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PLANT ECOLOGY INTERN, Nevada (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 05:15 PM
 
PLANT ECOLOGY INTERN: A Temporary, Full-time Position. Pay: Living stipend of $8,700 + $2,865 education award. Dates: March 2016 – August 2016.
Location: Bureau of Land Management/Great Basin Institute, U.S. Geological Survey - Henderson, Nevada.
Qual: Bachelor’s degree – or coursework and relevant experience – in Plant Ecology, Botany or related field; •Previous experience with vegetation monitoring and surveys; •Experience following established protocols for field data collection and management; •General knowledge of Southwestern plants preferred; •Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion; •Experience in backcountry field work preferred; •Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and •Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks. A general knowledge of plants of the Southwest would be helpful but is not required.
Duties: Member will provide national service at U.S. Geological Society in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program. The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is recruiting two Plant Ecology Interns to join our AmeriCorps program to assist US Geological Survey researchers with all aspects of post-fire restoration and restoration plant materials development research projects in the Mojave Desert. These projects are designed to evaluate traditional and novel restoration practices based on ecological processes influencing recovery, and evaluate locally-adapted plant materials used in arid land restoration through multiple common gardens across the Mojave Desert. Primary Responsibilities: Interns will assist in establishing treatment sites (including weather station installation), data collection (pre-treatment monitoring of vegetation associated with restoration treatment, species identification, preparation of herbarium specimens), data management, maintenance of field, laboratory and computer equipment, and occasional library research. The interns will collect and organize field and greenhouse data, ensuring adequate quality control of data collected, and assist in identifying erroneous data. The interns will also assist with greenhouse propagation and plantings of perennial species that will be established in multiple common garden sites, measure plant traits in the gardens, and help maintain new plantings (such as watering and weeding). Project work involves long periods of time outside or in a greenhouse making measurements of individual plants or plant communities, and recording data into personal data assistants (PDAs) or onto data sheets. This work requires long hours in the field in remote areas of the Mojave Desert, and will often involve camping. People who enjoy being outdoors, who are physically fit, and who can accurately record data will be excellent candidates for these positions. Project work involves long periods of time outside or in a greenhouse making measurements of individual plants or plant communities, and recording data into personal data assistants (PDAs) or onto data sheets. This work requires long hours in the field in remote areas of the Mojave Desert, and will often involve camping. People who enjoy being outdoors, who are physically fit, and who can accurately record data will be excellent candidates for these positions. Interns may also assist with related research projects at various times, and must remain flexible. Related Responsibilities: ●Participate in trainings provided by BLM and USGS staff and community partners; ●Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis; ●Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and ●Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings. Physical Demands: Field work involves hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 10 miles per day, but more typically 2-6 miles per day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. Greenhouse work involves stooping and moving pots filled with soil. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Only people willing to spend extended periods of several weeks per month camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips should apply for the position. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis. •Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment •Bend, lift, pull, and push •Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time •Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment •Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season) •Work 10 hour days •Travel overnight or up to 8 days at a time for project work. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $8,700 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,865 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Location; A personal vehicle is recommended for travel/transport outside of work. Henderson is in Southern Nevada, located near some of the country’s most awe-inspiring public lands. There are numerous mountain ranges nearby — you can drive from the low desert to an alpine habitat in approximately 90 minutes! Henderson has several great outdoor destinations nearby (1 hour or less drive): Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, and the Spring Mountains. A little farther afield (2-3 hours drive) are Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Driving farther still will get you to Joshua Tree National Park (4 hours), Grand Canyon National Park (5 hours), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (6 hours), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (8 hours), and Yosemite National Park (8 hours).
Appl: Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 references.
Contact: The Great Basin Institute, Jason Behrens, Human Resources Coordinator, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org.
Filing Date: Open.
 
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COMMUNITY AND VISITOR EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION INTERN, Nevada (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Thursday, January 28, 2016, 10:10 PM
 
COMMUNITY AND VISITOR EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION INTERN: A Temporary Full-time Position. Pay: See Below. Dates: March 2016 – August 2016.
