Alumni Job: Watershed Restoration Specialist, Midcoast Conservancy (Maine): Apply by 9.23.19

Job Announcement:
Watershed Restoration Specialist
Midcoast Conservancy PO Box 439
Edgecomb ME 04556
(207) 389-5150


 Since 2016, five conservation organizations have merged to create Midcoast Conservancy. Our mission is to support and promote healthy lands, waters, wildlife and people in Midcoast Maine through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning. Our focus includes the watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Medomak River, and Sheepscot River.

Position: Watershed Restoration Specialist

With funding provided by Atlantic Salmon Federation and The Nature Conservancy, Midcoast Conservancy is seeking a ‘Watershed Restoration Specialist’ to manage fish passage projects primarily on the Sheepscot River, Lincoln County, Maine. This is an 18 – 24 month position with potential for renewal. It will be based at Midcoast Conservancy in Edgecomb, with approximately 1 day/week at Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Brunswick Office.


The Watershed Restoration Specialist will primarily manage the implementation of fish passage projects in the Sheepscot River including the completion of work at Coopers Mills and Head Tide Dams, and planning for Branch Mill Dam repair and fish-way construction. S/he will also develop new projects identified as high priorities for fish passage and instream habitat improvements by working with a diverse set of private and public stakeholders.

Essential Functions

The Watershed Restoration Specialist provides technical leadership by coordinating and implementing river and stream restoration projects at the watershed scale. The successful completion of these three projects and planning for passage by additional barriers are the primary goals. S/he will also work to address barriers to migratory fish, including road-stream crossings, tributary dams, and in stream habitat restoration associated with remnant mill dams. 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 landowners. S/he will work to garner public support from local communities for restoration projects, and assist in efforts to secure public and private funding. S/he will also foster cross-site learning within the state, region and broader conservation community.

290 U.S. Route One, PO Box 439, Edgecomb, ME 04556-0439 (207) 389-5150

Responsibilities and Scope

  • Work with local, state, and federal permitting authorities to secure and comply with all required project
  • Work with engineers, contractors, and regulators.
  • Be a visible and respected presence in the
  • Financial responsibilities will include managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously adhering to agreed-upon schedules and timelines.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Be a regular presence at stakeholder meetings that can occur days, nights, and weekends. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and
  • Experience in the management and details of constructed habitat restoration
  • Experience and/or course work in ecology, management, and restoration of freshwater
  • Experience implementing complex
  • Experience communicating effectively with a diversity of partners in government, non- profit and business organizations and with the general
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines, managing timeframes and completing
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Web

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-related field and 5-7 years’ experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree
  • Experience in working with engineers and construction
  • Specialization in habitat restoration, freshwater ecology and/or fisheries conservation is particularly desired. Experience with GIS software applications a plus.
  • The ability to be innovative, flexible, and empathetic; and a strong desire to do what it takes to get the job
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means and ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical
  • Experience with the State of Maine, S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Endangered Species Act permitting process a plus.
  • Experience designing, negotiating and managing contractual
  • Exceptional track record in developing successful relationships with diverse and sometimes challenging local
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively understand and address local community

Start date no later than 30 October 2019. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Deadline for applications is Monday 5:00 PM, 23 September 2019.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals. Midcoast Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers insurance and retirement benefits.

Off-Campus Event: Bogs and Fens – Ecology of the Heath, Tuesday, 9.24 6PM, Topsham Public Library

Did you know that Topsham has a ‘heath,’ related to the moors found in Great Britain?

Sept 24, 6:00 pm at the Topsham Public Library

Master Naturalist Fred Cichocki will describe the ecology of the 12-acre heath located at Cathance Rive Nature Preserve in Topsham and other sphagnum moss wetlands. Enhance your fall excursion to Topsham’s Heath by learning about this unique ecosystem.

Outdoors in Midcoast Maine: Trail Run Series – WOODWARD POINT PRESERVE, Oct 10 @ 5:15, Brunswick

Join us on the second Thursday of October  (Oct 10)at 5:15pm for a casual trail run on Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) trails!

