News & Notes


Development Team Administrative Support

Posted on: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Location: Falmouth
Department: Advancement/Development
Volunteer Supervisor: Development and Gifts Manager

Purpose of the position:
The purpose of this position is to provide key volunteer administrative support to the development team for ongoing incoming gifts that arrive at Maine Audubon

Overview of the position:
This position plays an important role with development at Maine Audubon.  Maine Audubon has a development team of three staff people and a grants manager. The team works with other departments and with the external community to secure, record, and acknowledge gifts and memberships for the organization.  Unrestricted revenue accounts for approximately $850,000, which is about 35% of the overall budget.  Hours are flexible but we are looking for at least 10 hours a week of support.  Onboarding training support will be available for this position.  

Essential functions:

Position responsibilities will include:

  • Assemble acknowledgement letters and get the development-related mail out by noon
  • Process selected gift entry and Groupons
  • Change addresses in the database as needed
  • Organize Maine Audubon donated auction items, most of which are one year memberships
  • Send out additional support letters for camp and other Maine Audubon registrations
  • Enter data for Borestone hiking or Scarborough Marsh canoe rental from hand-written registration forms
    • Confirm mailing addresses from these registrations when necessary
  • Input actions (data entry) into the Raiser’s Edge database after Maine Audubon events
  • Create new member packets as needed

Other duties as needed:

  • Drive as needed to pick up Corporate Partner acknowledgement and miscellaneous mailings
  • Miscellaneous database work

Relationships:

  • Almost all work is exclusively with the development team with occasional work from other departments
  • Meet and greet receptionist responsibilities as necessary

Equipment:

Postage meter, computer, copier, phone

Skills & abilities:

  • Ability to work with many people and flexibility to address many tasks
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks according to written protocols
  • Close attention to detail and proofreading
  • Solid writing and verbal skills
  • Experience working in Raiser’s Edge or database a plus

Physical requirements:

  • Minimum physical requirements, extended desk and typing time and ability to fold and stuff paper materials

To apply:

Email [email protected] or call 207-781-2330 x219

 

 

Action Alert: Push Back Against Mining Pollution in Maine

Posted on: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

We need your help to defend against mining pollution and the threat it poses to clean water in Maine.

Weak mining rules were defeated in 2014 and 2015 that would have allowed dangerous mines near some of Maine’s most treasured places. Unfortunately, in January, the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) again passed weak rules to facilitate open-pit mines throughout Maine. Now these Rules are back at the Legislature (LD 395) and we must defeat them.

Luckily, a bill has been proposed — LD 820 — that amends the 2012 mining law to require strong protections and a rewrite of the weak rules.

What You Can Do

Attend the March 20 Hearing
Please come to this hearing in front of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee and help us push back against mining pollution in Maine:

What: ENR Committee hearing on mining pollution
When: Monday, March 20, at 9:00am (likely to run all day)
Where: Room 216 of the Cross Office Building
Note: Let us know if you are coming and need our staff to sign you up to speak. All those speaking will be held to a 3-minute time limit.

Please urge ENR Committee members to defeat LD 395 and support LD 820
Let them know you want strong protections against mining pollution in Maine!

Maine needs strong, clear mining laws and rules to protect our water, woods, and wildlife. We can’t allow mining companies to pollute our waterways or to leave taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up polluted sites.

If you can’t attend the hearing, please take a moment and either send your written testimony to the Committee Clerk, Steven Langlin ([email protected]) which will be distributed to Committee members OR contact ENR Committee members directly and urge them to oppose LD 395 and support LD 820.

