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Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Wildlife Ecologist

JEFFERSON COUNTY invites applications for the position of Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Wildlife Ecologist.

SALARY:                $24.17 – $30.21 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 06/07/17 06:00 PM

PURPOSE:

Are you seeking more than a paycheck on your new adventure? Then Jefferson County wants to bring to your attention to a position that we currently have open here in the County. If you’re a wildlife ecologist with proven experience in applied conservation and land management, Jefferson County Open Space is currently hiring a Senior Natural Resources Specialist to join our Natural Resources Team. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Collect, analyze, and disseminate natural resource data and information with a focus on wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. Prepare wildlife and natural resource management plans based on sound scientific and biological principles. Assist with wildlife inventory and monitoring. Complete various reports that detail past, current and future needs to ensure best management practices are followed. Operate specialized equipment, hand tools, and data collection devices in the performance of wildlife assessment and management, inventory and monitoring of natural resources, and related work. Train staff and volunteers. Provide public outreach and communicate with other work units, departments and agencies. Provide supervision of Natural Resources Specialists, Natural Resources Technicians, and volunteers. Collaborate with agencies, consultants, universities, and NGOs.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Natural resource assessment/management – Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate wildlife assessments and management prescriptions on county-owned properties. Assist with inventory and monitoring. Coordinate with stakeholders regarding key wildlife management issues, and translate such issues into JCOS management frameworks. Stay up-to-date on relevant scientific literature, and assist in preparing peer-reviewed and outreach publications. Demonstrate willingness to develop new skills and experience regarding additional taxa outside of core areas of expertise. Coordinate and expand volunteer wildlife monitoring programs (e.g., raptor monitoring program).
  • Supervision – Provide field and office supervision of Natural Resource Specialists, Technicians, and volunteers. Interview candidates and make recommendations for hiring permanent and temporary Natural Resources positions. Provide input for disciplinary actions or termination of permanent and temporary employees. Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned volunteer program staff. Assist and advise subordinates, as necessary, including assigning, scheduling, and submitting such records and reports as required. Train new employees on safe operation and maintenance of equipment and tools.
  • Administration – Identify project tasks and resource requirements. Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including budgets, contractors, and collaborators. Evaluate, purchase and maintain equipment and supplies necessary for projects. Manage time accounting records and provide reports for supervisors and managers. Track purchases using a database. Lead or assist with development and management of grants and contracts in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Assist with monitoring budgets, contractors, and collaborators.
  • Public outreach/engagement – Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Open Space staff. Coordinate necessary public information signs as needed for wildlife conservation/management and other resource management activities. Participate in public meetings as needed. Assist Lookout Mountain Nature Center with natural resource outreach information, both personal and non-personal. Provide information and participate when requested for Open Space Advisory Committee and various stakeholder groups. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning wildlife conservation/management and other natural resource management activities. Engage with media in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Contribute and maintain wildlife-related content on JCOS webpage.
  • Planning – Lead development and implementation of wildlife conservation/management plans, likely in coordination with state and federal agencies, universities, consultants, and NGOs. Participate as member or team leader of park and regional management planning teams, collaborating as needed with other Open Space staff and work units. Participate as member of and/or lead teams implementing action items related to park and regional management plans. Lead or assist with inter-agency (e.g., Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and other inter-organizational (e.g., Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Audubon) collaboration.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources management or a closely related field and a minimum of 3 years of work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: M.S. degree, 5+ years of wildlife conservation/management experience including experience with special-status species; experience with Colorado Front Range wildlife (e.g., golden eagles and other raptors, prairie dogs and other small mammals, bears and other large mammals, ungulates, and/or herpetofauna); experience developing and implementing wildlife conservation/management plans; and, experience working with volunteers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A post offer pre-employment physical will be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILLED OUT ONLINE AT:

http://www.jeffco.us/jobs

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:

100 Jefferson County Parkway, #4530

Golden, CO 80419

(303) 271-8400

careertalent@jeffco.us

An Equal Opportunity Employer                 Job #2017-123-2

About Jefferson County:

A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County is a major stop along RTD’s Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.

Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you’re ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us.

Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Plant Ecologist

JEFFERSON COUNTY Open Space invites applications for the position of Natural Resources Senior Specialist – Plant Ecologist

SALARY:                $24.17 – $30.21 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 06/07/17 06:00 PM

PURPOSE:

