Off Campus Event: Portland Climate Strike Sept. 20

350 Maine, Maine Youth Climate Strikes, and Maine Youth for Climate Justice are organizing a Global Climate Strike This fall, youth around the world will come together to strike for the climate. Join the conversation between activists and representatives.

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Volunteer Opportunity: Museum Interpretation Internship @ Maine Maritime Museum 8-10 hrs/ wk summer ’19

Museum Interpretation Internship @ Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME

Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) seeks a motivated and dedicated Interpretation Intern for the summer 2019 season.

Maine Maritime Museum
MMM is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research Library, and narrated excursions along area waterways. Founded in 1962, the Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, “The City of Ships”, and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages from around the world. Our collection features over 20,000 objects, including paintings, sculpture, maritime artifacts and ephemera.

The Opportunity
The Interpretation Intern will assist the Manager of Interpretation in facilitating in-gallery programming and developing/ implementing visitor feedback assessments. Responsibilities include assisting with the museum’s new family summer program, Seabase Delta: Aquanauts Academy. This immersive, hands-on program lets visitors of all ages explore diving history and technology through games and collaborative learning. Responsibilities will also include but are not limited to managing visitor feedback interviews and surveys and assisting with the daily operations of the Public Programs Department. The ideal candidate will have an interest in innovative museum interpretation and working with the public.

This internship is ideal for those wanting a hands-on experience in museum education and will serve as a comprehensive introduction to museum and non-profit operations. The intern will attend staff meetings, participate in program implementation and evaluation, and have the opportunity to meet and work with staff across all museum departments. Under the supervision of the Manager of Interpretation, the intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience assisting with and leading innovative and creative public programs. Over the course of the internship, the intern will build skills valued by employers, such as practical experience in museum education, program design and management, collaborative problem-solving, and effective communication.

A maritime knowledge or background is not required. The museum welcomes students with career interests in Museums, History, Public History, Art History, Education, Maritime Studies, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Communications, Non-Profits, and/or Tourism and Hospitality.

• Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university. Recent graduates are also invited to apply. (Course credit for internship is optional.)
• Time Commitment: 10 weeks (between June-August) for 8-12 hours a week
• This is a temporary and unpaid position.

Application Requirements
To apply, send resume and cover letter by May 1st, 2019 to Sarah Timm at

Date Posted: 2/25/2019

Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation
Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-1316 x 350

Volunteer Opportunity: Girl Scouts of Maine- Think Like a Scientist


I am an Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Girl Scouts of Maine. The Girl Scouts of Maine is looking for students throughout Maine to provide young girls with the experience of being citizen scientists at a Girl Scout of Maine event. An event this year, we have been working to have organizations run activities that correlate to Girl Scout badges. One connection that we have is related to the badge “Think Like a Citizen Scientist”.

Girl Scouts of Maine thought that perhaps a local college would be willing to send students to run an activity related to any citizen science projects they have worked on, and could teach girls how this is useful in the scientific field. This would be great exposure for your school and help your students with a skill such as creating lessons. Not to mention your students would get to spend a day in Freeport, ME.  Please let me know if you have any students who are interested in inspiring young women and any questions you may have.

Roxanne James, APFG Program Assistant
Girl Scouts of Maine
South Portland Service Center

Volunteer Opportunity: Kaua’i AmeriCorps


Are you looking for novel and hands-on ways to teach and learn about sustainable development in today’s globalized world? Volunteer Kaua’i is here to connect college programs, groups, and students to authentic and educational volunteer opportunities on the island of Kauai. As a representative of community-based 501(c)(3) org, Malama Kaua’i, and the coordinator of the program, I’m writing to share with you why and how to arrange your educational opportunities on Kaua’i.

Why Kaua’i? Our island is the westernmost county of the U.S., and most remote of the Hawaiian islands, making it an ideal location to learn about the global effects of westernization without requiring a passport. Its unique post-colonial context opens student’s eyes to the past, present and future of globalization and gentrification. Meanwhile, the land-based indigenous Hawaiian culture demonstrates progressive resistance and alternative modes of development. Also known as “The Garden Isle,” and home to complex ecosystems, Kaua’i boasts numerous opportunities to study conservation and sustainability outdoors – not to mention the recreational possibilities.

We collaborate with college programs and groups to develop tailored ‘volunteer vacations.’ that match you’re interests. For example, we hosted an interdisciplinary group of Virginia Tech students and connected them with the resources to build a shed for a garden education at a local Hawaiian immersion school. We arrange internships and host student researches in a variety of fields as well – over the summer we hosted interns from Duke University, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, and more.

For students of the environment, public policy, development, health and more, gaining a perspective beyond one’s own community is integral to a well-rounded education. If you want to integrate beautiful and unique Kaua’i into your academic experience, please do not hesitate to visit our website and/or contact me directly at or (808) 828-0685 x11.

With aloha,

Julia Black

Program Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunity: Help needed creating window inserts in Brunswick

Help needed with a window insert project in Brunswick
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-12, and 1-5
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant St. and Union

WindowDressers Brunswick Community Workshop all week, where we are putting together about 270 insulating window inserts.  We just had a cancellation of a group of 6 volunteers who were to help us put the inserts together this Tuesday.