  • Senator Tom Saviello, chair (Wilton)
    [email protected]
    (207) 645-3420
  • Senator Amy Volk (Scarborough)
    [email protected]
    (207) 229-5091
  • Senator Geoff Gratwick (Bangor)
    [email protected]
    (207) 947-0637
  • Representative Ralph Tucker, chair (Brunswick)
    [email protected]
    (207) 725-7639
  • Representative Dick Campbell (Orrington)
    [email protected]
    (207) 287-1440
  • Representative Bob Duchesne (Hudson)
    [email protected]
    (207) 745-7748
  • Representative Jessica Fay (Raymond)
    [email protected]
    (207) 415-4218
  • Representative Denise Harlow (Portland)
    [email protected]
    (207) 409-0870
  • Representative Jonathan Kinney (Limington)
    [email protected]
    (207) 637-2366
  • Representative John Martin (Eagle Lake)
    [email protected]
    (207) 444-5556
  • Representative Jeff Pierce (Dresden)
    [email protected]
    (207) 441-3006
  • Representative Scott Strom (Pittsfield)
    [email protected]
    (207) 313-3895
  • Representative Stanley Zeigler (Montville)
    [email protected]
    (207) 323-6044

The weak rules passed by the BEP in January are destructive for many reasons, including because they:

  • Allow mining on and under Maine’s spectacular Public Reserved Lands.
  • Allow tailings impoundments, the most dangerous type of mine waste disposal facility.
  • Leave Maine taxpayers on the hook for mining disasters, which happen far too often.
  • Allow even the most hazardous parts of mines — such as wasterock piles and tailings ponds — in floodplains and flood hazard areas.
  • Allow open-pit mines.

In the past, legislators defeated the bad mining rules because they from heard from you loud and clear that the proposed rules did not protect Maine’s clean water and taxpayers.

Please speak up again in support of strong protections against mining pollution in Maine by attending the public hearing or by contacting the ENR Committee and urging them to reject the weak mining rules in LD 395 and to support LD 820 to bring strong protection against mining in Maine.

Thank you for helping us push back against mining pollution and protect clean water in Maine!

To sign up for Maine Audubon’s Action Alert e-mails, please click here.

Nature Notes 2017: 06

Posted on: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

“Nature Notes” will be a near-weekly blog post to keep you updated on some things going on with Maine’s wildlife. This will include incidental observations (many of which are shared on our Instagram page), recent unusual bird sightings, and notes on our bird walks or other field trips.

Observations:
In our last post I shared some photos from a few owl pellets we dissected, one of which held bones of a Southern Flying Squirrel. This was pretty exciting because we see so few flying squirrels, despite the fact that they are fairly abundant. Most Mainers (unfortunately) only get to encounter flying squirrels when they hear them scratching on their walls or ceilings in the middle of the winter, or (fortunately) visiting your ‘bird’ feeders in the evening.

My only encounter with flying squirrels at Gilsland Farm, prior to measuring one’s mandible last week, was hearing one in the fall a few years ago (5 Nov 2014). That individual was calling one evening from the edge of our parking lot, giving a high pitched, down slurred screech. You can hear what this sounds like here: ML 105139: Southern Flying Squirrel

Hearing a flying squirrel and pulling a flying squirrel jaw from an owl pellet is fun and all, but I was more than ready to actually see one. Most of our Thursday bird walk participants have seen me tap on dead trees, hoping to get a flying squirrel to emerge from a cavity, with no success. Well, my three-year flying squirrel dry spell finally ended on our bird walk this week! The story can go back to last year when we got to watch a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers excavate and nest in a cavity (see photo below). That particular cavity has been vacant all winter but over the last week or so I’ve noticed the cavity entrance getting larger. So on Thursday we investigated. A soft tap on the trunk and two big eyes were staring down at us! See the video below for a glimpse at this elusive flying squirrel.

Hairy Woodpecker nest from 2016

Southern Flying Squirrel from Doug Hitchcox on Vimeo.

Mamota monax Madness has a winner!
Despite all these warm days we’ve had, the first Groundhog of the year was seen on 6 March, following an extremely cold weekend. Many thanks to everyone that participated in our inaugural “Marmota monax Madness“! We’ll be in touch with the winners shortly. If you find yourself in our Nature Store at Gilsland Farm, you can congratulate Carroll as our in-house winner.

Burrows are easier to photograph than Groundhogs that you accidentally scare into their burrow.