Location: Lake Mead NRA/Great Basin Institute, Boulder City, Nevada.
Qual: Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract •Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented; •Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities; •Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums; •Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desirable but not required; •Some college education, desirable but not required; •Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; •Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and •Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
Duties: Member will provide national service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program. Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one intern to assist with development and completion of resource education programs and projects, including a wide range of formal and informal public and school-based education programs and projects. These will include hikes, lectures, demonstrations, field trips, workshops and activities. Venues will include (but not be limited to) classrooms, fairs, trails, beaches, libraries and visitor centers. Programs and projects will educate and inform the public about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources. Primary Responsibilities: ●Facilitate youth education and outreach; duties include: development and implementation of programs, lesson plans, and learning modules for youth education programs, schedule programs with local school groups, present materials to student groups and collect data associated with attendees, and educational impacts of presented lessons; ●Develop and conduct presentations to volunteer groups about natural resource management practices within the recreation area; ●Provide community members, visitors, and local constituents with information on park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources; ●Research scientific, historical, and technical resources to create interpretive programs using a variety of interpretive techniques including 21st Century Interpretive Skills; ●Research historical and archaeological resources to create web pages about specific historic and archaeological topics; and ●Assist cultural resource staff with a variety of tasks including processing archives and data management. Secondary responsibilities: additional tasks and duties that are preferential but secondary ●Collect field data to maintain documentation of activities; and ●Assist staff on developing and modifying outreach materials. Related Responsibilities: ●Participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff and community partners; ●Serve as a front line representative to partners for the National Park Service; ●Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis; ●Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and ●Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $8,640 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,865 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
Appl: Send cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references.
Contact: The Great Basin Institute, Jason Behrens, Human Resources Coordinator, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org.
Filing Date: Open.
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NATIVE SEED INTERNS, Nevada (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Thursday, January 28, 2016, 08:20 PM
 
NATIVE SEED INTERNS: Several Temporary Full-time Positions. Pay: See Below. Dates February 2016 – August 2016.
Location: Bureau of Land Management, Southern Nevada District Office/Great Basin Institute, Nevada.
Qual: Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, plant science, or related field; •Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with Mojave Desert plants; •Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; •Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; •Understanding and/or experience using ArcView GIS software, helpful; •Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team; •Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other heavy loads; •Ability to work a non-standard schedule, such as beginning at 5 am, to avoid heat-related issues, or for coordination with team members. •Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; •Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days; •Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road; •Experience operating All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain helpful; and •Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) must be at least 17 years of age and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award), (3) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (4) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks. Physical Demands: Field work involves hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 10 miles per day, but more typically 2-6 miles per day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Only people willing to spend extended periods of several weeks per month camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips should apply for the position. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis. •Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment •Bend, lift, pull, and push •Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time •Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment •Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season) •Work 10 hour days •Travel overnight or up to 8 days at a time for project work.
Duties: Member will provide national service at Bureau of Land Management, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program. The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is recruiting two Native Seed Interns to join our AmeriCorps program to conduct seed collecting and ecological restoration activities throughout BLM Southern Nevada District lands. Primary Responsibilities: •Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program; •GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features; •Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times; •Collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol; •Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary. •Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities; •Participating in restoration projects, including planting native plants, watering plants, repairing fences, removing non-native plants; •Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events; •Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work; •Provide support for arid land restoration projects; •Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects. Related Responsibilities: ●Participate in trainings provided by BLM and USGS staff and community partners; ●Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis; ●Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and ●Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,800 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,865 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Location; The interns will be based out of the BLM Southern Nevada District office, which is located in northwest Las Vegas, NV. The Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway.
Appl: Send cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references.
Contact: The Great Basin Institute, Jason Behrens, Human Resources Coordinator, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org.
Filing Date: Open.