These outings will be casual trail runs, not races. At each location we will designate running loops with a meeting point about 0.75 to 1.0 miles away from the parking place. We will re-group there. Those that wish can return to the parking place (having run 1.5 to 2.0 miles). Others may wish to continue on to tackle other loops. Most runs cover 3 to 4 miles in total.

Please register for this free event.

For directions to this event, click here.

Off Campus Study: 2020 Marine Biology Spring Semester (Apply by Nov. 15, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Georgia Marine Institute is pleased to be accepting applications for the 2020 Marine Biology Spring Semester.  This exciting opportunity is open to undergraduate students from any college or university.  Students will be immersed in field-based learning while taking up to 17 credit hours of formal coursework in marine biology and ecology.  Students will be in residence at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island from January 7 – April 30, 2020.  Admission is on a rolling basis, with a final application deadline of November 15, 2019.

Students who have questions about the program should feel free to contact me directly.
All the Best,

Damon Gannon
Damon Gannon, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Academics
University of Georgia Marine Institute
P.O. Box 32
Sapelo Island, GA 31327
912-485-2221, ext. 2290

Alumni Job: National Park Service, Community Planner (Northeast Region), Apply by 8/23/19

The Northeast Region is recruiting for a Community Planner 11/12 in  Roanoke, VA to support projects and assist communities in the Southwest VA, Southern West Virginia, and Northern North Carolina area, in collaboration with the Southeast Region.

The USAJOBS link is below

The vacancy announcement closes on August 23. Please share with your networks and promising candidates.



Helen Mahan, Chief Conservation and Recreation Assistance Collective
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Manager
National Park Service, Northeast Region
15 State Street, 10th floor
Boston, MA 02109
(M) 267-767-3257

Alumni Job: Research Botanist Position, Native Plant Trust- apply by 8.31.19

Native Plant Trust hiring. Native Plant Trust (formerly New England Wild Flower Society) has an opening for a Research Botanist. As some of you may know, I have taken on Bill Brumback’s former position as Director of Conservation, and as a result, we have an opening in the Conservation Department.

The Research Botanist position will have take on many of the duties I’ve managed for the past 4-years as Seed Bank Coordinator, but with a shift in focus toward germplasm research and habitat restoration. I will continue to oversee the NEPCoP Task Force and our monitoring and management of New England’s rare and endangered flora.

Attached is a link to the position description. Please post this announcement and pass it along to any qualified candidates. Deadline for applications is August 31st, 2019.

Please contact me with any questions, and thank you.


Michael Piantedosi
Director of Conservation
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701
T: 508-877-7630 ext. 3202
F: 508-877-3658

Conserving and promoting New England’s native plants to
ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes

Alumni Job: Forests and Wildlife Program Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine- Deadline to Apply: August 2, 2019

Job Announcement: Forests and Wildlife Program Director
Natural Resources Council of Maine

This position has been held by Cathy Johnson for more than 28 years, but she is planning on retiring.  This is a great position working at a great organization—Maine’s leading environmental advocacy group.  Applications are due August 2, and can be submitted as described below, and on our website:

Pete Didisheim
Advocacy Director

 Natural Resources Council of Maine
Forests and Wildlife Program Director

 Job Summary:

The Forests and Wildlife Program Director provides ongoing management and leadership for NRCM’s efforts to protect the natural character of the ecologically, economically, and recreationally important woods and wildlife of Maine. General responsibilities include advocacy before the legislature and administrative bodies, communications with the media and general public, collaboration with coalition partners, and program planning and implementation. The Program Director develops and maintains expertise on all key policy issues in NRCM’s Forest and Wildlife Program and uses this knowledge as the basis for persuasive advocacy and sound strategic and political judgment. This is full-time permanent position based at NRCM’s office in Augusta, Maine. The Program Director reports to NRCM’s Senior Director of Advocacy.

