Jobs At Herring Gut

Herring Gut Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, political affiliation, age, or religious beliefs in the administration of its programs.

Available Positions

Executive Director

Herring Gut Learning Center is an established, innovative, highly respected, not-for-profit experiential-educational institution overlooking a working harbor in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine.

The Center works closely with neighboring Mid-Coast Maine public school systems to provide experiential learning opportunities centered on aquaculture, aquaponics, and marine science to a wide range of students in Elementary and Middle School.

Herring Gut Learning Center’s Mission Statement is “ Through hands-on study and experience in aquaculture and aquaponics we teach students to embrace learning, appreciate science and the environment, and help them grow as individuals.”

Herring Gut Learning Center seeks an Executive Director to lead fundraising efforts and expand its educational programming.

The successful candidate will be a proven leader with the following qualifications:

  •   A bachelor’s degree in education, youth development or a related field;
  • Proven fundraising experience and an entrepreneurial approach to cultivating new funding sources;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • Strong written and verbal communication competencies: a persuasive and passionate communicator;
  • Outstanding organizational management skills and the ability to mentor staff, manage, and develop cohesive and effective teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget;
  • A history of proven leadership, mentoring, and relationship management experience in a youth-centered nonprofit organization;
  • An unwavering commitment to youth-development programming and data-driven program evaluation;
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, and excellent problem-solving skills.

The Executive Director will work closely with the HGLC Board of Trustees to successfully fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Provide effective leadership to HGLC staff to provide high-quality educational experiences that meet board-established goals;
  • Actively lead and represent HGLC in fundraising activities, including the management of successful development campaigns;
  • Evaluate HGLC’s educational programs, and oversee the development of curricula centered on aquaculture and aligned with the Maine Learning Results;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of new educational programs for alternative education, gifted and talented, home-schooled and off-campus students;
  • Engage with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement a strategic plan;
  • Supervise all financial operations, including budget development and compliance with board- approved budgets;
  • Develop and implement marketing and communication strategies to ensure the growth, sustainability, and reputation of the Center;
  • Cultivate and sustain positive community relationships through in-house and community events and conferences, and nurture existing relationships with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, industry members, and partnering organizations;

We offer flexible hours and competitive benefits in addition to a salary of $60,000+ commensurate with skills and experience. Please send a single PDF that includes your résumé, cover letter, a 300-500-word writing sample, and three professional references to Herring Gut Learning Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Aquaculture and Marine Science Teacher

Position Overview

This position teaches aquaculture and marine science programs to elementary and secondary school students, teachers, and the public. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Aquaculture and Marine Science Teacher is responsible for providing marine science education. The Aquaculture and Marine Science Teacher works cooperatively and effectively with Trustees, Program Committee members and staff to advance the Center’s profile in the schools and community.

Job Responsibilities

  • Teach aquaculture to alternative and traditional students primarily in grades 6-8 during the academic year.
  • Teach aquaculture and marine science outreach programs to all ages on-site and in the field.
  • Educate the public about aquaculture and marine science through speaking engagements, visual presentations, and facility tours.
  • Evaluate and improve curriculum materials and activities to align with the Maine Learning Results.
  • Oversee and evaluate students’ performance to ensure school, state and federal standards are met.
  • Design lessons that are career-oriented with a goal of training students how to make a living in the aquaculture industry. 
  • Implement student-run aquaculture enterprises based on a small business model
  • Assist with the operation and maintenance of classrooms, salt and freshwater hatcheries and aquaponic greenhouse.
  • Recruit new participants and nurture existing relationships by meeting regularly with students, teachers, school administrators, aquaculture industry members, and partnering organizations.
  • Assist HGLC staff in securing external funding through grant proposals to foundations, state and federal sources.
  • Work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.

Qualifications and Candidate Profile

  • Academic concentration in and a minimum of one-year successful classroom experience teaching science to middle and high school students.
  • Knowledge of instructional approaches and teaching methods for a variety of age groups.
  • Highly organized with effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Must have problem-solving, decision-making, and creative thinking abilities.
  • Must be self-motivated, hard-working, and able to function independently with minimal supervision, plus demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Proficient with personal computers including word-processing, spreadsheet, and other academic software.


Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to or to P.O. Box 286 Port Clyde, Maine 04855. Herring Gut Learning Center is an equal opportunity employer.


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