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Summer Camp Environmental Educators

Posted on: Friday, February 5th, 2016

Position Location:  Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth

Seasonal camp educators will develop and teach natural history activities to summer day campers at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center’s 62-acre sanctuary in Falmouth. Staff will supervise and ensure a safe, cooperative and fun experience for campers during all camp activities, and help train, supervise and mentor high school volunteers. A low staff-to-camper ratio and the enthusiasm of staff are keys to the success of these programs.

Qualifications and Essential Duties:

  • Have or be working towards a college degree in biology, education, or environmental studies;
  • Have experience, preferably at a camp, developing and presenting nature ecology programs, including nature games and activities;
  • Knowledge of Maine’s flora, fauna and ecological concepts;
  • Be familiar with experiential and adventure education philosophies;
  • Be able to communicate with, and be sensitive to, the needs of children ages 6-11;
  • Have current adult/pediatric First Aid and CPR certification prior to the start of training:
  • Be enthusiastic and flexible with a sense of humor; and
  • Preferably have theatrical, musical, and/or artistic talents or interests;
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Canoeing experience and salt marsh ecology knowledge is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Be able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds;
  • Be able to frequently hike all trails on Gilsland Farm property;
  • Be able to use hands/fingers to operate computer and other program equipment;
  • Be able to work outdoors in all environmental and weather conditions.

Time frame:

Season is from June 13-August 31, 2015. In this time frame includes training, camp and break down of camp. Day camp runs Monday – Friday from 9 am-3 pm; educators work from 8 am-4 pm.

Salary range dependent on experience and qualifications.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Camp Educator Search at camps@maineaudubon.org. We will begin reviewing applications after March 19th, and will accept applications until the position is filled.

About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Falmouth, Maine, whose mission is to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in conservation, education, and action.

Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.

Environmental Education Assistants

Posted on: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

We are looking for teenagers (ages 14 to 18) to be Environmental Education Assistants (EEAs) at our Maine Audubon summer programs. As an Environmental Education Assistant, you will have a unique opportunity to develop leadership and skills towards creating a meaningful interaction between children and nature. You will assist in leading activities and games and serve as a role model for all campers.

Maine Audubon summer programs are designed to provide children with a chance to safely explore exciting aspects of the natural world, while practicing ways to conserve and protect those natural communities. To accomplish this, each day is designed around specific questions related to Maine’s ecosystems and local wildlife and habitats. Children will discover the answers to these questions through daily activities, such as songs, nature games, recycled art projects or a low-impact hike or meal, which can lead to changes in how they interact with the natural world.

There are opportunities with both preschool (ages 3-5) and camp (ages 6-11) programs. With either program, we ask for a commitment of at least 1-2 full weeks and attend a training session.

Preschool:

EEAs can work a full day 8am – 4pm or ½ day morning or afternoon shifts Monday – Thursday.

Camp:

EEAs work 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday – Friday

Contact Karen Arno at 207 781 2330 ext 211 or karno@maineaudubon.org.

The Maine North Woods Through the Eyes of a National Geographic Young Explorer

Posted on: Friday, January 29th, 2016

This is the first in a new series of blog posts for Maine Audubon written and photographed by Erika Zambello

Maine birds have always been special to me. I grew up to the sound of laughing Black-capped Chickadees in my backyard, and Common Loons singing me to sleep when I spent the summers in the Rangeley Lakes region. I spotted my first Snowy Owl on the edge of Back Cove near Portland, and woke up early to steal glimpses of warblers as they raised their young near Kennebago Lake. My mother gave me my first Sibley field guide soon after I turned 23, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Though I left for college, attending Cornell University as an undergraduate and then the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment as a graduate student, my heart has remained in Maine. I am passionate about communicating conservation, and so I applied to National Geographic to undertake four expeditions to the Maine North Woods as a National Geographic Young Explorer.

northwoodsThe North Woods is a geographic region in northern Maine, covering nearly 3.5 million acres and known for its low population, immense woodlands, and amazing recreational opportunities. It is also known for its birds, harboring neotropical migrants during the breeding months, as well as boreal species like the Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, and Spruce Grouse. As part of my grant, I proposed traveling to the Maine North Woods in each of the four seasons, beginning in Fall 2015 and ending in Summer 2016.

