March 17th 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

A note on where we find these jobs…

I have received a few questions regarding the sources and contact information for some of the job postings in this and past newsletters. I try to post enough information in this newsletter that you can “re-find” the posting or at least the organization even if it is not from the original source. We are also very willing to help you locate a job you see in this newsletter. However, in some cases if you do not act fast the posting may have expired or have been filled.

There are a number of ways that I receive and find the job descriptions I post. In most of these cases you can do exactly the same thing on your own. In fact, we encourage you to do so! Here are just a few of our methods and sources…

  • VLS Alums and friends send them to us
  • We actively solicit jobs from past or prospective employers (often these are summer or temporary opportunities with organizations we have a strong relationship with, but we get longer term or full time positions as well)
  • Employers seek us out (we have a “Post a job” button on the VLS website, and we also welcome employers sending us jobs directly via email)
  • We have “alerts” set up on several sites that will send us links to particular types of jobs
  • We actively search various job websites for interesting postings relevant to you (Idealist.org, ecojobs.org,….)

–          We go directly to the websites of various governments, organizations, and businesses and check out their “join us”, “employment”, or “career” pages

Reminder: We post many of these and other jobs like them on Symplicity, our jobs database. All VLS students and Alums have access. Symplicity jobs are generally focused on internships and jobs requiring 0-5 years experience. You may access Symplicity via the Careers Portal on the VLS homepage. The database requires a login, which you should have received during your first semester, if you don’t have it or have misplaced it please let us know and we can email you another (please tell us if your email has changed).

Reminder:  Newsletters may also be accessed through our blog:  http://wordpress.vermontlaw.edu/careers/   this is especially convenient for graduates who want to keep in touch.

 Career Tip of the Week

4 Networking Tips for Non-networkers

BY          SURABHI LAL

I have a confession: even though my role as a career coach has me talking frequently about the importance of networking, I do not love large networking events. You know the ones where you walk into a loud happy hour and have the urge to walk right back out?

 

I have, in fact, walked into one of these events, turned right back around, and took a walk around the block. During that short walk, I got into a different headspace so I could meet new people. Then I went back into the event, which ended up being one of the most enjoyable I have attended.

 

There is no doubt that it is important to develop a network, but there are more ways than just attending happy hours to expand your professional circle.

 

Say Yes to Informational Interviews

 

A few years ago, I saw networking described as a combination of curiosity and generosity. This is an ideal way to think of an informational interview. Whether you are connecting with someone over a cup of coffee, a phone call, or at their office, the first step is figuring out who you want to meet with and why.

 

Who is in your network (and in your network’s network)? Find out who works in the issue area of interest to you. Is there someone who already has your ideal role, or who might have a connection at the organization that you’re eyeing?

 

Once you have reached out and set up a meeting, you’ll want to prepare. Even though you are not going on a formal job interview, put your best professional self forward.

 

Be curious. Ask questions to learn more about the person:

 

What is important to them? What are their interests, passions, or hobbies?

How did they get to their position?

What was their career path?

Do they have any advice?

Is there something they wish they knew when they were in your shoes?

Remember to always write a thank you note to let them know you appreciate their time.

 

Say Yes to Being a Resource, Too

 

Similarly, when someone asks you to share your experiences, say yes. Whether someone asks you about your profession, organization, school, or volunteering, share the stories of your successes and things you wish you knew before you started.

 

Be generous. Think about what you can offer:

 

Articles or events that might be of interest.

Connections to people, employers, or organizations.

Skills that might be of use to the person you’re talking to.

Say Yes to Professional Associations

 

There are many professional associations in the nonprofit and social impact space. Many are locally based, some are national, and many have regional chapters. If you’re a student, take advantage of student membership rates.

 

There are a number of ways to get involved in a professional association:

 

Attend events: Many are focused on a specific topic so not only will you learn something, you are likely to share some interests with the other attendees.

Volunteer to sit on a committee: Professional associations rely on active members to help. Attending committee meetings will provide you with an opportunity to meet others while building skills.

Get involved in a mentor program (some organizations have them): You can get paired up with experienced members who are looking to share their knowledge with new professionals.

Say Yes to Reconnecting with Past Colleagues and Clients

 

Some of the best people in your network are your past colleagues and clients, yet many people overlook them once they are no longer working in the same office.

 

Stay in touch: Take the initiative to get a group of old colleagues together a few times a year.

Work on projects together: Identify opportunities to collaborate by presenting at conferences or hosting webinars together.

Share best practices with each other: Talk about trends, policy changes, and organizations that are in the news.

Even if you say yes to all of these ways to expand your professional network, you still need to know how introduce yourself to a stranger at a large event. Be prepared for the first question that most people will ask when they meet you: tell me about yourself. You never know when you’ll need the skill and for what. From there, you’ll be on your way to better and more meaningful connections!

 

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

CONNECTICUT RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL RIVER STEWARD – UPPER VALLEY (NH & VT)

The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), the principal citizen advocate for protecting New England’s largest river ecosystem, is seeking candidates to be its new Upper Valley River Steward covering New Hampshire and Vermont. CRWC has advocated for the entire, four-state Connecticut River watershed since 1952. We work to protect the river, its tributaries, the fish, native plants and the critters that live here.

Our River Stewards are watchdogs, technical experts, problem-solvers, intervenors, policy wonks, and partnership builders. The Upper Valley River Steward will work closely with our existing upper valley staff person, who focuses on river restoration projects in NH and VT, as well as in conjunction with our two River Stewards in MA and CT. S/he will report to, and be supervised by, the Executive Director who is located in our Greenfield, MA headquarters.

Key competencies & experience

  • Ability to manage multiple issues at the same time involving a wide variety of parties.
  • Ability to clearly articulate, both in writing and verbally, complex ecosystem issues and technical jargon to our members, the general public, state legislators, CRWC funders and others.
  • Ability to think creatively, thoughtfully, and work collaboratively to develop public policy positions on our priorities, including FERC hydro relicensing, water quality standards, solid waste reduction, and fisheries-related issues.
  • Ability to create effective advocacy partnerships and coalitions with other non-profit organizations, local commissions, towns, and individuals in NH and VT in line with our mission.
  • Proven experience and understanding of relevant state and federal water quality laws and environmental regulations, as well as the science behind healthy fisheries and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Ability to raise funds through grants, individuals, and sponsorships.

 

Job responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

  • Work cooperatively with our existing upper valley staffer to ensure a seamless organizational approach to our work in NH and VT, as well as our other staff on initiatives such as the annual Source to Sea Cleanup.
  • Develop a close working relationship with state agency partners, local commissions, other non-profit groups, the media, our members, Trustees and funders.
  • Keep abreast of and understand the principal environmental issues and proposals in NH and VT (as well as federal) affecting the upper Connecticut River and its tributaries.
  • Carry out our strategic plan priorities and policy initiatives for this region.
  • Develop and present position statements and comments on proposed public policies, licenses, regulations, new development, solid waste, and permits affecting the NH and VT part of the watershed.
  • Represent CRWC in committee meetings and other proceedings (including NH water quality standards, NH Instream Flow rule making, and the NH aquatic invasive species committee, as well as the FERC relicensing of 3 hydro dams in NH and VT).
  • Promote awareness of, interest in, and support for our work through personal contacts, group presentations throughout NH and VT, public outreach events, press releases, etc.
  • Help raise funds and write grants in coordination with other CRWC staff, as well as participate in outreach and engagement activities.

Location

This position will operate out of your home office (preferably within this region of the watershed) with costs for communications and supplies covered by CRWC. Extensive travel throughout New Hampshire and Vermont will be required (as well as monthly trips to Greenfield, MA) and is reimbursed at the federal rate.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates should have a degree in ecology, freshwater biology, environmental law, and/or related work experience. The ideal candidate will have advocacy and public policy experience related to clean water, fish and wildlife, and the environment. On-river experience and enthusiasm for outdoor recreation is desirable. This position requires someone who is outgoing and self-motivated, able to work well on his or her own, able to set priorities and meet deadlines, comfortable establishing partnerships, and traveling throughout the watershed.

Salary & benefits

This position will be full-time, but flexible hours and days are potentially acceptable. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include employer supported retirement program, plus generous paid leave.

The application deadline is April 5, 2017. Start date is negotiable, but May 15 is target.

Email resume, cover letter, and two river/environmental related writing samples to: rrhodes@ctriver.org

Put “UV River Steward” in subject line.

CRWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to work place diversity.

 

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking a full-time Communications and Marketing Coordinator to work at our headquarters facility in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This is an entry-level position with growth potential within the organization.

The Communications and Marketing Coordinator is responsible for creating and maintaining content across multiple platforms. The person selected for this position will also be responsible for contributing to and helping execute a marketing plan designed to both raise awareness of the foundation’s programming and mission, and also increase program and membership revenue. Aldo Leopold’s life and legacy defy easy categorization; therefore the Communications and Marketing Coordinator has a strong understanding of how to leverage the value of connection, listening, and inclusion in sharing messages about the land ethic to ensure relevance in the 21st Century. The Communications and Marketing Coordinator connects with our primary audiences (natural resource professionals, educators, people who love the land, and potential donors) and welcomes and engages new audiences to help us build a land ethic together.

Qualifications

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking a skilled communicator with a proven track record to lead the foundation’s communications and marketing efforts. We need a master storyteller, a relentless connector, and an opportunistic big thinker. The ideal candidate will be creative, flexible, energetic, and committed to advancing an inclusive land ethic. Required: An undergraduate degree in communications, marketing, or journalism and one to three years relevant work experience in communications and marketing for either a for-profit or not-for-profit company; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Some experience with WordPress or a similar content management system preferred. We also ask all our staff and fellows to play an active role in helping build an inclusive community and culture at the foundation.

Compensation

Starting salary $35 – $40k DOE, plus benefits including health and dental insurance, vacation, and paid holidays.

Hiring Timeline

Position is open until filled.

Application Instructions

Send a resume, cover letter, contact information for two references, and at least one professional writing sample via email to gro.dlopoelodla@liam. Use the subject line “Communications and Marketing Coordinator-WEB.”

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and recognizes that just as a healthy ecosystem depends on biodiversity, cultural and social diversity are also essential to a healthy human society. We are committed to expanding the conversation on land ethics by acting to achieve a rich diversity of staff, board, volunteers, members, supporters and those we seek to engage with our programming. We encourage applicants to address this foundation goal in their application materials.

 

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Internship

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Legal Affairs, is seeking highly qualified law students for paid summer internships.

Interested students may obtain more information and submit an application by visiting the DEP website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/job_opportunities/internships.shtml.

 

Town Manager Hartland, Vermont

Opening for:

Masters

LLM

Recent Graduate

Admitted Attorney

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization:

Heather Law, VLCT MAC Associate Street Address: 89 Main Street, Suite 4

City: Montpelier

State: VT

Country: United States

Zip: 05602

Phone Number: 802-262-1944

Fax:

E-mail Address: municipal.recruitment@vlct.org

Website: www.vlct.org

Salary: $60,000-80,000

Deadline Date: 03/31/17

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

List of References

 

Water Quality Monitoring Assistant

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Management Division (Springfield, VT)

Job Title: Water Quality Monitoring Assistant

Who Can Apply: 1L, 2L, Masters

Deadline Date: 3/20/2017

How To Apply: Submit application materials to VLS Career Services by March 20, 2017

Ms. Marie Levesque Caduto

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Watershed Management Division

100 Mineral Street, Suite 303

Springfield, VT 05156-3168

Application Materials: Submit resume and cover letter to Career Services by Monday, March 6, 2017.

Job Description: Position Objective: Coordinate and support the work of volunteer river monitoring programs in southeastern Vermont. Position Period: Beginning mid-May – ending late-August (earliest) mid-September (preferred) or later if available. Major Tasks to be Performed: Coordinate and assist with coordinating, two volunteer watershed associations’ water quality monitoring programs. Recruit volunteers, participate in and provide volunteer training, organize and distribute program supplies, maintain and update volunteer contact information and laboratory data, perform water quality sample collection, transport samples to testing laboratories when needed, perform data entry and data management tasks and provide other ongoing program support. May create and present public outreach programs on water quality issues if time allows. Resources available to intern: office (Springfield, VT), computer, phone, with option of working from home. Supervision: The intern will be supervised by a VT DEC Watershed Coordinator and Watershed Association (WA) directors and will receive training and gain experience in the following: understanding water quality parameters; monitoring protocols; data management; quality assurance procedures; program coordination and public speaking and presentation skills. Training Provided: LaRosa Lab Volunteer Training Day – attendance April 7 if possible Introduction to WQ monitoring and parameters – Watershed Coordinator Basic water sampling quality control techniques – LaRosa Lab & WA Conductivity testing – SeVWA Site locations – WA Bacteria testing – CRWC Working with volunteers – WA Basic GPS waypoint documentation – WA Detailed Tasks to be Performed: 1) Volunteer recruitment assistance a) Using information from the watershed associations, promote the programs and recruit volunteer water sample collectors for programs b) Produce posters and outreach materials for recruitment efforts 2) Volunteer coordination a) Determine volunteer availability b) Schedule regular samplers, back-up samplers and assign sites c) Assist with and provide volunteer training and support d) Submit pre-submission testing requests and bottle requests to two water quality labs in an appropriate amount of time before those items are needed e) Prepare and provide supplies to all volunteers prior to sampling dates (bottles, labels, field sheets, Chain of Custody forms, etc.) f) Record duplicate and blank water sampling assignments for quality control checks g) Update and maintain a spreadsheet with volunteer contact information h) Send regular e-mail notices to volunteers regarding upcoming sampling events, results, etc. 3) Pick-up samples at drop-off locations or staff collection rendezvous stations on sampling days a) Verify completeness of all field sheets b) Receive samples and monitor sample temperatures c) Track and document Chain of Custody d) Conduct conductivity tests as needed 4) Transport samples to labs within required hold times if necessary a) Travel to labs in Greenfield, MA &/or possibly Burlington, VT b) Deliver samples and Chain of Custody forms to labs and log in c) Assist with sample processing and analysis as needed d) Collect equipment and supplies for next sampling dates e) File field data sheets and Chain of Custody forms in office on return 5) Data input and management a) Using spreadsheet software (Excel, Sheets, etc.) – log in samples, sites, field notes, on-site data (air and water temp’s) and analyzed parameters (e.g. conductivity) b) Download data from state site, review and transfer to WA databases c) Receive/download and review E. coli lab results; transfer to WA databases d) Distribute results to media outlets, partners & volunteers e) Maintain hard copy files and back-up all electronic work f) Assist with or perform updates of GIS map of WQMP sites g) Create graphs for data sets as time allows 6) Provide education and outreach for WA’s as time allows a) Staff table events b) Attend association meetings as needed for WQ program 7) Work with WC on WQMP as needed 8) Special project of personal interest if time allows. Required Skills: Excellent written, verbal and online communication; proficiency in MS Excel and Word; online data processing and collaboration using cloud services; high attention to detail and self-motivation; previous work with volunteers and/or in a lab setting a plus. Compensation: This is currently an unpaid internship but stipend funding is being sought. Reimbursement for miles traveled in the course of job duties at the current rate per mile. Personal vehicle and internet access required. Work Schedule: Full days Wednesdays for monitoring days beginning June 21. Schedule can be variable at other times. Expected time commitment: 15 – 25 hrs/week. Watershed Groups: SeVWA – Southeast Vermont Watershed Alliance; DRWA – Deerfield River Watershed Association; CRWC – Connecticut River Watershed Council.

 

Office Mgr/Recruiter for Top Water Group!

Austin, TX, US

Job posted by Clean Water Action of Austin, Texas on March 15, 2017

Since 1972, Clean Water Action has been a top national, grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for water conservation, clean energy, and political accountability.

We are seeking a dynamic, motivated office manager to assist our Directors with daily office functions focused on our door-to-door canvass-based operations.

Responsibilities:

Answer incoming calls, screen prospective applicants for canvass positions

Schedule qualified applicants for interviews with the Canvass Director and conduct interviews as needed

Maintain daily records of canvass performance, preparing weekly and monthly canvass reports and trainee and staff payroll

Maintain personnel files and track staff benefits accrual and use

Assist in tracking and coding expenses to departments; maintain and reconcile petty cash records

Process information requests from the public and refer to appropriate staff

Provide programmatic support, including maintaining issue files and sorting and sending letters generated by the canvass

Team with the Canvass Director to plan and implement recruitment efforts

Carry out other duties as directed by the Canvass Director

 

Qualifications:

Strong oral and written communication skills

Detail oriented with strong math skills and personal organization

Passion for environmental, political, and/or social justice issues

Experience with computers required, particularly database systems

Adept with social media platforms and posting high quality content

Prior door-to-door or phone canvass experience preferred

 

Hours/location:

Must be available to work 9AM-5PM, 3 days per week

600 W. 28th St. #202 Austin, TX 78705

 

Please send your resume’ with short cover letter to austinjobs@cleanwater.org using “CWAOM” in the subject line. Thanks!

 

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Santa Monica, CA, US

Job posted by Los Angeles Waterkeeper on March 15, 2017

Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW), a dynamic nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to protect and restore the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, Los Angeles River, and adjacent waterways, is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator. As part of a cohesive effort to safeguard not only our coast but also our inland waterways, LAW aims to significantly expand outreach efforts and partnerships throughout LA County. Diverse, bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

 

The Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator will: oversee Waterkeeper’s engagement in community events throughout LA County, support other staff and contractors in organizing LAW’s signature fundraising and outreach events, grow and mobilize our volunteer base, and support efforts to increase LAW’s recognition in the community.

 

This position reports to the Communications Manager.

Responsibilities:

Community Outreach & Events

 

On an annual basis, develop a master events plan (including LAW’s signature and programmatic events, and outside community events), outlining clear goals, objectives and action plans to achieve desired outcomes.

Oversee Waterkeeper’s involvement (e.g., boothing) at community events, street fairs and other non-LAW events throughout LA County, including: overseeing annual calendar and tasklists, coordinating all logistics, recruiting/ overseeing volunteers, and participating in such events as needed.

Lead Waterkeeper’s beach and river clean-up efforts (including Waterkeeper’s site at Coastal Cleanup Day), including: coordinating logistics, serving as liaison with partner organizations and/or sponsors, promoting LAW’s involvement, recruiting and overseeing volunteers and participating in such events as needed.

Work with LAW’s Marine and Watershed staff to coordinate regular outreach and programmatic events throughout LA County; support programs staff in organizing and staffing community partner events.

Manage outside contractors in coordinating LAW’s signature Stand Up For Clean Water paddle event and marine festival.

Support LAW’s development and communications staff and outside contractors in organizing LAW’s signature Making Waves fundraiser.

Manage all aspects of outreach materials, including maintaining, storing and stocking Waterkeeper materials.

Assist Communications/Development Managers with any membership, communications, and marketing efforts; for example, liaison with design consultants to develop LAW brochure and other collateral materials as needed.

Support Development Manager in executing membership benefits program and managing correspondence with members, when needed.

Volunteer Engagement & Communications

 

Recruit outreach volunteers in order to establish and sustain a volunteer core that is trained and knowledgeable in Waterkeeper’s programs, and who can effectively represent LAW to the community at outreach and fundraising events, speaking and education forums, and other related events.

Assist with recruitment of and data organization related to: watershed, marine, legal, and other volunteers and interns, in an effort to support programs and advocacy staff in volunteer/intern management.

Field and manage all volunteer inquiries that come to Waterkeeper, working with Waterkeeper staff to properly place.

Coordinate, streamline and improve volunteer communications.

Organize volunteer orientation and appreciation events on a quarterly basis.

Assist Communications Manager with managing social marketing strategy, maintaining LAW’s blog and social media accounts, and circulating monthly online newsletter The Surge and other e-advocacy efforts—particularly as items relate to volunteer recruitment/events, community events, outreach etc.

Administrative

 

Support any grantwriting or other fundraising activities needed to support outreach efforts.

Develop and manage LAW’s outreach and volunteer budget.

Provide regular progress reports on outreach and volunteer activities for the Waterkeeper board of directors and managers.

Provide other support to the LAW team as needed to help further Waterkeeper’s recognition throughout the LA community.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Applicants must have a college degree and at least two years of outreach, volunteer management, and/or event planning experience—preferably in the nonprofit arena. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills as well as highly developed organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to motivate and manage community volunteers.

 

The ideal candidate is hard working, extremely organized, self-motivated, enjoys working in a team setting, and demonstrates a deep commitment and passion for conservation and environmental protection. The ideal candidate is an outgoing ‘people-person’ with bilingual proficiency. Spanish language fluency is strongly desired.

 

Candidates with database management experience (e.g. Salesforce, eTapestry, Constant Contact), website and design software familiarity, and social media expertise preferred.

 

Job requires ability to work in standard office environment as well as at event sites, which often requires physical exertion, such carrying cleanup supplies and setting up outreach booths events. Weekend work and the ability to drive throughout LA County needed.

 

Salary, Benefits & Terms

Salary: $42,000-$46,000, based on qualifications

 

Schedule: Full-time position. Candidate must be open to working a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.

Benefits: Paid health and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Los Angeles Waterkeeper is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Los Angeles Waterkeeper maintains a policy of non-discrimination in regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

About Los Angeles Waterkeeper:

Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s (Waterkeeper) mission is to protect and restore Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, the Los Angeles River, Ballona Creek and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action. LA Waterkeeper is a proud member of the California Coastkeeper Alliance and is one of more than 300 members of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, led by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Waterkeeper works not only on pollution issues specific to the Los Angeles area, but also with our Waterkeeper partners on issues of statewide and national significance.

 

 

Project Manager

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by Washington Water Trust on March 14, 2017

 

Background

The Project Manager joins a talented technical team whose members bring many years of experience in collaborative natural resource management, stream and flow restoration, and multi-stakeholder conservation projects. The Washington Water Trust (WWT) team includes recognized statewide experts in the fields of water law, instream flow transactions, water banking, and funding and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, WWT is a nonprofit leader in river and stream flow restoration throughout Washington, with offices in Seattle and Ellensburg. Using voluntary, market-based approaches and partnerships, we develop water management alternatives that produce environmental, economic and social benefits for Washington’s communities, while serving our mission of improving flows in Washington’s most endangered rivers and streams.

Position Summary

WWT seeks an experienced professional to join our team as a Project Manager. This full time position requires a person who will partner with landowners, tribes, conservation districts, land trusts, local, state, and federal agencies to implement and fund innovative programs and projects with lasting benefits to endangered fish, streams, and local economies. Project Management methodology must include a collaborative, consultative approach in addition to a technical and scientific skill set so that high quality services are delivered which leverages flexible funds for each project.

 

Responsibilities and Expectations

 

Develop effective working relationships that result in projects and/or proposals with water rights holders, public agencies, tribes, local governments, conservation and irrigation districts, and salmon recovery funders in WWT’s targeted basins

Identify opportunities , have discussions about active water management, water rights, hydrology, and ecological priorities, and develop projects that will demonstrate meaningful and measureable benefits

Manage collaborative projects which contain a level of complexity commensurate with Project Manager’s (PM) experience and expertise; entry level complexity might be a single entity, a single landowner, or less complex constraints and issues within the project

Research and prepare, for internal review and approval, ecological, economic, financial, legal and political data for inclusion into regional flow restoration and water rights acquisition strategies and water rights agreements

Prepare fact sheets for Board approval, with input from other PMs, for seeking outside funding for project proposals and offers

Provide technical representation and convene stakeholder groups to develop strategic watershed plans that identify and prioritize restoration activities. Demonstrate that outreach activities have been developed and are leading toward a project proposal

Negotiate basic acquisition agreements

Help develop new funding and program opportunities for organization’s priorities and partner with other agencies to clarify priorities

Participate in WWT compliance monitoring of agreements, flow outcomes, and help coordinate and communicate with partners on flow and project effectiveness monitoring

Complete performance metrics reporting

Manage project files, databases and all supporting scientific and economic information

Represent and support WWT’s mission and be a passionate spokesperson

Skills and Attributes

 

Working knowledge of Washington state water management and water law

Understanding of biologically-based flow needs and flow-habitat relationships

Strong project management and organizational skills, including task management, developing timelines and schedules, developing and tracking budgets, managing project files

Be self-directed as well as able to collaborate and coordinate among stakeholders and team members

Ability to develop and make persuasive presentations and influence negotiations

Able to manage project data, spreadsheets, and databases, provide succinct and persuasive reports and scientific summaries using analytical tools

Able to read and interpret GIS maps

Able to assess simple water/land use to determine who owns water rights and how the water is being used; understand the data associated with stream and land management

Ability to write simple contracts; research and close simple water rights transactions

Demonstrated critical thinking and creative problem solving

Ability to write basic grants, technical reports, scientific reports, proposals

Ability to learn quickly on a steep learning curve

Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment

Strong communication and interpersonal skills that articulate the WWT mission and goals

Willingness to travel frequently throughout Washington state

Preferred Experience and Education

Working knowledge of western water rights law

Understanding of agricultural practices

Understanding of hydrology and watershed restoration

Working knowledge of water markets/banking, real estate acquisition, or conservation easements

Understanding of alternative funding strategies for market-based natural resource conservation

Demonstrated negotiation expertise, including at least one year’s experience negotiating real estate or water right acquisition agreements for conservation purposes, or equivalent experience

Understanding of local communities in rural Washington highly valued

Experience in the use of ESRI ARCVIEW or equivalent GIS software preferred

Experience establishing and promoting conservation markets (water banks or alternative ecosystem service models) a plus

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; graduate degree a plus

 

Associate I, Flood-Prepared Communities

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts on March 14, 2017

Project Summary

Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities initiative is working to reduce the impact weather-related catastrophes such as flood and hurricanes have on the U.S. economy, communities and environment through four main policy areas:

 

Reforming of the National Flood Insurance Program

Increased federal investment in mitigation programs to help communities prepare for future floods

Improved resiliency and durability requirements for infrastructure that is rebuilt after catastrophes

Protecting ecosystems such as wetlands, salt marshes, and dunes that can absorb storm impacts and help shield property

 

Position Overview

The Associate I will work closely with the Project Director and campaign staff to execute campaign related activities for Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities initiative. The Associate I will support the production of campaign-related materials such as web analysis, research-related reports, white papers, fact sheets, e-advocacy, field materials, and official campaign materials. This position will support the research component of the campaign and will, at times, work with external research partners. The Associate I will coordinate with communications, government relations, and field staff on advocacy outreach and policy research. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the Project Director, Flood-Prepared Communities. It is expected that this position is for a term period through December 31, 2017, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

 

Conduct short-term and long-term research in support of campaign policy goals;

Collaborate with external research partners/contractors on research projects on behalf of the campaign;

Develop outreach materials in support of government relations, communications and grassroots activities;

Draft campaign content such as web analysis, fact sheets, and e-advocacy materials for public distribution;

Monitor and track third-party research related to flood preparedness;

Maintain database of external relevant research;

Identify opportunities for the campaign to publicize research materials such as educational briefings, events, conferences, publications, etc.;

Support the development and distribution of materials in support of the campaign’s field operations;

Edit and fact-check campaign materials;

Participate in meetings with external stakeholders and coalition groups.

Requirements

A minimum of one year of experience in a fast-paced, dynamic, environment required.

A bachelor’s degree required.

Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions.

Outstanding organizational and time management skills, ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously and a strong capacity to track details are required.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including proofreading) and the ability to express oneself concisely and clearly using correct grammar.

Excellent analytic and problem solving skills, and highly results-oriented.

 

Travel: The position is based in Washington, DC, with limited domestic travel.

Compensation: Pew offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

 

Community Organizer

Providence, RI, US

Job posted by Clean Water Action – Rhode Island on March 13, 2017

Clean Water Action is currently looking for environmental advocates to grow with our organization. The position would require one to organize local grassroots campaigns to protect the health, economy, environment and livelihood of communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Additionally, you would be working on national campaigns to protect the environment and public health. Ideal candidates possess strong communication skills and a genuine commitment to the environment, progressive politics and the empowerment of our fellow residents.

 

Our staff consists of committed, professional, and highly-skilled activists. New employees receive extensive training and continuing support on issue knowledge and campaign skills. All staff members receive regular updates given by political or environmental authorities or from within our organization. We have a strong and early focus on staff career development that involves travel and management training opportunities.

 

Our grassroots political organizers speak to citizens about local and national issues, inform and educate the public, and build support, which we then channel into action. We work on a wide variety of issues, but are currently focusing efforts on:

– Clean Water: Protect waterways to keep our drinking water and recreational areas pristine

– Toxic Chemicals: Make sure that toxic chemicals are left out of household products.

– Environmental Justice: Ensure that our lowest income neighborhoods and most vulnerable populations are not disproportionately burdened by negative environmental issues.

– Sustainable Energy: Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that will help mitigate climate change disasters, improve overall public health, and create a green working economy

 

Hours: Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., You must be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week.

 

Benefits:

Rewarding work with a casual work setting.

Paid training, gain knowledge of local politics, campaign strategies, and environmental issues

Leadership will be rewarded through rapid advancement and be considered for future employment

Opportunities for travel throughout the U.S., including national and regional conferences

Job Type: Full-time (part time opportunities available)

Salary: $12.00 /hour plus bonus

 

Development Manager

Montpelier, VT, US

Job posted by Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) on March 10, 2017

VPIRG is seeking a Development Manager to steward and grow our network of over 40,000 supporters and lead multiple fundraising campaigns to annually raise over $2.5 million.

Now celebrating our 45th year, VPIRG is a strong and growing advocacy organization with 20 full-time, year-round staff and a team of over 60 summer canvassers. Because our power comes from our members, the Development Manager must ensure members feel heard and have a voice in the organization. It’s also why all VPIRG staff participate in activities to steward, retain and strengthen this membership. As such, a passion for training and empowering staff to succeed in fundraising is as important to this role as personal excellence in fundraising.

 

The ideal candidate brings both experience in fundraising program planning and analysis as well as a proven ability to run the day-to-day tasks required of individual donor management. The Development Manager will lead a dynamic team to conduct: major donor drives, donor prospecting and cultivation; direct mail, phone and online giving campaigns; grant-writing and related member communications and cultivation activities.

 

About VPIRG: VPIRG’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of Vermont’s environment, people and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing citizens across the state. From fighting climate change to protecting public health, air and water to reining in the influence of big money in politics—VPIRG has a track record of advancing solutions to pressing problems facing society. You can find more information about VPIRG and our campaigns on our web site at: www.vpirg.org. This is a full-time, exempt position based in Montpelier.

 

Job Summary: The Development Manager will contribute to VPIRG’s work by coordinating and implementing various components of VPIRG’s fundraising and development activities.

Development planning and analysis: Craft annual fundraising plan to raise over $1.5 million annually from individual giving campaigns including: major donor, monthly giving, direct mail, phone campaigns, door canvassing, events, online fundraising and planned giving. Develop a multi-year fundraising strategy to grow revenue.

 

Grants management: Coordinate the full range of activities required to renew existing and seek new grants totaling over $1 million annually, including collaborating with program leaders to craft proposals and reports, stewarding relationships with foundation contacts and identifying new potential funders.

Donor solicitation: Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major donors.

Writing and communications: Draft/edit direct mail, phone and online appeals and contribute to developing other member communications and informational materials including newsletter, campaign updates, grant reports, website and brochures.

 

Research: Conduct donor prospecting and foundation research; follow best practices and trends in fundraising and development and help apply these strategies to our work.

Cultivation and engagement: Develop and implement innovative ways to engage, educate and excite our base of supporters and groom lifelong members through events, recognition and other methods.

Strategic analysis: Analyze metrics of fundraising efforts; assess, project and track membership rates of renewal and giving trends; assist with budget projections and monitoring of multi-stream fundraising efforts and membership growth strategies.

Staff management and training: Supervise Development & Administrative Assistant and support all staff in meeting fundraising goals through effective training, motivation and oversite.

 

Qualifications:

At least three years fundraising experience required, including a successful track record of managing multi-channel campaigns and in-person solicitation of gifts.

Must understand the metrics of fundraising as well as the art of building strong personal relationships to build our organization’s member base and financial strength.

Must be extremely personable, have a persuasive way with words (both verbal and written), and have the ability to tell an inspiring, donor-centered story.

Detail-oriented and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Advanced level Microsoft Excel skills preferred.

Familiarity with the Raisers Edge is a plus.

Experience with grassroots organizing and issue-oriented campaigns or groups desired.

Commitment to the issues on which VPIRG works and a mission-driven approach are essential.

 

Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator

Ventura, CA, US

Job posted by The Nature Conservancy on March 10, 2017

 

About Us

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!

 

Position Summary

The Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator manages and participates in preserve operations, as part of the California Islands Project team, working to accomplish the program’s conservation, research and philanthropic cultivation goals. The work-site is a remote island environment, 25 miles offshore, where operational self-sufficiency in all aspects is a necessity. The Coordinator will be required to work both independently, and in collaboration with a team of staff, contractors and partners. S/he must be able to shift between intersecting priorities and timelines while coordinating an extensive array of details.

The Coordinator will have a regularly scheduled three-week rotation consisting of up to 11 days on-island, 3 days in the mainland office and 7 days off. This schedule may fluctuate based on programmatic needs and requires the Coordinator to be flexible. The optimal candidate will be results-oriented and desire a mix of physical and administrative work. Position will begin May 2017.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in land and facilities management, and/or the outdoor education, outfitting, or adventure hospitality industries, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

At least 1 year working and living in a remote setting.

Ability to maintain and operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner. (e.g. forklift, riding mower, chainsaw, tractor, power tools, two-way radio, etc.)

Experience supervising staff, contractors, volunteers or groups working in the outdoors.

Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).

Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English.

Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse conditions or in inclement weather, including lifting 45lbs, bending, kneeling and walking up to 5 miles on moderately steep terrain.

Must have a valid driver’s license.

Must have prior CPR and First Aid training along with the ability to obtain Wilderness First Responder certification.

 

Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper

Concord, NH, US

Job posted by The Conservation Law Foundation on March 8, 2017

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper (Waterkeeper) to advocate and work toward the restoration and protection of the Great Bay estuary, with a focus on water quality. The Waterkeeper will be responsible for building and engaging a strong and coordinated constituent base willing to play an active role in advocating for and implementing needed solutions to protect the Great Bay estuary. She/he must be a diligent advocate for improved water quality and ecosystem health using sound science and a knowledge of the workings of the state and federal agencies that are responsible for the estuary’s health. She/he will interface with other non-governmental, quasi-governmental and governmental organizations involved in Great Bay-related matters, with municipal officials, and with the national Waterkeeper Alliance network, to generate further interest in the Great Bay estuary and support for measures needed to protect it. She/he must represent CLF in public on Great Bay matters and participate in governmental activities related to the estuary.

 

Job duties will include:

Building and maintaining a constituent base of support from among the public, and strategically coordinating / harnessing the interest of other organizations to build and leverage an effective, unified voice for the estuary;

Building and stewarding relationships with other organizations, the media, scientists, state and federal regulators, municipal officials, and elected officials;

Working with the New Hampshire Advocacy Center Director and the CLF Development team, identifying and stewarding major funders, individuals, foundations and companies, for the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper program;

Operating CLF’s 20′ Waterkeeper vessel as a platform to educate and engage members of the public, elected officials, donors, and the media on the water and to monitor conditions in the Great Bay estuary;

Working with the CLF Communications team, preparing materials such as fact sheets, Op-Eds, and other commentaries, and making strategic use of social media to address issues affecting the estuary and raise the visibility of the Waterkeeper program and CLF;

Testifying at governmental hearings and public meetings regarding the estuary;

Preparing comments on permits and other administrative actions affecting the estuary;

Educating government and elected officials regarding the importance of the estuary and the science supporting CLF positions on Great Bay issues;

Meeting regularly with governmental entities and Great Bay-related groups to have a positive influence on the direction of programs and the beneficial and strategic use of funds;

Patrolling waters within the jurisdiction of the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper, engaging in or coordinating water quality monitoring, and receiving and responding to calls from the public, to identify problems that need to be addressed;

Working with and stewarding the Waterkeeper program’s local advisory group;

Working with other CLF advocates to develop and advance policy positions and initiatives, and to develop and prosecute legal actions as necessary.

Preferred experience for this position includes:

 

Degree in the sciences or environmental policy;

Direct experience with water quality issues, preferably in the estuarine environment;

Experience working within the Great Bay estuary watershed and with stakeholders within the watershed;

Strong writing skills;

Direct experience with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and legislative bodies;

Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences;

Advanced program development, planning and implementation skills;

Public speaking experience;

Development experience;

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders — in statehouses, courthouses and boardrooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings — to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Exerience operating/piloting a boat in marine waters.

 

 

February 24th 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

A note on where we find these jobs…

I have received a few questions regarding the sources and contact information for some of the job postings in this and past newsletters. I try to post enough information in this newsletter that you can “re-find” the posting or at least the organization even if it is not from the original source. We are also very willing to help you locate a job you see in this newsletter. However, in some cases if you do not act fast the posting may have expired or have been filled.

There are a number of ways that I receive and find the job descriptions I post. In most of these cases you can do exactly the same thing on your own. In fact, we encourage you to do so! Here are just a few of our methods and sources…

  • VLS Alums and friends send them to us
  • We actively solicit jobs from past or prospective employers (often these are summer or temporary opportunities with organizations we have a strong relationship with, but we get longer term or full time positions as well)
  • Employers seek us out (we have a “Post a job” button on the VLS website, and we also welcome employers sending us jobs directly via email)
  • We have “alerts” set up on several sites that will send us links to particular types of jobs
  • We actively search various job websites for interesting postings relevant to you (Idealist.org, ecojobs.org,….)

–          We go directly to the websites of various governments, organizations, and businesses and check out their “join us”, “employment”, or “career” pages

Reminder: We post many of these and other jobs like them on Symplicity, our jobs database. All VLS students and Alums have access. Symplicity jobs are generally focused on internships and jobs requiring 0-5 years experience. You may access Symplicity via the Careers Portal on the VLS homepage. The database requires a login, which you should have received during your first semester, if you don’t have it or have misplaced it please let us know and we can email you another (please tell us if your email has changed).

 Career Tip(s) of the Week

4 Ways to Find Funding for Your Career Change

BY          VICKI JOHNSON

Many of us reach a point when we realize our current role is no longer what we expected. Perhaps you work in a stable, financially satisfying job, but feel that you’ve missed out on your opportunity to make an impact. For example, you may be working in the private sector, but are dreaming about a role in in wildlife conservation, public policy, or direct service.

You may have noticed that many social-impact roles require several years of experience. Therefore, some suggest a career change is only possible if you go back to school, start your own nonprofit, or take an internship or entry-level job.

If you tremble at the thought of the financial risks these options might entail, here’s some inspiration. Here are four ways to find funding for your career change and gain the skills and experience you’ll need to switch to the social-impact sector without breaking the bank.

Apply for a professional fellowship

A professional fellowship is a time-bound, merit-based opportunity that provides funding for a unique work placement, professional training, or self-designed project.

There are number of fellowships designed specifically for those interested in making a sector switch:

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships program is for candidates with a background in science, technology, math, or engineering who want to earn a master’s degree as well as classroom training. This type of fellowship is a good fit if your ultimate goal is to become a classroom teacher.

The FUSE Corps fellowship offers people with 15+ years in the private sector a one-year opportunity to work with visionary mayors and governors. Many fellows continue on in government, nonprofits, and other high-level social-impact roles.

Plan a sabbatical

Consider taking a sabbatical to pursue a short-term service opportunity; you may even be able to secure funding for your time away. There are a number of short-term fellowships that allow you to contribute to a social cause:

The Peace Corps Response Program provides opportunities for skilled individuals to undertake short-term assignments around the world. The assignments are in impact areas such as community and economic development, information technology, disaster relief, health, and education.

The Americorps VISTA Summer Associate program lasts 8-10 weeks and offers the opportunity to engage with a community in need. The program provides a living allowance and health insurance.

Get paid to gain in-demand skills

There are also a number of funded opportunities to expand your skill set, which can help you become a more competitive job seeker in the social-impact sector:

The University of Chicago administers the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, a paid, 13-week summer fellowship for people with programming, statistics, or data-analysis skills. Fellows learn about data mining, machine learning, and big data to prepare them for a career in the public sector.

The Organizing and Leadership Academy (TOLA) Fellows program is a paid, four-month academy in the San Francisco Bay area designed to teach community organizing and leadership. Taught by some of the most successful community, business, educational, and political leaders in California, the program includes classroom instruction and case-study review.

Pursue a fully-funded PhD

Many people believe a PhD is only useful for people who wish to work in academia. However, if you enjoy writing and analysis, a PhD can open doors to roles in nonprofits, government, think tanks, and consulting firms, as well as to social-impact roles in the private sector. I often encourage career changers to consider pursuing a PhD for this reason.

Unlike most master’s degrees, which typically do not provide funding or scholarships, many PhD programs offer full funding. Full-funding includes a full-tuition scholarship and an annual stipend for three-to-six years.

A fully-funded PhD in sociology can open doors to careers in counseling, advocacy, policy analysis, urban planning, education, criminal justice, program evaluation, and social work. Brown University and New York University are just a few of the universities that offer five-year funding packages to incoming PhD students in sociology.

A fully-funded PhD in public policy or public administration can open doors to careers in government, nonprofits, and research. University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and American University’s School of Public Affairs are examples of schools offering generous financial-aid packages to incoming PhD students.

If you pursue a PhD with the goal of landing a position in government, consulting, or the nonprofit sector, be strategic in your program selection and dissertation topic. Speak to as many practitioners in the field as possible for advice on the skills and expertise you’ll need to be competitive in that field.

As you can see, there are many types of fellowship opportunities for professional development and graduate school that could support your career change to the social-impact sector.

More on funding your career change

If fellowships have piqued your interest, visit ProFellow.com to browse and bookmark these and more than 800 other funded professional and academic opportunities.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Executive Assistant to the President

New York, NY, US

Job posted by The Battery Conservancy on February 18, 2017

The Battery Conservancy is seeking a creative, experienced, and highly organized professional to be Executive Assistant to its President. A fast-paced, high-energy organization, the Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the revitalization of The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. The overall role of the Executive Assistant is to work side-by-side with the Conservancy’s President to build the future of one of New York City’s most historic parks.

The Executive Assistant must have the temperament and interpersonal skills to interact with a wide range of park and organization stakeholders (including agency officials, Conservancy trustees, donors, press, park visitors, Conservancy employees, volunteers) with maturity and discretion. S/he needs the judgment and technical skills to create strong graphic and written materials for the President, including presentations, correspondence, and meeting agendas. The Executive Assistant will also be a key player in the President’s fundraising efforts, including the planning and execution of special events and donor communications. A reliable, self-motivated person who enjoys multi-tasking and working on a variety of projects will thrive in this position.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree

At least 2 years of relevant work experience

Excellent communication (written, oral, and graphic) and organizational skills, with keen attention to detail and design

Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator)

Experience with any/all of the following preferred: Raiser’s Edge, WordPress

Familiarity with both PC and Mac platforms

Comfortable working under tight deadlines

Experience coordinating meetings and events from start to finish

Interest/knowledge in the following areas is advantageous:

Parks and public open spaces

Waterfront development

Urban planning

Design and/or architecture

New York history

 

Online Campaigning for a Sustainable Future

Denver, CO, US

Job posted by Work for Progress on February 17, 2017

Run a Digital Campaign with Environment America!

You know what needs to be done. Move to 100% renewable energy, keep fossil fuels in the ground, ban pesticides that kill off bees and other pollinators, expand protections for our parks and wildlife, and more. How can you win real results right now while getting us on track toward that green future? Consider working with Environment America!

About the Job

Digital Campaigners work closely with our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water.

What You’ll Do

Write emails and campaign actions that you’ll send to hundreds of thousands of supporters;

Design and curate content for social media, and engage with our national community;

Coordinate with our field team of five to nine campaign organizers, and back them up with emails, web pages and digital strategy;

Develop partnerships and creative online tactics to build our audience and raise money;

Analyze the results of your work, and report on successes and failures;

Keep your projects on track, hold people accountable to their deliverables, and communicate regularly with your team.

Qualifications

You:

Can write persuasively and boil complex issues down to a single sentence;

Have an opinion about what works online and can point to examples to back it up;

Are excited to learn new tools and aren’t afraid of HTML;

Want to make the world better and won’t shy away from pointing blame;

Have built something from scratch;

Sweat the details.

