School Program Intern: Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Overview: The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking a School Program Intern to serve as a resource for teachers who have received an Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine grant from NRCM. This part-time paid internship will run from mid-January to mid-June.
NRCM has received funding to award up to eight small grants to middle school educators. The purpose of the grants is to raise awareness about the importance of Maine’s environment and to enhance NRCM’s existing work in one of our four project areas: 1) Forests & Wildlife 2) Healthy Waters 3) Climate and Clean Energy, and 4) Sustainable Maine. Grant recipients will design a project for their classroom, school, or club that aligns with NRCM’s mission and one of those focus areas. In addition to creating and implementing the project, the grant recipient will communicate to different audiences about their project.
The highest priority of the School Program Intern will be to serve as a resource for grant recipients. These responsibilities include serving as a primary contact for the teachers/project leaders and supervising the project progress as described in the grant applications. This work will include:
- maintaining a constant and consistent line of communication with grantees;
- reviewing progress and providing guidance to teachers as necessary;
- managing blog posts written by teachers, students, or others involved in the project;
- assisting with a piece for the NRCM newsletter and/or blog;
- providing input on a presentation about the project;
- drafting a press release and helping in other ways to generate media attention for the projects, as requested by NRCM or the teachers;
- taking photos, or arrange for photos, to be used for media purposes, and obtaining necessary permission forms;
- playing a key role in social media for the projects; and,
- work with one or more of the classrooms, in celebration of Earth Day in April, to plan an activity based on clean water, such as picking up trash around the school grounds or creating/hanging posters around the school and/or community about the importance of clean water.
- Must be enrolled in four-year Bachelor’s Degree program;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines;
- Ability to work with a range of individuals;
- Proficient in word processing and related tools (Microsoft);
- Willingness and ability to travel;
- Should enjoy working as part of a team, with an interest in public education and advocacy work; and,
- Commitment to Maine’s environment.
Common NRCM Job Responsibilities
NRCM is committed to a positive work culture where diversity is honored and respected. To this end, all employees are expected to:
- Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members and also with NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general public. This includes proactive work on understanding and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; providing and receiving constructive feedback; and a willingness to resolve conflicts constructively.
- Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
- Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
- Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.
Physical Requirements of the Job
The School Program Intern position can be done remotely however some work will be required at the NRCM headquarters in Augusta, working at a computer station and performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and the ability to lift objects up to 10 pounds. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members need to be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.
To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (blog post is preferable) to Kelsey Grossmann, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, NRCM, 3 Wade Street, Augusta ME 04330 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 2, 2018.