Because the Maine North Woods hosts the headwaters of five of our most important rivers, these headwaters and tributaries would be the focal point around which I organized the trips, described in more detail below. As I trace these waterways, I will also explore the conservation status of the region, and what the future could look like for the birds of the North Woods.

Fall: This trip is based on the headwaters of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, beginning above Fourth Lake and continuing down to Third Lake, Lake Matagamon, and the East Branch itself.

Winter: Moosehead Lake is both Maine’s largest lake and the headwaters for the Kennebec River. Exploration here focuses on the inlet and outlet rivers, as well as the land that borders the shore of the lake.

Spring: The Saint John’s River begins with a series of ponds. As part of the spring excursion, I will walk up the river to the very first pond, camping, fishing, and birding as I go along.

Summer: Finally, I will hike and paddle from the headwaters of the Allagash and the Aroostook Rivers downstream, fishing and taking in the local scenery.

 

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IMG_0739Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for founding both One World, Two Feet and TerraCommFollow her adventures on Instagram!

Two Seasonal Biologists/Southern Maine

Posted on: Monday, January 25th, 2016

Position Description: Two full-time seasonal biologists needed to monitor and manage endangered least terns, piping plovers, and red knots on beaches in Southern Maine during the 2016 field season.

Duties include: Locating nests, erecting fencing, tracking nest success and fledglings, conducting educational outreach programs, monitoring predation, supervising project interns and volunteers, and negotiating and implementing management agreements with both private and public landowners.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required
  • excellent observational skills
  • effective, engaging, and diplomatic communicator both verbally and in writing
  • experience working in the field with birds preferred
  • able to walk extensively on soft substrates (sand beaches)
  • able to lift and carry heavy equipment of 50 pounds or more
  • ability and willingness to work outdoors on beaches in all weather conditions
  • clean driving record last 5 years

Timing: One full-time position runs from approximately April 15 to August 10. Another position runs full-time approximately April 15-August 10 and part-time (16 hours/week) from August 10-October 15. Some weekend and evening work required. Stipend $520/week. EOE.

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to  lzitske@maineaudubon.org with PPLT in the subject line, or send to

Seasonal Biologist Search Committee
Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd.
Falmouth, ME 04105.

Status: Applications reviewed starting February 1. Search open until positions filled.

About Maine Audubon: Maine Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Falmouth, Maine, whose mission is to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in conservation, education and action.

Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.

Grants Manager

Posted on: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine
Immediate Supervisor: Directors of Conservation & Education
Department: Advancement/Development

The Grants Manager will join our Development team to manage our successful grants program and assist with other departmental duties as described below. Reporting to the Directors of Conservation and Education, and participating in Development Department strategy meetings, s/he will manage and write proposals to foundations, corporations, government agencies, and key individual prospects. The Grants Manager also tracks and manages all grant deadlines, grant awards and reporting schedules, prepares all final grant reports, and coordinates grant financial reports with program managers and the Finance Officer. Other key duties include managing relationships with current, new, and prospective foundation, government & corporate donors, as well as identifying and approaching new sources of funding. This person must have exceptional writing skills, and be able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines concurrently.

Overview of the position:

Maine Audubon has a successful grants program that in the past two years raised over $1 million dollars from public and private sources. Some of our statewide programs are well funded and have broad bases of support; others have only begun to explore their potential base of support and leave much room for expansion and improvement. Therefore, Maine Audubon is looking for a candidate who can not only sustain our current grantmaking program, but will expand our donor base while strengthening current relationships.