Compensation

The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Apply today!

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

 

Care about Sustainability? Consider the Environment America Fellowship

Washington, DC, US

Boston, MA, US

Job posted by Work for Progress on February 17, 2017

Become an Environment America Fellow!

You know what needs to be done. Move to 100% renewable energy, keep fossil fuels in the ground, ban pesticides that kill off bees and other pollinators, expand protections for our parks and wildlife, and more.

How can you win real results right now while getting us on track toward that green future? Consider working with Environment America!

What You’ll Do

You will research and write reports; Lobby elected officials; Generate traditional media and social media attention; and Identify and cultivate donors.

As a fellow you might organize a town hall meeting on solar power. You might release a hard-hitting report on power plant pollution. You might build a coalition around clean water or fracking. You will build the organizational power — the funds, the membership, the activist base — that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

Beyond Your First Two Years

After two years as an Environment America fellow, you’ll have learned the ropes, gained invaluable hands-on experience and made a real difference for the environment. You’ll have skills and experience that will set you apart from most other recent college graduates. And you’ll be ready to take on even more responsibility at Environment America, as a program director or a state director for one of our affiliates.

We’re seeking candidates committed to fighting for a green future. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value organizing experience, including building campus groups.

Compensation

The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Apply today!

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

 

Farm Manager — Part-Time 2017 Farming Season

Bronx, NY, US

Job posted by Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation on February 16, 2017

Title: Farm Manager — Part-Time 2017 Farming Season

Location: Intervale Green, 1330 Intervale Avenue, Bronx NY 10459

Reports To: Sustainability & Project Manager

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. See www.whedco.org for more information.

WHEDco affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any other category protected by law. WHEDco follows the requirements of the New York Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

Job Summary:

Since 2010, WHEDco’s rooftop urban farm (approximately 1,600 square feet), and ground-level greenhouse, have been sustainability features of Intervale Green, providing economic, social, and environmental benefits to the community and environment. The rooftop urban farm has promoted healthy eating in the Bronx, as hundreds of pounds of food have been grown and distributed to residents of the building. The rooftop farm also reduces storm water runoff by capturing hundreds of gallons of storm water that would otherwise contribute to NYC’s combined sewer overflow. As a type of green roof, the rooftop farm also enhances the energy-efficiency of Intervale Green by absorbing solar radiation during the hotter summer months, allowing the building to remain cooler and reducing air- conditioning use.

The Farm Manager will tend to certain plots on the rooftop farm and in the greenhouse to grow food for residents in the building and potential local partners, as well as engage residents to manage their own plots. The Farm Manager is an hourly, part-time position and is for the 2017 farming season only. The position will require approximately 5 to 20 hours per week, depending on the season. The work schedule is flexible each week with prior notification and approval. The Farm Manager must be able to work independently while reporting weekly to the Sustainability & Project Manager.

Responsibilities:

In cooperation with tenants and with support from the Sustainability & Project Manager, assume primary responsibility for planning, planting, maintaining and cultivating WHEDco’s rooftop farm and ground-level greenhouse.

Execute and oversee farm policies and procedures.

Enhance and maintain the compost system, assess and implement water efficiency measures, including a new irrigation system.

Record and submit weekly reports of tasks, hours worked, progress, and activities/ events; maintain data in an Excel spreadsheets and online database, as applicable; meet weekly with Sustainability & Project Manager to review.

Hold regular farm hours for residents, as well as weekly produce giveaways / demos in the building lobby.

Plan additional periodic farm events (e.g. Harvest Festival).

In cooperation with Sustainability & Project Manager, coordinate educational programming with community partners.

Prepare information about produce (Spanish translation can be provided), as well as draft flyers marketing farm events.

Coordinate with WHEDco’s Communications Department to document and promote farm events and activities, including on the WHEDco farm blog.

Qualifications

3-5 years of gardening experience and demonstrated knowledge of horticulture, experience organizing youth and/or adults (preferably in a garden setting) a plus.

Enthusiastic approach to tenant and community engagement.

Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills.

Strong project management skills.

Cooking skills; comfortable teaching and presenting to groups.

Proficient in Microsoft Excel and ability to use online database and email.

Ability to lift and carry farm supplies and produce; ability to crouch, bend and kneel.

Organized, enthusiastic, and resourceful problem-solver.

Fluent or conversational in Spanish a plus.

Part-Time/Seasonal Position (Farming Season 2017, plus planning and wind-down

 

Executive Assistant

Berkeley, CA, US

Job posted by Rising Sun Energy Center on February 15, 2017

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for the Executive Director and also serves as a liaison with the Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant must be creative and enjoy working within an environment that is mission-driven, results-driven, and community oriented. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations and will possess strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills. The ability maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities is imperative. The Executive Assistant must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Provide comprehensive support services to the Executive Director that ensures outstanding communication and responsiveness

Provide sophisticated calendar management; prioritize inquiries and requests, troubleshoot conflicts with little guidance, make judgments and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements

Support Executive Director with internal and external communications

Conduct research and analysis on issues of interest to the Executive Director

Support and manage a high-volume of requests and projects to meet the objectives of the Executive Director

Manage all scheduling and travel logistics for the Executive Director

Prepare and edit correspondence, presentations, reports, and memos

Complete expense reports and manage correspondence with vendors

Support the Executive Director in strategic communications, organizational strategy, and all other special projects as assigned

Organize meetings and events for convenings, retreats, various board meetings, and other logistics

Serve as a liaison to Board of Directors

Maintain quality filing and communications systems including contact management, document management, and archiving

Manage Executive Director’s social media accounts

Support Executive Director with donor/funder relations

Assist in other administrative tasks as needed

QUALIFIFCATIONS:

Experience: 2 years related work experience

Familiarity with non-profit sector

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to take initiative, multi-task, be a team-player, be flexible, adapt to shifting priorities, and prioritize work

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Demonstrated writing and analytical skills

Excellent organizational skills, commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

Ability to access a wide range of sources and networks for information

Good judgment and ability to function independently

Good working knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications, Google Suite, and social media web platforms

Ability to manage up

Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations with diplomacy

Highly experienced in electronic communications

ABOUT RISING SUN

Rising Sun is a premier nonprofit organization working at the intersection of economic equity and climate resilience in the greater California Bay Area since 1994. Our California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program employs local youth to provide free residential energy and water efficiency installation and education services, or Green House Calls, and operates in six Bay Area and Central Valley counties. Our Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program provides pre-apprenticeship training, case management, and job placement to prepare low-income adults who experience barriers to employment for careers in construction, energy efficiency, solar, and the building trades.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience; full benefits package offered.

Rising Sun Energy Center is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER committed to providing a nondiscriminatory and inclusive environment for its employees. EOE/AA/Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status. Rising Sun is a pet-friendly and family-forward organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance for all staff. For more information about Rising Sun, please visit www.risingsunenergy.org

 

Miami Solar Co-op Coordinator

Miami, FL, US

Job posted by Community Power Network on January 30, 2017

About the Position

Community Power Network (including DC SUN, MD SUN, WV SUN, VA SUN, OH SUN, and FL SUN) is seeking a FL SUN Co-op Coordinator to support our solar co-op work in southern Florida. The Coordinator will support the FL SUN Program Director in implement solar co-op programs in Miami-Dade county and surrounding areas, as well as conduct extensive communications, outreach, press, and trainings around the solar co-op model, with the goal of scaling up their impact and reach. The Coordinator will also build out the online web infrastructure for the FL SUN website, to provide in-depth information on solar basics, as well as serve as an invaluable resource and forum for policy discussions and citizen engagement.

The Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the FL SUN program meets its program goals in southern Florida. The Coordinator will be responsible for significant travel across southern Florida to host information meetings and meet with co-op members, including a number of evening meetings.

The Coordinator will report to the FL SUN Program Director and will function as part of the CPN team to deploy solar co-ops. CPN staff will provide strategic oversight and support, including supporting the use of our organization-wide Salesforce contact management database and shared materials.

The position is full-time for one year, with the possibility of extending if funding continues to be available.

Qualified applicants will have at least three years work experience, a strong understanding of effective organizing techniques, an ability to develop relationships with community members and organizations, and a strong motivation to help grow this program. Must be comfortable learning Salesforce database, editing websites, and communicating with participants via email and phone. Solar knowledge a plus. Coordinator must be located in the Miami-Dade county area.

Job Description and Duties

Please see our posting on www.flsun.org for a detailed description of position duties.

 

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by American Wind Wildlife Institute on February 17, 2017

Position Overview: The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) seeks an experienced outreach and stakeholder engagement professional to support AWWI’s work in developing tools and strategies for wind power siting and operations that minimize impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat. This position will work with a small, energetic, and product-driven team to execute AWWI’s outreach and engagement priorities, including, but not limited to coordinating with AWWI partners and other stakeholders to successfully implement and amplify the reach of AWWI’s initiatives. In addition, this position will support AWWI’s resource development activities, which often overlap with stakeholder engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to work in an expanding and solutions-oriented field – the dynamic intersection of renewable energy and wildlife conservation – and with many of the top renewable energy producers and well-respected environmental organizations.

About AWWI: AWWI is a partnership of leaders in the wind industry, wildlife management agencies, and science and environmental organizations who collaborate on a shared mission: To facilitate timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. AWWI works closely with over 30 wind industry and conservation partners (e.g., Environmental Defense Fund, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists, and EDP Renewables) and many other advisors to build scientific research, strategies and tools, and best practices for environmentally responsible wind farm siting and operations. AWWI also manages the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, which includes conservation, industry, state and federal agencies, academia, media, and the public.

Key Responsibilities: With close guidance from AWWI’s senior staff, the Coordinator’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Planning for and supporting outreach to AWWI Partners and Friends and other stakeholders, including, but not limited to:

Developing and distributing materials, including fact sheets, email newsletters, and other communications and educational material

Organizing and staffing webcasts, workshops, conferences, and training events

Conducting outreach on products, tools, and strategies to interested parties at the local, state, and federal levels, including the USFWS, AFWA, and state agencies

Coordinating online engagement, including management of the website and email marketing system

Preparing materials and presentations for senior staff speaking engagements, with opportunities to present at meetings in the future

Scheduling calls and meetings with key stakeholders

Maintaining AWWI’s contact database to enable streamlined and efficient outreach to all stakeholders

Coordinating with an external communications consultant on a periodic basis

Coordinating and staffing AWWI’s facilitation of National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC, www.nationalwind.org), a collaborative facilitated and managed by AWWI, including organizing webinars, crafting outreach emails, and updating the website

Coordinating logistics for AWWI events, including Board meetings, workshops, and conferences

Providing marketing and sponsorship support for workshops, trade events, conferences and other meetings

Supporting the resource development team in outreach to current and prospective Partners and Friends

Qualifications: We are seeking applicants with the following minimum qualifications

Undergraduate degree; a focus on biology, environmental science, or environmental studies is preferred

At least one year of experience in program support, outreach, communications, and/or stakeholder engagement

Ability to work as part of a small team as well as independently

Strong ability to multi-task and track a variety of tasks from many sources in a fast-paced office environment

Knowledge of and interest in wind power or renewable energy, wildlife ecology, and/or environmental and conservation issues

Strong aptitude for drafting written and visual content, developing messages and narratives rooted in science, and succinctly and clearly communicating scientific information to both technical and non-technical audiences

Additional qualifications desired include:

Experience working with WordPress or other web content management systems, MailChimp or other email marketing systems, Adobe Creative Suite, and CRMs

Ability to generate creative ideas for presenting information through a variety of media to reach targeted audiences

Experience in nonprofit development and a commitment to renewable energy/conservation

Experience in event planning, scheduling, and/or travel coordination

Ability to generate creative ideas for presenting information through a variety of media to reach targeted audiences

Experience in nonprofit development and a commitment to renewable energy/conservation

 

Caribbean Project Coordinator

Maho, FL, US

Job posted by Environmental Protection In the Caribbean on February 19, 2017

Project Coordinator

General Description

The non-profit organization Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) -Sint Maarten’s mission is to protect the Caribbean environment through research and community-based action.

EPIC is seeking a Project Coordinator for the project “Restoration of Key Biodiversity Areas of St. Maarten.” The Project Coordinator is responsible for the successful completion of project objectives (see below) and meeting grant requirements.

Successful applicants should possess

Strong communication and writing skills

Project management experience

Educational outreach experience

Knowledge of environmental issues, particularly those of the Caribbean

Term: 1 July 2017 – 28 February 2018

Location: St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies

Compensation: Gross monthly salary of U.S.D. $3,521.05 (may vary with Euro exchange rate). Government benefits will be deducted from gross earnings. Housing provided.

Employee must obtain a temporary residency permit.

OBJECTIVES

Administrative (10%)

Submit an updated Education Log Excel file by the 5th of each month which includes number of participants, age group, topic of discussion or activity, and number of evaluations completed.

Submit a report by the 5th of each month which outlines activities and accomplishments during the previous month.

Submit a standardized timesheet by the 5th of each month.

Be available to meet by phone weekly as needed.

Assist with program development and evaluation.

Developing program narrative and input to proposals, annual reports

Other tasks as required by supervisor

Write up formal transfer agreement for responsibility of restoration sites which is signed by leaseholders/owners.

Project Management

Responsible for implementation of all Project Coordinator activities outlined in the BEST Grant Agreement. Ensure that outcomes and deliverables are completed as outlined in the Project Logical Framework of the BEST Grant Agreement. Activities of the Project Coordinator include:

  1. Human Resources (10%)

Assist contractors in site assessments and establishing site appropriate restoration plans.

Hire two technicians.

Manage technicians, interns, and volunteers, ensuring they meet their objectives.

  1. Restoration (30%)

Source, purchase, and be responsible for plants, amendments, tools, and all resources necessary for restoration.

Recruit and guide volunteer citizen-scientists to assist Technicians with site preparation, planting, mulching, watering, and monitoring survivorship of terrestrial restoration areas.

Coordinate with landscaping companies to plant when additional staffing is needed.

Ensure terrestrial restoration sites are monitored using standardized methodologies weekly and wetland sites bi-weekly for three months to assess survival rates. This should involve citizen-scientists.

Consult with professional to identify solutions as needed to improve plant survivability and ensure those solutions are implemented.

  1. Outreach (40%)

Conduct outreach (presentations, activities, field trips, and volunteerism) among schools, government departments, civic groups, and businesses focused on the themes of habitat restoration, habitat conservation, and the value of biodiversity.

Develop presentations based on biodiversity, restoration, and the BEST project objectives.

Measure the success of the program through ongoing participant evaluations resulting in at least 50 evaluations.

Direct a media campaign, including press releases, interviews, social media, and Public Service Announcements which convey the importance of biodiversity, promote the project, and encourage civic engagement.

Design and order promotional materials (water bottles, stickers, etc.) and distribute to volunteers and partners.

Invite colleagues on island and in the region to visit restoration sites and share best practices and lessons learned in order to build capacity for similar restoration projects in other locations.

Produce a short video summarizing the project, which highlights the value of biodiversity and native species, available on EPIC’s YouTube channel for distribution and provided to local and regional media outlets, as well as during educational presentations. This could be outsourced via volunteers, competitions, or contractors.

Write final site assessment and report at the completion of the project period to demonstrate survival rates, changes in flora and fauna, and lessons learned.

Submit final report to BEST as per requirements outlined in BEST Grant Agreement.

Disseminate findings through online and traditional media and online forums including an Eco-Index listing, regional listserves, and, where feasible, at conferences.

Interpretive signs

Map out interpretive trail and sign locations.

Recruit and approve designs for interpretive trail signage.

Order interpretive trail signs and place them.

  1. Advocacy (10%)

Establish online groups (Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) to galvanize communities to advocate for protected areas and biodiversity conservation. Promote actions such as letter-writing campaigns, community events, meetings, and online campaigns.

Communicate directly with appropriate government entities to promote formal protection of proposed conservation zones through letters of support from stakeholders and personal meetings.

 

Center for Water Policy Director’s Position Announcement

The Center for Water Policy at the UW School of Freshwater Sciences (a center I helped launch) is seeking a Director. This could be a tenure(d) professor (for JD and LLM candidates). Please share the post with VLS alumni and if there are any particularly good water alumni who would do well in a department that is primarily made up of water scientists, send it to them directly please.

https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/26083

 

Compost Program Regional Coordinator – Upper Manhattan & the Bronx

GrowNYC 100 Gold Street, Suite 3300, NY, NY 10038 212-788-7900 Organization Information GrowNYC, a non-profit with a forty-six year history of improving the environment in New York City, is interviewing qualified candidates for the Compost Coordinator position with GrowNYC’s zero waste programs, funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation. GrowNYC zero waste programs were created in 2006 as part of the Mayor’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) in order to meet the ambitious recycling goals outlined in the SWMP. Programs focus on a wide range of waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting initiatives to divert material from landfill or incinerator disposal. The GrowNYC Compost Program focuses on collecting food scraps at select GrowNYC Greenmarkets for composting. This continually growing program currently operates 40 food scrap drop-off locations 44 times a week throughout NYC and collects 20+ tons of food scraps per week. Summary The Regional Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing 18 new food scrap drop-off sites in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, including the supervision of at least 18 part-time compost coordinators and two part-time drivers. The Regional Coordinator will report to the Compost Program Manager. Administrative · Review weekly Compost Coordinator Reports and respond to questions. · Prepare email updates and reminders to compost coordinators. · Compile weekly food scrap collection data and submit to Program Manager. · Assist Compost Program Manager with timesheet verifications as necessary. · Assist Compost Program Manager with part-time staff scheduling as necessary. · Assist Compost Program Manager with interview and hiring process for Compost Coordinators and Drivers. Fieldwork · Check-in with Compost Coordinators at food scrap drop-off sites. · Maintain inventory of supplies and literature, prepare requested supplies, and distribute to appropriate supply bins for each collection site each week. · Assist Compost Program Manager in training new staff. · Troubleshoot field operations as needed, (in cases of emergency, weather related incidents, etc.) · Cover shifts for compost coordinators and drivers as needed. Planning · Assist Compost Program Manager with planning logistics of food scrap collections. · Assist Compost Program Manager with truck route design and planning. · Development and implement outreach strategy, promotions, and opportunities to collaborate with community partners. Other · Attend GrowNYC Zero Waste Program staff meetings and provide compost program information to GrowNYC staff. · Attend compost-related events and meetings. Qualifications and Experience Candidates should be highly motivated and have experience working with the public. (Experience organizing, staffing and supervising public events is a plus.) Candidates must have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with diverse communities. We seek energetic people who have the ability to work as a team and are capable of setting and meeting goals. Additional qualifications include: · Experience in organic waste management or related field preferred. · Prior staff management experience. · Experience organizing and working with communities to affect change. · Strong interpersonal relationship-building skills, including the ability to work effectively with the public and manage staff. · Strong oral and written communications skills, including public speaking, information materials development and community outreach. · Experience in data collection, input and analysis. · Team player who works well with others, as well as independently. · Extremely strong organization, planning, and time management skills. · Ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize workload, and meet deadlines. · Computer literate with proficiency in Outlook and Microsoft Office Suite. · Second language skills strongly encouraged. · Ability to lift 40lbs. · Valid NY State driver’s license. · Experience and comfort with city driving and knowledge of NYC streets and highways. · Willingness to travel throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. · Ability to work weekend and early morning hours as needed in all weather conditions Salary: $44,000 plus benefits. For additional information, please visit GrowNYC.org/compost . Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to compost@grownyc.org . Please write “Regional Coordinator” in the subject line. Due to the volume of employment applications received, GrowNYC is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. No phone calls or recruiters please. Applications will be received until close of business on March 6, 2017. GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.

 

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps: Major Gifts Officer

VYCC is a nonprofit youth development organization modeled after the 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps, and is one of the nation’s leading young adult development organizations. VYCC instills values of personal responsibility, hard work, education, and respect for the environment in young people. Corps Members, ages 15-24, work, live, and learn in small groups, completing priority conservation and agriculture projects under the guidance of highly-trained leaders.

Job Summary:

In recent years, VYCC has completed an aspirational strategic plan, doubled annual fund contributions, and set the stage for significant growth. We are poised to have a greater impact on the lives of young adults throughout the region. A key component of this strategy is an increased presence in various communities throughout Vermont and beyond. The Major Gifts Officer is a newly created position designed to leverage and further the opportunity our increased Vermont presence provides. VYCC is seeking an experienced development professional to join our team. The successful candidate will be energetic, sophisticated, and highly collaborative. S/he will be a compelling communicator and relationship builder with proven success closing five and six figure gifts. Most important, s/he must have a firm belief in the power of young people and the importance of youth development programs.

The Major Gifts Officer will directly make a difference in the lives of the young adults we serve, by facilitating growth and innovation in our programs. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with an experienced Development Director, the Major Gifts Officer will build and steward a portfolio of donors across Vermont, and beyond, who are capable of making five to seven-figure gifts. S/he will be an integral member of the development team, contributing to the creation and implementation of strategies for superb donor engagement. As well, s/he will build relationships and facilitate two-way dialog to bring fresh ideas to program development and open doors to new partnerships and directions. We cultivate not just donors, but friends and engaged supporters.

VYCC is a growing organization. This is an ideal opportunity for an authentic and mission-driven professional to make a significant contribution to the success of a longstanding Vermont institution.

Primary Responsibilities: Build and manage a portfolio of qualified major gift donors and prospects through a robust calendar of cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship activities. Secure new and upgrade existing donor commitments to the annual fund, including multi-year pledges and planned gifts. Craft follow up communiques, letters, grant requests, and thank you notes for donors in portfolio. Partner with board members, as appropriate, to build and enhance fundraising strategies for new and existing donors and prospects. Collaborate closely with development staff; maintain detailed records following donor engagements; participate in regular prospect meetings. Organize donor engagement/cultivation events in priority communities. Stay well-versed on programs and outcomes and serve as a VYCC ambassador. Bring donor and community feedback into VYCC, to assist with program development and

strategic planning. Serve as a mentor to other colleagues in the department. Partner with Program Directors and leverage their passion and expertise to support donor

relations. Collaborate closely with, and offer strategic input to, the VYCC leadership team. May be asked to perform duties outside of normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Qualifications: A minimum of three years of successful experience managing and growing a diverse prospect pool of individuals with significant philanthropic capacity. Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with VYCC staff, trustees, Corps Members, alumni, volunteers, donors and prospects. Ability to develop and cultivate strong relationships with individuals. Outstanding written and verbal communications skills and polished presentation skills. Knowledge of and/or experience with estate planning and a range of planned giving vehicles. Experience with long range development planning and strategic planning. Highly self-motivated, metrics driven, and goal oriented. Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, and execute donor engagement events. Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team. Diplomacy in handling sensitive and confidential information.

True passion for the VYCC mission. Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge or other donor software.

Work Environment: The Major Gifts Officer will be based out of the VYCC’s historic Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT. The office space is open and shared with others. VYCC attracts great people; collaboration and an appreciation for collegiality are highly valued. State, regional, and occasional national travel is required.

Position Status: Full time, Year round

Exemption Status: Exempt

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to breck.knauft@vycc.org. , Executive Director.

 

Senior Project Manager, Riparian Restoration Program

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by Forterra on February 23, 2017

Reports To: Director of Riparian Restoration

Department: Restoration & Stewardship

Summary of Position

The Senior Project Manager position is located within the Riparian Restoration Program and will assist in the design, coordination, management, and implementation of habitat restoration and community engagement projects on several Puget Sound rivers and streams.

Forterra’s Riparian Restoration Program is a landscape-scale, community focused restoration model that offers invasive plant abatement on public and private lands (primarily knotweed control), native plant installations on public lands, collaborative restoration projects with private streamside landowners, and targeted outreach and educational programming. The Riparian Restoration Program team works in partnership with local jurisdictions, government, and other non-profit organizations.

Specific Duties:

Assist in the design of riparian habitat restoration programs on Puget Sound rivers and streams

Work collaboratively with external project partners to develop and enhance new and existing programs

Build and manage positive relationships within streamside communities through targeted outreach and educational programming

Work with private landowners to implement streamside restoration projects

Engage community, elected officials, project partners and other stakeholders through public presentations and other meetings and events

Develop and manage federal, state, local, and foundational grants

Perform support functions for programmatic budget development

Manage annual invasive plant control efforts, including; landowner contacts, survey, treatment, data management, analysis, and reporting

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resource management, landscape architecture, or related field.

Five years of increasingly responsible program and project management applicable to this position.

At least three years of experience working in complex, multi-party habitat restoration and outreach efforts

Familiarity with Puget Sound water and land resource issues that affect floodplains, and watershed planning approaches

Knowledge and experience with riparian restoration techniques, best management practices for controlling common invasive plants, and natural resource issues associated with land management

Experience developing and managing grants and contracts

Demonstrated ability to communicate and coordinate effectively, both in writing and orally on technical and policy issues related to floodplain management with varied levels of staff, consultants, agencies, business and professional groups, community members and landowners.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with diverse interests including elected officials, citizens, and representatives of other county, city, state and federal agencies.

Demonstrated success utilizing project management skills, including consultant contracts,developing scope, schedule and budget, and principles of managing projects through to completion.

Strong facilitation skills with demonstrated ability to run and facilitate meetings, including public meetings

Ability to work in physically demanding riverine conditions throughout the seasons and in all weather.

Experience using GPS, Microsoft Access, and ArcGIS for data management and mapping.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Well organized, detail-oriented, able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision.

Demonstrates resourcefulness and strong problem-solving skills.

Ability and willingness to work some non-standard hours for volunteer events, including evenings and weekends.

Valid, insurable driver’s license/record.

Washington Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator License with Aquatic Endorsement, or willingness to acquire.

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

This position is subject to activities beyond typical indoor environmental conditions of a professional office setting. The essential physical requirements of this position include:

Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or an equivalent amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Ability to conduct physical site inspections on uneven terrain including brushy, forested environments in wetlands and along stream and river corridors. Hazards may include steep, slippery, unstable slopes near deep and/or fast moving water, and encounters with unpredictable or angry animals (including humans).

Ability to safely and correctly use hand tools associated with restoration work, and ability to instruct and supervise others in the use of same tools.

Ability to travel over a variety of terrains.

Ability to communicate accurately with co-workers, volunteer leadership, clients, and vendors about matters related to the daily operations of the organization.

Ability to sit or otherwise remain in a stationary position at a computer workstation for the majority of the workday.

Ability to frequently move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc.

Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment such as calculators, copy machines, and printers.

Extensive travel and field time, approximately 50% of work hours. This position includes travel that requires the ability to drive a personal or company-provided car.

Background Check

Forterra is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals with disabilities upon request. No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact the HR Specialist at jobs@forterra.org or 206-292-5907.

ABOUT FORTERRA

Forterra aims to make sure the Pacific Northwest is livable and beautiful for generations to come. To accomplish this, Forterra focuses on land—how we live, work and play sustainably on it today, knowing we will see significant growth over the next century.

Over the past 25 years we’ve become the common ground where people, often with very different points of view, come together around a shared love for this place. We encourage broad collaboration across all sectors.

And our experience has taught us that to focus on one part of this place is to save none of it. We emphasize the connection between people and place – vibrant cities and healthy lands. We work in all landscapes, from our most urban cities to our most majestic wild places. We advance pragmatic solutions grounded in market-based approaches. And we apply our broad range of skills including land conservation, stewardship, policy innovation and community engagement—all with one mission, to sustain our region. We believe if you solve human problems you save nature and if you save nature you help solve human problems.

A decade ago, Forterra launched the nationally recognized Cascade and Olympic Agendas, outlining a vision and very real goals and strategies to help ensure that the Pacific Northwest is livable and beautiful 100 years from now. We continue to evolve these strategies in light of the changing times and the insight that the connection between our natural, built and social worlds is key to unlocking long-term solutions.

To date we have: permanently conserved more than 238,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas; restored critical landscapes; and applied innovative land based strategies to improve the quality of life for people in over 90 of our communities.

 

 

Program Associate, Environment

San Francisco, CA, US

Job posted by S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation on February 23, 2017

JOB TITLE: Program Associate, Environment

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

FULL/PART TIME: Full-time

OPPORTUNITY

The Environment Program is seeking a dynamic individual to join our expert team as we work to improve water management, wildlife conservation, and overall community well-being in California. The candidate who will thrive in this role enjoys touching on a wide variety of topic areas and has an interest in learning about building the capacity of nonprofits, solving environmental challenges in California, and the role that philanthropic foundations can play. This could be an ideal role for a person interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit fundraising.

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is dedicated to advancing a productive, vibrant, and sustainable California. Because California faces many critical challenges, which require resources and imaginative solutions, the Board of Directors decided to spend down the Foundation’s assets by 2020. This decision reflects a commitment to identifying lasting solutions for education and the environment sooner, rather than later. Please see our website for more information: www.sdbjrfoundation.org/environment.

The Program Associate will support grantmaking across the Environment team, with a primary focus on the portfolios for capacity-building and land. The capacity-building portfolio focuses on grants designed to build individual leadership, increase organizational effectiveness, and enhance collaboration in California’s water management and land conservation fields. Through the land portfolio, the Foundation invests in advancing the durability and relevance of California’s protected lands network, including national, state and regional parks. The Foundation also invests in aligning incentives and removing barriers to effective land management practices to increase conservation on private and unprotected lands throughout California.

The Program Associate will report to the Environment Capacity Building Program Officer and will work closely with the Senior Program Officer for Land and other members of the seven-person Environment Program team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Program Associate will work approximately 40-60% on the capacity-building portfolio, 30-40% on the land portfolio and 10-20% on water portfolio/team wide projects.

Support Grantmaking and Strategy Implementation – Support all aspects of coordination and implementation of capacity-building and land portfolios, including:

Support program officers throughout the grant-making and grant-monitoring cycle, to include:

Respond to grant-seeker inquiries

Conduct preliminary proposal and report review

Perform due diligence, including analysis of budget and financial documents

Gather additional data

Participate in grantee meetings

Draft analyses on recommended grants and of grant progress

Ensure active grants are monitored and reviewed on time

Work with the Grants Management team and Environment Program Administrator to process grant approvals, grant payments, consultant invoices, and follow other Foundation protocols.

Support program officers throughout all phases of external consultant contracting cycles, to include:

Assist with the initial request for proposal

Assist with developing scope of work

Track deliverables

Serve as program liaison for grantees, consultants, other parties, and general inquiries.

Capture Knowledge and Support Environment Team

Collect, manage, and share information and learning related to grant-making activities using the Foundation’s grant tracking system, filing protocol, and internal communications mechanisms.

Assist in the planning and coordination of meetings, events, and workshops.

Coordinate and attend meetings as requested; take, distribute, and file meeting notes; save and file email correspondence; and maintain own calendar.

Participate in and contribute to Environment team and Foundation meetings and workshops, sharing knowledge and experience from the capacity-building and land portfolios and fields.

Assist in preparation of presentations, memos, and reports for both internal and external audiences on topics related to the capacity-building and land portfolios and fields.

As requested, conduct research and synthesize and share findings.

As requested, attend conferences and workshops; provide updates to team members.

Additional duties as assigned

There may be additional types of tasks assigned, and given the nature of the Foundation’s sunset in 2020 the Program Associate role may evolve over time. However, it is anticipated that this position, along with all Foundation staff, will be necessary through the entire spend-down period.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience required.

2+ years of work experience in a professional setting.

Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written products.

Strong competencies in planning, project management, and organization.

Strong interpersonal skills, verbal communication skills, and attention to detail.

Ability to work well both independently and as a team member.

Ability to analyze and synthesize information, and provide written reports and presentations that meet project objectives and timelines.

Flexibility to work across topics in the portfolios and coordinate multiple concurrent lines of work; ability to respond well to changing priorities.

Comfort with ambiguity and willingness to act based on incomplete information if necessary.

Ability to represent the Foundation outside the organization and to interact with staff at all levels of the organization in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Flexibility and sense of humor.

Desired:

Experience as a nonprofit grant writer or similar role requiring frequently writing about a wide variety of topics.

Knowledge of nonprofit management, operations, or capacity building and/or conservation issues.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Candidate must have the ability to communicate clearly in person and by telephone, read and understand written communication, and generate written communications manually and using a computer. Candidate must be able to sit for extended periods both in meetings and at a computer. Periodic travel is required by this position.

COMPENSATION

A competitive compensation package is available, including a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, and a comprehensive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send an email with “Environment Program Associate Application” in the subject line with a resume and cover letter by March 20, 2017 to SDBjrRecruiter@sdbjrfoundation.org . Please provide all information electronically; please no phone calls.

 

Stormwater Specialist

Pennington, NJ, US

Job posted by Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association on February 17, 2017

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, a dynamic and multifaceted non-profit conservation organization, is seeking a full-time Stormwater Specialist to advance its efforts to promote “green infrastructure” solutions to problems with polluted runoff and flooding. The specialist will work in the organization’s policy department under the direction of the Policy Director. This is a 12-month position, with opportunity for extension.<br /><br />The Stormwater Specialist works with municipalities and others to promote policies, ordinances and practices to improve the management of stormwater runoff. This position requires appearances and speaking at various municipal boards and commissions and state policy meetings. Occasional evening hours are required, as determined by municipal scheduling and the Policy Director. <br /><br />The Stormwater Specialist will also work cooperatively with staff in the Watershed Association’s science and stewardship and education departments and provide guidance, as appropriate, to the organization on the maintenance of stormwater management systems at the Watershed Center. Qualifications:

 

Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, engineering or landscape architecture.

Experience working with water quality and environmental issues, including green infrastructure and other solutions to address stormwater runoff.

Organizational and diplomatic skills, including the ability to communicate technical information effectively to a wide range of audiences.

Experience working with municipal boards and commissions, or other governmental bodies.

Excellent written, verbal, listening and public speaking skills.

Computer skills,1 including major software packages (MS Office) and ability to learn.

Strong team player and also comfortable working independently with minimum direction.

The Watershed’s mission is to keep water clean, safe and healthy. Since 1949, the organization has worked to protect and restore water and the natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science and education. Our offices are located in the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center on the 930-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Laurie Babicki, Executive Assistant to the Director <a href=”mailto:lbabicki@thewatershed.org”>lbabicki@thewatershed.org</a>. To find out more about the Watershed Association please visit our website: <a href=”http://www.thewatershed.org/”>www.thewatershed.org</a>

February 10th, 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: We post many of these and other jobs like them on Symplicity, our jobs database. All VLS students and Alums have access. Symplicity jobs are generally focused on internships and jobs requiring 0-5 years experience. You may access Symplicity via the Careers Portal on the VLS homepage. The database requires a login, which you should have received during your first semester, if you don’t have it or have misplaced it please let us know and we can email you another (please tell us if your email has changed).

 Career Tip(s) of the Week

4 Common Interview Missteps and Their Fixes

BYALEXIS MARGOLIN

You just left a first-round job interview and you can’t shake the feeling that you didn’t rock their proverbial world. We’ve all been there, and lucky for you, I’m here for a quick post-mortem.

Of course, it’s possible that you nailed it and you’re overthinking it. But just in case, I’ve taken the liberty of throwing together this handy list of interview missteps. See a familiar interview faux pas in the list below?

Interview Misstep #1: “I don’t have any questions.”

Yikes. When an interviewer asks if you have questions, they’re setting you up for the ultimate slam dunk (if you did your homework, that is). While you may not have any burning questions, use this prompt as a chance to show an interviewer you know what the organization is about and what you can bring to the team.

Drop a little knowledge on the interviewer in the form of a question. For example, “I know your organization rebranded in 2014. Has this positively impacted your visibility?”

Or perhaps you want to take this opportunity to show a little interest in the interviewers, especially since one of them may be your future supervisor. Try something like, “What brought you here?” or “What’s your favorite thing about working here?” or be bold and ask “What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a team?”

Drop a little knowledge on the interviewer in the form of a question.

Whatever you choose, remember that “I have no questions,” generally comes off as “I have no interest.” Prepping some killer questions is an easy way to impress, so go ahead and grab that low-hanging fruit!

Interview Misstep #2: “What’s the salary?”

Would you ask a first date how many babies they’re interested in churning out? I hope not! Asking anything related to salary, benefits, office hours, etc. comes off as inexperienced, overeager, and a little cocky. While these are critical questions, there are very few instances in which they’re round-one appropriate. Get to round two before you start on the compensation line of questioning.

PRO TIP: While you shouldn’t be asking any salary questions in your first interview, always be prepared to answer them. There’s a chance that your interview will dive right in, so have a response rehearsed and ready to go.

Interview Misstep #3: You’re asked to share your biggest weakness and you respond, “I’m a perfectionist.”

Don’t. Just don’t. If you truly are a perfectionist, good for you! But, we have it on good authority that “I’m a perfectionist” holds a coveted position at the top of many a hiring manager list of most-hated responses.

So, what to say instead? Let things get a little real. If you’re more comfortable with the details than you are with strategy, share that you’re detail oriented and working to find a balance between focusing on bigger picture items and the details.

We have it on good authority that “I’m a perfectionist” holds a coveted position at the top of many a hiring manager list of most-hated responses.

Have you perhaps recognized your meetings don’t always result in an action item or a next step? Hint at the weakness, but also share your action plan to address the issue—something that you’ve already implemented and was a proven fix to said weakness would be best.

Interview Misstep #4: I’m sorry I’m late.

An interview should be treated like the launching point for your career that it very well may be, so do yourself a favor and don’t be late, no matter what.

The night before your interview, know exactly how you plan to get there. On the big day, check the traffic and transit details and arrive early. I’d recommend walking into the office no more than ten minutes early, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be in the neighborhood beforehand. Find a coffee shop nearby, grab a tea, and go through your notes and resume one last time.

If you’ve been wondering why you didn’t get a call for round two, keep these interview mistakes in your back pocket as a lesson-learned for the next time you’re in the hot seat.

3 Ways to Land the Job Even If You Lack Some Qualifications

BY          AMY EVERHART

In my last post, I discussed how to determine whether it’s a lack of qualifications or confidence that’s holding you back from applying for a position that sparked your interest. If you determine that it’s a confidence issue or perhaps, that some of the qualifications you lack may be flexible, use these tips to land the job.

Land the Job Tip #1: Get a cheat sheet from an expert

When I applied for my first communications role, I knew I could do the job even though my ability wasn’t quite reflected on my resume. I didn’t have all the background I needed, so I went straight to somebody who did.

With 20 years of experience in nonprofit communications, I knew my dad could brief me on the fundamentals. Armed with that information, I presented myself as confident and knowledgeable during my interview and got the job!

Doing your research goes a long way in letting interviewers know that you can learn what you don’t know.

Land the Job Tip #2: Be honest with your interviewer or recruiter

Approach the job with passion, but let the interviewer know what you’re missing. Interviewers will be able to hone in on what you lack, so go ahead and get on the offensive. If you over-promise, you risk setting unrealistic expectations for your future employer, which will leave everyone unhappy. Instead, let your interviewer know that you have a plan for getting up to speed.

“Let your interviewer know that you have a plan for getting up to speed.”

I recently worked with a client who applied for a management position without the degree listed in posting. We decided to confront the issue by creating a plan to learn the skills she lacked. We made a list of actions she would take each month to get up to speed. The interviewers were so impressed with the plan that they offered her the position.

Land the Job Tip #3: Rewrite the story of your strengths

When I transitioned from teaching to the nonprofit world, I was terrified that hiring managers would see my lack of experience and think I was clueless. Instead, I found that many of my teaching skills were an asset. I was interested in positions that required a lot of the same skills I used in my classroom. With this in mind, I created a portfolio of my work and sent it to my interviewers. In the meeting, I used it to demonstrate how the skills I already possessed applied to the job I wanted.

“It may take practice to effectively showcase your transferrable skills in a way that’s authentic, but it’s a skill that can be learned and it’s worth it!”

It may take practice to effectively showcase your transferrable skills in a way that’s authentic, but it’s a skill that can be learned and it’s worth it!

The truth is, in going after something you want, you’ll never truly know your limits until you test yourself.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Higher Level Energy & Energy Policy Jobs

(Many of you might not have the requisite experience (yet)… but it is worth a look)

https://votesolar.org/about-us/jobs/

 Board Member

Greetings. I am looking for recent graduates of those who are going to graduate soon from the Master’s or online program that are interested in Food System issues to serve on a nonprofit board.  My group is called the Alliance for Responsible Food and Environmental Policy and the ARFEP Education Fund.  We are just starting out and are not incorporated yet.  We are a citizen group in Arlington and I am looking specifically for individuals in Northern Virginia or moving to the DC area or Northern Virginia who would like to serve on the Board.  Our website is www.arfep.org and I have a business plan for any interested individuals who would like to see it.  I also have a preliminary budget, if that makes sense, with what full-time staff would potentially make when out nonprofit turns into a full-fledged operating group. Please go to the website and look it over.  I can send you a copy of any document for your students or recent alumni. Thank you for your consideration.

Emily Pfister

Alliance for Responsible Food and Environmental Policy

 

ANR Regulatory Policy Analyst II

Montpelier

Full-Time

Deadline: 02/13/2017

Natural Resources Agency

General Information

This position, (ANR Regulatory Policy Analyst II, Job Opening # 620825), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Billy Coster at billy.coster@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

General Job Description

Analytical, research, policy development, regulatory and coordinating work at a senior level for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). Duties involve agency-wide, inter-agency and public coordination to address regulatory and policy issues related to ANR’s mission and responsibilities. Work is performed as a member of the ANR Office of Planning and Policy under the direct supervision of the ANR Planning Director.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s Degree in Land Use Planning, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and two (2) years of professional level in land use, natural resources or energy planning or environmental law.

OR

Bachelor’s Degree in Land Use Planning, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and four (4) years at a professional level in land use, natural resources or energy planning or environmental law.

OR

Eight years of work experience in a professional level in land use, natural resources or energy planning or environmental law

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

 

Outreach Coordinator (Limited Service)

Montpelier

Part-Time

Deadline: 02/13/2017

Department:   Forests, Parks & Recreation

General Information

This Limited Service position, (Outreach Coordinator, Job Opening # 620788), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Danielle Fitzko at danielle.fitzko@vermont.gov

This is a limited service position through 12/31/18, which may be extended.

Please note that this position will be working an average of 28 hours per week as this is a Part-Time, 70% position.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Outreach, report writing, communications planning and coordinating and other creative written, oral, and graphic work for the Agency of Natural Resources. Duties include writing and editing, graphic design, website development and content management, developing outreach strategies to promote forest health among landowners, legislators, and the public. Supervision may be exercised over temporary or contractual employees and volunteers on a project basis. Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative supervisor.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree or higher in a natural resource field.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in forestry or a natural resource field AND two (2) years or more of experience at a professional level in a natural resources field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

 

Environmental Analyst III

Montpelier

Full-Time

Deadline: 02/13/2017

Department:   Environmental Conservation

This position, (Environmental Analyst III, Job Opening # 620820), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jessica Bulova at jessica.bulova@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking an applicant for a full-time entry level position in the Wastewater Management Section in the Watershed Management Division. This Section administers Vermont’s federally delegated NPDES direct discharge and industrial pretreatment authorities. This position will oversee approximately 35 – 40 municipal and industrial facilities that treat and discharge wastewater, and will be responsible for permitting, inspection and compliance oversight. The successful candidate will also play an important role in the Section’s implementation of the TMDLs for Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and the Connecticut River; which play an integral role in Vermont’s efforts to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore the quality of its rivers and lakes. This is a dynamic position in a busy program.   Candidates, in balance with the more routine daily tasks, must be able to multitask and shift gears quickly to address time critical incidents that may pose a threat to Vermont’s waters or citizens.

General Job Description

Planning, analytical, and administrative work at a journey professional level for the Department of Environmental Conservation. Duties involve the technical review and analysis of environmental policies, programs, activities, and data in a variety of department regulatory, non-regulatory, scientific, and engineering programs. Work at this level differs from lower level analysts in the complexity of projects; degree of independence, responsibility, and accountability; level of expertise and breadth of knowledge required. May act as a lead worker, overseeing the work of temporary, contractual, or classified employees at a lower level. Work is performed under the direction of a higher-level technical or administrative superior.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Educational or professional experience in wastewater treatment facility and collection system operations.
  • Experience with permit writing in a regulatory framework.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially with diverse audiences such as facility operators, municipalities, interagency staff and EPA.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND three (3) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.

