Job: Environmental Education Assistant, with Damariscotta River Association

Environmental Education Assistant

Damariscotta River Association/Pemaquid Watershed Association

Position Reports to: Director of Education and Environmental Monitoring

Mission:  Since its founding in 1973, the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) has worked to promote the health of the Damariscotta River Estuary and the human communities that rely on it by conserving and creating access to cherished properties and islands, monitoring and promoting water quality, and providing opportunities for learning about the region’s rich natural, cultural, and historical heritage.

Impact: DRA-PWA currently provides experiential ecology and natural history programs for more than 3,800 people of all ages annually. The water quality monitoring and other environmental monitoring programs provide science-based information to the community and engage citizen volunteers.

Position Summary:  The Environmental Education Assistant works directly with the DRA-PWA Education Director on a year-round, half-time basis to create, schedule, promote, teach, and evaluate a wide variety of school group and public programs for people of all ages. Program topics include natural history, ecology, Wabanaki culture, raising oysters, invasive species, outdoor living skills, and water quality. This position requires the candidate to be proficient in natural sciences and be an excellent teacher.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate summer nature day camp in collaboration with Education Director. This may include; developing curriculum, scheduling contract instructors, managing registrations, conducting programs in the field, managing a councilor-in-training program for young teens and evaluating all aspects of the program.
  • Teach school group and public programs (preschoolers to adults) on a wide variety of natural history and cultural history topics in both indoor and outdoor settings and in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Work with Communications Manager to promote programs in printed schedules, press releases, website and Facebook.

Additional Functions:

  • Assist with the maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other non-profits, universities, and government agencies to support educational goals.
  • Participate in staff meetings, education committee and related meetings, as well as DRA-PWA events as needed.
  • Assist in coordinating education program volunteers. This includes volunteer scheduling, training, and communication to ensure quality programming.
  • Translate science for the general public both orally and in writing, with a focus on watersheds, water quality and estuary ecology.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or Masters (preferred) Degree in a natural science, environmental education or related degree
  • At least two years conducting related work.
  • A demonstrated ability to teach, work independently, write effectively, and work as a team player within a group are required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Hold a Wilderness First Aid certification or be willing to obtain one.

Language Skills:
Excellent oral communication and presentation skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general science periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to take meeting notes, edit reports, and conduct related correspondence by email and other electronic and written methods. Ability to effectively respond to requests and questions from DRA-PWA staff, representatives of participating schools, and the general public.

Technical Skills:
A demonstrated the ability to use appropriate technology to process, store, and retrieve data. This includes appropriate software skill levels for word processing, spreadsheets, visual presentations, and telecommunications.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to swim, walk 3 miles at a rigorous pace, and lift up to 50 lbs.

Additional Helpful Skills 

  • Captain’s license, lifeguard certificate and/or Maine Guide license
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to interpret water quality and ecological population data

Work Schedule
Approximately 18 hours weekly. Flexibility in hours will be essential as some evening and weekend hours are occasionally required.

Compensation
Salary Range: $18-$22/hour, depending on experience

Additional Job Information

Note that providing a salary range is not required, but is a practice that models transparency and is one recommended strategy for advancing equitable compensation.

$18-$22/hour
Other
Part-Time
Mid Coast – Northern
Damariscotta

Application Details

Submit a letter of intent, résumé, and three references to Sarah Gladu. At least one reference must be from someone who has observed you teaching children.

Job: Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager, Hartford, VT (deadline to apply March 15)

Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager
Hartford VT

Position Summary:

Under the primary supervision of the Senior Regional Director-North, this position is responsible for providing leadership in land and boundary stewardship for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in the assigned region. The Natural Resource & Land Stewardship Manager facilitates collaboration and cooperation between Trail-maintaining Clubs and public-agency partners to achieve monitoring and management of tracts and boundaries that protect the Appalachian Trail. This position is responsible for supporting and coordinating regional land monitoring and maintenance programs, collecting, organizing and analyzing boundary data, conducting boundary monitoring and maintenance training, conducting and coordinating encroachment mitigation efforts, supporting natural resource stewardship efforts and supervising seasonal Boundary Technicians. The Stewardship Manager will work in a dynamic team environment with ATC staff, Trail volunteers, the National Park Service, the National Park Service Land Acquisition Office for National Scenic Trails, the US Forest Service, numerous state agencies, and other land management partners to address priority Trail resource management goals.