Essential Functions:

The successful candidate will have strong writing skills, coupled with superior organizational and
time-management skills. Position responsibilities will include:

  • Grantwriting & Grants Administration
  • Work with conservation and education staff to prepare and edit grant proposals, reports,
  • budgets, and other materials for foundation, government and corporate donors.
  •  Help develop a strategy to maximize potential funding opportunities by prospecting foundation, government and corporate donors for all Maine Audubon activities and developing new opportunities for programs that are underfunded.
  • Work closely with program staff to monitor all grant and reporting deadlines, and to ensure accountability and compliance with all grant processes and purposes.
  • Assist chapters and partners across the state with selected projects.
  • Draft all acknowledgements for Foundation, Government & Corporate grant awards.
  • Coordinate and represent Maine Audubon at site visits, when necessary.
  • Communicate by phone, mail, and email with potential funders, including but not limited to: responding to requests for information, submitting letters of inquiry, thanking fundersfor grants, and following up with declined proposals.
  • Track and meet all funding-related deadlines, and maintain and update grants information in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Manage foundation and corporate contacts regarding events—ensure that contacts are invited to appropriate Maine Audubon events and attend said events.
  • Maintain positive relationships with all funders.

Other Duties As Needed

  • Write narratives about grants programs for publications, brochures and development materials, as needed.
  • Research and prepare proposals for capital campaigns, as they are developed, and for corporate donors, as needed.
  • Assist with events.
  • Edit text for invitations and other Development Department materials.
  • Knowledgeably represent Maine Audubon to funders and the general public.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Relationships:

  • Internal: Reports to Directors of Conservation and Education as immediate supervisors. Active member of Development Team. Extensive relationships with other program and administrative staff.
  • External: Strong relationships with corporate, government and foundation representatives.

Equipment:

  • Standard office equipment such as computer, copier, phone, etc.

Qualifications:

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; strong computer and internet research skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with conservation and/or education issues and Maine Audubon’s mission a plus
  • Minimum of two years experience in fund-raising and/or development recommended

Skills & Abilities

  • Superior research and writing skills a must.
  • Familiarity with using databases.
  • Strong organizational skills—ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, effectively managing and prioritizing work and tracking grant proposal and report deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Diligent, personable, able to work with variety of people and work styles.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Must be solution-oriented and flexible in adapting to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.
  • Demonstrated experience using accounting and financial reporting systems.

Physical Requirements:

  • Minimum physical requirements, some lifting.
  • Some travel may be required.

Pay & Benefits:

  • 30-40 hours per week position.
  • Pay in 40s for full time position.
  • Nonprofit benefits package available.

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to bpauls@maineaudubon.org, with Grants Manager Position in subject title. We still start reviewing resumes Monday, January 25. Position open until filled.

About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Falmouth, Maine, whose mission is to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in conservation, education, and action.

Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.

Winter Reading List

Posted on: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

bringing natureShort days and cold temperatures often limit our outdoor explorations so it is a good time to hit the books. Below is a list of books I recommend for this winter.

First off, if you haven’t read Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, then stop reading this blog and go read it now. This book does a great job explaining the importance of native plants and their role in our native food webs. Okay, if you’ve finished reading it, here are a few others:

If you want to learn about wild seed propagation, our friends at The Wild Seed Project have a great list of resources here. I’d recommend Attracting Native Pollinators as a personal favorite from that list.

And since you should study your field guides before going out exploring, Butterflies of the East Coast by Rich Cech and Guy Tudor will give you warm feelings during cold nights. Their photos (dorsal and ventral for each species) and descriptions are well presented and the large format makes for a better read inside than companion in the field.

The only thing more important than educating yourself is to teach a youngster. If you have a child in your household go read them Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Read it again yourself if it has been awhile. Another personal favorite is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. It’s a great lesson with captivating artwork and makes for a child friendly read-a-long.