 
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WILDERNESS RANGER INTERN, Nevada (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Thursday, January 28, 2016, 08:10 PM
 
WILDERNESS RANGER INTERN: A Temporary, Full-time Position. Pay: See below. Dates: April 2016 – August 2016.
Location: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area/Great Basin Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Qual: Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract •Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented; •Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities; •Ability or willingness to learn how to identify native and non-native plants of the desert southwest •Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle •Ability or willingness to learn how to navigate in the backcountry using maps and iphones or GPS units •Ability or willingness to learn how to use iphones and/or GPS units such as Garmins, Mesas, and Trimbles to collect data •Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs •Ability to do physical labor in the backcountry •Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time •Motivated to learn about the forest’s resources •Ability to communicate with forest staff in an appropriate manner in written and verbal form •Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and •Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following desired skills and attitudes: •Knowledgeable and proficient in backcountry travel; •Ability to work alone in remote wilderness settings; •Good communication skills to effectively interact with the public and co-workers; •Experience with wilderness inventory and monitoring; •Experience with trail maintenance and/or construction; •Experience working with volunteers and highly self-motivated. •Additional preferred training: wilderness first responder, botanical survey experience, and Leave No Trace certification. Physical Demands: •Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment •Bend, lift, pull, and push •Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time •Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment •Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season) •Work 10 hour days •Travel overnight or up to 8 days at a time for project work.
Duties: Member will provide national service at Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program. Working collaboratively with Spring Mountain National Recreation Area (SMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two interns to conduct noxious weed inventories in the La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Areas. This project would create a baseline inventory of noxious weeds that could be used for future weed management plans. The Wilderness Ranger Interns would also conduct some solitude monitoring and light trail maintenance as well as contacts with visitors to provide information. Primary Responsibilities: The selected individuals will be primarily focused on inventories of invasive weeds, at least early in the field season. Rangers work in remote settings both on and off-trail, so a focus on personal as well a co-worker safety is essential. Travel is usually on foot above 7000’ elevations, carrying a backpack that contains personal as well as work supplies and tools. Fifty to 70 pound loads would be considered average. Overnight stays involve camping in a tent. Most of the work will be in the Rainbow Mountain and La Madre Mountain Wilderness but may occur in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness. Other duties include campsite and trail maintenance, repair and maintenance of signs and structures at trailheads and within the backcountry, preparation and presentation of wilderness education programs. Rangers may also use tools such as GPS to collect and store data for wilderness management purposes and hand tools for light trail maintenance. The successful candidates will receive training in identification and survey methods for invasive weeds, trail maintenance, wilderness stewardship and wilderness ranger duties. Other training may be available. Related Responsibilities: ●Participate in trainings provided by Spring Mountains NRA staff and community partners; ● Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis; ● Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and ● Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $6,000 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,182.78 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
Appl: Send cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references.
Contact: The Great Basin Institute, Jason Behrens, Human Resources Coordinator, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org.
Filing Date: Open.
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2016 SUMMER SEASONAL, Illinois (2/8/16)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Thursday, January 28, 2016, 07:57 PM
  2016 SUMMER SEASONAL: Fifty-five (55) Temporary, Full-time Positions. Pay: $8.25 to $10.25 PER HOUR. Dates: Start: May 2016.
Location: Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Geneva, Illinois.
Qual: - Ability to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions. - Enthusiastic, courteous, positive attitude and team spirit. - Current and valid Illinois driver’s license that is free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet carrier. - Must be 18 years of age or older; Campground Attendant and Horticulturist must be 21 years of age or older. - Ability to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions. - Enthusiastic, courteous, positive attitude and team spirit. - Current and valid Illinois driver’s license that is free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet carrier.
Duties: The Forest Preserve District of Kane County has a number of openings for Seasonal/Intern employment for the 2016 summer season. - Maintenance – Field Operations - Natural Resources Technician - Horticulturist/Garden – Naturalist - Campground Attendant – Trades - Human Resources/Volunteer Services Assistant. AVAILABLE SUMMER INTERN POSITIONS INCLUDE: - Natural Resources Technician – Naturalist - Public Relations – Horticulturist.
