Two year Fellowship: Island Fellows Program, find out more: meet with Caroline Moore, ’14, March 6th

Find out more about the Island Institute Fellows Program
Meet Caroline Moore ’14 (Biology, teaching minor)
Tuesday, March 6, drop in 2:30-4:30, Adams Hall, room 103. Sign up here

The Island Institute’s Island Fellows supports Maine’s island and coastal communities by (1) strengthening capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic, and information resources and (2) assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects. Fellows receive two-year placements within these communities.

Caroline Moore ’14 (Biology, teaching minor) shares her work with the Island Institute and her experience and that of other Bowdoin graduates in the Island Fellows program.

Application Deadline: Friday March 23
More information:

Location: Adams 103

Job: Impact, application deadline March 5, 2018 (graduating seniors)

Impact is a great opportunity for people who want to organize to make a difference on the most important environmental and public interest issues happening in the country today. You could be like Emma Fisher, whose organizing helped to stop an unnecessary highway expansion in Wisconsin. Or you could be like Kari Ross, who is fighting fracking in Texas. Or you could be like Meghan Hassett, organizing community-based forums on renewable energy with more than 50 local leaders in attendance.

Our spring application deadline is March 5. You can apply online here and we’ll contact you to set up an interview.

If you can see yourself next year organizing to make a difference for our health and environment, apply to join the Impact team. With Impact, you make a difference now. The work you do builds the power we need to win more victories and you gain the experience that other groups look for when hiring new advocates and campaign directors.

Jacqueline Guyol, Campaign Organizer at Impact
314-707-1445 (c)

Fellowship: Island Institute Fellows, for class of 2018 or recent grad (apply by 3/23/18)

Be an Island Institute Fellow

The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years. Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain experience helping to build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges.

The Island Fellows Program provides support for Maine’s island and coastal communities by:

  • Strengthening capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic, and information resources
  • Assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects

The Island Fellows Program provides support for the Island Fellows by:

  • Offering enriching professional development opportunities for recent college graduates
  • Building professional experiences and networks for Fellows looking to live and work in Maine

Awards and Recognition

  • The Island Fellows Program was recognized with the “Outstanding Program” award by the Community Development Society.
  • The Island Fellows Program is an official winner of the 2014 SHIFT Sustainability Award.

How does the Island Fellows Program work?

Island or remote coastal organizations apply to the Island Institute with a community supported project that could benefit from an extra set of hands (See Hosting a Fellow, below). The Institute then finds highly qualified recent graduates to live for 24 months in residence in the community.  Immersion in the community connects fellows directly with islanders to gain an intimate understanding of island life and to understand the needs and opportunities around the identified project.  Fellows are expected to be active participants in their community and bring their own experiences and skills to share.

The Fellowship application period is open from January until mid-March for a September program start. Top candidates are then interviewed in the island or coastal host communities by key contacts who will be working with the Fellow. On-island/coastal interviews are required. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.

Application link for the 2018 Island Fellows program (Deadline: March 23)

Minimum Qualifications
  • Recent completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree (within five years)
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in a field such as community service, community planning, natural-resource planning, GIS mapping, educational outreach, etc.
  • A strong service ethic
  • Flexibility
  • A strong desire to live and work within a small, remote community
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision
Island Fellow Benefits

Each Fellow receives a stipend of $15,000, plus rent and utilities, health insurance, paid vacation days and other benefits. The Institute also provides reimbursement for approved work-related expenses, access to a professional development fund, and offers to offset part of the cost of a new laptop for first year Fellows.

In addition to the application form, which will be accessible via a link on this page during the open application period, the following are required:

  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts of complete undergraduate and graduate records
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A concise personal statement
  • A resume

Job: Summer Naturalists at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (Applications Due: 2/15/18)

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is hiring a new cohort of summer naturalists. This dynamic position trains naturalists in communicating the local botany, geology and history of the area. The main responsibility of the naturalist position is to lead guided hikes in the stunning Elk Mountains. Naturalists also manage the nature preserve in town, working with birds of prey, gardening, speaker series, and teach environmental education to children at the center.  One of the best parts about this job, besides getting to work outdoors and do work that matters, is the great community of recent college graduates from around the country working as naturalists. ACES naturalists develop deeper understanding and knowledge that guides them on their career paths.