Additional recommendations:

Field guides:
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide – Lawrence Newcomb
Caterpillars of Eastern North America (Princeton Field Guides) – David Wagner
The Sibley Guide to Trees - David Allen Sibley
Tree Finder – May Theilgaard Watts

More for kids:
Trees, Leaves and Bark – Diane Burns
How a Seed Grows – Helene Jordan

-Doug

Doug Hitchcox Head Shot - please credit  M. Kathleen Kelly (1)Meet Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist

A Maine native, Doug grew up in Hollis and graduated from the University of Maine in 2011. Throughout college Doug worked at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and was hired as Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist in the summer of 2013, a long time “dream job.” In his free time, Doug volunteers as one of Maine’s eBird reviewers, is the owner and moderator of the ‘Maine-birds’ listserv and serves as York County Audubon board member and Secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee.

 

Submit your question for Doug:

Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member

Posted on: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

This is a joint position between the Nature Conservancy and Maine Audubon

The Summer Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member will work closely with other crew members and conservation partners to assess road crossings as stream barriers in suburban, rural and remote areas of Maine. Crew members may be required to lead sub-crews of inexperienced high school students for 3-4 weeks. Tasks include coordinating survey sites, field work logistics, conducting site assessments, data entry and quality control, photo file management, supervision of volunteers, operating GPS and other field equipment, and using ipads, all in a variety of field conditions.

This is preferably an eighteen-week full time seasonal position beginning May 31, 2016, however we have some flexibility on start dates and can consider crew members that need slightly shorter assignments.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
  • Work successfully in a crew of two or more.
  • Plan and implement efficient stream barrier surveys at road crossings following Maine protocol.
  • Collect all necessary field data; complete data entry and photo management using ipads.
  • Map and navigate progress around Maine watersheds, sometimes living in remote locations.
  • Prefer schedule of (4) 10-hour day work weeks when NOT with added high school team.
  • Perform on-site quality control as well as checks of your data entry and management.
  • Supervise volunteers including training of field and road safety, survey protocol, and data entry.
  • Be a positive ambassador for The Nature Conservancy and Maine Audubon working with towns, large private landowners and other natural resource agencies and NGO’s.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in a science field or land management.
  • Proficiency with interpreting maps and aerial photographs to navigate.
  • Experience performing physical work in an outdoor setting.
  • Experience entering data and managing data storage and web up/down-loads.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in a science field or land management.
  • 1 – 2 years training in science-related field or related experience in land management highly desirable.
  • At least one year’s experience collecting and managing field data highly desirable.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated experience with, a GPS unit to find and mark field locations. Able to read and interpret road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
  • Experience navigating roads in remote locations highly desirable.
  • Experience collecting field measurements and entering data required; experience using ipads to record data in field helpful.
  • Practiced in taking and recording field measurements in diverse field conditions (weather, bugs, flat tires).
  • Ability to plan field logistics, including potential camp sites and food for small crews.
  • Meticulous with data entry, quality control and management of files.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, and environmental science helpful.
  • Experience working with high school students and volunteers desirable.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation. Experience on backwoods roads helpful.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Safety and/or first aid training is desirable.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 43827, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2016.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contactapplyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy and Maine Audubon are Equal Opportunity Employers

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Maine Audubon Announces New Executive Director

Posted on: Monday, January 11th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2016

Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager

msmith@maineaudubon.org
(207) 781-2330 x209
Mobile: (207) 838-0511

Ole Amundsen

Ole Amundsen

Falmouth – Maine Audubon announced today the appointment of Ole Amundsen III as its new Executive Director. Amundsen brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation leadership, with a focus on landscape scale conservation, environmental education and finance. Amundsen most recently served as program manager for the national land trust, The Conservation Fund. Amundsen’s entrepreneurial approach to conservation uses market forces to achieve lasting benefits for the environment, balancing conservation and commercial interests.

During his tenure at The Conservation Fund, Amundsen helped communities and nonprofits reach their full potential through strategic planning and investment in trails, farmers’ markets and parks. He has sourced over $20 million in loans to a wide range of conservation groups across the country. One New England example is a $3 million loan to build Boston Public Market, the first completely locally sourced farmers’ market in a major metropolitan area.

