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We are hiring: part-time Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant: a flexible, part-time position

Friends of Casco Bay is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant to join our team. The Administrative Assistant is a key support position for our organization. The Administrative Assistant ensures that our office is well-organized and supplied and assists our staff in administrative tasks, mailings, and events. This position is 20 hours per week and reports to the Executive Director. 

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.

The Administrative Assistant’s core work is to:

  • Track office supplies: keep lists of supplies and stationary needed, submit orders for review, place and receive orders, unpack and store appropriately
  • Provide support for our core organizational events, including our Members Annual Meeting, Film Fest for Casco Bay, and house parties. This includes preparing materials and supplies prior to events and helping out during them.
  • Support other staff in the office by receiving visitors and guests, answering phone calls, and preparing meeting areas for upcoming sessions
  • Helping with mailings, collating information packets, data entry, and other administrative duties
  • Assisting staff with the logistics of their workspace and troubleshooting tech issues.
  • Ensuring printers and copiers are stocked and are well-maintained. This includes troubleshooting and working with IT vendors and contacting other outside contractors when maintenance and repair issues arise
  • Maintaining files and logs concerning licenses, expiration dates, computer and other asset identifications and inventory. This includes rotating backups for the server.
  • Filing and storage of publication materials
  • Periodic program support, as necessary

Qualified candidates must 

  • Be well organized
  • Be comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Be comfortable answering the phone and welcoming guests 
  • Have competent knowledge of how to use a computer and cell phone and is willing to troubleshoot simple tech issues
  • Be competent in record-keeping
  • Be able to work independently and within a team environment
  • Be able to juggle several projects at once while meeting deadlines
  • Have the ability to and willingness to sometimes work outside of normal business hours as some of our public events happen in the evenings and on weekends (scheduling of these events occurs several months in advance of event)
  • Know when to ask for assistance and be willing to learn on the job

Qualified candidates might also demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in online organizational and communications tools, including professional use of email, word processing, and social media. Friends of Casco Bay uses Google Workspace, Slack, Microsoft products, Zoom, Adobe Design products, and Blackbaud products and will train the right candidate in use of these tools. 
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds
  • Dedication to our mission

The hiring process will include the following steps:

  1. A rolling application period. Candidates will be assessed as we receive their applications. Please note the application requirements below.
  2. Application review: Friends of Casco Bay staff will review applications based on the criteria above and invite qualified applicants for an initial interview.
  3. First interviews: Select applicants will be invited to a phone or zoom interview with two members of our team. Candidates are welcome to ask questions during the interview.
  4. Second interviews: A subset of applicants will be invited to a second interview, which may be in person or may be on zoom. This interview will happen in two stages. The first stage will be with two members of the team. The second stage will be with our entire team. Candidates are encouraged to continue asking questions. We will ask candidates to bring contact information for three references to the second interview.
  5. Reference check: We will check experience, character, and qualifications.
  6. Final selection: We may reach out for a final discussion with our top candidates or make a selection at this time.

Salary:
The Administrative Assistant will earn $20-$25 an hour, commensurate with experience. We will work with the right candidate to make the 20 hours a week work for them and for us. As a part-time employee, the Administrative Assistant will accrue one hour of earned paid leave for every 40 hours worked; these may be used for any reason such as emergency, illness, planned vacation, etc.

 

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. We encourage all staff to take advantage of professional development opportunities. There is room for advancement and leadership opportunities. 

Location and public health expectations
Friends of Casco Bay is located in Portland, Maine. By its nature, this position requires showing up in person and working with staff and volunteers in our office. The Portland area offers a vibrant cultural scene and easy access to the state’s many recreational opportunities. 100% of our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and we expect our newest employee to be too. 

Start date
As soon as possible upon job offer.

To apply:

Applications must send a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to searchcommittee [at] cascobay [dot] org. The cover letter should clearly state why you are interested in the position and what qualities, experiences, and skills you would bring to the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by June 15, 2024. No phone calls, please.

We are home to the Casco Baykeeper

Baykeeping is our mission put into practice: acting to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Our Baykeeping Program exists to advocate for solutions to environmental challenges facing the Bay.

About Casco Bay

Casco Bay encompasses 14 coastal communities, including two of Maine’s largest cities, Portland and South Portland, and two of Maine’s newest towns, Long Island and Chebeague Island. Casco Bay is both a working waterfront—a port of call for cruise ships, oil tankers, and container ships—and a scenic postcard of historic forts, stalwart lighthouses, secluded anchorages, and many islands.