Appl: All candidates must apply on-line at: http://www.kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx
Contact: Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Betsy Scaletta, Human Resources Specialist, 1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320, Geneva, Illinois 60134. Ph: 630-208-8662, Fax: 630-232-2038, Email: scalettabetsy@kaneforest.com, Website: http://kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx.
Filing Date: 5/1/16.
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DIRECTOR OF NATURAL RESOURCES, Illinois (2/8/16)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Thursday, January 28, 2016, 07:24 PM
 
DIRECTOR OF NATURAL RESOURCES: A Permanent, Full-time Position. Pay: $75,731 TO $94,663. Dates: Start: 04/01/2016.
Location: Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Geneva, Illinois.
Qual: Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old, Education: Bachelor ’s degree in ecology, botany, natural resource management, land management, or closely related field; Master ’s degree in these areas a plus. €¢ Experience: 6 – 8 years of progressively responsible land and/or wildlife management; five (5) years of senior-level management experience, preferably in conservation agency, park and recreation or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. ArcMap GIS experience a plus. €¢ Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED, CDL Class A, Pesticide Applicator, Prescribe Burn; all licenses/certifications must be obtained within one year of employment.
Duties: The Forest Preserve District of Kane County ’s Natural Resources Department is accepting applications for one (1) Director of Natural Resources. Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and managing all functions and activities of the Natural Resources department, including land management, wildlife management, habitat restoration, and compliance with all federal, state and local laws. This position also provides expert professional assistance to District staff; fosters cooperative working relationships with other District departments, elected officials, volunteers, local environmental organizations and regulatory agencies, and various public and private groups. Administration: - Hires, directs, manages, evaluates, promotes, disciplines or effectively recommends such action for assigned personnel with the consent of the Executive Director, following procedures established by the District. - Oversees the management of the department; Develops and implements department policies and procedures designed to improve natural resource management and wildlife conservation; minimizes operating costs and effects greater utilization of labor and materials; recommends policies and provides technical and operational advice in areas of expertise (i.e. assessment of natural resources and ecological trends). - Manages and directs the administrative operation of the Natural Resources department; meets regularly with Restoration Ecologist and Wildlife Biologist to establish current and upcoming seasonal field work initiatives; coordinates major project task and component planning with other departments. - Evaluates current and potential properties for ecological and preservation value and makes recommendations to the Executive Director. - Prepares and maintains various short and long term natural areas planning reports, including feasibility studies, restoration plans, flora and fauna inventories, etc. - Investigates new grant sources, advises the Executive Director of grant opportunities, writes and administers grants for natural resource projects; attends grant hearings and makes presentations; responsible for departmental grant follow-up compliance and reporting. - Updates Natural Resources Master Plan on a regular basis. - Acts as departmental liaison, along with Restoration Ecologist and Wildlife Biologist, to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Chicago Wilderness, Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, Chicago Field Museum, local colleges and universities, etc. on matters concerning natural areas management, ecological research, regional conservation goals and planning initiatives, plus threatened and endangered species concerns. - Represents the Executive Director and the District at public functions to interpret and explain the Forest Preserve District ’s natural resources and facilities; handles public questions and requests; counsels community and volunteer groups to determine basic needs and improvements concerning the operation of the District in areas of natural resources. - Researches, plans and supervises the preparation of the Department ’s budget and the control of expenditures; develops procedures for efficient cost effective operations; approves all expenditures not requiring Commission resolution; follows procedures set forth in purchasing policy. - Advises the Executive Director of upcoming needs for supplies, equipment, staffing, and cost estimates for current and future projects. - Formulates policies, regulations, organizational goals, and program priorities of the department for presentation to the Executive Director in compliance with generally recognized land management, restoration and wildlife management methods. - Recommends natural resource project budgets, directs and performs detailed on-site assessments, and technical research studies and compiles planning data for feasibility and alternative analysis