A variety of summer employment opportunities are available at Midcoast Conservancy. All of them involve a focus on water quality protection in the midcoast area, and include a significant amount of time spent outdoors and on the water.

The Youth Conservation Corps is a program that protects and improves water quality in the region by completing projects that reduce erosion and sources of polluted stormwater runoff using conservation practices. Projects may include planting vegetation buffers, stabilizing shoreline, installing runoff diverters, and landscaping to soak up or divert rain water.

The corps crews will consist of two team members and one crew leader. For crew members, rewards include training in water quality and erosion control issues, the satisfaction of providing a valuable service to the community, and an outdoor summer work experience. The crew position runs from June 26 to Aug. 18.

The crew leader position involves supervising and assisting two youth crew members in installation of landscaping and erosion control projects in the Damariscotta Lake and Sheepscot River watersheds.

The crew leader works directly with the director of water conservation for support in project planning and logistics, and designing site-specific erosion control plans based on landowner needs, budget, and within reason of crew abilities and acting as primary contact to landowners regarding site design, estimates, schedule, installation, progress, and follow-up. The job runs from May 15 to Aug. 18.

The Railsback Fellow position was designed to offer a diverse array of professional experiences within the field of land and water conservation to a promising young professional annually. The primary role is to assist the director of water conservation by managing current volunteer programs and supporting programs in the field.

The candidate will receive supervision opportunities and will be encouraged to pursue individual professional development. Primary responsibilities include supervising, organizing and supporting volunteers in invasive plant patrol, courtesy boat inspection, and water quality programs, and working with staff and Maine Department of Environmental Protection to conduct surveys for known infestations of hydrilla on Damariscotta Lake. The position is appropriate for a recent college graduate, and runs from June 5 to Aug. 25.

Application deadlines are March 13 for the crew leader, April 17 for crew members and March 20 for the Railsback Fellow.

For more information, visit www.midcoastconservancy.org, or call 389-5150.

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