30 Years of Friends of Casco Bay

This timeline highlights our biggest victories as well as some of the most significant moments of Friends of Casco Bay’s history over the past three decades.

Friends of Casco Bay's new offices at the Portland Star Match building

After 30+ years, we’re moving our office!

It’s an exciting moment for us as we announce that Friends of Casco Bay is moving. After more than 30 years of residence at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in South Portland, we are packing up and saying goodbye to the campus. Soon, on March 20, movers will cart our charts, science equipment, computers, and more to our new office on West Commercial Street in Portland. 

Read more

Welcome Meghan Vigeant, our new Communications Coordinator

We are delighted to welcome Meghan Vigeant aboard as our new Communications Coordinator!

Meghan Vigeant, Friends of Casco Bay's Communications Coordinator
Meghan Vigeant, Friends of Casco Bay’s Communications Coordinator. Credit: Jackie Stratton

Meghan comes to the Friends of Casco Bay as an experienced writer, journalist, documentarian, and oral historian. Most recently, she taught creative writing with the Telling Room, an organization that empowers youth through writing and sharing their voices with the world.

“I wanted to lend my storytelling and writing skills to a Maine-based environmental organization,” Meghan says, “and what could be better than one focused on the waters of Casco Bay.” In her freelance journalism work, she has focused on sustainability and the environment, while her pet project at the Telling Room was a series of climate stories workshops in collaboration with Maine Climate Action Now. “I’ve been a nature girl since my summer camp days on the shores of Lake Huron—catching water striders in the creek, paddling Michigan’s meandering rivers, exploring caves on the shores of the Georgian Bay. I’m thrilled to now be writing and working on behalf of the waterways of Casco Bay.”

Executive Director Will Everitt shares, “We look forward to all of our Friends meeting Meghan at our events this year. She’ll probably be the one behind the camera and carrying a microphone to interview you. She brings a documentary storytelling approach to our work along with strong writing skills.”

Meghan is the author of Guts, Feathers, and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island, Maine, which was written for the Swan’s Island Historical Society and published by Island Institute. Meghan holds an MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine, and is also a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Meghan is interested in telling stories that offer hope. “The realities of pollution and climate change are harsh and need to be heard, but I’m a big proponent of giving folks reasons to believe they can be part of the solution. It’s something I taught my students — people often tune out the doom and gloom stories,” she reflects. “The good news is that Friends of Casco Bay really is a beacon of hope because they’re gathering the data, advocating for better laws and practices, and getting the community involved in caring for this place we love. Just two weeks in, and I’m already learning so much, from the importance of eelgrass to the presence of PFAS in the Bay to the trouble with stormwater. I’m truly in awe of my coworkers and the amazing work they do. I’m excited to be on the team.”

Fun facts: In the back of her car, Meghan always keeps a bathing suit, hiking poles, and running shoes — just in case adventure calls. She loves dancing and her superpower is whistling to periwinkles to lure them out of their shell.

Our Top 10 Moments of 2023

As this year comes to an end, let’s reflect and celebrate the many ways that we worked together to protect the health of Casco Bay in 2023. Here are our top ten stories of the year:

1) We won a four-year moratorium on new sources of pollution into the lower Presumpscot River. The moratorium prevents the permitting of new industrial or wastewater discharges into the river near where it empties into Casco Bay. As the Presumpscot drains two-thirds of the Casco Bay watershed, this was a big win for our waters. Portland Press Herald wrote an in-depth story on this effort. Our lead advocate, Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca won the Chief Poulin Award for her work on the moratorium. Ivy is shown here receiving the award from Friends of the Presumpscot River board member, Will Plumley.

2) More than 100 of our volunteer Water Reporters deepened their knowledge about Casco Bay. Volunteer Water Reporters attended a wide array of meet-ups and trainings all around the Bay this year. Water Reporters spent time with experts and heard the most up-to-date information about living shorelines, marsh restoration, invasive species, and stormwater pollution.

3) The “Sensor Squad” is moving science forward for Casco Bay and all of Maine’s coastal waters. Good decisions are made using good data. Led, in part, by our Staff Scientist Mike Doan, the Sensor Squad is working to ensure we are using the most accurate climate change and acidification techniques and protocols we can. This work is a part of Maine Ocean Climate Collaborative, a coalition of scientists and marine organizations from the University of New Hampshire to the border of Maine and Canada working to improve climate change data collection. Friends of Casco Bay helps to lead the Collaborative.

