The Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) is a nonprofit organization based in Bridgton, Maine focused on the protection of 41 nearby lakes and ponds and the watersheds that surround them. The organization is primarily membership supported and has 8 highly-motivated, year-round staff members who work both individually and as a team in a wide variety of project areas. The LEA’s focus is water quality protection with an emphasis on education, monitoring, invasive species control, and environmental policy. The LEA also runs the Maine Lake Science Center, which focuses on scalable lake and watershed research, community engagement, and stewardship of environmental systems.
The Planning and Conservation Manager is responsible for management of a diverse array of projects and programs including: Increasing landowner awareness of environmental issues that affect lakes, environmental review of development projects, public outreach and messaging, and lake advocacy.
This position includes the following functions:
Conservation and Restoration
· Developing and implementing strategies to protect and improve water quality, aquatic organism habitat, and stream and river connectivity.
· Reviewing development plans to ensure compliance with state and local zoning ordinances;
· Assisting landowners to navigate regulatory frameworks to install conservation measures
· Conducting site visits to determine restoration needs
· Updating and maintaining official Shoreland Zoning Maps and other regional conservation maps
· Working with municipalities and local officials to advance protections for water resources
· Monitoring and advocating for state legislation and rules to advance lake protections
· Engaging and partnering with volunteers, community members and other nonprofits to advance lake-friendly policies, programs, and laws
Media and Outreach
· Contributing articles and letters for internal and external publications
· Manage layout, design, and editing the LEA newsletter and other publications
· Creating and submitting advertising
· Contributing to the LEA website
· Bachelor’s in environmental science, engineering, or related field.
· Two or more years of experience or a graduate degree in a related environmental field
· Strong writing skills with ability to a create compelling argument or story
· Experienced and comfortable presenting in public
· Project and time management skills: willingness to take on multiple tasks simultaneously and produce high quality products and meet reporting deadlines
· Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment
· Proficient in MS Office (eg, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and experience with GIS mapping software
· Previous experience with publication design and layout
· Knowledge of local and state water quality regulations
· Flexibility and willingness to learn
Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer.
Compensation will be based on experience level
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
- Flexible Schedule
- Health Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Professional Development Assistance
- Retirement Plan
During COVID-19, we have allowed employees to work from home as much as possible. Our main offices have been closed to the public during the pandemic and employees are required to practice safe social distancing and/or use face masks when in the office.
- Bachelor's (Preferred)
- Bridgton, ME 04009 (Required)
- One location
Hours per week:
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This Company Describes Its Culture as:
- Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture
- People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused
- Monday to Friday
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