Employer: Lake Stewards of Maine
Internship Number: 601
Internship Title: Lake Stewards of Maine Intern
Location: Auburn, Maine
Period of Engagement: Summer
Compensation: $11.00 per hour
Description of the Internship:
Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM, formerly the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program) consists of approximately 1,300 “citizen lake scientists” who monitor the health of nearly 500 Maine lakes. The organization provides extensive training and continuous technical support to its constituents, as well as outreach to the general public, all of which entails a substantial amount of staff time and resource support. Interns will also be exposed to the experience of nonprofit organization management, administration and resource procurement.

Working with information gathered by LSM certified lake monitors will provide an intern with meaningful exposure to scientifically credible environmental information that characterizes much of the work done by LSM volunteers, to monitor the health of Maine’s lakes. The construction of monitoring gear will provide hands-on experience in the manufacture of simple, but effective tools to be used in conducting screening surveys for invasive aquatic species – an essential undertaking to ensure the protection of Maine lakes from this significant threat. Assisting with appeals for resource procurement will provide real-world experience in the essential work of non-profits.

In the spring much of this work is focused on preparation for the summer workshop period, including the development and distribution of training and support materials to both existing and new volunteers and scheduling and conducting workshops. The fall season consists mainly of reviewing, entering and organizing data that came in from the summer season. Interns will also be exposed to the experience of nonprofit organization management, administration and resource procurement.

Responsibilities:
  • Preparation and distribution of information packets for both new and existing volunteers
  • Construction of simple monitoring equipment to be used during and after workshops
  • Maintenance and quality assurance troubleshooting lake monitoring equipment
  • Assistance with database entry of diverse information
  • Varied tasks to support the work of the primary staff
Qualifications:
  • A real desire to understand the working dynamics of a Maine non-profit organization, doing important meaningful work with limited resources
  • A genuine interest in Maine lakes and in being exposed to the science of effectively monitoring them
  • Experience and genuine interest in lake science and stewardship
  • Attention and commitment to details
  • A team player, able to adapt and change course as needed, for the good of the team and the work of the organization
  • Ability and desire to work cooperatively and effectively with staff and volunteers to achieve best result
  • Experience in accurately entering detailed data
  • Ability to take instruction and work independently
  • Ability to work where dogs are present
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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