Category: Jobs

Executive Director, Wild Ones

Position Announcement
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit promoting native plants and sustainable landscaping. Through its 53 chapters around the country, and from its WILD Center national headquarters near Appleton, WI, Wild Ones leads the national landscaping movement by exploring, teaching, and influencing the practice of gardening.
This environmental education and advocacy organization was launched in 1977 as Wild Ones Natural Landscapers by a small group attending a natural landscaping workshop. Since those early days, Wild Ones has become a national volunteer-driven organization providing resources and organizational support to its 4,000 members.
Following a year of board-led reorganization, Wild Ones is primed to transfer management and operational responsibilities from board to staff and begin a period of expansion and growth; it seeks an executive director to lead this work. Reporting to the board chair, the executive director manages a small staff and a $350,000 budget.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Partner with the board to think broadly about opportunities and future directions; lead conversations about priorities, focus, and resources; update the current strategic plan and lead its implementation.
• Working closely with the board president, lead and manage the transfer back to staff the operations assumed by board members during the recent period of stabilization, including financial, technology, and personnel functions.
• Expand Wild One’s visibility and influence: serve as its public face and voice; develop and communicate a strong vision and message; help grow Wild One’s membership base and chapters; develop partnerships with colleague-organizations; and in general promote the Wild Ones’ message and mission broadly.
• Nurture and manage relations with the chapters, explore ways to promote and sustain member involvement.
• Energize and lead board and staff fundraising, including donor cultivation and outreach to corporate donors.
• Assure Wild Ones’ role as a key convener and resource on native plants and natural landscapes, including publication of the Wild Ones Journal, managing Seeds for Education, and in other ways connecting members and the broader public to the practice and science of natural landscapes.
• As appropriate, manage and support board activity and the work of board committees.
• Manage operations, technology, and finances; evaluating and improving systems and process as needed.
• Manage and coach staff; recruit, and develop chapter and national office volunteers. Arrange for and oversee management of the 13-acre WILD Center national headquarters.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Success working with a board in their governance of a small organization and in strategic planning, including discussions about resources, focus, and priorities.
• Success managing a small not-for-profit, including financial management; experience managing an organization in transition, and/or a volunteer membership organization highly preferred.
• Excellent communications skills; success in fundraising and in shaping and communicating messages for varied audiences; experience with social media. Experience promoting partnerships welcome.
• B.A. and a minimum of 7 to 10 years’ relevant experience. Available to live in the Appleton, WI, area.

PERSONAL QUALITIES
The successful candidate will be a creative, analytic, and energetic leader, an excellent story-teller who is able to move easily from hands-on to bold planning to engaging a large audience. He or she will welcome with humor and good cheer the complexities of managing a board and working with a small staff and volunteers. She or he will have the ability to lead and manage Wild Ones as it is now and to imagine and create its future. Further information about Wild Ones is available at www.wildones.org
will be made by October, 2017.

Those interested in this position should send a cover letter and résumé to:
info@himmelfarbgroup.com, with Wild Ones in the subject line.
Wild Ones is an equal opportunity employer.

Prescribed Fire Crew – Shannon County, Missouri

L-A-D FOUNDATION / PIONEER FOREST SEEKING PRESCRIBED FIRE CREW

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.
JOB TITLE: Prescribed Fire Crew Member
FULL/PART TIME: Full Time, Temporary, Fall Crew: Oct. 16, 2017 – Nov. 10, 2017
Spring Crew: January 3 – March 23, 2018
LOCATION: Pioneer Forest lands in Shannon County, Missouri
OFFICE LOCATION: Salem, Missouri

ABOUT US:
The L-A-D Foundation is dedicated to sustainable forest management, protection of exemplary natural and cultural areas in Missouri, and providing support and advocacy for projects and policies that have a positive influence in the Missouri Ozark region.
See: www.ladfoundation.org

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Prescribed Fire Crew Member will be based in Shannon County, Missouri and will work as part of a four-person fire crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire on Pioneer Forest lands. Work environment includes shortleaf pineoak
woodlands, old-growth shortleaf pine and glades. This position also includes routine natural area management activities. This position requires extended periods of outdoor physical labor with potential for long and irregular hours in a remote setting. The Prescribed Fire Crew must be available for work on short notice when business requires. Housing accommodation near Round Spring is provided at no cost to crew members. Camping and extended hiking may be required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Perform fireline construction with hand and power tools, and participate in wildland fire operations including ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, documentation, etc.
• Conduct routine conservation land management work such as brush and tree cutting, sign construction and repair, boundary line posting, back-country trail maintenance, mapping, and treatment of exotic species, etc.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to carry a 45 pound pack over 3 miles of level terrain in 45 minutes or less (Arduous Level Pack Test) and maintain fitness.
• At least 6 months of related experience and a high school diploma.
• Willingness to work long and irregular hours.

