidelines, particularly restrictions related to motorized vehicle use and dogs. More information about the Stover’s Point Preserve and a list of visitor guidelines can be found at https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/stovers-point-preserve/.
  • Approach and greet visitors in a courteous and non-confrontational manner as a representative of HHLT.
  • Answer questions about the Preserve.
  • Wear an HHLT Steward t-shirt while on duty at the Preserve.
  • Log the total number of people, cars, and dogs on the beach at each visit and provide weekly summaries. Document conversations with visitors or other pertinent information to help inform future management decisions. Prepare a final report at the end of the season.

Hours and compensation

This is a 12 hour/week seasonal position (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day) paid at $15/hour. 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have excellent people skills and be willing to walk the length of the Preserve and back twice daily (about half a mile). Some knowledge of Harpswell and coastal wildlife and plants is desirable.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter by March 22, 2019 to Andrea Stevens at steward@hhltmaine.org with “Stover’s Point Preserve Monitor” in the subject line.

Internship Opportunities

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust hosts interns throughout the year. Internships are generally unpaid, but they provide experience in all aspects of nonprofit work and help interns build connections to the community.

Intern Delger Erdenesanaa helped lead educational programs in the local elementary school.

Intern Delger Erdenesanaa helped lead educational programs in the local elementary school.

2014-2015 intern Delger Erdensanaa wrote:  “I’ve learned about the inner workings of a small non-profit. HHLT has a strong relationship with the community and local schools, and I think that’s a model I could bring to other organizations in the future…This internship definitely fulfilled what I wanted – learning about the community beyond Bowdoin, and building skills in education and community outreach. Beyond that, I got to spend time outside in Harpswell, meet some great people doing inspiring work, and appreciate the surprisingly bustling world of conservation in Maine.”

2013 intern Hannah Glover wrote:  “This has been a great learning experience because I have been involved in many aspects of the land trust. I especially enjoyed working on the Curtis Farm Preserve. I had never thought about how to plan a trail before and it was educational to see the process from the beginning. Creating maps for the committee and Harpswell Coastal Academy enabled me to practice displaying data clearly. It was also nice to see the opposite end of the process at Widgeon Cove. I haven’t developed school activities before, so working with Harpswell Community School and Harpswell Coastal Academy was very educational. I realized how much work it takes to organize, plan, and execute a program. I also became comfortable using WordPress, which will be a useful skill for future work.”