4) Passamaquoddy Language Keeper Dwayne Tomah was the featured speaker at our Members Annual Meeting in August. He shared the Passamaquoddy word for ceremony, “olotahkewakon,” noting that our gathering was a ceremony for our mother earth. Dwayne’s refrain throughout the evening was “We are all in this together.” Watch the inspiring talk here.

5) We maintained the strength of the permit that regulates stormwater pollution from large urban communities. You may remember that we celebrated this stricter permit as our top story of 2022. Stormwater is one of the largest sources of pollution into Casco Bay. Since the permit that regulates urban stormwater went into effect in July 2022, we have been working to ensure that it is properly implemented. In November, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection agreed with us that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection must ensure that towns covered by the permit implement low-impact development ordinances that include nine strategies designed to reduce stormwater pollution from new construction and redevelopment.

6) The City of South Portland launched 100 Resilient Yards, providing a grassroots way to bring best practices in yard care directly to neighborhoods around the city. Residents and businesses who took part in the program were given technical and physical assistance to build healthy soils that protect Casco Bay. Experts and volunteers helped residents build rain gardens, grow pollinator gardens, and more. We hope other towns around the Bay look at this program as a model!

7) We organized 15 fun coastal cleanups, including one with the surf rock band Easy Honey and one with the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. These cleanups gave community members a hands-on way to make a direct difference in the health of our waters by preventing waste and litter from being washed into the Bay.

8) We hired Community Organizer and Volunteer Coordinator Sara Freshley! Over the past 10 months, Sara has become an integral part of our team. She’s helped deepen the knowledge of our Water Reporters, organized storm drain stenciling and coastal cleanups, and worked to expand our outreach efforts.

Pile of expired flares9) We helped organize an expired flare collection event in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Casco Bay and the Maine State Fire Marshall. The event was a great success, collecting 1,945 expired marine flares. Marine flares are pyrotechnic devices that boaters can use as a distress signal in emergencies. They burn at high temperatures, posing a serious fire hazard for long-term storage. Flares also contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate water and soil. Due to these hazardous qualities, it is illegal to throw flares in the trash, and ill-advised to store them at home.

Scenic Category Winner 1st Place, Student Category Winner, Best of Show, by Ava McKinley

10) We got in touch with our artistic side! Our online event, Water as Inspiration, brought together three regional artists to draw the connections between creativity, the environment, and climate change. We had dozens of submissions to “Frame the Bay,” our first-ever photo contest at our Members Annual Meeting. And we shared the stage with filmmaker Maximillian Armstrong at our Film Fest for Casco Bay.

As YOU know, Casco Bay is an inspiration! Thank you for helping us protect this amazing place and for being a Friend of Casco Bay.

Ever-Changing Casco Bay

Casco Bay is everchanging. The Bay changes with each tide, each day, and each season. And now, because of climate change, our coastal waters are transforming in different ways and faster than we thought possible.

At our EverChanging Casco Bay event on November 28, Staff Scientist Mike Doan dove into the data we use to track the health of the Bay. Community Organizer and Volunteer Coordinator Sara Freshley shared observational data our volunteer Water Reporters posted over the course of the summer. Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca discussed how these scientific and observational data are helping to move the needle for a cleaner, more protected Casco Bay.

 

If you missed the event or want to rewatch it, click here. If you don’t have time to watch the whole event, you can click here to hear Mike delve into the datahere for Sara talking about Water Reporters, and here to listen to Ivy describe the big picture.

More than 60 Friends attended the event along with members of the media. The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday TelegramMaine PublicBangor Daily News, and WGME covered the event and the issues we discussed.

Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca Receives Chief Poulin Award

In November 2023, Friends of the Presumpscot River (FOPR) gave our lead advocate, Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, the Chief Poulin Award, at their annual Three Sisters Dinner. Ivy was given the award for her work to bring together Bay lovers, river advocates, and legislators to pass a four-year moratorium on new discharges into the Presumpscot River, near where the river empties into Casco Bay. This legislation was a big win for the Bay and for the Presumpscot. Congratulations, Ivy! Friends of Casco Bay is proud to have FOPR as a partner in the watershed.

How we are moving science forward

Sensor Squad Moves Science Forward

We rely on scientific data on the health of Casco Bay to inform our advocacy and stewardship efforts.

Good decisions are made using good data. That’s the idea behind the Maine Ocean Climate Collaborative.