OR

Master’s degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND one (1) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.

OR

Two (2) years or more or experience as an Environmental Analyst II.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts’s

(More legally focused, but said they were looking for Masters Students)

Resume collection. Date of receipt for resumes: Go to http://www.ala-mass.org/applynow.htm to find out how to apply for the 2017-2018 program year. Applications must be submitted online and must include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Applications will be accepted starting in February, 2017 until the positions are filled.

Employer Name: AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts Contact Person and Title: Amy Copperman Street Address: 231 Main street

City: Brockton

State: MA

Country:

Zip: 02301

Phone Number: 5086380150

E-mail Address: acopperman@justicema.org

Website: http://www.ala-mass.org/

Job Type: semester

Position Title: AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

Describe the Position: Our AmeriCorps advocates serve at partner organizations throughout Massachusetts which provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. Our advocates are closely supervised by legal professionals throughout the year, and receive in-depth training on working with low-income clients, legal ethics, writing, as well as substantive legal issues in all of our practice areas. ALA-Massachusetts advocates are exposed to a wide range of legal activities.

Requirements for The Position ALA-Massachusetts is looking for potential advocates who have an interest in poverty law, a commitment to public service, and strong communications skills. Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Vietnamese, and other foreign language speakers preferred. Candidates must pass a three-part criminal background check, be 18 years of age or older a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: ALA-Massachusetts has been funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2005. Since we first began, almost 250 AmeriCorps advocates have served 35,000 low-income clients in need of legal assistance. Last year, our AmeriCorps advocates provided legal assistance to more than 4,000 low-income families and individuals. We have a strong network of members and alumni who maintain connections throughout the service year and beyond.

Salary: 21,500 over 46 weeks

Deadline Date: 8/31/2017

(If students are applying directly how would the employer prefer to be contacted/receive applications.)

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

Transcript

List of References

Other: Applications must be submitted online and must include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Applications will be accepted starting in February, 2017 until the positions are filled.

Diane Henkels, Attorney at Law (Portland & Newport, OR)

Job Title: Entry-Level Position

Desired Class Level: 3L, Graduate/Alumni, MELP

How to Apply: Submit resume and cover letter (thirty days from the date of posting) to Career Services by Thursday, April 4, 2013

to Diane Henkels, Henkels Law LLC electronically only to: dhenkels@actionnet.net

Description: Skype Interview: TBD

The person working this position would assist the producer of the Pacific Northwest Energy Digest, an on-line monthly providing a calendar of government related energy events in the Pacific Northwest since 2010. As an unpaid intern/clerk this person engaged would check links, assist w/some editing once a month, possibly engage in webwork and other related tasks. This position might become more significant, however, would require in the beginning possibly 8-16 hours a month or less. Excellent experience for those interested in working in the Pacific Northwest energy/climate change/utility arena. Pacific Northwest Energy Digest can be found at:

http://www.cleantechlaw.org/p/energy-digest.html A recent VLS grad or admitted attorney in the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA, ID, MT, or AK) with good background in climate change, energy law, and/or sustainability (and environmental law), passionate about these topics, and desiring to remain based in the Pacific Northwest. A 3L from Pacific Northwest is also possible, if desiring to return to the area. Diane Henkels is a 1997/98 joint degree w/a law practice that includes energy related issues. She associates with Cleantech Law Partners PC. See www.henkelslaw.com; and cleantechlawpartners.com for more information. This position was previously filled by a VLS grad to went on to work in energy with a utility and state government.

 

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Com’s Available Position

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample by March 3, 2017 via email to jobs@neiwpcc.org. In the email subject line, please reference position #17-LCBP-001.

Employer Name: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Com Contact Person and Title: Barbara K Copley, Information Officer, HR Street Address: 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410

City: Lowell MA

E-mail Address: jobs@neiwpcc.org

http:www.neiwpcc.org

Position Title: Environmental Analyst (Technical Associate) Lake Champlain Basin Program

Recent Graduate

Describe the Position:Incumbent will assist in facilitating research and implementation projects that address challenges facing water resources in the Lake Champlain Basin. Will develop and execute tasks that support projects addressing nutrient reduction, flood resilience, aquatic invasive species, and stormwater management issues. The Technical Associate will manage grants, assist with the development of request for proposals for technical projects. Please refer to www.neiwpcc for complete job description.

Requirements for The Position Organized individuals with knowledge of or experience with Lake Champlain Basin resource issues a must. Computer skills including geographic information systems and spreadsheet and data analysis software required. Non-lawyers and lawyers with knowledge of Lake Champlain Basin resource issues a must.

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, a not-for-profit interstate agency established by an Act of Congress, serves and assists its member states individually and collectively by providing coordination, public education, research, training, and leadership in water management and protection in the New England region and New York State.

Deadline Date: 03/03/2017

Contact Method:

(If students are applying directly how would the employer prefer to be contacted/receive applications.)

Email

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

Writing Sample

OFFICE MANAGER – EL MONTE, CA

El Monte, CA, US

Job posted by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County on February 10, 2017

Join the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) and become part of an energetic team of advocates. NLSLA is seeking an Office Manager for its El Monte office. The Office Manager will oversee the daily office operations and will report directly to the Human Resources Director. He/she serves as the primary point of contact for staff and external partners on all matters pertaining to the operations and administrative support for the El Monte Program office. The Office Manager assigns and facilitates paralegal, administrative, and secretarial support for NLSLA advocates. He/she must be creative and enjoy working within a law firm that is mission-driven, results-oriented and community focused. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Office Manager will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure, and handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.

Position: Office Manager, El Monte

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefits which include: choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; 403(b) with employer contribution, bilingual pay supplement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintains office services by organizing, planning, and implementing office operations, policies, and procedures; controlling correspondence; assigning and monitoring clerical and administration functions.

Mentoring, coaching and counseling staff; orienting and training, planning, monitoring, and evaluating job results.

Provide service to clients and staff by answering questions, providing information, making referrals, and assuring appropriate follow-through and/or resolution.

Essential staff leader point of contact during emergency situations.

Establish, organize, and assure maintenance of paper and electronic case management and filing system.

Resolve issues with all office technology such as: computers, printers, fax machines, telephone system, copiers, etc.; contact vendors for repairs when necessary.

Compose, prepare, and process legal, general and confidential correspondence, including e-mail and faxes

Coordinate meetings, programs, or events by securing location and making other appropriate arrangements, preparing and issuing information and agendas, coordinating speakers, or other necessary follow through information

Perform related duties as needed

Minimum 2-5 years Office management experience

Ability to identify problems and develop solutions

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Bachelor’s degree preferred

Highly Proficient in technology including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.

Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail

Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.

Clear aptitude to work autonomously taking charge in the role.

Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment

About NLSLA: NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County’s leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the cities of Burbank and Glendale and the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for more than 50 years and the city of Pasadena and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001. The NLSLA staff of 100+, including 40 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights and environmental justice. The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, and El Monte.

Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation, self-help services and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods. Founded in response to the nation’s War on Poverty, each year NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 80,000 individuals and families through innovative projects that address the most critical needs of impoverished communities.

 

Executive Director

Rockland, ME, US

Job posted by Hurricane Island Foundation Center for Science and Leadership on February 9, 2017

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is pleased to announce an opening for Executive Director. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Center, responsible for: maintaining a balanced budget, fiscal sustainability through fundraising, overseeing all operations and programs, and hiring, developing, directing, and evaluating all staff. The Executive Director works from the Center’s office on the mainland in Rockland, Maine and is expected to show an active presence on the island when programs are in session from May through early October. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

Mission

Our mission is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community.

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is a dynamic and visionary program. At its core, the Center believes that we can support individuals young and old in becoming leaders, scientists, and environmental stewards of the future through an innovative integration of place-based, experiential, science education; original, locally-relevant research; and leadership training. The heart of the Center is on Hurricane Island, where our energy systems model sustainability and contribute to the preservation of our oceans and our earth.

Students and educators work with highly qualified science teachers and research scientists and contribute to ongoing original field research. They learn how to be part of a self-contained cooperative community on the island. Many of the so called 21st Century Skills identified as being essential to effective leadership in this century: collaboration, communication, adaptability, problem-solving, oral and written expression, and critical thinking are all embedded in the curriculum and fostered in the teaching and learning. They dive deeply into hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects, gaining skills that are critical for employment in today’s world.

Incorporating outdoor learning and leadership activities with rigorous science studies, program participants immerse themselves in the ecosystems of the Gulf of Maine and work alongside scientists exploring the viability of those systems. They reconnect with the natural world and their impact on it. Students, teachers, and school leaders experience the practice of science

and the design and engineering of sustainable systems and see firsthand its vital role in sustaining the world around them.

History

Hurricane Island is centrally located along the Maine coast in Penobscot Bay. It is part of the municipality of Vinalhaven, an offshore island community. The abundant marine life in Penobscot Bay has supported generations of families on the islands and peninsulas, and fisheries are deeply embedded in the region’s culture. For many communities, including Vinalhaven, their current economy is dependent on lobster fishing and tourism, with wild caught fisheries and aquaculture contributing at a lower level. Hurricane Island’s granite cliffs, forests, and rocky shoreline provide inspiring environments for learning and exploration, and terrestrial and marine life are central to HICSL’s research and education programs.

Hurricane has an interesting history. From the latter quarter of the 19th century to the first quarter of the 20th century the island was home to a community of over sixteen hundred people, which maintained a highly productive quarrying business. During this period, many prominent buildings in Boston, New York and beyond were built with Hurricane Island granite. In late 1914, the island’s once thriving granite production abruptly ceased, and all workers and their families abandoned the island.

Fifty years later, in 1964, the island was reborn as the headquarters of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, the third Outward Bound school in the United States. For the next forty years, Hurricane Island again hosted a thriving community, albeit now with a different mission and purpose. In 2006 the Outward Bound School left Hurricane Island and moved to a mainland base.

In 2010, Peter Willauer, the original founder and leader of the Outward Bound School, negotiated a new forty-year lease with the family, which owns the island, and a new program – The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership – was born. Now in its fifth year, the Center is thriving and has grown significantly each year under the strong leadership of Barney Hallowell, the retiring Executive Director. The staff of the Center consists of five directors who oversee operations, science, education, programs/marketing, and development. Three additional year-round staff support the Center, and an additional 15-20 seasonal staff support the operations on Hurricane between May and October.

Candidate Qualifications

This position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to take the Center to “the next level.” The ideal candidate will embrace the vision and mission of the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, will enjoy working with young people and be committed to the practice of scientific inquiry as a way of learning and to the principles of sustainability. Ideally the candidate will fervently believe in the regenerative power of educated young people and be hopeful for the future of our world.

The position calls for a person with vision, strong and proven administrative experience, demonstrated leadership qualities, solid organizational skills, a clear sense of purpose, an ability to be flexible and adaptable, and blessed with a sense of humor. Experience overseeing an organization of similar size is highly desirable, as is a proven ability to inspire substantial philanthropic gifts and contributions, and a track record in creating substantial earned income or sales.

Having a background in education and/or research science and an appreciation of the beauty and power of our oceans and marine life, boat-handling skills, and some understanding of the coast of Maine and island life are a plus, but not essential.

The competitive candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and formative life experience.

 

Corporate Relations and Events Manager

Boston, MA, US

Job posted by Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center on February 9, 2017

The Corporate Relations & Events Manager plans and facilitates donor-related and fundraising events that occur throughout the course of the year, including the gala and 4k Trail Run, Fishing Invitational, cultivation and stewardship events for major donors and for the ISLE Society, our young professionals group. She/he also responsible for managing a portfolio of corporate donors and fulfillment of all corporate sponsorship benefits.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Oversee the implementation of all Development related events (about 15-18 per year), including the annual Evening Expedition Gala & 4k Trail Run, the Islanders Reception, ISLE Society events, and other donor cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year

Maintain events calendar, with timelines to make certain that adequate planning and preparation time is included for each event

Maintain a portfolio of corporate partners that give $2,500 or less annually, safeguarding relationships, ensuring highest level of customer service and delivery of benefits and working to maximize and increase levels of support

Support corporate sponsorship and in-kind solicitations when needed

Ensure all corporate partner data is up to date and used to best advantage

Manage sponsorship benefit fulfillment and recognition for all corporate partners

Identify and work with relevant vendors, including caterers, graphic designers, venues, and consultants, and in-kind donors to events

Manage the expense budgets related to the events ensuring the come in on budget

Identify and secure in-kind support for event expenses

Full management of the Evening Expedition Silent Auction, including setting and meeting annual goals, procurement, tracking, promotion, and training volunteers on mobile bidding

Manage creation and production of all collateral materials related to events – invitations, programs, etc., ensuring that all materials are produced on-time and on-budget

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s Degree preferred or comparable work experience

Minimum three years of verifiable work history, specifically with events management

High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of programs

Working knowledge of CRM databases, Raisers Edge preferred

Ability to speak and write persuasively and professionally

Superb attention to detail, and commitment to highest quality outcomes

Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively

Creativity, outgoing personality, and ability to work well with many types of individuals

 

Project Clean Stream Coordinator

Baltimore, MD, US

Job posted by Blue Water Baltimore on February 9, 2017

Part-time, seasonal Project Clean Stream Coordinator will oversee community clean-up projects and events for the Spring 2017 volunteer season. Coordinator will organize and lead community trash clean-ups for Project Clean Stream and train volunteer site captains on how to lead clean-up groups in their neighborhoods. Additional responsibilities include managing supplies and communicating with partner organizations and community groups.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Support forestry and stormwater site maintenance and trash removal from street tree sites with community, corporate and university/student groups.

Collaborate with outreach staff on communications and partnerships with community members and partner organizations for stewardship and forestry initiatives.

Collaboratively identify and monitor key sites for stewardship activities (pulling weeds, collecting trash, etc.).

Support and organize all corporate cleanups in collaboration with the volunteer manager and development director.

Support general administrative needs for volunteer program as needed.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

Minimum 1 year of outreach and/or community organizing experience

Knowledge of Baltimore City neighborhoods and parks

Experience teaching or leading volunteer groups

Experience leading volunteer groups and community organizing is preferred.

Experience in the environmental field is a plus

Valid driver’s license

Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Comfortable working outdoors

Data entry experience preferred, but not required

Work Schedule:

March 2017: 1-2 days a week, approx. 5 hrs. a day

April 2017: 2-3 days a week, approx 5 hrs. a day.

Blue Water Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

 

Southwest Ohio Regional Coordinator

Cincinnati, OH, US

Job posted by Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund on February 9, 2017

The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund seeks a Regional Coordinator. The Coordinator will build power, presence, and relationships on behalf of our organization, and to organize citizens to get involved and make the protection of Ohio’s land, air and water a political priority. The ideal candidate will be a rising community leader who can serve as the OEC Action Fund ambassador to new networks as well as build long-lasting relationships with our members in the targeted region. This position is an opportunity to become the local resource on politics and the environment and to build strong relationships with elected officials, partner organizations, grasstops leaders, and grassroots advocates.

Job Responsibilities:

The Regional Coordinator reports to the Action Fund Director and is responsible for the following:

Building a strong, sustainable, growing team of grasstop leaders advocating on energy, land, air, and water issues;

Developing relationships with key, local opinion leaders, including elected officials and business leaders who can play important, strategic roles in OEC Action Fund’s work;

Creating and organizing strategy that has a steady drumbeat of advocacy opportunities that advances the OEC Action Fund’s campaigns;

Organizing and attending community events and meetings on the local political circuit that builds the OEC Action Fund’s presence in their region of Ohio.

Performance Expectations

As a member of the Campaigns and Communications Center and the Field Team, this position helps grow the organization through general public engagement and outreach. The individual is expected to be an executor focused on setting and achieving complex goals across a wide spectrum of campaigns and issues.

The Regional Coordinator must:

Work independently and part of a team to achieve a broad set of goals related to campaigns, issues, organizational development and growth, and policy solutions within their respective regions. They must be able to communicate effectively both internally and externally through written and oral communications.

Understand and work with the political landscape to build relationships and advance our agenda across a diverse set of individuals and organizations. Report on work and progress to goal on numerous programs.

Adhere to the highest ethical standards. Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization and our partners in the advocacy and environmental sector. Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development.

Qualifications

A track record of inspiring action and building a team and ability to break down complex issues into calls to action;

A can-do attitude and ability to engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders. Be compelling in developing and maintaining valuable partnerships with business, government, and other organizations. Be creative about building bridges between and among competing interests;

A commitment to their region and raising the profile of environmental issues impacting the area and our state at large;

A belief that who we elect matters and that the protection of Ohio’s land, air and water should be a political priority.

 

Manager, Educational Programs

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Environmental Law Institute on February 9, 2017

About ELI: The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C., is a leading center of environmental research, policy analysis, and training. Founded at the beginning of the modern environmental era four decades ago, ELI has played a pivotal role in the evolution of environmental law. Today, ELI is an internationally-recognized independent research and education organization whose interdisciplinary staff of lawyers and scientists works to develop creative solutions to critical problems in environmental law, policy, and management worldwide. Support for the Institute’s research and programs comes from a mix of private foundations, state and federal government agencies, and Associates Program revenue.

Position Description: ELI seeks a Manager of Educational Programs to deliver high quality educational programming that serves the interests and needs of ELI’s membership. Under the direction of the Vice President of Development and Membership, and the Director of the Associates Program, and in coordination with the Vice President for Programs and Publication, the Manager of Educational Programs will develop and deliver programs for members, conducting speaker outreach and facilitating the administrative and logistical aspects of the events. This position involves outstanding organizational skills and the ability to conduct detailed planning in such a manner as to continually have programs lined up in advance. Programs include: two Boot Camps per year, one in Washington, DC and one on the West Coast, ELI’s Summer School series, independent ELI seminars, co-sponsored seminars, the Corporate and Keare Forums associated with the annual ELI Award dinner, and networking events. The Manager will work to maintain and expand ELI membership, helping to solicit law firms, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals, including young professionals, to join ELI’s Professional, Corporate, and Public Interest Programs. In coordination with the Director of Communications and Publications, the Manager will work to promote ELI programs among environmental professionals through various media, and will generally serve as an ambassador for the Institute.

The Manager will work in ELI’s Washington, DC office. Some business travel may be required.

Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree required; those holding master’s degrees or J.D.s are encouraged to apply. 2) Exceptional organizational skills. Please highlight any event planning experience. 3) Superb communication and interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to confidently interact with experts in the field.

Salary: $30,000 – $35,000, with excellent benefits.

 

Garden Manager

Eagle Butte, SD, US

Job posted by The Cheyenne River Youth Project of Eagle Butte, SD on February 8, 2017

Position Title: Garden Manager

Department: Winyan Toka Win Garden

Terms of Employment: Seasonal (May through October)

Supervisor: Youth Program Director

The Winyan Toka Win Garden is the cornerstone in our efforts to build a more sustainable food system on Cheyenne River, while fostering environmental stewardship. The garden provides fresh produce for CRYP youth facilities, serves as a site for educating youth and community members about food systems, provides the foundation for its Farmers Market and assists our organization in its social enterprises, namely the Farmers Market, CRYP gift shop and Keya (Turtle) Cafe. Relying on Lakota values and tradition, the garden project helps our youth re-connect to the land, improves overall health and wellness for the Cheyenne River community.

Responsibilities / Duties

Manage and develop Winyan Toka Win Garden through the design, planting, maintenance and harvest stages guided by the goals of the program and partnering organizations;

Support the Social Enterprise Manager in the development, management and operation of the Farmers Market;

Promote Native food sovereignty and food security;

Promote through working with youth or interactions with community members the important of community gardens;

Cooperate with Youth Programs Director on relevant youth initiatives and intergenerational programming;

Promote safety in the garden;

Collect garden data, including harvest, sales, impact, etc as required;

Assist in the completion of monthly reports that reflect all garden related activities;

Oversee volunteers, interns and other staff in garden-related activities;

Develop and meet Farmers Market financial and social goals;

Cooperate with Keya Café Manager on menu and Gift Shop merchandise;

Maintain the exterior and the interior;

Provide instruction and guidance to volunteers and youth about the gardening process;

Work closely with CRYP staff to organize and implement harvest festival event;

Maintain garden shed and other related facilities

Maintain and operate basic gardening equipment i.e., tillers, tractors, irrigation system, etc.;

Assist in fundraising as required by supervisor;

Perform relevant duties as required;

Specific Qualifications

3-4 years gardening / farming / agricultural experience

Knowledge of organic gardening practices / equipment, as well as Native American and Western agricultural techniques

At least 21 years of age

General Qualifications

Able and willing to serve as a positive role model to area youth

Willingness to learn and receive training

Prior experience serving in a youth organization preferred

Knowledge of and experience with American Indian communities preferred

Have or able to obtain a South Dakota driver’s license

Current criminal history background check

First Aid Safety Training preferred

Must have home / cell phone

Must be willing to meet all Standard Expectations of CRYP

 

Energy Transition Communications Associate

New York, NY, US

Job posted by Climate Nexus on February 6, 2017

Climate Nexus is a non-profit strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the US and globally.

About the position: Climate Nexus is seeking an Energy Transition Communications Associate that will support the efforts of the growing Energy Transition team. The candidate must be able to work as part of a close-knit team to ensure all projects are of the highest quality and timeliness and possess knowledge of clean energy and the energy transition. The candidate will directly report to the Co-Directors of the Energy Transition team.

Primary Responsibilities:

Coordinate across team focus areas to develop products that advance stories around energy finance, utility transformation, electrification of the transportation system and community transition away from fossil fuels

Work with the staff research team to develop white papers and background briefings for reporters and partners on the above issue areas

Conceptualize, craft and edit op-eds and pitches on the energy transition

Work with the staff media team to foster relationships with reporters, develop press lists, monitor and track energy transition in the media, and pitch op-eds, media notes and feature story ideas

Develop and maintain relationships with key partners including the business community, government, academia, non-profit/NGO, industry and international groups

Skills and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two to three years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge of and experience working in clean energy and the energy transition

Communications and media relations experience including pitching reporters, developing feature story ideas, drafting op-eds

Ability to translate complex concepts in the energy and climate space for the media and lay audiences

Demonstrated interest in news/current events, especially energy and climate issues

Strong research skills, ability to write clearly and persuasively including finding and citing primary sources

Willingness to hustle and pitch in where necessary, ability to work with a team

Excellent written English, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills

Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive

Excellent listening and communication skills

High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary

Poised, works well under pressure, attentive to detail

Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers and partner organizations

Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, prioritize and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.

Benefits package, including:

Paid personal and sick leave

Standard health, dental and vision packages

Employer contributions to 401k retirement account

Parental Leave

 

Energy Efficiency Program Ambassadors – Community Outreach (Seattle)

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by C+C on January 27, 2017

Multiple Positions, Paid, Full-Time, Temporary

Do you have an interest in community education, outreach and a desire to do work that’s good for the environment?

Public relations and social marketing firm, C+C is looking for dynamic brand ambassadors for full-time work from early April to late November 2017. There will be a series of paid trainings for this role in March.

Brand Ambassadors will be part of a team doing on-the-ground outreach to homeowners in King, Thurston, Island and Kitsap counties engaging the public with free giveaways and education, helping them understand how they can reduce their energy consumption, and encourage them to take simple steps at home to help save energy.

Successful candidates will have:

A love for interacting with people and great communication skills

The ability to talk to people while staying focused on campaign goals

An interest in public relations and social marketing

A positive attitude – the ability to accept a “no” and move on to the next one

A competitive spirit

The ability to multi-task

Flexibility

Ability to walk for long periods of time

A valid driver’s license (required)

Reliable vehicle for transportation to/from outreach (required)

Desired but not required:

Experience educating the public about environmental issues

Knowledge of environmentally friendly products and practices, especially as pertains to energy efficiency and energy conservation

Bilingual and multilingual capabilities a plus

This is the perfect opportunity for the right applicant to jump into a high-level outreach situation and get their hands dirty, have some fun and see what it takes to do successful community outreach. Applicants will receive in-depth training on successful outreach strategies and learn how to take their skills to the next level.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to HR@cplusc.com and please reference BA-D2D in the email subject line. Please do not call the office – we will only notify qualified candidates.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

 

Energy Advisor

Baltimore, MD, US

Job posted by Civic Works on January 13, 2017

Civic Works is immediately hiring an Energy Advisor to dramatically increase the number of solar and energy efficiency upgrades in Baltimore communities. Through phone- and email-based advising services, the Energy Advisor will serve as a resource for homeowners and motivate them to purchase solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Throughout the installation process, the Energy Advisor will provide step-by-step guidance, and ensure that homeowners receive fair treatment and quality service. He or she will also assist homeowners in addressing any barriers that may prevent the completion of their solar and energy efficiency upgrades, such as securing financing or prioritizing the recommended improvements.

The ideal candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload without dropping the ball. This position is an opportunity to combat climate change and bring about real economic benefits for those who need them the most.

Program Overview

Retrofit Baltimore, a program of the non-profit Civic Works, helps homeowners realize the benefits of home energy efficiency and solar energy and creates family-sustaining job opportunities for underserved Baltimore residents. The program uses grassroots, community organizing tactics to motivate homeowners to make home energy improvements, to reduce energy bills by about 15-20% and improve the comfort and safety of the home. Retrofit Baltimore then connects these homeowners with businesses that have committed to hire underserved Baltimore residents and implement equitable employment standards. Civic Works’ green initiatives have been highlighted by Green for All, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, the US Conference of Mayors, and the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. Join us in creating a more just and equitable clean energy economy. For more information on Retrofit Baltimore, please visit www.retrofitbaltimore.civicworks.com.

Responsibilities:

Educate homeowners about the benefits and process of going solar and making energy efficiency improvements

Create customer profiles and customize messaging to meet the customer’s needs and interests

Engage homeowners generated from a variety of program marketing, education, and outreach efforts and effectively motivate them to schedule an energy efficiency and/or solar assessment

Consistently follow up with customers until they make a decision on whether to purchase the recommended solar and energy efficiency improvement measures

Manage and expand customer relationships through continual needs assessments and relationship plans

Coordinate with the contractor liaison and other staff members to ensure the program is delivering on each customer’s needs and expectations

Serve as an advocate for homeowners and actively work to remove the barriers that prevent them from completing the energy efficiency and solar upgrades

Regularly enter customer data into the Customer Relationship Management system, Salesforce

Qualifications:

Previous customer service, sales, and/or lead generation experience

Knowledge of building science and solar installation a plus

BPI Building Analyst certification or NABSEP certification a plus, willingness to complete certification upon onboarding required

Excellent verbal communication skills, interpersonal relations skills, and writing skills

Phenomenal relationship building skills, ability to personally connect with and engage with diverse groups of customers

Ability to explain technical information in an easy-to-understand way

Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment

Exceptional personal responsibility for meeting goals and a track record of success

Ability to recognize problems, develop innovative solutions and implement them

Willingness to regularly work evenings and portions of weekends

Enthusiasm for energy efficiency and social justice

Benefits and Salary

The salary level for this position is competitive. In addition, certification courses, healthcare, and retirement benefits are included.

January 30th 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: We post many of these and other jobs like it on Symplicity, our jobs database. All VLS students and Alums have access to these. Symplicity jobs are general focused on internships and jobs requiring 0-5 years experience. You may access simplicity via the Careers Portal on the VLS homepage. The database requires a login, which you should have received during your first semester, if you don’t have it or have misplaced it please let us know and we can email you another (please tell us if your email has changed).

 Career Tip(s) of the Week

Not Qualified for the Job or Not Confident? How to Tell the Difference

BY AMY EVERHART

“I don’t have that certification, but I could rock this job if someone gave me a chance. How can I get the experience if no one will give me the opportunity?”

We’ve all been there. You find the perfect job only to realize you’re missing one of the preferred qualifications. Your excitement deflates as you wonder how many other applicants have that magical thing you lack.

So, do you apply anyway and hope for the best, or do you move on and stay in your lane?

While you may lack some qualifications, it’s possible that you’re lacking something else entirely: confidence. As a former recruiter and current career coach, I often work with clients who want to apply for a job for which they don’t feel entirely qualified. But when I review their resume, I see nothing that should prevent them from being a great candidate. Some of the most qualified clients I work with aren’t held back by experience at all, but by low self-confidence.

Start by asking, “Am I truly not qualified for this position, or am I hesitating for a different reason?”

Are you missing qualifications and certifications legally required to do the job, or are you just feeling a bit insecure? As long as you’re not attempting surgery without a degree in medicine, chances are, low self-confidence is the only thing in your way. Apply for the job. You’re ready.

Consider whether the qualifications are necessary or negotiable.

Here’s some insider information from a former recruiter: Many job requirements may be flexible for the right candidate. Closely read the job description to see if it includes the words equivalent experience.

Here’s an example:

Job description includes four-year degree in nonprofit leadership or equivalent experience, and you have a two-year degree in English and no nonprofit experience. This job may not be a fit.

Job description includes four-year degree in nonprofit leadership or equivalent experience, and you have a two-year degree in English and you’ve led successful nonprofit programs. You may have the knowledge they’re seeking

Try to intuit which qualifications are necessary and which may offer some flexibility. Remember that a description is merely a guide to help recruiters and hiring managers gauge your skill level.

“Many job requirements may be flexible for the right candidate.”

If you don’t have all of the qualifications, is it worth applying anyway?

It takes courage to apply for a job. If you cringe at the thought of making a case for why you’re right for this position, it may not be worth your time. But if you get excited at the idea of landing the job and going to work on day one, go for it!

Get honest with yourself about whether this job is worth the extra effort that you’ll likely have to put in. In Part 2, of this two-part series, coming soon, I’ll offer concrete ways to increase your chances of landing the job.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellow

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

DATE: Summer 2017 – Summer 2019

APPLICATIONS DUE: January 31, 2017

ANNUAL STIPEND: $43,000 plus benefits*

WAGE CATEGORY: Nonexempt

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy. Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission. Working with a team of professional staff, the Fellow will apply practical research and advocacy skills and develop a network of professional contacts in their field of expertise. The Fellow will be an integral part of a dynamic organization comprised of experienced conservationists and emerging leaders, and will participate in a range of river conservation activities.

This fellowship honors the memory of Anthony A. Lapham who served for many years on the board of American Rivers, including as its Chairman. The program reflects his integrity, intellect, concern for humanity and commitment to excellence. We seek candidates who possess these qualities.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS:

The goals of the Anthony A. Lapham Fellowship Program are to develop the next generation of conservation leaders, and to generate work products that directly support the mission and goals of American Rivers. Advancements in river conservation will be especially important during the coming years due to the extreme pressure on rivers, headwater streams and freshwater supplies brought on by climate change, population growth and demographic change, and development. We need to develop the next generation of skilled leaders who can promote practical environmental solutions that achieve measurable results for natural and human communities.

The Lapham Fellow will help shape community-oriented solutions to river conservation challenges, educate civic leaders about the benefits of healthy rivers, inform legislative and legal proceedings, and influence opinion leaders. The Fellowship includes the implementation of a project that directly supports the goals of one or more of American Rivers’ conservation programs.

The Fellow will play an important role in implementing American Rivers’ strategic plan, which identifies 11 priority river basins where we will focus our work over the next five years. The Fellow’s project will contribute to our efforts in one of our priority basins and fall within one of three categories: (1) sustainably managing freshwater resources to preserve quality and flow; (2) restoring rivers (through approaches such as dam removal and reoperation) and achieving natural flood protection by restoring the natural functions of rivers, wetlands and floodplains; or (3) conserving America’s heritage by protecting our remaining free-flowing rivers and connecting communities to their rivers. Projects might include exploration of the potential of particular river conservation strategies; economic analysis of the contributions of healthy rivers to employment, property values, public health and safety and other community priorities; the impacts of poorly managed rivers on water supply, flooding or public safety; or the potential for certain policy prescriptions or best management practices to contribute to river health and community welfare. The topics are developed based on the needs of the organization and the interests of the successful Fellowship candidate. The Fellow will publish results in an appropriate format and present their project results to various audiences including American Rivers’ staff.

The 24-month Fellowship will be supported by a team of conservation staff and members of our Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which includes some of the nation’s foremost experts on freshwater conservation science and policy. Conducting an applied research project under the guidance of expert advocates will provide the Fellow with invaluable experience as they begin their career. In general, the first year of the Fellowship is spent researching the decided project, and the second year is spent implementing the project on the ground. Based on the parameters of the project and available resources, there is the potential for opportunities to travel to river basin that is the focus of the project or even to be relocated in the second year.

Fellows will be provided with opportunities for professional experiences unique to Washington, DC, including legal and policy, economic, and scientific analysis of federal legislation and proposed rules, lobbying training, participation in meetings with congressional offices and federal agency officials, and attendance at congressional hearings, federal court proceedings, etc. Additionally, Fellows will engage in organizational activities including staff meetings and retreats and National River Cleanup® activities.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degree in environmental science, stream ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, public health, public policy, law, natural resource economics, engineering, or related fields

Dedication to environmental principles

Extensive research and analysis skills

High academic achievement

Proven leadership ability

Effective verbal and written communication skills

High degree of personal integrity

Exceptional interpersonal skills

Ability to work both autonomously and as a member of a team in a professional environment

Ability to travel as necessary

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed application form

Resume – Description of your work experience (both paid and volunteer) including an outline of each job/responsibilities, contact information for each employer, and dates of employment.

Transcripts – Official transcripts for all higher education institutions attended must be submitted. We accept unofficial copies of transcripts for the application process, but those contacted for an interview will need to provide original transcripts at that time.

Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. You may choose to have faculty members or current/former employers submit these letters. Letters should be sent directly from the recommenders. A Letter of Recommendation Instruction Form can be found here and should be provided to all recommenders for guidance in writing the letters.

Academic Mentor Information – Preference will be given to candidates that identify an academic mentor who will assist during the duration of the Fellowship. Please submit bio of and letter from your academic mentor with your application. Letters should indicate the mentor’s willingness to fulfill the duties of this role. An Academic Mentor Instruction Form can be found here and should be provided to your mentor as guidance in writing the letter.

Personal Statement – Please submit an original essay with your application. The essay should be 2-3 pages in length, no less than 11 point type, at least 1.5 line spacing, typed in Times New Roman font, and have at least 1 inch margins. Your essay should address the following:

What are your short-term and long-term career goals?

How will this fellowship assist you in accomplishing your goals?

How has your academic training/field of study, employment history, and volunteer experience prepared you for this fellowship?

What can serve as evidence of your leadership skills and ability?

Project Proposal – Please submit a two-page proposal for an applied research project that falls within one of four general topics listed below. This part of the application will give us a sense of how you might approach an applied research project that will directly support the goals of one or more of American Rivers’ conservation campaigns. Essays will be judged less on the specifics of the proposed research and more on the thinking behind it. The topic you write on may or may not end up being the focus of research in your fellowship year.

Your proposal should address a specific challenge to river conservation and make the case for how your research project would advance a practical solution to that challenge. The proposal should include a goal statement (the desired outcome of the project), the target audience(s) (stakeholders the project could/should influence and how it would do so), and the means for reaching the audience(s) (publications, workshops, webinars, etc.). To the extent possible, include any limitations or constraints you might encounter and specify any partners you might wish to involve. You should specify any additional costs such as outside consultants, equipment, significant travel, or printing that the project may entail. Additional funds may be available, but the need for extra monies will not influence the final decision. American Rivers welcomes proposals for research in the fields of science, economics, law, and public policy. Proposals taking an interdisciplinary approach are also welcome. Should your proposal become the focus of your Fellowship, American Rivers reserves the right to alter or amend the chosen project, in consultation with you, in order to best suit specific program needs.

Your proposal should be a design for implementation of a project that addresses a specific river conservation challenge in one of American Rivers’ priority river basins, which are places where staff will be focusing their work over the next five years. A strong topic will create a suite of tools across two or more focus areas to achieve success. Below is a list of the focus areas and river basins in which American Rivers centers its work.

The three areas of focus for the 2017-2019 Fellowship year are:

Sustainably managing freshwater resources, with an emphasis of securing supply and water quality for communities while maintaining flow, water quality, and connectivity of river systems;

Restoring rivers (through approaches such as dam removal) and achieving natural flood protection by restoring the natural functions of rivers, wetlands and floodplains; and

Conserving America’s heritage by protecting our remaining free-flowing rivers and connecting communities to their rivers

The priority river basins are listed below:

Colorado River Basin

Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas

Sacramento/San Joaquin Rivers

Rivers of the Northern Rockies

Rivers of the Puget Sound and the Columbia Basin

Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint Basin

Delaware River Basin

Rivers of the Chesapeake Bay

Connecticut River Basin

Upper Mississippi River Basin

Rivers of the Great Lakes Basin

Only complete applications (letters of recommendation and academic mentor letters can be sent separately) will be reviewed; partial applications will be discarded. For further information about all attachments please refer to the Application Form.

Please submit all materials to lapham@americanrivers.org with your name in the subject line. Applications can be submitted via mail, but email is preferred. If sending the application by mail, send to:

American Rivers

Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship

1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1400

Washington, DC 20005

Letters of recommendation and academic mentor letters should be sent via email directly from the recommender/mentor, with the candidate’s full name in the subject line. Recommenders/Mentors can also send letters via mail, but the letter must be enclosed in a sealed envelope with their signature across the seal. Please provide the letter of recommendation and academic mentor instructional sheets to the appropriate parties.

Questions about the Fellowship? Please view our FAQ.

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST January 31, 2017

* Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellows are eligible for health and dental insurance as well as generous leave benefits.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator (Limited Service)

Deadline:

02/05/2017

Department:

Agriculture, Food&Mrkts Agency

This position, (Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator, Job Opening # 620774), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

This is a limited service position through 08/31/2018, which may be extended.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Stephanie Smith at stephanie.smith@vermont.gov.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets seeks a dynamic, results oriented individual with a sense of humor to work as part of a team addressing the protection of Vermont’s farmland, and play an important role carrying out the Agency’s mission as a Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator. The primary responsibility is to review proposed development on primary agricultural soils, develop and maintain policy and procedures to ensure an efficient, consistent and comprehensive development review process, and facilitate understanding of the criterion 9(B). This position requires knowledge of land use review and/or natural resource planning, the ability to interpret and analyze development plans and soil maps, familiarity with GIS, and strong verbal and written communication skills with an attention to detail. Other responsibilities include effective communication with applicants and engineers about Criterion 9(B) and the Agency’s review process; coordinating with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board staff and other partners, and District Commissions and other state agencies involved in the state land use review; and understanding the rules that govern participation in the Act 250 process. The individual will have significant interaction with the Assistant Attorney General and other Agency staff, will develop and implement outreach and communication procedures for interaction with applicants, the public, and others to facilitate a timely and comprehensive process at the Agency level.

General Job Description

Leadership in promotional, marketing and development work for the Agricultural Development Division involving the expansion of markets for Vermont agricultural products. Duties include a leadership role with the agricultural community in marketing, production and infrastructure development. Work is performed under the supervision of the director of Agricultural Development and Agriculture Policy Administrators in the Ag Development Division. Extensive interaction with various agricultural producers, marketing groups, and media representatives is involved.

To read the entire job specification, please visit DHR Job Specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in the field of agriculture, economics, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising AND two (2) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in the field of agriculture, economics, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising AND four (4) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising.

OR

Associate’s degree in the field of agriculture, economics, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising AND six (6) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising.

OR

High School diploma or equivalent AND eight (8) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications or advertising.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

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Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan

Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Executive Director of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain

PO Box 58

Swanton, VT 05488

www.northernlakechamplain.com

Job Description for the Executive Director of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain

Reports to the FNLC Advisory Board and works extensively with the Board Chair, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) staff, project grant administration, educational programs, event management, fund raising, and advocacy of its mission. The position is full time with salary dependent on qualifications and experience level.

Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Advisory Board: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for statewide alignment
  • Oversee all staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps positions. Ensure that personnel policies and procedures are followed and executed.
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Identify needed programs and work with the agricultural community and partners to implement programs, and measure effectiveness of programs.

 

Fiscal Management:

  • Oversee all financial activities for operations accounts and grants accounts.
  • Work with bookkeeper to track all financial activities of the organization.
  • Budget management, financial projections, and monthly budget review and implementation.
  • Provide Advisory Board with quarterly financial statements and an annual budget.
  • Maintain member/donor lists and keep legal paperwork and insurances up-to-date.

Fundraising:

 

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations.
  • Set up and manage the various fundraising and information events (e.g., Winter farmer meeting, Tyler Place dinner, Summer BBQ, Summer farm walk, Bike for the Lake, Run for the lake, Annual meeting and the FNLC Advisory Council).
  • Track and apply for all relevant grant opportunities that lead to the implementation of our mission.

 

Communications:

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

 

Regional and Statewide Engagement

  • Build new partnerships, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders statewide.
  • Be an external local, regional, and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.

 

Qualifications

The ED will be thoroughly committed to FNLC’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree, ideally a Masters in public administration, leadership management, or other relevant degree, or 5 years of experience in a non-profit organization working in development or executive capacity.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Understanding of farming, ability to interact with legislators and government agencies,
  • Computer skills with ability to work with the web page and QuickBooks.

 

Fish & Wildlife Scientist IV (Limited Service)

Hourly Rate: 25.330000

Posting Date:     01/25/2017

Deadline: 02/23/2017

Fish and Wildlife

General Information

This Limited Service position, (Fish & Wildlife Scientist IV, Job Opening # 620684), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Scott Darling at scott.darling@vermont.gov

This is a limited service position through 12/31/19, which may be extended.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Fish and Wildlife Department’s mission is to the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont. The protection, conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife habitat and natural communities is essential to conserve Vermont’s wildlife and rich natural heritage. This position provides a unique opportunity to serve the wildlife division to improve its research design, data analysis, and interpretation of project results. This position will serve as an important technical resource and liaison for a variety of wildlife division projects ranging from moose management to endangered species conservation.

This position will work with wildlife division biologists to provide technical assistance in assessing, analyzing, and interpreting project research and management data. Project data ranges from harvest numbers and biological data of harvested species to survey and inventory data of nongame and/or endangered species. Data analysis and interpretation will be incorporated into species conservation and recovery plans as well as into regulatory proposals before the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board. The position will also assist in the design of wildlife division research, survey, and inventory activities. This job also includes preparing and presenting training opportunities for wildlife division staff to conduct standard statistical analyses. This position requires a strong background in statistics, GIS applications and spatial statistics, population modelling, wildlife research design, and an ability to communicate this work to wildlife biologists, management level staff, regulatory and advisory boards, and citizens. This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, and organization skills, and requires close coordination with other department wildlife staff and collaboration with state, federal and non-governmental organizations. The position is primarily office-related, but requires periodic field work. Work is performed under the supervision of the Wildlife Management Program Manager and is stationed in Rutland, VT.

General Job Description

Administrative, supervisory, planning, coordinating, policy development and fiscal management in the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Represents the Department before a variety of boards, commissions and committees. Interacts with a wide-range of constituents including: state and federal employees, developers, engineers, and consultants, special interest groups, and the public. Work is performed, with considerable latitude, under the direction of a Division Director.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree or higher in a natural resources field AND three (3) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in biology or a natural resources field AND five (5) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.

OR

Two (2) years or more of experience as a Fish and Wildlife Scientist III with the State of Vermont.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

 

Forester I

Location:         Barre

Posting Date:   01/25/2017

Deadline: 2/08/2017

Department:   Forests, Parks & Recreation

 

This position, (Forester I, Job Opening # 620787), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Diana Frederick at diana.frederick@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

General Job Description

Forestry work at an entry level for the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Duties involve professional forestry work on private and public lands, the application of environmental sciences to analyze, review, prepare and implement forestry policies, management plans, and stewardship activities, and the application of technical and scientific data in a variety of department regulatory, non-regulatory, and state and federal programs. Foresters provide professional forestry advice, technical assistance and conservation education to the public. Foresters assist in forest health research and protection projects, manage & conserve forest ecosystems, produce renewable timber resources, create wildlife habitat, protect water quality, map forest resources, manage urban forests, cooperate with user groups and manage recreational opportunities on public lands. Some positions in the class may supervise classified, temporary, or contractual employees at a lower level on a project basis. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a higher-level forester, or administrative superior.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • ARC Gis training or experience.
  • Experience with road construction.
  • Experience with timber sale marking.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry or a natural resource field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Environmental Analyst IV

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time:     Full-Time

Deadline: 2/15/2017

Department:   Environmental Conservation

General Information

This position, (Environmental Analyst IV, Job Opening # 620771), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Josh Kelly at josh.kelly@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

This position will be working in the Solid Waste Program of the Waste Management and Prevention Division of VT DEC. Primary responsibilities include implementing the state’s Universal Recycling law (Act 148), the statewide materials management plan, and assisting with other materials management programs and priorities. A focus of the work will be on organics diversion and recycling outreach and tracking, specifically to businesses, institutions, and residents. Other duties include working with and supporting solid waste districts, municipalities, haulers, facilities, and other stakeholders to improve organics diversion and waste reduction in Vermont, and developing and disseminating outreach materials.

