Employment and Internship Opportunities
Stover’s Point Preserve Monitor
This part-time, seasonal position is open until we find the right candidate.
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/.
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 in the summertime for swimming, playing, relaxing and launching small boats. Due to concerns in recent years about some visitors not following the Preserve guidelines, HHLT is hiring a part-time beach monitor. 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. The monitor may also assist with other stewardship work.
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking a monitor for Stover’s Point Preserve between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Days and hours are flexible and will vary depending on weather and visitor use. The beach monitor is supervised by the Stewardship Coordinator.
The monitor is 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 vehicles and dogs. More information about Stover’s Point Preserve and a list of visitor guidelines can be found by clicking here (link to: https://hhltmaine.org/get-outdoors/stovers-point-preserve/).
- Approach and greet visitors in a courteous and non-confrontational manner as a representative of HHLT. Wear a HHLT Steward t-shirt while on duty at the Preserve.
- Answer questions about 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.
- Perform other tasks as assigned by HHLT staff.
- 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.
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 is desirable.
How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to Priscilla Seimer, Stewardship Coordinator, at email@example.com with “Stover’s Point Preserve Monitor” in the subject line.
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.
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.”