Jerry King, President of Maine Audubon’s Board of Trustees, said “I am thrilled that Ole will serve as Maine Audubon’s next Executive Director. As the leading wildlife conservation organization in the state, Maine Audubon is a great match for Ole’s experience as a conservation leader.”

Amundsen also brings a breadth of experience in strategic planning and collaboration. One of his signature achievements was bringing together the land trusts in the Gulf coast to create a vision for land conservation and restoration for the BP settlement funds (after the 2010 oil spill). It was one of the first times that national conservation organizations (National Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, etc.) and local and regional land trusts worked together to create common goals for the conservation of the Gulf coast.

“I am elated to join Maine Audubon,” said Amundsen. “I grew up in northern New England and am passionate about protecting the vital wildlife and habitat in this region.” Amundsen has served on the faculty of Cornell University and the boards of the National Conservation Leadership Network and the Land Trust Alliance. An active outdoors person, Amundsen enjoys hiking and alpine and cross country skiing with his family. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Colby College and a Master of Science degree in City Planning (with a concentration in Environmental Policy) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.

Conserving Maine’s wildlife.

Please visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information.

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Environmental Education Volunteers Needed

Posted on: Friday, January 8th, 2016

Adult Environmental Education leaders needed to assist with and lead programs for all ages. No experience is needed just a love of the environment and a desire to share it with others. Programs include outdoor and indoor explorations. These programs are for all ages from Pre-K to High School. Most programs will be from 1-2 hours in length.

Vacation Camp Assistants, age 14 and up, are needed February 16-19 and April 18-22. You can do the whole day 9-3 or as little as an hour for a special program.

Special Event assistance is needed for events such as Winter Carnival, February 13, Environmental Education Conference, March 24, Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival, May 20 and more.

General assistance such as preparing items/props, computer work and more are needed. Some jobs can be done at Maine Audubon or offsite.

Training is provided. In-depth internships are also available.

Contact Linda Woodard or call 207-781-2330 x 213

Action Alert! Protect Maine’s Wildlife and Water Quality Standards

Posted on: Friday, January 8th, 2016

Please contact Environment and Natural Resources Committee members and urge them to vote “ought not to pass” on LD 1478, An Act to Reestablish Recreational Use of a Historic Trolley Line in the Town of Gray.

The public hearing is Thursday, January 14 at 1:00 pm. The Committee needs to hear from you that this bill is a bad idea.

LD 1478 creates exemptions in Maine’s Shoreland Zoning Act and Natural Resources Protection Act to benefit one small, private project: a new railway line that would run directly through a high-value habitat for breeding birds and other wildlife.

The site contains a 500-600 acre wetland that is a major flood water holding area, helping to prevent flooding of nearby areas. The marsh is protected as significant wildlife habitat for inland waterfowl and wading birds, and provides breeding habitat for bitterns, rails, waterfowl and songbirds. Habitat for the state endangered New England cottontail is also on the site.unnamed (1)

Setting Dangerous Precedents

LD 1478 is bad public policy. It’s inappropriate to create an exemption for one particular, private project, the owners of which haven’t looked thoroughly at less damaging alternatives. It would also create bad precedent because owners of other projects that can’t meet existing standards might want the same treatment.

This site is simply not a good location for the project as proposed. The answer is not to create exemptions in our natural resources protection laws, but to rethink the project and locate it to an area where wildlife habitat and flood protection values are not as high.

Here’s How You Can Help:

Please contact Environment and Natural Resources Committee members and urge them to vote “ought not to pass” on LD 1478, An Act to Reestablish Recreational Use of a Historic Trolley Line in the Town of Gray.

The public hearing is Thursday, January 14 at 1:00 pm. The Committee needs to hear from you that this bill is a bad idea.

Thank you for being part of the solution!

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
jgray@maineaudubon.org
(207) 781-2330 x224

 

 

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