General Job Description

Planning, analytical and administrative work at an advanced professional level for the Department of Environmental Conservation. Duties involve complex tasks in the technical review and analysis of environmental policies, programs, activities and data in a variety of regulatory, non-regulatory, scientific, and engineering programs. Work involves considerable independence in completing work assignments and greater responsibility and accountability than lower level analyst work. May provide project or program oversight and/or supervise program staff or provide expertise in a specialized technology or program element which is not duplicated in the Department. Work is performed under the general direction of a higher-level technical or administrative superior.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing, writing and implementing education and outreach programs and communications
  • Excellent outreach communication skills, especially with diverse audiences such as residents, businesses, haulers, and municipalities regarding compliance and policy issues.
  • Experience in developing environmental plans and policy and in the implementation of such plans.
  • Knowledge of organics, recycling, and solid waste management, programs, and planning.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND four (4) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.

OR

Master’s degree or higher in an environmental or natural resources field AND two (2) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.

OR

Two (2) years or more as an Environmental Analyst III.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

 

Fish & Wildlife Scientist II (Limited Service)

Location:         Barre

Full/Part Time:   Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:     Classified

Hourly Rate:   22.530000

Posting Date:   01/24/2017

Deadline: 2/07/2017

Department:     Fish and Wildlife

General Information

This Limited Service position, Fish & Wildlife Scientist II (Job Opening #620585), is listed as a DEPARTMENT ONLY posting. Only current State of Vermont employees who have successfully completed an original probationary period AND are employed in the Department in which this position is located are eligible to apply for this position. Your application will not be considered if you do not meet this requirement.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact John Austin at john.austin@vermont.gov

This is a limited service position through 6/30/19, which may be extended.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

 

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

This position will provide technical support for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat through state and federal land use regulatory processes, such as Act 250. This work will be conducted throughout the state working closely with other fish and wildlife scientists in the department. This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, organization and technical skills, and requires close coordination with other department fish and wildlife staff and collaboration with state, federal and non-governmental organizations. This job involves the participation in the Act 250 and Public Service Board permitting processes and involves review of development proposals and assessments of the potential effects on fish and wildlife habitat. In this capacity, the position will identify, delineate, map and assess a wide range of wildlife habitat conditions for a range of wildlife species. As such, the person in the position must possess a broad knowledge of fish and wildlife ecology, behavior, habitat identification, conservation and management. The position must work closely with department and agency attorneys to develop positions, provide evidence, and offer testimony, both in writing and at hearings. The position must work closely with private natural resource consultants, private engineers, developers and their attorneys to review information on development proposals and negotiate resolution of issues related to the department’s interests in fish and wildlife habitat protection. The position will also provide support for the management of Wildlife Management Areas owned by the department. In this capacity, the position will work closely with colleagues in the department, as well as the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to plan, guide, and implement stewardship activities on assigned WMAs. Applicants should have a strong background in fish and wildlife biology, natural communities, and the principles of ecology as well as habitat assessment and management. In addition, strong GIS mapping skills are essential. Strong communication and writing skills are essential. The position requires a mix of field and office activities. Work is performed under the supervision of the Land and Habitat Program Manager within the Wildlife Division and will be stationed in Barre, VT.

General Job Description

Planning, research and coordinating work for the Department of Fish & Wildlife involving the design and implementation of fish and wildlife species management and research programs. Duties include planning and evaluation of population and habitat related management operations and participation in environmental impact assessments. Supervision may be exercised over technical, clerical, temporary and contractual employees. Incumbents may function as team leaders on specific projects. Work is performed under the supervision of the Wildlife or Fisheries Division Director.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or higher in a natural resources field

OR

Bachelor’s degree or higher in a natural resources field or biology AND two (2) years or more in a natural resources field.

OR

Two (2) years or more as a Fish & Wildlife Scientist I with the State of Vermont

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

                        Farm to School Education Coordinator

Position posting: January 18, 2017

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The full-time Farm to School Education Coordinator will manage the Farm to School educational curriculum and programs, deliver direct education in classrooms, and provide management and training to REAP Farm to School educators. Additionally, the Farm to School Education Coordinator will work directly with teachers, area chefs, local farmers, and other community organizations to develop a robust educational program. The Coordinator will also manage farm to school volunteers, plan educational farm to school events, and provide general programmatic support.

http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/about/job-opportunities

 

Environmental Analyst III

Montpelier Full-Time Hourly Rate: 21.290000

Posting Date: 01/30/2017 Deadline: 02/13/2017

Department: Environmental Conservation

This position, (Environmental Analyst III, Job Opening # 620820), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jessica Bulova at jessica.bulova@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking an applicant for a full time entry level position in the Wastewater Management Section in the Watershed Management Division. This Section administers Vermont’s federally delegated NPDES direct discharge and industrial pretreatment authorities. This position will oversee approximately 35 – 40 municipal and industrial facilities that treat and discharge wastewater, and will be responsible for permitting, inspection and compliance oversight. The successful candidate will also play an important role in the Section’s implementation of the TMDLs for Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and the Connecticut River; which play an integral role in Vermont’s efforts to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore the quality of its rivers and lakes. This is a dynamic position in a busy program.   Candidates, in balance with the more routine daily tasks, must be able to multitask and shift gears quickly to address time critical incidents that may pose a threat to Vermont’s waters or citizens.

Planning, analytical, and administrative work at a journey professional level for the Department of Environmental Conservation. Duties involve the technical review and analysis of environmental policies, programs, activities, and data in a variety of department regulatory, non-regulatory, scientific, and engineering programs. Work at this level differs from lower level analysts in the complexity of projects; degree of independence, responsibility, and accountability; level of expertise and breadth of knowledge required. May act as a lead worker, overseeing the work of temporary, contractual, or classified employees at a lower level. Work is performed under the direction of a higher-level technical or administrative superior.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Educational or professional experience in wastewater treatment facility and collection system operations. Experience with permit writing in a regulatory framework. Excellent communication skills, especially with diverse audiences such as facility operators, municipalities, interagency staff and EPA.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND three (3) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field. OR

Master’s degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND one (1) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field. OR

Two (2) years or more or experience as an Environmental Analyst II.

January 13th 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: We have had a few questions regarding our Transcript Request Procedures. The following information can also be found on the VLS Careers Services webpage…

Unofficial Transcripts: To request a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript for job applications, send an email to Registrar@vermontlaw.edu. In the body of the email, include your student ID number and degree program(s). When you receive an email response from the Registrar’s Office with the PDF attached, please save the file for continued use until the following semester’s grades are posted.

Official Transcripts: To request an official transcript, either go to the Registrar’s Office and complete the transcript request form or go online to GetMyTranscript.org and then click on “Order-Track-Verify” to place your order. The fee is $5.00 per transcript, plus charges if expedited shipping is requested.

 Career Tip(s) of the Week

You’ve Got the Job…What’s Next?

BY       WAAJIDA L. SMALL

So you’ve got the job… Now what? The “Now what?” question is something we often ask ourselves time and again. For those who have been seeking a job or other professional opportunity, the “now what?” is asked to determine next steps that will ensure success in our new role.

As someone who has been on that journey a few times, I have learned there are several key behaviors job seekers can engage in to ensure success in their new role. In this article, I will share with you some insight that I’ve gained and what I’ve practiced to help me be successful in the many roles I’ve had.

Beginning the Journey

The beginning of this new journey is often the hardest part. You are new to the organization or the role, and you want to do your best and make the greatest impression. Experience and learning have taught me that setting goals for yourself is the first step. These of course should be S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound). SMART Goals should be set for the first 3, 6, 12, and 18 months on the job.

Setting goals every three months is much more manageable than creating a long list that stretches over a lengthy period of time. Additionally, the first 18 months in a new job are crucial, and can either make or break you. A study by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) states that approximately 50% of hourly workers leave their jobs within the first 3 months, and those hired into leadership positions fail in their roles within the first 18 months. The study cites the cause of an individual’s failure as the organization’s failure (during the onboarding phase) to adequately prepare them for the roles they take on.

The First Three Months

The first three months are considered the introductory phase. During the first three months, your goal should be to build your knowledge base.

Get to know your role. While you won’t be expected to have mastered your role in the first three months, your manager will at least want to see that you know the extent of your role, and how it is connected to your unit, department, division, and ultimately the organization’s vision and mission.

Get to know the people you work with. This extends beyond your immediate work group. You should be aware of who the key individuals are that you will be working with outside of your immediate work group, and the impact your role will have on them achieving their goals.

Get to know your environment. Getting to know your environment includes both the physical space where you work and the organizational culture. Really getting to know the organization’s culture and understanding how you fit in can be a challenge. The goal however, is to get over this challenge at the very beginning. You should be fully integrated within the first 30 days.

3-6 Months: Focus on Relationships

In months 3-6 you are familiarizing yourself with the people, places, and processes of your unit and the organization. This will require you to meet with and build relationships with key people. It will be these relationships that will help carry you throughout your tenure with the organization.

Meet with your key internal business partners. Begin to establish relationships with key internal business partners. Become familiar with their working and learning styles, and what their values are. This is important because getting to know their values informs you on how best to approach, communicate with, and work with them.

Develop relationships with organizational leadership. The size and culture of the organization will determine how accessible leadership will be. It’s important to build relationships with decision makers because they are often the ones who can be the most effective sponsors. If you can’t get to them, create relationships with their “gate keepers”.

Start building your internal network. Creating a solid network internally should be a priority for the first 12 months. Your network should be diverse in every aspect of the work. You want to be in the know about everything. As the saying goes, “know something about everything and everything about something.”

6-12 Months: What to do Before Your First Year is Complete

During the 6-12 month period, you should start becoming aware of your performance strengths and weakness. You should also start identifying opportunities for learning and development that will help with your career growth internally and externally.

Have a review of your performance. While you should have already been provided with or asked for both formal and informal feedback on your performance before 12 months, at the bare minimum you should receive formal feedback by the 1-year mark. Take the feedback and identify what you need to work on to continue to develop in your role.

Establish and work toward professional development goals. As a part of your journey, and before your official performance review, think about what you need to do in order to continue growing professionally. Professional development goals should include learning that will keep you relevant within the organization and in the industry. Discuss these during your review and ask what support your organization gives employees for their professional development needs.

12-18 Months: Gaining Superstar Status

During these months, you should be establishing yourself within the organization. Those who need to know you should, and you should begin making a visible impact. Now is also the time to take steps toward being more than just an employee and colleague.

Step outside of your role. You should never see yourself solely in relation to your job or role. You should go beyond that and identify how you see yourself in relation to the organization as a whole. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the organization, you can become an ambassador and advocate for it. You know the mission. You have lived it and breathed it for the last 18 months. You can now speak on its behalf to get others involved in the great work your organization does. In part 2 of this series I will provide more detail about what this looks like, and how becoming an ambassador for your organization contributes to your success.

Establish yourself as a leader. At this stage, you should begin to establish yourself as someone who is ready, willing, and able to take on a leadership role. You have garnered the respect of your colleagues, managers, and others within the organization, and you have shown them that you can and want to do more. Start by volunteering for stretch assignments, taking on lead roles for various projects, and making yourself a resource for those around you.

Keep in mind, that the above is not an exhaustive list. It can, however, be considered tried and true and can guide you in setting your goals for success.

A Great TED Talk on Failure and Finding your Passion

http://idealistcareers.org/dont-get-hung-fear-failure-can-imperative-finding-passion/

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT – ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Senator Cortez Masto seeks a Legislative Assistant to handle energy and environment issues. This individual will be responsible for: staffing the Senator’s relevant work on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as the oceans and fisheries matters within the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s jurisdiction; monitoring pending legislation in assigned issue areas; drafting amendments and bills; meeting with constituents and overall stakeholder engagement; and preparing briefing materials for the Senator. This position requires excellent communication, research, and writing skills, commitment to managing and mentoring junior staff, a good sense of humor, and the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced work environment. Nevada ties and an advanced degree are a plus. Military veterans and minorities encouraged to apply. This is not an entry level position. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 brief writing samples to senate_employment@saa.senate.gov indicating job referral number in the subject line. Please no phone calls or drop-bys.

 

Environmental Fellow, Progressive Northeastern Democrat

Progressive Northeastern Democrat seeks Environmental Fellow to assist legislative staff with research and policy analysis on environmental issues including climate change and energy policy. Law or other relevant advanced degree required. The position is unpaid and a six month commitment is preferred. Please submit a resume and cover letter to envirofellow@gmail.com.

 

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

They are looking for law students but… Maybe worth exploring

Contact Person and Title: Corinne Bell, Staff Attorney

Street Address: 925 Canal St. Suite 3701

Bristol, PA

Phone Number: 215-369-1188

E-mail Address: corinne@delawareriverkeeper.org

Website: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org

Job Type: summer Intern

Describe the Position: We are looking for students with strong research and writing skills and organized work habits. We prefer applicants who will have completed their second year of law school and who will be available for a ten- to twelve-week clerkship. We seek students with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest work, particularly in environmental law. Applicants will ideally have a basic understanding of administrative law and have had exposure to environmental statutes and regulations.

Requirements for The Position Top 33% of class

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Delaware River and its four-state watershed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, seeks rising second- or third-year law students for summer clerkships in 2017 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

Salary: unpaid

Deadline Date: February 1, 2016

Contact Method: Email

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

Writing Sample

List of References

 

Local First Vermont: Outreach Intern

At Local First Vermont our mission is to preserve and enhance the economic, human, and natural vitality of Vermont communities by promoting the importance of purchasing from locally-owned independent businesses. We achieve this through education of citizens, businesses and local governments.

The outreach intern will support all aspects of promoting the Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book, the new mobile app, and various seasonal promotions to encourage Vermonters to support local businesses. This includes managing social media campaigns, creating ads, soliciting new businesses, tracking results, and delivering books as needed.

 

DETAILS

Start Date: Mid-January or ASAP

Hours Per Week: 10-15

Length: Mid-May

Pay: $10/hr

Location: Burlington, VT

 

VBSR Public Policy Intern

The Public Policy Intern works directly with VBSR’s Public Policy Manager at the Vermont State House in Montpelier during the legislative session. The assistant will work directly from the State House at least two days each week with additional computer work that can be performed off-site.

The main responsibilities of the Public Policy Intern consist of supporting the lobbying and advocacy efforts of the Public Policy Manager at the State House. This work includes note taking during legislative committee meetings, research into legislative and policy matters, attending press conferences and other legislative events, writing legislative updates and other communications to VBSR members, along with other support work.

DETAILS

Start Date: Mid-January or ASAP

Hours Per Week: 16

Length: Mid-May

Pay: $15/hr

Location: Montpelier, VT

 

Environmental Advocate

By Liz Edsell on December 15, 2016 in Job Postings

Environmental protections are at risk more than ever. You can work to ensure Vermont is stepping up to protect the health of our people and environment.

 

About VPIRG: When special interests take over Washington, DC, the solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems must come from the states. Vermont is one of the few states in a position to lead, and we’ve done so before on issues ranging from the abolition of slavery, to marriage equality, to promoting clean energy and labeling genetically-engineered foods.

 

For over 40 years, VPIRG has combined well-researched, effective advocacy with broad-based citizen engagement to promote and protect the health of our people, environment and locally based economy. Our growing network of over 40,000 members and supporters makes VPIRG the state’s largest environmental and consumer protection advocacy group, and a powerful force for change.

 

About the Position: Our Environmental Advocate will make Vermont a national leader in toxic chemical reform, work to preserve our state’s precious natural resources, defend recycling and promote a zero waste future. In Vermont, we’re not immune from toxic threats or industry attacks on our environmental programs. But we are in a better position to fight back and wage innovative campaigns to protect public health and our environment. We create the successful models that others can follow. As VPIRG’s advocate, you’ll be our in-house expert and leader who develops policy solutions, garners media attention, and runs State House campaigns, often when you’re heavily outnumbered by industry lobbyists. By providing leadership on several environmental campaigns at once, you’ll have a tremendous opportunity to make an impact. Along the way, you’ll work with our superb team of organizers and support staff to mount the grassroots outreach needed to win.

 

Job Summary: Major elements of the position include:

 

Advocacy: Bring problems and compelling solutions to the attention of Vermont legislators, members of the Executive branch, environmental agency staff, local and federal officials and business leaders. Build relationships that enhance VPIRG’s reputation among decision makers.

Policy Development: Develop VPIRG’s position on environmental policies, with a particular focus on toxics and solid waste, by contributing research, policy analysis and clear, pragmatic thinking and writing.

Campaign Strategy and Planning: Develop strategies and detailed campaign plans to gain political support for our agenda using research, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media publicity and message development.

Media Outreach: Serve as a public spokesperson for the organization, build relationships with media, conduct successful media events, use social media to promote our work and maximize earned media opportunities.

Public Outreach: Work with our organizing staff to leverage VPIRG’s online action network and mobilize our extensive grassroots membership base to generate public action on key issues. Organize and facilitate public events to raise awareness and garner support for campaigns.

Coalition Building: Create and sustain partnerships with diverse and allied organizations.

Fundraising: Participate in grant writing and in-person member meetings.

Qualifications: At least 3-5 years of experience in public policy advocacy including campaign planning, message development and framing, coalition work and direct advocacy with leaders. Must be politically strategic, media savvy and possess strong writing and public speaking skills. Environmental policy experience a plus. Candidates must be able to travel (mostly within state) and work evening/weekend hours as necessary. Commitment to VPIRG’s issues and a mission-driven approach are essential in this demanding and highly-professional work environment.

 

Compensation: Competitive salary. VPIRG offers an excellent benefits package including employer-paid health insurance including vision and a Health Reimbursement Account, long-term disability insurance, employer-matching IRA contributions and generous leave time.

 

Application Process: Apply online via our online application form. VPIRG is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2017

 

ANR Legal & Planning Program Coordinator

Location: Montpelier

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 20.150000

Posting Date: 12/29/2016

Application Deadline: 01/16/2017

Department:

Natural Resources Agency

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General Information

This position, (ANR Legal & Planning Program Coordinator, Job Opening # 620639), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jen Duggan at jen.duggan@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The ANR Legal and Planning Coordinator coordinates the administration of a variety of support and office functions of the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Planning and Policy, including legal and planning program work and records management. The Legal and Planning Coordinator provides administrative and litigation support to the lawyers in the Office of General Counsel and the regulatory analysts in the Office of Planning and Policy; manages the Agency’s regulatory agendas and maintains the Agency’s litigation docket; maintains the Office of General Counsel and Office of Planning Policy records in accordance with state statutes and agency policies; coordinates responses to public records requests; and assists regulatory analysts with natural resource review of small-scale development and energy projects.

General Job Description

Coordinates the administration of a variety of support and office functions of the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Planning, including legal and planning program work and records management. Requires a broad knowledge of agency programs and administrative and judicial tribunal processes. Evaluate and use information to make recommendations; provide guidance on applying administrative and tribunal requirements to varying situations; recommend changes to office procedures to adopt management decisions and policies; identify problems in administrative workflow; and evaluate and recommend alternative administrative processes. The work focuses on expanding the capacity of professional and managerial positions within planning and legal divisions. Work is performed under the general direction of the General Counsel, but coordination and collaboration with lawyers, regulatory analysts, other Agency employees, and external parties is critical.

 

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

High School diploma or equivalent AND five (5) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in program administration of a legal or land use planning program.

OR

Associate’s degree or higher with a concentration in environmental studies, land use planning, legal studies, or other related field AND one (1) year or more of experience at or above a technical level in program administration.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan

Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

 

Green Infrastructure Finance Intern

New York, NY, US

Job posted by The Nature Conservancy on January 12, 2017

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy. To achieve our mission, we source and structure investment products that support The Nature Conservancy’s global strategies, raise capital for these investments, and share our knowledge and experience with the investment and conservation communities to amplify our efforts in this emerging area. To learn more, visit: www.naturevesttnc.org

Position Summary

The Green Infrastructure Finance Intern provides sophisticated business, financial and economic expertise to address conservation challenges related to impact investment and green infrastructure. The summer intern will be engaged in a variety of research and projects activities which focus on urban green infrastructure investment opportunities related to stormwater management.

Essential Functions:

The Green Infrastructure Finance Intern collaborates with NatureVest leadership, Worldwide Office teams, field staff, and partner organizations to bring sophisticated business, financial, and economic analysis and expertise to the assessment, design and implementation of the Conservancy’s conservation priorities and strategic Conservancy initiatives. It is anticipated that about 50% time for this position will be related to investigating the viability of investment blueprints within Gulf Coast States as part of a recent grant award. This will entail collaboration and coordination with local field office staff as well as communication with local officials for selected cities. The purpose of this work is to develop a deep understanding of regional needs and opportunities for green infrastructure investments and to assess the viability of applying private capital investment blueprints across multiple cities in the region. Additional time will be spent on research activities and project related work for NatureVest’s green infrastructure business line. In particular, research will focus on documenting and analyzing successful and less-successful efforts to regionalize cooperation on water quality efforts. This may mean regional fees that are managed across jurisdictions, shared clean water act permits, or water fund-like deals where municipal payers are helping protect (through funding, technical assistance, land ownership, or all three) an upstream community for water quality and flood risk. It is expected that the intern will develop documentation summarizing work undertaken in the form of written reports/memorandums, spreadsheet files and summary presentations. The position may require travel to project cities and communication and coordination with Conservancy field staff and local officials.

This will be a 10-12 week full-time summer internship with a flexible summer start date.

Responsibilities & Scope:

Manages and implements multiple research initiatives.

Ensures the programmatic work is collaborative and well-integrated across organization.

Provides informed assessment of decision making options to senior NatureVest staff based on analysis, experience and judgment.

Independently develops opinions and follow-on work program related to research priorities with an aim towards developing clear and concise research deliverables.

Communicates frequently with management regarding work in progress and keeps management informed to ensure research commitments and programmatic priorities, and TNC policies and procedures are met and managed for compliance.

May participate in external meetings and negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements and projects.

Bachelor’s degree and currently working towards a Masters degree in related finance field with a focus on environmental initiatives.

Ability to work on complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.

Experience and/or detailed knowledge of financial modeling, economics, accounting, deal structuring, green infrastructure, urban planning, and stormwater management. Experience in more than one of these areas is preferred.

Experience working in a self-directed research environment, establishing work priorities and working within a set timeline towards known deliverables and outcomes.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Experience:

Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with Conservancy partners.

Ability to successfully develop and implement complex research projects in an unstructured environment.

Excellent analytical and project management capabilities.

Superior written and oral communications.

Significant coursework in finance or economics.

 

Adirondack Conservation Associate

Keene Valley, NY, US

Job posted by The Nature Conservancy on January 12, 2017

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

This paid summer position is an opportunity to gain substantive experience and exposure to all aspects – land stewardship and protection, threat abatement, communications, conservation science, fundraising – of The Nature Conservancy’s work in the Adirondack region of northern New York. The Associate’s Lead Project will involve Nature Preserve Stewardship, Communications and Interpretation: Working closely with stewardship and communications staff, the Associate will work on communications and stewardship projects aimed at improving opportunities for people to connect with nature by elevating the educational value of the Conservancy’s nature preserves in the Adirondacks and enhancing visitor experiences. Serving as a seasonal project manager, the Associate will be working with consultants such as scientists, translators and photographers to produce educational materials and interpretive signs—incorporating scientific, historical and cultural information—as well as trail improvements and the ordering and installation of new trailhead signs. We seek a motivated self-starter with a strong interest in learning more about environmental conservation and stewardship. Please see full position description online; Job ID 45029.

Minimum level of education completed by the beginning of summer, 2017: college freshman, or equivalent.

Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications (Partial List)

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Demonstrated interest in conservation issues

Enthusiastic can-do attitude, well-organized, and flexible

Motivated self-starter, able to work independently with minimal direction

Enjoys working outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather conditions

Multi-lingual skills appreciated

Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience

Dates and Compensation

May-September, 2017, 10-14 weeks total; exact dates are somewhat flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidate. Preference given to candidates who can work for a longer period.

$15.50/hour, 35-hour work week, generally Mondays through Fridays. Some days, particularly those in remote field locations, will be longer than 7 hours.

Housing is not provided, but we are happy to assist the successful applicant in finding local housing.

Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses in order to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

Applications must be made online via http://www.nature.org/careers. The following are required for your application to be considered: 1) cover letter, and 2) résumé. This position is Job ID 45029. Application deadline: February 3, 2017. No phone calls or emails please.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

USA Junior Professional Officer Positions – Programme and Policy Officer – Cash Based

Transfer; Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Job posted by World Food Programme on January 12, 2017

Programme Policy Officer – Cash Based Transfer, Amman, Jordan

https://career012.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=7901&company=C0000168410P&username

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer – Johannesburg, South Africa

https://career012.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=7921&company=C0000168410P&username

*All U.S. nationals are eligible to apply*

Application deadline January 20, 2017

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill two U.S. Junior Professional Officer positions.

 

2017 Summer Media Fellowships

Vermont Law School, home to the nation’s top-ranked environmental law program, seeks applications from qualified environmental journalists for its 2017 Summer Media Fellowships. As fellows, selected journalists will participate in VLS’s Summer Session, taught by internationally recognized scholars and leaders in environmental law and policy. The 2017 application deadline is Friday, March 3. For more information and to apply, visit www.vermontlaw.edu/summer/media-fellowships, call 802-831-1228, or email mapelquist@vermontlaw.edu.

 

Contractor Partnerships Coordinator

Baltimore, MD, US

Job posted by Civic Works on January 13, 2017

Civic Works is immediately hiring an organized, detail-oriented Contractor Partnerships Coordinator to oversee the successful completion of hundreds of residential energy efficiency and solar projects each year, in coordination with multiple partner contractors. The Coordinator will be responsible for improving long-term working relationships with existing partner contractors and recruiting additional partner contractors as needed. The Coordinator will communicate regularly with partner contractors, to share customer feedback, resolve problems, and hold contractors accountable to program requirements and project deadlines – while also incentivizing and assisting contractors to make improvements towards providing high-quality customer service and quality careers for their employees.

The Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining and improving Retrofit Baltimore’s electronic systems for tracking home energy efficiency and solar projects through a multi-step sales process. The Coordinator will work with the Project Assistant to ensure client records in the Retrofit Baltimore database are up-to-date, and to use the data gleaned to track projects, monitor contractor performance, and measure Retrofit Baltimore’s economic and environmental impact. Finally, the Coordinator will work to increase efficiencies, by making incremental improvements to our highly-customized database and our internal communication systems.

The ideal candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously without dropping the ball. This position is an opportunity to engage with the non-profit sector, private industry, workforce development, and government programs. It is also an excellent opportunity to combat climate change and bring about real economic benefits for those who need them the most.

Program Overview

Retrofit Baltimore, a program of the non-profit Civic Works, helps homeowners realize the benefits of home energy efficiency and/or solar energy and creates family-sustaining job opportunities for underserved Baltimore residents. The program uses grassroots, community organizing tactics to motivate homeowners to make home energy improvements, which reduce energy bills by about 15-20% and improve the comfort and safety of the home. Retrofit Baltimore then connects these homeowners with businesses that have committed to hire underserved Baltimore residents and implement equitable employment standards. Civic Works’ green initiatives have been highlighted by Green for All, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, the US Conference of Mayors, and the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. Join us in creating a more just and equitable clean energy economy. For more information on Retrofit Baltimore, please explore www.retrofitbaltimore.civicworks.com.

Responsibilities

Share customer feedback with contractors and work to resolve any problems that arise between customers and contractors.

Create contractor report cards, that indicate how each is performing in comparison to other contractors and highlight areas for improvement.

Support and motivate contractors to hire from the Baltimore Center for Green Careers, and provide their workers with family-sustaining wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.

Oversee calendar system for scheduling energy audits onto contractor calendars.

Supervise the Project Assistant and develop his/her skills and abilities.

Work with the Project Assistant to ensure documentation is collected regularly from partner contractors and entered into the Customer Relationship Management system, Salesforce.

Compile project information and data for funder grant reports.

Calculate Retrofit Baltimore’s positive business, community and environmental impact.

Improve data collection, processing, and reporting systems to increase efficiency and reduce administrative burden on contractors.

Qualifications

Highly organized and detail-oriented.

Ability to structure and manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines.

Excellent verbal communication skills, interpersonal relations skills, and writing skills.

Strong computer skills and database management skills required.

Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required. Experience with Salesforce a plus, but not a requirement.

Exceptional personal responsibility for meeting goals and a track record of success.

Ability to recognize problems, develop innovative solutions and implement them.

Knowledge and prior experience in the home improvement, energy efficiency, or solar industries a plus, but not a requirement.

 

Green-e Marketing Compliance Associate

San Francisco, CA, US

Job posted by Center for Resource Solutions on January 13, 2017

One (1) Part-Time Position Posting Date: January 12, 2017 Start Date: February 2017 Application Deadline: Ongoing (Open until filled)

Overview

The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking a motivated individual to serve as a Marketing Compliance Associate. This is a great opportunity to learn about renewable energy and responsible supplier behavior. The Associate will work closely with Green-e Energy staff to learn about best practices for accurate renewable energy marketing and sales.

The position will begin in mid-February with flexibility to start the first week of March. Candidates must be available for 8 weeks.

CRS is a nonprofit environmental organization that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. Since 1997, CRS has been instrumental in the development of landmark state, regional, and national renewable energy and climate policies. Green-e is a program of CRS that provides third-party certification for renewable energy, such as utility green power programs, and carbon offset programs. Green-e Energy is North America’s leading consumer protection and certification program for renewable energy. Green-e also offers a unique certification (Green-e Marketplace) that recognizes organizations using certified renewable energy and/or carbon offsets and enables them to demonstrate their environmental commitment through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo.

Responsibilities

The Associate will assist with Green-e Energy’s marketing compliance review process (MCR), and he or she will have opportunities for other projects, based on the needs of the Green-e programs and the interest and experience of the candidate.

MCR (80%): Support the review of marketing materials and renewable energy claims and critically evaluate compliance with the Green-e program rules. Gain knowledge about the intricacies of renewable energy markets and consumer-protection issues.

Other (20%): Depending on the applicant’s particular interests and skills, she/he may work in a number of areas including:

Renewable energy and carbon offset market research

Partnership outreach and business development initiatives

CRS marketing and communications

Policy research and analysis

Event planning and logistics support

 

Associate Director, Natural Infrastructure

London, United Kingdom

Job posted by 100 Resilient Cities on January 13, 2017

The Associate Director, Natural Infrastructure will be a key member of the Solution Development and Innovation Team (SD&I), which is part of the 100 Resilient Cities City Solutions team. In this role, the Associate Director will be expected to think creatively about how natural assets can be harnessed and integrated into the urban environment to improve the social, economic, and environmental health of cities. The Associate Director will be responsible for developing partnerships that will help cities respond to challenges such as sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, heat island effect, and drought using an ecological framework that integrates the natural environment into the urban fabric. S/he will help identify, develop and manage solutions for use in member cities that are working on building, improving, integrating and leveraging various types of natural infrastructure to increase their cities’ resilience; lead global partnership opportunities among providers developing natural infrastructure in cities; and offer direct subject matter expertise to cities looking to better understand the role that natural infrastructure development and investment can and should play in their resilience efforts.

Partnerships and solutions will come from a wide range of sectors, including the private sector, the non-profit sector, academia, government and more.

The Associate Director must understand member cities’ resilience priorities and needs, identify both existing and yet-to-be-developed services and solutions to address these needs, develop solutions that are relevant to member cities and liaise with a broad range of potential service providers, developers, and other stakeholders to add services and solutions for use by partner cities. Solutions will need to be responsive to the needs of cities operating in a diverse set of urban and global contexts.

Critical to this role is understanding how to advance and implement the use of natural infrastructure in the global urban context and to develop partnerships that leverage those projects and investments in a manner that inspires, organizes, and accelerates cities towards achieving their resilience goals.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Working with the entire 100RC organization to ensure that natural infrastructure tools are being leveraged effectively by cities.

Serve as organizational lead and resource on all things related to natural infrastructure, including identifying and evaluating relevant solutions, tools, funding sources, service providers and other potential partners who could bring value to 100RC member cities.

Work closely with the Urban Water Systems lead and other SDI leads to integrate natural infrastructure expertise into other initiatives to build resilience across systems.

Engage with current 100RC partners to develop new tools and services and/or to upgrade existing ones to meet evolving resilience needs and work with the City & Practice Management Team and Global Delivery Team within City Solutions to facilitate the implementation of city resilience strategies.

Actively report on, diagnose and manage feedback from the Partners, cities, and internal teams and be adaptable to making adjustments where necessary.

Identify and develop partnerships with new service providers, funders, and other partners and manage these relationships on an ongoing basis.

Participate in 100 Resilient Cities’ learning process and knowledge management, along with other members of the organization.

Help coordinate and facilitate external outreach and events.

Working across the entire 100RC organization to ensure personal subject matter expertise is leveraged effectively by entire organization.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

Master’s degree or equivalent work experience

Minimum of 10 years relevant working experience with natural infrastructure in cities, including in related fields such as architecture, environmental engineering and science, landscape architecture, public space, and urban planning, and experience managing relationships and teams

Deep technical knowledge of different types of natural infrastructure projects in the urban context, including those in urban forestry, wetland construction, urban planning, and energy efficiency

Experience working within and closely with city governments

Demonstrated team player and ability to effectively and constructively work within a global team

Demonstrated experience in negotiating contracts and interfacing with senior leadership in an organization

Ability to serve as a strong brand representative for 100 Resilient Cities (e.g. strong interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, partnership-building skills)

Ability to develop a vision, shape strategy, drive progress, encourage innovation, and take strong ownership under dynamic, constantly evolving conditions

Experience engaging with actors and organizations across sectors (public, private, non-profit)

Ability to work internationally/across multiple cultures

Excellent communications skills for both internal and external contexts

Ability to travel as necessary – approximately 10-20%

Bilingual or multilingual with languages within our 100-city network is a plus

Global experience within our 100-city network is preferred

Must be authorized to work in the UK (London office) and/or US (New York office).

Location: London or New York

100 Resilient Cities is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, 100 Resilient Cities ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

 

Program Manager

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Landscape Architecture Foundation on January 13, 2017

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) seeks a highly-organized, creatively-analytical, results-oriented Program Manager to join our small, dynamic, and collaborative team. The Program Manager supports LAF’s Landscape Performance Series initiatives and plays a critical role in achieving LAF’s mission. The full-time, 40 hour/week position in Washington, DC offers a first-hand opportunity to guide transformative research and promote “next practices” in sustainable design.

 

LAF is a national environmental organization that invests in research, scholarships, and leadership to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability through landscape architecture. The size and impact of the 50-year-old organization has grown substantially in recent years, and the Program Manager joins a passionate and forward-thinking team.

 

Case Study Investigation (CSI)

The Program Manager manages all aspects of LAF’s signature Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, which runs February-August each year. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to develop and document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Primary responsibilities include:

Lead the annual CSI program to ensure high participant satisfaction and high quality deliverables.

Recruit, select, and serve as the face of LAF and point of contact for all program participants (faculty, students, and practitioners).

Conduct critical review and provide feedback on all program deliverables, particularly the Case Study Briefs metrics and methods.

Manage legal and administrative aspects of the program including MOUs and payments

Develop/update program webinars and other training materials.

Use remote conferencing and collaboration technologies to schedule and lead participant webinars, conduct team check-ins, and facilitate collaboration.

Landscape Performance Series (LPS)

 

The Program Manager also leads and provides support for other Landscape Performance Series initiatives, including:

 

Manage LAF’s grants and fee-for-service work to conduct performance assessments, including development of metrics, post-occupancy evaluations, and/or site monitoring.

Assist with building content for[[http:LandscapePerformance.org|LandscapePerformance.org]], including case study development, actively seeking tools and Fast Facts, monitoring landscape performance news, and curating Collections

Lead LAF’s initiatives to integrate landscape performance into design education, including the Landscape Performance Education Grants program and Resources for Educators section of[[http:LandscapePerformance.org|LandscapePerformance.org]].

Develop and lead lunch-and-learns, webinars, workshops and other trainings related to landscape performance.

Attend and/or present at relevant professional conferences (2-5 per year).

Program Evaluation and Planning

In 2017, LAF will develop a 5-year strategic plan for the organization. The Program Manager will lead the analysis and make recommendations for LAF’s landscape performance work, including:

Conduct an in-depth evaluation of the CSI program over its 6-year history, through an analysis of the case studies and evaluation methods, as well as interviews with past program participants.

Conduct an analysis and make recommendations for LAF grant/fee-for-service work to conduct performance assessments.

General Support

Other duties include general organizational and communications support:

Contribute to the LAF website, blog, newsletter, social media channels, and other communications pieces.

Cultivate relationships with professional and academic partners.

Attend and provide program updates at biannual meetings of the LAF Board of Directors and monthly Research Committee calls.

Assist with grant applications (3-5 per year) and fundraising activities

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Environmental Design, Urban Ecology, or related field(s)

At least 2-5 years of proven program/project management experience, including managing contractors/partners to achieve desired outcomes

Strong analytical, quantitative, systems and critical thinking skills

Familiarity with quantitative research methods

Ability to track deadlines and manage competing priorities

Strong written and verbal communication skills, including writing and editing skills

Personable, creative, collaborative, and resourceful persona

Ability to travel approximately 4-6 times per year for outreach and conferences.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

Ability to stay highly-organized and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced small organization

Familiarity with tools to facilitate remote communication and collaboration (e.g. Skype, GoToMeeting, Dropbox, Google Drive)

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree

Experience in conducting trainings and/or presentations

Familiarity with social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and simple web publishing tools (e.g. WordPress)

Starting salary range is $50,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience. LAF offers opportunities for growth based on employee performance. LAF provides a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, vacation/sick pay, and an employer-matching 401(k) program.

The ideal start date is Spring 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

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Job posted by Work for Progress on January 12, 2017

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Canvass Director for Fund for the Public Interest

There’s no sugarcoating it: The election results are profoundly disappointing. We woke up to a President who denies climate change and stands with coal and dirty energy. We woke up to a country whose politics are more divided than ever. We need passionate hardworking people to tip the scale back in the public interest.

Take the first step by submitting your application to: bit.ly/FundApplication .

As a canvass director for the Fund, you’ll run a campaign office in one of dozens of cities across the country. You’ll recruit, hire and manage a campaign staff of 10 to 40 people. You and your staff will raise money, sign up members, and build clout in that community through canvassing neighborhoods to educate citizens about the issues and get them involved in campaigns to win real change. You’ll also work with our partner organizations to use campaign tactics outside of canvassing, such as petition drives, coalition building, letter writing, phone banks, media work, or news conferences.

In essence, your job is to build a team of committed activists who mobilize thousands of citizens to take action. You give leading groups the people power they need to win.

It’s definitely not your typical entry-level job. It’s a campaign environment, and we’ll give you more responsibility than you probably thought you could handle. So you’ll have to think on your feet and be ready to put in the hours it’ll take to make a difference on these campaigns. But the most rewarding part of the job is that at the end of the day, you’ll know you’re making a significant difference — not just on the issues you’re working on, but also for the staff you’re training and the people you’re talking to in the community.

TRAINING

We have an excellent training program — it’s one of the things for which we’re most widely recognized. All positions have a month-long initial training, most of which is spent working in an existing field office and getting hands-on training. After that, we follow up with a classroom-style training. Throughout the year, new and experienced canvass directors will participate in advanced trainings on staff management, canvassing, campaign strategy, media, and public speaking.

LOCATIONS

We work on the campaigns and the issues that we think are the most pressing, and set up our ground operations where we think we can make the biggest difference. We are running campaigns in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, WA, WI, and Washington, D.C.

PAY AND BENEFITS

The target annual compensation for Canvass Directors is $27,000 – $30,500 in the first year, depending on the position. The Fund offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

RESPONSIBILITIES

As a canvass director you will run a local grassroots campaign office for one of the groups we work with. You will be responsible for hiring, training, and managing a staff of canvassers. You’ll also recruit supporters, raise money and mobilize thousands of people to take action. Being a director requires that you work independently, exercising good judgment and discretion to meet the office’s staffing, campaign and field work goals.

MEET GOALS FOR YOUR CAMPAIGN

Reach or exceed your office’s fundraising and membership goals. Most offices have goals of educating 100,000 people, gathering 35,000 political actions, raising $250,000 and identifying 5,000 members each year.

RECRUIT, TRAIN AND MANAGE A STAFF OF CANVASSERS

Recruit, hire, and manage a campaign staff of 10 to 40 staff.

Train staff on effective canvassing and campaigning techniques.

Run staff meetings and skills trainings.

Arrange expert briefings and issue workshops to educate and motivate staff.

Evaluate staff performance and give ongoing feedback.

Identify strong staff, teach them leadership skills, and promote from within.

CANVASS

Lead by example. Canvass two to three times a week so you can train new staff; evaluate current staff; raise money; identify and activate members; and educate the public on the issues.

OVERSEE ADMINISTRATION

Oversee administrative functions related to campaign goals, staff management, fundraising and membership development, and general office management.

Ensure that funds raised and member information collected gets to the partner organizations.

Complete your staff’s payroll accurately and in a timely fashion.

OTHER CAMPAIGN TACTICS

In addition to the campaign work that happens while canvassing, you will work with partner organizations to employ campaign tactics outside of canvassing, such as petition drives, coalition building, letter writing, phone banks, media work and news conferences.

Take the first step by submitting your application to: bit.ly/FundApplication .

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Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

January 6th 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: We have had a few questions regarding our Transcript Request Procedures. The following information can also be found on the VLS Careers Services webpage…

Unofficial Transcripts: To request a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript for job applications, send an email to Registrar@vermontlaw.edu. In the body of the email, include your student ID number and degree program(s). When you receive an email response from the Registrar’s Office with the PDF attached, please save the file for continued use until the following semester’s grades are posted.

Official Transcripts: To request an official transcript, either go to the Registrar’s Office and complete the transcript request form or go online to GetMyTranscript.org and then click on “Order-Track-Verify” to place your order. The fee is $5.00 per transcript, plus charges if expedited shipping is requested.

Reminder:  Newsletters may also be accessed through our blog:  http://wordpress.vermontlaw.edu/careers/   this is especially convenient for graduates who want to keep in touch.

 Career Tip(s) of the Week

A Great TED Talk on Failure and Finding your Passion

http://idealistcareers.org/dont-get-hung-fear-failure-can-imperative-finding-passion/

What to do if Your Day Job is Not Your Passion

BY      HANNAH KANE

Last year, I had a strange encounter at the grocery store. While reaching for my debit card to pay for my groceries, the cashier looked straight into my eyes and said, “Are you living your dream?” I was totally flustered, and stammered something like, “I’m not sure.” He laughed and pointed towards my hands. I’d forgotten that my wallet had been stolen recently and I’d been using a temporary credit card holder made out of recycled materials that had the words “LIVE YOUR DREAM” printed on it. He was just making conversation, but it was a rare moment that sparked a great deal of introspection.

What does it mean to live your dream? People often assume that those who work in the social good sector must have a passion for what they do. Perhaps it’s because working in the sector often requires some sacrifices, or because it’s still considered a non-traditional career path by many. Whatever the reason, the stereotype paints an unrealistic portrait of the sector and the people working in it. Not all of us nonprofit folks are chaining ourselves to trees, working 80-hour weeks, or the inspiration for a Hollywood film about overcoming the odds to make a difference (though some are, and more power to them!).

Ultimately, after my introspection spiral winded down, I realized that I am living a version of my dream. I work for an incredible organization that makes a difference in people’s lives, I’ve achieved that sought after work/life balance, and I find meaning in the daily interactions I have with friends, family, and co-workers.

