Oregon Aquatic Biologist I

Oregon Aquatic Biologist I (two 3-month positions; one 2-month position) needed to conduct aquatic ecology surveys on public and private forest lands. Duties include backpack electrofishing, collection of macroinvertebrate and periphyton samples, habitat surveys, and working closely with primary investigators.  Experience with ecology field work and interest in aquatic ecology is desired.  Applicants should be comfortable navigating in remote backcountry settings and be able to work as a team member under difficult field conditions. Overnight camping is expected.  Position extends from mid-June to mid-September 2020 or July to August 2020.  Full position announcement available at: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncasi.org%2Fabout-ncasi%2Fcareers%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C5ac3984f0b524c325cd808d7c72eda4f%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196876374193587&sdata=GUU%2FKR8y7kFXjB9KfJRCRhtc6rrXTbYoJ02LHVsipwI%3D&reserved=0 Pursuing a bachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in a biological sciences discipline is required.  Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Laurie Clark, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.: lclark@ncasi.org.  Applicant review will begin March 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Plague and small mammal conservation research technician – NM

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Ruidoso, New Mexico

Start Date: 10 May 2020

Salary: ~560/month living stipend plus housing

Application deadline: 20 March 2020

Website:

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*Job description:*

Plague (a vector-borne disease of mammalian hosts) is causing significant

and chronic conservation dilemmas in the western US. We are studying the

ecology of plague in the White Mountains of New Mexico.  The Penasco least

chipmunk is a species of conservation concern and is currently only known

to exist in a few locations within the White Mountains.  Their range has

declined with some populations going locally extinct.  We will work with

species associated with the Penasco least chipmunk in areas close to or

within historically occupied Penasco chipmunk sites.  Our questions

include: (1) is plague present in any of the small mammals associated with

the Penasco least chipmunk, (2) if plague is present, what is its effect

on  demographics of the small mammal community, (3) what is the host flea

community (fleas are the main vector of plague) and (4) what tools are most

effective for plague management in this study system.   Our ultimate goal

is to conserve wildlife and preserve ecosystems.

We seek volunteer field assistants to help us capture and mark small

mammals (mice, voles, woodrats, chipmunks, etc.).  In addition, we will

anesthetize and collect fleas from individuals.  We will also use a vaccine

to test for differences in survival among treatments.  All participants

will gain experience using multiple types of traps, handle and mark

multiple species of small mammal, anesthetize individuals, comb fleas, and

vaccinate individuals.

Field work will occur between ~10-May and 10-October 2020.  Long days and

odd hours will be required and work will be physically demanding.  You must

be able to lift and carry traps over short distances (up to 300m).  Terrain

is uneven and requires being able to maneuver with equipment over rocks,

logs, and thorny vegetation.  Furthermore, temperatures do fluctuate

between below freezing to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Hours and workdays

will change depending on the temperature, weather, and capture rates so you

must be willing to work a flexible schedule.  Technicians must be

comfortable working at night.

We provide shared housing (trailers) and trucks to travel between the

trailers and field work.  There will not be any running water and

electricity is limited to powering the refrigerator and lights.  We will

move regularly among the field sites.  Some locations are more remote than

others (distance to town varies from a 15-min to 45-min drive).  Each field

assistant will receive a daily stipend (work days only) of $28/day or about

$560/month.

*Qualifications;*

*Required Qualifications: *

   – Must be able to work under harsh conditions (hot/cold weather, rough

   terrain, etc.)

   – Have a positive attitude and a commitment to wildlife conservation

   – Be physically fit enough to walk over uneven terrain throughout the

   work day

   – Ability to pay attention to detail and record data carefully

   – Ability to follow field protocols

   – Be able to work both independently and with a group

*Desired Qualifications:*

   – Prior field experience is desired but not required

   – Experience living or working remotely

   – Experience handling wildlife

   – Experience hiking and being outdoors

   – Commitment to the entire field season

   – Previous experience driving a four-wheel drive vehicle

   – Experience entering data into Excel

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will

remain open until they are filled.  Please submit application materials to:

Dean Biggins (nm.plaguestudy@gmail.com): Please include in a *single*

document (PDF or Word) a brief cover letter, your CV/resume, list of 3

references, and (if possible and applicable) unofficial/official college

transcripts.  Please include the following information in your cover

letter: dates of availability (priority will be given to those that can

commit to the entire duration of the field season), a brief description of

why you are interested in this position, and any further information that

may speak to your qualifications as outlined in the announcement.  Please

write âÂEURÂoeVolunteer Field TechnicianâÂEUR in the subject line of the email.

