August 9th 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.

NEW!!- For current students seeking work-study positions, VLS has a new online job board where work-study positions around campus will be posted! Check out Melody DeFlorio’s email sent out on August 1st or stop by the Financial Aid office for more information. (Just an FYI, students must be eligible for work-study to access the site.)

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

3 Ways to Make Your Job Search More Proactive

BY      TOM DOWD

When looking for a new job, many of us have a tendency to jump right to thinking about which specific positions you we’re interested in. But perhaps, this time around, it’s the right moment to try something different. Here are three actionable tips for targeting your job search by developing a list of target organizations to serve as the foundation for your search.

Build your target list

Start by asking yourself this simple question: “Which organizations are doing the work that I want to be a part of?”

Build a list of approximately 10-15 organizations that are within your area of interest. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that these organizations aren’t only of interest to you, but that they also fit your other needs—geographic limitations, benefits, or religious or political affiliations—as well. For advice on how to build your list, check out the “What’s Your Target Employer List.”

Pro Tip: Think about asking family, friends, classmates, or colleagues to review your target employer list. You may end up with some good pointers, or even a warm lead.

Research and connect

After creating your target list, your goal should be to learn more about each organization and see if you can secure a conversation with at least one current employee at each.

Finding out things like team structure, organizational growth potential, and job titles can play a crucial role in assessing potential opportunities. In order to spend a fair amount of time on each name on your list, try focusing your efforts a different organization each day for a week, and give yourself a break over the weekend!

To connect with an organization, begin by examining how to secure a conversation with someone who works there. Who do you already know at the organization? What about friends of friends? Former colleagues? For email templates to help with this outreach, check out some of the networking section in the article “13 Helpful Email Templates to Use While Job Searching.”

As you try to connect with people from your list of target organizations, your goal is to get more information and advice, not to ask for a job. If you lead with an ask, people may be defensive or dismissive because they aren’t the hiring manager and the conversation feels disingenuous. Instead, focus on building a connection and learning as much as possible about the organization. The goal here is to learn, not to land a job (not yet, anyway).

Pro Tip: As part of your research, connect with organizations related to your region’s economic development such as an economic development corporation or chamber of commerce. These places have a finger on the pulse of the local job markets. This can be a great way to anticipate which employers may be hiring due to expected growth in the short or long term. Here is a link to find your local chamber of commerce and a resource to identify similar economic development organizations in your state.

Follow up and revise

Once you connect to people in your target organizations, it’s important that you stay in touch. You can do this by adding a reminder in your phone to check in with them every four to five months or send them articles relevant to what you’ve discussed thus far, or that cover topics related to their work.

An easy way to stay in touch is to simply update them on how you are doing and ask how their quarter is going. It is always nice to reach out when you aren’t asking for something. For tips on staying connected check out “7 Tips to Up Your Digital Networking Game.”

Pro Tip: Set up Google Alerts that include the names of your target organizations so that you get an email when they are in the news. This will help you stay in touch with relevant information.

While you may have a plan for your search, make sure that it’s flexible. As you research and connect with your target organizations, it is likely you will uncover more organizations you are interested in pursuing. You’ll need to revisit your plan and strategy often to revise as needed.

Not only will the tips above make your search more effective, they will also re-energize your search through conversations and connections. Share some of your best tips for making your job search more proactive in the comments.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Jobs with Congress

https://www.house.gov/content/jobs/members_and_committees.php

 

Friends of the Winooski

Executive Director

Location: Home-based position (subject to change in the future)

Reports to: Board of Directors

Hours: ~ 3/4 time with seasonal variability; potential for full time

To Apply: Please provide a cover letter and resume (as a single PDF) with compensation requirements to info@winooskiriver.org by August 15, 2017. We anticipate interviewing candidates in late August to early September with a start date no later than mid-October. Direct any questions to this email address. No phone calls, please.

Friends of the Winooski River Mission

The mission of the Friends of the Winooski River is to safeguard and enhance the natural resources of the Winooski River watershed in harmony with its human communities. We pursue this mission through monitoring, restoration, partnerships, education, and outreach.

Watershed Background:

At 1080 square miles, the Winooski River watershed is the largest watershed in the Lake Champlain Basin. The main stem stretches 90 miles from Coits Pond in Cabot to Lake Champlain. It includes 12% of Vermont’s land area and one in three Vermonters lives in the Winooski watershed. The Winooski is as diverse as it is large. It includes steep, wooded valleys, rich agricultural land, ski resorts and Vermont’s most urbanized areas along with many small towns and villages. The watershed faces many challenges. It is still recovering from the extensive deforestation that occurred in the 1800 and 1900s. It has also been greatly impact by population growth, particularly as homes are built further into the country side. The river valley has been a transportation corridor for centuries and now includes an interstate, railroad and other infrastructure. Climate change brings new challenges.

Executive Director Role:

Our projects and events span the length of this diverse watershed, from its headwaters in Cabot to the mouth of the Winooski in Burlington. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for our programs, projects, and events. In addition to the ED, the Friends employs a part time Program Director.