However, everyone has a different definition of living their dream, and it takes work to figure out what’s right for you. Some people are 100% clear on their dream, and just haven’t achieved it yet. Others have never been able to settle on a single passion. Wherever you are in the process, if you’ve ever struggled to answer the question, “Are you living your dream?,” you might recognize yourself in one of the scenarios below.

Scenario 1: You have a cause, but it’s not what’s on your business card

Who you are:

You know exactly what you’re passionate about, and you can recite your elevator pitch in your sleep, but no one would know it based on your job title. Maybe you don’t yet have the necessary skills or experience to land your dream job. Maybe you’re about to make a big career change. Or maybe what you’re passionate about just isn’t a financially viable option. (After all, “Follow your passion” may make a great commencement speech theme, but it’s certainly not a career plan. Some argue it’s not even great advice.)

The good news:

You’re lucky because you know exactly what you want to do, and that’s half the battle. Even if you’re not yet where you want to be, you can at least point yourself in the right direction. In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to express your passion outside of your 9 to 5.

Take some action:

Consider volunteering with an organization you love during your off hours. In addition to being a great way to contribute to a cause you care about, it’s also a terrific resume builder, and sometimes leads to a job offer.

In some situations, it may be more realistic to give money rather than time. Network For Good can help you find and donate to an organization that’s working on an issue you care about.

Even if you’re not able to work directly on the issue you care most about, you can still be an advocate for the cause. Read up on organizations, events, programs and initiatives and become the go-to person amongst your friends for information and inspiration.

Scenario 2: You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling

Who you are:

You had passion, but somewhere along the way, you lost it. Maybe you got burned out on the job. Or maybe you’re getting a second wind, and you’re finding yourself pulled in a new, unexpected direction. Suddenly, what used to be an endless source of inspiration is no longer enough to keep you interested.

The good news:

You’ve already proven you’re a person with passion. You may have lost a bit of magic, but there’s no reason you can’t get it back again. You just might need to look in some surprising places.

Take some action:

See your organization with fresh eyes. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and a great way to change that is by tackling new projects or working with a different team.

If you’ve got an inkling of a new interest, figure out a way to test the waters. Set up an informational interview with someone in the field, or perhaps start volunteering with a new organization. Find out if this new cause can sustain your interest.

Get ready for a change. If you think it’s time for a new job, new field, or new sector all together, be sure to do your research on how to make the switch.

Scenario 3: Rebel without a cause

Who you are:

You’re a social butterfly of social causes. You’ve never been the type of person to commit to a single issue area, and have dabbled in a range of activities, organizations, and maybe even job functions. This isn’t a fault at all, but if you feel like you’re missing out by not having a lifelong mission, you can do a little work to narrow down the field.

The good news:

While many are drawn to the sector because they are committed to a particular cause, others come for the leadership opportunities, a host of great employment benefits, or simply because they found a great job in a great organization. The bottom line is, there are plenty of reasons to be happy in the sector, aside from complete dedication to a social mission.

Take some action:

Recognize that passion is something that can grow. This is starting to sound a bit like relationship advice column, isn’t it? Just like in relationships, passion can grow in your career as well. Passion can be the result of focused skill development and increased expertise, rather than the cause.

Check out Kimberly’s article about what to do if you haven’t identified a passion at all. The article includes some good links about how to identify your passion.

Finally, consider thinking about happiness beyond your job. Sometimes we think we should feel a certain way about our work, but when we get real with ourselves, we realize that we’re perfectly content to have a job where we simply enjoy our day-to-day, but we get our deepest satisfaction from some other part of our lives.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

 Vital Communities

Contact Person and Title: Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager Street Address: 195 North Main Street

White River Junction

VT

United States

05001

Phone Number: 8022919100

E-mail Address: sarah@vitalcommunities.org

Website: VitalCommunities.org

Job Information

Job Type: permanent

Position Title: Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Opening for:

Recent Graduate

Describe the Position: Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, Vermont, seeks dynamic, organized, community-oriented project coordinator to join Vital Communities’ Energy and Transportation team. The project coordinator will work directly with the Energy Program Manager and Transportation Program Manager to support community-based and electronic outreach efforts, coordinate various stakeholder groups, and design and implement projects.

Requirements for The Position No law degree required. On-the-ground work experience in the nonprofit, consulting, or other relevant sector preferred. Experience conducting and presenting research, and collecting and analyzing data preferred. Knowledge of relevant topics in the areas of energy and transportation preferred.

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: Founded in 1993, Vital Communities serves 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire by engaging citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations in creating solutions to our region’s challenges.

Salary:

Deadline Date: 01/09/17

Contact Method:

(If students are applying directly how would the employer prefer to be contacted/receive applications.)

Email

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

List of References

 

ANR Legal & Planning Program Coordinator

Montpelier

Full/Part Time:   Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:20.150000

Posting Date:   12/29/2016

Application Deadline: 01/16/2017

Department: Natural Resources Agency

General Information

This position, (ANR Legal & Planning Program Coordinator, Job Opening # 620639), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jen Duggan at jen.duggan@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The ANR Legal and Planning Coordinator coordinates the administration of a variety of support and office functions of the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Planning and Policy, including legal and planning program work and records management. The Legal and Planning Coordinator provides administrative and litigation support to the lawyers in the Office of General Counsel and the regulatory analysts in the Office of Planning and Policy; manages the Agency’s regulatory agendas and maintains the Agency’s litigation docket; maintains the Office of General Counsel and Office of Planning Policy records in accordance with state statutes and agency policies; coordinates responses to public records requests; and assists regulatory analysts with natural resource review of small-scale development and energy projects.

General Job Description

Coordinates the administration of a variety of support and office functions of the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Planning, including legal and planning program work and records management. Requires a broad knowledge of agency programs and administrative and judicial tribunal processes. Evaluate and use information to make recommendations; provide guidance on applying administrative and tribunal requirements to varying situations; recommend changes to office procedures to adopt management decisions and policies; identify problems in administrative workflow; and evaluate and recommend alternative administrative processes. The work focuses on expanding the capacity of professional and managerial positions within planning and legal divisions. Work is performed under the general direction of the General Counsel, but coordination and collaboration with lawyers, regulatory analysts, other Agency employees, and external parties is critical.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

High School diploma or equivalent AND five (5) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in program administration of a legal or land use planning program.

OR

Associate’s degree or higher with a concentration in environmental studies, land use planning, legal studies, or other related field AND one (1) year or more of experience at or above a technical level in program administration.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

U.S. Government Relations GLOBE Intern in Arlington, Virginia

The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia (VA) AA100

WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/about-us to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

Through the GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) internship program. The Nature Conservancy hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2015, 2016, and 2017) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. Our mission is to provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contributes to the health and sustainability of our world. The GLOBE Program recruites individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals in various fields. The GLOBE Program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The US Government Relations (USGR) intern will support department members, in efforts that help The Nature Conservancy’s program bring science, collaboration, and policy together to enhance our conservation priorities. By working across all policy teams, the USGR department will benefit from this internship by having better cross communication, increased focus on legislative priorities, and additional capacity at the onset of a new administration. In addition to supporting multiple business needs, the GLOBE intern will bring fresh views and innovative thinking to existing strategies.

The Government Relations Intern will provide administrative, policy research, and general office support to the Federal Legislative Campaigns team. This may include independent research on environmental public policy, legislative tracking, and other issues related to the work of The Nature Conservancy and the US Government Relations Team. The Government Relations Intern will also assist with coordinating Conservancy members and partner organizations in support of our legislative priorities; help plan and execute special events; write and edit general correspondence, policy summaries and memorandums. In addition, s/he will support senior staff in preparing for meetings, events and conferences by creating relevant presentations and materials.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (within two years of graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program) for communications, conservation/environmental studies, economics, government relations, legal, public policy or related field, or equivalent

Familiarity of the current political environment, especially pertaining to environmental legislation and advocacy.

Training with multiple projects with several variables, meet deadlines, and manage a timeline.

Training in working and communicating with a diverse group of people, including government and legislative associates, volunteers

Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, and Excel.

Experience with advanced computer functions including when navigating the Internet.

Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.

Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.

Experience writing and editing promotional and informational material.

Experience presenting to and communicating with internal and external audiences.

Experience communicating and interacting with all levels of staff and leadership in a professional manner.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Recent graduate from an undergraduate program or candidate currently enrolled in a graduate program highly preferred

Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.

Experience building networks, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.

Experience, coursework, or other training in public policy, government relations, business, or sustainability.

Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of June 5 – August 11, 2017. Applicants must submit a writing sample in addition to the cover letter, resume and three references.

ELIGIBILITY The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following: Contribution to The Nature Conservancy’s diversity. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization. Understanding of communities and skills that aid in the trust building process essential for collaborative efforts with urban communities, organizations and leaders—ability to cross boundaries, find common ground and work together across differences Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity. Commitment to Equity. Applicant shows an understanding of inequity and its context and has experience with engagement and inclusion of those from disadvantaged communities

INTERN SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be screened for eligibility, qualifications and experience level related to the project; Applicants will be notified of next steps in the process (within 3 weeks after posting date ends) 2-3 telephone interviews will be conducted for selected applicants; Additional information may be required before making a final decision; All applicants will be notified of final selection

SALARY INFORMATION

$12.00/ per hour (undergrads) and $14.00/per hour (grad students and recently graduated level students)

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 44790, submit resume (required), cover letter, and* writing sample pertaining to US federal policy relations or a related topic *separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 6, 2017.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of *The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.*

Job Title: U.S. Government Relations GLOBE Intern

Location: DC Metro Area

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

 

CAMPAIGN LEADER, ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING

Location(s):

London or Washington DC

Salary range(s):

London: £50,273 DC: Up to $90,560

Term: Full time

Deadline: Jan. 16, 2017

Are you passionate about stopping corruption? We are seeking a Campaign Leader to help prevent corruptly acquired funds entering and moving through the international financial system.

About us

Our vision is simple: we want a better world – where corruption is challenged and accountability prevails, all can thrive within the planet’s boundaries, and governments act in the public interest.

We’ve been creating change for over 20 years, from alerting the world to blood diamonds to halting forest destruction deals. Our investigations have changed the world.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Campaign Leader to drive our anti-money laundering work, as part of our overall work to tackle resource-related corruption.

About the role

As the campaign leader for our anti-money laundering work we’ll look to you to lead the development and delivery of campaigning and advocacy strategies which prevent corruptly acquired funds from entering and moving through the international financial system.

A politically astute, inspirational and resilient leader you’ll manage a passionate and committed team in London and Washington DC.

About you

You’ll have a significant track record of advocacy and policy impact and leading successful campaigns at a senior level.

As an experienced manager of people and teams you’ll lead your team to meet the campaign objectives and outcomes.

You’ll have the communication and advocacy skills needed to represent Global Witness to a variety of audiences, along with the credibility to influence and effect positive change.

What you can expect from us

We’ll reward you through a combination of exciting and creative work together with a sector competitive salary and benefits package, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to your development.

Benefits include a generous leave allowance, pension scheme and health insurance as well as opportunities to work flexibly in an engaging and friendly environment.

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive place to work. We value new perspectives, original ideas and different ways of working. We believe that diverse views and experiences improve the way we do our work. We do our best to make our jobs accessible to all regardless of race, colour, religious belief, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

APPLYING

Please send in your CV and a covering letter telling us how you meet the role requirements (no more than two pages please) by 16 January 2017 to recruitmentcampaigns@globalwitness.org stating your name and the position in the subject line. Please inform us of where you saw this advert in your email.

 

Farm to Institution Accounts and Sales Manager

Reports to: Facilities Director and Executive Director

Up to 25hrs/week, starting at $18/hr

Summary of Position: the Farm to Institution Accounts and Sales Manager role is a critical position for the aggregation, processing and distribution of minimally processed local and regional products for institutional use. This program has two primary goals; fair prices for our farm partners, and consistently high quality local products for our institutions, with an emphasis on those that feed food insecure individuals (schools, hospitals and colleges). In particular, for 2017 and 2018 the goal of the program includes contracting with key distribution and service management companies to expand the reach of the Farm to Institution Minimal Processing work.

This position will work directly with:

  • Farm to Institution Production Manager
  • VFVC Facilities Director
  • Customers (buyers from local schools, hospitals around VT, colleges, senior centers, etc)
  • Producers and farm partners
  • Regional partners (Agency of Ag, Food and Markets, Health Care with Harm, Farm to Institution New England, etc)

The position is parttime (up to 25 hours/week) with an anticipated 2 days/week in the Hardwick office/facility. The Farm to Institution Accounts and Sales Manager should be someone who is a creative thinker and comfortable working in a variety of settings with a variety of people. They should thrive in a fast-paced, goal-oriented workplace, and ideally has experience with sales and accounts management for local foods in another setting. This position is grant-funded at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, which has 6 full time employees and 6 parttime employees. We strive for a diverse, dynamic, friendly and service-oriented workplace where collaboration and communication are vital!

Employee Responsibilities:

  • Increase the sales of our minimally processed product line, Just Cut, of both fresh and frozen local products to our key accounts across VT.
  • Manage the ‘front-side’ of the Farm to Institution program, including, but not limited to customer service and relations, assisting to R&D new products with the F2I Production Manager, and clear communication to customers in relation to the Just Cut products and the program goals/mission.
  • Track key statistics related to the program goals, such as current and projected sales, volumes and prices of product, and customer satisfaction, as well as grant deliverables.
  • Ensure that marketing materials match our program goals and mission, and outreach to new customers and partners is clear and consistent.
  • Work directly with the F2I Production Manager to coordinate production volumes, deliveries, purchases, research and development and other issues.
  • Work directly with our F2I Production Manager and Financial Manager to track the costs of the program, the inventory, the marketing efforts and any other grant allowed deliverables.
  • Work directly with the CAE staff, including the Executive Director, to prioritize the customers and the transactional relationships into which the CAE enters or engages.
  • Work directly with our distribution partners to ensure safe, timely and appropriate delivery and distribution of the local products.
  • Assist with workshops for our customers, as well as for our farm partners. (with our Farm and Food Business Advisor)
  • Assist with projections of product for coming sales years to communicate with our farm partners (with our F2I Production Manager)
  • Assist with the grant reporting as needed (with our Exec Director and Financial Manager)

Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years previous experience in sales, local food and/or farm to institution work
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Outgoing, innovative, optimistic, and team-oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Nonprofit and grant reporting experience preferred but not required
  • Diverse people skills
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis

Success Factors (i.e. personal characteristics that contribute to excelling in position):

  • Can maintain cheerful, respectful and non-judgmental attitude with everyone
  • Has a strong level of professionalism
  • Always meets deadlines or finishes work early
  • Is a self-starter who thrives on new challenges
  • Willing to work with a team and engage all team members
  • Can work well with the Center for an Agricultural Economy team and mission/values
  • Has an optimistic and encouraging outlook
  • Is entrepreneurial and has a ‘can-do’ attitude!

We are looking for someone who is looking to advance their career in the world of local foods and sustainability. This person is excited to learn and has a love and a passion for local, healthy food, food businesses and will promote our organizational mission.

DEADLINE: January 9, 2016 – Digital copies of resumé, cover letter, and three references. Send all materials to: sarah@hardwickagriculture.org

Interviews will begin in the second week of January 2017.

Expected hire date: last week of January.

Environmental Advocate

Montauk, NY, US

Job posted by Concerned Citizens of Montauk on December 21, 2016

Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM), a community-based environmental organization seeks experienced, self-starter to assist with campaigns to protect the natural environment. This is a full-time position with benefits. Successful candidates must have proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and possess strong written and public presentation skills. Ability to analyze information and data from multiple sources and synthesize complex public policy issues is required. Must be able to manage multiple projects under deadlines with minimal supervision. Familiarity with local government and environmental issues is helpful but not required. Candidate will work closely with and testify before municipal boards and committees which will, on a regular basis, require evening and weekend work. This is a small collegial office where flexibility, teamwork, and ability to take on multiple tasks as assigned is valued.

Application deadline is 1/31/17.

Please click on the following link to learn more and application instructions.

http://www.preservemontauk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Environmental-Advocate-Job-Position-CCOM.pdf

 

2017 1L Summer Internship Program

Prudential Financial, Inc.

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a law student with a disability to join the 2017 summer law intern class at Prudential’s New Jersey offices. The 1L summer internship will run 10 weeks–from May 22 to July 28, 2017. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly basis.

Internship Description

The summer internship program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the program include:

  • Paid attendance at the 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, PA on May 23-25
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and provide guidance on projects and other substantive work
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review
  • Interviewing skill development and mock interview practice
  • Networking within Prudential and externally with law firms and regulatory groups
  • Presentation development and delivery
  • Opportunity to shadow attorneys on various projects
  • Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association
  • Be a law student with a disability
  • Be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Be scheduled for graduation in spring 2019 (full-time students) or spring 2020 (part-time students)

The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest. Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s Newark office.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter, resume, list of three references, and copy of your transcript to:

Amy Allbright at Amy.Allbright@americanbar.org ; (T) 202.662.1575; (F) 202.442.3439

Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 5, 2017. Finalists will be selected and notified on or before March 3, 2017.

Prudential and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.

 

Program Manager, Global Program Development

Bronx, NY, US

Job posted by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on January 4, 2017

The Program Manager is responsible for taking a lead role in facilitating the development of large, complex government proposals to support WCS’s Global Conservation Program (GCP). This position sits within Global Program Development (PD), a 6-person team that strives to increase and diversify bi-lateral and multi-lateral government funding for the GCP, and enhance grant-related resources and systems.

The Program Manager is responsible for taking a lead role in facilitating the development of large, complex government proposals to support WCS’s Global Conservation Program (GCP). This position sits within Global Program Development (PD), a 6-person team that strives to increase and diversify bi-lateral and multi-lateral government funding for the GCP, and enhance grant-related resources and systems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinate proposal development and reporting (primary responsibility)

Work with technical and finance staff in NY and around the world to strategically develop proposals for government and agency grants by guiding the proposal development process;

Ensure quality control of proposals and reports;

Ensure compliance with both donor guidelines and WCS internal processes.

  1. Provide strategic guidance on funding opportunities and donor relationships**

 

Provide ad hoc advisory services related to government donors, funding opportunities, internal processes, institutional resources;

Identify, analyze and distribute government funding opportunities relevant to WCS programs;

Develop strategic guidance documents and information products on donors (regulations, lessons learned, institutional experience, success stories);

Manage relationships and assist with reporting for key donors and funding streams.

  1. Support systems and resources related to Program Development objectives

Contribute to PD’s informational resources in collaboration with the rest of the team;

Identify and address gaps in proposal systems and resources;

Coordinate with the PD information/knowledge coordinator and other departments within WCS to manage and improve grant tracking systems;

Provide training and overviews on donor regulations/systems as needed;

Facilitate communication about proposal resources.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biology, conservation science, environmental science, natural resources or international development

At least 4 years of experience, preferably including experience with:

○ government fundraising or business development,

○ government programs/donors,

○ nonprofit organizations,

○ wildlife conservation programs or conservation science,

○ grants management, including budget development, and/or

○ international development programs

Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain and communicate complex processes and ideas effectively and efficiently

Strong organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities

Strong attention to detail

Ability to work effectively against deadlines, and to put in extra hours if required in order to meet those deadlines

Willingness to work outside of a typical 9-to-5 work day in order to accommodate colleagues in different time zones

A strong desire to work in a collaborative environment as part of a close-knit team

Self-motivated, with the ability to learn by doing

Ability to maintain good working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues

Excellent problem-solving skills

Dedication to WCS’s mission of protecting wildlife and wild places around the world

Interest in global policy initiatives, and an understanding of global and regional government and agency donor processes is a plus

Experience working with SAP (or other ERP systems) would be useful

Fluency in French and/or Spanish preferred

 

Organics Recovery Coordinator

New York, NY, US

Job posted by Lower East Side Ecology Center on January 4, 2017

BACKGROUND

The NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center seeks an enthusiastic individual with compost and outreach experience for a full-time Organics Recovery Coordinator.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) offers free public compost collection and education, electronic waste recycling, stewardship of public open space, and environmental education. Our programs focus on offering opportunities for all New Yorkers to learn about environmental issues facing NYC and to take responsibility for solving those problems.

THE POSITION

The Organics Recovery Coordinator is employed by the Ecology Center and is managed by the Compost Project Manager. This position is primarily responsible for staffing food scrap drop-off sites in diverse Manhattan neighborhoods and processing the incoming materials. This person will also help conduct outreach in the target neighborhoods to increase participation in the food scrap drop-off program and work as part of a team to distribute finished compost to greening organizations and stewardship activities such as street tree care.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Staff and manage public food scrap drop-off sites and act as an overall ambassador of the NYC Compost Project

Track program growth and key data, including participation, amounts of material collected, processed, and distributed. Complete all program reports as needed.

Participate in the processing of the collected organic material at East River Compost Yard. Follow best practices in urban composting operations to produce high-quality finished material.

Grow residential participation in the program through outreach activities

Distribute finished compost to greening initiatives and volunteer organizations

Perform additional duties as determined by the Ecology Center and by BRS

SKILLS/ABILITIES:

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with the public, alone and in a team, in a variety of settings

Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks

Willingness to work outdoors in all seasons and on weekends as needed

Knowledge of and commitment to composting

Valid drivers license, experience driving a box truck and front end loader preferred

Bilingual skills preferred but not required

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree preferred (ideally, in a related field)

Experience with diverse computer applications (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, GoogleDocs)

Minimum one year of related work experience

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to info@lesecologycenter.org by January 20, 2017. No phone calls please.

For more information about the NYC Compost Project please visit: www.nyc.gov/compostproject

 

Environmental Advocate

Montpelier, VT, US

Job posted by Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) on January 4, 2017

Environmental protections are at risk more than ever. You can work to ensure Vermont is stepping up to protect the health of our people and environment.

About VPIRG: When special interests take over Washington, DC, the solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems must come from the states. Vermont is one of the few states in a position to lead, and we’ve done so before on issues ranging from the abolition of slavery, to marriage equality, to promoting clean energy and labeling genetically-engineered foods.

For over 40 years, VPIRG has combined well-researched, effective advocacy with broad-based citizen engagement to promote and protect the health of our people, environment and locally based economy. Our growing network of over 40,000 members and supporters makes VPIRG the state’s largest environmental and consumer protection advocacy group, and a powerful force for change.

About the Position: Our Environmental Advocate will make Vermont a national leader in toxic chemical reform, work to preserve our state’s precious natural resources, defend recycling and promote a zero waste future. In Vermont, we’re not immune from toxic threats or industry attacks on our environmental programs. But we are in a better position to fight back and wage innovative campaigns to protect public health and our environment. We create the successful models that others can follow. As VPIRG’s advocate, you’ll be our in-house expert and leader who develops policy solutions, garners media attention, and runs State House campaigns, often when you’re heavily outnumbered by industry lobbyists. By providing leadership on several environmental campaigns at once, you’ll have a tremendous opportunity to make an impact. Along the way, you’ll work with our superb team of organizers and support staff to mount the grassroots outreach needed to win.

Job Summary: Major elements of the position include:

Advocacy: Bring problems and compelling solutions to the attention of Vermont legislators, members of the Executive branch, environmental agency staff, local and federal officials and business leaders. Build relationships that enhance VPIRG’s reputation among decision makers.

Policy Development: Develop VPIRG’s position on environmental policies, with a particular focus on toxics and solid waste, by contributing research, policy analysis and clear, pragmatic thinking and writing.

Campaign Strategy and Planning: Develop strategies and detailed campaign plans to gain political support for our agenda using research, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media publicity and message development.

Media Outreach: Serve as a public spokesperson for the organization, build relationships with media, conduct successful media events, use social media to promote our work and maximize earned media opportunities.

Public Outreach: Work with our organizing staff to leverage VPIRG’s online action network and mobilize our extensive grassroots membership base to generate public action on key issues. Organize and facilitate public events to raise awareness and garner support for campaigns.

Coalition Building: Create and sustain partnerships with diverse and allied organizations.

Fundraising: Participate in grant writing and in-person member meetings.

Qualifications: At least 3-5 years of experience in public policy advocacy including campaign planning, message development and framing, coalition work and direct advocacy with leaders. Must be politically strategic, media savvy and possess strong writing and public speaking skills. Environmental policy experience a plus. Candidates must be able to travel (mostly within state) and work evening/weekend hours as necessary. Commitment to VPIRG’s issues and a mission-driven approach are essential in this demanding and highly-professional work environment.

Compensation: Competitive salary. VPIRG offers an excellent benefits package including employer-paid health insurance including vision and a Health Reimbursement Account, long-term disability insurance, employer-matching IRA contributions and generous leave time.

 

Billion Oyster Project Restoration Manager

New York, NY, US

Job posted by New York Harbor Foundation on January 3, 2017

The New York Harbor Foundation (Harbor Foundation) is the metropolitan New York region’s only regional environmental education and restoration organization. Our mission is to make New York Harbor cleaner, more abundant and accessible for all, especially youth. We accomplish this primarily through the work of our flagship initiative, the Billion Oyster Project (BOP); and our flagship school, the New York Harbor School (Harbor School).

About Billion Oyster Project:

Billion Oyster Project is an initiative of the New York Harbor Foundation. BOP’s mission is to restore a sustainable oyster population to New York Harbor and to rebuild a connection to the Harbor by engaging New Yorkers directly in the work of growing and restoring one billion oysters.

Oysters were the keystone species and original ecosystem engineers of New York Harbor. Oyster reefs once covered more than 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They provided valuable ecosystem services to the region by filtering water, providing habitat for other marine species and attenuating wave energy. Today, oysters are functionally extinct in the Harbor as a result of over­harvesting, dredging and pollution. The absence of oysters has impaired our estuary’s ability to clean the water and absorb excess nitrogen; the loss of reefs has reduced protective habitat, destabilized the sea floor and left our shoreline vulnerable to destructive wave action. The Billion Oyster Project aims to reverse these effects by bringing oysters and their reef habitat back to New York Harbor. Restoring oysters and reefs will, over time, restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity. Engaging students and the general public in this work will build a culture of stewardship and a more robust understanding and appreciation of the Harbor for future generations.

About New York Harbor School:

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, also called the Harbor School, is a public high school located on Governors Island. This school is unique in New York City, which has 538 miles (866 km) of waterfront, in that it attempts to relate many aspects of its curriculum to the water. The school is part of the Urban Assembly network of 21 college-prep schools in New York City. Harbor School is classified as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school and has six certificated CTE programs in marine science and technology. These are: Aquaculture, Professional Diving, Marine Biology Research, Vessel Operations, Ocean Engineering, and Marine Systems Technology. All students are required to choose and complete one of these six three-year courses of study.

About the Position

We are currently seeking a Restoration Manager (RM) responsible for supporting the Restoration Program Manager in the implementation of Billion Oyster Project oyster restoration initiatives. Currently, this work is organized under city and state funded restoration partnerships. The work for these projects is varied and includes, the expansion of the Harbor School Oyster Hatchery, implementation of various in-water restoration projects, restaurant shell collection, community outreach and public education initiatives. Towards these ends, the RM will collaborate with various BOP teams and manage a $2million, two-year budget and workflow. The RM will be responsible for the scheduling and development of deliverables. These deliverables include both self-imposed internal project management documents as well as mandated reporting deliverables to project partners and funders. The latter include: implementation plans, field reports, quarterly progress reports in addition of course to the primary deliverables of each project. This is a writing intensive and deliverable based position that will collaborate across BOP Programs and thus require excellent communication and time management skills.

The Restoration Manager will also work closely with Harbor School teachers, students, and administration as well as with external partners engaged in oyster restoration work. Accordingly, commitment to and experience or interest in education and working with public high school students is highly desirable. Candidate should be comfortable working around the water and on boats on scientific projects.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Manage budgets, deliverables and workflows for restoration and research work

Coordinate efforts of various BOP programs and Harbor School CTE programs towards accomplishing restoration goals.

Assist in the management of environmental permits for oyster restoration projects: acquire new permits; manage permitting processes and communication with regulatory staff; manage permitting ­related paperwork and ensure compliance with and maintenance of existing environmental permits.

Manage oyster restoration, contracts, and budget (including procurement of supplies and equipment): manage existing oyster restoration grant programs, ensure grant reporting and compliance with grant requirements.

Coordinate with Career and Technical Education teachers, School and Foundation staff, and external partners to organize and implement restoration activities and events such as oyster reef monitoring trips, oyster nursery work days, and volunteer events.

Participate in the planning and design of future reef sites.

Desired Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Policy or similar

Professional experience relating to Project Management

Experience coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders, particular those involving marine restoration

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Initiative, ability to work independently

Excellent organizational and clerical skills

New York Harbor Foundation and Billion Oyster Project are fueled by the passion and commitment of the team. Enthusiasm for the work of environmental restoration, public education and environmental justice is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be comfortable working on a team with various stakeholders and delivering on complex, multi-step projects.

 

Farm to School Summer Curriculum Coordinator

Nantucket, MA, US

Job posted by Sustainable Nantucket on January 3, 2017

Job Description: Under the direction of the Farm to School Coordinator, plan, implement, and oversee the Farm to School Summer Camp, Children’s Farm to Fork Cooking Classes, and Bridge Back to School Program. Work in partnership with the Farm to School Garden Coordinator to instruct all Farm to School programs. Teach and oversee the Farm to School High School Apprentice in instructing Farm to School activities. Uphold the mission of Sustainable Nantucket and the goals of the Farm to School Program.

Responsibilities:

June: – June 5th– 30th

Preparation & Training

Introduction to Sustainable Nantucket, partnering farms and organizations

Review of summer program and all curricula and lessons with F2S Coordinator to make any adjustments needed

Prepare all lesson materials, Purchase and organize supplies

Train and include F2S Summer High School Apprentice in preparation activities

Summer: July 1st – September 1st

Summer Program:

Responsible for overall camp operations

Facilitate daily lessons, utilizing the help of the Farm to School Garden Coordinator and Farm to School High School Apprentice when needed

Record and document daily activities including notes for necessary modifications for future planning

Complete weekly PR statements including photographs highlighting activities in each program

Plan and oversee Children’s Farm to Fork Cooking Classes weekly with the help of the Farm to School Summer Garden Coordinator and Farm to School High School Apprentice

September 4th – 8th : 15 hours

Wrap up –

Review the summer programs with the Farm to School Coordinator

Record and document success and detail any necessary modifications for future programing

Complete PR statements and photographs detailing highlights of summer programs

Organize and store all summer program material

Requirements:

Must be 21 years or older

2-years of summer camp experience or combination of youth program and supervisory experience

First Aid and CPR Certifications (or ability to obtain within the first month of employment)

CORI Authorization

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

Interest in agriculture and environmental stewardship

Strong communication skills

Flexibility

Positive attitude

Shows initiative

Dependable

Creative

Problem solving ability

Works well with minimal supervision

Works well with others and independently

Shows attention to detail

Willingness to learn on the job in an environment that changes quickly

 

North County Land Trust – Executive Director

Leominster, MA, US

Job posted by North County Land Trust on January 1, 2017

North County Land Trust seeks part-time Executive Director January 2017

Background

The North County Land Trust (NCLT) is a non-profit regional land trust founded in 1992, located in Leominster, Massachusetts. Our mission is to conserve the farms, forests and waterscapes that define the character of our region. NCLT’s conservation restrictions and owned properties total over 1,000 acres in 14 communities in north central Massachusetts. NCLT currently has a staff of 4 including an interim Executive Director, an interim Director of Land Protection, a Director of Development and an AmeriCorps MassLIFT Community Engagement Coordinator.

Position summary

The Executive Director (ED) is the chief administrator for The North County Land Trust and is responsible for the implementation of the mission, policies and strategic plan as determined by the Board of Directors. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and supervises all staff to ensure the successful completion of NCLT’s objectives. This is a salaried, halftime position (estimated at 20 hours per week). Attendance at occasional evening meetings will be necessary. NCLT will provide competitive compensation to the successful candidate based on demonstrated performance and qualifications.

Position Objective:

To provide leadership for the staff and work with the Board of Directors to establish, administer, and implement the programs, policies, and goals of NCLT.

To oversee the day-to-day business and administrative operations of NCLT.

To provide management of the relationships and work of Board approved contractors

including, but not limited to, IT Service providers, foresters, tax advisors, attorneys, and appraisers

To build relationships with land donors, community and conservation leaders and NCLT supporters

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director’s duties include the following:

  1. Funding and membership development

Promote and expand the membership base. Raise funds for NCLT through grant writing,

corporate donations and individual solicitations. Work directly with board and staff to insure that effective membership and funding programs are developed and implemented.

  1. Community-building and external relations

Professionally represent NCLT in the community, promoting public understanding of and support for our work. Build partnerships between the NCLT and public and private community organizations. Oversee all publications including: newsletters, press releases, promotional pieces, web pages, and other NCLT publications. Conduct public outreach activities throughout our service area. Maintain relationships with State and National land trusts and conservation organizations.

  1. Internal relations and administration

Supervise and assist staff in the performance of their roles, including annual written performance reviews. Promote effective communications and working relationships between board members, committees, staff and volunteers. Manage office information and operations. Guide staff in the production of annual work plans, goal-setting and training opportunities. Work with the board on strategic plans and organizational goals. Hire and terminate staff with Board approval.

  1. Financial management

Manage internal controls and the budget process in collaboration with the Finance Committee and prepare timely reports for Finance Committee review. Prepare draft budgets in consultation with staff, for approval by the Board. Establish procedures for budget and grant tracking and ensure reporting compliance with government agencies.

  1. Land protection management

Assist the Director of Land Protection and Land Committee with acquisitions, site visits and land management. Ensure work completed by NCLT is consistent with the mission and direction established by the Board. Establish project priorities with the Director of Land Protection.

Essential Knowledge and skills:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required. Additional study or experience in a related field desirable.

Administrative experience preferably in a non-profit organization or environmental field.

Commitment to land conservation and stewardship

Knowledge of land conservation techniques and land stewardship

Effective oral and written communication skills

Effective computer skills, including data base, spread sheet and office management functions

Demonstrated willingness to engage collaboratively with the board, staff, potential donors and land owners

Experience in fundraising and grant writing to obtain funding from government entities, businesses, and foundations.

Ability to develop and implement strategic plans, procedures, and projects to meet organizational goals in a timely manner.

Experience with the financial management of an organization, including budget and balance sheet preparation and management, and cash flow procedures

Desire to work as part of a dedicated, enthusiastic team. Send resumé with cover letter to: NCLTdirectors@gmail.com

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Every effort has been made to make this description of duties as complete as possible. However, it does not imply that these are the only duties required of the position; similar or related duties may be assigned.

North County Land Trust, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYST I and II

The Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) seeks to fill an Environmental Analyst position. Founded in 1961, ACWA is the nonpartisan organization of State and Interstate officials who implement surface water programs throughout the United States. ACWA Members are those individuals with direct day‐to‐day responsibility for protecting and maintaining the quality of our nation’s waters. As the national voice of State and Interstate water programs, the association strives to protect and restore watersheds to achieve “clean water everywhere for everyone.” Please view our website at to learn more about ACWA: www.acwa‐us.org.

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Summary: This position reports to and supports the Executive Director in the development and implementation of the Association’s mission and policies. The Environmental Analyst will identify and advance opportunities to use federal policy development to drive water quality improvements nationwide and provide expert analysis of potential policy impacts of clean water regulation. This position is accountable for accomplishing project objectives and will be responsible for managing multiple projects simultaneously; along with managing other priorities effectively. This positon requires multi‐function managing of projects, membership services and programs; weekly member newsletter, and support for website and other communications. This individual also serves as a liaison to the membership, task forces, and committees and will also be responsible for scheduling, sending announcements, and facilitating conference calls and webcasts for committee and task force activities, attend the Association meetings and workshops, and also represents the Association at stakeholders meetings and events as needed or requested.

Qualifications:

 Bachelor’s Degree with a major in environmental studies, science, engineering, public health, physical science, natural science, biological science, agricultural science, or equivalent; Preferred: Post Graduate Degree (Masters, Doctoral, JD) or equivalent work experience.

 Documented experience successfully performing in this or similar positions.

 Knowledge of project management principles, environmental law, policy, and regulations.

 Familiarity with development of water quality standards.

 Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

 Ability to manage multiple deadline requirements, workflow volume changes, and membership requests/inquiries.

 Undertake research and analyses, and makes recommendations on a broad range of initiatives.

WWW.ACWA-US.ORG

 Demonstrate strategic and analytical thinking.

 Communicate professionally and interact with all levels of management internally and with external stakeholders.

 Strong research and analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyze and use data to inform conclusions about policy and program effectiveness, synthesize complex issues into clear and concise language and develop key policy considerations and recommendations;

 Demonstrated ability to build and sustain work teams, multi‐stakeholder collaborations and coalitions, and relationships with diverse partners.

 Establish priorities and adapt in a fast paced environment.

 Excellent writing and verbal communication.

 Supports the Association core values of ethics and professionalism.

Salary:

 Compensation is competitive and dependent on experience.

 Comprehensive benefits for full time employees.

ACWA will not provide relocation costs.

Travel: Some travel is required for the purpose of meeting with stakeholders and for various Association and partner meetings.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should send their cover letter, resumes and a writing sample (no longer than 5 pages)

to:

Attn: Human Resources

aivey@acwa‐us.org

or mail

1634 “EYE” STREET NW, SUITE 750

WASHINGTON, DC 20006

No phone calls please.

Deadline to Apply: Application Materials MUST be received by January 20, 2017.

ACWA’s is an equal employment opportunity organization. No person shall be discriminated against in recruitment or employment because of age, color, race, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or other characteristic protected by law. ACWA is firmly committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ACWA will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified persons with known disabilities unless to do so would result in undue hardship to the Association or other employees.

December 21st 2016

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: We have had a few questions regarding our Transcript Request Procedures. The following information can also be found on the VLS Careers Services webpage…

Unofficial Transcripts: To request a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript for job applications, send an email to Registrar@vermontlaw.edu. In the body of the email, include your student ID number and degree program(s). When you receive an email response from the Registrar’s Office with the PDF attached, please save the file for continued use until the following semester’s grades are posted.

Official Transcripts: To request an official transcript, either go to the Registrar’s Office and complete the transcript request form or go online to GetMyTranscript.org and then click on “Order-Track-Verify” to place your order. The fee is $5.00 per transcript, plus charges if expedited shipping is requested.

 Career Tip(s) of the Week (2x this week)

8 Essential Steps for Effective Interview Follow-Up

BY LISA RANGEL

Imagine you finally get your resume into the right hands. Then, you get a chance to interview with key decision makers at the organization of your dreams.

It all seems to be coming together nicely, but are you ready? How do you prepare to make the right moves before, during, and after the interview and position yourself as the best candidate to be considered?

Savvy professionals know that effective interview follow-up continues well before the actual interview, whether you’re applying to an organization or with a third-party recruiter. There are certain follow-up steps you must take to uphold the good first impression you made in the interview. It’s important to realize that how you conduct your search communicates to the employer how you will conduct yourself on the job, so continue your follow-up appropriately and professionally to seal the deal. Remember: the steps outlined below begin while you are still on the interview — not after it has ended!

 

  1. Before the interview ends, ask about the next steps in the process.

When you sense the interview is coming to an end, and the hiring manager or recruiter asks if you have any questions… ask! Inquire about the organization, its current projects, and the position, and then be sure to ask about the next steps in the process.

As a former recruiter, it would stun me that so few people ended the conversation before asking this question.

By doing so, you’ll get a more accurate timeframe for when you can appropriately follow up. It’s a no-brainer that eliminates the guess-work on your part. As a former recruiter, it would stun me that so few people ended the conversation with this question.

 

  1. Ask to connect on professional networks online

Yes, you’re interviewing in the hopes of getting the position—but you’ve also just formed a new professional relationship and added another name to your list of contacts. Asking the interviewer if you can connect on LinkedIn is perfectly acceptable.

During the interview, look for natural segues into a connection request. If the interviewer mentions they love to golf, for instance, you can refer to a great article on golfing you just read and offer to forward it to them. If they attended your alma mater, you can mention how great its online discussion group is and offer to introduce them to some former classmates who are active in that group.

Bonus Tip: When you send the actual request to connect, make sure you include a personalized note along the lines of, “I enjoyed speaking with you today. I’d like to introduce you to some fellow classmates as we discussed.” (Or whatever personal connection you made with them.)

 

Even if you don’t get the job, you’ve still made a great new professional connection who could wind up assisting your job hunt or career in the future. Don’t neglect to capitalize on that.

 

  1. Take the traditional route and ask for their business card.

At the end of each interview, ask the interviewer if you may have their business card. This will help you when writing a thank you note (more about that below). Business cards are an easy way to make sure you get key information correct when following up, such as the correct spelling of the interviewer’s name, their exact job title, and their email address. If the interviewer doesn’t have one available, jot down this information on the notepad you should be bringing along to every interview.

 

  1. Make the effort to send thank you notes immediately.

Do not underestimate the importance of this step. Interviewers see multiple candidates each day, and thank you notes are a quick and easy way to distinguish yourself from the competition, emphasize your interest in the position, and leave the interviewer with a positive lasting impression.

How to send this thank you note? Email is usually best method due to its immediacy; you can send it from anywhere and the interviewer will receive it instantly, keeping you top of mind (and impressing them with your timeliness). However, if you want the extra personalization that comes from handwritten correspondence, a physical note is also acceptable—just consider sending it via express mail so you don’t lose the immediacy factor (or, send both an email and a physical note). Sending something tangible can, no doubt, set you apart from other candidates.

Bonus Tip: The note itself should be brief, to the point, and professional yet pleasant. Thank the interviewer for their time and restate your interest in the position, reminding them of a few key reasons why you’d be a great fit for it. If you’re sending your note via email, this is also an appropriate time to attach any information you discussed, such as an article you recommended or an example of work you’ve done previously. And don’t forget to send personal notes to each interviewer if you met with more than one person.

 

  1. Reach out meaningfully—and more than once (maybe more than twice.

It’s okay to check in occasionally after the interview, so long as you do it the right way. Sending multiple emails and leaving multiple voice mail messages just to ask if a decision has been made will not do you any favors. Instead, touch base periodically in a way that demonstrates your value and your interest in the position, without coming across as pushy or desperate.

Demonstrate extra value by including an article you’ve come across that you think the interviewer will find interesting.

At the end of the interview, you should be asking about the next steps in the process (as we covered earlier). Once you know it will take about a week for the company to make a decision, you can gently follow up after 10 days to see if there is any other information you can provide. If you can demonstrate extra value by including an article you’ve come across that you think the interviewer will find interesting, you get extra points for being a useful professional contact. Remember that you’re likely not the only person following up on this position, so if you can do something to differentiate your message from the other candidates’, do so.

 

  1. If you don’t hear back immediately, don’t assume the worst.

In the absence of information, don’t choose to fill in the blanks with negative assumptions. That often isn’t productive. Everyone in the hiring process has good intentions to move the process along. Despite that, there will be factors in the process that will be out of their control. So always keep in mind that no news does not necessarily mean bad news. Maintain a positive attitude, and try not to dwell on it if you’ve yet to hear back from someone.

 

  1. Remain confident in what you have to offer.

Remember … you are awesome! You have unique experiences, knowledge, achievements, contacts, and more. You can provide something (or multiple somethings) to this opportunity that nobody else can. Bring this confidence into the interview with you, and carry it with you afterwards as well.

Also, know that if this particular opportunity doesn’t come through for you, there is another one out there that is going to be a fit for you — where you will be fortunate to find each other. Believe this.

Don’t wait to move on and look for the next opportunity.

Don’t just sit and wait on this one position; keep your job search moving along.

Distract yourself from the opportunity as soon as the interview is over to give yourself a fresh perspective when they do call back. This tactic will preserve your sanity and give you a greater chance of ultimate success. Even if the opportunity you’re waiting to hear about is your dream job, if you sit around and wait for them to get back to you, it will be like watching a pot of water come to a boil.

Resume your search immediately. Go for a run. Head out to meet a friend. Do all of these things, in fact. Distract yourself from the opportunity as soon as the interview is over to give yourself a fresh perspective when they do call back (remember, think positive!), and maintain your leverage by exploring other options.

These tips should enable you to master your interview follow-up process and secure that job you want. Remember too, many resume writing and consulting firms are also available to assist with interview preparations as well. The bottom line is knowing what to do right and doing more of those things.