MA Division of Ecological Restoration is hiring a summer intern

The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Streamflow Restoration Intern. The Streamflow Restoration Intern supports the restoration of more natural streamflow regimes and aquatic ecosystem health.  This position will assist Streamflow Restoration Program staff with the collection and analysis of streamflow data to inform sustainable water management and ecological restoration actions.  Work will involve assisting with monitoring equipment installation and maintenance, field measurements, and data analysis and modeling.  The Intern may also provide technical assistance, such as monitoring support, to the Division of Ecological Restoration river and wetland restoration projects, as time and interest allow.

To view the job announcement and apply online, please visit the MassCareers website at:

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For more information about the position, please contact Kate Bentsen at Kate.Bentsen@mass.gov or 617-626-1533. For questions specific to the application process, please refer to the MassCareers website (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mass.gov%2Ffind-your-future-commonwealth-job&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951126184&sdata=I6Jcy2wdUs7HGyyU%2B9uCvDV7M%2BzBwzz6FZ%2BLRxgyO7U%3D&reserved=0) and information contained within the job announcement.

Posting Date: 3/11/2020

Closing Date: Please note that requisitions will remain open for 90 days; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days of the posting.

Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring Crew Members (24 positions) – Colorado, New Mexico

Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring with the Bureau of Land Management and Southwest Conservation Corps

Position Title: Crew Member (Botany or Soils Emphasis)

Position Type: Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

Locations: Dolores, Montrose, Grand Junction, Gunnison, CaÃfÂfÒ±on City, and Monte Vista, CO

Farmington, Taos, Albuquerque, and Socorro, NM

Living Stipend: $520/week

Benefits: Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

Hiring Benefits: Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency.

Program Dates: Colorado: May 4th Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ Oct 9th, 2020

New Mexico: May 11th Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ Oct 16th, 2020

Southwest Conservation CorpsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Mission

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Program Overview:

Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land ManagementÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLMÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Faim.landscapetoolbox.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951116189&sdata=vjP%2B73DWBn9VJ0NCphBMU49TkJu6Q6dYzx7USilWi9o%3D&reserved=0. Crews will consist of three or four individuals: two or three crew members and one crew lead. Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands.

Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets for later use by land management specialists. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry, if time allows.

Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoehitchÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

Botany Crew MemberÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Responsibilities

Provides botanical expertise to the Crew Lead and Soils Crew Member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes the species inventory the majority of the time. Maintains and tracks botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. Continues to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical knowledge. Botany Crew Member should be passionate about the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the Crew Lead and fellow Soils Crew Member. Botany Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Soils Crew MemberÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s responsibilities.

Soils Crew MemberÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Responsibilities

Provides expertise on soils and soils-forming mechanisms that occur on and near plot to help characterize the site. Soils Crew Member will either perform or verify every soil pit characterization completed on plot, namely, soil horizons and textures. Works closely with Crew Lead to discuss and come to consensus on which ecological site or soil series the plot falls on. May maintain specimens and records of unique soils throughout the field office to develop and maintain a unique soil library for the field office. Provides guidance on soil texturing techniques to Crew Lead and fellow Botany Crew Member. Soils Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Botany Crew MemberÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s responsibilities.

Minimal Qualifications:

– College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, soils science, geology, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field;

o OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles

– Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps

o Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire

o With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation – Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire

– Valid US driver’s license and insurable driving record

– Ability to pass Conservation LegacyÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s and the Department of InteriorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s background checks – Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others

o Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.

– Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other data-collection software

– Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.

– Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.

– Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.

– Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on- and off-highway.

– Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)

– Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

Preferred Qualifications (Botany Emphasis):

– College graduate (BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s, MasterÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.

– At least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.

Ãf’Ò· Familiarity with Colorado/New Mexico flora in general and AckerfieldÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Flora of Colorado/Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.

Ãf’Ò· Experience with floras from adjacent states to Colorado or New Mexico

Ãf’Ò· Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity

– Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs

– Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting

– Experience with ArcGIS Online interface

Ãf’Ò· Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps

– Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (2-3 hours at a time).