studies; recommends ecological restoration alternatives and implements recommendations into preserve master plan and annual preserve management plan. - Researches, writes and/or reviews staff generated specifications for bids and request for quotes related to land management projects, wildlife and other scientific studies and equipment purchases. - Develops and maintains land management, wildlife conservation and restoration plans including prescribed burning, farmland management, reforestation, prairie restoration, wetland restoration, deer population evaluation and management, endangered and threatened species protection program and invasive species control; prepares ecological reports and assessments of sites for nature preserve dedication, site inventories, nature preserve annual reports, grant reports and easement requests. - Coordinates implementation of natural resource improvement projects with crew, including selection of outside consultants, specifications, bidding, contract and project administration as well as determining any necessary changes, resolving contract disputes, and preparing, submitting and recommending change orders and payment requests. - Organizes natural resource activities in conjunction with other District departments, volunteers, legal counsel, standing committees and outside agencies. - Forms partnerships with other land management agencies to assist with the planning and implementation of natural resource projects. - Prepares and presents information and recommendations relevant to the Executive Director. - Promotes the advancement and understanding of the District and its natural resource initiatives to the general public, media and other public agencies through speaking engagements, public meetings, and representing the District on inter-agency committees. - Collaborates with the Planning & Development department on the creation of conceptual designs, master plans and grants to ensure the protection of the District ’s various ecosystems.- Coordinates and communicates departmental activities with other Department Heads and outside agencies and organizations. - Prepares and submits periodic reports to the Executive Director and Commission regarding Department activities. - Coordinates with Human Resources department all activities within the Natural Resources department concerning employee benefits, recruitment, training, performance evaluations, workers ’ compensation, selection and promotion, job analysis and classification with the consent of the Executive Director. - Performs other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director. - Works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. - Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver ’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District ’s fleet insurance carrier. - Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications. - Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook. Operations: - Establishes positive relationships with community, volunteers, staff, commissioners and preserve users. - Provides first aid and CPR to injured preserve users and/or employees. - Assists preserve users by providing information and answering questions. Staff Supervision: - Supervises Restoration Ecologist and Wildlife Biologist; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization ’s policies and applicable laws.
Appl: All candidates must apply on-line at: http://www.kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx
Contact: Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Betsy Scaletta, Human Resources Specialist, 1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320, Geneva, Illinois 60134. Ph: 630-208-8662, Fax: 630-232-2038, Email: scalettabetsy@kaneforest.com, Website: http://kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx.
Filing Date: 2/8/16.
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COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR, North Dakota (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 05:24 PM
 
COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR: A Permanent, Full-time Position. Pay: $33000/yr. Dates: Start: ASAP.
Location: Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, North Dakota.
Qual: Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization, and the community organizing approach to social change • Excellent communication and people skills; ability to write well • Experience in communications, particularly with media or advocacy group • Knowledge of how the media system works in North Dakota; relationships with some media personnel is a plus • Skills and knowledge in websites, social media, filming, producing videos and print information pieces. • Familiarity with the public policy process • Leadership and organizational development capabilities • Comfortable with farmers, ranchers, rural people, and people from a diversity of cultures and backgrounds; and knowledgeable about one or more of these issues: family agriculture, oil and gas development, and/or clean energy. • High level of maturity. • Experience in issue campaigns, political campaigns, community organizing activities and/or fundraising ability is a plus. • Capacity to work independently as a salaried employee on a flexible schedule. • Willingness to travel in-state as necessary and out-of-state on a limited basis, using a DRC vehicle when possible, but able to use his or her own vehicle (with mileage compensation).
