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Summer 2024 Community Engagement Internship

A part-time, paid opportunity 

About Friends of Casco Bay

Friends of Casco Bay works to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay, an Estuary of National Significance located in the Gulf of Maine. We collect scientific and observational data about the health of our waters. Based on analysis of the data and community input, we advocate for policies and actions that will reduce pollution and make Casco Bay and its watershed more resilient to the impacts of climate change. We are home to the Casco BAYKEEPER®, our lead advocate who acts as the eyes, ears, and voice of Casco Bay. We are one of the seven founding members of WATERKEEPER® Alliance, a network that includes more than 300 independent organizations working to protect waters around the world. You can read more about us and our work on our website

We are known as an exceptional place to work. We have nine full time employees and one seasonal staffer. We balance our ability to leverage collaborative efforts, funds, and volunteers, with the capacity and capabilities of staff – a talented team each dedicated to our mission. We are committed to creating a culture and practices that integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work.

Internship Description 

Compensation 

$18 hour, part-time, up to 20 hours/week, for 8-12 weeks, interns are ineligible for benefits 

 

Location 

Hybrid of in-person and remote experiences. Participation in and leading in-person community events is required. Our office is on West Commercial Street in Portland. 

 

Schedule

Our internships start in May and end in August with start and end dates set by agreement. Although our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, some event and weekend work may arise; for example, the Intern participates in a public event we schedule for an evening or a weekend.

Our Summer 2024 Intern will play a key role in engaging the community with our work at Friends of Casco Bay. One goal of our community engagement work is to provide meaningful and accessible ways for community members to help improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Three of our main ways to engage the community are through our Water Reporter program, Coastal Cleanups, and Storm Drain Stenciling events. Our summer 2024 internship is focused on supporting this work while gaining valuable nonprofit experience. 

Responsibilities of the Summer 2024 Intern may include:

  • Coordinating and leading Coastal Cleanups and Storm Drain Stenciling events with support from our Community Organizer and Volunteer Coordinator. 
  • Supporting our Water Reporter program, our flagship volunteer effort that encourages our community of volunteer Water Reporters to collect observational data, helping us to act as the eyes of Casco Bay. 
  • Help with various other community events including our Members Annual Meeting.

 

Friends of Casco Bay maintains careful stewardship of our volunteers and supporters, and our summer intern will take part in these efforts alongside our Community Organizer and other staff. The summer intern should enjoy working collaboratively  and independently.

Qualities we are looking for in Summer Community Engagement Internship candidates include:

  • Reliability
  • Organization skills
  • People skills as they will be representing Friends of Casco Bay to the public
  • Detail oriented 
  • Experience with spreadsheets preferred
  • Passionate about clean water and Casco Bay 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Leadership experience
  • Preference will be given to rising undergraduate juniors and seniors

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver’s license 
  • Must be vaccinated against Covid-19 
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds 

Application instructions – Deadline April 5, 2024

  • Fill out the form below
  • Documents required to apply
    • Cover letter expressing your interest in the internship and why you are a good fit
    • Resume
    • Phone and email for two references 

 

Friends of Casco Bay is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a racially-just, equitable, and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender identity, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status. Candidates from historically marginalized communities who are on the front lines of harm caused by environmental injustice are encouraged to apply and bring their lived and technical expertise.

If you are interested in an internship with Friends of Casco Bay, please fill out our internship application.