– Experience working or recreating in rangeland

Preferred Qualifications (Soils Emphasis): – Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites

Ãf’Ò· Familiarity with New Mexico soils

Ãf’Ò· Experience hand texturing various types of soils

Ãf’Ò· Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document all horizons

Ãf’Ò· Experience using soil series descriptions, web soil survey, or equivalent soil datasets

– Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can augment the precision of soil maps

– Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting

– Experience with ArcGIS Online interface

Ãf’Ò· Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps

– Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (2-3 hours at a time).

– Experience working or recreating in rangeland

Public Land Corps:

The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.blm.gov%2Fcareers%2Fstudents-and-grads%2Fpublic-lands-corps&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951116189&sdata=TxBgR6IlqSg6BEUEdiDmvPoOJg4xyzW%2FeGng%2FeXbVuE%3D&reserved=0

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Application requires a cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico. PLEASE SPECIFICALLY MENTION AND RANK LOCATIONS ON INTEREST. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply promptly.

Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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Spring and Summer Positions in Mineland Reclamation Researc

The Jacobs lab at Purdue FNR is currently conducting a project investigating success of hardwood plantings on reclaimed mine sites in southern Indiana. We are looking to hire 1-3 technicians to assist us. Field research will occur in Pike county and surrounding counties at a range of reclaimed mines. We are looking for field assistants that are motivated, hard-working, and willing to work outdoors in rugged conditions and any weather. The conditions on site are very weedy, open, and often have ticks; but also have great views and diverse wildlife. Technicians will gain experience in soil sampling, GPS and orientation, tree identification, and data collection. Employment will last until the end of May and may also be extended into the summer.

Compensation: $13/hour, housing provided for work trips.

Hours: Flexible, but must be able to work on overnight trips, unless you live locally. Typically 8-10 hours a day, 2-4 days a week. Ability to work Fridays-Sundays is preferred. We are willing to work with your schedule.

Timing: March-May 2020, with possibility of continuing into summer if desired.

Qualifications: Ability to work in outdoor environments in any weather. Dendrology skills ar strongly preferred.

To apply: Contact Caleb Redick at credick@purdue.edu. Application deadline 5/01/20.

Coastal Water Quality Modeler

The Water Institute of the Gulf is seeking a Coastal Water Quality Modeler to conduct numerical modeling work in coastal and deltaic environments with a focus of simulating water quality constituents of nutrients, phytoplankton, salinity, total suspended solids, and dissolved oxygen. This is a full-time position with benefits and will report to and work closely with Melissa Baustian, Coastal Ecologist and Director of the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence as well as work closely with research engineers and water resource scientists from the Coastal & Deltaic Systems Modeling group. The position will provide technical support in the development and application of surface water quality models (e.g., Delft3D-WAQ, FVCOM, ROMS, EFDC/HEM3D, WASP, SWAT, FVCOM) to assess how coastal ecosystems respond to restoration alternatives, land use, climate change, and other stressors. Therefore, this candidate will be expected to work closely with partners from academia, industry, and local, state, and regional governments as necessary to generate exemplary, world-class applied research.

This position will involve working within a dynamic team of natural and social science researchers at the Water Institute supporting a variety of coastal restoration studies, mostly in coastal Louisiana. The incumbent will calibrate and validate an existing ecosystem model of coastal Louisiana and develop new regional models to estimate how various coastal restoration decisions can influence the estuarine hydrology, water quality, and biogeochemical cycles and budgets (nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon). The position may also require integration of natural and human system data to assess the effectiveness of nature-based solutions.

Interested persons should apply online at The Water Institute of the Gulf’s Career Center.

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Applications should include a cover letter highlighting accomplishments as they relate to the position, a full CV, pdf copies of representative writing (e.g., thesis or peer-reviewed publications), and the names and contact information of three references.

Undergrad Summer Interns for Grassland Research

The Lemoine Lab at Marquette University is hiring three interns for summer 2020 (early May Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ late August) to work on an NSF-funded project examining the role of insect herbivores in grasslands. Interns will be responsible for maintaining and implementing the main project, as well as conducting independent research projects. Duties include manual construction of drought shelters including use of power tools, insect collections, plant identification and collections, soil respiration measurements via incubation, and plant gas exchange measurements using a LICOR 6800. Undergraduate interns will primarily assist full-time technicians and graduate students. Field sites are in Custer State Park, South Dakota and Milwaukee, WI.

