Employer: Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Internship Number: 368
Internship Title: Adopt-A-Shoreline Internship
Location: Belgrade Lakes, Maine
Period of Engagement: Each 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.

Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance is looking for candidates to conduct community outreach 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 detection and mitigation.

Adopt-A-Shoreline Interns will educate volunteers on identifying invasive aquatic plants, monitoring methods and recording/reporting methods.  The intern will also enter data and help identify plant samples that are brought into the Maine Lakes Resource Center.   Position will also include opportunities for various trainings and participating in educational activities at the Maine Lakes Resource Center.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Educate lakefront property owners and users through the “Adopt-A-Shoreline” program
  • Conduct trainings and presentations
  • Volunteer management
  • Track and report data on field forms, via GIS, and database
  • 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, Science Education or other closely related majors
  • Comfortable interacting with the Public
  • Comfortable presenting and interacting with the public
  • Responsibility and maturity
  • Clear communicator (verbal and written)
  • Detailed record keeping
  • Mapping (GIS) and GPS unit experience
  • Passion for Maine Lakes!

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Plant identification or an interest and ability to learn quickly
  • Comfortable operating motorized and non-motorized watercraft

Some weekend and evening work is required.  Must have own transportation and valid driver’s 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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