The ED will coordinate planning and execution of projects, programs and events, as well as public messaging and communications, with the Program Director and the Board of Directors. Projects include riparian restoration and stewardship, water quality monitoring, habitat improvement, stormwater runoff assessment and abatement, and public education on watershed protection. The ED oversees and coordinates our annual events which involve several hundred participants and volunteers including the Onion River Race, the Pedal and Paddle, and the River of Light. The ED is also responsible for basic administration of the organization, including office management, all forms of fundraising such as grant writing, membership campaign and businesses sponsorship, and drafting and reviewing funder and vendor contracts. All Friends’ programs and projects are done in partnership with a wide range of entities.

The ideal candidate will have non-profit experience, be familiar with watershed and riparian protection, be comfortable interacting with municipal, state and federal officials, and able to approach private landowners with project proposals. The ED must be comfortable with field work such as riparian plantings and water quality monitoring. Communications skills include advocating for the Friends’ mission and the organization, representing the Friends’ at various meetings, providing content and editing contributed content for the newsletter, and basic social media. As the majority of the Friends’ projects and funding is grant-based, experience with the grant writing and management is essential. A strong preference will be given to candidates that live in or will relocate into the watershed. Strong personal knowledge of the watershed is critical to long term success in the role.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

Identify, prioritize, and implement projects to restore and protect Winooski River watershed

  • Work with municipalities, other non-profits, State and Federal agencies and volunteers to implement projects.
  • Continue iterative planning, implementation and evaluation process as work is completed.
  • Identify and secure funding for projects
  • Work with municipal officials, boards, and staff to assist municipalities in improving their water resource protection policies and practices as well as implement projects.

Communications and Events

  • Write articles for newsletter and local newspapers.
  • Speak at other entities workshops and meetings
  • Coordinate publication of our e-newsletter(s).
  • Contact and network with affiliate organizations.
  • Organize Friends events – river based events as well as workshops and the annual dinner.
  • Maintain and develop the website and social media presence.
  • As needed, research issues and brief the Board and community
  • Develop and execute education programs.

Administration and organizational tasks

  • Implement and refine the fundraising plan to support current programs and new initiatives.
  • Identify, write, and oversee grants.
  • Work with the Board in expanding the active membership base.
  • Staff and maintain the office/phone/e-mail and answer correspondence.
  • Keep the financial records, pay bills, develop and manage budgets, file tax returns, manage payroll.
  • Work with accountant as needed.
  • Hire, monitor, and coordinate work of consultants and contractors.
  • Schedule and organize meetings, prepare agendas for Board and committees.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (MS preferred) in natural resources, environmental science, planning or related field
  • Project management experience including budget management and adherence to deadlines
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience required
  • Experience working with volunteers, environmental organizations, local, state and federal government entities, corporate executives and the occasional irate landowner
  • Computer literacy required; familiarity with GIS and web programs a plus.
  • Knowledge of watershed science and conservation is highly desirable.
  • Persistence and patience in identifying and developing projects and working with partners
  • Comfortable making decisions with less than complete knowledge
  • Knowledge of a shovel and how to use it will be necessary

Work Environment and Hours:

  • Home-based position
  • Field work in all seasons
  • Schools, public and governmental meetings
  • ~ ¾ time with seasonal variation; hours are flexible but must be available to partners, funders, staff and board
  • Evening meetings and occasional weekend work are part of this position

 

Interesting Company in California with several relevant jobs….

http://www.firstcarbonsolutions.com/about-us/careers/

 

Executive Director

Waltham Fields Community Farm

Waltham, Massachusetts

Our Mission:

Waltham Fields Community Farm promotes local agriculture and food access through our farming operations and education programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. We encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.

Waltham Fields Community Farm (incorporated as Community Farms Outreach, Inc.) is a nonprofit farming organization focusing on food access and education. We produce organically-grown vegetables on 15 acres of leased land in Waltham and Weston, with 20% of our harvests dedicated to low-income households. Our largest source of revenue generation and community engagement is a 500-share community supported agriculture (CSA) program. We also run a Learning Garden and educational programs for children and youth, train farmers, and welcome volunteers, who provide over 3,000 hours of assistance each year. Our annual budget is approximately $725,000, which is funded by CSA shares, educational program tuition, grants from public agencies and private foundations, and donations. We have 7 year-round staff members and 12+ seasonal staff. Since our founding in 1995, we have grown from a small volunteer-run effort into a mature organization serving a variety of critical community needs, including mentorship and resource-sharing for new farms and farmers in the region.

The Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for implementing the goals of Waltham Fields Community Farm as expressed in its mission and strategic plan. The ED works closely with the staff and the Board of Directors, as well as with partner agencies, supporters, and the community at large. The ED is responsible for financial management, including fundraising, drafting and implementing the annual budget, staff development, and overseeing the administrative activities of the organization. The ED supervises the staff and is the liaison between the Board of Directors and the staff. The ED works with the staff to create and follow through on all programming.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion and vision for community farming and farm-based education as an agent for social change
  • Leadership and strategic decision-making skills
  • A dynamic, flexible and creative approach to management
  • A record of fundraising success
  • Community outreach experience
  • Experience with non-profits
  • Budgeting/financial experience
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills

Salary: $55,000+ (commensurate with experience). Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, retirement contributions after two full years, and a summer and winter vegetable share annually.

To Apply: Please send resume and letter of interest to Meg Ramsdell, for the Board of Directors: megramsdell@gmail.com . Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the right candidate is found. Our preferred start date is September 1, 2017. http://www.communityfarms.org/

 

Economic Policy Internship, Fall 2017

Job Type

Research, Writing and Administrative

Compensation

Competitive, commensurate with experience and performance. Incumbent earns $20/hr, plus expenses

Schedule

Flexible; 20 hrs/week minimum

Description

  • Research and writing on a range for economic policy issues including fiscal/tax policy, Dodd-Frank Act defense, infrastructure development, and work/wage issues, 75 percent
  • Tech, communications, scheduling/administrative support, 25 percent
  • Ideally suited for a student/entrepreneurial self-starter
  • Pay is hourly

Clients/Partners

A range of participants in the national economic policy making process, including legislators, academics, public interest groups, and progressive organizations engaged in economic policy legislative and political projects.

Location

Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities

  • Research and writing about timely economic policy events
  • Some scheduling management and administrative tasks/light IT support.
  • Occasional Hill events and hearing coverage
  • Manage contents of and access to economic policy webpage

Requirements/qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and organize in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skulls
  • General familiarity with fiscal, financial, and economic policy issues

Start Date

September 5, 2017

To apply, send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to: danachasin@gmail.com

 

New England Grassroots Environment Fund Fellowships

The Grassroots Fund seeks a Fellow to support the “RootsSkills” training program. RootSkills gives volunteer community leaders an opportunity to hear from fellow organizers allowing them to hone their skills and be inspired by hearing about amazing projects that can help community leaders take their work to the next level. The RootSkills program endeavors to present the work of a broad range of partner organizations that highlight trends, best practices and solutions-oriented tools. The Fellow will primarily work remotely with twice per month meetings and work sessions in the Boston office and a weekly check-in with a member of the RootSkills team.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn about the philanthropy sector as well as lead monthly trainings and meet community organizers from across New England. In addition, the Grassroots Fund will provide a stipend of $3,000.00 per semester (equivalent to $15/hour).

Read more about the position https://grassrootsfund.org/about-us/fellowships.

Please submit your application (cover letter and resume) to: nakia@grassrootsfund.org

 

Wildlife Protection Manager

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Wildlife Protection Manager for its Wildlife department. This position is responsible for providing scientific, policy and campaign expertise to advance protections for native carnivores.

This position will be responsible for:

Providing scientific, policy and general support on wildlife protection issues for the assigned section and assisting in the development of the organization’s message, goals, strategy and materials relating to assigned wildlife protection campaign;

Working with HSUS departments and affiliates to enact state and federal legislation and regulations to enhance wildlife protections, and defeating proposed state and federal legislation and regulations that repeal or reduce existing wildlife protections;

Creating and managing strategic coalitions and relationships with other organizations, advocates, legislators, and agencies, and tracking legislative and regulatory activity;

Developing and managing the creation of campaign materials, including LTEs, op-eds, reports, fact sheets, toolkits, and online and social media content;

Conducting media interviews, giving speeches, engaging in public debates, and other public-facing spokesperson roles to advance wildlife protection public policies;

Collaborating with HSUS State and Regional Directors to develop strategies and tactics to advance wildlife protection priorities in their states;

Building public support for policy priorities through grassroots engagement and the media;

Monitoring and understanding opposition publications, positions, and tactics;

Attending regularly scheduled meetings, preparing assigned reports and other administrative duties.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a political science, social/natural science or related field, or equivalent work experience required, Master’s degree is a plus;

Minimum three years’ experience in public policy advocacy and campaign implementation, public policy research, or legislative affairs;

Strong written and oral communication skills;

Strong research, advocacy, reading, analytical, and critical thinking skills;

Working knowledge of wildlife protection issues and the state and federal wildlife management infrastructure;

Working knowledge of local, state, and federal policymaking structure and legislative processes;

Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Office, document organization, document and graphic creation and design, internet and online research tools;

Ability to exercise discretion, keeping in mind the confidential nature of some aspects of the work;

Maintain enthusiasm and strategic thinking to help drive priority issues and goals forward;

Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with demonstrated flexibility, and the ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities, while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables;

Must be able to travel

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD.

 

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status.

http://www.humanesociety.org/about/employment/jobs/wildlife-protection-manager.html?credit=web_id93480558

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES INTERN

(SEASONAL) (13.01 – 17.34/HOUR)ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT / SOUTHERN SERVICE CENTER / SAN DIEGO

The reporting location for this position is the Southern Service Center located in San Diego. This position will work under the direction of the Supervising Landscape Architect and may work up to 1,500 hours per calendar year.

