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

Executive Director Job Description

The Executive Director provides leadership and overall management of the Herring Gut Learning Center to assure compliance with Board of Trustee policies, directives and goals, and the founding Trust Agreement.

Key Responsibilities:

The Executive Director closely coordinates with the Board of Trustees in carrying out the following responsibilities:

Provides leadership in meeting day-to-day instructional, operational, and administrative needs, and meets Board established goals, of HGLC.

Experience in leading a small not-for-profit organization is desirable. 

Actively leads and represents HGLC in fundraising activities.

This represents approximately 50% of the Executive Director’s responsibilities, and experience in leading and managing successful development campaigns is desirable.

Evaluates the Center’s educational programs and assists with the development of curriculum with activities centered on aquaculture and aligned with the Maine Learning Results.

Oversees the development and implementation of new educational programs for alternative education, gifted and talented, home-schooled and off-campus students.

Facilitates the work of the Board of Trustees and its Committees by developing resource materials and providing appropriate reports and information.

Participates as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Trustees and all Board Committees.

Participates with the Board in developing and implementing a strategic plan.

Oversees the financial operations of the Center including the development of budgets and compliance with Board approved budgets.

Develops and implements marketing and communication strategies to ensure the growth, sustainability, and reputation of the Center.

Develops and sustains positive community relationships by organizing, presenting at, and attending “in house” functions, community events, and conferences, and nurtures existing relationships with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, industry members, and partnering organizations.

Communicates with supporters, school administrators, community leaders and other key stakeholders to keep them informed of the organizations accomplishments and needs.

Develops and maintains records and systems for safe, effective and efficient operation of the facility and its programs.

Performs managerial and human resources duties for interviewing/hiring job applicants, assigning job responsibilities, reviewing and evaluating employees by an annual (or as needed) written review, and maintains the security and confidentiality of all records.

Oversees all aspects of infrastructure management and maintenance on the HGLC campus and its associated assets.

Works flexible hours including evenings and weekends when required.

Other responsibilities and tasks to be assigned as needed.

Salary range $60,000 + and benefits (health insurance, retirement plan, vacation and personal leave)

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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