 

Trying to Connect to Your Passion? Figure Out What You Hate

BY      VICTORIA CRISPO

“I don’t know what my passion is.”

“I can’t figure out what I want and what I’d like to do.”

“Everyone’s talking about finding their passion. I’ve tried but I just can’t seem to find mine.”

If any of these quotes sound like something you’ve said or thought lately, you’re not alone. Before you beat yourself up with the thought that you haven’t been looking hard enough, bear in mind another strategy. Instead, ask: What do I hate?

For those who consider “hate” too strong of a word: What do I really dislike?

While the holidays might not seem to be the appropriate time to dwell on the negative emotions, don’t fret. Know this: the activities that you can’t stand doing can be great clues into what you might actually love. If you haven’t been graced with an “A-Ha!” moment leading to your life’s purpose, rest assured, you can still lead a happy, fulfilling life. As Kristin Wong shares on LifeHacker, you can even find a job you enjoy. At the very least, assessing your dislikes can keep you more mindful in your efforts to steer clear of them.

Think about and answer these questions:

What type of activities do I always put off doing (in personal and work life)?

Typically, the things you put off are the things you enjoy the least, are the most time consuming, or are the most draining on your energy. It makes sense to pursue the opportunities that have the least amount of those!

Why do I put them off?

Making a list of the things you put off isn’t quite enough; the next step is to reflect on why you may be doing so. Try to identify why that particular activity drains your energy. Figure out if the reason you put it off is due to a situational or environmental factor that you can change. For example, maybe it’s the time of day that you scheduled it, or it involves interaction with a person you find abrasive. Before you dismiss the activity completely, see if it can be tweaked and made more bearable. If not, add it to your “dislike” list.

What themes do you see in the activities you don’t like?

For example, if your “dislike list” states:

Making calls to clients

Greeting donors at fundraisers

Negotiating rates

You can probably decipher common characteristics such as interpersonal relationships, communication skills, and follow-up. What does that tell you about the types of jobs you may want to stay away from? What is it about those activities that don’t work for you? Just as importantly, ask yourself if it is feasible for your to stay away from those activities, or if you will encounter them at virtually any job.

In your previous jobs, what felt “missing”?

Think about the responsibilities you expected to have at your prior jobs but didn’t actually engage in. What aspects of your jobs did you want to do but didn’t get the opportunity to take on?

After sitting with your dislikes for a while, there is the chance that some clarity around one or two of your passions will emerge. If so, great. If not, know that you are a little closer to finding something you’ll enjoy rather than feel stuck in a career that is barely tolerable.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

 Water Quality Communications Intern

Montpelier

Temporary Seasonal

Posting Date: 11/30/2016

Application Deadline: 12/21/2016

Department: Agriculture, Food&Mrkts Agency

This position, (Water Quality Communications Intern, Job Opening #620429), is an internship opportunity for the Winter-Spring semester.

Internship Description:

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

VAAFM seeks a qualified intern to help us facilitate the expanded education and outreach efforts around new statewide agricultural water quality rules and the supporting educational and funding opportunities available to farmers. This position will work closely with the Water Quality Communications Lead to develop written and digital content related to Vermont’s Agricultural Water Quality efforts. Interns in this position will hone their print and digital storytelling skills, utilize social and traditional print media to share these efforts, and gain a broader understanding of how new media can be strategically leveraged to advance communication goals.

Qualifications:

Strong written & verbal communications skills (developing content for educational materials, editing and producing content for our in-house newspaper: Agriview)

Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign)

Strong social media skills (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)

Responsible, organized, self-motivated

Interest in Communications, PR, Public Service/Government, Agriculture, Water Quality

Driver’s license (will be required to drive to outreach events)

Dates: January 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017

Estimated Hours per Week: 15

Hourly Rate: $13.28

Supervisor: Ryan Patch

****DO NOT APPLY ONLINE****

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via email to ryan.patch@vermont.gov.

Candidates will be contacted by the internship supervisor if selected for an interview.

For more information about internships in the State of Vermont, please visit our website.

 

Environmental Law Firm Summer/Spring Internship

SHEPHARD S. JOHNSON, JR. & ASSOCIATES, P.C.

Prominent environmental law firm in New Bedford, Massachusetts seeks 2L or 3L JD and/or JD/MELP, or LLM Spring and/or Summer Intern. The focus of our internship program is providing law students through participation in the office’s representation of our clients, exposure to diverse legal subject areas, including oil and hazardous materials investigations, cleanups and cost recovery under CERCLA and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21E, brownfields redevelopment projects, and in wetlands and coastal permitting. During the course of the summer, Interns work individually with the attorneys in the office. Interns participate in the process of researching, investigating, preparing and prosecuting lawsuits. Virtually all Interns undertake legal research, write memoranda, and help evaluate factual issues. We place a premium on careful, accurate, and self-directed work. Each Intern is responsible for monitoring her/his own workload, and each attorney is responsible for supervising the work done and providing feedback to the Interns. Depending on the case and the Intern, attendance at client meetings, court appearances, and meetings with public agency representatives, as well as drafting pleadings, briefs, and discovery documents may be part of the internship experience. We are looking for full-time positions but are open to a part time arrangement. We have a causal office environment.

Contact Career Services

 

Agricultural Water Quality Specialist II

Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 21.290000

Posting Date: 12/01/2016

12/22/2016

Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

General Information

This position, (Agricultural Water Quality Specialist II, Job Opening # 620462), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Ryan Patch at ryan.patch@vermont.gov.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Agricultural Water Quality Specialist position at the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets focuses on supporting the water quality team on education, outreach, technical assistance and data analysis and management. The recent passage of the Required Agricultural Practices and the financial support from the Clean Water Fund to provide grant opportunities to a wide array of partners has increased the need for additional communication to stakeholders. This position will assist in the development of materials, policies and procedures, templates, and reporting mechanisms; manage the technical or programmatic side of the various grant program opportunities and expand the communication channels to ensure the public, farmers and partners are well educated on the water quality regulations, technical and financial assistance programs. This position will work closely with the water quality business office, communications and inspection teams in order to thoroughly understand the water quality team efforts and provide a level of technical support to stakeholders. This position must be knowledgeable about water quality and agriculture, and be skilled in database management, GIS and Microsoft office programs. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) a plus.

General Job Description

Administrative, technical, and educational work for the Agency of Agriculture relating to the water quality cost-share programs, farm water quality permits/certifications, water quality related rules, and general water quality protection.

To read the entire job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

High school diploma or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field.

OR

Associate’s degree in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field AND two (2) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation or a related field.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field.

OR

Two (2) years as a Water Quality Specialist I.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan

Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

 

Energy Program Specialist

Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 23.890000

Posting Date: 09/08/2016

Department: Public Service Department

General Information

This position, (Energy Program Specialist, Job Opening # 618976), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please note that this position is open until filled. The State of Vermont posts vacancies for a minimum of ten business days.   Positions posted as open until filled can be removed at any time after the initial ten day period. After the initial posting period, departments may begin interviewing and may close the posting without notice.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Opening.

Level # I:   Energy Program Specialist, Job Opening ID# 618976

Level # II: Energy Program Specialist II, Job Opening ID# 619097

Level # III: Energy Program Specialist III, Job Opening ID# 619098

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kelly Launder at kelly.launder@vermont.gov

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking dynamic and qualified candidates for an Energy Program Specialist position, which will focus on the evaluation of Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (EEU). The Department is the public advocate on utility matters and the center of state energy policy in Vermont and oversees the state’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (Efficiency Vermont, Burlington Electric, and Vermont Gas). EEU oversight includes development of EEU budgets and performance goals, evaluation of EEU programs, and verification of energy savings. This position may also oversee a variety of special projects/grants in the areas of alternative transportation, thermal and electric energy efficiency, etc. It’s anticipated that the person selected for this position would spend at least 50% of their time on EEU activities and the remaining on other topics as assigned.

The Energy Program Specialist position will work cooperatively with other team members as well as independently to complete EEU oversight activities and other duties. Duties may include: developing and managing EEU program evaluations; monitoring results of energy program implementation; writing and issuing Requests for Proposals; writing and managing grant agreements and contracts; developing recommendations and filings to submit to the Public Service Board (PSB) on EEU issues; and providing testimony before the PSB. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in the field of energy efficiency, and project management experience necessary to carry out the duties of the position. Experience in evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy programs is desired, but not required. The Energy Program Specialist position has three potential job levels, which require different minimum qualifications, education, and experience. The Department is open to applications for any of the three Energy Program Specialist levels for this single open position.

General Job Description

Professional and technical work for the Department of Public Service involving the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency programs and projects. Position represents the department in cooperative endeavors with utilities, businesses, public interest groups and citizen. Work is performed under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the Planning and Energy Resources Division.

To view the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications page.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field.

OR

Juris Doctor degree.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, pre-law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field AND two (2) or more years of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

OR

Six (6) or more years of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Agriculture Development Coordinator (Limited Service)

State of Vermont

Montpelier, VT

General Information

This limited service position Agriculture Development Coordinator (Job Opening # 620527), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Abbey Willard at abbey.willard@vermont.gov.

This is a limited service position through 9/30/17, which may be extended.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

This Agriculture Development Coordinator position will focus on coordinating outreach and education to the produce industry around FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements and the execution of the Vermont Produce Safety Program. This position will engage in the following activities: support the Agency team and partners’ in understanding the implications of this new federal rule on Vermont’s produce industry; assist with industry outreach and educational efforts; conduct on-farm produce farm visits; lead grant management, tracking and reporting; and support stakeholder cooperation and engagement in the statewide produce program. Experience in working with food and farm businesses, specifically produce operations, and collaboratively managing relationships within a network of agricultural producers, state and federal agencies, nonprofit partners, funders, and service providers is preferred. Knowledge of food systems, event coordination, data collection and analysis experience is desired.

General Job Description

Promotional, marketing, land use planning and development work for the Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets. This work may involve the expansion of markets for Vermont agricultural products or land use development review in a regulatory context. Duties include assistance to the agricultural community with advocacy, infrastructure development and technical assistance. Position will work under supervision of Deputy Secretary or other senior staff member in a team environment. Work product will be determined weekly depending on a particular program assignment

To read the entire job specification for this position, please visit .DHR Job Specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in the field of agriculture, land use planning, natural resource management, forestry, economics, marketing, public relations or communications AND two (2) years or more at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications, land use or natural resource planning, or advertising.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan

Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Regional Parks Coordinator

State of Vermont

North Hero, VT

General Information

This position, (Regional Parks Coordinator, Job Opening # 620555), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Randy Mayhew at randy.mayhew@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

This is a skilled administrative/coordination support position in the building trades arena performing a wide variety of job duties for the region’s facility management program. Job responsibilities of the position include assisting with all aspects of regional building contract administration such as preparing and finalizing technical construction bid proposals, drafting and routing contracts, and working with contractors. The position also manages the region’s fleet, serves as the region’s Safety Officer and performs a wide variety of training assistance for seasonal maintenance staff in the parks. The region’s swim water sampling and wastewater permit-related monitoring are also performed and coordinated by this position.

General Job Description

Organizational work and technical work at the regional level for Vermont State Parks. Responsibilities include supply, inventory, and stock management; water, swim water, waste water quality monitoring; coordinating projects including bidding and contracts; supervise seasonal maintenance employees; supervise and document preventative maintenance programs; train employees with regard to safety, department procedures, and equipment utilization; manage vehicle fleet and schedule vehicle usage; and provide maintenance team support through the proficient use of tradesman knowledge and skills. Responsible for scheduling of shop use and equipment use. Acts as facilitator for in-park projects, providing supplies, equipment, and expertise. Duties are performed under the supervision of an administrative supervisor.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

Experience with coordinating projects/programs involving multiple staff members along with outside vendors/contractors.

Working knowledge of tradesmen terminology or experience in the field.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree.

OR

Associate’s degree AND two (2) years or more of work experience in store inventory/retail sales and/or work in the recreation field and/or in a state park setting.

OR

High school graduation or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of work experience in store inventory/retail sales and/or work in the recreation field and/or in a state park setting.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan

Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Natural Resources Board Administrator

Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 36.980000

Posting Date: 12/14/2016

Position Number: 700018

Application Deadline: 12/29/2016

Department: Natural Resources Board

This position, (Natural Resources Board Administrator, Job Opening # 620374), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashua@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is seeking a skilled administrator and communicator to fill the position of Executive Director (NRB Administrator) in our Montpelier office. This senior-level staff position involves managerial, administrative, and supervisory work overseeing the implementation of Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the five Act 250 District Offices, including recruitment, training, and supervision of the District Environmental Coordinators who administer Act 250 at the district level. Additional responsibilities include developing policy and guidance, accountability for the annual budget of the NRB, and serving as a liaison with the Vermont Legislature.

The Executive Director position requires a proven leader with extensive knowledge of Act 250 and land use principles. The direct supervision of the ten District Coordinators, whose authority is defined in statute, is a core responsibility which demands a significant portion of the Executive Director’s time.

This key leadership position assists with major policy formulation and goal setting for the organization and collaborates with state agencies and other stakeholders on legislative and policy initiatives. The Executive Director is also involved in the preparation and delivery of state-wide education and training for staff and appointed district commissioners and outreach to external partners and participants in the Act 250 process.

As the top ranking classified executive at the NRB, the ED is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency during transitions in state government administrations. The ED has an essential role in creating the collaboration within state government that exists outside of political changes.

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as permit applicants and parties to the Act 250 permit process. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of environmental laws, rules, regulations, and permit requirements in Vermont; public administration experience, and a working knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning. Supervisory experience and a considerable knowledge of budgetary principles and practices are also required. Experience with law, the courts, engineering, public relations, and technology are a plus.

The direct supervisor of the position is the Chair of the Natural Resources Board. The Chair, the Natural Resources Board, and members of the nine District Commissions are all appointed by the Governor.

General Job Description

Managerial, administrative, coordinating, and supervisory work for the Natural Resources Board involving Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use Control Law. Duties involve the direction of district office activities, management of the budget and district caseload, assistance with enforcement efforts, and direct involvement with selected difficult cases with major regional or statewide impacts. Supervision is exercised over District Coordinators and other staff. Incumbent acts as liaison to the Vermont Legislature on budget and policy issues. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Chair of the Natural Resources Board.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Masters’ degree or higher in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND three years at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND five years at or above a professional level in field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration, INCLUDING three years at or above a supervisory level.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan

Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Program Manager- Downspout Disconnection

Bethesda, MD, US

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Rock Creek Conservancy (Formerly FORCE) on December 19, 2016

Reports to: Director of Programs & Operations

Overview: The Program Manager-Downspout Disconnection Program is a key position in Rock Creek Conservancy. The Program Manager oversees the management of our entire contract with DC Water for the Downspout Disconnection & Rain Barrel installation program in conjunction with our contractors making sure that all tasks are completed and reported in accordance with all contract specifications and deadlines. The main components of the program are door‐to‐door canvassing, program enrollment, disconnection of residential downspouts, and the installation of rain barrels located at specific project areas in the neighborhoods of the Rock Creek and Potomac River sewersheds.

Responsibilities:

Act as main liaison between DC Water’s Green Infrastructure Private Space Implementation Coordinator, Rock Creek Conservancy, and contractor(s) the Conservancy may use.

Attend all Downspout Disconnection project meetings and training sessions.

Coordinate with Communications Manager and DC Water on development of outreach materials and manage distribution of materials and all social media surrounding the program.

Respond to phone calls and emails regarding the program.

Management of all responsibilities either directly with Conservancy staff or with a contractor which included but are not limited to:

Door‐to‐door canvassing of approximately 2,300 properties identified as having potential downspouts to disconnect in the project areas.

Performing eligibility audits for all homeowners interested in the program.

Obtaining homeowner agreements from homeowners who enroll in program.

Ensuring downspouts meet disconnection criteria.

Disconnecting all downspouts that meet disconnection criteria (as outlined in DOEE’s Stormwater Management Guidebook).

Installing rain barrels as requested.

Recording all activities in the provided data management platform (ArcGIS Collector).

Coordinate all logistics of storage and scheduling of all rain barrels and disconnects.

Respond to any issues/homeowner inquiries arising from disconnection work.

Call any homeowners who have not responded to multiple canvasing attempts.

Work with DC Water and DOEE to determine eligibility for RiverSmart Rewards.

Fix and manage the fix through contractors any deficiencies DC Water identifies during the verification process.

Provide monthly invoices/progress reports.

Provide a final report summarizing activities, outcomes, lessons learned, and recommendations.

Work full-time on-site at DC Water through project launch.

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree

Demonstrated success managing and implementing Green Infrastructure or Stormwater related programs

Experience with Downspout Disconnections and installation of Rain Barrels.

Experience partnering with private landowners and other partners, or otherwise coordinating a multidisciplinary team

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Creativity, flexibility, and strong problem-solving skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Must be able to establish, track, and meet deadlines under time pressure

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Frequent weekend work and must be flexible to work evenings and extended hours when needed

Must have a car or access to a car when needed for travel throughout the Rock Creek and Potomac River Watershed

Experience with community outreach and engagement activities

Knowledge of the Rock Creek and Potomac River watershed and DC environmental issues

 

Climate Program Coordinator

Fort Collins, CO, US

Job posted by City of Fort Collins on December 16, 2016

POSITION TITLE: CLIMATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR (Full-Time Regular) (Contractual)(Contractual)REQUISITION #: req937DEPARTMENT: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICESLOCATION: 222 LAPORTEBENEFIT CATEGORY: Contractual View Classifications & Benefits

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time Regular ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $43,013.00 – 60,218.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 12/27/2016. You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check and drug test required.

 

BACKGROUND:

The Fort Collins Climate Action Plan (CAP) is the City’s strategic guide for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, with interim greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals in 2020 and 2030. Staff is currently developing a roadmap to reach the goal of 20% GHG emissions reductions below 2005 levels by 2020. Efforts include developing, modeling, and implementing initiatives that impact emissions in different sectors of Fort Collins. More information about the history and progress of these efforts can be found at www.fcgov.com/climateaction.

SUMMARY: This position reports directly to the Climate Program Manager and provides essential support to ensuring that the Plan and the associated teams are on track to achieve these goals. Duties vary on a daily basis, and range from providing administrative support, e.g., meeting setup, taking notes, etc., to best practice research on

how other municipalities are addressing these cutting edge issues. The selected candidate will be exposed to all levels of leadership in a municipal organization, as the candidate will work weekly with executive leadership,

middle management, and line level staff to achieve the goals. The candidate will also have the opportunity to engage with Fort Collins’ active citizenry, through the teams and the Community Advisory Committee.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Coordinate, administer, and assist with the internal efforts around the Road 2020+, including scheduling meetings, taking notes, meeting event setup/takedown, and identifying and following through on key action steps. Manages project schedules and timelines.

Support the coordination of the Road to 2020+ Strategic Initiative teams’ work and assist with teams’ workload wherever possible. Coordinate distribution of information to employees and management.

Research, compile, and disseminate best practices for greenhouse gas reduction, community engagement, financing, performance measurement and metrics, and planning and implementation from other jurisdictions’ Climate Action Plans.

Provide assistance to Environmental Services, e.g., green building, air quality, climate adaptation and resiliency, etc. as needed to support broader departmental objectives.

Facilitate team meetings and provide after-hours support and participation in off-site outreach and program-related events.

Track, summarize and report (via Internet, databases, and spreadsheets) customer inquiries, community

engagement, efforts, feedback and/or results stemming from various projects or programs provided by the team or City overall.

Provide assistance and information to customers about climate programs. Participate in program design,community engagement, development of general public information and marketing for projects or programs.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of standard office software including word processing, data base and spreadsheet applications. Ability to conduct, analyze, and present data. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Understanding of basic business practices. Exceptional attention to detail. Ability to manage projects and balance multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated proficiency with public relations, community involvement and facilitation strategies. Ability to communicate and interact in diverse situations. General understanding and public relations, marketing, advertising, and promotional concepts and objectives. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other City departments, employees, management, elected officials and the general public. Strong organization and time management skills. Capable of working on own as well as within teams. Ability to appropriately manage confidential or sensitive information. Ability to relate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, City employees and public officials.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

High school graduation or general education degree (GED), college-level or technical school course work in environmental studies or related area preferred; plus a minimum of three years of related job experience performing project coordination and administration or community engagement, preferably in a team environment. Preferred knowledge of sustainability or the climate action planning industry.LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read, analyze, and interpret policies and procedures, safety and technical procedures, or

governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in a concise, clear, and impactful manner. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to read and analyze information from a variety of sources, and craft that information into communications appropriate for various audiences. Mental alertness, ability to multi-task, and meet fixed deadlines while balancing other multiple projects with varying deadlines.CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Valid driver’s license.PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms;

and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

Normal office environment.

Geothermal Expert fluent in Spanish (Spanish native speaker preferred)

Any country, Provincia de Río Negro, Argentina

Job posted by Transcarbon International on December 16, 2016

Transcarbon International Corporation, founded in Silicon Valley in 2006 by Sébastien Raoux, is an independent consulting firm assisting the private sector, the public sector, the voluntary sector, and civil society in implementing sustainable development practices, including climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Our leadership combines extensive experience in environmental sustainability —particularly in the areas of climate change, energy, and clean technologies—, as well as in business, legal, and public policy consulting. We serve our clients worldwide from our corporate address in the United States of America and key locations in Argentina, the Philippines, and Portugal.

Transcarbon International is currently receiving applications from Geology Experts with an emphasis on geothermal energy, fluent in Spanish, preferably Spanish native speakers.

The successful candidate will work mostly online, on a part-time consultancy basis under results based contracts, with occasional short-term domestic and international travel. Among other tasks, he or she will provide inputs on diverse technical issues within his or her areas of expertise, collaborate with the drafting of a variety of technical documents, including feasibility studies, impact assessments, project proposals, and reports, and conduct fieldwork.

Requirements:

  1. Outstanding academic and scientific credentials are essential. Candidates must have an advanced degree in Engineering or Geology (Ph.D. preferred) and at least 10 years of relevant work experience in geothermal energy.
  2. Superb Spanish communication skills, as well as oral fluency and superior written skills in English are a must.
  3. Experience working as an independent consultant providing services under results based contracts related to different geographical areas worldwide will be highly valued.
  4. Should be willing to travel occasionally for short stays.
  5. Strong work ethics and quality orientation.

Applications from suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged.

*PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY*

 

Public Lands Policy Expert

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a dynamic individual to defend our public lands and waters from attacks by Congress and the incoming Trump administration. We seek an energetic and creative advocate with strong analytic, oral and written communication skills to fight back against legislative threats and efforts by the Trump administration to roll back public lands protections. The policy specialist will analyze and respond to congressional legislation and federal agency efforts to increase resource extraction on our nation’s national forests, refuges, monuments and Bureau of Land Management lands, as well as efforts to transfer public lands to private interests. The policy specialist will communicate their analyses to the media and public through high-impact written materials and other means. This position will play an important role in elevating the Center’s work to defend our nation’s core environmental laws.

Primary duties:

  • Track and analyze legislative attacks seeking to weaken protections for endangered species. Develop rapid-response press releases, reports and other materials to educate the public on these legislative attacks.
  • Engage the public through electronic action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of public lands.
  • Lobby Congress to defend public lands from harmful legislation.
  • Engage other environmental groups, religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, and others to help defeat legislative and other threats to endangered species.
  • Develop opposition research and other materials to respond to hostile congressional hearings. Assist with congressional briefings to further positive narratives about protecting endangered species.
  • Assist with oversight of Trump administration officials, including through use of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Assist with organizing people for congressional hearings and events in Washington, D.C., to help hold politicians accountable.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Advanced degree required, law degree preferred.
  • One to three years of demonstrated experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the public lands management laws required.
  • General knowledge of environmental laws and other wildlife protection laws preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protections.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytic abilities.
  • Experience lobbying at the federal or state level preferred.
  • Background in conservation preferred.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.
  • Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.

Benefits Package

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply online at https://biologicaldiversity.applicantpro.com/jobs/501118.html by submitting a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and reference list. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed

to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Endangered Species Policy Specialist

This position can be located in our Washington D.C. office.

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a dynamic individual to defend the Endangered Species Act and endangered wildlife from attacks by Congress and the incoming Trump administration. We seek an energetic and creative advocate with strong analytic, oral and written communication skills to fight back against legislative threats and efforts by the Trump administration to roll back wildlife protections. The policy specialist will analyze and respond to congressional legislation and federal agency efforts seeking to weaken wildlife protections, communicating their analyses to the media and public through high-impact written materials and other means. This position will play an important role in elevating the Center’s work to defend our nation’s core environmental laws, particularly the Endangered Species Act.

Primary duties:

  • Track and analyze legislative attacks seeking to weaken protections for endangered species. Develop rapid- response press releases, reports, and other materials to educate the public on these legislative attacks.
  • Engage the public through electronic action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of the Act and endangered species protections.
  • Lobby Congress to defend endangered species from harmful legislation.
  • Engage other environmental groups, religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, and others to help defeat legislative and other threats to endangered species.
  • Develop opposition research and other materials to respond to hostile congressional hearings. Assist with congressional briefings to further positive narratives about protecting endangered species.
  • Assist with oversight of Trump administration officials, including through use of the Freedom of Information

Act.

  • Assist with organizing people for congressional hearings and events in Washington, D.C., to help hold politicians accountable.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

 

  • Advanced degree required, law degree preferred.
  • One to three years of demonstrated experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Endangered Species Act required.
  • General knowledge of environmental laws and other federal laws that help protect wildlife preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to upholding environmental protections.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytic abilities.
  • Experience lobbying at the federal or state level preferred.
  • Background in conservation preferred.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.
  • Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.
  • Good sense of humor in the face of the Trump administration a plus.

Benefits Package

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply online at https://biologicaldiversity.applicantpro.com/jobs/501109.html by submitting a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and reference list. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed

to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Park Ranger (Interpretation)

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Agency Contact Information

2 vacancies in the following location:

Woodstock, VT

Work Schedule is Full Time – Temporary NTE 1039 hours

Opened Monday 12/19/2016 Closes Friday 12/30/2016

$19.18 to $19.18 / Per Hour

United States Citizens

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

You can make a difference by bringing your unique experience, background and perspective to our work.

We are committed to promoting a workforce where the viewpoints and talents of every employee are valued, welcomed and appreciated. – NPS Director, Jon Jarvis

To find out more about the National Park Service visit www.nps.gov, and watch our YouTube video here.

The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to (2) temporary positions at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April, 2017.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located in the year-round resort community of Woodstock, Vermont – an area of great natural beauty alongside the Ottauquechee River in the foothills of the Green Mountains. The new park opened for the first time to visitors in 1998 and is the first unit of the National Park System to focus on the theme of conservation history and the changing nature of land stewardship in America. It manages and interprets the early 19th century Billings/Rockefeller mansion and grounds complex, as well as a 500-acre forest property on the slopes of Mount Tom where hiking, nature study, and cross-country skiing are popular with visitors.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

Duties

Employees perform various interpretive and administrative tasks in the operation of a Visitor Services/ Interpretation program Duties include operating all aspects of a busy visitor center desk that includes understanding and operating phone and intercom systems, executing a reservation system on phones and computer software and operating an automated cash register with cash and credit card sales. Employees will develop and present at least three separate thematic tours of the Billings/Rockefeller mansion and forest properties for the public and special interest groups. Extensive public speaking and visitor contact is required both for guided tours and working the visitor desk. The position requires guiding visitors both indoors and outdoors sometimes in extreme weather conditions. Employees need to be able to stand for several hours, and walk up and down hills at elevation changes of six hundred feet within two miles. Employees will be expected to educate visitors about park significance while providing routine patrols of the forest and property. These positions require working holidays and weekends and wearing the National Park Service uniform. The GS-07 position is a lead position. In addition to previous duties incumbent will be acting supervisor in absence of chief of visitor services. Employee responsibilities may include managing the Eastern National bookstore outlet, supporting the Volunteers in the Park (VIP) program and/or taking a lead role in the fee collection operation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

 

Marketing Associate

The Ocean Foundation is looking for a Marketing Associate to help build its overall brand, as well as the brands of its subsidiaries, SeaGrass Grow and CURRENTS, along with directly managing the Foundation’s corporate partnerships.

You…

  • have a background in marketing, advertising, communications, or nonprofit development.
  • have experience with Photoshop and other design applications.
  • are a creative writer who can approach ocean topics and issues from a unique perspective.
  • can manage a brand’s social media profiles.
  • can absorb new information quickly.
  • are eager to take on new responsibilities and create your own.

We…

  • are an innovative nonprofit working in emerging ocean issues that aren’t yet well understood by the general public.
  • have disruptive, new ideas that are changing the environmental nonprofit space.
  • are a place for you to learn, grow, and build your career.
  • have a great benefits package.
  • don’t care if you already know about ocean issues. Teaching you that is the easy part, what you’d do with that information is why we’d hire you.

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@oceanfdn.org and include “Marketing Associate” in the subject line.

Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

The transportation program manager is a VLS alum.

Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, Vermont, seeks dynamic, organized, community-oriented project coordinator to join Vital Communities’ Energy and Transportation team.

The project coordinator will work directly with the Energy Program Manager and Transportation Program Manager to support community-based and electronic outreach efforts, coordinate various stakeholder groups, and design and implement projects.

Current projects include Weatherize Upper Valley, the Green Real Estate Initiative, and a Real-Time Transit Marketing pilot.

Full job description availableat VitalCommunities.org/Employment. Email resume, cover letter, and three references to HR@VitalCommunities.org. Staff will begin reviewing resumes January 9, 2017. Resumes and letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Energy@VitalCommunities.org with questions.

December 12th 2016

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: We have had a few questions regarding our Transcript Request Procedures. The following information can also be found on the VLS Careers Services webpage…

Unofficial Transcripts: To request a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript for job applications, send an email to Registrar@vermontlaw.edu. In the body of the email, include your student ID number and degree program(s). When you receive an email response from the Registrar’s Office with the PDF attached, please save the file for continued use until the following semester’s grades are posted.

Official Transcripts: To request an official transcript, either go to the Registrar’s Office and complete the transcript request form or go online to GetMyTranscript.org and then click on “Order-Track-Verify” to place your order. The fee is $5.00 per transcript, plus charges if expedited shipping is requested.

 Career Tip of the Week

How to Survive Awkward Holiday Conversations About Your Career

BY EMILY LAMIA

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you may be feeling relieved that you managed to get through it. You saw family and friends, and found common ground with that one uncle who thought it would be great to talk about the election despite knowing that it might end in slung mashed potatoes everywhere.

Next, you’ve still got to get through the December holidays… so you might have some more dreaded, awkward conversations to survive.

I’ve been there.

I spent the first five years out of college working on political campaigns, which pretty much meant I was unemployed during the holidays because it was after the campaign had wrapped up.

I dreaded having family and friends asking, “so what are you doing next?” not just because I wasn’t really sure how to answer it, but because I honestly didn’t know! It felt sorta embarrassing to seem like I was constantly trying to “figure it out.”

Over time, I’ve come to realize a few things about these conversations and encounters. Below are my solutions for surviving them!

1.People’s reactions to your life and career often say more about them than they do about you.

People bring their own baggage to these sorts of conversations. Remember that their hang-ups on some part of your life could actually be speaking to their own issues rather than yours.Some people might fixate on a particular aspect of your life – your lack of a serious romantic relationship or your non-traditional career path, for example. And while part of that focus might be out of love for you- because they want to see you succeed and be happy- it often suggests that they place a lot of significance on that part of their own life. They might be trying to wrap their heads around your life as if it was made up of the same hopes, dreams, and challenges that theirs are.

People bring their own baggage to these sorts of conversations. Try and remember that their hang-ups on some part of your life could actually be speaking to their own issues rather than yours.

2.Give yourself permission to avoid certain people and skip out on various gatherings if you know that it’s just going to upset you.

Maybe you have this one friend who is going to bring up some subject that’s just going to stress you out or upset you. Do you really have to go to their holiday party? You probably don’t.

I’m not suggesting you blow everyone off until 2017, but take a moment to check in with yourself and really think about the effect some of these encounters are going to have on you.

Plan your calendar thoughtfully. Prioritize the happy hours and gatherings in December that are going to make you happy and give you the opportunity to see people who don’t stress you out. And when you do encounter those that are particularly grating, try this:

3.Take the pressure off conversations about you by asking others about themselves.

One of the things I do if I really don’t feel like talking about myself or my professional life is to plan on being the one to ask lots of questions. Remember, people love talking about themselves! If you act super excited and interested in what’s going on with them, they probably won’t even notice that they don’t know what’s going on with you.

And there are so many questions you can ask! Ask about their family, job, house, where they traveled in 2016, if they’ve got any New Year’s resolutions for 2017. If they have pets, ask about them… this will probably give you at least five minutes of photos and stories about their cat or dog.

4.It’s helpful to have a few short answers lined up so you’re ready for any dreaded questions.

The “what are you looking to do after your internship/graduate program/fellowship?” question might be inevitable. Practice a short, to-the-point answer that tells them you’re thoughtful and polished.

You don’t need to go on and on… and you don’t have to tell them all the internal debates you’re having about what the right path for you is (unless you actually think they might be helpful in you figuring it out!).

If you’re not sure you’ll be able to deliver a good answer, try writing it out first. When we write things down, it helps us get to the point and allows us to edit until we’ve got a succinct, well-poised response.

Need some ideas for framing? Try these:

If you’re still at the same company you’ve been at and are trying to pivot into a different or field:

“I’m still at X organization, and it’s been great, though I am exploring what it would be like to work in X industry/or pivot into X type of role. I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for me.”

If you’re unemployed:

“You know, there’s a reason that a lot of people call being unemployed, being ‘funemployed’ – because it actually can be fun. Yes – I’m looking for what my next opportunity is but I’m also taking this opportunity to do a lot of things you get too busy to do when you’re working full-time. Did you know there’s a great exhibit at X museum?”

Often, it’s all about your attitude and how you deliver it.

5.Identify one “Bright Spot” from the last year you’re proud of or feel excited by and work it into an answer.

I talk a lot about “bright spots” with my clients; these are moments at work where you really liked what you were working on and felt kinda jazzed by a project. meeting, event, or conference.

Take five minutes to sit with your thoughts and reflect over the last year. Was there something you were really proud of that you can incorporate into your conversations? Also use it to frame the potential for more of these “bright spots” in the future.

Not only will you feel more confident talking about yourself when you’re sharing a positive moment, but it’s likely people will remember that about you weeks after the conversation– more than they may remember some of the other updates you shared!

This “bright spot” is a weapon in your arsenal that you can pull out when you want to show others that you’ve had a good year and are excited about what the future holds (even if you don’t feel that way all the time).

The holidays can be a rough time for a lot of people, for a number of different reasons. Give yourself some time to prepare and think about how you want to spend your time, and how you want to approach conversations when you might not be feeling your best.

I can pretty much guarantee you that everyone struggles with these conversations and gatherings multiple times over the course of their life. Use these suggestions to make them easier throughout the season of cheer, and remember the added bonus of these events: the holiday cocktail.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Policy Specialist

Washington, DC, US

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Posted December 13, 2016

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Specialist. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill.

The Policy Specialist, one of six Policy Specialists at NSAC, reports to NSAC’s Policy Director. NSAC advocates on a wide range of federal farm and food policy issues and each Policy Specialist focuses on a variety of those issues. This position will focus on farm conservation and environmental policies and programs plus at least one other issue cluster, to be determined.

In addition, the Policy Specialist will be one of the representatives of the Policy Team on the NSAC Diversity Committee, furthering our racial equity efforts. In addition to the Diversity Committee, NSAC currently has five Issue Committees comprised of member group representatives from around the country. The Policy Specialist will work with and be a contributing member of two of those Issue Committees.

Compensation and Benefits — Salary is on a competitive non-profit scale, $55,000+, and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. NSAC offers an excellent employer paid benefits package and a collaborative work environment.

Position Description — NSAC’s Policy Specialist will:

Help the relevant NSAC Issue Committees develop policies and strategies and lead efforts to implement those strategies on assigned issues

Advocate on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies on a daily basis

Draft policy documents, including policy papers, testimony, legislation, and rulemaking comment letters

Write policy blog posts on a regular basis

Contribute to the organization’s annual planning, priority setting, fundraising, and coalition-wide meetings

Assist the NSAC Grassroots Team on assigned issues with grassroots and grasstops outreach and grassroots advocacy materials

Represent NSAC at a variety of partner meetings and coalitions in DC

Represent NSAC at conferences and to the media

Apply an equity lens to all of the above and advance racial equity both within the coalition’s internal processes and through its external campaigns and policy goals

Desired Qualifications

A deep understanding of and passion for sustainable agriculture, including agricultural conservation and environmental issues

A working knowledge of the federal policy-making process

Two or more years of Hill, agency, or lobbying experience or other agricultural policy experience

Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns

Excellent written and verbal communications and public speaking skills

Experience with print, radio, and online media

Experience with large, multi-organization grassroots coalitions

Ability to both work independently and be a good team player

Commitment to working collaboratively with a wide, diverse range of partners and colleagues

Willingness to work around a demanding congressional schedule and administrative deadlines

Willingness to travel domestically several times a year

Preferred but not required – bilingual fluency in a language other than English (Spanish, Hmong, Creole, etc.)

Application — Please send resume, your salary requirements, the names and contact information of three references, and a brief cover letter including an explanation of your interests in sustainable agriculture and federal policy to NSAC at info@sustainableagriculture.net. Please combine all documents into one PDF application. All communications will be treated confidentially. Resume reviews begin immediately.

NSAC is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. Please also see NSAC’s Statement on Racial Equity. NSAC makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

NSAC is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. Please also see NSAC’s Statement on Racial Equity. NSAC makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

 

Project & Operations Director

Atlanta, GA, US

Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Posted December 13, 2016

Blue Heron Nature Preserve seeks an engaging, self-motivated individual who is excited to be a key part of an environmental organization determined to find a place for nature in an urban setting.

The Project & Operations Director:

Manages systematic and routine maintenance of and improvements to the Preserve’s building and grounds

Assists the Executive Director and Board in pursuing grant and foundation funding opportunities consistent with the Preserve’s Master Plan and Strategic Plan

Assists in developing grant proposals, and plans, implements, manages and documents grant required activities and expenditures

Serves as a liaison with community volunteer and material resource organizations, secures volunteers and organizes and directs all volunteer activities.

As part of these responsibilities you will work closely with the Executive Director, Staff and Board to establish the organization’s vision and plan for the future.

Responsibilities

Community Activities:

Works with community organizations to secure volunteers and materials needed to support project work at the Preserve

Coordinates volunteer activities, including scheduling, publicizing, developing an agenda for the day, providing welcome and orientation, assigning and supervising work tasks and cleanup

Manages and maintains all BHNP tools and equipment

Manages field intern work, developing areas of study and supervising activities

Provides guidance and oversees Scout leadership projects (Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award)

Facilities Management:

Responsible for selection and management of a property management firm which will carry out the maintenance and upkeep of the building and Preserve grounds.

Oversees management of the systemic and routine maintenance of the building’s security, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems as carried out by a Property Management firm

Manages the technology infrastructure needed for the operations of the Preserve; interfaces with vendors for installation, setup and billing, and troubleshooting

Oversees volunteer efforts to manage the Community Garden serving as liason between the Community Garden members and the Nature Preserve.

Grants:

Assists the Executive Director in pursuing grant and foundation funding opportunities; meets with grantor.

Assists with developing successful grant proposals and writing grant applications and determining grant proposal budgets related to capital improvement and other project work.

Documents work tasks and expenses and completes all reports to meet grant requirements.

Responsible for carrying out grant work related to capital improvements and other on the ground project work including managing the project, tracking expenses and any grant reporting required.

Board:

Works with the Executive Director and Board to define, maintain, and implement the Blue Heron Master Plan

Works with the Executive Director and Board to formulate a Strategic Plan and monitors progress against the Plan objectives

Assists the Executive Director to prepare agendas for, reports activities to and participates in regular Board meetings

Works with Project and Facilities Committee Chair to lead Committee activities

Manages the donor database, including coordinating data entry and reporting, compiling donor mailing list for various purposes, including annual fundraising campaign

 

Environmental Analyst – part-time

Boston, MA, US

Job posted by NE Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on December 12, 2016

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Analyst to work with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in the Boston office. Will provide regional program support for the development and implementation of various Safe Drinking Water Act programs. Provide support to public water systems with the implementation of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) and technical assistance to water suppliers and regional staff on RTCR level 1 and Level 2 surveys, distribution system operations hydraulics, storage, maintenance operations, and technical treatment issues. Will develop various trainings.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field. Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations, SWDA and Well Drillers programs, and groundwater strongly preferred. Ideal applicants will have excellent communications and organizational skill, and be able to work effectively with scientists and engineers. Regional travel required.

This is a part-time, temporary position, not to exceed 20 hours per week, with an end date of June 30, 2017. Refer to www.neiwpcc.org for full position description.

 

Case Management Coordinator/Case Manager

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Washington Parks & People

Posted on December 12, 2016

Summary of Position:

Washington Parks & People works to grow city­wide park-­based community health & vitality by nurturing innovation & partnerships. Our DC Green Corps program connects unemployed men and women to green career tracks such as urban and community forestry and forest-­based ecosystem and watershed restoration. The DC Green Corps includes a case management and referral system to help participants be referred to and placed in jobs through a wide range of agencies, professional and trade associations, trades, professions, and industries. The initiative launched with federal stimulus funding in 2010, via the US Department of Agriculture/Forest Service, and now includes not only the 8-week basic training but also an advanced module on green infrastructure. The program is funded by the DC Department of Energy and Environment, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Water, Lever Fund, Jovid Foundation, Share Fund and others.

Responsibilities of the position:

Provide case management of DC Green Corps members throughout the spectrum of participation, from applicant to alumnus:

Actively participate in the Green Corps recruiting process which includes advertising the program, scheduling and conducting candidate interviews, and screening/selecting new trainees

Work with partner nominating agencies to obtain referrals to the DC Green Corps

Track trainee attendance and punctuality during training sessions, and follow up with those who are absent to enforce this critical soft skill

Coordinate stipend and other payments by providing accurate documentation and instructions to bookkeeper

Advise trainees, graduates and alumni on other soft skill attainment, and make resources and referrals to meet their needs

Work with each graduate and alumni served to set goals for training, certification and job placement

Connect with agencies and referral partners to create job placement pipelines across different industries and green job career tracks

Refer and place alumni in jobs and further training

Track all time spent providing case management services to trainees and alumni, with the goal of providing 10-15 hours of support to all graduates and active alumni

Maintain accurate trainee and alumni records and other program related documentation

Maintain an accurate and streamlined Green Corps alumni database

Conduct phone and in-­person surveys with alumni to assess employment status, salary levels, and updates on other core metrics

Use Excel, Google Sheets and Google Forms successfully to manage database

Use the E-tapestry software successfully to maintain organizational records of trainees + alumni and generate reports

Update the program manual and develop new forms, tools or systems to streamline and strengthen the program, as needed

Other tasks as needed

Requirements

Demonstrated commitment to Think Outside operating and organizing approach of Parks & People

Social work and/or previous case management experience preferred

A proactive self starter who is resourceful, flexible, takes initiative, and anticipates needs

Detailed oriented, organized and able to coordinate activities effectively

Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to relate and earn trust of target population

Able to multi­task, problem solve, thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial work environment, and enjoy working with diverse people from all walks of life across Washington, DC

Strong emotional intelligence (ie heart quotient attributes of kindness and optimism, curious intelligence, empathy, integrity, work ethic, and self-­awareness)

 

Field Representative

Warrenton, VA, US

Job posted by Piedmont Environmental Council on December 12, 2016

Introduction

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Field Representative to conduct and assist with PEC’s land use policy and land conservation activities in PEC’s nine county service area, with a focus serving the Upper Rappahannock watershed, particularly communities in Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties.

Description of Position

The Field Representative will be responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of land conservation, natural resource restoration, land use policy, and civic engagement efforts that further PEC’s mission, with a focus Upper Rappahannock watershed, including communities in Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties. Examples of activities include:

Developing and implementing land protection strategies through (1) identification of key at-risk properties, landscapes, and resources; (2) outreach and education to landowners, farmers, and professional advisers on conservation tools such as voluntary conservation easement donations, Purchase of Development Rights programs, and other conservation programs; and (3) coordination with other public and private partners to further conservation in the Piedmont.