Recent birds sightings:

“Got married in March because March is the worst month for birding. So it was the least likely month in which I would have to postpone the wedding because I was needing to rush off for a bird.”
- Brett Richards, from BBC’s Twitchers: A Very British Obsession

We stopped producing the weekly “RBA” last year because of the more useful and automatically produced Rare Bird Alert from eBird.org. eBird’s RBA is updated in real time, includes media (photo/video/audio), and links directly to Google Maps for directions. Maine’s eBird RBA can be accessed here: ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35688

Lets Go Birding Field Trip:
11 Mar 2017: I think this was officially the coldest field trip I have ever led. Wind chill values were reportedly -10ºF but I suspect our extremely windy vantage points around the Scarborough Marsh would have returned lower values could we get accurate measures. We spent more time in the van than I’d like but managed an impressive list of species, including a few spring arrivals. A lone Killdeer at Dunstan Landing looked out of place in the icy marsh while a Carolina Wren sang from a near-by yard — I would classify these as the “most optimistic” birds we saw. Waterfowl diversity was high, though we couldn’t find the Snow Goose that had been reported around the marsh the previous week. Our highlight was a Barred Owl roosting at the end of a road on the eastern side of the marsh (photo below).

Barred Owl – Scarborough, ME – 11 Mar 2017

Past Nature Notes:
Nature Notes 2017: 01 - Barred Owls struggling this winter
Nature Notes 2017: 02 - Deer, Owl lice, and the Fort Williams Seawatch
Nature Notes 2017: 03 - Doug’s Arizona vacation
Nature Notes 2017: 04 - Louse Fly and Cutworm in February
Nature Notes 2017: 05 – Owl Pellets and Signs of Spring

-Doug

Marketing Manager

Posted on: Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Location: Falmouth, ME
Department: Communications
Supervisor: Jeremy Cluchey, Director of Communications

Maine Audubon seeks a creative, data-driven, conservation-minded marketing professional to join our communications team and support the organization’s promotion of our work, programs, and events.

OVERVIEW
As the state’s leading wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon is working to help Mainers become the nation’s most informed and effective stewards of wildlife and habitat. We do this through an innovative blend of educational programming, citizen science and conservation fieldwork, and public policy advocacy.

As a key member of the Maine Audubon communications team, the Marketing Manager will play a central role in helping the organization promote its work and communicate its messages to a broad and growing audience in Maine and beyond. The person in this role will utilize a variety of platforms spanning all types of media, from print to web to social, and will use analytics to help inform and direct organizational communications strategy.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), permanent position based at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm headquarters in Falmouth, Maine.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Shape Maine Audubon’s marketing strategy and lead its implementation on every platform.
  • Serve as the primary manager and curator of Maine Audubon’s public-facing email, website, and social media channels.
  • Regularly create informative, engaging web and social content.
  • Participate in planning and content creation for Habitat, our quarterly magazine.
  • Help manage brand, reputation, and general information on third-party sites.
  • Ensure all marketing aligns with organizational messages and upholds brand standards.
  • Use and champion analytics and data to inform and improve communication efforts.
  • Assist in the creation and management of online event listings.
  • Coordinate with staff across departments to maintain Maine Audubon’s editorial calendar.
  • Manage and optimize all paid advertising efforts for the organization.
  • Assist with press/media relations.
  • Other related tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Deep and demonstrated understanding of marketing principles and best practices and broad experience implementing them across different types of media.
  • In-depth experience working with digital analytics, including Google Analytics, and using data to inform communications.
  • Total comfort with existing and emerging digital marketing technologies and a commitment to staying on top of changes in the digital landscape.
  • Strong writing and grammar skills and experience developing an organizational “voice.”
  • Ability to find “the signal in the noise” in analytics, distilling key findings from data and turning them into actionable insights for others.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and a talent for balancing multiple competing priorities.
  • Initiative, drive, and the ability to chase down an idea and bring it to fruition.
  • Familiarity and experience with wildlife conservation issues is a plus.
  • Experience working in WordPress and Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to chip in on other projects as needed.

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Application deadline is March 30, 2017. Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Peter Vickery, 1949-2017

Posted on: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A dedicated birder – Peter Vickery during the 2013 Monhegan CBC

Last week Maine’s birding and conservation community lost one of its biggest advocates and proponents. Peter Vickery passed away on February 28th following an 18-month battle with esophageal cancer.

