Nurturing Tomorrow’s Stewards Through Seasonal Employment

Is there a better summer job for a young person than spending a season working in Acadia National Park helping to care for this amazing place and sharing its stories with the world?

Not from our perspective.

Friends of Acadia supports a variety of programs that offer job opportunities for teenagers through post graduate education, giving young people an opportunity to work directly with park staff for the betterment of Acadia, our natural resources and visitor safety.

From educating visitors on Leave No Trace Principles, to gathering important visitation statistics, to visually telling the stories of Acadia, these seasonal positions help the park in a myriad of ways, while also creating a pathway of employment for young adults.

By supporting these high-quality, partner-run internships, Friends of Acadia seeks to: Create life-long stewards of the environment, serve as a steppingstone for meaningful careers managing publics lands, and bring the youth perspective and voice to more of Acadia’s work.

Youth Conservation Corps

Employs 16 high school students and four Acadia National Park leaders for eight weeks each summer to help the Acadia National Park trail crew.

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Summit Stewards

A group of roving educators funding by Friends of Acadia who serve as important ambassadors in the field for Acadia National Park.

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Recreation Technicians

Friends of Acadia employs Recreations Technicians to assist park staff in efforts to understand visitor use data and trends.

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Youth Group Grants

Friends of Acadia partners to bring urban youth organizations to Acadia National Park.

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Join Us!

All of Friends of Acadia’s programs are supported by membership dollars from more than 4,500 members and donors worldwide, who love Acadia and want to help protect and care for it. If you are already a member—thank you! If are just learning about our mission and our impact for Acadia, click below to learn more about how you can help.