Interested applicants can go to our website to find out more information about the position and the application process.  All applications are due February 15, 2018.

We have really enjoyed working with Bowdoin alumni in the past and we would love to continue that relationship. Please share this posting with current and former Bowdoin students and let us know if you have any questions.


Alumni Job: Volunteer Services Coordinator, Maine Dept of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (Apply by 1/19/18)

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Volunteer Services Coordinator

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), is seeking to fill the full-time position of Volunteer Services Coordinator in Augusta. This position will focus on statewide natural resource related projects in partnership with other public and nonprofit organizations.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: MCC seeks an experienced conservation and management professional to fill a key position within the organization. The position manages all aspects of a statewide AmeriCorps program, specifically the MCC Field Team. The position identifies and develops conservation projects in partnership with public and nonprofit groups. The Volunteer Services Coordinator also develops, cultivates and maintains partnerships with natural resource managing agencies, including federal, state, municipal and nonprofit entities. The coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of approximately 70 AmeriCorps members annually. Oversight of the MCC Field Team includes coordination of operational logistics, such as acquisition and maintenance of transportation, housing, equipment, uniforms, supplies, food, etc.; development of rules and standards; tracking, monitoring, and analyzing programmatic outcomes; understanding and implementing federal and state policies; drafting and tracking cooperative agreements with partners; and developing and executing a variety of marketing and promotional strategies. Statewide travel is required.

The position is supported by an ambitious and innovative management team working aggressively to expand conservation and recreation opportunities for all Maine people. Successful candidates will have demonstrated effective personnel management practices in the recruitment, selection, training and retention of volunteers; will have excellent oral and written communication skills; will have demonstrated organizational and time management skills; and will be able to deliver results through teamwork and partnerships. The position has limited administrative or technical support, and depends upon the capability of working independently.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A four (4) year combination of education in organizing, supervising, and/or coordinating a volunteer program.  Preference will be given to qualified candidates with experience in conservation and/or youth corps management, AmeriCorps, environmental stewardship activities, specifically trail construction and maintenance, and a valid driver’s license.

HOW TO APPLY:  Interested candidates in this position need to complete and submit a State of Maine Direct Hire Application, Cover Letter and detailed Resume.


Natural Resources Service Center
Noreen Hart, HR Generalist
155 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

OR email your application material to:

5:00 pm, January 19, 2018 

Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at

More information at 

Alumni Job: EPA Environmental Research Assistant in Ada, OK (to start 2/18)

EPA Environmental Research Assistant

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program is searching for an Environmental Research Assistant at the EPA facility in Ada, OK. The Assistant will assist with research to understand processes affecting the quality and availability of ground water and to evaluate and develop strategies and technologies to protect ground water resources. The job is expected to begin February 2018.

  • Full time, $20.34/hour;
  • Must have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, soil science, environmental science, environmental engineering, or another scientific discipline from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months;
  • Must have experience in laboratory sample collection, data analysis and evaluation, sample preparation, and PC computer applications; and
  • Will perform tasks such as analyzing soil and water samples, collecting data, performing quality assurance checks, and maintaining a laboratory notebook.


For the full position description and to apply, visit our website:

Questions? Email To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.

Alumni Job: Watershed Restoration Specialist, Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter Applications by 2/8/18

The Nature Conservancy

Watershed Restoration Specialist


The Watershed Restoration Specialist provides technical leadership and support to the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy by planning, prioritizing, coordinating and implementing river and stream restoration projects at the watershed scale. Projects will primarily address barriers to aquatic organism passage, including road-stream crossings and tributary and main-stem dams, and may also include floodplain restoration. The Watershed Restoration Specialist will develop and implement strategies, employ a full range of restoration tools, and actively engage and coordinate a broad range of public and private partners, including NGOs, agencies, municipalities and large landowners. S/he will work to garner public support from local communities for restoration projects, assist in efforts to secure public and private funding, and support development of engaging communications materials. S/he will also foster cross-site learning within the state, region and broader conservation community.

