2024 KLT Ronald Joseph Summer Internship

The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking summer interns to work on trail maintenance and construction, land conservation projects, invasive plant control, educational programming, and general office work such as writing press releases and sending out mailings.

Interested applicants should be willing to learn basic plant identification skills, be able to perform physically demanding field work, be comfortable multi-tasking in the office, and have an interest in land conservation.

Independent Research Opportunities: KLT also provides opportunities for interns to conduct independent research focused on conservation and resource management, wildlife and plant ecology, land use history or other relevant topics.

This summer we are specifically looking for students to conduct research focused on:

·        KLT land acquisition goals and municipal comprehensive plans: aligning priorities

·        Pollinator-friendly gardens – a how-to community outreach guide

·        Vernal pool inventory on KLT properties

·        Success stories in Maine between community housing trusts and conservation land trusts

In addition to these topics, we welcome other project proposals.

Students’ studies have the potential to enhance KLT’s educational offerings, and to inform property management plans and our Strategic Conservation Plan.

KLT will help students frame research questions and identify properties on which to conduct research.

2009-2023 Past Interns and Research projects

Rate of pay: KLT provides a $2,000 stipend and housing. Interns are responsible for purchasing their own food.

Interns and students conducting independent research projects are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to help compensate their time with KLT. KLT will provide mileage at the IRS rate for summer interns.

KLT supervision: Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director and Theresa Kerchner, Executive Director.

Hours: 40 hours a week; June 17 – August 18; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others.


· minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in education, environmental science, biology, forestry, geography or related degree (or equivalent experience); other majors will be considered

· ability to work independently and as part of a team

· strong organizational and time management skills

· ability to perform moderately strenuous manual labor

· comfortable working outside

· valid driver’s license

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below by March 1, 2024. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Kennebec Land Trust encourages diversity and equity in our public service and in our workplace. We welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. Additional financial support may be available for BIPOC candidates through Maine Career Cataylst’s “Equity in Internship” program. BIPOC candidates can find out more information about how to apply for this additional stipend here:

Kennebec Land Trust prohibits any discrimination in carrying on its mission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. This includes all programs, projects, events, and any other related activity sponsored by KLT. KLT’s commitment to diversity extends to all levels of our organization and is endorsed by our Board of Directors and Staff.

Send full application to:

Email: [email protected]

The Kennebec Land Trust

c/o Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director (he/him)

PO Box 261

Winthrop, Maine 04364