Are you seeking more than a paycheck on your new adventure? Then Jefferson County wants to bring to your attention to a position that we currently have open here in the County. If you’re a plant ecologist with proven experience in applied conservation and land management, Jefferson County Open Space is currently hiring a Senior Natural Resources Specialist to join our Natural Resources Team. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Collect, analyze, and disseminate natural resource data and information with a focus on vegetation ecology, conservation, and management. Prepare vegetation management plans based on sound scientific and biological principles. Lead or assist with vegetation inventory and monitoring. Complete various reports that detail past, current and future needs to ensure best management practices are followed. Operate specialized equipment, hand tools, and data collection devices in the performance of vegetation assessment and management, inventory and monitoring of natural resources, invasive species management, and related work. Train staff and volunteers. Provide public outreach and communicate with other work units, departments and agencies. Provide supervision of Natural Resources Specialists, Natural Resources Technicians, and volunteers. Collaborate with agencies, consultants, universities, and NGOs.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Natural resource assessment/management – Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate vegetation assessments and management prescriptions on county-owned properties, with an emphasis on special-status species and associated communities. Lead or assist with inventory and monitoring. Coordinate with stakeholders regarding key vegetation conservation and management issues, and translate such issues into JCOS management frameworks. Stay up-to-date on relevant scientific literature, and assist in preparing peer-reviewed and outreach publications. Demonstrate willingness to develop new skills and experience regarding additional taxa outside of core areas of expertise. Assist with developing and implementing habitat restoration plans. May assist with invasive species management, including the operation and maintenance of equipment and tools such as backpack sprayers, UTV-mounted sprayers, etc.
  • Supervision – Provide field and office supervision of Natural Resource Specialists, Technicians, and volunteers. Interview candidates and make recommendations for hiring permanent and temporary Natural Resources positions. Provide input for disciplinary actions or termination of permanent and temporary employees. Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned volunteer program staff. Assist and advise subordinates, as necessary, including assigning, scheduling, and submitting such records and reports as required. Train new employees on safe operation and maintenance of equipment and tools.
  • Administration – Identify project tasks and resource requirements. Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including budgets, contractors, and collaborators. Evaluate, purchase and maintain equipment and supplies necessary for projects. Manage time accounting records and provide reports for supervisors and managers. Track purchases using a database. Lead or assist with development and management of grants and contracts in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Assist with monitoring budgets, contractors, and collaborators.
  • Public outreach/engagement – Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Open Space staff. Assist with coordinating necessary public information signs as needed for vegetation conservation/management and other resource management activities. Participate in public meetings as needed. Assist Lookout Mountain Nature Center with natural resource outreach information, both personal and non-personal. Provide information and participate when requested for Open Space Advisory Committee and various stakeholder groups. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning vegetation conservation/management and other natural resource management activities. Engage with media in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Contribute and maintain vegetation-related content on JCOS webpage.
  • Planning – Lead development and implementation of vegetation conservation/management plans, likely in coordination with state and federal agencies, universities, consultants, and NGOs. Participate as member or team leader of park and regional management planning teams, collaborating as needed with other Open Space staff and work units. Participate as member of and/or lead teams implementing action items related to park and regional management plans. Lead or assist with inter-agency (e.g., Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and other inter-organizational (e.g., Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Denver Botanical Gardens) collaboration.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in plant biology, ecology, natural resources management or a closely related field and a minimum of 3 years of work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: M.S. degree, 5+ years of vegetation conservation/management experience including experience with inventory/monitoring and special-status species; experience with Colorado Front Range vegetation; experience developing and implementing vegetation conservation/management plans; and, Department of Agriculture Qualified Supervisor License.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A post offer pre-employment physical will be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILLED OUT ONLINE AT:

http://www.jeffco.us/jobs

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:

100 Jefferson County Parkway, #4530 (303-271-8400)

(303) 271-8400

careertalent@jeffco.us   An Equal Opportunity Employer

About Jefferson County:

A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County is a major stop along RTD’s Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.

Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you’re ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us

 

 

 

Job Listing: Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader

Point Blue Conservation Science

Job Title: Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader

Location:  Base location is negotiable (HQ in Petaluma, CA, the Sierra Nevada, or Sacramento area)

Group: Sierra Nevada Group

Hours/Benefits: Full time w/competitive benefits

Point Blue Conservation Science’s Mission and Vision Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative research, restoration, outreach and extensive partnerships.  Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change and other threats to wildlife and people, while promoting adaptation to the changes ahead.  Point Blue will achieve this by conducting further research on ecological processes and by developing and disseminating science-based solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of these changes.  Because of our work today, healthy ecosystems will continue to support thriving wildlife and human communities in California and beyond, on land and at sea.

Sierra Meadow Program

Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program focuses on catalyzing the Sierra Meadow Partnership http://..org/book/sierra-meadows-strategy/mobile/index.html  to achieve its goal of restoring/conserving 30,000 acres of Sierra Meadow by 2030. This position will help ensure the Partnership achieves the acreage target while maximizing ecological services that will endure for centuries to come. By working with partners to identify the best places and practices to restore and manage meadows in the face of climate change, they will increase the ecological benefits of these restoration and protection activities. Working with government agencies, NGO’s and other key stakeholders, our approach is to find and help implement the solutions that best protect wildlife populations, their habitat, and other ecological services healthy meadows provide. We help our partners incorporate climate-smart principles into their prioritizations, restoration designs, easement terms, and management plans. Our goals: the conservation actions we take in the next 13 years will sustain vibrant, diverse, ecosystems; enhance ecosystem services; improve the ability of nature and humans to adapt to change; and use nature to sequester carbon and reduce climate change impacts whenever possible.