“The Collaborative is made up of some of the best saltwater scientists in Maine,” says Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca. “By sharing research and knowledge of climate change science, water quality monitoring issues, and ocean climate policies, we can better protect all of our coastal waters.”

Ivy coordinates the Collaborative, which includes Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, Bowdoin College, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Downeast Institute, Friends of Casco Bay, Governor’s Office of Policy, Innovation, and the Future, Island Institute, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Department of Marine Resources, University of New Hampshire’s Ocean Processes Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), and Wells  National Estuarine Research Reserve (Wells Reserve).

Staff Scientist Mike Doan (left photo) and Science and Advocacy Associate Heather Kenyon (right photo) are working with colleagues up and down Maine’s coast to improve our collective knowledge of how acidification and climate change may be affecting our waters.

A key part of the Collaborative’s current work is to develop a report of recommended equipment, sampling techniques, and quality assurance protocols to serve as a guide for researchers, agencies, and institutions up and down Maine’s coast to better monitor climate change and acidification. For this effort, Friends of Casco Bay Staff Scientist Mike Doan is working closely with colleagues from OPAL and Wells Reserve.

“We call ourselves the ‘Sensor Squad,’” says Mike. “Staff from Wells Reserve and Friends of Casco Bay are testing equipment and protocols in real-world conditions and comparing our data to OPAL’s gold standard. The goal is to ensure we are getting the most accurate climate change and acidification data we can. As the science evolves, we have to evolve, too.”

While the “Sensor Squad” may not look like superheroes, by working together, the scientists are helping improve Maine’s understanding of climate change.

“While our mission is all about Casco Bay, we recognize that climate change doesn’t stop at the watershed’s border,” says Executive Director Will Everitt. “The State of Maine can use our work as a model for what a statewide monitoring program can look like. When state agencies who are tasked with managing and protecting our marine ecosystems have better data, ultimately that helps Casco Bay and all of our coastal waters.”

 

The work of the “Sensor Squad” is supported by generous grants from Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, donor-advised funds at the Maine Community Foundation, and by Friends of Casco Bay’s members. 

Friends of Casco Bay’s Statement on Environmental Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Friends of Casco Bay’s mission is to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. We take a holistic view of this work. The health of the Bay and the health of the communities that live here are intimately connected and interdependent upon each other.

The greatest threats to the health of Casco Bay are climate change and pollution, which are caused by human activity. We recognize that vulnerable and marginalized populations are disproportionately experiencing the brunt of pollution and the effects of climate change. These environmental injustices are linked to inequities and uneven power structures in our society, including structural, systemic, and institutional racism. Those affected include, but are not limited to, indigenous communities, people of color, people living in poverty, women, children, the LGBTQI community, and the elderly.

Friends of Casco Bay’s efforts to address the causes and consequences of climate change and pollution in the Bay must consider these inequities and factor them into how we act to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay and its watershed. Therefore, we endeavor to achieve environmental justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion as strategic imperatives.* We are committed to these principles and are working to implement them through the following actions:

1. Advocating for laws, policies, and practices that recognize environmental justice and inclusion, including working toward fair access to resources and to clean waters. We oppose efforts that deny these rights. We stand in solidarity with those who are leading the call for environmental justice and accountability.

2. Identifying and implementing actions with the goal of diversifying our board, staff, contractors, volunteers, collaborators, members, and supporters. Just as biodiversity is a sign of a healthy ecosystem, a diverse community with a shared passion for a healthy Bay is a sign of a healthy organization.

3. Assessing our approach to our communications, member activities, and community outreach with regard to environmental justice. We are working to become more inclusive.

4. Building relationships with new partners and communities as we work to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay. We will strive to engage, listen to, learn from, and work with underserved and underrepresented people in the Casco Bay watershed. What we learn may inform how and where we work to improve and protect water quality in the Casco Bay watershed.

5. Reviewing our current governance structure, decision-making processes, and organizational policies and changing them in ways that will support our efforts toward environmental justice.

6. Continuing to train and learn as we work to act in ways that support environmental justice.

We will evaluate these efforts periodically and keep the watershed community updated. While we acknowledge that these actions will take time and effort to develop, implement, and achieve, we understand they are necessary to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.

*In April 2023, the Board of Directors of Friends of Casco Bay recognized the following definitions:

Environmental justice is an equitable, safe, healthy, productive, and sustainable environment for those underserved populations who have disproportionately experienced the historic brunt of air and water pollution and the ensuing negative consequences of climate change.

