The Search for the Next Baykeeper Begins…with Reflection

Posted on Apr 6, 2015


The kudos continued well past Joe’s retirement party. On March 12, the Maine Legislature honored Joe in the Senate chamber, as Kim Payne, Keeper of the Keeper, Emeritus, looked on.

On January 21, 2015, more than 230 friends said good bye to Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper, and toasted him as Casco Baykeeper, Emeritus. Joe was presented with numerous awards, including citations from the US Coast Guard, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and the EPA (in the form of a poem). He was even given the Key to the City of Portland!

Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell said, “Joe was the first employee of Friends of Casco Bay when he was hired in 1991, and he shaped the role of Casco Baykeeper. There is no ‘replacing Joe’ or ‘filling his shoes,’ but we now have a unique opportunity as an organization to pause and assess how best to move forward.”  We are engaging in a series of organization-wide conversations to define the tasks, responsibilities, and approaches that best serve the Bay and complement the existing staff of the organization, now eight full-time employees in addition to the Baykeeper position. You can read Cathy’s Update on Our Casco Baykeeper Transition.

Are you interested? Sometime in the late Spring, the Baykeeper job description will be posted on our website and emailed to our contacts. If you are interested in the position, please send your email address to keeper [at] cascobay [dot] org, and you will receive notice when the job is posted.