This position offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment with experienced biologists and numerous other disciplines (e.g., archaeologists, historians, GIS specialists, civil engineers, architects, landscape architects, interpreters, and others). Duties include construction monitoring, environmental compliance, applying for regulatory permits, biological surveys, report writing, mapping using GIS equipment and ArcGIS, and other tasks. Fieldwork assignments may require regular travel within San Diego County up through San Luis Obispo County, and may include coastal, mountain, or desert environments.

The following is desirable: Abilitity to work a flexible schedule that may include early morning, daytime, evening, or night work. Ability to travel by foot over uneven terrain in both daylight and nighttime conditions, and work in extremes of heat and cold. Ability to work independently and in small teams. Ability to collect and record quality field data, and prepare written reports. Field experience with wildlife and/or plants, with a focus on the southern portion of California (from San Luis Obispo County south and east to the borders). Working knowledge of standard biological principles, processes, and procedures. Knowledge of environmental laws/regulations and permitting. Ability to review and understand construction plans and specifications. Knowledge of, and experience with, various software programs (e.g., MS Office, GIS, database management) and GPS equipment for data collection, or the ability to learn new technology quickly. Strong analytical and research skills.

This position requires a valid California Drivers License. Applicant must be able to travel out of town for overnight, week long, and multiple week projects (state vehicles, lodging, and per diem are available).

Priority consideration will be given to any person receiving State public assistance under the CalWORKS program. Applicants who receive State public assistance need to identify their status as a CalWORKS recipient in the comments area on the application. Applicants must submit a verification of their CalWORKS eligibility status, which may include the most recent Notice of Action showing TANF eligibility or a copy of your last aid check stub. If verification is not submitted with the application, the application will not be processed. (Applicants may obtain verification from the CalWORKS program).

 

Email application to Debbie.Waldecker@parks.ca.gov.  Mail or hand deliver completed and signed application to Debbie Waldecker at 2797 Truxtun Rd., San Diego, CA 92106.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 8/10/2017

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

Completed Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. A completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included, when submitting your application in hard copy.

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Parks & Recreation

Attn: Debbie Waldecker

2797 Truxtun Rd.

San Diego, CA 92106

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.

Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov

Hiring Unit Contact:

Debbie Waldecker

(619) 221-7073

debbie.waldecker@parks.ca.gov

 

Watershed Management Specialist (Drinking Water Treatment)

Spartanburg, SC, United States of America

Under general supervision, performs work activities related to permitting (except boats), buffer management, watershed outreach and related programs. Performs other related duties to include preparing related correspondence, maintaining data/data bases, analyzing trends in compliance, preparing information for classification, permitting and enforcement activities, participates in outreach programs as directed. Reports to the Watershed Management Coordinator.

Job Skills / Requirements

Ensures the protection of water quality of the system by administering the Buffer Management Plan and educating the public. Conducts all aspects of the land permitting programs (LAP, dock, shoreline stabilization, vegetation, etc.) Monitors/inspects the buffer and other sites to ensure compliance with the BMP, Policies and Procedures, regulations of SWS, local, State, and Federal laws as appropriate. Inspects activities within the buffer and on the reservoirs for adequacy, operation and… [more]

Education Requirements (All)

Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, or other related field

Additional Information / Benefits

Requires a bachelors degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering or an equivalent scientific area with a minimum of one to two years experience dealing with an Watershed Management program; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Motor Vehicle, Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check, Physical Exam

https://www.joblinkapply.com/Joblink/3341/Job/Index/252688/watershed-management-specialist?ShowBackButton=True&BackUrl=%252fJoblink%252f3341%252fSearch%252fAll

 

Northern Vermont Regional Field Manager

Posted by The Permanent Fund dba Let’s Grow Kids and Vermont Birth to Five

Full Time

PUBLISHED:08/02/2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE:08/18/2017

ADDRESS

19 Marble Avenue, Suite 4

Burlington, Vermont 05401

United States

DESCRIPTION

Role of the Regional Field Manager

This is an opportunity to join a timely and historic effort to create change on an issue that’s quickly rising to the forefront of public consciousness: early childhood. The Let’s Grow Kids team is a smart, energetic and fun group of people who are passionate about their work and fully committed to the campaign’s mission. Our workplace is located in the heart of Burlington’s South End Arts District and is an open and collaborative space. If you enjoy a fast-paced, team-based, dynamic work environment and a down-to-earth social atmosphere, this is the place for you.

Let’s Grow Kids is hiring a field manager to cover the northern region of Vermont, including Franklin, Grand Isle, Orleans and Essex Counties. Candidates from this region are encouraged to apply; there may be opportunity for some telecommuting.

