Grafton Pond Outreach/Stewardship Intern

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (The Forest Society) is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most successful state-based land conservation and forestry organizations. A full-time staff of 40 administers programs in land protection, conservation education, environmental advocacy, and sustainable forest resource management.  The Forest Society currently oversees the management of 174 properties totaling over 52,000 acres, located in 105 NH communities.


The Forest Society is currently seeking two part time (8-16 hrs/wk), temporary, 16-week summer interns to perform the following tasks.  This position works ONLY WEEKEND DAYS and HOLIDAYS from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.    


Job Responsibilities:

  • Welcome and educate boaters on weekend days and holidays.  Concepts to be conveyed may include packing out all trash; ban on gas powered motors, no camping, no campfires, and limitations on lead fishing tackle; keeping distance from nesting loons and loon families; preventing the spread of aquatic invasive weeds; Forest Society’s mission and Grafton Pond Reservation and other appropriate recreational uses of the pond.
  • Inspect boats (primarily kayaks and canoes) for the presence of hitchhiking invasive aquatic weeds.  Take samples if necessary to send to NH DES.
  •  Patrol pond islands and shoreline via canoe/kayak, cleaning up trash and debris, and interacting with visitors.
  • Perform light trail maintenance on trail to shoreline.
  • Attend training session on aquatic invasive weed identification.
  • Keep accurate records concerning visitor numbers, interactions, loon sightings, and boat surveys.
  • Communicate promptly with Forest Society staff or appropriate law enforcement personnel in the event of a serious incident or emergency.


Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Outgoing and friendly disposition; comfortable approaching and interacting with strangers
  • Good oral communication skills; ability to relay detailed information
  • Strong interest in lake ecology, or background in resource management or ecology
  • Self-motivated, responsible and able to work independently (interns will primarily work alone)
  • Available weekends and holidays during Summer 2014
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, vehicular insurance, and ability to travel to Grafton, NH for work.  Kayak or canoe is also a plus.
  • 18 years of age or older



  • Hourly Wages ($12/hr)
  • Workers Compensation Insurance


Application process:

Please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references, no later than April 10, 2014 to:


Carrie Deegan, Land Steward Program Specialist

Society for the Protection of NH Forests




No phone calls, please.


The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or physical or mental disabilities.

For more information about the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, go to

Concord, New Hampshire
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Carrie Deegan