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION:
Additional skills and competencies:
• Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for FFT2, including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130).
• Ability to perform the safe operation of chainsaws, 4×4 pickups, trailers, UTVs, pumps and hand tools.
• Excellent verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work well with a wide variety of people in stressful conditions and to follow assignments closely.
• Ability to perform exceptionally hard physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions in all extremes of weather. These conditions also present frequent possibility for injury and require long hours in isolated settings.
• First Aid/CPR/EMT certification helpful.
• A strong interest in landscape conservation restoration and the management of natural areas.

SALARY / BENEFITS:
Base salary $11.00/hr. Overtime hours are budgeted. Housing, transportation to/from site, and job-related equipment provided by L-A-D Foundation / Pioneer Forest. The L-A-D Foundation / Pioneer Forest shall not provide for the following: health insurance, retirement benefits, withholding of any kind from crew member payments, or any other employee benefits. The L-A-D Foundation / Pioneer Forest will provide liability insurance necessary for completion of essential functions, including liability coverage for operating company
vehicles and workers compensation coverage. Crew members agree to release the Foundation and the Forest and its employees, agents, or assigns for any claims or actions arising from personal injury or damage to personal property in fulfillment of this assignment.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit resume AND cover letter AND three professional references as one document in MS WORD format to neal.humke@ladfoundation.org. Also indicate which crew(s) you are applying for, FALL and/or SPRING.
Failure to provide a complete document may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

EOE STATEMENT:
L-A-D Foundation / Pioneer Forest is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, country of origin, or gender.

River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Project Coordinator

The Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc.

Position Title:                    River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Project Coordinator

Salary:                                  $3,700 – $5,400 per month

Location:                             Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion, IL

Closing Date:                     8/28/2017

Essential Functions

The River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Project Coordinator (PC) is a full time contract position.  Contract work is secured through September 2019.  The PC serves as the coordinator of the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, a joint project of 13 Steering Committee members (see table below).  The PC’s office is based at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Marion, IL but work will be conducted throughout the entire CWMA area.  This position takes lead responsibility for the CWMA, providing oversight and support for the implementation of CWMA projects and further development to achieve the mission of the CWMA.  The CWMA’s mission is to establish a framework for cooperatively addressing the effects of non-native invasive plants across jurisdictional boundaries within the 11 southern counties (Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Williamson, and Union) in Illinois.    To learn more about the CWMA, visit www.rtrcwma.org.

  River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area Steering Committee Members
Illinois Department of Natural ResourcesUSDA Forest Service – Shawnee National Forest
USFWS-Cypress Creek National Wildlife RefugeUSFWS-Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
USFWS-Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife RefugeUSDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceIllinois Department of Transportation
Illinois Department of AgricultureSouthern Illinois University at Carbondale
University of Illinois ExtensionThe Nature Conservancy
Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area, INC.

The coordinator will work as part of the CWMA Steering Committee to provide oversight and support for the planning and implementation of projects to achieve the mission of the CWMA.  The coordinator has primary responsibility for completed project deliverables on existing grant-funded projects.  The coordinator also works with public agencies, conservation groups, and private landowners to advance the CWMA and ensure abatement of invasive plant species threats to the Cooperative Weed Management Area.  The CWMA Project Coordinator does not currently supervise other employees but does help direct the contractual work of others.

Specific Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or related area and 1 to 2 years related experience or equivalent combination. Additional education may be substituted for experience.
  • Proven effectiveness in working with public agencies and other land managers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the CWMA mission to diverse groups including elected officials, donors, agencies, the public and others. Working knowledge of invasive species prevention, early detection, containment and control techniques
  • An in-depth understanding of the ecological impacts of invasive species.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding.

