2021 Seasonal Field Assistant (Filled for the year)

Environmental Research and Wildlife Sanctuary Operations

The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit conservation and education organization located in Somesville, Maine, is seeking an upper level college student or graduate in wildlife/environmental studies who could perform a twelve-week seasonal position assisting sanctuary staff in a variety of environmental management duties and related projects for the sanctuary.

The following activities will be performed by the Field Assistant throughout the season:

  • MDI Loon Monitoring Project: weekly territory and nesting surveys with thorough documentation of observations; assist with volunteer and organizational coordination; assist with educational outreach; assist with management activities (information and closure signing); organizing and preparing information for reports.
  • Somesville Fishway Restoration Project: assist with data collection, public education, volunteer coordination, and stream passage maintenance.
  • Other Sanctuary Operations: courtesy boat inspections for aquatic invasive plants; water quality sampling; public education/program presentations; trail monitoring and maintenance; general building maintenance; office/clerical work; other operations & projects as assigned.

The field assistant must be able to work diligently with a minimum of supervision, demonstrate a high level of responsibility and social poise, have reliable transportation to get to various lakes on MDI, and be available during daylight hours (occasional evening work will be required). In addition, she/he should be a strong swimmer, and be very comfortable paddling a kayak on local lakes to complete data surveys.  Basic equipment needs will be provided.  A seasonal living stipend will be paid. Single occupancy housing may also be available at the Sanctuary Headquarters on MDI. Position is 12 weeks or longer depending on availability; beginning mid/late May (at least part-time).

To apply, send a cover letter that outlines your experience and interest, a resume, and three reference contacts to:

 Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary

P.O. Box 171, Mt. Desert, ME 04660

(Or send electronically to the e-mail address below)

 For more information, please contact:

Billy Helprin at (207) 460-9390 or e-mail at somesmeynell@gmail.com