See the Environmental Careers Opportunity webpage for more details
Apply by March 15

Job: Ecology Educator at The Ecology School, Poland, ME

Ecology Educator
Poland  ME

The Ecology School provides residential and day environmental education programs for elementary and middle school students. We are a community-oriented organization that works hard to practice what we teach and to teach with intention. We are committed to making every program empowering, informative and fun for our students and pour our hearts, energy and time into our work. Our overnight campus is based in Poland, Maine, just a short trip away from the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and the thriving city of Portland, Maine.

Qualifications

  1. Experience in K-8 education and/or environmental education.
  2. BS or BA degree or, in the case of interns, several terms of undergraduate courses and experience.
  3. Ability to work long hours outdoors (often physically strenuous) managing groups of children.
  4. Trained in CPR and First Aid

Compensation

College graduates receive a starting salary of $320 per week, post-graduates receive a starting salary of $340 per week. Each educator is provided with room and board, which includes weekends.

Responsibilities

  1. Plan and teach lessons to a group of approximately 10-12 students generally between 3rd and 8th grade.
  2. Attend and participate during meals (usually sitting at a student table to share the meal and to engage students).
  3.  Help set up the site for the week on Monday and clean-up the site on Friday.
  4. Attend all scheduled meetings, including all Staff Meetings, Teachers Meetings and other meetings called as necessary.
  5. Participate in pre-lesson educational skits and dinner theater.
  6. Assist in developing curriculum, skits and program materials for The Ecology School.
  7. Consult with classroom teachers and Ecology School Directors to make decisions regarding students’ conduct.
  8. Develop good rapport and positive relations with students, teachers and other educators.
  9. Perform various duties (3-5 per week) such as breakfast or lunch dishes, dorm clean-up with students, recreation or dorm supervision, and put-to-bed.

10. Live on-site in staff housing co-workers.

To apply: Use application form on the jobs page of our website, http://www.theecologyschool.org/, and send resume, cover letter and completed application to Alexandra Grindle, Director of Programs, alex@theecologyschool.org.

Job: Innovative Science Educator: Chewonki Maine Coast Semester (Position Open Until Filled)

Seeking innovative Science educator to join the faculty of  Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

History of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

Now in its 30th year, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki serves academically ambitious high school juniors from across the United States and around the world. What draws this diverse student body to Maine’s Midcoast is an insatiable curiosity about the natural world; a commitment to environmental stewardship; and the desire to be part of a uniquely progressive learning community.

Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki has a “once-in-a-career” science teaching opportunity to join the faculty at one of the premier semester schools in the United States. Building on a scientific legacy that began with Roger Tory Peterson, the next teacher has the opportunity to integrate the very best of Chewonki’s natural history-based approach to studying the ecosystems of the Maine Coast with unique local resources and dynamic pedagogy available today.

Chewonki Mission

Chewonki is a multi-division school and camp, founded in 1915, that also partners with educational institutions to extend its mission:

Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

To meet the promise of our mission, Chewonki strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. ​Our legacy of thoughtful self-reflection and purposeful change guides our efforts to create a place where all participants and staff can flourish. We seek to hire, develop and retain talented people from all backgrounds. Individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate has:

A high level of interest in teaching exceptionally motivated high school juniors in a semester school that values both intellectual pursuits, as well as building strong relationships with students and colleagues in order to foster a thriving sustainable community.

Is an excellent communicator who is comfortable using a variety of instructional strategies and enjoys working creatively and collaboratively to develop place-based curricula that includes field work and promotes interdisciplinary thinking.

A proven record of engaging students in place-based learning, fostering critical reading and writing skills, and inspiring a love of learning.

Responsibilities include designing place-based curriculum and teaching Maine Coast Semester’s honors natural history course that takes full advantage of our unique setting on the midcoast of Maine; advising a small group of students, serving as a member of the residential faculty and acting as a cabin parent (see below for a more detailed description of responsibilities).