Job Summary

The Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader will be responsible for executing the strategy and achieving the outcomes of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program (described below). As such, the SMAL will develop and refine Climate-Smart approaches for restoration practitioners, scientists, land managers, and land trusts working on meadow conservation in the Sierra Nevada. The SMAL will help innovate climate smart approaches to meadow restoration and management. They will help develop and disseminate science-based policy and natural resource management recommendations.

The SMAL will work as part of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program team and play the primary role in delivering conservation outcomes to our partners by integrating the best available science and expertise into conservation decisions. To be successful, the SMAL will need excellent partnering skills, ability to interpret science into conservation actions for a diversity of audiences, a proven track record in fundraising, meeting facilitation skills, and a solid knowledge of the science relevant to restoration ecology and climate impacts on the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

THE SMAL will work extensively with external partners but will also develop cross organizational projects, especially related to our Climate Smart Restoration and Water and Wildlife on Working Lands Initiatives.

Supervision will be provided by Point Blue’s Sierra Nevada Group Director.

Essential Functions

Essential responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following activities:

  • Co-develop and drive Point Blue’s Sierra Meadows work plan in collaboration with appropriate Point Blue staff and external collaborators to achieve Point Blue’s climate smart conservation strategic outcomes and address Sierra Meadow Partnership need
  • Develop/implement Climate-Smart frameworks for Sierra meadow restoration and land trust acquisitions
  • Participate in developing and promoting effective approaches to climate-smart adaptation, incorporating the latest scientific results and evolving needs of stakeholders
  • Work with Point Blue project leaders and other staff and external collaborators to develop and deliver science-based recommendations for specific meadow restoration efforts and for the Sierra Meadow Partnership overall
  • Represent Point Blue at meetings and conferences relevant to Sierra Meadows, including developing and delivering public presentations communicating Point Blue scientific findings and recommendations
  • Prepare grant proposals to fund Sierra Meadow priorities in collaboration with partners and other Point Blue staff
  • Facilitate cross-organizational climate adaptation project development
  • Lead or participate in the writing of reports, manuscripts, and other literature.
  • Create and manage project budgets
  • Be a contributor to our “One Point Blue” culture and assist in other Point Blue projects as prioritized by the organization

Qualifications

  • Must have a passion for nature and conservation
  • Undergraduate degree in conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental policy and planning.
  • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in similar fields as above or hydrology, geomorphology, or restoration ecology strongly preferred.
  • Experience in successful grant writing and/or other fundraising
  • Previous experience working in meadow or riparian habitat or Sierra Nevada ecosystem a plus
  • Experience with natural resource management methods and interactions with ecosystem function
  • 3+ years of effective project design, planning, implementation and people management experience
  • 3+ years of experience working with diverse stakeholders and developing partnerships to achieve strategic goals
  • Well-developed understanding of climate change impacts to ecological communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated success in clearly and concisely translating science to diverse audiences via public speaking and written materials
  • Meeting facilitation skills
  • Ability to stay abreast of recent developments in relevant scientific research
  • Self-directed and highly motivated team player with a good sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and integrity in all aspects of work.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive, reflecting qualifications and experience. Point Blue offers a 401(k) plan with employer match contribution, 100% health care coverage for employees, full dental care, and partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners. This position will require occasional travel and will involve working some weekends and evenings.

To Apply

E-mail: (1) cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest in this position and Point Blue, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) for 3 references to jobs@pointblue.org with “SMAL” in the subject line.

Applicants may be subject to background checks.

Apply by May 15, 2017; the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants  with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the  interview process.

Job Listing: Senior Associate, Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Company: The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP)
    Job Title: Senior Associate, Biodiversity and Conservation
    Job Description: Senior Associate, Biodiversity and Conservation
    Center for Strategic Philanthropy
    Location: Washington, D.C.

    About the Center for Strategic Philanthropy
    Charitable giving in America has consistently been on the rise, exceeding more than $300 billion. Furthermore, high net worth philanthropists are increasingly moving away from passive giving approaches towards more active approaches, with the intent of enhancing the impact of their investments. Such approaches include evaluation of the landscape to set a giving strategy that addresses key unmet needs, monitoring their investments, and consulting with advisors to help structure and deploy their gifts.

    The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP), houses a number of programs, including a philanthropy advisory service that uniquely positions the center to improve the ROI of philanthropic capital by facilitating more strategic, informed, and creative philanthropic investment. To execute this work across key issue areas, we recruit technical experts in a number of fields including environmental science, biomedical research, education, public health, etc.