Duties: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for: 1. Managing DRC communications. 2. Developing and maintaining media relations, maintaining media list. 3. Drafting and sending news releases, handling media requests and connecting media with DRC member spokespeople, coordinating news conferences. 4. Developing DRC spokespeople with assistance of organizers, providing media preparation assistance as needed to members for interviews, letters to the editor, talk radio and other situations, and assisting with media and spokesperson training workshops for members. 5. Enhancing and up-dating website, Facebook, and social media to engage wider audience. 6. Directing or filming, producing videos, fact sheets, and engaging documentation. 7. Producing the Weekly Report and coordinating and writing the quarterly Newsletter. 8. Working with organizers and the Executive Director to write and send email action alerts. 9. Handling communications technology for DRC, the annual meeting and other events and communications efforts. 10. Handling advertising and promotion for issue campaigns. 11. Working with organizers and Executive Director on rapid response communications. 12. Performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish his or her job.
Appl: Send a cover letter, a resume, writing sample, and 3 references to Don Morrison, Dakota.
Contact: Don Morrison, Dakota Resource Council, 1200 Missouri Ave., Ste 201, Bismarck, ND 58504, Ph: 701-224-8587, Email: don@drcinfo.com, Website: www.drcinfo.com.
Filing Date: Open.
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FIELD ORGANIZER, North Dakota (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 05:16 PM
 
FIELD ORGANIZER: Two (2) Permanent, Full-time Positions. Pay: 33,000/yr. Dates: Start: ASAP.
Location: Dakota Resource Council, Bismarck, North Dakota.
Qual: Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization, and the community organizing approach to social change. • Leadership and organizational development capabilities. • Fundraising ability. • Familiarity with the public policy process and ability to do some policy research. • Experience in issue campaigns, political campaigns and/or community organizing activities. • Comfortable with farmers, ranchers, rural people, and others from a diversity of backgrounds. • Knowledgeable about one or more of these issues: oil and gas; farming, ranching, agriculture issues, clean energy. Community or economic development is a plus. • Excellent communication and people skills; ability to write well is a must; web and social media expertise is a plus. • High level of maturity. • Capacity to work independently as a salaried employee on a flexible schedule that includes some evenings and weekends. • Willing to travel both in- and out-of-state as necessary, using a DRC vehicle when possible, but able to use his or her own vehicle (with mileage compensation) when necessary.
Duties: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Field Organizer is responsible for: 1. Empowering individuals to speak for themselves by identifying and developing a diverse group of members who agree to serve as the organization’s public voice on a variety of issues. 2. Formulating sound organizing strategies by analyzing the social and economic forces, power relationships and political agendas that shape the local communities where they live and in North Dakota as a whole. 3. Identifying, recruiting and developing leaders and conducting one-on-ones on a regular basis. 4. Working with people to define problems and issues, and helping them think through the strategies and tactics necessary to act with confidence and win. 5. Recruiting members to strengthen and expand the membership base and making fundraising an integral part of their everyday organizing work. 6. Enabling members to make good decisions by sharing information and raising questions, options and alternatives. 7. Enabling members and leaders to hold good, productive meetings. 8. Ensuring that members receive a consistently high standard of appropriate and effective training, development and support. 9. Striving to reflect on and improve skills on an ongoing basis, and developing an annual self-development plan. 10. Performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish his or her job. The field organizer’s specific work assignments will be determined based on the organization’s priorities and available resources, and may include time spent: • Organizing or coordinating a regional or statewide issue campaign and task force, • Working with one or more of DRC’s existing local affiliate groups, • Conducting a new affiliate organizing assessment and/or drive, • Spearheading a particular project or programmatic area, • Coordinating a specific fundraising activity or program, • Organizing events, leadership training or workshops, • Producing or assisting with communications through traditional or social media, • Researching policy and writing formal comments, or • Other activities and assignments as needed.
Appl: Send a cover letter, a resume, writing sample, and 3 references to Don Morrison, Dakota.
Contact: Don Morrison, Dakota Resource Council, 1200 Missouri Ave., Ste 201, Bismarck, ND 58504, Ph: 701-224-8587, Email: don@drcinfo.com, Website: www.drcinfo.com.
Filing Date: Open.
