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Employment Opportunities

Development Associate

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Posted January 4, 2021

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/.

About the position

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust seeks an experienced, motivated and capable Development Associate to coordinate the organization’s development activities.  The primary responsibilities include working with staff and volunteers to:

  1. Manage and support the Development and Campaign Committees major donor cultivation efforts.
  2. Administer HHLT’s donor database, Little Green Light.
  3. Organize HHLT’s fundraising events and business sponsor program.
  4. Work with the Development and Campaign Committees on agendas, minutes, strategies and initiatives.
  5. Cultivate a portion of HHLT’s major donors.

Hours and compensation

This is a year-round, salaried 32 hour per week position. Paid vacation, holidays and sick time are provided. Salary commensurate with experience.


The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate the following qualifications.


  • Experience working in a development and/or communications role
  • Well-organized and efficient, with the ability to simultaneously pursue many priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Knowledge of environmental conservation and a passion for HHLT’s mission
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Familiarity with donor database systems


  • Familiarity with donor cultivation
  • Familiarity with the Little Green Light donor database
  • Familiarity with land trusts

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Reed Coles at info@hhltmaine.org.

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.”