    As a result of the development of deep technical expertise among our team, CSP programs are grounded in robust analysis and expert input, creates a marketplace of innovative giving practices, forges greater awareness of high-impact investment opportunities, and connects ideas with action and capital in order to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

    Overview: Senior Associate, Biodiversity Conservation
    The Senior Associate will serve as the technical lead for our Biodiversity Conservation program. The aim of this program is to empower philanthropists and foundations to deploy dollars strategically and synergistically in order to strengthen biodiversity conservation initiatives around the world. This program includes state of the science analysis, assembly and support of scientific advisory groups, facilitation of scientific retreats, and the development of Giving Smarter Guides – which provides comprehensive, digestible information that helps philanthropists and foundations evaluate both research and policy efforts, as well as funding opportunities in relationship to the state of the science and key unmet needs in the field.

    A successful candidate will able to:
    •   Comprehensively assess the state of the science in a number of areas related to biodiversity conservation, ecology, and environmental science as a whole in the context of emerging themes, connections among different ideas and insights, and where there may be unnecessary silos;
    •   Demonstrate facility to understand and evaluate successful conservation and conservation education activities, measured through biodiversity, financial, and certification targets;
    •   Demonstrate impeccable attention to detail and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with international collaborators;
    •   Support activities of a scientific advisory boards and other key stakeholder groups, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
    •    Represent the Milken Institute within the broader scientific community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events;
    •    Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, researchers, advisors, etc.
    •    Contribute to communications efforts to building awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with CSP

    Requirements
    •       PhD or Master’s degree (preferred), as well as exemplary individuals with Bachelor’s degrees, and certifications and/or licensure, as appropriate, in the fields of Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Sustainability, etc.;
    •       Scientific writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
    •       Facility in navigating and translating information from scientific literature, scientific conferences, relevant policy and guidance documents, and other research resources;
    •       Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it;
    •       Highly adaptable intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new / unfamiliar areas of science and technology;
    •       Experience with conservation strategy design is a plus;
    •       Familiarity with research administration, grant evaluation, and/or innovative philanthropy funding models is a plus;
    •       Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
    •       Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    About the Milken Institute
    The Milken Institute is a globally engaged, publicly supported, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington, D.C. and Singapore. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. The Milken Institute offers an excellent benefit package including medical/dental, LTD, Life, Flex Spending Program, 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan, and company gym. E.O.E.
    City, State or Postal Code – United States: Washington, DC

    Job Type: Full Time
    Salary:
    Instructions for Applicants/ How to Apply: To apply online please go to: http://philanthropy.milkeninstitute.org/careers/

Job – Field Crew Lead and Botanist

Position description:

Field crew lead and botanist position available starting June 5th through ~July 16th. The position is with the University of Colorado-Boulder but will be stationed out of Moab, UT. Primarily a field position, the work involves ecological monitoring of fuel reduction and active seeding treatments in Pinyon-Juniper (P-J) woodlands on Bureau of Land Management

(BLM) lands. The fuel reduction treatments were initiated approximately 1-8 years prior and involved cutting the overstory P-J woody biomass and spreading it across the soil surface. Vegetation, fuel loading, and soil characteristics at these treated sites will be recorded using BLM Assessment Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) protocols.

 

Job duties/requirements include:

>Identifying plant species (or obtaining samples of unknowns) to species/subspecies

>Collecting fuel, soil, and other ecological measurements
>Leading a field crew of three Maintaining data integrity during collection and entry

>Ability to camp near field sites with limited amenities

 

Preferred qualifications:

>Experience working on and leading field crews with limited supervision

>Experience with identifying plants in the field through field guides and dichotomous keys

>Knowledge of Colorado Plateau Plants species and/or ability to obtain this knowledge

>Ability to drive on four-wheel drive roads Knowledge of BLM AIM protocols is a plus

 

Compensation/logistics:

>$12.00- $15.00/hour depending on experience Perdiem of $20/day when camping at sites Housing in Moab provided Work schedule will mostly be five days on and two days off with potential for longer weeks depending on location and size of the field site.

>Must find own transportation to Moab, UT by June 5th start date.

Additional opportunity:

If interested, this position can also join a May 22nd through ~June 2nd field trip for an ongoing biological soil crust restoration project east of Salt Lake City, UT but is not required. More information on how these two projects are linked can be explained during the interview process.

If interested in this position:

Please email Akasha Faist (akasha.faist@colorado.edu) by Monday, April 17th with a current resume and brief statement of interest for the Moab, UT position. Please also note if interested in joining the May 22nd-June 2nd field campaign as well. Interviews will likely be conducted shortly after the April 17th deadline.

Field Botanist/Data Manager, New Jersey Natural Heritage Program

Company: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Job Title: Field Botanist/Data Manager, New Jersey Natural Heritage Program
Job Description: Perform duties in support of the New Jersey Natural Heritage Program, including botanical field survey and data collection, database entry, project/activity review, and related tasks and duties.