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR, Pennsylvania (3/15/16)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 02:25 PM
 
OUTDOOR EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR: Four (4) Temporary, Full-time Positions. Pay: $250 per 5 day work week. Dates: Start: April 4, 2016.
Location: YMCA Camp Kresge, White Haven, Pennsylvania.
Qual: Bachelor's Degree strongly desired, high school diploma or equivalent required. • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting is preferred. • Must be a team player and also able to take on leadership roles and responsibilities. • Ability to stay motivated, professional, patient, positive, hardworking and flexible in an outdoor setting. • Desire to teach and inspire children and adults. • Enthusiasm and dedication to learn and master curriculum.
Duties: Join a positive and enthusiastic team at YMCA Camp Kresge. Nestled in the Poconos right at the base of Mount Yeager, our property encompasses 1,100 beautiful forested acres including our very own 20 acre Beaver Lake. Our Outdoor Education Mission for students is to create a connection with nature and have fun while learning. Outdoor Education Instructors will teach classes in a variety of topics including Lake Study, Animal Adaptations, Forest Ecology, Discovery Hike, Team Building, Climbing Tower, High Ropes Course, Archery and more. Most Outdoor Education visits are single day groups ranging from preschool to high school. Each class lasts about an hour (3 classes per visit) with a group size of 12-18 students. A typical work day is around 8 hours from 8:30am-4:30pm with evenings off. Other components of the job include rotation of working weekend groups (additional compensation), hosting meals, leading orientation, assisting in the kitchen and dining hall, housekeeping duties, facility upkeep, organizing class supplies, completing camp projects, new program development, participating in 2 weeks staff training and teaching seminars.
Appl: Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References.
Contact: YMCA Camp Kresge, Laura Buzzell-McElhinney, Outdoor Education Director, 382 Camp Kresge Lane, White Haven, Pennsylvania 18661. Ph: 570-970-5052. Email: kresge.outdoored@wbymca.org, Website: www.wbymca.org.
Filing Date: 3/15/2016.
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AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (AIS) OUTREACH INTERNS, Nevada (Open)
by Sarah @ The Job Seeker - Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 02:15 PM
 
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (AIS) OUTREACH INTERNS: Several Temporary, Full-time Positions. Pay: See Below. Dates: See Below.
Location: Lake Mead NRA/Great Basin Institute, Boulder City, Nevada (Katherine Landing and Boulder Boat Ramps).
Qual: Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract; Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented; Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities; Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums; Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desirable but not required; Some college education, desirable but not required; Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; •Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; •Willing to learn about general knowledge of LMNRA operations, the National Park Service mission, and the relationship of the park’s use and management program. •Willing to learn about aquatic species threats, biology, transport and abatement. •Willing to learn about the various laws, agency policies, rules, and regulations which apply to the protection of park resources and specific knowledge of the Federal, Park, and State laws pertaining to the transport of invasive species. •Willing to learn about the natural and cultural resources of the park, (e.g., vegetation, wildlife communities, water resources, historic structure and artifacts), and the minimum impact and safety requirements for each permitted activity. •Willing to learn about the types and extent of emergency operations which are carried out in the park and the skills and ability to apply, in a variety of emergency situations, the methods and techniques involved. •Ability to take direction, communicate, and work with others as a member of a team. •Ability to follow set procedures and systematic methods for a variety of tasks. •Knowledge on safety and risk management procedures applicable to the position. •Skill in meeting and dealing with people. Ability to deal professionally with a diverse range of people in a variety of situations, including maintaining a professional demeanor and using sound judgment when faced with stressful, controversial, unprecedented, and/or emergency situations that have the potential for reflecting negatively on the agency. Must know when to defer escalating situations to law enforcement, or next in line chain of command. Benefits/Experience Gained: The AmeriCorps member will gain valuable experience in public speaking, customer service, volunteer engagement, hands-on experience with natural resource activities, and working independently. The member will learn about all aspects of education and natural resource management within the Lake Mead NRA. They will develop an extensive knowledge of a broad scope of conservation and resource management topics with respect to their service site. Additional Guidelines: Dress Code: •AmeriCorps members must always wear AmeriCorps gear while serving, to be provided by the NCC Program. •AmeriCorps members are expected to dress according to rules established by the National Park Service. Vulnerable Populations: •This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations defined as children age 17 years or younger, individual age 60 years or older; or individuals with disabilities.