Diversity is a broad demographic mix (including race, age, gender, sexual orientation, income, ethnicity, cultural background, and geography), within a group or organization, which reflects the makeup of the communities it serves.

Equity is fair access to resources and opportunities that will help ensure environmental justice for underserved and underrepresented populations.

Inclusion is the active, intentional, and continuous effort and process of creating opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations to be heard and participate in the decision-making that affects their environmental well-being.

A Ceremony for Casco Bay and Mother Earth

Olotahkewakon.”

As more than 115 Friends of the Bay heard at We Are Water — Friends of Casco Bay’s Members Annual Meeting, “olotahkewakon” is the Passamaquoddy word for “ceremony.” Passamaquoddy Language Keeper Dwayne Tomah shared this word in his tribe’s native tongue noting that all of us coming together was a ceremony for our mother earth.

The tribes in Maine were the original stewards of this land and of Casco Bay, beginning more than 12,000 years ago, and today, although there are no official tribal lands on the shores of Casco Bay, Wabanaki people still live within the watershed. Passamaquoddy means “the people who spear pollock.” An important part of Passamaquoddy culture is protecting our air, land, and waters. It is in partnership to those values that we remain honored to have hosted Dwayne, who lives Downeast on Passamaquoddy Bay, as our featured speaker at the event. 

Dwayne’s refrain throughout the evening was “We are all in this together.” The Annual Meeting was attended by local residents, dozens of our volunteers, current and former State Representatives from towns around Casco Bay, federal officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, staff from Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and colleagues from partner organizations, all of whom are working together to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay. As Dwayne said, “We are all in the same canoe, we just didn’t know it.” 

You can listen to Dwayne talk by clicking play on the video below. As caveat, due to the tent we were under and the setting sun, the video quality is low, but we hope you find Dwayne’s talk as inspiring as we did. 

Passamaquoddy Language Keeper Dwayne Tomah

Until recently, Dwayne was the youngest fluent speaker of the Passamaquoddy language. He has dedicated his life to teaching Passamaquoddy language and culture to tribal members. As the Passamaquoddy Language Keeper, Dwayne has been an ambassador, using native words to teach others about his people’s culture while helping us all connect, heal, and learn together. 

His efforts have been vital to keeping the Passamaquoddy language alive. Beginning in the 1600s, European colonizers began taking tribal lands and attempted to extinguish tribal cultures. In the 1800s, Federal policies forced tribes to assimilate into white, christian culture by requiring children be taken from their community and put into boarding schools, among many other egregious acts. Through this process, much of the Passamaquoddy language was lost. 

However, in 1890, the heart of this forced assimilation era, many Passamaquoddy tribal members recorded stories, songs, facts, and conversations on wax cylinders borrowed from Thomas Edison. This was the first field recording of people telling stories and singing ever! 

Although these wax cylinders were owned by the Harvard Peabody museum, they were returned to the tribes in 1980. Dwayne Tomah and others have spent hours meticulously listening to and learning from these recordings, which has resulted in revived energy and pride in Passamaquoddy culture and sovereignty. As one tribal member stated about this project, “it isn’t just language preservation or cultural preservation, it’s people preservation.” Dwayne has been at the heart of this preservation effort.

Frame the Bay

At the Annual Meeting, we announced the winners of “Frame the Bay,” our inaugural photo contest. More than 60 photos were submitted to the contest, which asked Friends to share their favorite photos taken of, near, or on Casco Bay. Participants could submit up to five photos. The judges included internationally recognized sports photographer Kevin Morris, Lindsay Heald, a visual artist, photographer, and producer from Maine, and Board President Sandy Marsters, who has a background in photojournalism.

Scenic Category Winner 1st Place, Student Category Winner, Best of Show wooden posts: Portland Maine, April 2023 by Ava McKinley
Scenic Category 2nd Place Photographer: Timothy R. Brokaw
Scenic Category 3rd Place Photographer: John Bald
Working Waterfront Category Winner 1st Place Photographer: Glenn Michaels
Working Waterfront Category 2nd Place Photographer: Glenn Michaels
Working Waterfront Category 3rd Place Photographer: Adam Mistler
Wildlife Category Winner 1st Place Photographer: Stephen Hobson
Wildlife Category 2nd Place Photographer: Stacey Keefer
Wildlife Category 3rd Place Photographer: Stacey Keefer
Recreation Category Winner 1st Place Photographer: Heidi Holloway
Recreation Category 2nd Place Photographer: Glenn Michaels
Recreation Category 3rd Place Photographer: Bill Brokaw