Specific Duties

  1. Coordinate CWMA steering committee meetings and other meetings as needed.
  2. Provide strategic financial and technical assistance to landowners for invasive plant control within the CWMA.
  3. Implement the invasive species control portion of a forest health project that incorporates prescribed fire (in collaboration with the Southern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association) to promote Oak-Hickory forest regeneration. Work with Master Naturalists, volunteers and the volunteer coordinator to establish the Forest Restoration Support Team (FRST).  Conduct workdays and education and outreach events.
  4. Facilitate the implementation of the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan’s Invasive Species Campaign within the CWMA.
  5. Provide invasive plant workshops and training sessions for volunteers, landowners, businesses, and agencies.  Serve as the point person for collection and dissemination of information on invasive plant species in the CWMA.  Disseminate educational material focused on regional invasive species.  Prepare new educational materials.
  6. Consult with land management agencies, the Southern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team, and private landowners on up-to-date control information, regional invasive plant priorities, and application methods.
  7. Develop annual CWMA reports and management plans for priority species.
  8. Identify and seek out available funding opportunities.
  9. Compile, collect, and enter invasive plant distribution data into the EDDMapS mapping system.
  10. Work with CWMA members to continue Early Detection and Rapid Response for new invasive species.
  11. Administer and initiate CWMA initiatives coordinated with local, state, and federal government agencies and other organizations.
  12. Effectively represent the CWMA to the general public, elected and other governmental officials, industry, donors, media and other individuals and organizations.
  13. Facilitate Invasive Species Awareness Month activities and events within the CWMA.
  14. Continue the development of the CWMA website, Facebook page and news blog.
  15. Other duties as assigned by the Steering Committee.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  1. Knowledge of current trends in invasive species policy, management and planning at the local, state, and national scale.
  2. Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic project goals.
  3. Management and administration experience, including ability to motivate, lead, meet objectives and manage performance of a large partnership.
  4. Demonstrated experience in MS Office software, database/website development and GIS.

Complexity/Problem Solving

  1. Cultivate the creative ideas of others to identify potential solutions. Experiment to find creative solutions – think outside the box.
  2. Resolve complex issues independently within the project area.
  3. Design, implement, and direct multiple projects within the local area, setting deadlines and ensuring project accountability.

Discretion/Latitude/Decision-making

  1. Make sound decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  2. Act independently within broad program goals.
  3. Decisions will affect other partners within project area and may have project-wide impact.

Responsibility/Oversight – Financial & Supervisory

  1. Serve as project coordinator for CWMA and for some projects; coordinate the work of others.
  2. Financial responsibility includes setting and meeting fundraising goals, i.e. grant preparation, evaluating results, and developing corrective strategies as needed. Responsibility and accountability for meeting CWMA strategic goals and objectives.
  3. Will need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish project goals.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts

  1. Communication and presentations skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of CWMA to diverse groups including elected officials, donors, steering committee, the public and others. Communicate strategic project goals and objectives.
  2. Work in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative or advisory role.
  3. Prepare and present project proposals, including negotiating with federal, state and local agencies and other organizations to achieve project goals.

Working conditions/Physical effort

  1. Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  2. Ability to work an irregular schedule including weekends and unpredicted schedule changes, travel on short notice.

To apply, send Cover Letter, Resume (including 3 references), and Narrative addressing the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to:

Kevin Rohling

8588 Route 148

Marion, IL 62959

email: rtrcwma@gmail.com

fax: 618-997-8961

Note:  Electronic submittals are accepted and encouraged.  All materials must be received on or before Close of Business on 8/28/2017

For questions, contact Kevin Rohling at 618-694-8150 or rtrcwma@gmail.com

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Botanist for Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

The Kentucky Natural Heritage is hiring a field biologist with an emphasis in botany. The position entails fieldwork, as well as office work and specific duties consist of performing rare plant surveys and population monitoring, as well as assisting with biological inventories for other taxonomic groups,  recording field data including GPS coordinates;  collecting, identifying and processing botanical specimens for inclusion into university herbaria; assisting with providing public and private entities education and development of strategies to protect and recover rare plant species and communities.

Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in Wildlife Sciences, Biological Sciences, or related major; or an equivalent combination of education and experience plus either one year of experience that can be substituted by graduate work on a year by year basis.  Candidates with a background and interest in botany will be preferred.

Special requirements:  Ability to work as part of a team.  Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and rough terrain, requiring extended hours and overnight stays. Specifically the candidate will assist with biological surveys throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Ability to accurately and legibly record data and read maps.  Familiarity with databases, Arc GIS and GPS units preferred.  Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs for short distances.  Ability to follow instructions and protocol and communicate with supervisors. Driver’s license required, and ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and boats preferred.

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

This position will be listed shortly on the Kentucky State Registrar as an Environmental Scientist II.