The primary role of the field manager is to engage key stakeholders in local communities throughout Vermont in order to educate and mobilize community members in support of young children. Primary job duties will include identifying supporters, recruiting and training volunteers, planning and running events, developing leaders, supervising a part-time field organizer, and tracking supporter engagement within our database system. The field manager will join the campaign’s team that includes field, communications, policy and research, business outreach, the campaign director and deputy director, and an office manager. The field manager works under the supervision of the campaign’s co-field directors.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Identify supporters through campaign outreach activities that include tabling at existing community events such as county fairs, farmers’ markets, parades, wellness fairs, etc.
  • Conduct one-on-one or small group meetings with key stakeholders to identify and cultivate support.
  • Coordinate and support Let’s Grow Kids Action Teams.
  • Supervise and support a locally-based, part-time field organizer who works up to 10 hours per week.
  • Collaborate with our statewide partners in planning, creating and conducting public outreach events such as community forums, public speaking opportunities, door-to-door conversations, online activities, etc.
  • Support volunteers in their outreach activities by delivering materials, providing one-on-one or small group trainings, coordinating logistics, etc.
  • Identify and follow-up with potential volunteers about opportunities.
  • Train and cultivate supporters to be leaders through our Action Team network.
  • Recruit volunteers via phone and email to support priority campaign initiatives and activities, such as letter-to-the-editor campaigns, direct action events, volunteer at events or phone banking, etc.
  • Accurately track the engagement of supporters and volunteers in our database.
  • Work with other campaign staff on various projects.
  • Attend important regional events or meetings.
  • Meet quarterly and yearly field goals.
  • Provide weekly reports to the field director.

 

Position Qualifications:

  • High School diploma required, bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong attention to accuracy and detail a must.
  • Candidates must have excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication skills and be able to work directly with campaign staff and volunteers.
  • Candidate should be very self-motivated and able to work independently and take initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and manage work under tight deadlines.
  • Applicants must be proficient with basic software—Word, Outlook, Excel—and be able to learn new software and database management skills.
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel across the state.
  • Some nights and weekends required.
  • Experience with organizing either on a political, labor, or issue-based campaign preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

elizabeth@letsgrowkids.org

http://www.letsgrowkids.org/

Please submit resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Wareing at

elizabeth@letsgrowkids.org and include at least three references.

 

Communications Coordinator for Latin America, Environmental Issues

Posted by Burness

Full Time

PUBLISHED: 07/12/2017

ADDRESS

Bethesda

Maryland

United States

DESCRIPTION

Burness, rated by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post as one of the best places to work in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, is seeking a communications coordinator to join its global practice, supporting our Latin America and environment team on human rights and land rights issues of Indigenous Peoples and deforestation and environmental issues. We are looking for a creative, detail-oriented person who is passionate about communications and global development.

Burness is a public relations firm serving nonprofit organizations around the world. Since 1986, we have sought to empower people with information that can be used to improve the human condition and advance social change. We do so recognizing that caring for others starts with modeling our own caring environment—one where all employees are valued and respected for their particular talents and contributions, welcomed into the process of company decision-making, and supported in their personal and professional dreams.

Requirements:

Education, experience, technical skills and competencies:

BA/BS (Communications, International Relations or International Development preferred)

One year of work experience

Fluency in Spanish required

Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PPT, are necessary; experience with Outlook a plus)

Experience working in social justice or environment issues

International travel or living experience is a plus (in Latin America, Africa or Southeast Asia preferred)

Communications and/or event coordination experience is a plus

Knowledge of Mailchimp, social media advertising and basic HTML code is a plus

Personal attributes and competencies:

Self-motivated and thrives in a team environment

Highly organized and detail-oriented

Possesses desire to learn and excel in a high performance, fast-paced environment

Able to multi-task and meet deadlines in multiple time zones

Responsibilities:

Landscape tracking to see how an issue or organization is covered, in addition to fast-acting research on news stories, journalists and issues in the news related to the environment and Indigenous Peoples issues

Daily production of accurate notes from meetings under deadline

Writing short-form documents, including emails directed to journalists, and proposals

Finding the right journalists to cover our stories through solid media list research using phone calls, web searches, media databases and social media

Supporting team members in planning events and field visits in Latin America

Media monitoring to track coverage and social media pick-up of client work and writing and compiling reports on impact of press outreach efforts

Contacting journalists for media promotions through email, phone and twitter

Supporting team members in researching and fact-checking media outreach materials

Coordinating and conducting electronic distributions of press releases, media advisories and other written materials

Providing administrative support to the team as necessary. This includes scheduling meetings, researching travel, updating media data bases and processing travel expenses.

In the forestry-environment arena, we’ve helped to elevate the issue of deforestation and stopping deforestation as a key solution to climate change through the release of dozens of reports, organizing events at the major climate change meetings, and op-eds.

Burness offers excellent benefits, four weeks paid vacation, including tuition assistance for professional development and a friendly, collegial working environment. Salary range is 45K—55K. Send resumes and a cover letter (one-page each max) ASAP to jobs@burness.com. No phone calls please.

HOW TO APPLY

jobs@burness.com

Send resumes and a cover letter (one-page each max) ASAP to jobs@burness.com. No phone calls please.

