Tin Mountain strives to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment in which to learn about and explore the natural world.  Our doors and our lands are open and available to everyone who wants to participate.   Tin Mountain Conservation Center staff, board of trustees, and members are united in our passion for environmental conservation, education, and research as well as our mutual trust and respect for each other and the world in which we live. 

Tin Mountain is currently hiring for a part-time naturalist and 3 seasonal internship positions:

Part Time Naturalist:

Tin Mountain is seeking a Part-Time Teacher/Naturalist for the winter/spring of 2021 with possible extension for Summer 2021.  This position is classified as a temporary/hourly staff member with the possibility of growing into year round/full-time. Initial workload up to 20 hours per week Monday-Friday as scheduled, with potential for extra hours depending on programmatic needs.

Summary: Reports to, and works closely with the Education Director and HS Programs Manager to develop, prepare, and execute high quality environmental education programs for our increasing demand of school programs serving students K-12.  Emphasis will be in middle school programming.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement grade appropriate standards-based lessons for elementary and middle school students in the classroom and outdoors.
  • Represent TMCC’s organizational mission when interacting with the public and school groups.
  • Assist HS Program Manager and Education Director with program logistics and preparation, including pre-visit communication, development of props and materials, facility maintenance, and curriculum development.
  • Prepare and maintain school program curriculum materials and teaching supplies.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, environmental education, or related field. At least 1 year experience in environmental education/outdoor education, preferably at the middle school level.
  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and travel over uneven terrain.
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Valid Driver’s license and personal transportation.
  • Criminal History background checks will be required.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, send a resume with references to pdemers@tinmountain.com by Thursday, January 28.

 

Avian Ecology Internship

We are seeking an Avian Ecology Intern for a 3 month summer 2021 field season, with the possibility of extending the position to a full year depending on job performance and logistics. The Avian Ecology Intern will contribute to Tin Mountain’s 10+ years of avian research by conducting point counts on two of Tin Mountain’s sanctuaries, resighting previously banded species, assisting with songbird banding activities, and collecting forest habitat data to monitor the efficacy of forest management. The long-term breeding bird survey was initiated in 2007 to inventory all species using Tin Mountain’s Rockwell Sanctuary and Bear Paw Timberlands during May-July while also training young professionals in habitat protection. Weekly visits to 70 permanent point count locations generate information about population trends that only long-term studies can provide. The Avian Ecology Intern will also assist with breeding bird banding activities and will learn proper net extraction and banding techniques for forest-breeding songbirds. The intern will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results. The ecological monitoring of timberlands is part of Tin Mountain’s sustainability policy for managing its 1,200 acres of timberlands in Conway. The intern will sample vegetation at the point count stations in order to and compare breeding bird diversity response to timber harvest of differing ages.

The avian ecology internship will begin mid-May and run through mid-to-late August, with the possibility of extending the internship to a full year ending in May 2022 pending satisfactory job performance and availability. Compensation is $1,000/month. Shared housing is provided. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all staff and interns.

Qualified applicants will have:

  • An interest in avian ecology and forest management
  • Experience identifying northern New England bird species by sight and sound
  • A familiarity with or willingness to learn proper mist-netting and banding techniques
  • Data collection, organization, and management skills
  • Ability to work well in groups as well as independently in the field
  • Ability to work in challenging field conditions including hot summer weather, insects, and early mornings
  • Ability to navigate and hike through rough forested terrain
  • A willingness to contribute to reports and pursue independent research projects
  • Experience with GPS and mapping software such as ArcMap preferred but not required

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter, including dates of availability, to Katy Lewis (klewis@tinmountain.org). Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

 

Brook Trout Ecology and Stream Restoration Interns (2)

We are seeking two Brook Trout Ecology and Stream Restoration Interns for a 3 month summer field season in 2021. Tin Mountain’s Brook Trout program involves researching the influence of adding large woody material to first and second-order forested streams. Tin Mountain has been conducting stream restoration activities throughout the Mount Washington Valley since 2010. Interns will collect baseline information on study streams prior to treatment with large wood additions, as well as conduct post-treatment assessments on previously treated sites. Interns will be responsible for collecting data pertaining to instream habitat measurements, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification, and electro-fishing. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with coarse wood placements in mid-late August, depending on stream conditions.

This project involves strenuous work as well as extensive data collections on physical and biological attributes of streams, water chemistry, and fish populations. The interns will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results.

The trout ecology internships will begin mid-May and run through mid-to-late August. Compensation is $1,000/month. Shared housing is provided. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all staff and interns.

Qualified applicants will have:

  • An interest in brook trout ecology and freshwater stream restoration
  • Experience identifying northern New England benthic macroinvertebrate species preferred but not required
  • Ability to use a dichotomous key to identify benthic macroinvertebrate species
  • Data collection, organization, and management skills
  • Ability to work well in groups as well as independently in the field
  • Ability to work in challenging field conditions including hot summer weather, insects, and long days in the field
  • Ability to navigate and hike through rough forested terrain
  • A willingness to contribute to reports and pursue independent research projects
  • Experience with GPS and mapping software such as ArcMap preferred but not required

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter, including dates of availability, to Katy Lewis (klewis@tinmountain.org). Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

 

While not currently posted, Tin Mountain seasonally hires for the following positions. Pleas check back if interested.

Summer Camp Counselors

Tin Mountain’s Summer Camps use a combination of Science, Adventure, and Fun to support the organization’s mission. Each day combines lessons within the environmental sciences with hikes, exploration, and silly games. Summer Day Camp Instructors are responsible for the daily functions of one of the day camps in Albany, Jackson, Tamworth, or Fryeburg. Day camps are for children ages 4 to 12 years old.

 

Junior Counselors

Gain experience working with children in the out of doors. Duties include assisting with small group activities, explorations, nature crafts, and games. Experience working with children preferred.  Jr. Counselors must have an interest in natural history.

For Summer Camp positions, contact Camp Director Phaedra Demers at Pdemers@tinmountain.org.

 

Intern Program

Interns are an integral part of the staff and participate in all aspects of the center’s operation and have an opportunity to work with all ages, and with a variety of groups, including schools and the general public. Interns are involved in general Nature Center operations including weekend festivals and events, curriculum and program development, and writing articles for the newsletter. Tin Mountain’s best interns have a strong desire to teach and share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world. A background in education or the natural sciences is helpful but not necessary.

Learn more about our ongoing projects on our Research & Studies page.