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Ability to develop close working relationships with all constituencies including students, families, faculty, and administration.
  • Ability to allow for ambiguity; and to analytically and strategically solve complex educational problems; to work on teams and to participate effectively with colleagues from all parts of the Chewonki Foundation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt your message to students, families, faculty, and administration.
  • Willingness to embrace the lifestyle of working and living in a dynamic semester school by being a team-player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
  • Commitment to active collaboration while also possessing the internal, self-starter motivation to learn independently.


SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

Maine Coast Semester co-disciplinary science teachers collaboratively teach three sections of a place-based honors natural history course that intersects with the program’s environmental science and mathematics courses.  Science is required for all students and is central to the program. The science teacher spends approximately five hours twice a week in the field, complementing the work in the classroom by visiting rocky intertidal zones, sandy shores, salt marshes, ponds, streams, bogs, and forests.  Science teachers also support students to develop an appreciation for the beauty, complexity, and interconnectedness of natural surroundings.

Position Title: Science Teacher
Permanent/Temporary:  Permanent
Reports to:  Head of Semester School
Exempt/Non-exempt:  Exempt
Benefits Eligible:  Yes

Learn more an apply:
https://chewonki.org/jobs/residential-science-teacher/

Job: Maine Coast Heritage Trust 6 month trail steward position (Apply by Feb 22, 2019)

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Trail Steward, 6 month position
Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is looking for a trail steward who will supervise two assistants working on many of the Trust’s mainland and island preserves over three summer months (June-August), and work with MCHT staff in the spring and fall on a variety of stewardship tasks.  This is a 6-month position, mid-April to mid-October.  Work will include trail clearing, trail improvement, boundary marking, painting structures, basic carpentry, and vegetation control. The crew will move frequently, although will occasionally work on the same site for more than one week. Accommodations for the crew 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. Send resume and letter of interest by February 22, 2019 to Peg Adams, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham, Maine 04086 or to padams@mcht.org.  For more information go to www.mcht.org and click on “About MCHT” and “Jobs”.

Alumni Job: Staff Scientist, Climate & Energy Policy, Stockholm Environment Institute, Seattle, WA (Apply by 1/31/19)

Staff Scientist
Stockholm Environment Institute
1402 Third Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101, USA georgia.piggot@sei.org ____________________________

Research Associate/Staff Scientist: Climate and Energy Policy Stockholm Environment Institute US Center, Seattle WA

SEI US (Seattle) is seeking a passionate early- to mid-career researcher to contribute to SEI’s work on emerging topics in climate policy, which could include, among others, low-carbon cities, carbon pricing, climate finance, energy and development, just transitions, and the economics or politics of oil, gas, and coal extraction. Initial activities are likely to include contribution to reports on the global mitigation potential of urban climate action and on the consistency of national plans for fossil fuel production with global climate goals. This position may also provide support to the SEI US Sustainable Bioenergy and Development program, in partnership with SEI’s centers in Africa and Asia.

For more information, see the website.
Application deadline: January 31, 2019, or until the position is filled.

Summer 2019 Internship: Field Ecology Intern, Maine Natural Areas Program (Apply by 2/15/19)

Maine Natural Areas Program
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Field Ecology Intern

The Maine Natural Areas Program seeks summer interns to assist with the identification, monitoring, and assessment of natural communities and rare plants in various locations throughout Maine. Fieldwork includes collection of ecological data (e.g., vegetation composition, soils, forest structure), identification of plants, and use of hand-held GPS units. Some office work is required, including creating GIS maps, data entry and analysis, and landowner contact.  Individuals must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long hikes across rugged terrain. The position requires a strong interest in plant ecology, forestry, or wetland ecology, and unmitigated enthusiasm.

Familiarity with New England’s vegetation or related field experience is strongly preferred, along with experience using ArcGIS. Position is 40 hours/week from approximately May 2019 to September 2019 and pays $13.00/hour.  Some overnight travel is required.

Preference will be given to applications received by Friday February 15th, 2019.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Kristen Puryear

Maine Natural Areas Program 93 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0093
Kristen.Puryear@maine.gov (electronic applications preferred)
For more information on MNAP: www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/