Summer Fellowship: UNH Sustainability Fellowships (Apply by 2/14/18)

What are you doing this summer?

UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair outstanding graduate and undergraduate students with competitive, challenging, multi-disciplinary projects based with organizations and communities across New England that propel us towards a sustainable, resilient future. The program runs 10 weeks, starting the first week of June. Fellows receive mentorship and unique networking opportunities, as well as generous compensation.

Why should you apply?

• New skills and knowledge
• Access to extensive professional contacts and networks
• Compelling projects to build your professional portfolio
• $6,000 compensation

Who should apply?

• Graduate and upperclass undergraduate students from any accredited college or university

• Students from all disciplines interested in a sustainability career

Please submit your application by February 14, 2018 at midnight.

Have questions about the program. Click here to learn more!

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.

Internship: Summer Maine Land Conservation Paid Summer Internship- Apply by 2/18/18

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Land Conservation Paid Summer Internship

These paid internships will provide seven Maine college students an opportunity to work with Maine land trusts to gain experience in land stewardship and conservation. The successful candidates will learn about land conservation and practical skills involved in caring for land. The program begins on June 4th and ends on August 17th. The successful candidates will be self-motivated and willing to work independently or as part of a team.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is a non-profit organization that conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological values, outdoor recreation opportunities and contribution to community well-being.  MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2018

Wage: $11 per hour, 35 to 40 hours per week, 11 weeks, up to $5000

For more information and application details: email

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


Off Campus Event: Maine Land Trust Conference- Save the Date March 21-22, 2018

Maine Land Conservation Conference 2018


Get ready for a multifaceted learning experience as Maine Coast Heritage Trust celebrates its 35th annual land trust gathering! Rather than offering various small breakouts sessions on specific nuts and bolts topics, at this year’s event we will invite a bit of disruption, with a focus on big, strategic topics and challenging the status quo. As a group, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, some of whom will be familiar and some unexpected, and there will be lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and networking. The event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at the Samoset Resort in​ Rockport, and will kick off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.  If you have not attended the conference for a while, we encourage you to consider joining us this year to help shape our path going forward.

Throughout the day of this special event, we will take advantage of fresh formats, invite plenty of discussion, and spur interaction and debate in provocative ways. We don’t want to give too much away, but some of the things you can expect are:

  • Creating a visual depiction of where we are as a movement
  • Practicing listening techniques
  • Finding inspiration from other sectors and sources
  • Encouraging everyone to speak up, speak out, and ask questions
  • Thinking in new ways about how to tell our own story, and find the story in others.

After this day of stimulating discussions, MCHT will carry forward our explorations into subsequent meetings, trainings and events over the months that follow. These will include Maine Land Trust Network steering committee meetings, land trust regional gatherings, special workshops, and more.

There will be other opportunities for attendees to meet with colleagues, take part in fun activities, and discuss land conservation in Maine:

  • field trips and events hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust
  • an informal Meet & Greet on the evening of Wednesday March 21st
  • a closing reception on Thursday evening.

The Samoset Resort is offering a special rate of $111 plus tax for event participants who wish to book a room on Wednesday night (single or double occupancy). That rate is offered through 2/28/18. To make a reservation, contact the Samoset through their central reservations office at 800-341-1650, and identify yourself as a participant in the Maine Coast Heritage Trust event. Rooms will be available for anyone wishing to stay Thursday night, but the prevailing rate will apply.

Please mark March 21-22 on your calendar today. More details, including how to register, will soon be available. We hope you will join us in Rockport this year! See the website for more information.

Fellowship: RAY Conservation Fellows for students graduating between May 2017 and June 2018- Applications Due March 15, 2018

RAY Conservation Fellows

The lack of racial diversity within the marine conservation community is a persistent problem that is becoming increasingly recognized. Recognizing that diversity is a value important to the conservation community and that we have not always made the progress we strive to make, we seek to work together to help rectify this shortcoming by striving for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the marine conservation community, in particular, racial diversity. Not only is it intrinsically incumbent upon our sector to change practices that contribute to the lack of people of color in the field of marine science and policy, addressing this problem will also make our work more relevant, accessible, and successful. To this end, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the marine environmental NGO sector. The fellowships will be designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. To learn more about Dr. Roger Arliner Young and this fellowship see the webpage.

Program Overview

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to work to increase and provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with an undergraduate degree with the tools and support they need to become leaders in the ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within the United States.

RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our member organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows. RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions with competitive entry-level salaries plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through RAY Member Organizations.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship cycle will open in January 2018, and Fellowship positions will begin July 16, 2018.

Ideal Candidates

The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:

  • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges
  • Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits
  • Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields
  • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Review our application process, timeline, and eligibility requirements for more!

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship cycle are now open. To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

1. Complete an Application (this links to a very short online survey including contact information and demographics)

2. Follow the instructions on the linked application to submit a curriculum vitae or a resume, a letter of support, and the following two essays and short answer:

  • Dr. Roger Arliner Young was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology after years of juggling research and teaching while overcoming personal struggles. Her story is one of grit and perseverance. Please tell us about an experience from your own life that has influenced who you are and shaped your development. (no more than one page single-spaced)
  • What do you see as the greatest challenge to our environment today? (no more than one page single-spaced)
  • Which RAY Fellowship positions would you like to be considered for? Please rank your top three choices with #1 being your top choice. (short answer)

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than March 15, 2018. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. Questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Coordinator, Jordan Williams, via email at Please include ‘RAY Fellow Application’ in the subject line.

Fellowship Positions

Please review descriptions of the Fellowship positions being offered during the 2018-2019 Fellowship cycle. Positions will be added on a rolling basis between January 3 and February 16, 2018.


January 3 – February 16, 2018: Applications Open & Fellowship Positions Posted on a Rolling Basis

March 15, 2018: Applications Due

April 2018: Application Review & Selection

May 2018: Applicants Notified

July 16, 2018: First Day of Fellowship


Applicants should:

  • Recently have graduated (between May 2017 and June 2018) with an undergraduate degree/ will have graduated with an undergraduate degree by the start of the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship in July 2018. We are not considering graduate students at this time.
  • Have the ability to work in the United States.
  • Have the ability to commit to the entire year-long fellowship.
  • Come from an educational or cultural background that is underrepresented in marine conservation field in the United States and/or
  • Have shown and can demonstrate a strong, active commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields in the academic, professional or civic sector through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender or to improve race relations in the U.S

RAY Applicant Webinars

Learn more about the RAY Fellowship Program interview and selection process by attending our annual RAY Applicant Webinar series.