Wild Gardens of Acadia Intern

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Bar Harbor, ME


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Feb 1, 2021

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Friends of Acadia 2021 Wild Gardens of Acadia Intern

Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

Compensation and Hours: $15/hour, approximately 40 hours/week; 500 hours total


Friends of Acadia is accepting applications for the Wild Gardens of Acadia Intern for the 2021 summer season. Located at Sieur de Monts in Acadia National Park, the Wild Gardens of Acadia is an important park destination with thirteen habitats displaying native plants in habitats that are similar to what is found in the park. Habitats range from deciduous and coniferous woods to a beach, bog, pond, roadside, and mountain. A committee of volunteers, the Supervisory Gardener, and the Wild Gardens of Acadia Intern manage the Wild Gardens in partnership with the National Park Service and Friends of Acadia, which provides additional financial and administrative support.

Intern Duties:

1. Perform regular maintenance activities, such as weeding, watering, transplanting, pruning, raking paths, turning compost, and setting up informational materials.

2. Learn about the habitats in the Wild Gardens, the native plants therein, and the importance of conserving native plants.

3. Greet visitors to the Wild Gardens and answer their questions with patience and politeness. Respectfully inform visitors of COVID-safety guidelines and Wild Gardens’ policies (e.g., no pets allowed, no picnicking, etc.) if visitors are observed disobeying them.

4. Complete daily log of work activities. Record observations of visitor use and impacts; visitor comments, compliments, and complaints; and maintenance needs.

5. Work with the Supervisory Gardener and volunteers to plan and implement special events, such as garden tours.

6. Assist with preparation of educational materials, such as information for the Wild Gardens’ bulletin boards or new children’s activities.

7. Write an end-of season evaluation of work experience with FOA and ANP.

8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Excellent communication and people skills. Ability to follow through on directions. Willingness to work independently and take initiative. Knowledge of or willingness to learn about Acadia National Park, native plants, and gardening. Must be eager and capable of working hard at a physically and socially demanding job, which may involve lifting 50 pounds, bending, kneeling, raking, working in inclement weather (hot, cold, or wet), and attending to routine tasks. Reasonable accommodations will be made. Flexibility to adapt to quickly changing work demands and schedules and ability to be prepared for anything on any given day. Botany coursework helpful.

Requirements: Applicant must have appropriate personal footwear (closed-toe hiking shoes or boots) and raingear. Applicant will be provided with Wild Gardens uniform shirts, hat, fleece jacket, nametag, and personal protective equipment. Applicant must wear tidy, non-ripped clothing while working in the Gardens.

Period of Service:Start and end dates to be determined by candidate’s academic calendar; intern may work up to 500 hours total. Hours and Days off: to be arranged with Supervisory Gardener, but generally, the gardens should be covered by staff or volunteers during peak hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Intern will work no more than 40 hours per week. Compensation: $15.00/hr. Relocation and transportation stipend may be available by demonstrated need; please inquire with application. Pay period:Every two weeks. Housing: Not provided. Work Environment: Most of the work is performed outdoors and may involve moderate risks or discomfort.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Stephanie Clement at stephanie@friendsofacadia.org.

Application deadline: February 15, 2021

Email Stephanie Clement at stephanie@friendsofacadia.org if questions. Friends of Acadia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.friendsofacadia.org.

Friends of Acadia is an independent nonprofit organization, founded in 1986. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.