Peter had a long and storied history with Maine Audubon that spanned decades. From leading teams during our annual Bird-a-thon, to guiding field trips like the popular Matinicus Rock and Fall Pelagic boat trips, he was always happy to volunteer his expertise and offer assistance. Jan Pierson, who co-led many of these trips with Peter, shared a bit of their history in this tribute on the Maine-birds listserv: groups.google.com/d/msg/maine-birds/PqpGHqemkyk/2mBH9c2dCgAJ

I first met Peter nearly a decade ago aboard the Hardy III en route to Matinicus Rock. I was just out of high school, fairly new to birding, and didn’t know anyone onboard. I had a copy of “A Birder’s Guide to Maine” in my backpack that I hoped to get signed. I spent most of the trip on the top deck but staying near the rear, keeping within earshot to catch all the birds Peter was calling out. There were so many new species for me. Peter could describe them, their behavior, and their precise location so eloquently that it was easy to spot these small, indistinct birds over the vast ocean.

I’ll always remember during the long motor back to harbor when Peter came around the boat and took time to talk to me about birding (I was apparently too awestruck to remember to ask him to sign my book). We talked about identifying young Lesser Black-backed Gulls — specifically, distinguishing them from young Herring Gulls. He went into great detail, using nearby birds to point out key field marks. I must have looked overwhelmed because I remember his tone becoming lighter as he pointed out a Herring Gull flying away from us, shrinking into the distance. “See that one?” he said. “If you wait until…now, then no one can tell those apart.” I’ll always admire Peter’s ability to be as knowledgeable as an encyclopedia, but as entertaining as a comic strip.

Peter’s expert skill level, his willingness to contribute to studies, and his eagerness to help novices was a rare combination. It made him likeable and admired. He always had a big role in Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) in Maine. For example, he took the daunting task of doing the ‘seawatch’ from East Point Sanctuary during the Kennebunk/Biddeford CBC. In the last decade that I’ve been doing the count, one highlight was during the compilation when he would call in and read his numbers from the seawatch over a speakerphone. Peter’s dedication would turn up species like Thick-billed Murre and Black-legged Kittiwake, often the only to be reported on those counts, and the cheers and thanks from the room was a testament to his effort.

The 2013 Monhegan CBC Team – L to R: Doug Hitchcox, Charlie Duncan, William Nichols, Paul Miliotis, and Peter Vickery

More recently, I took over as compiler of the Monhegan CBC from Peter, a count that he started in 1978. The list he and others have amassed during that count is impressive, with vagrants including: Ivory Gull, Black-backed Woodpecker, Sedge Wren, Western Tanager, and Blue Grosbeak. Peter’s last Monhegan count was in 2013 when he and I, with three others, took the long cold cruise out to the remote island. I put in my notes that it was 12ºF but I don’t recall wind-chill values ever above 0. The cold couldn’t stop Peter from trekking out to east-facing Black Head at sunrise, where he spotted a Pomarine Jaeger approaching the island, a rare find in Maine’s winter and the first record for the count. Thirty-five years since his first CBC out there, and Peter still had ‘it’.

My last correspondence with Peter was a week before his passing. I was checking in to see if he and Jan would be willing to lead our Matinicus Rock trip again this spring. Of course Peter was quick to respond: “I’d be thrilled to be on the boat.” He also included a note that I can’t stop reflecting on: “It would be prudent to invite a pair of younger eyes.”

I look forward to another great trip season, dedicated to our lost friend, and working to get more young eyes onboard. We’ll miss you, Peter.

Many of you may be aware of Peter’s immense effort to write an update to Ralph Palmer’s 1949 “Maine Birds,” documenting the changes in Maine’s bird life over the past 60 years. Memorial donations to assist with book design and artwork costs can be made to: Birds of Maine Book Fund, Camden National Bank, 111 Main St., Richmond, ME 04357

Peter’s full obituary can be read here.

-Doug

Environmental Education Assistants

Posted on: Saturday, March 4th, 2017

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. Camps run from June 19 through August 25 at our Centers in Falmouth and Scarborough Marsh. With either program, we ask for a commitment of at least 1-2 full weeks and attend a training session.

Contact Karen Arno at 207 781 2330 ext 211 or [email protected].