Compensation: $3,000 stipend for the summer. Housing is provided in South Dakota and Milwaukee.

Qualifications:

Ideal applicants have a strong interest in ecology, plant physiology, entomology or other related field and are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must have the ability and willingness to work outdoors in remote grasslands, handle soil, plants, and insects, and endure log field days with adverse weather conditions. Strong work ethic, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and a current drivers license are required.

Please send a cover letter,  CV, and two references to Michelle Budny: michelle.budny@marquette.edu

Deadline to Apply: 15 Apr 2020

Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader – New Mexico

Position Title:        Crew Leader

Position Type:         Full-time, temporary, 52 or 44 weeks

Number of Positions:   2

Location:              Albuquerque, NM (52 weeks, with the possibility of extension on the front end)

                       Socorro, NM (44 weeks)

Salary:                $685/week

Benefits:              Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

Hiring Benefits:       Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency.

Program Dates:          Albuquerque: ASAP, or from mid-April 2020 to mid-April 2021 (52+ weeks)

                        Socorro: From mid-to late-April 2020 to mid-April 2021, with furlough from December 2020 to January 2021 (44 weeks)

Southwest Conservation CorpsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Mission

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Program Overview:

Crews will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land ManagementÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLMÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Faim.landscapetoolbox.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951096204&sdata=%2F9yfOh6nvvhx25dILUlcX%2FwqFsWFPnis8SYbB%2FA2zXk%3D&reserved=0.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoehitchÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

Crew LeadÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Responsibilities

Supports and manages the field crewÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crewÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in both DIMA and ArcGIS.

The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders. Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew membersÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) experience similarly.

Minimal Qualifications:

–       College Graduate (BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    OR previous experience performing AIM methodology

–       Aged at least 21 years upon hire

–       Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire

–       Valid US driver’s license and insurable driving record

–       Ability to pass Conservation LegacyÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s and the Department of InteriorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s background checks

–       Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other data-collection software

–       Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.  The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.

–       Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities.

–       Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.

–       Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles

–       Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on- and off-highway.

–       Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.

–       Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)

–       Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates

–       At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.

Preferred Qualifications:

–       At least 6 monthsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people

–       Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.

–       Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others

–       Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills

–       Familiarity with Colorado flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.

–       Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data

–       Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting

–       Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface

–       Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data

–       Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps

–       Field Safety and Risk Management Training

Public Land Corps:

The Public Land Corps (PLC) program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.blm.gov%2Fcareers%2Fstudents-and-grads%2Fpublic-lands-corps&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951096204&sdata=Tggb0jBdZE9m%2BCW37YNF3S%2B69aM2KdOPaX%2FgGxbLSEg%3D&reserved=0

To apply, go to page: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsccorps.org%2Fsmall-teams&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951096204&sdata=xMRUgzN4%2B2S3sp87aWKuwapp7qNHvnjhL7YEImwR7Xk%3D&reserved=0

And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.

OR, go directly to the application: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsccorps-openhire.silkroad.com%2Fepostings%2Findex.cfm%3Ffuseaction%3Dapp.jobinfo%26jobid%3D1939%26source%3DONLINE%26JobOwner%3D992385%26company_id%3D16984%26version%3D1%26byBusinessUnit%3D%26bycountry%3D%26bystate%3D%26byRegion%3D%26bylocation%3D%26keywords%3D%26byCat%3D%26proximityCountry%3D%26postalCode%3D%26radiusDistance%3D%26isKilometers%3D%26tosearch%3Dno%26city&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C8b6646e89d074bd9547a08d7c665d185%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637196012951096204&sdata=Le9TDaZ8Zh5mgY4OyNixs%2Fl9kFYdaig2yy4brqIq3gw%3D&reserved=0=

The application requires a cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  Please state or rank your interest in location.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

Caving Position Available in Montana

*Position Information*

The Montana Conservation Corps is partnering with the  U.S. Forest Service

and Bureau of Land Management to conduct cave inventory and monitoring of

cave resources. Cave entrance location from a November 2017 recon flight

and other information sources will be used to identify potential caves for

inventory, monitoring and significance evaluation.

