Employer: Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Internship Number: 282
Internship Title: Invasive Aquatic Plant Field Crew Internship
Location: Belgrade Lakes, Maine
Period of Engagement: Summer
Compensation: A stipend award through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement may be available for eligible, successful applicants toward the initial 100 hours of this internship, with BRCA providing compensation for hours in excess of this level.  *Some housing may 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.

BRCA is looking for candidates for the invasive aquatic plant field crew in the Belgrade Lakes watershed during summer.

For more information on this organization, please visit their website at:  http://www.belgradelakes.org/contact.html

Responsibilities:
The position will require knowledge of (or a passion for learning about) aquatic ecosystems, aquatic plant identification, and invasive aquatic plant mitigation.  Using motorized and non-motorized watercraft, interns will use various surveying techniques, collect data bout invasive aquatic plants, and map plant populations, and use various techniques to remove invasive variable milfoil from lakes in the Belgrade Lakes watershed.  The position will also include opportunities for various trainings and participating in educational activities at the Maine Lakes Resource Center.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Survey lake littoral zones (some night surveying & snorkeling/diving will be required)
  • Gather data through field observation
  • Report data on field forms and via GIS
  • Perform manual removal of invasive variable milfoil (diving & snorkeling is required)
  • Assist with logistics of milfoil disposal
  • Educate lakefront property owners
Qualifications:
Minimum Requirements:

  • College student currently enrolled or recently graduated with a degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology or other closely related majors
  • Previous experience with water-related recreation such as snorkeling, diving, and operating non-motorized and motorized watercraft (first priority will be given to applicants with experience, some training will be available)
  • Comfortable treading water or swimming in a lake
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Responsibility and maturity
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Detailed record keeping
  • Mapping (GIS) and GPA unit experience
  • A PASSION for Maine Lakes!

Must have own transportation and a valid drivers license.

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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