YCC crew Gabi Cooper, Brianna Smith and Eli Barter
YCC crew Gabi Cooper, Brianna Smith and Eli Barter
Applications are being accepted for several summer employment opportunities with Midcoast Conservancy. All of them focus on protecting water quality in the midcoast and include significant time outdoors and on the water.

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program helps protect and improve local water quality with projects to reduce erosion and polluted stormwater runoff in the Damariscotta Lake and Sheepscot River watersheds. Teams of two supervised by a crew leader perform tasks like planting vegetation buffers and stabilizing shoreline.

YCC crew leaders work directly with the Director of Water Conservation on project planning and logistics, designing erosion control plans that fit landowner needs, budget and crew abilities, and acting as the primary contact with landowners. The job runs from May 15 to August 18. Application deadline is March 13.

YCC crew members learn about water quality and erosion control and provide a valuable service to the community while on an outdoor summer work experience. Crew member positions run from June 26 to August 18, and application deadline is April 17.

 The Railsback Fellow position annually offers to a promising young professional an array of professional experiences in land and water conservation. The position is appropriate for a recent college graduate. A Fellow’s primary role is to asssist the Director of Water Conservation by supervising volunteers in the Invasive Plant Patrol, Courtesy Boat Inspection and Water Quality programs, and working with staff and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to conduct surveys for known infestations of hydrilla on Damariscotta Lake. The position runs from June 5 to August 25. Application deadline is March 20. 

Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBIs) are the first line of defense against invasive aquatic species spreading from lake to lake by being carried on boats, trailers and other equipment. Paid, part-time CBIs will work weekends at boat launches on Damariscotta Lake, speaking with boaters and conducting inspections of watercraft as they are launched and hauled out. This is a part-time position, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend; applicants must be available on weekends and holidays. CBI applications are due by April 24. 

For more information, go to http://www.midcoastconservancy.org/join/job-openings or call 389-5150.