Summer Job: Portland Water District- Watershed Protection Specialist Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

Portland Water District Summer Job Opportunity– Watershed Protection Specialist

The Portland Water District is seeking job candidates for a summer watershed protection specialist. PWD has an environmental source protection group that works on and around Sebago Lake, which is the drinking water supply for the greater Portland area.

The summer watershed protection specialist position includes such duties as: environmental sampling, field inspection work, limited laboratory analysis, and working with lake scientists and education staff to enhance our public outreach and classroom education programs. A primary responsibility of this position will be to organize and conduct PWD’s seasonal Sebago Lake Beach Monitoring Program.

Candidates for this position must have completed a minimum of two years of college coursework in environmental science or a related field and be comfortable and capable of interacting with the public in a respectful and professional manner. Please see view the complete job description at our website.

This is a paid full-time position that will begin in mid to late May and continue through mid September.  It may include some weekend work as needed.

Please visit to complete an application and to submit a resume and cover letter.

Application deadline: March 30, 2018

Nathan Whalen
Water Resource Specialist
Portland Water District
Phone: 207-774-5961 Ext. 3338

Two year Fellowship: Island Fellows Program, for graduating seniors Deadline to apply: March 23)

Island Institute Fellows Program
The Island Institute is presently hiring recent grads and graduating students for their Island Fellows Program.

The Island Institute’s Island Fellows support 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

Application Deadline: Friday March 23
More information:

Job: Stwardship & Communications Coordinator, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (24 hrs wk, Apply by March 26)

Stewardship and Communications Coordinator

Application deadline: March 26, 2018

About Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT)
The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s mission is preserve and protect Harpswell’s natural resources, cultural heritage and access to the outdoors through targeted conservation, responsible stewardship and education. Learn more at

Job description
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on stewardship, communications and volunteer coordination. This person will work alongside the Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator. This diverse and interesting position provides a great opportunity to make a positive impact on conservation in Harpswell and be involved in all aspects of the work of a small nonprofit land trust.

The Stewardship and Communications Coordinator will be responsible for some or all of the following tasks, in cooperation with committees, the board of trustees, volunteers and other staff members.

  • Organize the annual monitoring of HHLT’s conservation easements.
  • Draft and carry out annual work plans for preserves and trails. Oversee and communicate with stewards.
  • Maintain property notebooks and assist in drafting and updating preserve management plans.
  • Organize trail signs, maps and brochures.
  • Communicate with and coordinate volunteers.
  • Support the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership.
  • Organize print and electronic newsletters.
  • Update and improve HHLT’s web presence.
  • Develop relationships with local media outlets. Submit press releases and calendar listings as needed.
  • Other tasks based on the individual’s interests and HHLT’s needs.

Hours and compensation
This is a year-round, 24 hour per week position with a starting pay of $21,200/year. Paid vacation, holidays and sick time are provided. There are no health or retirement benefits.

The successful candidate will effectively demonstrate the following qualifications.


  • Experience in the land trust or related field
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills
  • Good people skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Well-organized, with the ability to simultaneously pursue many priorities
  • Computer skills


  • Familiarity with conservation and/or environmental education and/or trail design and maintenance
  • Experience with graphic design

How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter by March 26, 2018 to Reed Coles at

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.