Our winners in the recreation category were:
First Place: Heidi Holloway
Second Place: Glenn Michaels
Third Place: Bill Brokaw

Our winners in the wildlife category were:
First place: Stephen Hobson
Second Place: Stacey Keefer
Third Place: Stacey Keefer

Our winners in the Working Waterfront category were:
First Place: Glenn Michaels
Second Place: Glenn Michaels
Third place: Adam Mistler

Our winners in the scenic category were:
First place: Ava McKinley
Second Place: Timothy R. Brokaw
Third Place: John Bald

Ava was also our first place student photographer winner and her scenic photo won Best in Show. 

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Casco Bay Award Winner Honorable Jay McCreight

As the State Representative for Harpswell for eight years, Joyce “Jay” McCreight has gone above and beyond for Casco Bay. Executive Director Will Everitt presented her with our Casco Bay Award. As he shared, “Over the course of her legislative career, Jay has been a true Clean Water Hero.” Her achievements include:

  • Passing a bill to set up a process for the disposal of expired marine flares. All seagoing boats are required to have flares in the case of an emergency. These flares expire, remain a fire hazard, and contain toxic chemicals. Until Jay worked on this issue, there has been no safe, ecological, or cost effective way for fishermen and boat owners to dispose of marine flares.
  • Ensuring that the state budget included funds to map eelgrass, a vital habitat known as “the nursery of the sea.”
  • Hosting a forum on water quality in Casco Bay that helped shape recommendations for the Maine Climate Council. 
  • Convening conversations about aquaculture siting.
  • Working hard for fishing families by sponsoring a bill to allow an immediate family member of a lobsterman to fish with their license if the licensee has a serious illness or injury. She introduced this bill after hearing from a lobsterman with cancer who needed his son to keep hauling his traps while he went through treatment.

After eight dauntless years and four rounds of being elected to the statehouse, she was term limited but Jay’s clean water work continues. Jay now serves on Harpswell’s Resiliency and Sustainability Committee and she remains tireless in continuing to help get the flares disposal bill implemented.

Down to Business

Our We Are Water event began with the official business of our Members Annual Meeting. As they looked out at Casco Bay from Spring Point in South Portland, Friends of Casco Bay members unanimously voted Mark Green and Steve Bushey to their second terms on the Board of Directors. We are proud to have their wisdom, experience, and dedication, all in service to our mission to improve and protect the health of the waters we all love. 

We Are Water: Friends of Casco Bay Members Annual Meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Spring Point Field, Southern Maine Community College
50 Lighthouse Circle, South Portland, Maine

Friends of Casco Bay invites you to celebrate the Bay we all love! Join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the company of Friends who, like you, care about clean water. At the event we will: 

  • Hear Passamaquoddy Language Keeper Dwayne Tomah talk about the importance of working together for cleaner waters and a better world
  • Share a special update on the health of the Bay from Executive Director Will Everitt
  • Announce the winners of the Casco Bay photo contest
  • Celebrate clean water heroes for Casco Bay 

Bring a friend! Let’s connect!

$25 suggested donation is appreciated, not required. Event includes hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.


Directions: From I-295, Take the Forest Avenue South exit (6A). Follow Route 77 (State Street) across the Casco Bay Bridge into South Portland. As you come over the bridge, continue straight. You are on Broadway. Stay on Broadway for approximately 1 mile, until it ends. At the stop sign, turn right onto Pickett Street. At the stop sign, turn left onto Fort Road and take it to the end. Look for Friends of Casco Bay signs.

Thank you to Southern Maine Community College for hosting us.

Announcing: Frame the Bay
The Casco Bay photo contest 

Submissions have closed for Frame the Bay.

Winners in five photo categories – scenic, recreation, wildlife, working waterfront, and student photographer – will be announced at We Are Water! Click here to learn more

Materials for the Annual Meeting portion of the event

2022 Annual Meeting Minutes, Friends of Casco Bay

Friends of Casco Bay 2022 Annual Report to the Community

Board of Directors Elections

New directors are elected by the Board during the year and ratified by the membership at each Members Annual Meeting. Directors serve three-year terms, and they are limited to three consecutive terms. The following board members will be voted on as a slate at the meeting:

For their third three-year term: Board President Sandy Marsters, Sebastian Milardo