Duties will include:

   – navigating to the points collected during the helicopter flight use

   GPS

   – investigating to see if the location is a cave entrance, document what

   they find using a standardized inventory protocol and digital photos

   – locating and entering cave systems to document and monitor physical

   cave characteristics, including biologic, geologic, hydrologic, and

   cultural resource

   – incorporating findings into work on USFS and BLM Cave Management Plans

   and Federal Cave Resources Protection Act significant cave designations

   – additional time will be spent organizing and compiling data, including

   digital photos, populating inventory databases and/or hard copy files.

Program Dates:

   – May 13th – October 2nd

Benefits

   – AmeriCorps Living Stipend – $504 biweekly

   – AmeriCorps Education Award $2,360 upon completion of the program

   – Health Insurance at no cost

   – Shared bunkhouse housing provided

Anyone interested should apply* HERE

*

*Preferential Application Deadline: March 15, 2020 *

Due to a shift in timelines we are able to keep this position open for another week. If you are interested and missed the first deadline find the description and applications instructions below.

Title: Outreach and Communications Intern

Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA

Project: Changing Landscapes Initiative

Project Description:

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI – https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnationalzoo.si.edu%2Fconservation&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C11e5442d99954ded969508d7c59cafcc%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637195149087113586&sdata=XvRBZgvy4tmXv%2BtWIg10Zha0pztYY%2BuyKT8NXsMhlxs%3D&reserved=0) is offering an internship in outreach and communication as part of the Changing Landscapes Initiative (CLI). CLI’s mission is to combine scientific rigor with community wisdom to help secure a vibrant and healthy future for people and wildlife. The goal is to provide local land use planners with insights into the potential future of the region as informed by conservation science. In this way, CLI provides relevant information for supporting strategic decision making that balances the diverse needs of people and the environment that supports them.

Learning Objectives:

In this internship, the selected intern will learn, expand, and refine skills essential for community outreach including event planning, logistics, and conservation communication by assisting with the execution of CLI’s communications strategy and preparation of stakeholder meetings throughout late spring/summer. The intern will gain first-hand insight into how science is communicated, especially in the context of influencing policy. They will have the opportunity to meet individuals from a variety of NGOs and government agencies and learn how these different groups interact with each other. The intern will also be able to improve their skills in public speaking, writing and design by contributing to outreach communications materials and presentations. The intern’s work/schedule will be active and diverse, ranging from digital to intrapersonal communications requiring travel.

Skill Building Opportunities:

Interns will have the opportunity to learn and develop skills and experience in community outreach by:

-Communicating with a network of current project stakeholders

-Searching for new stakeholders and integrating them into the project network

-Collaborating in the coordination of meetings, including developing presentation materials and keeping meeting minutes

-Helping draft and define communications strategy to inform stakeholders and the public about project initiatives and results

-Seeking out opportunities to share project initiatives and results with NGOs and academic organizations

-Traveling for intrapersonal partnership-building meetings with communications lead

-Aid with development and public delivery of presentations with the communications lead

-Helping prepare status reports, documenting ongoing activities, current schedule trend, challenges, events, and project requirements

Who Should Apply:

Interns with the following will benefit the most from this opportunity:

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal skills to engage effectively with internal team members and external stakeholders

-Organized and self-motivated individuals, able to handle tight deadlines with strong multi-tasking and prioritizing abilities.

-Independent and team-oriented experience for a collaborative project

-Adaptable to a dynamic environment and its challenges with a flexible personality and strong problem-solving skills

-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and computer proficiency

-Project management certification or previous experience in program management and communications

-Strong strategic thinking and planning skills

-Ability to work independently and remotely

-Experience working effectively with both governmental agencies and private parties

-Experience using database and/or visual graphics software (Access, Publisher, InDesign)

Stipend:

$1500 per month.

Terms of Appointment:

6-month full time (40 hrs/wk) internship. Internship will consist of remote digital work, in-person meetings, and at times weekly travel within Virginia and D.C. Anticipated start date in April 2020.

Requirements

Valid driver’s license

Location:

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.

Often, the intern will travel to other parts of Northwestern Virginia, Washington D.C. or the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD for meetings.

Application Deadline:

March 15, 2020 11pm EST

To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter in a single pdf file to fergusc@si.edu   using the subject line “COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP APPLICATION 2020” Title the pdf file “LastName_Communication2020”. Applications that do not follow this format may not be considered.

Your cover letter should explain your interest in this program, express how you could benefit from the training, how it could contribute to your future career goals, and why you would make a strong candidate