 

Nature Notes 2017: 05

Posted on: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

“Nature Notes” will be a near-weekly blog post to keep you updated on some things going on with Maine’s wildlife. This will include incidental observations (many of which are shared on our Instagram page), recent unusual bird sightings, and notes on our bird walks or other field trips.

Observations:
The Barred Owl fun continues this week with pellets! As if we didn’t have enough fun with owl lice and louse flies, now we got to play with things that were inside Barred Owls.

Throughout this winter we’ve had a fairly reliable Barred Owl around Gilsland Farm — it is possible there have been several owls moving through, but this bird uses a fairly restricted area for roosting and seems likely to be a single bird setting up residence.

Last weekend a young visitor spotted the Barred Owl roosting just off our trails, and in the following days I found six pellets under the tree it was using. Curious to know what these local owls were eating, we dissected a couple of the pellets (photos below) and found bones belonging to a White-footed Mouse in one, and a flying squirrel (presumably Southern Flying Squirrel because the mandible’s “coronoid process” were so long) in the other pellet.

Signs of Spring:
The end of February was unseasonably warm, which can be a trigger to birds wintering just south of us that it is time to come north. (Neotropic migrants, like most warblers, tanagers, and vireos that we see in the summer rely on different cues, like photoperiod, to signal when to migrate north.) Red-winged Blackbirds, Turkey Vultures, and American Woodcocks are being reported around southern Maine and moving north quickly. At Gilsland Farm, we spotted a muskrat on the edge of our thawing pond on Thursday (2 March) and the first snow drops and crocuses came up this week, on the 28th and 2nd, respectively. Still no signs of groundhogs yet!

Red-winged Blackbirds moved north with force in the end of February — a bit early for this species, but on par with 2016 and 2012, which were both fairly mild. What’s interesting this year is how abruptly large numbers of Red-winged Blackbirds moved in and are being reported all over coastal Maine. Below is a chart created using eBird data to show the frequency (percentage of total checklists) of Red-winged Blackbirds reported each year since 2007. The light blue [incomplete] line shows how early this year’s blackbirds are.

With ‘summer birds’ beginning to arrive, we are also seeing departures of our ‘winter birds.’ One local celebrity we saw depart was “Wells” an adult female Snowy Owl that has been lingering around Saco Bay this winter. This owl was relocated from the Portland Jetport and fitted with a transmitter to track its movements as a part of Project Snowstorm. You can read more about Wells, from her capture to her movements north, on the Project Snowstorm website (and consider supporting their research while you’re there!)

“Wells” – Biddeford, ME – 2 Feb 2017

“Wells” moving north

Recent birds sightings:
We stopped producing the weekly “RBA” last year because of the more useful and automatically produced Rare Bird Alert from eBird.org. eBird’s RBA is updated as soon as reports are submitted, includes media (photo/video/audio), and links directly to Google Maps for directions. Maine’s eBird RBA can be accessed here: ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35688

The biggest excitement lately has been around Great Gray Owls in Maine this winter. There is an irruption of Great Grays in the northeast this year with up to 5 or 6 being reported in Maine (with most on private property.) On 22 February, Fyn Kynd found one at Lassell Cemetery in Searsmont where it continues (as of 2 Mar) to please onlookers. Locals reported that the bird has been seen around that area as early as Super Bowl Sunday (5 Feb)! The latest updates on this bird can be found using the eBird link above or on the Maine-birds listserv.

Great Gray Owl – Searsmont, ME – 23 Feb 2017

Gilsland Farm Bird Walk:

23 Feb 2017: Last Thursday morning was unseasonably warm which produced abundant fog over the snow covered fields at Gilsland Farm. The low visibility combined with poor trail conditions (uneven slushy snow) convinced us to go offsite for the walk. We carpooled down to the Portland waterfront to look for a few unusual birds that have been lingering in the area. The big highlights were the two continuing King Eiders (female and immature male), three ‘Kumlien’s’ Iceland Gull (including one adult), and one of the local nesting Peregrine Falcons. A complete list from 23 Feb’s walk is at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34665718

immature King Eider – Portland, ME – 23 Feb 2017

2 March 2017: Back at Gilsland this week we saw a few of the early spring migrants despite the high winds (30+ mph). A pair of Peregrine Falcons flew right over the parking lot, upsetting our local Red-tailed Hawk, which started an aerial dogfight between the hawk and one of the falcons. The other major raptor highlight was a young Red-shouldered Hawk that flew over us in the North Meadow. There have been a few adult Red-shouldered Hawks wintering in Maine this year but it seems likely this was an early migrant returning. It was particularly exciting for me because it was my first time seeing this species at Gilsland Farm – #201 for my patch list! Here is a complete list from that walk: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34913980

