Employer: Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Internship Number: 283
Internship Title: Courtesy Boat Inspector Coordinator
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 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.

BRCA is looking for a Courtesy Boat Inspector (CBI) Coordinator to help coordinate the CBI program in the Belgrade Lakes watershed during summer.  In 2002, BRCA, in collaboration with the five area lake associations, started a Courtesy Boat Inspection Program staffing public boat launches and inspecting boats going into and coming out of the lakes for invasive aquatic plants.  Since that time, BRCA has developed one of the largest programs in the state and conducts over 12,000 inspections per year.

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

Responsibilities:
This position will be responsible for coordinating Courtesy Boat Inspectors from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at the seven public boat launches in the Belgrade Lakes watershed.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Schedule CBI’s at public boat launches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
  • Provide CBI’s with materials to conduct inspections
  • CBI form management: collect, QA/QC, enter into CBI database
  • Fill in as a CBI at boat launches when needed
  • Work with Invasive Plant Removal Crew when needed
Qualifications:
Minimum Requirements:

  • College student currently enrolled or recently graduated with a degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology or other closely related majors
  • Must have own transportation and valid driver’s license (will be reimbursed for travel costs at $0.44 per mile)
  • Weekend work is required
  • Responsibility and maturity
  • Close attention to detail
  • Comfortable interacting with the public
  • A PASSION for Maine Lakes!
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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