First Work Experience

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Herring Gut's First Work Experience

Since 2011 Herring Gut Learning Center has been offering a First Work summer experience program for local teens.  This year we are excited to announce an expansion of our First Work Program offerings!

First Work student-employees gain experience and confidence interacting with the public, practice valuable employability skills, and participate in activity focusing  on food sustainability, animal care and handling, money management, and job application.

During the Winter/Spring of 2019, Herring Gut Learning Center is partnering with The Landing Place in providing First Work student-employees the opportunity to design and build raised gardening beds at their location in Rockland, Maine. 

For the summer of 2019, a Marine Science & Education First Work program will also be offered. This brings the available summer First Work slots to 25! 

SUMMER 2019 FIRST WORK PROGRAMS DETAILS:

Aquaponics First Work Program:

Aquaponic & gardening programs employees have dual responsibilities. Outdoor work involves the planting and maintenance of outdoor raised beds. Inside the Herring Gut Learning Center facility, employees  maintain the aquaponic greenhouse crops. Once per week, these same employees harvest, display and sell their produce and flowers at the St. George Oceanview Grange Farmers Market. Tours of the aquaponics greenhouse are also available to the community.

The Aquaponics First Work sessions are four weeks in length with two half days (3 hours) per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), during the months of June, July and August. Workers are paid a stipend of  $264 (minus taxes) at the end of their session. To be eligible for the Aquaponics First Work Program individuals must be 13-15 years old at the start of the session and a year-round resident of Knox County.

Marine Science & Education First Work Program:

Marine Science & Education First Work programs provide employees with the skills and knowledge for maintaining a healthy tide-pool environment for the sea creatures housed in our on campus saltwater lab. Employees will also provide a weekly community touch tank experience at the Camden Harbor Waterfront.  

The Marine Science & Education session is 3 weeks in length meeting for 6 hours on Wednesday and 3 hours on Fridays, July 31st - August 16th. Workers will be paid a stipend of $300 (minus taxes) at the end of their session. To be eligible for the Marine Science & Education First Work Program individuals must be 15-17 years old at the start of the session and a year-round resident of Knox County.

 

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