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

We currently have two open positions at Herring Gut Learning Center.

Grants and Marketing Manager

Supervisor: Executive Director

General Function: The Grants and Marketing Manager acts as the primary grant writer and lead media relations position at Herring Gut. This position supports the activities of the HGLC through increased revenue from grants and through management of external communications. This includes website and social media updates, outreach to donors and contributors, and the overall brand management of Herring Gut’s presence. In addition, this position is directly involved in planning and implementing special events. This position works under the direct supervision of and reports to the Executive Director.

Compensation: $40,000-$50,000 depending on experience, plus benefits. This full-time position will allow for applicant to work from home approximately 30% of the time.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in business, sales and marketing or other related discipline, prior related experience preferred. Demonstrated successful grant writing, marketing and brand management. The Grants and Marketing Manager must possess the ability to cold call individuals, foundations, and companies, and present organized proposals in a one-on-one and group setting. This position requires the ability to communicate orally and in written form effectively with internal and external customers. Must be a proper role model and able to relate and communicate well with children (students) and adults.

 Job Functions:

  • Understand, interpret, and articulate the mission of HGLC.
  • Research, write, and track grants
  • Work with Development Committee to establish a yearly grant calendar
  • Manage the online and in-print presence of HGLC
  • Foster personal relationships with the organization’s major donors.
  • Prepare correspondence/mailings for fundraisers: letters, flyers, return envelopes, invitations, brochures, “thank you” cards, etc.
  • Develop promotional materials to establish and maintain an image consistent with HGLC mission throughout events.
  • Coordinate with marketing function.
  • Assist ED and accounting function with formulating annual Development Plan.
  • Support broad organizational involvement in fundraising efforts, including Board of Trustees.
  • Track and report the status of all proposal components to the ED.
  • Respond to donors’ needs and follow through on all aspects of request, both written and verbal.
  • Continuously develop personal knowledge and growth by identifying developmental needs and participating in appropriate trainings and activities.
  • Manage the fund raising/development database and make recommendations regarding upgrades as necessary.

Special Fundraising Events

  • Plan, manage, and implement successful strategies for all special fundraising events. This will include such tasks as recruiting participants, selling tickets, and soliciting sponsorships, as well as handling the logistics of each event
  • Track/maintain Profit and Loss Statements for each event to insure each meets/exceeds budget expectations.
  • Coordinate volunteers to assist with preparing mailings (stuffing, sealing, labeling, etc.) and to assist with the events (registration, set-up, take-down, etc.).
  • Schedule special event committee meetings in conjunction with the ED.
  • Provide marketing material as requested by the ED.
  • Maintain accurate records pertaining to each fundraiser.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with all clientele and other staff members.
  • Other duties as requested by the ED.

End Results:

 This position results in:

  • Increased revenue to HGLC supporting our overall mission
  • Increased online and in-print presence of the organization
  • Special events are successful in both public appearance and meet/exceed budget expectations
  • Increased exposure of HGLC and its facilities

Job competencies:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong creative skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to interact with staff of all levels
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prepare & produce reports HTML and other website based proficiencies
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign or similar programs
  • Excellent computer skills, e.g. typing, spreadsheet maintenance, visual presentation platforms
  • Must Maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility


Marine Science and Aquaculture Educator

Position Overview

This position teaches aquaculture and marine science programs, using experiential, hands-on learning methods 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 using experiential learning methods to alternative and traditional students primarily in grades 6-8 during the academic year.
  • Teach aquaculture and marine science experiential outreach programs to all ages on-site and in the field.
  • Educate the public about aquaculture and marine science through speaking engagements, visual presentations, field tours, and facility tours.
  • Evaluate and develop curriculum to align with the Maine Learning Results.
  • Oversee and evaluate students’ performance to ensure school, state and federal standards are met.
  • 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.

For more information please contact us at, or call 207.372.8677 and ask for Sam Belknap.

To apply please send a resume and writing sample to: 

Herring Gut Learning Center

59 Factory Rd.

P.O. Box 286

Port Clyde, ME 04855

(207) 372-8677


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