Employer: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Internship Number: 445
Internship Title: Volunteer Coordinator Intern
Location: Boothbay, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Summer
Compensation: Yes
Description of the Internship:
The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research.

CMBG is seeking Volunteer Coordinator Intern for the summer.  This internship prepares college students to enter the field of volunteer management by providing an understanding of the critical role of volunteers in non-profit organizations and an opportunity to learn and apply relevant human resource management skills.  This internship provides learning opportunities in human resource management, volunteer management and community relations.

This internship runs from June 1 through late August/prior to the start of the next academic year.  The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will work 40 hours per week with core hours generally beginning at 9:00 a.m. and includes one weekend day of work.

For more information on the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, please visit their website at:  http://www.mainegardens.org/

The Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Internship offers hands-on experience in all facets of volunteer management, including recruitment, placement, training, maintenance, and recognition. Nearly 400 volunteers serve Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in multiple program and special event settings. Under the supervision and mentorship of the Volunteer Coordinator, the Volunteer Coordinator Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn best practices for making initial volunteer contacts via multiple communication channels, including face-to-face, letter, email, social media, and telephone.
  • Assist with matching and placing volunteers in programs and event-support functions.
  • Assist in developing and executing training programs for volunteers.
  • Learn and manage computer-based strategies for supporting and managing volunteers.
  • Provide updated daily volunteer schedules to Front Desk staff.
  • Assist in designing, developing, and implementing volunteer evaluation.
  • Learn a range of volunteer recognition strategies employed on a daily/weekly/monthly/annual basis.
  • Learn best practices in Guest Services, including working with the Guest Services team.
The successful candidate must have:

  • An outgoing personality
  • Computer skills
  • Solid Organizational skills
  • A love for plants, nature and the outdoors
  • An interest in serving the constituencies of CMBG, as well as learning more about the Gardens’ environment
Application Process:
1.  Send a cover letter and your resume to:  employment@mainegardens.org

NOTE:  Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Be sure to apply early (by late February or early March) in order to receive consideration.

2.  Notify your UMF faculty member and forward a copy of your application materials to UMF’s Partnership at:  pca@maine.edu
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