Employer: Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Internship Number: 139
Internship Title: Invasive Aquatic Plant Education/Outreach Intern
Location: Belgrade Lakes, Maine
Period of Engagement: Summer
Compensation: Compensation is provided by BRCA.  A stipend award through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement may be available for eligible, successful applicants toward the initial 135 hours of this internship, with BRCA providing compensation for hours in excess of this level.  *Some housing may also be available.
Description of the Internship:
The Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (BRCA) is dedicated to conserving the lands, water quality, and natural heritage of the Belgrade Lakes Watershed. Founded in 1988, this grassroots group has grown into a combined land trust and lake trust with over 1200 members, dedicated to protecting the watershed through land conservation, watershed management and protection, education and outreach, and implementation of conservation projects. The BRCA works with area lake associations, state and town governments and agencies, other conservation groups, and private landowners to preserve the area’s natural resources and maintain public access for low-impact recreational activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance is looking for candidates to conduct community outreach and help with project logistics in response to an invasive aquatic plant infestation in the Belgrade Lakes watershed.

The position will require knowledge of (or a passion for learning about) aquatic ecosystems, aquatic plant identification , and invasive aquatic plant mitigation.  Interns will educate lakefront property owners and users about the threat of invasive aquatic plants and administer the Adopt-A-Shoreline program on Great Pond and Long Pond.  The position will also include opportunities for various trainings and participating in educational activities at the Maine Lakes Resource Center.

For more information on the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, visit their website at:  http://www.belgradelakes.org/

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Educate lakefront property owners and users through the “Adopt-A-Shoreline” program
  • Conduct trainings and presentations
  • Track and report data on field forms and via GIS
  • Develop educational materials
  • Work with Invasive Plant Field Crew and Survey Crew as needed
Minimum Qualifications:

  • College student currently enrolled or recently graduated with a degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology or other closely related majors
  • Comfortable presenting and interacting with the Public
  • Excellent written communication skills and presentation skills
  • Responsibility and maturity
  • Clear communicator (verbal and written)
  • Detailed record keeping
  • Mapping (GIS) and GPS experience
  • A PASSION for Maine Lakes!
Supervision and Outcomes:
Position will be supervised by BRCA Milfoil Program Director.Person will gain experience in plant identification, data collection, plant and lake ecology, and public outreach.
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement and Belgrade Conservation Alliance as follows:

  1. Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online.
  2. Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) references to the Partnership at pca@maine.edu AND to Ms. Toni Pied via brcamf@belgradelakes.org or via mail to:  BRCA Milfoil Program, P. O. Box 250, Belgrade Lakes, ME  04918
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