BENEFITS

Burness offers excellent benefits, four weeks paid vacation, including tuition assistance for professional development and a friendly, collegial working environment. Salary range is 45K—55K.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Fluency in Spanish

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Entry level

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Administrative Assistant B

Job ID: 621812

Location: Montpelier

Temporary Part-time

Hourly Rate:

17.850000

Deadline: 08/06/2017

Department: Attorney General’s Office

This temporary position, Administrative Assistant B, (Job Opening # 621812), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kate Gallagher at kate.gallagher@vermont.gov.

This is a temporary position. Temporary work is typically for variable hours, and is not expected to be full-time. The State does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week.

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 Administrative Assistant B will perform work for the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office, working collaboratively with a team of attorneys, paralegals and other assistants. The Assistant will review and code documents for use in a complex securities and consumer fraud case. The preferred candidate will be able to gain a general understanding of the case and its legal elements and have the ability to code documents accurately and quickly.

General Job Description

Complex administrative work as an assistant to a department or division manager. Positions in this class differ from lower level administrative assistants in amount of authority and accountability for work performed, leeway for independent action and functioning for the position’s supervisor in that person’s absence. Assigned duties are generally of a more complex technical/professional level. Where clerical or secretarial duties exist, class incumbents generally have substantial supervisory duties. Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative superior, but with need for significant interaction with other division or department staff, and outside service providers.

To view the full job specification for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications.page.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree.

OR

Associate’s degree and one year providing administrative-level duties for a project, program, or operation;

OR

High school graduation or equivalent and two years performing administrative-level duties for a project, program, or operation.

Administrative duties are those beyond general clerical or secretarial, such as interpretation of laws, rules and regulations; data collection and analysis; managing support services; and implementing program policies and procedures.

 

Environmental Analyst IV AC: General

Job ID: 621761

Location: Montpelier

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Hourly Rate:23.040000

Position Number:660109

Deadline:08/17/2017

Department:

Environmental Conservation

This position, Environmental Analyst IV (Job Opening #621761), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Rodney Pingree at rodney.pingree@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 is in the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division. The specific job duties are education, outreach and technical assistance to enhance groundwater protection for existing municipal water systems and for potential future municipal water systems. Some specific duties would include evening meetings with town officials, water system operators, town and regional planners, assisting with revising town plans and zoning regulations to better protect the significant recharge areas of groundwater, evaluating contamination risks of current and future land use activities to the water supply and identifying the best ways to minimize risks associated with them, and assistance with developing Source Protection Plans that are more active in their protective efforts.

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 view the full job specification for this position, please view the DHR Job Specification page.

Preferred Qualifications

Proficient at:

Effective public speaking

Communicating technical information in layman’s terms

Understanding groundwater movement

Analyzing subsurface contaminant movement

Development of municipal planning or zoning

Understanding government regulations

Leveraging available resources to achieve goals

Development of Source Protection Plans

Preferred education:

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in geology or municipal planning

Preference will be given to individuals that have experience and are skilled in geologic interpretation, communication and municipal 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.

 

Natural Resources Board District Coordinator

Job ID: 621842

Location: Essex Jct

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 31.060000

Posting Date: 07/27/2017

Pay Grade: 28

Deadline: 08/13/2017

Natural Resources Board

This position, Natural Resources Board District Coordinator (Job Opening #621842), 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) Act 250 seeks a high-level thinker and absolute professional, with a track record of assimilating vast quantities of information with complete integrity. This is an Act 250 District Coordinator position. The average length of service of our Act 250 District Coordinators is twenty-five years.

We are a small, dedicated team of professionals, with a strong work ethic, who are committed to serving Vermonters through the laws of Act 250. We share the outcome for a better future by protecting the environment, and encouraging economic prosperity through smart growth development.

To work with us, you must be accountable in all actions, able to grasp complex concepts quickly, and possess superior communication skills. You are familiar with the responsibilities of the administration of law, especially in the areas of the environment, land use and development. To serve Vermont as an NRB Coordinator is to put a public face on Act 250. This requires a quiet confidence, consistency of judgment and a focus on being authentic across all interactions. This position supports a District Commission, and works in coordination with the priorities of the senior leadership team. District Coordinators may undertake shared work with colleagues and play a key role in implementing the long-range vision of Act 250. The position requires extensive work with the public, and a proven ability to work well in a diverse range of situations is essential.

 

The ideal candidate prepares detailed reports, understands engineering plans, and is completely computer literate. Public administration experience is desirable. Site visits are frequently required and may occur in all types of weather and in various terrains. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Natural Resources Board Executive Director. This position supports the Act 250 District 4 Commission and is located in Essex, Vermont.

General Job Description

Class Definition: Administrative, technical, advisory and coordinating work for a District Environmental Commission of the state Natural Resources Board (NRB) involving the granting and administering of land use permits under Act 250. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Natural Resources Board Executive Director.