Description:  Under the supervision of New Jersey Natural Heritage Program (NHP) staff, the successful candidate’s primary responsibilities will include the collection and dissemination of data and demonstrated expertise pertaining the State’s endangered and imperiled native flora, pursuant to the Natural Heritage Act of 1988 (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.146 et seq.). The NHP maintains the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) manual and computerized database on the location and status of rare plant species and ecological communities—the Heritage or Biotics database. Statutorily, this database is the basis for the DEP’s Data Services clearinghouse for information on the State’s biodiversity and for development of and amendment to NJ’s codified list of Endangered Plant Species.  The database also guides programs for state acquisition of lands for conservation, and is used to develop varied GIS products. This position will support the Biotics database and biodiversity protection through the collection of field data on the State’s rare flora and through project and permit review. Specific duties may include, as directed by the senior NHP Botanist or other full-time staff:

●       Perform seasonal field surveys and inspections of a varied nature in order to supplement and enhance information on occurrences of over 800 native NJ plant species listed as endangered or categorized as plant species of concern (threatened) by the DEP

●       Enter field information on plant occurrences into the Biotics database to support the DEP’s conservation, listing, planning and regulatory functions

●       Perform all or selected aspects of NHP data review and botanical consulting services.  May include specialized reviews of projects or activities proposed for DEP-administered lands and waters, or reviews requested from the DEP’s permitting, regulatory and enforcement agencies

●       Conduct independent research and analysis with the purpose of obtaining information on rare plant species and associated ecological communities that will improve the scientific basis for conservation, listing, planning and regulatory programs and decisions

●       Develop materials (Request for Proposal, Scope of Work) in support of professional consultant services for botanical surveys and inventories, and oversee activities and progress of contractors in timely delivery of all required products and services

●       Perform other duties of a varied nature that are consistent with the Natural Heritage Act and/or to supplement the NHP Data Services function.

Education: Master’s degree in botany, plant ecology or related environmental field.

Experience: 

  • Working knowledge of Northeastern or Mid-Atlantic flora.
  • Proven ability to perform surveys under rigorous field conditions based on existing occurrence information, herbarium collections and other historical data, as well as de novo field survey work.
  • Familiarity with the taxonomic literature.  History of publication desired.
  • Experience in identifying and describing ecological communities desired.Skills: 
  • Ability to interact and cooperate effectively with persons of varied natural resource backgrounds within and outside the DEP, as well as persons who lack botanical expertise but play a role in application and enforcement of regulations that protect rare flora and the habitats that support them.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including effective public speaking to foster elevation of the importance of the state’s flora and educate diverse persons and organizations on the state’s ecology, plant biodiversity and the science of species rarity.
  • Working knowledge of computer database and mapping systems such as Word, Excel, Access, ArcGIS, and use of GPS, or interest in proficiency in such applicationsAdditional: Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel extensively throughout the state.

    This position may include restrictions on weekly hours as well as seasonal work limitations.  Benefits are not included.  The DEP intends to pursue full-time employment for the successful candidate, which would include a benefits package, depending on, among other factors, performance during hourly employment.
    City, State or Postal Code – United States: Trenton, New Jersey

    Job Type: Full Time
    Salary: Hourly wage dependent on education and experience.
    Instructions for Applicants/ How to Apply: Forward resume and supporting materials by March 31, 2017 to:

    Robert J. Cartica
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    Office of Natural Lands Management
    P.O. Box 420
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
    609-984-1339
    Fax: 609-984-1427
    NatLands@dep.nj.gov