How to apply:  All interested candidates must access the State Personnel website and create a user account and general application.  https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=20101&siteid=5031.  Once the position is officially posted, submit a cover letter, State application form, resume reflecting a complete record of education (transcripts are desired) and experience, and contact information for three (3) references by March 20, 2017 to Martina Hines, natural Heritage Branch Manager, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, 801Teton Trail, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, (502) 573-2886; or email as attachments (preferred):  martina.hines@ky.gov.

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/

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission Executive Director

ADVANCE NOTICE OF POSITION PENDING

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission Executive Director

Location: Frankfort, Kentucky

The Executive Director is a non-merit employee who serves at the pleasure of a five-member Commission.  In accordance with KRS 146.430, the Director leads an integrated team of biologists and natural resource managers to identify, conserve and manage Kentucky’s biological diversity.  The Director oversees two branches – Nature Preserves and Natural Areas and Natural Heritage Program.  Currently there are 63 nature preserves and natural areas encompassing almost 28,000 acres across the Commonwealth.  Rare species and natural communities are tracked in the Natural Heritage Program database, which is a member program of Nature Serve’s international network.

Detailed Position Description

Mission Policy and Direction:  Upon the advice and consent of the Commission, provide direction and guidance for agency projects and activities in consultation with agency staff and input from partner conservation agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).  Ensure compliance with statutory authority (with KRS 146.410-535 and 400 KAR 2:060-100) and avoid divergence from agency mission.

Budget:  Develop biennial budgets for submittal to the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and the Governor’s office.  Review, approve and implement annual operating budgets.  Seek to increase General Funds, seek additional funding sources to supplement the agency budget of roughly $1,531,000.

Personnel:  Approve all personnel actions for the agency and recommendations to appointing authority.  Oversee hiring process and compliance with annual employee evaluations, training and professional development for staff. Rebuild staff levels to ensure an effective nature preserves and natural areas branch, restore terrestrial biologist position to heritage program, and add data staff to increase reliance on the Commission for the highest quality and most informed biological data available in Kentucky.

Outreach:  The director is expected to network and build cooperative partnerships for the purpose of increasing the Commission’s resources, and maximizing its impact on conservation in the state.   Director shall seek, develop and strengthen relationships with federal, state and local agencies, NGO’s, universities, and citizens to increase awareness of the importance of KSNPC’s biological diversity protection mission.  In coordination with EEC or the Governor, build communications and relations with members of the General Assembly.  Continue to build reputation of KSNPC as the expert information resource for rare species and natural communities in the state.

Land Acquisition:  Seek grant funds and private dedications to increase land protection capacity to levels comparable to surrounding states. Utilize partnerships with other organizations to guide and encourage their protection efforts. As a board member of Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), aid in the retention of current funding and seek new funding sources to increase its revenues and provide input to ensure funds are spent on the highest quality natural lands.

Minimum Qualifications:

A demonstrated commitment to the preservation of Kentucky’s natural heritage is essential. Master’s degree in natural resource science, conservation biology, ecology, or biology preferred with at least six years’ experience as a natural resource management professional and at least three years supervisory experience.  Applicant must show through work history that s/he has effectively managed professional staff and budgets.  Applicant must demonstrate effective leadership skills with legislature, private organizations and government agencies.  Experience with successful grant procurement, land acquisition and administration preferred.

Contact:  Joyce Bender at 502  573-2886 or joyce.bender@ky.gov

Postdoctoral Research Position

Improving Resilience for the Rio Grande Coupled Human-Natural System

Postdoctoral Research Position

Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

Job Description

The Koch Lab is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists on the integrated modeling of the Rio Grande Basin. The position is part of the project “Improving Resilience for the Rio Grande Coupled Human-Natural System”, funded by the USGS and will focus on the development, implementation, and application of a spatio-temporal simulation model for the Rio Grande Basin. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with anthropologists and economists to identify important socio-economic and biophysical components of the system under study. This knowledge will then be used in a simulation model – based on the Envision framework – in order to analyze the relationship between human decision making, climate change and hydrology in the basin.

 

Required Qualifications

  • D. in Hydrology, Geoecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, or a related field
  • Experience in hydrological modeling and/or integrated modeling
  • Programming skills (preferably C++) and a strong computational background
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Spanish language proficiency is a plus
  • Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary research is a prerequisite

Application Process

To apply, please send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list, and the names and contact information for three references as one combined .pdf document to Dr. Jennifer Koch (jakoch@ou.edu). Screening will begin October 7th, 2016 (open until filled).

Salary: Competitive salary including benefits

Starting Date: November 15th, 2016 or as negotiated

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution: http://www.ou.edu/eoo/.