Past Nature Notes:
Nature Notes 2017: 01 - Barred Owls struggling this winter
Nature Notes 2017: 02 - Deer, Owl lice, and the Fort Williams Seawatch
Nature Notes 2017: 03 - Doug’s Arizona vacation
Nature Notes 2017: 04 - Louse Fly and Cutworm in February

-Doug

Thoughtful, measured, and science-based

Posted on: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Happy March, Friends.

As I write, the heavy February snows are melting around Gilsland Farm. Hard to know if this is the end of winter (hopefully not!), but if it is, at least we know we made the most of it.

SONY DSCFebruary saw our best-attended Winter Carnival ever, with hundreds of families tromping around the Farm, playing nature games, and building epic snow villages. Our vacation camp was another highlight, capped off on February 24 with a live wildlife show. If you have school-age kids and haven’t already signed up for our April camp, be sure to do so before it fills up.

The month in politics was notably more troubling. On February 17, Scott Pruitt — someone who has repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for protecting our air, water, and wetlands – was narrowly confirmed as the next Administrator of the EPA . As you know, Maine Audubon actively opposed his confirmation. Along with Maine’s other science-based and conservation-minded organizations, we encouraged our members to contact Maine’s senators and urge them to oppose Mr. Pruitt.

Thanks in large part to those efforts — including calls from many of you — Sen. King and Sen. Collins ultimately voted against Mr. Pruitt. They recognized that he is a dangerous choice who would be bad for our state’s wildlife, natural resources, and economy, which in Maine are inextricably linked. Sen. King and Sen. Collins deserve our sincere gratitude for this. Unfortunately, in the end it wasn’t enough to prevent his confirmation.

Looking ahead, we are facing a challenging political atmosphere filled with many unknowns. If your relationship with Maine Audubon stretches back a ways, as mine does, you know our organization as a source of thoughtful, measured, science-based views about what is best for Maine’s wildlife and habitat, and what you can do to support it. In a moment like this, that role has never been more important.

I want you to know that, amidst all the uncertainty, our commitment to our mission is unwavering. In fact, our team is more motivated than ever to carry out this critical work. As we learn more about potential threats to our clean air, clean water, endangered species, public lands, and efforts to mitigate the effects of a changing climate, Maine Audubon will be here with the facts you need to be an informed and effective steward of Maine’s wildlife and habitat.

They say that hope springs eternal. As I look around at all the buzzing activity in our sanctuaries — kids exploring, groundhogs emerging, birdseed and feeders flying off our Nature Store shelves, engaging speakers and events around the state — that has never been more true for me. Swing by our sanctuaries this spring and see for yourself.

Sincerely,

Andy Beahm

 

Occasional Overnight Site Manager

Posted on: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Location: Borestone Mountain, ME
Department: Properties
Immediate Supervisor: Borestone Property Manager

Description
Maine Audubon is a widely respected conservation organization with headquarters located in Falmouth, Maine, with state-wide influence.  Our mission is to conserve Maine’s wildlife and habitat through conservation, education, and citizen action.  We are seeking an individual with property management experience to occasionally staff the rental lodges at Borestone Mountain overnight in order to be on hand to address any facility or guest needs that may arise.

The Occasional Overnight Site Manager is responsible to assist the Borestone Property Manager and staff with property operations on occasional overnights in order to provide a welcoming, friendly, safe and clean environment for overnight guests at our lodge facilities.  The Occasional Overnight Site Manager works under the direction of the Borestone Property Manager and Borestone Assistant Property Manager.  Responsibilities include assisting lodge renters during their stay, maintaining the operation of basic systems such as the water supply system, performing minor repairs, and other tasks to maintain and enhance the value of the property.  It is the intent that the Occasional Overnight Site Manager will have a minimum of 8 hours of sleep time per overnight in a furnished room, barring emergencies in the overnight period.