Responsibilities & Scope

• Gains cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
• Financial responsibilities will include managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
• Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
• Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

• BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience and/or course work in ecology, management, and restoration of freshwater ecosystems, and of the current trends and practices in conservation.
• Experience negotiating complex agreements.
• Experience communicating effectively with a diversity of partners in government, non-profit and business organizations and with the general public.
• Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines, managing timeframes and completing tasks independently.
• Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Web Browsers.

Desired Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-related field and 5-7 years’ experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree preferred.
• Specialization in habitat restoration, freshwater ecology and/or fisheries conservation is particularly desired. Experience with GIS software applications a plus.
• Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means and ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Experience with the State of Maine and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting process a plus.
• Experience designing, negotiating and managing contractual agreements.
• Experience in community outreach and training

Auto Safety Policy

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at .

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

How to Apply

Please visit the job page here and follow the instructions included on this page and the linked page.

To apply to position number 46049, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 8, 2018.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

Alumni Job: Forester/ Forest Ecologist: Blue Hill Heritage Trust (Maine) (Application review begins mid March, 2018)

Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Forester/Forest Ecologist

About the Position

Blue Hill Heritage Trust is looking for an energetic and dedicated forester/forest ecologist to join our stewardship staff. The Trust has recently acquired a 2100-acre forest block, which it will use for education, research, and long-term conservation forest management. We are in the process of adding another 2000-acre block to our holdings. Both these parcels have been logged hard in the recent past, and we are looking for someone with the skills and vision to begin the process of rehabilitation. The goal is to manage for long-term ecological health, wildlife habitat, and sustainable forest products. We very much want these forests to be part of our educational outreach, and we are seeking a person who is interested in teaching people about forests and forest management, as well as practicing these things.

This position will also be involved in the stewardship of the Trusts other fee properties and easements. The responsibilities for this part of the job will include helping with monitoring, boundary work, trail management, and other related tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry (Master’s preferred)
  • One to three years of field experience in forestry – Chainsaw certified
  • Effective communication skills – Strong oral and interpersonal skills, as well as writing proficiency
  • Good computer skills in most elements of Microsoft Office, use of GIS
  • Must be ready to work strenuous days outdoors year-round in all weather conditions
  • Experience with machinery (tractor, brush hog, mowers, etc.) carpentry skills a plus

Pay and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience and demonstrated skills
  • Benefits include medical, 401K, paid vacation, sick and personal leave
  • Professional memberships and training encouraged and paid for by the Trust

Blue Hill Heritage Trust is a nationally accredited nonprofit, membership-based land conservation organization founded, in 1985, by residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula in coastal Maine. We work to conserve the unique landscape of our peninsula: pristine shores, blueberry-covered hills, working farms, wetlands, forests, ponds, and breathtaking views. Our mission is to conserve in perpetuity land and water resources that support the long-term health and well-being of the natural and human communities on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

To Apply

Respond with a cover letter and resume to: Hans M. Carlson, Executive Director, PO Box 222, Blue Hill Maine, 04614. Or send electronically – pdfs only – to Review of applications will begin in mid-March.

Job: Summer Assistant Trail Steward, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (Deadline to apply: 2/9/18)

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Assistant Trail Steward

About the Position

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is looking for two Assistant Trail Stewards who will work under the direction of a Trail Steward on many of the Trust’s mainland and island preserves for twelve weeks over the summer months starting in early June.  Work will include trail clearing, trail improvement (including building steps and erosion control structures), boundary marking, painting of structures, basic carpentry, and vegetation control (brush saw work, clipping, etc.) Although not directly responsible for public education, trail staff will be representing MCHT and will be expected to interact positively with the public when there is an opportunity.  They will move frequently, although will occasionally work on the same site for more than one week.

Accommodations will vary, depending on location.  There will be cabins at some sites, other sites will require camping.  Days will be long and days off will be clustered.  Some basic gear will be provided.