 

To view the full job specification for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specification page.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in public administration, natural resources or related field and three (3) year’s work experience involving land use planning, environmental conservation, as a para-legal, or in permit administration and enforcement.

OR

Two (2) years of graduate coursework in public administration, law, natural resources or a related field and one (1) year of work experience, involving land use planning, environmental conservation, as a para-legal, or in permit administration and enforcement.

 

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.

 

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

Town of Waitsfield, VT’s Available Position

Employer Name: Town of Waitsfield, VT

Contact Person and Title: Heather Law, Municipal Research and Information Association Street

Phone Number: 802-262-1944

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

Website: http://www.waitsfieldvt.us/

Job Type: permanent

Position Title: Town Administrator, Waitsfield, Vermont

Opening for:

Masters

LLM

Recent Graduate

Admitted Attorney

Describe the Position: TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

The Town of Waitsfield is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and engaging individual for the position of Town Administrator. The Town Administrator assists the five-member selectboard with administering the town’s operating budget, supervising six employees, and overseeing all other aspects of personnel, finances, and public works.

Waitsfield (pop. 1,719) is a vibrant community located in the heart of the Mad River Valley, surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and ho

Requirements for The Position

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization:

Salary: 55,000

Deadline Date: 08/25/17

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

 

Assistant General Manager

Hedgerow Farms Inc.

Location: Winters, California

Website: http://www.hedgerowfarms.com

Position Overview: This position is responsible for working closely with other staff to ensure all activities and customer needs are handled efficiently, accurately and completed in a timely manner. We are looking for someone who excels in creating a positive customer relationship and is excited to be a part of a highly respected small business that serves a wide range of clients in the restoration, re-vegetation and landscape fields. The Assistant General Manager will be responsible for supporting all activities associated with the sales of our products.

About Hedgerow Farms, Inc.:

Hedgerow Farms, Inc. is a well-known and recognized seed production farm specializing in growing California native grasses and wildflowers. We are committed to providing high quality seed and have been at the forefront of providing regional and site-specific seeds to our customers. We work with a variety of clients including government agencies, non-profits, individual landowners, contractors and homeowners. We have over 400 acres under cultivation and have an inventory including over 100 species. We also provide small native transplants, native straw, contract growing of seed and transplants, and custom seed cleaning. The farm is a vertically integrated operation. Planting, harvesting, seed cleaning, seed storage, marketing, sales and delivery are all handled on the farm. We currently have 11 permanent employees including office and field staff.

Main responsibilities include:

-Assist Sales Manager with customer needs

-Communicate with a wide variety of customers including government agencies, contractors, non-profits, restoration contractors, researchers, landowners and homeowners.

-Answer phones, emails and faxes

-Assist with processing bid requests for seed mixes

-Assist with processing orders (paperwork, labels, shipping, etc.)

-Assure orders are correct and assisting clients when they pickup

-Track contract seed increase projects throughout production

-Keep key documents up to date/data entry

-Update and track changes in seed inventory, field maps, growing plan, and other documents

-Work with farm staff to keep track of information as seeds are planted, harvested, cleaned, tested and stored

-Process seed tests

-Send out seed samples, track testing status, input final seed test data into key documents

-Assist with marketing

-Promote Hedgerow Farms through via advertising, our website, social media, publication of fliers and articles

-Maintain and update customer information

-Draft and email newsletters

-Assist with holiday mailings

-Assist with coordinating tours and events at the farm

-Coordinate sponsoring and signing staff up for conferences and events

Qualifications:

We are looking for someone with a strong work ethic, experience and interested in habitat restoration and excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.

Required qualifications:

-Strong computer skills with working knowledge of Excel, Word, Power Point, and the ability to quickly learn new programs for marketing and management strategies

-Ability to multi-task in a busy work environment

-Strong writing and communication skills

-Ability to communicate with staff, clients, and other parties with a wide range of backgrounds, motivations and interests.

-College degree in a relevant field

-Experience in ecological restoration, botany, horticultural and/or agricultural practices

Preferred qualifications:

-Fluent in, or have working knowledge of, Spanish

Please send a cover letter and resume to Patrick Reynolds, General Manager, at preynolds@hedgerowfarms.com

 

 

July 12th 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

How to Talk to Famous Professors

By Robin Bernstein JULY 05, 2017

 

I once heard a famous scholar sigh, “I wish grad students would talk to me about baseball.” At conferences, she sincerely wants to connect with early-career academics, but they often refuse her friendly overtures and instead babble frantically about their research in an effort to impress her.

Anxious graduate students are sometimes so busy thinking about how a distinguished scholar might jump-start their careers that they neglect to consider how their approach might just send the senior scholar scurrying away.

Imagine you’re Aristotle, and you’re attending a philosophy conference. Normally, you walk down the street unrecognized (you’re not famous in the same way that Beyoncé is). But at a meeting of the field in which you are an acknowledged leader, others recognize and watch you everywhere you go: the hotel bar, the elevator, the bathroom. People you’ve never met already have strong opinions about you. Many find you intimidating. Some resent you. Untenured academics gaze at you hungrily, thinking that a recommendation from you could transform their careers.