Application Process:  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample by August 2, 2019 to


  • At least five years professional experience, with a demonstrated record of excellence and accomplishments.
  • Commitment and passion for environmental issues and NRCM’s mission.
  • Academic training, professional experience, and/or personal experience with Maine’s woods and waters, forest practices, and land use history preferred.
  • Experience in program development, planning, program management, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including ability to think strategically and motivate others toward common goals.
  • Excellent communications and advocacy skills across a range of settings, including policy analysis and persuasive writing, lobbying legislators, responding to the media, and delivering speeches to the general public.
  • Law degree preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to learn policy issues quickly, and to translate complex issues in simple and persuasive terms.
  • Oversee and participate in outreach to NRCM members on issues related to the Forests and Wildlife agenda.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state, including staying overnight when necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to be held accountable for job performance.
  • Ability to supervise staff; provide, receive, and respond to ongoing feedback.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies, including legislators, staff from other non-profits, business leaders, the NRCM membership, and the general public.
  • Ability to work in coalitions and through team-based approaches.
  • Enterprising, motivated, entrepreneurial, and undaunted.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for NRCM’s Forests and Wildlife Program, including policy development; Program planning, management, and implementation; advocacy; public speaking and media engagement; and strategic decisions.
  • Help design and implement issue campaigns that advance program goals.
  • Represent NRCM on program issues to external audiences.
  • Develop and deliver testimony to the state legislature and administrative bodies in support of legislation, policies, and regulations related to Maine’s forests and wildlife.
  • Identify and develop support from key individuals, businesses, and organizations.
  • Help catalyze support from activists, legislators, the media, and general public through written and oral communications.
  • Develop (or manage development of) campaign materials such as fact sheets, web pages, brochures, reports, and activist alerts.
  • Coordinate policy campaign activities through meetings and communications with allied groups and program supporters.
  • Identify analytic and policy campaign needs to promote policy objectives and work with communications, outreach, and marketing staff to distribute such products.
  • Develop annual program plans; an annual program budget; and manage and track workplan progress and expenditures.
  • Work with the Advocacy Director to identify and resolve significant strategic issues involving program challenges and emerging opportunities.
  • Manage consultants, including pro bono attorneys, associated with outsourced program work.
  • Prepare staff reports for senior staff and NRCM’s Board of Directors.
  • Work with NRCM’s development staff on grants and fundraising strategies.
  • Solicit ongoing performance feedback from colleagues and use that feedback for professional development.
  • Assist with NRCM’s marketing, membership, and organizational development initiatives, as needed.

Pete Didisheim
Advocacy Director
Natural Resources Council of Maine
3 Wade Street, Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 430-0113 (direct)
(207) 232-4768 (cell)

On Campus Event: “Rapid Genomic Evolution During Habitat Invasions”, Thursday, May 2 4:20 PM, Druck 20

“Rapid Genomic Evolution During Habitat Invasions”
Carol Eunmi Lee, Professor – University of Wisconsin
Thursday, May 2 4:20-5:30
Druck 20

Dr. Carol Lee is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is best known for promoting the study of invasive species from an evolutionary perspective. Her work has focused on evolutionary responses to environmental change, including biological invasions, climate, and pollution. Her current work examines genomic and physiological changes associated with contemporary habitat change in aquatic invasive zooplankton, as well as shifts in microbiomes during host invasions. Her lab is also exploring evolution of genome architecture across the phylum Arthropoda.  In her talk, Dr. Lee will focus on genomic signatures of selection and evolution of ion transporter expression and function during rapid invasions into novel habitats.

Dr. Lee earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University, her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and performed her postdoctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California at San Diego).

On Campus Event: **ES End of the Year Gathering**- Monday May 6 5:30-7:00, in the Lantern

Please join faculty and staff for the Environmental Studies
End of the Year Dinner Bash
Monday May 6th at 5:30 PM in the Roux Center! 

Dinner will be provided by Bowdoin Dining and live music by Finn Woodruff!
Bring an instrument and your enthusiasm for an enviro jam. 

Please fill out the form from Eleanor Paasche, or email Rosie ( to let us know if you will be able to make it and if you have any food allergies/preferences
we should be aware of.

.There will be vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options!