Plant Ecologist/Agronomist – California, River Partners

Wanted: Plant Ecologist/Agronomist
Do you value clean water, wild rivers, and healthy forests? Are you willing to lend your voice and your hands to protect fish and wildlife? Would you rather plant a tree than write a report? Are you excited to work with a team of ecologists, farmers, and entrepreneurs? If you answered yes to all of these questions, River Partners needs your help.
River Partners is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of rivers and floodplain ecosystems. Over the last 18 years, our organization has restored over 8,000 acres of flood-prone farm fields into forests teeming with wildlife. In doing so, we have planted over 2 million native trees and shrubs. Our staff is committed to getting things done. Since 2010, we have purchased $33 million worth of real estate throughout California. Once we acquire property, we implement native habitat restoration that benefits target species. After restoration is complete, River Partners donates the property to State and federal land management agencies to be preserved and protected in perpetuity. We believe in achieving results that directly benefit people and the environment.
River Partners is a successful, financially stable, entrepreneurial nonprofit. We generate an average of $7 million in revenue each year by securing for-profit contracts and government grants. We are the largest, and most experienced, riparian habitat restoration contractor in California and we have built strong relationships with the agricultural, agency, and nonprofit communities as a result of our record of success. Our work has been recognized with several awards, including the Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
Notwithstanding our accomplishments and awards, the single best thing about River Partners is the people. Our staff is committed, creative, collaborative and diverse. We produce amazing results and have a lot of fun along the way.
Position:
The Plant Ecologist works with River Partners’ biology, field implementation, and development teams to complete riparian habitat restoration projects. The position is based out of River Partners’ office in Chico, CA or Turlock, CA.
This senior-level position includes:
• Managing complex large-scale restoration projects;
• Proactively communicating with team members;
• Managing personnel;
• Writing plans, reports, and articles;
• Meeting multiple deadlines and providing outstanding customer service;
• Managing multi-million dollar budgets;
• Managing and building relationships with external partners;
• Representing the organization to stakeholders;
• Working on a diverse and highly motivated team;
• Working independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
• Assisting in the development of new restoration projects.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Scheduling staff and resources to meet contractual obligations and deadlines;
• Training entry-level biologists and interns;
• Completing site specific plans and project reports;
• Assisting with proposal writing and budgeting new projects;
• Reviewing scientific, contractual, and informative documents and supervising their production;
• Collaborating with the field implementation department to translate site specific designs from paper to the field;
• Attending public events, fairs and meetings to promote the organization and its mission;
• Developing and delivering presentations to the scientific community, government agencies, and the public;
• Travelling to multiple restoration projects for planning, monitoring, and project development – This position will require overnight travel up to 3 nights per month, and some evening and weekend work;
• May involve long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions;
• Other duties as required.
Skills & Qualifications:
• Possess the enthusiasm and drive to assist River Partners in fulfilling its mission;
• Enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done;
• Creatively solve problems and delight in learning new skills;
• Effectively communicate complicated biological findings orally and in writing;
• Possess knowledge of and experience with basic irrigation techniques and a working knowledge of soil chemistry and plant science;
• A working knowledge of California native plants, riparian ecology, and river hydrology;
• Possess the ability to work on both a team environment and independently;
• Demonstrate good organizational skills, ability to work under multiple deadlines, and flexibility to handle changing priorities;
• Be able to remain dedicated and focused on multiple tasks;
• Competently use Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, , and other programs;
• Have experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data;
• Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required).
Education and Experience:
M.S (or PhD) in plant biology, ecology, soil science, agriculture science or related science and at least five years of appropriate work experience. Work experience in California’s Central Valley is preferred. Successful candidates must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and be able to lift 40 pounds. A background in agriculture is desirable.
Term: This is an at-will position.
Compensation:
Competitive salary depending on experience. River Partners offers a comprehensive benefits package.
To Apply:
Email (1) cover letter (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) references to Mona Dagy at info@riverpartners.org. Please put Plant Ecologist-“Your Name” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. For full job posting, please see http://riverpartners.org/about/job-openings.html

Biological Science Technician (Botany), Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Biological Science Technician (Botany), GS-0404-05

We have a few vacancies for Full-Time, Temporary (NTE 1039 Hours) positions.

OPENS:  01/11/2017

CLOSES: 01/18/2017

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455541700/

Salary Range

$17.35 to $17.35 / Per Hour

Duties

MAJOR DUTIES:  Serves as a member of a fire effects monitoring crew.  Establish and sample vegetation and fuel monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines.  Independently identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in the field and records data accurately in the field.  Prepare herbarium specimens and record habitat and plant association data.  Enter data into computer or PDA using customized database software and verify data entry quality.  The applicant may assist in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines.  Use map and compass and uses and downloads digital cameras, GPS receivers, and PDAs.  Collect and analyze fuel moisture samples.  Although the incumbent’s principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may also collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, and/or will complete additional projects as needed.  This job regularly involves carrying heavy gear and exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity) and ticks.
OTHER INFORMATION: Employee may have the opportunity to participate in basic firefighting classes (S-130 and S-190) which require passing an arduous pack test. After successful completion of firefighting classes and pack test, employee will have the opportunity to participate in prescribed fires, wildland fires, and out-of-park assignments.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g. packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
AREA INFORMATION: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan approximately 50-60 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois. Small towns and resort communities on the beaches of Lake Michigan and farms interspersed with large tracts of woodlands and wetlands surround the Lakeshore. An abundance of cultural and recreational activities are available year-round. The area has weather typical of the Midwest, with temperatures normally ranging from 0 degrees in the winter to 90 degrees in the summer.  No government housing available; however, many reasonably priced houses and rental properties exist in the surrounding communities.  All services are available.

Request for Proposal BOOKKEEPING/ACCOUNTING SERVICES

Request for Proposal BOOKKEEPING/ACCOUNTING SERVICES

SUMMARY OF REQUEST

The Natural Areas Association (NAA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation is seeking proposals from seasoned practitioners to provide bookkeeping/accounting services for the NAA beginning December 15, 2016. It is anticipated that this contracted, part-­‐time position will average 10 hours/month (the hours/week will vary). The  contract will be for a one year period with the option to extend it. The bookkeeper will work from their current location, with on-­‐site meetings with the Operations Manager and/or Executive Director necessary two or more times/month. The current bookkeeper will be available to facilitate a smooth transition, and to ensure continuity.

