2023 Caring for Coastal Waters: Education Internship


Caring for Coastal Waters: Education Internship 2023


Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust (coastalrivers.org)

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust is a non-profit, membership supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization, with a mission of “Caring for the lands and waters of the Damariscotta-Pemaquid Region by conserving special places, protecting water quality, creating trails and public access, and facilitating deeper connections to nature.”


Starts anytime May 1 to June 1 – Ends no earlier than August 18, but could continue to the end of August

Wednesday – Friday

  • 9:00 am to 11:00 pm provide Courtesy Boat Inspections (CBI), Biscay and/or Pemaquid Beaches
  • 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Special interpretive or related projects or help with Camp Mummichog
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Beachcombers’ Discovery Center (Pemaquid Beach) providing and developing quality displays, in-person interpretation and programming.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 8:00 am to 12:00 noon provide Courtesy Boat Inspections, Pemaquid Lake
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Beachcombers’ Discovery Center, interpretation and programs

Monday and Tuesday – off


  • Housing provided (a house shared with other interns)
  • Pay: $17/hr or at rate funded by school/institution
  • Reliable personal transportation will be essential – mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate
  • Coastal Rivers’ shirt/name tag/hat will be provided

The Project: 

The Intern will work with the Director of Education to enhance, maintain, conduct and evaluate the current Coastal Rivers’ Courtesy Boat Inspection and Beachcombers’ Discovery Center education programs.


Discrete projects may include:

  • Organizing and conducting “Naturalist on the Loose” style interpretive programming at a local town beach nature center and “Touch Tank Thursdays”;
  • Organizing and hosting planned summer naturalist programs at the beach on a variety of topics;
  • Provide Courtesy Boat Inspections/Loon Protection Education/Fishing Tackle Exchange program at public boat launches;
  • Collect data and submit on-line;
  • Supporting volunteer engagement in beach programs and CBI program;
  • Helping to care for the pollinators garden;
  • Press release writing;
  • Other special projects could include: enhancing interpretive display at Beachcombers’ Discovery Center (Pemaquid Beach), collecting data for other water quality programs, supporting volunteers for water monitoring programs, assisting with public outreach events in an educational capacity and supportive work at Camp Mummichog, our nature-adventure day camp.


What skills/experience and qualities are we seeking? 

  • Is willing to acquire basic knowledge of natural history, coastal waterways in Maine;
  • Reliable, trustworthy, energetic, hard-working with solid communication skills;
  • Enjoys working with and learning from others;
  • Enjoys and is able to connect with a diverse group of people, including children, in a public setting;
  • Has an interest in developing skills in nature-focused interpretation and communication – visual, written and spoken;
  • Is capable of working independently on discrete projects and communicating from remote sites with supervisor as needed.


What specifically does Coastal Rivers provide?

  • Orientation to site and work;
  • Oversight by the Coastal Rivers’ staff which includes regular and scheduled check-in to ensure goals are met;
  • Work space/computer access/office supplies;
  • All training;
  • A welcoming, caring, supportive work environment;
  • Coaching on monitoring delivery and/or interpretive skills as needed;
  • All monitoring equipment and tools and work space.


Application Process:


Please submit a letter of interest. At least three references will be required. There will be an on-line or in-person interview.


Contact Information:

Sarah Gladu

Director of Education and Community Science

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust


PO Box 333

Damariscotta, Maine 04543

207-563-1393 x340

[email protected]