Duties: Member will provide national service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program. Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting interns to learn about and participate on multiple projects including resource management and education at LMNRA. During the main boating season (April-September), the intern will educate the boating public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and water safety, as well as gain skills and knowledge of natural and cultural resources in the LMNRA. This position is assigned to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Boulder City and Kathrine Landing). This position will be performing a variety of duties including (1) facilitating visitor contacts to create understanding of park resources, aquatic invasive species, and boater safety and responsibility; (2) collecting data on water quality (e.g., water sampling); and (3) encourage visitors behavior to uphold the mission of the National Park Service. Essential tasks and duties, •Staffs launch ramps and is responsible for educating visitors regarding the requirements both state and federal requirements for boater safety and the reasons for the regulations. • Advise visitors concerning aquatic invasive species (AIS), water safety, resource protection, and proper use of facilities. Record visitor use patterns and their effect on the resources. Performs launch ramp, marina, and beach roves informing boater of AIS and educates on the prevention of the spread of AIS to other bodies of water. Informs law enforcement of non-compliant boaters. •Professionally interacts with a variety of people including the visiting public, park colleagues, and staff from park partner and permittee organizations. Clearly and effectively communicates information related to AIS to the people/groups listed above. Uses tact and diplomacy to handle contentious situations. • Educates and informs visitors about the significance of the resources of the park, about the laws, rules, regulations relating to the protection of resources from AIS, and about operations of the park and safe use of the resources. Preserves the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing the degradation, deterioration, and destruction of the ecosystems, scenery, wildlife, historical structures and artifacts through implementation of the park’s invasive species program. • Informs visitors about park facilities and resources. Provides visitors with information concerning points of interest, travel routes, historical and natural features and park activities. Provides answers to recurring and nonrecurring visitor questions concerning the park area. Learns park resources by reviewing maps, park research materials, and other documents previously prepared by park rangers and other professionals. • Duties are performed on or off site at locations designated by the park (e.g., visitor center, community events, marinas, and launch ramps). •Informs visitors about park flora and the life habits and behavior of park fauna, with emphasis on behavior that may be potentially dangerous to visitors. As assigned, performs resource management tasks and duties supporting the mission of the park. •Performs work safely by adhering to all established safety procedures. •Participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff •Professionally represent Lake Mead NRA in the community •Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a weekly basis •Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program •Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings. Schedule: This work schedule will generally work a Friday through Monday schedule, working 10 hour work days. Approximately 75% of the interns time will be spent on a launch ramp talking with, and educating visitors on aquatic invasive species. This task will be spent outside in temperatures up to 110+ degrees. Although majority of the time will be spent on the launch ramps, this may also include leading conversations about AIS in the visitor center and/or attending community events representing the NPS. The other 25% of the time, will be assigned working with resources management (e.g. water sampling, data collection, inventory management), research on various natural resource topics. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend for the season depending on the length of the service term. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. 3 month positions - $4,400; $1,515 Education Award, 4 month positions – $6,400; $2,182 Education Award, 6 month positions – $ 8,750; $2,865 Education Award. **Housing may be available for interns stationed at Katherine Landing. Timelines: 3 months - Friday May 13, 2016 – Monday August 8, 2016, 4 months - Friday May 13, 2016 - Monday September 19, 2016, 6 months - Friday May 13, 2016 – Thursday, November 3, 2016.
Appl: Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 references.
Contact: The Great Basin Institute, Jason Behrens, Human Resources and Compliance Assistant at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org.
Filing Date: Open.

 
 
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