Serving as part of the PEC’s stewardship team, responsible for ensuring appropriate monitoring and stewardship of PEC’s conservation easement and fee land portfolio.

Initiating, leading, or participating in local community based conservation efforts, such as historic preservation, water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and/or agricultural land management demonstration projects.

Teaming with other PEC staff to respond appropriately to major land use, conservation, and transportation threats in the region.

Working directly with citizens and allied organizations to organize the public around campaigns, policies and outcomes supportive of the PEC mission, including adoption of language in the counties’ comprehensive plans and support or opposition to specific land use threats and opportunities.

Regularly updating PEC Board members, other PEC staff, and members of local advisory committees on land use, conservation, and transportation issues affecting the communities served by the Field Representative.

Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region

The Field Representative reports to PEC’s Director of Conservation, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors.

This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. 2-4 years work experience or Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, planning, law or related field preferred.

A working knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia is preferred.

A working knowledge of conservation policies, conservation easements, and real estate transactions, etc.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred.

Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns.

Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software.

Requires minimal supervision.

Willing to work some weekends and evenings.

Willingness to live in the region you will work is highly desirable.

Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required.

Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

 

Operations Manager

Sacramento, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Justice Coalition for Water on December 11, 2016

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close partnership with and in support of EJCW staff, board members, member organizations, and project partners. This position is a full-time position and is located in Sacramento, California. The Operations Manager is responsible for managing and continually improving the operation of administrative and other organizational systems as well as developing new systems in support of EJCW’s dynamic programs, advocacy, and broad variety of staff and coalition activities.

Major job responsibilities:

Grant and contract management, including tracking of activity, billing, program budgets, reporting, invoicing, and some contract negotiation

Executive assistance, including acting as first point of contact for most inquiries, i.e., press, vendor, partner, public official, etc., managing staff and organization calendars

Support accounting, banking, budget management and reporting, i.e., tax, corporate, legal, court, lobbying, and insurance filings/inquiries/postings, accounts receivables, etc., including for fiscally sponsored projects

Office management, including managing multiple office leases and relationship with associated landlords, sub-leases and sub-lessees, service providers, vendors, etc.

Manage administrative systems, including technology (hardware, software, and cloud computing), paper and electronic filing system, company intranet, etc.

Support communications infrastructure, including contact management service (CMS), website maintenance, and social media systems (including coordinating content generation)

Funder/donor management and development, including donor database management and communications

Support board of directors and other governance-related groups, mostly logistical, i.e., circulate calendar invitations, record and circulate notes, format agenda and collect and upload documents to Board web-based platform, etc.

Vendor contract review, negotiation, and management

Develop new systems, such as online project management, staff and member intranet, etc.

Assist with human resource needs, including posting notices required by labor code, processing and filing new hire paperwork, maintaining HR files, etc.

Support EJCW’s Collaborative Fundraising activities and general fund development activities, including maintaining development and funder reporting calendar in keeping with organization and coalition fundraising plan, development and maintenance of promotional literature, etc.

Event support, i.e., support planning and execution of trainings, member gatherings, committee meetings, film screenings, fundraising events, board meetings, etc.

Advise Executive Director on operations, administration, communications, and fund development activities as well as exercise good, independent judgment

Other duties as necessary, including running errands, as is typical of a small non-profit

Qualifications:

Commitment to the organization’s mission, purpose, and values

A bachelor’s degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred

At least 3 years of office and/or project or program management

Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Google Apps for Nonprofits, WordPress, and a host of online third-party platforms, e.g., Asana, Gotomeeting, Freeconferencecall, Uberconference, etc.

Strong analytical, writing, research, and communications skills

Self-directed and organized individual with ability to work independently to meet multiple deadlines

Proven track record of supporting successful programs

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Understanding of and ability to articulate and abide by social and environmental justice principles

Comfort and experience working with community-based organizations, recent immigrant groups and people of color, in general

Willingness and ability to travel around State and work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as required from time-to-time

Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource issues a plus

Bilingual, English-Spanish speaker a plus

Work Environment:

Physical demands include: sitting, walking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 7 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Work environment and travel demands include: infrequent travel to other regions both within and outside of California. This position is based out of the Sacramento office.

Reasonable accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed.

Start date: As soon as possible. This position will remain open until filled.

Compensation: The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water offers a competitive nonprofit salary (or its hourly wage equivalent), commensurate with experience and qualifications, benefits stipend, including 403(b) retirement plan.

 

Educator & School Partnerships Coordinator

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by Woodland Park Zoo on December 9, 2016

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Educator & School Partnerships Coordinator in the Science & Conservation Education department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time.

SUMMARY

The Educator & School Partnerships Coordinator is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of opportunities for K-12 school audiences (including students and educators) to build ecological literacy and engage with Woodland Park Zoo in scientific investigation and conservation stewardship on and off zoo grounds. The person in this position coordinates overall functions and logistic activities for programs, including maintaining internal and external partnerships as needed for program development and implementation. The coordinator serves as a lead in program development and provides training and mentorship for program specialists and presenters. Responsibilities of this position include the production and distribution of promotional and recruitment communications for programs.

This person in this position will be a key part of the team that develops and leads educator professional development courses (including online and in-person components) in inquiry-based science and conservation stewardship for formal and informal educators. These responsibilities include program coordination, recruitment, course facilitation and graduate student mentorship for the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) graduate degree in affiliation with Miami University.

The successful candidate will have a combination of experience and/or academic background in formal and/or informal science education for K-12 audiences, providing professional development for educators, national and state learning standards, life science and/or field research, outdoor/environmental education with diverse audiences, and project coordination.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinate the development and implementation of education programs, projects and protocols

Serve as lead staff for specialists, instructors/presenters and interns

Schedule programs, staff and resources

Lead program and project development teams

Coordinate, develop and facilitate professional development for staff, volunteers and program participants, including Master’s level courses and field study programs.

Coordinate research, development, revision and dissemination of program/project supporting materials and interpretive elements

Support supervisory team in maintenance of internal and external partnerships

Present engaging programs, experiences and activities to audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds.

Evaluate programs and interpretive elements

Collect and report statistics and prepare reports

Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to comfortably lead adult classroom-based, web-based and field-based education programs.

Ability to lead and be a positive role model and mentor for staff and volunteers

Possess strong organizational skills, be able to meet deadlines and suggest and deal with changes in operation protocol

Must be able to work independently and manage projects with minimal supervision

Must be able to create and lead processes related to collaborative program development and coordination of team members

Ability to develop and present creative, mission driven programming

Possess expansive knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation

Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends and evenings

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in education, conservation, biology or related field of study from an accredited institution required (Masters degree preferred). Minimum of 6 years of education and/or experience in natural science or environmental education, including providing professional development for educators and experience in program development, implementation and evaluation.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid Washington State Driver License

COMPUTER SKILLS

Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct internet research.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to communicate clearly and completely both verbally and in writing.

MATHEMATICAL ABILITY

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre institution in variable weather conditions, enter non-public areas and occasionally climb stairs or ladders in behind-the-scenes staff areas. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, while lifting equipment or setting up podium area. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The vision requirements are based on the required ability to identify animals or places for media, and having to be aware of location in relation to animals as well as media.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is frequently moderate to loud.

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

 

Sierra Forest Organizer

Garden Valley, CA, US

Job posted by Sierra Forest Legacy on December 9, 2016

About the Sierra Forest Coalition: Organized by Sierra Forest Legacy, the Sierra Forest Coalition (“Coalition”) is composed of conservation groups and individuals working to improve the management of our national forests and to protect sensitive natural resources in the Sierra Nevada. Coalition members include national and regional groups, such as Defenders of Wildlife, CalWild, The Wilderness Society, and Sierra Forest Legacy. We have been working together for twenty years to promote conservation and protection of wild places, watersheds and wildlife in the Sierra Nevada bioregion. The Coaltion is seeking a field organizer to help us extend our reach and build support for conservation in the central Sierra Nevada.

Summary: The Sierra Forest Organizer will work with Coalition members to develop and implement strategies and action plans focused on organizing targeted constituencies in support of the Coalition’s conservation agenda and increasing public awareness and favorable media coverage about key conservation issues. General responsibilities include: outreach to targeted constituencies; mobilizing and enlisting the Coalition’s existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; and ongoing media education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with the Advisory Team, composed of leaders from the Coalition, to develop and implement campaigns and outreach plans

Mobilize Coalition members and other activists in the Sierra Nevada region using various strategies and tools to support the Coalition’s conservation agenda

Expand the regional network of constituencies promoting the Coalition’s conservation agenda to include land trusts, restoration organizations, college students and faculty, recreation businesses, local officials, sportsmen’s groups, and other environmental and scientific organizations

Expand base of support for key conservation issues among targeted segments of the general public

Work in coordination with Coalition members

Develop, distribute, and present campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations

Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to the Coalition

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to learn and effectively communicate scientifically and politically complex resource issues to the coalition’s constituents, the general public, and media

Able to conduct information analyses to support outreach

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse partners

Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various audiences

Ability to work with and facilitate the participation of volunteer activists

Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus

Good time-management, personal organization, and prioritization skills

Familiarity with resource topics (e.g., resource issues, jargon, law and policy, public lands management, decision making structure)

Functional competency with basic Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google products (Gmail, Drive, Calendar).

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as natural resource management, environmental studies, political science, or communications;

Four or more years of proven grassroots organizing success in political or issue campaigns within the same geographic area or with similar issues;

Experience meeting with decision makers, and working with coalitions, activists, and volunteers.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Work Environment: This position is based in Sacramento or the central Sierra Nevada (Tuolumne to Plumas County). This position works from a home office with an option for a Sacramento-based office shared with another conservation organization.

Detailed Job description: Please refer to the job description posted at: https://www.sierraforestlegacy.org/Resources/Sierra%20Forest%20Organizer%20Job%20description11-29-16.pdf for additional details.

Salary and Benefits: This position will be hired by Sierra Forest Legacy, a project of Tides Center. Competitive salary based on relative experience. Benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, life & disability insurance and paid vacation leave. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled; the first review of applications will occur after December 21, 2016. We are seeking to fill this position in January 2017.

Sierra Forest Legacy, a project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.

 

Environmental Policy Coordinator

New York, NY, US

Job posted by West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., New York City on December 8, 2016

West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT) is a Northern Manhattan community-based, membership organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. We use community organizing, community-based participatory research and evidence based policy advocacy campaigns to create systemic policy change at the federal, state and local levels of government. WE ACT is locally and nationally known for its work on children’s environmental health, community-driven climate resiliency, healthy homes campaigns government accountability, and community-based environmental health research partnerships.

WE ACT seeks a full-time Environmental Policy Coordinator to work closely with WE ACT’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives to develop strategic, unified, and sustained advocacy to achieve equity in policy and practice by influencing state executive, legislative and agency actions and by educating legislators/officials on chemical policy, climate/energy, clean air,. The analyst will coordinate WE ACT’s role in Energy Efficiency for All and the NY Renews Coalitions. This position will report to WE ACT’ Deputy Director

The Environmental Policy and Advocacy Coordinator advances WE ACT’s policy agenda at the local, state, regional and national level. The individual in the position defines and formulates WE ACT’s policy positions, builds broad-based support for these positions, and promotes WE ACT’s presence and the presence of an environmental justice perspective in policy formation.

Responsibilities

Develop and implement an annual public policy agenda to advance environmental justice for the organization;

Staff task forces and other collaborative initiatives and projects;

Lead and participate in policy-setting forums and government relations activities;

Provide strategic advice on public policy issues to the Executive Director, Deputy Director and other WE ACT staff;

Strengthen and support the overall public policy development capacity of the organization and the community we serve;

Monitor and provide strategic advice, briefings, and recommendations on legislative change and policy issues at the federal, state and municipal levels;

Develop and implement the organization’s public policy agenda based on existing priorities and ongoing consultations with WE ACT staff and key stakeholders in the environmental, environmental justice and environmental health movements;

Lead or participate on task forces and collaborative initiatives to develop effective public policy solutions to systemic issues;

Identify and work with key partners to advance the organization’s public policy agenda;

Address urgent policy issues as they arise;

Build community and government awareness on key policy issues through public education, government relations, and media strategies;

Create forums for dialogue with government officials, funders, agencies, and donors on topics impacting environment, environmental justice and environmental health in communities of color;

Provide leadership to WE ACT programs/projects;

Work on departmental and organizational teams and projects;

Advise the organization about “sign-on” letters addressing current or future policy issues;

Establish an organizational repository for “sign-on” letters.

 

Part-Time Assistant- Blogs, Mailings, Social Media (Environment/Conservation)

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by The Choice Inc on December 8, 2016

We are currently seeking someone creative for an upcoming project opportunity. This role is a six month position that will involve blogging, social media, mailings, admin, and database work for global nature and wildlife excursions. This would be a great opportunity for a recent grad with an interest in environmentalism/animals/conversation to build their resume.

The schedule is flexible. It will be 15-20 hours a week. You must be open to part time, throughout the entirety of the position.

Required skills and qualifications:

Completed Bachelor’s degree

Some social media/blog experience preferred

Experience using Microsoft Office

Some background knowledge of travel/tourism also helpful.

The office is very centrally located in downtown DC. Walking distance to Metro. The team is laid back and very friendly.

This position will start mid-January 2017 and will go through mid June 2017

 

Chapter Grants Writer/Editor

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Sierra Club HQ – HRD on December 8, 2016

Sierra Club is looking for a great writer to help us craft bold and compelling grants. As one of our chapter grant writers, they will be responsible for collaborating with our local chapter leaders to shape proposals and reports that inspire funders. While most of the work will be writing and editing, there will also be significant time devoted to helping volunteers with limited grant fundraising experience track deadlines, research new foundations, and work with our internal staff to ensure accuracy and compliance.

Candidates need to have excellent writing skills, a track record of successful collaboration and teamwork, and strong organizational skills to keep deadlines on track. Passion for community organizing and environmental activism is a plus, but not required.

We will locate this person in Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; Austin, TX; or Denver, CO. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.

To see full job details and apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/2gfDfnP

 

Development Associate

San Francisco, CA, US

Job posted by CO2 on December 8, 2016

The Development Associate will provide the framework to secure funding from diverse constituencies, including individuals, foundations, and corporations. Working closely with the Leadership Staff and Board of Directors, the Development Associate will be responsible for all operational elements of the development department and will collaborate to develop strategy and craft materials to effectively engage supporters – efforts that will drive the organization’s strategic growth and long-term success.

Key Responsibilities

Manage the pipeline of prospective donors, which includes identifying upcoming priorities, tracking recent moves and touches, and preparing updated reports

Conduct in-depth prospect research to identify gift capacity, possible funding interests, and other valuable information to develop strategy and prepare a solicitation team

Develop and refresh fundraising collateral to effectively message the organization’s mission, strategic direction, and funding opportunities

Create strategic materials to support gift solicitors in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors, which may include briefing documents, draft communications, and sample talking points

Diligently track all fundraising activity and prepare regular reports for distribution to the CO2 Sciences leadership team and Board of Directors

Plan and execute fundraising events, as needed, to cultivate prospective donors and publicize the organization

Manage all aspects of donor acknowledgement and stewardship, which includes ensuring appropriate acknowledgement and recognition, crafting regular donor communications, and facilitating appreciation events

Manage the CO2 Sciences annual giving program, which includes mail and email solicitations throughout the year

Oversee see the effective use of the CO2 Sciences donor management platform (Salesforce)

In collaboration with the CO2 Sciences leadership team and members of the Board of Directors, strategize and craft individualized funding proposals catered to a prospective individual or institutional donor’s interests

Prepare comprehensive reports for institutional donors to communicate how funds were utilized and demonstrate impact

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required

Minimum two years of successful experience in fundraising, particularly with an environmental organization

Specific experience working in major gifts solicitation and/or fundraising campaigns

Experience organizing and executing successful fundraising events

Excellent project management skills with a keen sense for organization and systems

Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Creative with a high level of energy and productivity

Execution focused with the ability to convert strategy into action and results

Self starter with the ability to work independently

Prior experience working with Salesforce strongly preferred

 

Policy Fellow

E4TheFuture, Inc.

Location (City:)Framingham

Energy Efficiency Analyst

Full Time

Degree Requirement: Bachelors

Contact Info pmcnulty@e4thefuture.org

E4TheFuture, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2017 E4Fellows program. If you are seeking your first professional position in the clean energy field, this opportunity may be of interest. E4TheFuture’s mission is to promote residential clean energy and sustainable resource solutions to advance climate protection and economic fairness by influencing federal, state and local policies, and by helping to build a resilient and vibrant energy efficiency and clean energy sector.

E4Fellows will work as junior policy analysts on E4TheFuture project teams for up to two years and may delve into a range of key areas including the Clean Power Plan, “Utility of the Future” models, residential storage and electric vehicle integrations. E4Fellows will work with mentors, and have access to on-the-job training and professional growth such as travel and conference attendance. Additional information on this exciting opportunity may be found at:

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

E4Fellows will tackle advocacy and activities related to a variety of initiatives. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Organize educational webinars and/or seminars on climate and energy topics

Expand and engage a network of clean energy professionals

Conduct key research and analysis to achieve organizational goals

Produce reports and materials for use by policymakers, journalists, advocacy groups

Help advance effective policy recommendations

Track and analyze legislative and regulatory activity

Engage with stakeholders on clean energy issues

Qualifications:

An undergraduate or graduate degree earned before June 30, 2017. We welcome candidates from a variety of fields including Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Public Policy, Political Science or Communications. Applicants must be eligible to work full-time in the U.S.

A strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, and attention to detail are essential for this position. A successful candidate will be a strong team player who can contribute to collaborative projects by applying a range of skills including:

written and oral communication

computational and comparative analytics

critical thinking

organized self-starters and innovative thinkers who identify opportunities to achieve goals

proficiency with MS Office Suite

Benefits:

This is a full-time position for up to two years and has a competitive salary and benefits program.

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to: HR@e4thefuture.org

Application deadline: January 31, 2017

Contact Email: pmcnulty@e4thefuture.org

 

Internship in Government Relations

Who can apply: 1L, 2L, Masters

Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, List of References

Deadline Date: December 23, 2016 (applications taken until filled)

How to Apply: Apply Directly to Employer

Clare Buckley

Leonine Public Affairs, LLP

One Blanchard Court, Suite 101

Montpelier, VT 05602

Cbuckley@leoninepublicaffairs.com

Description: Describe the Position: Join a busy government relations and strategic communications team at the Vermont State House. Responsibilities include: attend and report on legislative hearings, State House press conferences and other events; draft legislation and amendments; perform legal research and writing; participate in strategy sessions; attend client meetings; and perform some administrative work. Policy areas include budget, energy, transportation, education, health care, taxes and telecommunications, among others. Ability to work Fridays a plus but not absolutely necessary. Requirements for the Position: excellent writing skills and an interest in public policy. Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: Leonine Public Affairs is a government and strategic communications firm which combines deep expertise in government affairs and public relations under one umbrella to provide clients with one-stop shopping for effective communications efforts. We have provided high-level public affairs services in Vermont, New England and nationally since 1987. Two of the firm’s partners are lawyers and VLS grads. Please see our website for more information about the firm. www.leoninepublicaffairs.com Salary: A weekly stipend that complies with Vermont’s minimum wage laws. Deadline Date: As soon as possible – legislative session starts in January 4, 2017 E-mail: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, List of References

 

groSolar

Contact Person and Title: Rachael White, Human Resources Manager Street Address: 205 Billings Farm Road, Bldg. 4

City: White River Jct.

State: VT

Country: United States

Zip: 05001

Phone Number: 802-359-6530

Fax: 802-295-4417

E-mail Address: hr@groSolar.com

Website: groSolar.com

Position Title: Business Development Sales Analyst

Opening for:

Recent Graduate

Describe the Position: The Business Development Sales Analyst will assist the Business Development team in all areas of the sales and development process including lead and opportunity research, feasibility assessments, performing detailed financial analysis of opportunities in identified vertical markets, and proposal production. In addition, the Business Development Sales Analyst will be a key team member in the development of solar projects including the contractual and financial structuring of projects. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic industry with one of the pioneering leaders in the solar industry.

Full position description available at https://grosolar.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Requirements for The Position

  • Bachelor’s in Business or related field; JD or MBA preferred
  • Two years’ experience performing financial analysis of capital projects

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: groSolar has a core focus of providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for utility-scale power generation. groSolar’s team includes an exemplary group of engineering, procurement, construction, and project management experts, as well as business and financial strategists with extensive solar PV experience. The accumulation of these diverse experts into a cohesive team enables us to deliver the most economic solar photovoltaic systems.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline Date: January 15, 2017

Contact Method:

(If students are applying directly how would the employer prefer to be contacted/receive applications.)

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

List of References

Other: Via: https://grosolar.applicantpro.com/jobs/

 

Dairy Programs Section Chief

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Position Overview

Got milk? Vermont certainly does, and if you are anxious to put your public service values and your leadership abilities to great use, then the Dairy Programs Section Chief position is for you! The Chief guides experienced technical and administrative staff members as they provide regulatory support to Vermont farmers who sell fluid milk and produce a myriad of value-added dairy products, including award-winning cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream. The Chief also provides technical support to Vermont’s dairy industry members by administering educational seminars in multiple platforms on an ongoing basis. This position allows the successful applicant to engage in a rewarding mix of regulation and education, technical assistance and outreach. Vermont’s dairy industry has experienced significant growth in the past decade, especially in the dairy processing sector. Due to this evolution and the many industry advancements that accompany it, the expertise required of the Chief is dynamic. As an advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Vermont Legislature, the Chief should enjoy collaboration, public speaking and complex problem solving. Apply for this position now, and take advantage of the opportunity to join a dynamic group of committed public service providers and thrive in a position where the days pass quickly due to the diversity of responsibilities. Starting salary may be negotiable based on education and experience, and please note that the minimum qualifications for this position have been recently amended to allow qualified dairy farm owners, managers and operators to apply, as well as persons with non-dairy food regulatory program experience.

General Job Description

Supervisory, administrative, technical and regulatory compliance work at a professional level for the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets involving the administration of a regulatory program to evaluate both the physical plant and operating systems of milk processing plants, dairy manufacturing facilities and dairy farms. The work is directed at ensuring the safest possible processing environment in order to protect public health. Supervision is exercised over a staff of dairy farm and plant inspectors and specialists. Work is performed under the general direction of the Division Director/State Veterinarian and in coordination with other sections of the Food Safety and Consumer Protection Division of the Agency.

To apply or learn more, visit www.careers.vermont.gov, and click on the “job seekers” tab. Enter the keyword “dairy” or the position number 620522. This position will remain open until filled, but the hiring team is hoping to establish an employment relationship with a qualified applicant as soon as possible and will begin reviewing applications after December 16, 2016 so don’t delay if you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity!

 

Agriculture Development Coordinator

Location: Montpelier, VT                           Regular/Temporary: Classified

Posting Date: 12/12/2016                             Hourly Rate: 22.53

Pay Grade: 23                                                Posting Number: 280152

Application Deadline: 12/27/2016             Department: Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

General Information

This limited service position Agriculture Development Coordinator (Job Opening #620527), is open to all State employees and external applicants. If you would like more information about this position, please contact Abbey Willard at abbey.willard@vermont.gov. This is a limited service position through 9/30/17, which may be extended. Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting. Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

This Agriculture Development Coordinator position will focus on coordinating outreach and education to the produce industry around FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements and the execution of the Vermont Produce Safety Program. This position will engage in the following activities: support the Agency team and partners’ in understanding the implications of this new federal rule on Vermont’s produce industry; assist with industry outreach and educational efforts; conduct on-farm produce farm visits; lead grant management, tracking and reporting; and support stakeholder cooperation and engagement in the statewide produce program. Experience in working with food and farm businesses, specifically produce operations, and collaboratively managing relationships within a network of agricultural producers, state and federal agencies, nonprofit partners, funders, and service providers is preferred. Knowledge of food systems, event coordination, data collection and analysis experience is desired.

General Job Description

Promotional, marketing, land use planning and development work for the Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets. This work may involve the expansion of markets for Vermont agricultural products or land use development review in a regulatory context. Duties include assistance to the agricultural community with advocacy, infrastructure development and technical assistance. Position will work under supervision of Deputy Secretary or other senior staff member in a team environment. Work product will be determined weekly depending on a particular program assignment. To read the entire job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in the field of agriculture, land use planning, natural resource management, forestry, economics, marketing, public relations or communications AND two (2) years or more at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications, land use or natural resource planning, or advertising.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

E4 Fellows Program

November 23rd 2016

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

 Career Tip of the Week

How to Avoid Hassle During an Out-of-State Job Search:

Five ways to improve your chances when conducting a long-distance job search.

By Alison Green

Think the job market is hard now? Try searching for a job in another state. Job seekers who are looking long-distance will tell you that the search is exponentially harder when you’re not a local candidate.

Many employers won’t even bother to talk to nonlocal job applicants. That might seem unfair, but their reasons make sense from their perspective. First and foremost, if they have plenty of well-qualified local candidates, they don’t have any particular need or incentive to take on the hassles of long-distance candidates. And there are hassles – unlike local candidates, long-distance job seekers can’t generally come in for an interview tomorrow, often expect travel expenses to be paid by the company, typically can’t start as soon as local candidates can and sometimes require relocation assistance. What’s more, long-distance candidates sometimes change their mind about moving at the end of the hiring process (or even after they’ve already accepted the job) – or worse, have trouble adjusting to the new area once on the job and leave to move back home just a few months into their employment.

So it’s not surprising that many employers simply choose not to deal with long-distance candidates. But then where does that leave you, if you’re trying to find a job somewhere else?

Finding a job long-distance isn’t impossible, but it will usually be harder. Here are five ways to improve your chances.

 

  1. Gird yourself for a longer search. Unless you have a strongly in-demand skill set, or you’re very lucky, a long-distance search is going to take longer. Prepare yourself for that in advance, so that you don’t become frustrated and demoralized.

Explain yourself upfront. Offer some context in your cover letter to explain why you’re seeking a job in this particular area, so that employers have some context for your application. For instance, you might explain that you’re in the process of moving to their area to join your partner, who took a job there, or that you’re from the area and excited to move back where your family is. Offering some type of explanation will help employers see you less as a long-distance candidate and more as a candidate who’s in the process of becoming local. Speaking of which…

 

  1. The more that you can make your move sound like a done deal, the better. Employers are skittish about out-of-town candidates for all the reasons discussed above. So the more that you can make the move sound like something that is already in the works, the more you mitigate that disadvantage. Explaining that your move is already in process or specifying a date or time frame by which you hope to be living in the area can help in that regard.

 

  1. Put the new location on your résumé. Many employers read résumés before they even look at cover letters, so take steps on your résumé to fight the out-of-town candidate stigma there too. For instance, you can put “(relocating to California)” directly below your address, or even use a local address if you have friends or family already living in the location you’re targeting. (If you do the latter, though, be sure that you’re prepared for the possibility that you’ll be called and asked to come in for an interview as soon as tomorrow.)

 

  1. Make it as easy as possible for the employer to interview and hire you. Since one reason employers are wary of dealing with out-of-town candidates is the hassle involved, do everything you can to minimize that hassle. That can mean covering your own travel expenses, paying higher prices for last-minute plane tickets, forgoing relocation assistance and figuring out how you can start as soon as possible if you’re offered the job

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Federal Legislative Intern

(VLS has a contact here)

Washington, DC, US

Internship posted by Wildlife Conservation Society (DC Office) on October 28, 2016

Department: Public Affairs

Title: Federal Legislative Intern

Start Date: January 9, 2017

End Date: May 26, 2017

Number of Openings: 2-3

Location: Washington, DC

Hours: Commitment of 12 to 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring semester. This internship is designed to provide experience in legislative affairs and conservation policy. Interns will have the opportunity to experience how to shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, while learning about the legislative process first-hand. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on academic schedules.

This internship will provide a modest transit stipend along with academic credit, if applicable.

Objectives:

Help track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change.

Learn to identify potential WCS Congressional allies and policy priorities.

Research and analyze legislation and federal funding allocations related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, foreign policy and climate change.

Have the opportunity to attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill.

Gain exposure in developing and implementing engagement strategies.

The individual(s) that will gain the most from this experience:

Will be working towards earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, or natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

Will have a strong interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues.

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

 

Employment Opportunity Senior Environmental Policy Analyst (Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field or a law degree AND three (3) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field and one (1) year or more of related graduate coursework AND four (4) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering or an environmental or natural resources field AND five (5) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

Natural Resources Board Administrator

Job ID: 620374

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   36.980000

Posting Date:   11/16/2016

Pay Grade:      31

Position Number:   700018

Application Deadline: 12/11/2016

Department:   Natural Resources Board

This position, (Natural Resources Board Administrator, Job Opening # 620374), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashua@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is seeking a skilled administrator and communicator to fill the position of Executive Director (NRB Administrator) in our Montpelier office. This senior-level staff position involves managerial, administrative, and supervisory work overseeing the implementation of Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the five Act 250 District Offices, including recruitment, training, and supervision of the District Environmental Coordinators who administer Act 250 at the district level. Additional responsibilities include developing policy and guidance, accountability for the annual budget of the NRB, and serving as a liaison with the Vermont Legislature.

The Executive Director position requires a proven leader with extensive knowledge of Act 250 and land use principles. The direct supervision of the ten District Coordinators, whose authority is defined in statute, is a core responsibility which demands a significant portion of the Executive Director’s time.

This key leadership position assists with major policy formulation and goal setting for the organization and collaborates with state agencies and other stakeholders on legislative and policy initiatives. The Executive Director is also involved in the preparation and delivery of state-wide education and training for staff and appointed district commissioners and outreach to external partners and participants in the Act 250 process.

As the top ranking classified executive at the NRB, the ED is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency during transitions in state government administrations. The ED has an essential role in creating the collaboration within state government that exists outside of political changes.

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as permit applicants and parties to the Act 250 permit process. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of environmental laws, rules, regulations, and permit requirements in Vermont; public administration experience, and a working knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning. Supervisory experience and a considerable knowledge of budgetary principles and practices are also required. Experience with law, the courts, engineering, public relations, and technology are a plus.

The direct supervisor of the position is the Chair of the Natural Resources Board. The Chair, the Natural Resources Board, and members of the nine District Commissions are all appointed by the Governor.

General Job Description

Managerial, administrative, coordinating, and supervisory work for the Natural Resources Board involving Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use Control Law. Duties involve the direction of district office activities, management of the budget and district caseload, assistance with enforcement efforts, and direct involvement with selected difficult cases with major regional or statewide impacts. Supervision is exercised over District Coordinators and other staff. Incumbent acts as liaison to the Vermont Legislature on budget and policy issues. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Chair of the Natural Resources Board.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Masters’ degree or higher in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND three years at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND five years at or above a professional level in field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration, INCLUDING three years at or above a supervisory level.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

 

Natural Resources Board Legal Technician

Job ID: 620376

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time:   Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   20.150000

Posting Date:   11/17/2016

Pay Grade: 21

Position Number:   700003

Application Deadline: 12/05/2016

Department: Natural Resources Board

General Information

This position, (Natural Resources Board Legal Technician, Job Opening # 620376), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashur@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Natural Resources Board has an exciting opportunity for a Legal Technician to join our Montpelier office. This rewarding and challenging position supports the NRB in its mission to administer Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law, Act 250, by providing important administrative support to the legal, enforcement and executive staff.

The NRB seeks a highly organized individual with excellent computer skills and the ability to prioritize competing tasks in a fine-detail environment. If you have a strong work ethic and an appreciation for Vermont’s environment, this is the right the opportunity for you.

General Job Description

This position involves administrative, technical and coordination work for the Natural Resources Board (NRB). The NRB Legal Technician assists in administering Act 250 program functions to the legal/enforcement and executive teams in the Montpelier Central Office. Specific duties include administrative support for the NRB legal, enforcement and executive staff.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree.

OR

Associates degree AND two (2) years or more work in administrative support role.

OR

High School diploma AND six (6) years or more in administrative support.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

(Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

 

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

 

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

 

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SPECIALIST, GS-0028-9/11

INTERIOR, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Aberdeen, SD

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/9/2016 Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade

GS-0028-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

Who May Apply

INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

Control Number

456062700

Job Announcement Number

AB-17-22

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Great Plains Region, Deputy Regional Director (Trust Services),

Environmental, Safety and Cultural Resource Management, Aberdeen, SD

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

 

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

 

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

Duties

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Identifies federal actions under NEPA and advances standardized compliance efforts throughout the region.
  • Assists in the preparation and/or management of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs) for a wide variety of BIA actions.
  • Assists in the management of environmental projects and contracts as assigned, related to solid and hazardous waste, remediation of contaminated sites and general environmental compliance.
  • Reviews and responds to environmental documents, issues and requests submitted by tribes, private parties and other federal agencies.
  • Fulfills reporting and notice requirements, maintaining both internal files and an administrative records.
  • Manages projects and contracts as assigned, including tribal contracts under P. L. 93-638.
  • Assists in compliance orientation and/or detailed training for BIA and tribal staff.

Travel Required

OCCASIONAL TRAVEL MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND INSEPCTIONS OF PROJECT SITES.

Key Requirements

US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.

A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.

APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions and/or BIA Excepted Standards, GS-0028).

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); work involving personally writing NEPA documents; reviewing NEPA documents prepared by other agencies and parties; and managing contracts with private contractors for document preparation, and/or collaborating with tribal departments for the same; dealing with multiple permitting agencies at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels; synthesizing complex environmental information from a variety of sources for inclusion into documents readily understood by the public; conducting environmental training and presentations; understanding and incorporating management policies into completed documents. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); determining and preparing necessary environmental analysis; monitoring new construction and inspection production sites. providing assistance by researching environmental protection issues; or carrying out specified portions of environmental protection projects and identifying and recommending solutions to problems, assisting with site inspections, collecting data, reviewing documents, analyzing evidence; assist in development of contract specifications and scopes of work for environmental assessments ; conduct base line environmental surveys. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

 

Outdoor Recreation Planner (Wilderness/Recreation)

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Agency Contact Information

1 vacancy – Winnemucca, NV

Work Schedule is Work Schedule is Full Time. – This is a permanent position.

Opened Monday 11/14/2016 Closes Monday 11/28/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade GS-0023-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

Control Number

455980300

Job Announcement Number

NV-DEU-2017-0025

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is located Winnemucca, NV. Information about the area can be found at the Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce website.

Physical Demands: The work requires physical exertion such as walking over rough or mountainous terrain, horseback and off-highway vehicle riding, recurring bending, crouching or stooping. Depending on the area and work priorities, the incumbent may be required to ride a mountain bike, raft, crawl around a cave, etc. During such occasions physical activity would be required using various forms of travel with exposure to mild, moderate or extreme terrain conditions.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasional travel may be required. The position may be required to visit field sites where risks may include exposure to inclement weather and potential injury from falls, strains, bites, stings, etc. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or designated by the Safety Officer.

Duties described below are at the full performance GS-11 grade level.

Oversee the planning and administration of a more complex recreation program to include: heritage tour resources, interpretive services, recreation special uses, National Conservation Areas, developed sites, and dispersed recreation.

Coordinate recreation program activities with other BLM District and Field Offices, as well as local governments, other Federal agencies, private organizations, and the general public.

Review, recommend, and implement changes to recreation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures. Analyze and evaluate services, projects, programs, and/or functions of one or more Outdoor Recreation Programs.

Provide recommendations to local management concerning current and multi-year recreation program(s) budget funding and priorities to ensure recreation priorities are met.

Identify training needs and promote and implement an integrated training program to teach basic and complex skills of Outdoor Recreation Planning.

Occasional Travel

Travel to field sites for work will occasionally be required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections.

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.

Direct deposit is required.

Background Investigation Required

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience and/or education requirement – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

For GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: conducting inventories and studies to determine recreation visitor use and site suitability; prepare recreation activity plans; work on environmental assessment projects related to recreation activities; process special recreation use permits including supervising events and performing compliance monitoring; coordinate the planning, operation, fee collection and maintenance of developed campgrounds and trailhead’s; OR two (2) years of graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

For GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lower grade (GS-09) in Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: experience applying the principles of the Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964 and Bureau Directives to inventory and evaluate wilderness study areas; applying laws, regulations, agency policy and procedures governing the recreation and wilderness programs; analyze and recommend changes in policy and/or precedent; independently determine and ensure appropriate management of complex wilderness resource issues with little to no oversight, resolve internal and external conflicts, and propose solutions to issues; OR PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of doctoral work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for the Outdoor Recreation Planning series.

Individual Occupational Requirements:

To qualify with Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

OR Experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes.

 

Community Program Coordinator

Montclair, CA, US

Job posted by Chino Basin Water Conservation District on November 21, 2016

We are seeking an energetic and detail-oriented program coordinator with experience planning community events and collaborating with stakeholders, knowledge of best practices in digital communication, and an eye for good design. The ideal candidate will also have a background in environmental studies and/or sustainable landscaping and at least two years of work experience in education, communications and/or event planning related to environmental, conservation, or resource education and outreach.

The successful candidate will possess an engaging communication style and creative and collaborative spirit that empowers individuals to make a water saving lifestyle the new norm for Southern California. A strong work ethic and proactive approach to achieving CBWCD’s goals and mission is a must.

It is desired that candidates have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas of communications, environmental science/studies, ecology, resource management, hydrology, horticulture, education, or directly related fields. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Job Duties:

Under the administrative direction of the Community Programs Manager, the Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and coordinating community events and leading the District’s public communications related to water conservation and sustainable landscaping both at the Water Conservation Campus and at sites across the region. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Planning and coordinating a spring Earth Day Festival and fall Landscape & Water Conservation Festival;

Creating engaging and timely content for monthly newsletters, social media channels, press releases, presentations, and print media;

Maintaining and updating the District’s website, lobby content, contact database, audio/visuals, and collateral materials;

Planning and coordinating community events, symposiums, and professional training workshops;

Conducting engaging lessons and presentations to audiences of all ages at schools and partner organizations related to water conservation and sustainable landscaping.

Related responsibilities include promoting landscaping best practices, conducting public outreach and education activities, supporting homeowner and professional landscaping classes, and general administrative tasks as needed.

 

 

Western Resource Advocates

(Sent to us by Prof. Parenteau)

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) has spent over 25 years protecting the land, air and water that Western communities rely on for a healthy, vibrant quality of life. We use law, science, and economics to craft and implement innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers, and Western Lands. Our Western Land’s program works to ensure the lands across our region continue to support thriving diverse species and our natural, cultural and outdoor heritage. In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges.

Position Summary

WRA is seeking a passionate Western Lands Director with deep knowledge of the region to build and lead our Western Lands Program and to work with a talented group of conservation professionals. This new, senior-level position, provides a unique opportunity to apply a background in Western lands policy to develop a focused and strategic advocacy operation capable of protecting priority landscapes throughout the Intermountain West. Reporting to WRA’s Vice President for Programs and Strategies, the Western Lands Director will collaborate with diverse partners to identify emerging threats and opportunities, develop policy solutions, and execute multi-faceted campaign plans. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated strategic thinker who is excited to embrace the challenges and opportunities inherent in a new venture.

Location: The position can be based in any Intermountain West state, but the location must have easy access to a major airport as significant travel will be required.

Job Responsibilities

Work with WRA’s Vice President for Programs & Strategies to develop an ambitious strategic plan that advances our Western lands vision;

Create strategies at both the state and federal level to protect western lands, critical habitat and access for sustainable outdoor recreational activities;

Build alliances with diverse partners to advance shared objectives;

Build our long-term relationships with influential decision-makers and government agencies in the region;

Collaborate with WRA’s General Counsel to identify and leverage legal strategies that secure conservation gains;

Work with WRA’s Communications Team to design and implement plans that influence key audiences and heighten organizational visibility;

Manage and mentor WRA’s Western Lands Policy Analyst;

Work with WRA’s President and Development Team to build and maintain relationships with philanthropic partners, draft grant proposals and complete reports to funders;

Develop and manage program budget; and

Update, engage and collaborate with WRA’s Board of Directors.

Job Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in related field required;

At least 7-years of experience working for federal or state land management agencies, elected officials, nonprofits and/or in the private sector;

A minimum of 2-years of experience managing staff and consultants in multiple locations and demonstrated experience building work plans to match ambitious strategic, organizational and campaign objectives;

Proven track record of securing measurable policy results by working with diverse stakeholders;

Experience developing and executing strategic plans and building advocacy programs from the ground up;

Strong understanding of current lands management trends and politics in the region, especially as they relate to energy development, outdoor recreation and water quality/quantity;

Fundraising or philanthropic experience preferred, and a commitment to actively work with our President and Development Team is required;

Intellectual curiosity; an innovative and entrepreneurial drive; comfort with change and ambiguity; and a strong bias toward action;

Experience managing multiple projects with deadline pressures;

Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and follow‐through;

Creativity, patience, drive and a sense of humor;

Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA;

Track record of working collaboratively; and

Willingness to travel: 30-40%.

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary based on relative experience. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance and paid vacation leave. Position is full-time exempt.

How to Apply:

Email the following in PDF Format to hiring@westernresources.org with “Western Lands Director” in the subject line, Compelling cover letter explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA; Resume; Salary requirements; and Three references. Please be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised.

Deadline to Apply: January 1, 2017

 

 

Independent Contractor Field Technician, Northern Rockies Office

Bozeman, MT, US

Job posted by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on November 22, 2016

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, and the support of more than 2.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others work out of offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing, China.

One important focus of NRDC’s Land and Wildlife Program is to conserve and protect native carnivore populations in the Northern Rockies region (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) and beyond. Carnivores, including wolves, bears, mountain lions, and coyotes, are often killed in the name of protecting livestock. By implementing non-lethal conflict-prevention measures, we work to create landscapes where people, livestock, and wildlife can coexist.

Position Summary:

NRDC plans to retain an independent contractor to serve as a Consultant to install electrified (“turbo”) fladry and other non-lethal measures on private ranch lands in the Northern Rockies to reduce conflicts between livestock and native predators (collectively, the “Services”). The Services will be needed from January 2017 through June 2017.

Responsibilities:

The Consultant will provide the Services in order to reduce or prevent depredations by wolves, grizzly bears, and other large carnivores on cattle and sheep. The Consultant will work both independently and with others, including NRDC staff, livestock producers, and state and federal wildlife agency officials.

The Consultant will preferably possess significant experience and expertise with the installation of fladry and other types of fencing, as well as scare devices such as Fox Lights and radio activated guard boxes. The Consultant will also ideally be proficient with the operation of all-terrain vehicles, including four-wheelers and snowmobiles, and equipment such as field cameras.

The Consultant must possess strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills. The Services will require interacting and working with a wide variety of people. It is imperative that the Consultant maintain respect and professionality with others at all times. The Consultant will also be required to provide weekly written reports regarding Services performed.

The Consultant will need to travel extensively, including overnight and multi-day trips. The Consultant will work primarily in Montana; however, travel to neighboring states and Canadian provinces may also be necessary. While notice of Services and trips will be given as much in advance as possible, the Consultant must also be prepared to accept or reject requests and travel and perform responsibilities for accepted Services on relatively short notice, sometimes with only two or three days’ advance notification. The Consultant may also be asked to work and travel in evenings and on weekends.

Qualifications:

The Consultant will ideally have:

Demonstrated experience and expertise in installing electric fencing, preferably including turbo fladry;

Experience in or knowledge about installing and using other non-lethal predator deterrent measures;

Familiarity with livestock production, USDA Wildlife Services, and related wildlife conservation issues;

The Consultant must have:

Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting;

An excellent driving record; and

Enthusiasm for NRDC’s mission.

Application Materials Required:

Cover letter

Resume

Three references

Applicants may also be asked to provide a copy of their driving record and proof of automobile insurance.

Deadline to apply is December 9, 2016.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate in retention of independent contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive compensation and a pleasant working environment. Compensation for the Consultant will be based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

 

General Services Administrator

Oakland, CA, US

Job posted by Sierra Club HQ – HRD on November 22, 2016

The Sierra Club seeks a driven and organized General Services Administrator to provide office services and building maintenance at the National Headquarters in Oakland, CA. In this role you will perform all mail room operations; evaluate, identify, and correct facility safety issues; and manage office supply inventories.This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in supporting an organization focused on achieving climate solutions and creating social impact!