The Assistant Trail Stewards will be supervised by a Trail Steward.  The schedule of work will depend somewhat on weather, but will generally involve outdoor work at sites spread along the coast from Penobscot Bay to Lubec.  The trail stewards will need to be able to work and live together in the field.

Essential Skills

  1. Experience working in the field and camping.
  2. Comfort level staying in remote areas.
  3. Ability to travel on the water.
  4. Ability and desire to perform hard physical work.
  5. Experience with some or all of the following tools:  chain saw, brush saw, compass, GPS.
  6. Ability to work and live in all (summer) weather conditions.
  7. Basic carpentry skills.
  8. Good sense of humor.


The Assistant Trail Stewards will be paid $13/hour on a bi-weekly basis subject to required withholdings.  As a short-term employee, you will be entitled to legally required benefits, i.e., Worker’s Compensation and Social Security (housing and boat transportation provided). This is a short-term, full-time, 40-hour week, 12-week employment from early June through August.  Work-related travel will be reimbursed at .545 cents per mile.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and references by February 9, 2018, to Peg Adams at


Maine Coast Heritage Trust
One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME   04086


Job: Environmental Leadership Program, Outreach Coordinator (Deadline to apply 1/30/18)


Title: Outreach Coordinator
Salary Range: Salary based on experience and prior work history
Job Status: Exempt
FTE Status: Full time (¾ FTE would be considered) Applications Due: January 30th, 2018, 5 PM EST
Location: Virtual office, based within 45 minutes of a major airport
Application Link:

ELP is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. ELP’s organizational policies, practices, programs, activities and decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, volunteerism, internships and other terms and conditions of employment or voluntary service shall not be based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, source of income, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law.

ELP is a fast-paced and entrepreneurial non-profit working to create a robust national network of environmental and social change leaders. We support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. For more, visit

The Outreach Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be to support outreach, recruitment and onboarding for ELP’s Fellowship Programs. This position will report to the Deputy Director and assist in the execution of our Fellowship Programs, including leading outreach and recruitment efforts, supporting a volunteer-based selection committee, and providing logistics support to the Fellowship Program Manager. This job may also include facilitation opportunities at multi-day retreats and events around the country.

The Outreach Coordinator will be expected to bring new ideas and strategies, revise their work on short timelines and bring an attitude of continuous improvement and a culture of
innovation. They will be expected to manage their own balanced work week based on the
demands of the job. While this job will take place in a virtual office it does require the
ability to travel to multi-day trainings throughout the year.

Program Outreach and Recruitment
The Outreach Coordinator will work with ELP’s Fellowship Program Manager to develop and execute the recruitment strategy of ELP’s Fellowship Programs including direct outreach via phone, e-communications, online research and in-person events. This individual will manage a volunteer selection committee composed of ELP Senior Fellows (alumni).
Retreat Logistics
The Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for managing the logistical details of Fellowship retreats including assembly of training materials, supporting travel logistics, and venue support.
Organization Administrative Support
Duties to be assigned on a need be basis.


Ideal candidates will have experience in a majority of the following:
– Experience with outreach, recruitment, and management of volunteers.
– Networking and establishing relationships in person, by phone, and by email.
– Working cooperatively with wide a range of personalities, including staff, Fellows and volunteers.
– Ability and discipline to work remotely is required.
– Strong computer skills with proficiency in cloud-based collaborative software: Microsoft Office products, Google Docs, Dropbox, Email Marketing, etc.
– Managing relationships in Salesforce CRM preferred.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate evidence of the following characteristics:
• Energetic, innovative, creative self-starter with attention to detail.
• Dedication to continuous improvement and a culture of learning.
• Understanding of, and a commitment to advancing the mission, core values, and learning organization principles of ELP.
• Ability to connect with other people’s passions.
• Understanding of their strengths and the strengths of those around them.
• Strong interpersonal skills: courtesy, tact, patience and team orientation; team player with a sense of humor and a life outside of work.
• Comfortable meeting new people regularly