Essential and Specific Functions

  • Staff the Boathouse area in order to be on hand to assist with overnight management operations at Borestone Mountain Lodges
  • Welcome guests and visitors, providing information and shuttling guests to and from lodges via vehicle and boat
  • Perform minor property maintenance and repairs on a timely basis to insure a positive guest experience and maintain the quality of the existing structures
  • Contacts Borestone Property Manager in the event of any facility or guest emergencies during occasional overnight rentals
  • Deal with guest requests and concerns on a timely basis to insure guest satisfaction
  • Perform minor administrative functions as needed, such as recordkeeping of repairs, emergencies, etc.
  • Assist in the operation of the water chlorination system, fireplaces, and other systems, as needed
  • Performance of some housekeeping duties such as cleaning, garbage removal, etc. to insure a positive guest experience
  • Occasionally prepare lodges for occupancy and clean up after visitor stays
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Prior experience working with property rental and maintenance
  • Exceptional customer service skills and a friendly outgoing manner
  • Participate in training in order to comply with new or existing laws
  • Ability to work occasional overnight schedule, including weekend nights
  • CPR/First Aid certificate desirable
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Physical abilities required: ability to stand, sit, bend at waist, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to paddle and manage a canoe and motor boat safely

Timing, Pay, and Benefits

  • Variable schedule dates due to rental and staffing schedules
  • Work day for Occasional Overnight Site Manager typically encompasses a 26 hour period, 8 am to 10 am the following day; with 18 hours paid time and 8 hours unpaid sleep time (except in the case of overnight emergencies, for which sleep time is not deducted)
  • Pay rate is $14 per hour
  • Position runs until early October, 2016
  • Temporary position – not eligible for benefits

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to [email protected] with Borestone Occasional Overnight Site Manager in the subject title.

 

Borestone Nature Center Operations Worker

Posted on: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Location: Borestone Mountain, ME
Department: Properties
Immediate Supervisor: Borestone Property Manager

Description
Maine Audubon is a widely respected conservation organization with headquarters located in Falmouth, Maine, with state-wide influence.  Our mission is to conserve Maine’s wildlife and habitat through conservation, education, and citizen action.  We are seeking seasonal Nature Center Operations Workers at Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary in Elliotsville, Maine.

The Borestone Nature Center Operations Worker is responsible for staffing the Nature Center Building and Store, and for greeting and collecting trail fees from hikers who pass the trail in front of the store. The Nature Center Operations Worker works under the direction of the Borestone Property Manager.  Responsibilities include providing information and background about Borestone Sanctuary, operating a small retail store within the Nature Center, welcoming trail users and collecting user fees.

Essential and Specific Functions

  • Greet trail users, hikers, and visitors, providing information and direction as appropriate
  • Collect trail use fees from trail users
  • Operate small store in Nature Center (selling tee shirts, hats, memorabilia, water, Maine Audubon memberships, etc.)
  • Perform recordkeeping for store sales, trail user fees, and other transactions
  • Report merchandise needs to Borestone Property Manager or his designee
  • Familiarize oneself with educational exhibits in Nature Center in order to be able to provide information and answer questions from visitors
  • Perform minor housekeeping inside and outside Nature Center to keep the area clean and visually appealing
  • Load and unload supplies for Nature Center retail store
  • Drive Maine Audubon 4WD vehicle up and down the mountain road to and from the Nature Center building
  • Coordinate work week schedule with another Operations Worker in order to provide 7 day coverage per week at the Nature Center, with input and direction from the Borestone Property Manager
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Prior experience working in positions with significant public interaction
  • Exceptional customer service skills and a friendly outgoing manner
  • Experience in retail sales
  • Administrative and recordkeeping abilities
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Physical abilities required: ability to stand, sit, bend at waist, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

Timing, Pay, and Benefits

  • Positions are three to four days per week, 21 to 28 hours per week, approx. May 15 – October 15
  • Pay rate is $11 per hour
  • Temporary position – not eligible for benefits

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to [email protected] with Borestone Nature Center Operations Worker in the subject title.  Position open until filled.  EOE.