Squam Conservation Internship

Environmental Camp Leaders for the Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA)

Recreation and Resource Assistant  (The public face of the SLA)

Camp Director for SLA Youth Programs (JSLA)

Sailing Instructor for the Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP)


2017 Squam Conservation Internship

For more information on the SCI program, or to submit an application click here. We are still accepting applications for the 2017 SCI Program, but applications received on or before March 6, 2017 will receive preference.

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.  This unpaid volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities.  Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction.

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Environmental Camp Leaders - Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) 

Application deadline: February 27, 2017 (and /or open until filled) - Four Positions Available

To apply click here!

Environmental Camp Leaders guide our Adventure Ecology Programs for campers in grades 3-12. The Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) Adventure Ecology Program focuses on nature, ecological research, recreational skills, and teambuilding activities.Environmental Camp Leaders develop, plan, and implement age-appropriate nature-based activities, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, nature games and crafts. Environmental Camp Leaders supervise the health and safety of campers and must have a strong sense of safety. Must be able to provide leadership for campers and Leaders in Training (LIT). Each session includes one to two off-site campouts on Wednesday / Thursday nights.


  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a clean driving record
  2. Have an interest and general knowledge of natural history and/or environmental education
  3. Working toward a bachelor’s in environmental studies, biology, education or related field
  4. Must have previous experience working with and enjoy being with children
  5. Experience creating fun environmental education learning opportunities. 
  6. Experience in  outdoor recreation activities (canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking) encompassing strong safety ethic
  7. Current certification in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid or an equivalent current certification is REQUIRED. 
  8. Pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) is required
  9. 2017 Dates to be Determined

Click here to apply for the Junior Squam Lakes Association Environmental Camp Leader

Contact Jenne Walker for additional information. 

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Recreation and Resource Assistant

The SLA is looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals for the SLA Resource Center Staff.  Duties of Resource Center Staff are varied changing day to day and hour to hour.  Below is a list of possible duties on any given day.

  1. Process boat rental reservations, liability waivers, and collect boat rental fees;
  2. Inspect and maintain rental craft and equipment;
  3. Instruct customers in rental craft orientation and basic instruction; ensuring safety practices are adhered to;
  4. Monitor the boat ramp inspecting watercraft entering and exiting the lake for invasive species (i.e. Variable Milfoil, Zebra Mussel), while informing/educating boaters about invasive species;
  5. Greet visitors and provide them with information regarding the Squam Lakes area, the SLA and SLA programs, while running the small onsite store, selling books, maps, and collect parking fees;
  6. Maintain the grounds and waterfront area of the Resource Center;
  7. Perform other miscellaneous tasks as required.  

The successful applicant will report directly to the Director of Recreation and support the needs of the Executive Director, SLA Board and Committees.   We are looking for three individuals (two full time and one part time). 


  1. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  2. Have a valid driver’s license
  3. Available to work weekends
  4. Have good communication skills
  5. Have a pleasant demeanor
  6. Ability to work with others as a part of a team
  7. Be a self-motivated individual capable of working on projects independently

Compensation is $9 per hour.

Hours:  Full time positions ~40 hours a week, Part-time position ~24 hours per week.

Dates: Memorial Day weekend-(5/26) - Labor Day Weekend-(9/5)   (These dates are flexible for the right candidate) (This positon is run 7 days a week until Labor Day when it becomes a weekend only position until Columbus Day)

Application open until postilion filled

Click here to apply for the Recreation and Resource Assistant

Contact Brett Durham for more information.

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Camp Director - Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA)

Application Deadline: February 27, 2017 (and /or open until filled) - One Position Available

To apply click here!

This position assist the Director of Education in all programmatic, safety, and administrative components of camp and educational programming. The Camp Director will supervise the daily operations of camp and directly supervise the overnight portion of the JSLA Program.  The Camp Director will assist in the administrative aspects of camp: oversee the health and safety of campers; communicate with parents; assist in the supervision of camp staff and high school aged volunteers; and help camp staff with program planning and substitute teach when needed. The  Camp Director will be the primary responsible staff member and is expected to participate in the overnight portion of the program scheduled for Thursday nights.


Qualifications: Applicant must be at least 25 years old and have at least three years of teaching experience in a camp or environmental education center setting. Must have knowledge of environmental education techniques and activities. Applicant must enjoy being with children in grades 3-9 and a desire to share outdoor experiences with them. Must have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain and be able to work both cooperatively and independently. Must be comfortable in a leadership role, have strong interpersonal skills, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude, a love of nature and have a willingness to learn. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, computer skills in areas such as word processing, spreadsheets, and a strong commitment to high quality customer service. Current certification in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid or an equivalent current certification is REQUIRED. Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) is required and provided by the SLA.

Schedule: To be determined

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Contact Jenne Walker for more information. 

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 Sailing Instructor - Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP) 

Application deadline : February 27, 2017 (and /or open until filled) 

To apply click here!


To encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long-term stewardship of the Squam Lakes Watershed by fostering educational and recreational opportunities. Safety, fun, learning and teamwork will be the overall reaching factor in the success of the program.


The Head Sailing Instructor is expected to provide sailing instruction that emphasizes safety, proper handling of equipment, skill development, and provides an enjoyable experience for all participants. In many cases, the sailing instructor will be first contact that the student has with the Squam Lakes Association. Instructors must be friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the SLA Resource Center. Instructors must be enthusiastic about the sport of sailing and seek to expose students to the fundamentals of sailing as well as the importance of the natural environment in which we sail and the basic leadership skills inherent in the sport of sailing. Instructors must demonstrate a commitment to working as a team, be supportive of the efforts of their fellow instructors and follow the SLA’s guidelines in accordance of appropriate attire including personal flotation devices. The Head Sailing Instructor will supervise and lead two Sailing Assistants.

Responsible to: Director of Education


1. Hold a current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification at a minimum.

2. Current Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED & Lifeguard certification required.

3. Must have a passion for watersports, the environment and working with kids.

4. Must have a positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude.

5. Must possess strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.

6. Must be 21 years old with a clean driving record


1. The sailing instructor must be able to teach safety, boat handling and sailing theory to children and adults who are beginning and intermediate sailors.

2. Must be able to develop and follow lesson plans that include dry land and on-the-water drills and inclement weather activities.

3. Must have empathy for the students and be able to adapt to their individual needs.

4. The instructor is responsible for sign in / sign out records for all campers, reporting all camper injuries and boat damage.

5. When scheduled, the sailing instructor will be required to host the Adult Summer Sailing Program on Wednesdays throughout the summer from 5-7:30pm.

6. Other duties include care and maintenance of boats and the facility including set up at the beginning of the season and preparing boats for storage at the end.

7. On occasion, the sailing instructor will be required to fulfill the duties of a Waterfront Coordinator as needed in coordination with the SLA Resource Center and Boat Rentals Staff. These duties include providing general and on-shore assistance to users and monitor users on the water and provide on-the-water assistance and/or rescue as situations dictate. He/She will also be required to perform administrative tasks such as collecting checks, cash and accepting credit card payments for drop in Wednesday Adult Summer Sailing  and performing additional duties as required by the Camp Director.

8. Maintains and cleans the docks, boats and grounds before and after class


To be determined:

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m (unless otherwise scheduled for Wednesday Drop in Sailing).

To apply click here!

Contact Jenne Walker for more information. 

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