To be considered, a proposal must be received via email on or before Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at the following email address: lsmith@naturalareas.org.

Questions should be directed to Lisa Smith, Executive Director at 724-­‐493-­‐4026.

INTRODUCTION

This position requires a commitment to the mission and expressed values of the Natural Areas Association, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to natural areas conservation.

The NAA’s mission is to support the community of natural areas professionals. We help members reach their professional goals, promote natural areas management based on science, work to raise awareness about the need for natural areas conservation, and support natural areas research.

SCOPE OF WORK TO BE PERFORMED

The Natural Areas Association is consolidating its operations in Ligonier, PA, and all accounting/bookkeeping will be managed by staff in Ligonier beginning January 1, 2017.

The firm/person selected will be responsible for providing the following services for a period of one year with an option to extend the contract.

Overarching criteria include someone with non-­‐profit accounting/bookkeeping experience and expertise using Quickbooks accounting software.

Services that will be required from the contractor include:

  1. Bookkeeping Services
  • Receive and record revenue, prepare bank deposits
  • Receive and record expenses, make payments
  • Prepare and process monthly payroll; prepare and submit quarterly payroll reports
  • Prepare annual 1099s and W2s
  • Monthly and quarterly reconciliation of bank account
  • Utilize Quickbooks for all accounting
  • Manage receipt, status and release of temporarily restricted funds
  1. Financial Reporting
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports through Quickbooks
  • Track cost-­‐center/program budgets and provide reports as needed
  • Prepare reports for donors or funders as needed
  1. Audit and Tax Filings
  • Provide all needed documentation and reports for auditor
  • Assist auditor with tax preparation as needed
  • Provide audit process support
  1. Other
  • Comply with relevant reporting requirements
  1. Support
  • Provide assistance, guidance and suggestions to NAA to improve internal control
  • Assist with NAA’s annual budget
  • Maintain organized financial records
  • Consult on financial matters

All computers, printers, software and associated supplies necessary to carry out the requirements of this contract will be provided by the consultant.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

The following must be received by the proposal due date:

  1. Title Page – the title page shall show the proposal subject, the firm’s name, address, contact person, and the firm’s CPA license number (if applicable) and federal identification number.
  2. Cover Letter – The cover letter should briefly state your understanding of the work to be performed, commitment to perform the work and statements as to why the firm believes it is qualified to perform the work.
  3. Firm’s Qualifications and Related Experience -­‐ Sufficient information should be provided regarding qualifications of the firm to provide the requested scope of work.
  4. Provide a listing of current clients in the Western Pennsylvania and/or other areas who are similar to NAA for which your firm is providing bookkeeping/accounting services. This section shall include the services being provided, a short description of the client, and the amount of revenue generated. Please provide references’ contact information.
  5. Personnel Qualifications ­‐-­ provide sufficient information and related experience of personnel who will perform NAA bookkeeping/accounting services. Include resume of the person directly responsible for this contract and other professionals directly involved. Resumes shall include all relevant experience during the last three years with nonprofit corporations similar to NAA, education, CPA licenses and continuing education of the individuals, if applicable. Include an affirmative statement that the firm and all assigned key professional staff are properly registered/licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.
  6. Approach to Provide Bookkeeping/Accounting Services -­‐ provide in sufficient detail the firm’s approach to NAA bookkeeping/accounting services. Include procedures to be  performed, by whom they will be performed, tasks to be accomplished, the utilization of computers in the engagement, consideration of laws and regulations, assistance that will be provided to NAA staff, the Board and committees.
  7. Additional Information -­‐ Interested firms are encouraged to provide any additional information not otherwise requested that may aid NAA in awarding this professional service contract.
  8. Professional Service Work Sample -­‐ The firm shall provide with its proposal, sample financial report(s) prepared for a client that the firm believes is representative of professional work of the firm, preferably in an area related to the services being requested. This document will be used in the evaluation process in selecting a firm to provide services to NAA. At the request of the firm, the document can be returned immediately after the contract for these services is awarded. Identity of the client may be masked. NAA shall treat the professional work sample as confidential.
  9. Fees/Hourly Rates -­‐ please provide your firm’s anticipated fee for this scope of work. Also include hourly rates of the firm’s employees should additional services be requested outside the scope of this proposal.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The below factors will be used when evaluating the proposals. The factors are not listed in order of importance.

  • Responsiveness to Request for Proposal specifications
  • Project cost
  • Qualifications of firm
  • Qualifications and experience of the staff to be assigned to the project
  • References
  • Demonstrated capability to perform the type of work requested

During the evaluation process, NAA reserves the rights to request additional information or clarifications from proposers and the right to reject any or all proposals. There is no expressed or implied obligation for NAA to reimburse responding firms for any expenses incurred in preparing proposals in response to this request.

