Here’s a Downeast Dream Job!


Where was this job when I needed and wanted one? Downeast Lakes Land Trust is looking for an education and communications manager.


Imagine living and working around Grand Lake Stream in Washington County, fishing and hunting and – oh yea – communicating with people about what a wonderful place this is. A tough job, but someone has to do it!


According to Mark Berry, the Trust’s Executive Director, the Education and Communications Manager will create partnerships with local schools in addition to being in charge of print and online communications.


Interested? Who wouldn’t be! The complete job description and application instructions are available at


Downeast Lakes Land Trust recently was awarded a 3-year, $285,000 grant from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust to expand and develop its education and communications program. 


According to Berry, the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust is a private foundation established by Barbara “Bee” Wheatland upon her death in 2010.  Its mission is to assist organizations dedicated to the conservation and economic development of forestlands, timberlands, and other natural resources in the State of Maine, as well as related education, research, and other activities supporting the environmentally compatible use and preservation of these resources.                 


If you don’t already know it, Downeast Lakes Land Trust is one of the state’s most outstanding conservation organizations. The Trust owns and manages a 33,708-acre Community Forest, and is raising funds to acquire an adjacent 21,870-acre parcel. 


Its current education programs include a summer youth-focused “Explorations and Adventures” program on Tuesday mornings, and a year-round “History and Heritage” series of presentations, workshops, and classes. 


Local residents in Grand Lake Stream, Maine, with a slogan of “Forests and Lakes –For People – Forever, founded the Land Trust in 2001.  The Trust received Down East Magazine’s Environmental Award in 2006, was named a 2006 Landowner of the Year by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in 2007 became the first local land trust in Maine to earn Forest Stewardship Council Forest Management certification, and in 2011 received the Espy Land Heritage Award from Maine Coast Heritage Trust. 


“We’re thrilled that the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust is supporting this important work,” said Berry.  “Our volunteers have built a great program to help build connections between area residents and visitors and our natural resources.  This grant will allow us to add a new professional staff person and help these programs to thrive and expand.”  

Some lucky communicator will be thrilled to win this job!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.