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Seasonal internships

Amy Tragert taking a sample.

LEA’s summer internships are paid positions geared towards motivated and responsible college students with environmental or educational interests. Interns are required to complete a variety of tasks and work with many different individuals. The work environment is casual but busy and about 50 to 60 percent of the work is outdoors.

Water-testing interns

Water-testing interns are responsible for monitoring and collecting water samples from 40 lakes and ponds in the area. They work in teams of two, paired with another intern or a volunteer monitor. Interns test the clarity of the water using a Secchi disk, record oxygen and temperature values throughout the water column, and collect samples to test for chlorophyll, phosphorous, alkalinity, pH, conductivity, and color. They bring the samples to the LEA lab and prepare the chlorophyll and phosphorous samples and transport them to the Health and Environmental Testing Lab in Augusta. The interns run the remaining physical and chemical analysis at the LEA lab. The information is then entered into the master database. Interns must be comfortable in a canoe and able to swim, as they will spend a good portion of their time on the water.

Water testing is the primary duty of the summer interns; however, some facility maintenance, trail work, courtesy boat inspecting (for invasive plants), computer work, and educational programs are also required. All training will be provided during orientation. The hours are generally 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, although some nights and weekends may be required. Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred.

If you are a college student studying in the field of natural sciences and are interested in a summer internship with LEA please send resume and cover letter by email to maggie@mainelakes.org


Invasive Aquatic Plant Control Crew Member in the Lake Region

Milfoil crew members remove the invasive plant variable leaf milfoil from Long Lake, Brandy Pond, Sebago Lake, the Songo River and Sebago Cove in Naples via a suction-harvesting boat, benthic barriers, and hand pulling. Tasks include pulling the invasive plant under water, bagging plants, collecting plant fragments, disposing of plants, conducting plant surveys, monitoring diver safety, educating boaters on the threats of milfoil, and light boat and engine maintenance. All crew member receive dive and CPR training. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through  Friday.

Successful applicants demonstrate a strong work ethic, responsibility, a resilience to the dynamic weather of a Maine summer, and comfort working in and around boats.  Applicants must be comfortable spending three to four hours in the water at a time. They must also be able to lift 50 lbs. and operate a motor boat.  Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred. If you are a college student studying in the field of natural sciences and are interested in a summer job removing milfoil with LEA, please email a cover letter and resume to cory@mainelakes.org for consideration.


Trail intern

Thanks to grant funding, we are able to hire a trail intern for the 2020 season. The Lakes Environmental Association is seeking a trail steward for the 2020 summer season! Our trail intern will work with LEA staff and the general public and be courteous, helpful and outgoing towards visitors of LEA preserves along the Stevens Brook Trail in Bridgton, Holt Pond Preserve and the Highland Research Forest. Applicants should be independently focused, comfortable spending time alone in the woods, physically able to be on his or her feet for the day, and complete trail work tasks including lifting, building boardwalks, pruning and hand tool usage, as well as some admin tasks and water testing support. 32 hours/ week with at least one weekend day included weekly. Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred. Please send a cover letter and resume to the Lakes Environmental Association, ATTN: Alanna Doughty, 230 Main Street, Bridgton ME 04009 or email alanna@mainelakes.org.

Courtesy Boat Inspectors

Although not an intern position, LEA hires over 30 local Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBIs) every summer season for area boat launches. This position is open to all, not just college students! CBIs are a line of defense against potential boat “travelers”, aquatic invasive plants and animals hitching a ride from the last water body to here. It is so important that we all do our part to ensure our boats are clean, drained and dry as we move from place to place so we do not unwittingly contaminate our local waters. CBIs have flexible schedules at boat launches to check incoming and outgoing boats for plant hitchhikers, help to share the news with the public, and collectively stopped some major hitch hikers from entering our waters last year! Please contact mary@mainelakes.org for more information or click here for an application.

CBI Kelly Baldwin with a fragment of Variable Leaf Mifloil

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