Start and End Date:
The successful candidates will be available to start in early May and work until late October. This person will be the lead seasonal staff under supervision of Swan Island Manager.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) Is hiring two seasonal Wildlife Management Area Technicians for Swan Island (Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area)
Swan Island is a unique and secluded, 4 mile long island in the Kennebec River at the head of Merrymeeting Bay. Several Historic structures still stand as witness to the once thriving community that resided there. Today we welcome visitors to enjoy the camping, hiking, wildlife, and history.
Primary duties include meeting and transporting visitors and their equipment from a mainland boat landing across the Kennebec River on a ferry, and to the campsite in a specially designed truck; maintaining the campground and other island facilities. Specific activities include mowing, periodic cleaning, minor repairs to equipment and facilities; providing tours of the island to visitors while discussing wildlife and island history; scheduling reservations and assisting in fee collection and summarizing of visitor information; assisting in educational programs provided to school groups; overseeing general welfare of visitors; habitat management through mowing of fields with tractor and rotary cutter and other habitat management activities; assisting in direction of other volunteers; and other duties as assigned.
A motivated candidate will have the opportunity to assist in developing new projects in cooperation with the Swan Island manager. The purpose of these projects will be to benefit the recreational component for visitors of the island as well as local wildlife. The scope of projects will vary. The intern will be able to help direct ideas for small projects as well as aiding predetermined ones. Some examples of small and ongoing projects are trail maintenance; birdhouse erection and maintenance; wildlife surveys; new visitor programming, etc. The intern will have an opportunity to become familiar with MDIFW and its activities and occasionally join other staff on field work.
Qualified candidates will possess a personable attitude, strong motivation, be able to get along well with coworkers and volunteers while sharing housing as well as working together, be able to take instruction, learn quickly and apply what has been learned.\
Knowledge of wildlife and habitats are helpful. Experience using watercraft, farm equipment, and small machinery are a plus. A valid driver’s license and clean record is a must.
$400/wk, Shared housing provided.
Please provide a letter of application, resume and at least 3 references to:
John Pratte – MDIFW, 270 Lyons Rd, Sidney, ME 04330
207-547-5318 or John.Pratte@maine.gov
Last Date to Apply:
Positions may be filled with qualified individuals prior to the application end date of March 15, 2015.