 

To succeed in this role, you must be service oriented and work well with people, have knowledge of office equipment and building procedures, and lift 50+ lbs. Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Excel/Word/Powerpoint) is desired. Mail room and/or U.S. Postal Service experience with ability to research and comprehend postal regulations is important.

The Sierra Club offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage along with a retirement 401(k) savings plan, paid vacation, sick time and holidays. To apply, please click here: http://bit.ly/2gcUUNe

 

Program Manager

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Rachel’s Network on November 22, 2016

Rachel’s Network is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that harnesses the collective influence of women environmental funders and advocates. We seek an experienced Program Manager who will design and implement compelling meetings, retreats, events, teleconferences and webinars to keep our sophisticated network of nearly 100 members on the vanguard of the environmental movement, deepen connections with fellow advocates, and help grow and cultivate our community of women environmental funders. This essential member of our team also will be responsible for programming for our 501(c)(4) organization, Rachel’s Action Network.

ABOUT RACHEL’S NETWORK

Rachel’s Network is a dynamic community of women investors, foundation trustees, business owners, board directors, and respected community leaders who put their values into action. Named to honor the vision and audacity of Rachel Carson, our mission is to promote women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Design and implement a comprehensive program calendar for members.

Manage planning and logistics for all aspects of two intimate, members-only three-day meetings per year (attended by 35-50 people), our spring Annual Meeting and our Fall Retreat: plan and secure all event logistics, including venues, speakers, excursions, meals, and transportation; collaborate with members and staff on designing themes, agenda, speakers, and field visits; create and manage registration, invitations, and related communications for members on program plans and details.

Manage monthly teleconference and webinar series: select and secure expert speakers, engage members, write related communications.

Manage special events, regional meetings, and luncheons designed to support members’ engagement with experts, policy leaders, and fellow members.

Stay informed on issues relevant to environmental, political, and philanthropic communities.

Develop and implement an outreach program for prospective members.

With the President, develop and manage a cultivation program with a specific emphasis on outreach to prospective members including women funders, foundation trustees, community leaders, and philanthropists who are motivated to support environmental protection and women’s leadership.

Manage planning and logistics for cultivation programs and events to deepen relationships with our current portfolio of prospects.

Manage programming and member recruitment for Rachel’s Action Network, our sister 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to promoting pro-environment women in politics.

Manage planning and logistics for teleconferences, webinar series, lobbying, and events designed to support members’ engagement with elected officials, candidates, and policy leaders.

Recruit and retain members.

Prepare online content for news service and member communications.

Manage board calls, fundraising, and budget with the President.

Identify and promote endorsed candidates during election years.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in program development, event planning, and logistics.

Experience with planning and executing high-quality events for small membership organizations and with cultivating major donors preferred.

Experience negotiating contracts and deliverables from vendors; and managing projects from beginning to end on deadline and on budget.

Familiarity with environmental issues and organizations, women’s leadership, or philanthropy, and comfort interacting with experts in these fields.

Well-organized with outstanding time management skills.

Strong interpersonal skills, an outgoing personality, and an earnest interest in providing good “customer service” to a vocal membership of high net-worth funders committed to environmental philanthropy with a broad range of interests and perspectives.

Poise, diplomacy, and “grace under pressure,” especially in event scenarios.

Self-motivated and capable of working independently and collaboratively as a team member in a small, busy office, including taking part in general office administration, as needed.

A natural learner who enjoys reading and staying abreast of current news and issues, who can think creatively to develop interesting programs.

Bachelor’s degree.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Proficiency in MS Office Suite and web-based email vendors (like MailChimp);

Familiarity with database software like Salesforce, and design tools like Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a plus.

 

Program Manager

Cambridge, MA, US

Job posted by Green Cambridge, Inc. on November 22, 2016

Green Cambridge is a small, local, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on environmental advocacy and community engagement in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization has been working to “create a more sustainable Cambridge, and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all,” for well over a decade.

Run by a nine member Board of Directors, the organization’s activities are carried out by the Officers of the Corporation, namely the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Clerk, other members of the Board, and volunteer members. The President effectively fills the role of volunteer, unpaid Executive Director, although that role is not explicitly defined. The Program Manager position reports to the President of Green Cambridge.

As the challenge of climate change and human induced stress on the natural environment continues to grow, the board and members wish to hire a part-time or full time organizer to manage the ongoing activities of the organization. The organization carries out a wide range of activities, and hence this person will need to be versatile and adaptable to the many complexities and intricacies of working on local environmental and climate change issues.

An ideal outcome would be that the person hired as Program Manager grows into the role of Program Director and ultimately Executive Director over the course of several years, including assisting the organization in sustainably raising the necessary funds to establish those roles.

Specific Programs and Duties: Program Manager (PM)

The PM will work with the President to run, grow and intensify the programs described below, as well as perform other duties described below and as may arise as necessary to advance the mission of the organization. The PM will also make suggestions for improving existing programs and procedures, and propose new ones, as he or she become more established in this role. The PM is expected to take on more responsibility and operate more autonomously as he or she becomes more established in this role.

Development and Member Relations

The PM will work with the Board Committee on Development to increase the funds available to Green Cambridge. This includes outreach to previous donors, cultivating new donors, applying for grants, and reporting to the President on fundraising progress at least monthly.

Reporting

The PM will assist the Board with recordkeeping and other administrative activities in order to fulfill our duties to supervising government agencies. The Board will retain professional accountants and legal advisors to ensure compliance of our filings. The PM will work with such professionals as retained by the Board to assist them in their work.

Community Engagement

The PM, with help and guidance from the Board and President, will improve, advance and grow the organization’s relationship with the community of Cambridge and surrounding towns. The PM will also propose new initiatives to the President and the Board to grow the standing, awareness and influence of Green Cambridge in the community. Existing programs are described below. We expect that all of these programs will continue to grow and thrive.

Monthly Newsletter

Green Cambridge sends a monthly email newsletter to its members. Green Cambridge members enjoy the newsletter, which is informative, fun and actionable. The PM will assist in drafting the newsletter and growing the mailing list of recipients. The PM will send the monthly newsletter after review and approval of the content from the President. The PM will report monthly to the Board on mailing list membership and will demonstrate sustained growth of the membership list from month to month.

Website and Social Media Presence

Green Cambridge maintains an active website and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The PM will assist in periodically refreshing the website content, and will post updates to Facebook and Twitter to engage the public and advance our mission. The PM will make suggestions as to how to improve website and social media engagement. The PM will report monthly to the Board such statistics as website visits, social media engagement measures and other measures that indicate a growing online presence for Green Cambridge.

Community Calendar

Green Cambridge maintains an online Google Calendar listing events and activities in Cambridge that are relevant to the environment. Relevant topics include: green space preservation, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and energy sourcing, climate change preparedness, waste management, transportation, and construction practices. Specific events include: City council and other government meetings and hearings, Green Cambridge organized events and meetings and events and meetings organized by partner organizations. Events are not limited to Cambridge but most events on the calendar take place in or near Cambridge. The PM will add events to the calendar for public viewing, taking care not to overpopulate the calendar with too much information. The PM will judge which events are and which are not relevant, but will also take guidance from the President, Board and Members of Green Cambridge on which events to post. The PM will help promote calendars of partner organizations to help build strong connections between environmental organizations in and near Cambridge.

Monthly Meetings

Green Cambridge members and the Board of Directors meet jointly at least once a month. Additional ad-hoc and regular meetings may be scheduled from time to time to advance our work. Other monthly meetings currently include the Cambridge Trees Advisory Committee, the Board Finance Committee and the Green Cambridge Meetup.

The PM will attend all Green Cambridge meetings, will take careful notes at all meetings, will help prepare and distribute meeting agendas and minutes, and will otherwise help and facilitate at Green Cambridge meetings to ensure effective communication among attendees. The PM will report to the Board at least once a month on the ongoing activities of the organization, with help from the President.

Qualifications and Requirements

Applications should hold a bachelor’s degree or be close to completing one, preferably in the field of Environmental Studies or related field. Applicants should have excellent written and spoken communication skills, be flexible and versatile and able to work with diverse stakeholders and community members. Above all, applicants should have a passion for creating a healthy environment, for living in balance with nature in a highly urban environment, and stopping climate change. A background in environmental organizing is expected.

Logistics

The PM’s performance and compensation will be reviewed annually. At this time the organization is not able to offer healthcare benefits, but does offer paid vacation. The PM is able to set their own hours, not to exceed 40 hours/week without prior approval by the President. If approved, hours in excess of 40 hours per week would be paid as overtime, as required by law, unless the PM is exempt (not expected given the new salary rules). The PM will coordinate their activities on a weekly basis with the President via telephone, email, online messaging and in person meetings. The PM will be paid a starting wage of $15-$20/hour (or equivalent monthly salary), depending on level of experience.

The PM will agree with the President, in writing, on specific, measurable goals on a monthly basis for each 12 month period. Specific goals may include: amount of money raised, number of attendees at specific events, number of members added to our mailing list, number of additional Likes on Facebook, and other such goals as the President and the PM may agree to. The PM will demonstrate consistent achievement of agreed upon goals.

Green Cambridge has access to office space at the Old West Church in Boston. This space has been generously donated by the Climate Action Business Association (CABA), a coalition of small, local businesses fighting climate change based in Boston. The PM therefore has the opportunity to work in a collegial environment with others working on local, state, federal and international efforts to stop climate change and build resilience in our community.

Green Cambridge also rents office space at Plug Cambridge on Cambridge St. in East Cambridge. The PM is expected to work out of either office in Boston or Cambridge as dictated by the activity schedule, meetings and his or her own preference.

 

Field Canvass Staff and Outreach Director

Philadelphia, PA, US

Job posted by Clean Water Action – Philadelphia on November 22, 2016

Clean Water Action is seeking a Field Canvass Staff and Outreach Director for our Philadelphia, PA office. Clean Water Action is an organization working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For more than 40 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation’s most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

Responsibilities:

Recruitment: Build a team of highly trained canvassers. Work with recruitment team to develop and implement annual recruitment plan. Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.

Staff Management: Teach canvassing/fundraising skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders. Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.

Canvassing: Canvass in the field for two to four days per week to train new and experienced staff and meet personal fundraising requirements.

Administration: Carefully track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Qualifications: -Must have at least one year of canvassing experience.

-One to two years of management experience.

-Experience working for a non-profit.

-Must have strong communication and motivational skills.

-Desire for political change is essential.

-Strong work ethic and time management skills.

-Must be able to work within a team.

Training: Newly hired directors will typically spend four to six months doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, campaign communications, and hiring and supervising staff.

Campaign Manager

Portland, OR, US

Job posted by Renew Oregon on November 22, 2016

OVERVIEW

Renew Oregon is the campaign to ensure Oregon achieves its science-based climate goals. We are a clean energy advocacy coalition of businesses and workers, healthcare professionals and parents, farmers and ranchers, faith and community organizations, and individuals coming together to move our state away from polluting energy to a clean energy economy. We are working to create good-paying jobs for all Oregonians, protect air and water from pollution, and help families stay healthy. This is a multi-year effort to advance policy and significantly increase public support for addressing climate change. We can spur national action on clean energy and climate through state and regional policies that align environmental and economic objectives. States will be the drivers for climate action in the United States for the years to come.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

As Campaign Manager, you will be responsible for managing and implementing an ambitious plan to continue strengthening the climate movement in Oregon. This includes: setting the foundation for policy wins; utilizing research and strategy to develop next steps; building the biggest and broadest climate coalition to date; and building lists, engaging, and inspiring Oregon climate voters to action.

Supervise and motivate a team of dedicated and talented staff, vendors and consultants.

Play a leadership role in developing campaign strategy and ensuring the team meets ambitious field, communications and fundraising benchmarks.

Coordinate the work of several core partner organizations that contribute staff, money and capacity to a centralized campaign plan.

Manage and engage executive team for strategic input and direction.

Secure financial support from individual donors, grantmakers, businesses and organizations.

Track and report results as needed.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Experience managing successful advocacy, candidate, ballot measure and/or legislative campaigns.

Skilled at combining various tactics and managing the tempo of a campaign to keep the momentum building.

Proven ability to manage, inspire, and lead core campaign staff to achieve ambitious goals and deadlines while showing a commitment to staff professional development..

Record of building and managing positive relationships across diverse coalition groups, elected leaders, funders, and other key allies.

Experience planning and managing complex projects under deadlines.

Demonstrated experience identifying creative new ways to mobilize the public to have an impact.

Demonstrated commitment to inclusive grassroots movement building and a track record of connecting and working with grassroots activists.

 

Pisces Foundation Part time Office Assistant

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Pisces Foundation on November 22, 2016

At the Pisces Foundation, we believe that if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support innovators to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate and an environmentally literate society.

The Foundation seeks a part-time Office Assistant to work 19 hours per week. This position reports to the Water Program Director and will play an important role in a dynamic, growing philanthropy. The position will be located in the Foundation’s Washington D.C. office near Union Station.

Areas of responsibility:

Administrative tasks such as scheduling, greeting guests, making travel arrangements, maintaining calendars, preparing letters, memos, and maintaining and organizing paper and electronic filing systems

Answering phone calls and responding to requests for information

Office management tasks such as ordering supplies, requesting IT service and support, preparation of expense reports, proofreading, editing, and similar tasks

Troubleshoot minor computer, printer, smart phone, or other equipment issues; request IT service and support

Execute research and special projects as requested

Skills and experience:

Highly developed computer skills including full literacy in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and especially Outlook for scheduling purposes

Outstanding organizational, administrative and analytical skills, with excellent attention to detail

The ability to anticipate needs within areas of responsibility and proactively accomplish tasks

Strong writing and editing abilities

The ability to be a self-starter who assumes hands-on responsibility, is able to balance competing priorities and deadlines, and who demonstrates sound judgment and good problem solving skills

Comfort with and desire to work in a “start-up” environment, and possessing an enthusiastic and collaborative approach

Minimum two years’ experience working in a professional office environment

An interest in the Foundation’s mission and grants programs Compensation

We offer a competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

See http://www.piscesfoundation.org/ for more information on the Foundation.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.

 

November 18th 2016

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

 Career Tip of the Week

4 Ways to Improve Your Networking Conversations

BY LAWRESE BROWN

You hear it all the time, especially in today’s hustle and gig economy.

“Who you know matters,”

“You need to network.”

So you go to conferences, sign-up for events, and attend the workshop because you know that accomplishing your professional goals is likely to be difficult without someone else’s help.

You also know that showing up is only half of networking. Whether your goal is to land a new job, start a business, join a board, or find a mentor, you will also have to communicate your qualities, accomplishments, and skills in a way that stands out.

People want to work with others they like and know, and in-person meetings – even when brief – offer an opportunity to establish trust, shared values, and likeability in a way that’s difficult to translate via  application or e-mail. Simply stated, networking is the opportunity to go beyond communicating your value and begin connecting.

This article tackles four common mistakes that happen when networking and how you can address them.

 Mistake #1: You never change how you introduce yourself, no matter where you are and who you meet.

Being prepared is not about a perfect delivery, it’s about relevancy, and that means regurgitating your evergreen, routine, handy-dandy  “this is what I do” pitch won’t work. It’s human nature- even the most attentive conversationalists are listening for the “so what?,” which is an abbreviated form of  “so what does this mean for me?”

Be intentional. Answering “What do I want people to know about me?” is the meat of any good pitch, but adjusting that answer to include “how does this apply to the person I’m talking to?” is the real flavor. Doing a bit of extra research before you attend the event will further your understanding of the person and their interests. Ask open-ended questions such as “tell me about you” ( Or one of these other great examples from Vanessa Van Edwards). The more you know what they want, the more clear you are on how you can help them. Being intentional is like tailoring, it’s all about the right fit.

 Mistake #2: You still aren’t sure what you want.

Time is something we all are increasingly short of. As one of my mentors noted to me during my job hunt a couple years back, “Lawrese, when you’re asking for help from busy people, you become a bullet on a long list of things they have to do. Make it as easy as possible for them to cross you off their list.”

Of course, the best lessons are learned the hard way. He shared this at the end of a conversation where I spent 30 minutes talking about different positions I could be a fit for, without sharing any clear information about how he could help me. In other words,  I wasted his time.

The moral of this mistake: people want to help you, but they need to know how, so it’s up to you to get clear on what you want. Go beyond the basics. What kind of board are you looking to join? What kinds of skills are you looking to bring to your next role?  What kind of problems are you looking for a mentor to help you solve? There is no such thing as too specific.  Clarifying what you are seeking doesn’t eliminate opportunities you might be a fit for as much as it cuts through the clutter of opportunities that are a waste of both your time and the person you’re speaking with.

 Mistake #3: You didn’t learn enough about the person you were speaking to.

In an attempt to avoid awkward silence, it’s tempting to share as much information about ourselves as we can. The hope in sharing of course, is that people will find us interesting, but the irony is that the best way to engage another person is to encourage them to talk about themselves. That means you need to find a balance between sharing your story, and asking thoughtful questions that enable them to share parts of theirs.

In all forms of communicating and relationship-building, listening is where we gain the most leverage. As John Maxwell, one of the foremost leadership experts, says in his book “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”, connecting is about finding common ground. We build bridges when we pay attention to what others are sharing because we can relate their values, preferences, and experiences to our own.

We all want to be understood, so listen closely to their stories and don’t be afraid to say, “I experienced that too.” The more someone else shares, the more likely you are to make associations between them and you. Remember when you talk you’re sharing what you know, and when you listen you’re learning. As a rule of thumb, learn more than you share.

 Mistake #4: You follow-up once but don’t make contact again.

Networking  is about building and maintaining relationships, and relationships are not built in a day. Connecting is about liking people, but relationships are about trusting them. As Selena Soo, business and publicity coach says, “The fortune is in the follow-up.” That means stay in touch and up-to-date on what’s going on in their world.

The most fruitful relationships are built on the give and take. Even if they cannot help you now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t help them. Like so many things, in networking, connecting, and contributing – what you give is also what you get.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Federal Legislative Intern

(VLS has a contact here)

Washington, DC, US

Internship posted by Wildlife Conservation Society (DC Office) on October 28, 2016

Department: Public Affairs

Title: Federal Legislative Intern

Start Date: January 9, 2017

End Date: May 26, 2017

Number of Openings: 2-3

Location: Washington, DC

Hours: Commitment of 12 to 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring semester. This internship is designed to provide experience in legislative affairs and conservation policy. Interns will have the opportunity to experience how to shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, while learning about the legislative process first-hand. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on academic schedules.

This internship will provide a modest transit stipend along with academic credit, if applicable.

Objectives:

Help track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change.

Learn to identify potential WCS Congressional allies and policy priorities.

Research and analyze legislation and federal funding allocations related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, foreign policy and climate change.

Have the opportunity to attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill.

Gain exposure in developing and implementing engagement strategies.

The individual(s) that will gain the most from this experience:

Will be working towards earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, or natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

Will have a strong interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues.

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

 

Employment Opportunity Senior Environmental Policy Analyst (Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field or a law degree AND three (3) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field and one (1) year or more of related graduate coursework AND four (4) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering or an environmental or natural resources field AND five (5) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

Office Manager – Executive Assistant

Berkeley, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Progress on November 12, 2016

This is an exciting and fast-moving position for an intelligent, hard-working, and achievement-oriented person. She or he will report to the President of Environmental Progress (EP), manage events, oversee administrative work, and manage the Berkeley office. This job offers upward potential into managing a larger national and international operation as Operations Manager.

Qualities

Works hard

“Street smarts” and resilient problem-solver

Quick learner

“Do what it takes and get it done” attitude

Comfort with computer and technology — most of this work is on-line.

Able to efficiently manage multiple projects at once

Hours and Location

Full-time in Berkeley, California office.

May require domestic and international travel to Paris, London, Berlin, and Tokyo.

Job Responsibilities

Oversee event logistics

Oversee payroll, expenses and receipts

Manage calendar listings

Manage email and on-line petition system

Update web site

Learn and use Squarespace, Shutterstock, PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Slack

Welcome visitors to the store and office

Oversee travel logistics

Arrange audio and video conference calls

Oversee contractors and consultants

Salary $35 – $50,000/year, depending on experience. Benefits include health care and three weeks paid vacation/holiday.

Researcher – Writer

Berkeley, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Progress on November 12, 2016

This is an exciting position for someone who loves to write and do many different kinds of contemporary and historical research and investigations, particularly into energy and emissions data and the history of the environmental movment. This job offers significant upward potential into several different directions, including managing whole research areas, writing longer articles and books and editing.

Qualities

Works hard

Very intelligent and learns quickly

Fast reader capable of scanning large quantities of text

Fast writer capable of cranking out copy

Able to see big picture and small details

Familiar with the subject matter

“Do what it takes and get it done” attitude

Comfort with computer and technology — most of this work is on-line.

Enjoys and is able to efficiently manage multiple research projects at once.

Hours and Location

Full-time in Berkeley, California office.

May require domestic and international travel to Paris, London, Berlin, and Tokyo.

Responsibilities

Capable of doing thorough research into existing literatures

Search newspaper archives

Oversee literature reviews

Able to quickly summarize research findings

Pay and Salary

$35 – $70,000/year, depending on experience. Benefits include health care and three weeks paid vacation/holiday.

 

Director of Community Engagement

New York, NY, US

Job posted by New York Restoration Project on November 16, 2016

NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces.

Position Overview

NYRP’s Director of Community Engagement will engage neighborhood stakeholders, residents, NYRP community gardeners and partners to strengthen the impact of NYRP’s restoration work in community gardens and open spaces in underserved communities of NYC as guided by the objectives of NYRP’s strategic plan.

Principal Duties

  • Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative, assist the Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer with the planning and implementation of citywide engagement strategy to increase community stewardship and use of public open space in under-resourced neighborhoods;
  • Design and lead community engagement services, experiences and initiatives;
  • Expand dialogue with schools, NYCHA sites, and other community based organizations within the geographic proximity of NYRP sites to build capacity for garden care and programming;
  • Manage asset mapping, community surveys, and other ways for communicating with, and receiving feedback from, neighborhood residents to better understand community interests and identify resources within NYRP focus regions;
  • Supervise department staff, track stakeholders, coordinate field coverage and facilitate staff meetings;
  • Communicate interdepartmentally in support of fundraising, communication, and programmatic initiatives to successfully integrate community engagement practices;
  • Assist in the development and management of a departmental annual budget.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 or more years of community organizing or other related experience;
  • Proven relational, leadership and organizing skills;
  • Success at managing a wide array of tasks and projects and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Confident communicator, strong presentation skills both in person and in writing (fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred);
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends;
  • Valid New York State driver license (preferred).

 

Campaign Manager

Trenton, NJ, US

Job posted by New Jersey League of Conservation Voters on November 16, 2016

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV), is the leading political voice for the environment in the Garden State.

New Jersey LCV seeks a full-time Campaign Manager to oversee and implement the Green in ’17 Campaign, which seeks to elevate conservation issues in New Jersey’s 2017 Gubernatorial Race and ensure the environment is a defining issue in the election. This individual must be able to work independently as well as with a dynamic team and committed Board of Directors to maximize outcomes.

Responsibilities:

Manage the Green in ’17 Campaign

Develop and implement field campaign plans, maintain data, and analyze effectiveness of programs

Recruit, train and manage up to eight environmental field organizers

Work closely with the policy and communications staff to implement public education and organizing plans

Oversee all campaign activities and regularly submit status reports to Executive Director

Assist organizers in day to day organizing activities including volunteer recruitment, phone outreach, and in person education activities

Organize a Public Health and Environment Candidate Forum, including securing partners and a venue

Coordinate and recruit volunteers to engage in traditional communications efforts such as letters to the editor and opinion pieces

Ensure all campaign activities are conducted in a manner consistent with all State and Federal regulations

Assist development staff with grant review process

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Commitment to environmental conservation.

Demonstrated ability to manage staff, recruit volunteer activists, mobilize public support and lead campaigns

Working knowledge of Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Catalist

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Excellent personal organizational and time management skills.

Personable, dependable team player.

Paid staff position in at least two election cycles, including a minimum of one cycle in a midlevel or higher position such as a Field Director or Campaign Manager preferred.

Formal organizing training (New Organizing Institute, Green Corps, etc) preferred

Position Requirements: This is a full-time position based in either Trenton or Somerset. However, travel throughout New Jersey will be necessary, so a valid driver’s license and access to a car are required. This person must be able to maintain a flexible schedule as is common on campaigns.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

 

Events Associate

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by The Alliance to Save Energy on November 16, 2016

Team: Public Relations

Reports to: Manager, Public Relations

Founded in 1977 during the oil crisis, the Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking an Events Associate to support its Public Relations team. The Events Associate will support the planning and execution of major Alliance events, including the EE Global Forum and Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner, to enhance reputation, raise visibility, help secure prospective Associates and funders, and advance the Alliance’s mission. The position will report directly to the Public Relations Manager, and will work closely with members of the Public Relations, Stakeholder Engagement and Policy teams.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Energy Efficiency Global Forum

Assist with management of vendor contracts, including venue, catering, AV, and exposition services and collaborate with Finance team to process and track vendor payments.

Support management of the International Steering Committee meetings including agenda and slide creation, logistical arrangements and drafting of meeting minutes.

Manage plenary session logistics including maintenance of the speaker database, drafting and issuing speaker invitations, speaker confirmation, management and on-site logistics.

Manage Executive Dialogue speaker logistics including maintenance of the speaker database, drafting and issuing speaker invitations, speaker confirmation, follow-up, management, briefing, and on-site logistics.

Support Events & Marketing Associate by drafting email blasts, invitation copy, and website material as needed.

Conduct appropriate follow-up activities, including drafting and issuing thank you letters, updating attendee lists and collection and analysis of participant evaluation reports to incorporate for next year.

Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner

Manage complimentary invitation process, including creating invitee list, issuing e-mail invitations and reminders, tracking RSVPs in Salesforce, enforcing registration policies, and managing on-site registration.

Manage table seating process in Salesforce including interfacing with sponsors to determine requested and attending guests, maintaining spreadsheets, conducting table seating meeting, and managing on-site logistics.

Conduct appropriate follow-up activities, including drafting and issuing thank you letters, updating attendee lists and collection and analysis of participant evaluation reports.

Assist with management of vendor contracts, including venue, catering, lighting, and AV and collaborate with Finance team to process and track vendor payments.

Miscellaneous

Manage internal Alliance and industry event calendars.

Assist with additional event planning, including receptions, board meetings, etc. as required.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or related field.

Minimum 2 years of relevant work or internship experience.

Strong and efficient writing and editing abilities; AP writing style.

Proficiency in Salesforce preferred.

Ability to work on a number of projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Good interpersonal skills for interacting with vendors and Alliance staff.

Compensation:

Salary range is $40-45k, based on experience. The Alliance offers a generous benefits package and a comfortable work environment in downtown Washington, DC convenient to Metro.

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Policy Advocate

San Diego, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Health Coalition on November 17, 2016

Primary Responsibilities:

Organize and advocate for the development and implementation of land use, transportation, and community development policies that advance public and environmental health, equitable development, land use compatibility, affordable housing, climate and transportation justice, jobs and health;

Conduct issue research and policy advocacy activities regarding transportation, climate change, air pollution, and related environmental justice issues affecting low-income communities of color;

Understand government systems and laws, and effectively monitor and advocate with those entities;

Develop written analyses, position papers, and correspondence;

Conduct effective networking and ally development activities with individuals, groups, organizations, and governmental entities in the San Diego region;

Work with community organizing efforts to ensure coordination;

In collaboration with the EHC City Heights Community Organizer develop an empowered and effective City Heights Community Action Team composed of EHC community leaders;

Coordinate and facilitate an effective collaborative with City Heights Built Environment Team (BET);

Work with EHC team members to develop strategic plans for key projects and activities;

Participate in statewide environmental justice networks to secure state policy around air pollution reduction and transportation.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

3 to 5 years’ experience in grassroots organizing and/or policy work;

Demonstrated commitment to the principles of environmental justice;

Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Creative thinker who is familiar with and has applied the popular education model;

Excellent analytical ability;

Proficient with computer programs including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel;

Reliable transportation method;

Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends;

Ability to handle multiple tasks, work under pressure, and maintain attention to detail; and

Cultural competence is a must.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

Background in transportation, land use, climate and air pollution regulation, or other related fields;

Experience in research including data and policy analysis and GIS;

Bilingual (English/Spanish); and

Familiar with San Diego regulatory bodies and state and local government.

Salary Range: This is a full-time position which has a range of $42,900 – 53,600 per year; salary commensurate with experience

Benefits Include: Health, dental and vision insurance, 401k, LTC, generous vacation and wellness leave, professional development and other benefits

Target Start Date: Position open until filled

Forest Management & Chain of Custody Associate

New York, NY, US

Job posted by Rainforest Alliance on November 17, 2016

Location: Home Based – United States

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/about.

Position Summary: The Forest Management (FM) & Chain of Custody (CoC) Associate will coordinate and manage the execution of FM & CoC certification services for a subset of new and existing Rainforest Alliance clients in the region. S/he directly oversees all aspects of FM certification pre-assessment, assessments and audits including scheduling, project management, customer service, auditor management and quality control for assigned portfolio. S/he also is responsible for participating in audits as a lead auditor.

Responsibilities:  Under the guidance of the Senior Manager, manage the execution of FM & CoC auditing engagements throughout the region, including budgeting, service contracts, audit team identification, logistical planning, support to auditors, report review, coordinating peer reviews, and finalizing and approving reports;  Ensure efficiency, quality control and adherence to Rainforest Alliance technical and administration certification protocols for all jobs directly under his/her responsibilities;  Work closely with other Rainforest Alliance staff to ensure accuracy & consistency of standards interpretations;  Following his/her certification decision, the Associate is responsible for presenting decisions on conformance to the client’s staff. The Associate’s conformance decision can sometimes imply significant expenses by clients to resolve the issues identified;  Communicate with ENGOs, First Nations and other interested parties regarding assessment and audit status, explain Rainforest Alliance position on interpretations of the FSC standard and certification decisions;  Act as senior auditor and team leader on selected pre-assessments, assessments and audits projects;  Coordinate with other staff, provide customer service to current and potential Rainforest Alliance clients, including, but is not limited to, responding to inquiries relating to FM, providing information about certification, market linkages, guidance on certification process, marketing and other aspects related to auditing services;  Coordinate with consultants on agreements, scope of work, and monitor and approve resulting deliverables;  Provide strong expertise in FSC FM & CoC policies and protocols;  Cooperate with and support other Rainforest Alliance staff in the execution and coordination of FM & CoC client recruitment, assessments and audits and other projects including developing and implementing annual audit schedules to ensure timely and efficient completion of audits;  Provide monthly expense and progress reports to the Regional Manager;  Coordinate with and support other staff with regards to financial and audit progress reports and planning;  Promote and develop certification and verification services in the United States;  Give presentations and attend meetings, as needed, to promote Rainforest Alliance and FSC certification;  Support the development and launch of new products and services and assist in field testing;  Contribute to developing client recruitment strategies for regional market segments and key forest landowners/managers and forest products companies.  Provide input for policy development and technical improvements to the certification system; and  Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Forest Ecology or related field required; Master’s Degree a plus;  Minimum of 4 years of field experience in forestry, forest ecology or related areas;  Written and verbal fluency in English required;  Written and verbal fluency in French a plus;  Environmental management system auditor training experience preferred;  Knowledge of FSC certification and Rainforest Alliance a plus;  Strong computer skills (word processing, databases, spreadsheets) and presentation skills;  Strong organizational, multi-tasking skills and attention to detail;  Initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, dependability;  Strong verbal and written communication skills;  Strong customer service skills;  Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and  Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of the time. Field auditing may require exposure to difficult terrain and hot, dry or cold, inclement weather. Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package provided.

To apply: Please apply online at https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=15470791. Combine cover letter and resume as one single document and upload. The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Natural Resources Board Administrator

Job ID: 620374

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   36.980000

Posting Date:   11/16/2016

Pay Grade:      31

Position Number:   700018

Application Deadline: 12/11/2016

Department:   Natural Resources Board

This position, (Natural Resources Board Administrator, Job Opening # 620374), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashua@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is seeking a skilled administrator and communicator to fill the position of Executive Director (NRB Administrator) in our Montpelier office. This senior-level staff position involves managerial, administrative, and supervisory work overseeing the implementation of Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the five Act 250 District Offices, including recruitment, training, and supervision of the District Environmental Coordinators who administer Act 250 at the district level. Additional responsibilities include developing policy and guidance, accountability for the annual budget of the NRB, and serving as a liaison with the Vermont Legislature.

The Executive Director position requires a proven leader with extensive knowledge of Act 250 and land use principles. The direct supervision of the ten District Coordinators, whose authority is defined in statute, is a core responsibility which demands a significant portion of the Executive Director’s time.

This key leadership position assists with major policy formulation and goal setting for the organization and collaborates with state agencies and other stakeholders on legislative and policy initiatives. The Executive Director is also involved in the preparation and delivery of state-wide education and training for staff and appointed district commissioners and outreach to external partners and participants in the Act 250 process.

As the top ranking classified executive at the NRB, the ED is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency during transitions in state government administrations. The ED has an essential role in creating the collaboration within state government that exists outside of political changes.

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as permit applicants and parties to the Act 250 permit process. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of environmental laws, rules, regulations, and permit requirements in Vermont; public administration experience, and a working knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning. Supervisory experience and a considerable knowledge of budgetary principles and practices are also required. Experience with law, the courts, engineering, public relations, and technology are a plus.

The direct supervisor of the position is the Chair of the Natural Resources Board. The Chair, the Natural Resources Board, and members of the nine District Commissions are all appointed by the Governor.

General Job Description

Managerial, administrative, coordinating, and supervisory work for the Natural Resources Board involving Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use Control Law. Duties involve the direction of district office activities, management of the budget and district caseload, assistance with enforcement efforts, and direct involvement with selected difficult cases with major regional or statewide impacts. Supervision is exercised over District Coordinators and other staff. Incumbent acts as liaison to the Vermont Legislature on budget and policy issues. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Chair of the Natural Resources Board.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Masters’ degree or higher in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND three years at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND five years at or above a professional level in field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration, INCLUDING three years at or above a supervisory level.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

Should you submit an application for this job opening, you certify that all information entered is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and understand that the State of Vermont may verify information, and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of this application, and/or dismissal if employed with the State of Vermont.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Natural Resources Board Legal Technician

Job ID: 620376

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time:   Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   20.150000

Posting Date:   11/17/2016

Pay Grade: 21

Position Number:   700003

Application Deadline:  12/05/2016

Department: Natural Resources Board

General Information

This position, (Natural Resources Board Legal Technician, Job Opening # 620376), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashur@vermont.gov

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

The Natural Resources Board has an exciting opportunity for a Legal Technician to join our Montpelier office. This rewarding and challenging position supports the NRB in its mission to administer Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law, Act 250, by providing important administrative support to the legal, enforcement and executive staff.

The NRB seeks a highly organized individual with excellent computer skills and the ability to prioritize competing tasks in a fine-detail environment. If you have a strong work ethic and an appreciation for Vermont’s environment, this is the right the opportunity for you.

General Job Description

This position involves administrative, technical and coordination work for the Natural Resources Board (NRB). The NRB Legal Technician assists in administering Act 250 program functions to the legal/enforcement and executive teams in the Montpelier Central Office. Specific duties include administrative support for the NRB legal, enforcement and executive staff.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree.

OR

Associates degree AND two (2) years or more work in administrative support role.

OR

High School diploma AND six (6) years or more in administrative support.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Submission of Application

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

(Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SPECIALIST, GS-0028-9/11

INTERIOR, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Aberdeen, SD

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/9/2016 Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade

GS-0028-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

Who May Apply

INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

Control Number

456062700

Job Announcement Number

AB-17-22

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Great Plains Region, Deputy Regional Director (Trust Services),

Environmental, Safety and Cultural Resource Management, Aberdeen, SD

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

Duties

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Identifies federal actions under NEPA and advances standardized compliance efforts throughout the region.
  • Assists in the preparation and/or management of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs) for a wide variety of BIA actions.
  • Assists in the management of environmental projects and contracts as assigned, related to solid and hazardous waste, remediation of contaminated sites and general environmental compliance.
  • Reviews and responds to environmental documents, issues and requests submitted by tribes, private parties and other federal agencies.
  • Fulfills reporting and notice requirements, maintaining both internal files and an administrative records.
  • Manages projects and contracts as assigned, including tribal contracts under P. L. 93-638.
  • Assists in compliance orientation and/or detailed training for BIA and tribal staff.

Travel Required

OCCASIONAL TRAVEL MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND INSEPCTIONS OF PROJECT SITES.

Key Requirements

US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.

A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.

APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions and/or BIA Excepted Standards, GS-0028).

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); work involving personally writing NEPA documents; reviewing NEPA documents prepared by other agencies and parties; and managing contracts with private contractors for document preparation, and/or collaborating with tribal departments for the same; dealing with multiple permitting agencies at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels; synthesizing complex environmental information from a variety of sources for inclusion into documents readily understood by the public; conducting environmental training and presentations; understanding and incorporating management policies into completed documents. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); determining and preparing necessary environmental analysis; monitoring new construction and inspection production sites. providing assistance by researching environmental protection issues; or carrying out specified portions of environmental protection projects and identifying and recommending solutions to problems, assisting with site inspections, collecting data, reviewing documents, analyzing evidence; assist in development of contract specifications and scopes of work for environmental assessments ; conduct base line environmental surveys. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

Natural Resource Specialist

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

1 vacancy in the following location: Lander, WY

Work Schedule is Work Schedule is Full Time. – This is a permanent position.

Opened Thursday 11/17/2016 Closes Wednesday 11/23/2016

Salary Range $40,033.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade GS-0401-07/09

Promotion Potential 11

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

*Please note: This announcement may close prior to the closing date once 50 applicants have been received

Control Number

456752700

Job Announcement Number

WY-DEU-2017-0017

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

The Lander Field Office encompasses 6.6 million acres in central Wyoming. The Lander Field Office includes most of Fremont County, the southwest corner of Natrona Country, and small portions of Carbon, Sweetwater and Hot Springs counties. Of the 6.6 million acres, 2.5 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. The Lander Field Office also manages approximately 2.7 million acres of federal mineral estate and 2.5 million acres of Indian mineral estate. For information on the Lander Field Office, please go to: Lander Field Office

For information on the city of Lander, please go to: Lander, WY

Physical Demands: In addition to sedentary office work, this position may require walking or riding vehicles over rough terrain, bending crouching, reaching or lifting.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an office setting. However, field work may involve exposure to temperature extremes, inclement weather, and/or environmental conditions such as wildlife, chemical, or physical hazards.

Duties

You will be responsible for application of natural resource management and environmental science principles to the execution of a comprehensive surface protection and compliance program dealing with fluid minerals development in the Lander Field Office. You will be responsible for processing various types of oil and gas permit applications involving surface-disturbing activities, including; Notices of Staking (NOS), Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs), Plans of Development (PODs) and Sundry Notices, and authoring the appropriate environmental documentation as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Responsibilities will also include inspecting items including drill pad construction; access roads; production facilities and pipelines; water disposal facilities, abandoned well site rehabilitation, including evaluating soil conditions, vegetation establishment, and weed identification and treatment.

Travel Required

Occasional Travel

may be required.

U.S. Citizenship is required;

Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections;

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;

Direct Deposit required;

Background Investigation required.

Qualifications

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-05 for the GS-07 and GS-07 for the GS-09) of the position to be filled. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Examples: *To qualify at the GS-07 level applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement and have 1 year of specialized experience in natural resources or physical science work equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service OR have 1 year of related graduate level education, OR have Superior Academic Achievement, OR meet the Basic Education Requirement AND have a combination of specialized professional experience and first year graduate level education described above. Specialized experience for the GS-07 is defined as experience in natural resource management including such activities as energy development, reclamation, compliance, and preparing environmental analysis documents. The tasks performed at this level were routine and usually entailed readily identifiable phenomena and environmental conditions; and the work was closely controlled and assigned with clear, specific, and detailed instructions as to the methods, procedures, and guidelines to use. To qualify at the GS-9 level applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement AND have 1 year of specialized experience in natural resources or physical science work equivalent to GS-7 level in the Federal service; OR Meet the Basic Education Requirement and have 2 years of graduate education leading to a masters degree in natural resource management, physical science or a directly related field; OR Meet the Basic Education Requirement AND have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and related graduate education described above. Specialized experience for the GS-09 level is defined as experience processing oil and gas permit applications with review by higher level specialist; preparing analysis of environmental impacts of energy development; complete field compliance inspections and issue enforcement actions to correct compliance issues.

This position has a positive education requirement; you must submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts. You will be rated ineligible if you do not submit documents to determine whether you meet the basic educational requirements.

To qualify as a Natural Resource Specialist you are required to have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry; OR a combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

 

Outdoor Recreation Planner (Wilderness/Recreation)

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Agency Contact Information

1 vacancy – Winnemucca, NV

Work Schedule is Work Schedule is Full Time. – This is a permanent position.

Opened Monday 11/14/2016 Closes Monday 11/28/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade GS-0023-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

Control Number

455980300

Job Announcement Number

NV-DEU-2017-0025

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is located Winnemucca, NV. Information about the area can be found at the Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce website.

Physical Demands: The work requires physical exertion such as walking over rough or mountainous terrain, horseback and off-highway vehicle riding, recurring bending, crouching or stooping. Depending on the area and work priorities, the incumbent may be required to ride a mountain bike, raft, crawl around a cave, etc. During such occasions physical activity would be required using various forms of travel with exposure to mild, moderate or extreme terrain conditions.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasional travel may be required. The position may be required to visit field sites where risks may include exposure to inclement weather and potential injury from falls, strains, bites, stings, etc. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or designated by the Safety Officer.

Duties described below are at the full performance GS-11 grade level.

Oversee the planning and administration of a more complex recreation program to include: heritage tour resources, interpretive services, recreation special uses, National Conservation Areas, developed sites, and dispersed recreation.

Coordinate recreation program activities with other BLM District and Field Offices, as well as local governments, other Federal agencies, private organizations, and the general public.

Review, recommend, and implement changes to recreation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures. Analyze and evaluate services, projects, programs, and/or functions of one or more Outdoor Recreation Programs.

Provide recommendations to local management concerning current and multi-year recreation program(s) budget funding and priorities to ensure recreation priorities are met.

Identify training needs and promote and implement an integrated training program to teach basic and complex skills of Outdoor Recreation Planning.

Occasional Travel

Travel to field sites for work will occasionally be required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections.

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.

Direct deposit is required.

Background Investigation Required

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience and/or education requirement – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

For GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: conducting inventories and studies to determine recreation visitor use and site suitability; prepare recreation activity plans; work on environmental assessment projects related to recreation activities; process special recreation use permits including supervising events and performing compliance monitoring; coordinate the planning, operation, fee collection and maintenance of developed campgrounds and trailhead’s; OR two (2) years of graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

For GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lower grade (GS-09) in Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: experience applying the principles of the Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964 and Bureau Directives to inventory and evaluate wilderness study areas; applying laws, regulations, agency policy and procedures governing the recreation and wilderness programs; analyze and recommend changes in policy and/or precedent; independently determine and ensure appropriate management of complex wilderness resource issues with little to no oversight, resolve internal and external conflicts, and propose solutions to issues; OR PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of doctoral work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for the Outdoor Recreation Planning series.

Individual Occupational Requirements:

To qualify with Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

OR Experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes.

U.S. PIRG Fellow

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Work for Progress on November 18, 2016

U.S. PIRG FELLOW Who We’re Looking For Do you think the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms makes no sense? Is overturning Citizens United one of the most important things we can do to put regular Americans back in the driver’s seat of our democracy? Do we need to go above and beyond to protect consumers from unsafe or unscrupulous practices? If you agree — and if you’re willing to work harder than you’ll work at most jobs to win smart solutions on real problems that affect millions of lives — consider a job as a fellow with U.S. PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value organizing experience, including building campus groups. What You’ll Do This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders with U.S. PIRG. You won’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world — recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. Pay & Benefits The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. To learn more visit[[http:jobs.uspirg|jobs.uspirg]].org. Tackle real problems. Implement smart solutions. Get results. U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.