Employer: Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust
Internship Number: 446
Internship Title: Water Steward Intern
Location: Rangeley Lakes region in western Maine
Period of Engagement:  Summer 
Compensation: $10.00 per hour, 40 hours per week
 Description of the Internship:
The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is a non-profit land trust that has protected over 13,000 acres in Western Maine.  Our stewardship responsibilities include management of forested woodlands, outdoor recreation opportunities and environmental monitoring and education.The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has a summer internship position focusing on conservation management which will provide a wide variety of hand-on practical experience. These positions are best suited for individuals pursuing or interested in pursuing educational and career goals in the conservation disciplines.What You’ll Learn

Throughout the summer, you’ll gain public speaking skills along with the problem solving and technical skills needed to manage recreational trails, invasive species, improve timber stands, and many other practices that stewarding land and water require.

Specific skills include:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Saw brush, weed whacking
  • Secchi Disc sampling
  • Courtesy boat inspecting
  • Invasive plant identification
  • Tree blazing

You can also expect to attend several workshops, talks and other events that will help you expand your professional network. At first, you will work closely with RLHT Staff.  Then as you gain experience, you’ll be granted more independence to work on your own.

 Responsibilities:
Invasive Aquatic Plant Management

  • Detailed surveying and mapping of aquatic vegetation.

Courtesy Boat Inspection

  • Staffing of public launch ramps.
  • Informing/educating boaters about invasive aquatic plants.
  • Teaching boaters how to perform boat inspections.
  • Collecting boat launch survey data.

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Training, coordination and communication with volunteer water quality monitors.
  • Sample collection and data processing.

Trail Stewardship

  • Brushing, lopping and marking/blazing of existing trail network.
  • Construction and re-construction of trails.

Remote Campsite Stewardship

  • Perform weekly inspections and clean-up of 12 remote campsites.
  • Duties include mowing, brushing, fire ring and outhouse maintenance.
Qualifications:

  • Interest in the environment, conservation
  • Mature, self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic
  • Comfortable with working in the outdoors
  • Applicants should be enrolled in a degree program in a natural resources-related field and should be able to commit to 8-10 weeks.
  • These positions may require overnight camping in remote areas and individuals must be in good physical condition.
  • The applicant must be willing to work weekends.
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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