About 40% of the inserts are going free of charge to Brunswick area folks who struggle to make ends meet, and we’d love to get Bowdoin students involved in future years.

Our Tuesday shifts run 8-12 in the morning and1-5 in the afternoon.  Even if students can only come for part of a shift, they would be most welcome.  Same is true on Thursday and Friday, where we are a bit shorthanded.  And we could use up to 7 people on Thursday evening, perhaps a more convenient time for students.  The workshop is taking place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Pleasant and Union (entrance on the Union St. side).  We teach people their tasks on the spot.  It’s easy and fun!

I don’t know if you might have a way of getting the word out, but if you can, it would be great.  We have to finish all 270 inserts by the end of the day Saturday, when our equipment has to be returned for the next community build of inserts somewhere else.  Please use my cell number below if I can answer any questions you might have.

With best wishes!

Sam Saltonstall
Local Coordinator
207-389-4792 (home)
207-838-9843 (cell)

Internship Opportunity: National Weather Service in Gray Maine (voluntary position, Apply by 2/23/18)

National Weather Service in Gray, Maine seeks students for Summer Internship

Description: The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine seeks motivated students that desire to learn more about the operations in a local weather service office. In this internship, students will learn many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the office, including warning operations and forecast creation. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in office research and outreach.  This will give students the opportunity to determine whether a career  with the National Weather Service may be right for them.

Length of Internship: Averages two to three days per week (~10-20 hours) starting in the second half of May and continuing through early August.  This is an unpaid internship.

Eligibility: At least a half-time student pursuing a degree in meteorology or atmospheric science that has (by this summer) completed their sophomore or junior year.

What we need from you: A cover letter stating your interest in the internship and why we should select you. In addition, please send your resume that includes the coursework you have completed and any related experience. Finally, please include a copy of your most recent transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Deadline: Friday February 23rd, 2018 Check with Bowdoin’s Career Planning office to inquire about Internship Funding.

How you will be chosen: Applicants will be selected based on a combination of coursework, references, resume, cover letter and a potential phone interview.

Please send your information to: or Justin Arnott
Science and Operations Officer National Weather Service
P.O. Box 1208 1 Weather Lane
Gray, ME 04039

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: : Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities (15-20 hours total)

Volunteer Opportunity: Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities

The Nature Conservancy in Maine is seeking a volunteer for a data-entry project that will help discern how to best take climate action at the local level in Maine. The Conservancy recently conducted a survey of municipal officials about local needs regarding energy efficiency and clean energy, and data from 120 paper surveys need to be entered into an Excel spreadsheet for later analysis and summary. The project will require approximately 12-15 hours to complete and can be spread out over multiple weeks, depending on start date. The volunteer will report to Rob Wood, Policy Associate for the Nature Conservancy in Maine.

This opportunity would be a good fit for someone with attention to detail, a working comfort with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, and an interest in climate policy and action. The work can be carried out either remotely or at The Nature Conservancy’s office in Fort Andross.

For more information, please email Rob Wood at and Richard Joyce (volunteer coordinator) at

Off Campus Events: Food Recovery Coalition, Maine Gleaning Events (October 9-16, 2017)

Celebrating Maine Gleaning Week
* Gleaning Workgroup: Gleaning Urban Fruit Trees in Portland, Oct. 9-14
*Education Workgroup: Gleaning with Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) at Jordan’s Farm, Oct. 12.
*Policy Workgroup: Gleaning with NRCM Rising at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Oct. 14.
*Events Workgroup: Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening, Oct. 16. At Portland Public Library.

​Reserve tickets at

For more information, see the webpage

Member of Maine Gleaning Network
The Food Recovery Coalition (FRC) seeks to identify and implement efficient, systematic, and scalable means of reducing food waste and expanding access to healthy local food. Coalition efforts span networking and collaboration, data collection and dissemination, and educational events and advocacy.

FRC has met regularly since last year’s event and is now contributing staff time and other resources to help organize Maine Gleaning Week events in Cumberland County. For more information or to join the group, contact

Off Campus Event: Harvest Party (Harvest Rice in Benton Maine- October 7-8, 2017)

The rice is almost ready. Human Power is what drives this operation and it means so much to have help during the harvest. We have topped 40 guests at each work party. Sure we could be using a combine, but we like parties more! We will also be testing out our new rice huller, custom built in Maine.

This warm September is helping the rice maturation catch up from a cool June and we hope to have the best harvest yet! Last year we sold and shared over 1000 pounds of rice seed across the globe, as well as 1500 pounds as food across the state.

The 4th rice party will be a weekend format.

Saturday: Work Party at 11 AM – Work Dinner at 5:30 –
Potluck Party at 7:00 – Bonfire & Music to Follow

Sunday: Work Party Sunday 10 AM – Work Lunch at 3:00 PM

Family, Friends and Pets Welcome.

Location: We’re on Wyman Rd in Benton, ME Directions
Food: The work meals are for those who help out during the day
RSVP: By October 3 to

~Ben and the Wild Folk farm crew

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Clam Restoration, Sunday 9/24

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.


Marko Melendy, email:
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176