Topic ID #27821 - posted 3/22/2013 10:04 AM

Marc Edwards - Interpretation Planning, Tourism Management


Marc Edwards

PO Box 45 Strong, ME 04983 ŸHome: 207-684-3284 Ÿ Cell: 207-860-9242 Ÿ Email:


Academic Background:


            M.S.     University of Maine, Orono                                                                        2003

Thesis Title: An Exploratory Look at an Evolving

Tourism Industry: Maine’s Nature-Based Tourism

Industry in Transition.


            B.S.      University of Maine, Orono                                                                        1997

                        Major: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

                        Concentration: Natural and Cultural Heritage Interpretation


Academic and Teaching Experience:

            Courses Taught

            Environmental Ethics and Natural and Cultural Heritage Interpretation     2003 - 2004

            Washington County Community College

            Calais, ME    


            Principles of Tourism                                                                                              Spring 2005

            University of Maine

            Orono, ME     


Areas of Strength:

  • Consensus building in teams, committees, and working groups.
  • Working effectively with not-for-profit Boards of Directors.
  • Developing positive and productive relationships with organizations and entities traditionally viewed as either adversarial or difficult to work with.
  • Public speaking with purpose, passion, and persuasion.
  • Taking leadership roles in the absence of leadership.


Tourism Economic Development Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Farmington, Maine (November 2006 – present)


The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Maine. As a Tourism Economic Development Professional I am responsible for providing primary and secondary research, designing and developing educational programming, fact sheets, and social media information based on this research to support the needs of tourism businesses .in the western mountains region of Maine.



  • Serving on the management team for the Franklin County Tourism Network.
  • Serving on the Advisory Committee for the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Western Mountains Region Management Plan.
  • Serving on the State Maple Products Commission.


Major Accomplishments:

  • Receiving the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Commissioner’s award for my work on a brook trout angler survey and report.
  • Serving as our office Safety Coordinator and Civil Rights Coordinator and on various organizational committees including a hiring committee.
  • Working with a small rural community to identify potential tourism activities and opportunities through surveying visitors to the region.
  • Developing a tourism based entrepreneurship program for technical high schools.
  • Conducted research on brook trout anglers in Maine surveying over 20,000 anglers.


Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah, New York (August 2006 – November 2006


  • Overseeing the completion of construction of the facility.
  • Development of interpretive exhibits and educational programming.
  • Working closely with local and regional leaders to gain support for the project.


Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (May 2005 – July 2006)  


·      Coordinating interpretive and educational outreach to school districts.

·      Grant writing.

·      Providing professional development opportunities for teachers and others working with K-12 students.

·      Developing creative and unique curriculum-based programming for area schools.


Executive Director, Downeast Heritage Center (August 2002 – September 2004)


  • Managing $6.5million in grants and other funding sources for the center.
  • Managing the development, design, and construction of building and interpretive exhibits.
  • Working with the National Park Service to develop interpretive exhibits related to St. Croix Island International Historic Site.
  • Maintaining relationships with federal funding agencies and congressional delegation.
  • Hiring, training, and supervising a staff of 3 department managers and 5 seasonal employees.
  • Managing day to day operations of the Center.
  • Developing and managing an operating budget for the Center.


Tourism Research Assistant, University of Maine (September 2000-August 2002)


·      Conducting field research on nature-based tourism in Maine.

·      Organizing a statewide symposium on nature-based tourism opportunities in Maine.

·      Preparing and publishing a case-study book based on field research.

·      Working with the State Office of Tourism on sustainable tourism policy issues as part of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.


Interpretive Ranger US Forest Service TERM, Mt. Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument (July 1998 – March 1999) (GS-5)


  • Research, design, and deliver interpretive programs for visitors.
  • Staff busy information desk.
  • Operating cash register, selling passes and retail items.
  • Perform opening and closing duties for visitor center.


Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger National Park Service, Acadia National Park

Summer seasons:

  • May 1998 – July 1998 (GS-5)
  • April 1999 – October 1999 (GS-5)
  • April 2000 – October 2000 (GS-7)
  • May 2002 – August 2002 (GS-7)



  • Research, design, and deliver interpretive programs for visitors.
  • Staff busy information desk.
  • Perform opening and closing duties for visitor center.


Research and Scholarly Activities:


Edwards, M. (2010).  Brook Trout Angling in Maine: 2009 Survey Results.             Published by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.


Edwards, M. (2005).  Interpretation and Tourism: Protecting Maine’s Natural and Cultural Resources. 2005 Interpreter’s Sourcebook: Proceedings from the National Interpreters Workshop.


Edwards, M. (2000). Visitor Satisfaction with the Island Explorer Bus System. Presented at the Northeastern Recreational Research Symposium.


Professional Memberships and Certifications:


Current member National Association for Interpretation (NAI)

NAI Certified Interpretive Guide (expired 2008)

NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer (expired 2008)

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