Caring for Coastal Waters: Education Internship  The Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust (

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust is a non-profit, membership supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization, that aims to “preserve and promote the natural, cultural and historical heritage of the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region for the benefit of all.”


Starts anytime May 1 to June 1 – Ends August 15 or could continue to the end of August

Wed – Friday

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 pm provide Courtesy Boat Inspections, Biscay and/or Pemaquid Beaches
  • 10:00 – 12:30 pm Special projects tbd
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center (Pemaquid Beach) providing 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’ Rest Nature Center, interpretation and programs

Monday and Tuesday – off

Note: Some flexibility with respect to hours is possible when volunteers can take your shifts.


  • Housing provided (a house shared with other interns).
  • Funding provided by sending school.
  • Reliable personal transportation will be essential – fuel cost will be reimbursed.
  • Coastal Rivers’ shirt/name tag/hat will be provided.

The Project: 

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

Discrete projects may include:

  • Organizing and conducting “Naturalist on the Loose” style interpretive programming at a local town beach nature center;
  • 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 Rest Nature 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.

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 and spoken.
  • Capable of working independently on discreet 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 assure 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 interview.

Contact Information:

Sarah Gladu

Director of Education and Citizen Science

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

PO Box 333

Damariscotta, Maine 04543

207-563-1393 x340

[email protected]