Operations Manager

  • Status: Part-time, 17.5 hours per week
    Reports to: Executive Director
    Location: Ligonier, PA
    Salary Range: Dependent on experience

    Introduction:
    The Natural Areas Association is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to natural areas conservation. This position requires a commitment to the mission and expressed values of the Natural Areas Association. The NAA’s mission is to support the community of natural areas professionals. We help members reach their professional goals, promote natural areas management based on science, work to raise awareness about the need for natural areas conservation, and support natural areas research.

    Purpose of Position:
    The Operations Manager (OM) serves as the operations/business manager of the organization and is responsible for daily operations and managing all business functions. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing the NAA office, interfacing with members, vendors and the community; budgeting, financial reporting, and accounting oversight (in coordination with our bookkeeper); general NAA administration including records-keeping and writing and/or guiding policy; supporting the Executive Director with grants administration, fundraising and development support. The OM is responsible for furthering the goals, mission, and strategic plan of the organization by supporting the Executive Director, NAA staff and Board of Directors on key NAA programs and initiatives such as the Natural Areas Conference, student programs, outreach, and other initiatives/programs. This is a new approach to this job position for NAA and the person hired will have the opportunity to work with a small, dedicated team to take the organization to a new level, in a work environment that stresses collaboration and mutual support.

    Responsibilities:
    The responsibilities of the Operations Manager include, but are not limited to the following:

    Budget and Finance
    • Utilize financial data to improve and control operational budgets
    • Control inventory
    • Review financial statements and data
    • Facilitate budget development
    • Participate on Finance Committee
    • Coordinates with Treasurer and bookkeeper on cash flow projections, accounting needs,
    budget development and monitoring, investments, and financial reports
    • Respond to inquiries of Treasurer, Executive Director, Board of Directors, Bookkeeper, and Auditor

    General administration
    • Plan, direct and coordinate the operations of the organization
    • Implement and manage operational plans
    • Manage, develop and/or update operations policies and procedures manuals or guidelines
    • Responsible for overall management of NAA business office
    • Administer NAA office systems and communications (emails, general correspondence)
    • Develop and/or improve processes and policies in support of organizational goals.
    Formulate and implement departmental and organizational policies and procedures to maximize output and efficiencies.

  • Monitor adherence to policies, bylaws, and procedures
    • Maintain office files, records and schedules. Work in coordination with Board Secretary to maintain NAA records such as meeting minutes, bylaws
    • Provide general operating support to: the organization, ED, membership, Board of Directors, committees, and other individuals identified by ED or the Board.
    • Liaison and coordinate business-related contractors and vendors providing services to NAA (e.g., printers, bookkeeper, technical support, etc.)
    • Identify, recommend and/or implement methods for improving operations and efficiencies
    • Oversee and manage office technology (internet, phone, printers, etc.)
    • Overall Organizational Support
    • Assist the ED, board members and staff with strategic planning, fundraising, implementation of programs, conference planning and on-site activities, communications, fundraising and other initiatives as requested.

    Qualifications:
    • Professional, creative, enthusiastic, friendly personality who enjoys working with people;
    willingness to collaborate with a team on a wide variety of initiatives and participants including staff, board, volunteers, contractors and interns
    • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Excels at planning and organizing
    • Knowledge of and experience in operations management and/or business management
    • Knowledge of and experienced in project management principles and practices
    • Systematic, results-oriented person who thrives in an innovative, tasks-oriented environment
    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, communications, non-profit
    management or other applicable field; MBA or other advanced degree a plus
    • Knowledge and command of nonprofit accounting (GAAP) principles and practices
    • 3-5 years prior operations, administration, communications and/or finance experience
    • A proven track record of operations and/or project management. , as well as familiarity with Quickbooks, WordPress, and/or e-tapestry a big plus
    • Must have outstanding writing and verbal communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, with a strong command of Excel and Word
    • Must be highly organized and able to simultaneously manage multiple projects, establish
    priorities and meet project deadlines
    • A self-starter, with a desire to learn and keep current with operations and non-profit administration trends, including technology
    • Willingness to work beyond conventional office hours as required
    • Ability to travel to the annual Natural Areas Conference each year, as well as other meetings of staff and/or board in various locations across the country
    • Willingness and discipline to work in Ligonier, PA office as well as telecommute from home in as needed.
    • A commitment to, and basic understanding of, NAA’s mission, vision and values

    Physical Demands:
    Normal office duties as performed at a desk (may require long periods of sitting and computer typing).
    Ability to carry equipment up to 15lbs. Driving to vendors or for errands may require the use of personal vehicle.

    Work Environment:
    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    Salary and Benefits:
    Salary is dependent on experience. There is no health insurance or retirement plan with this position.
    The Natural Areas Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.

    To Apply:
    Applications are due by December 5, 2016, and will be reviewed as received. E-mail Lisa Smith, Executive Director, at LSmith@naturalareas.org. Please include a cover letter, current resume or CV and three professional references.