The result: lots of awkward interactions. So if you’re Aristotle, you may prefer to hang out mainly with other famous philosophers. Perhaps you even cultivate an aura of unapproachability.

Many famous scholars do want to interact with up-and-coming academics, but no one wants to be stalked or slobbered over.

If you’re a nonfamous scholar who wants to talk with a famous one, pause and ask yourself, “Why do I want to do that?” If the honest answer is that you want the professor to boost your career, take a moment to reconsider. As I noted in my previous column, “Banish the Smarm,” selfishness is the opposite of true networking. Real, effective networking means forging human connections within scholarly communities. If you look at a famous scholar and all you see is a cartoonish golden ticket to your own success, then you are leading with your need, not your generosity. Of course she’ll pick up on that energy and run in the opposite direction.

Imagine, instead, that you are a grad student at a philosophy conference, and you suddenly find yourself sitting next to Aristotle. You might want to gush. You might try to impress him so much that he’ll stay in touch and someday write you a recommendation. You may even fantasize that he’ll pick you as his new protégé and guide you to academic stardom. Or you may feel scared, intimidated, or even angry, and want to snub him before he can snub you.

Resist all of those impulses.

Instead, say something simple and sincere: “Hi, I’m [full name]. I’m a doctoral student in philosophy at X University, and your work has helped me think about metaphysics.” Say that only if it’s true. If your work engages extensively with his, you can elaborate without getting effusive.

If, however, you’ve never cited Aristotle, you might say, “Hi, Professor Aristotle, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is [full name], and I’m a doctoral student in philosophy at X University.” That greeting acknowledges Aristotle’s status without being fulsome. It’s authentic and open-hearted.

Now the ball is in Aristotle’s court. He may brush you off. Maybe he’s a jerk. Maybe he was assailed five minutes earlier by some toady who kept pressuring him for favors. If he’s unfriendly to you, don’t take it personally. Let it go.

But what if Aristotle replies, “Nice to meet you,” and smiles? What’s next?

Well, he might take the lead and ask about your research, in which case you should speak briefly, neither yammering nor pressuring yourself to say something brilliant. Tell Aristotle a little about your evidence, your working hypotheses, the questions that most excite you. Conversation might just flow from there.

But in case that doesn’t happen, here’s a cheat sheet with five time-tested approaches.

Ask a fail-safe question. Here are two questions scholars ask each other over and over:

  • What are you working on right now?
  • What are you teaching this semester?

The first question is a basic unit of conversation in academe — a standard on par with “How are you?” It’s used so much because it’s a phenomenally effective way to get to know another scholar. And it’s a particularly good question to ask a famous professor because work in progress is by definition unpublished, so you can’t seem ignorant for not having read it.

The second question is also standard, and it prompts natural follow-up questions. If Aristotle says that he’s teaching “Philosophy 101,” you can ask about the structure and content of his syllabus, the writing assignments, or his experiences with his students.

These questions are easy and effective conversation-starters. Best of all, you’re likely to learn a lot from the answers. Aristotle needs fail-safe questions, too, so he may turn around and ask the same questions of you. They create opportunities for mutual generosity.

Geek out together. Scholars love to talk about our work, but many of us love even more to talk about how we work. We are entranced by methods for gathering data, storing it, managing it, and using it to produce knowledge. Conversations about process can get very spirited.

Here’s my No. 1 favorite question to ask humanists and qualitative social scientists: How do you read a book?

Just try that question and see what an avid conversation it sparks. Here are some others questions you can use as a follow-up or independently:

  • How do you take notes on a book? Do you have a method for marginalia versus other notes? How do you take notes differently for primary texts and secondary texts?
  • How do you organize and file your notes? How do you make them searchable or otherwise retrievable?

Also excellent are questions on writing:

  • Do you have a writing routine?
  • Who in our field do you think models good writing? Whose writing inspires you?

Ask those questions in a tone of “let’s all share” rather than “I demand that you mentor me right now.” You’re not asking because you need advice; you’re asking because you are sincerely curious about how other scholars work.

Discuss current events in academe. You and Aristotle share a disciplinary community, and you are both part of academe writ large. Those commonalities provide fodder for conversation:

  • What do you think about [recently published book that’s rocking your discipline]?
  • What’s your perspective on [current big debate in your field]?

Of course Aristotle may hesitate to share unguarded opinions with a stranger. For all he knows, you’re going to take his offhand remark and tweet it as his definitive judgment. The more famous the scholar, the more likely she or he has been burned in the past. You can lower the heat by asking Aristotle not to weigh in on a controversy, but instead to share his observations about his own campus. Try something like:

  • How is your institution dealing with [recent event]?
  • How have your students changed over the years?

Be ordinary. Human beings, including famous scholars, often enjoy discussing music, art, literature, TV, movies, theater, fashion, kids, pets, food, sports, travel, or politics. Consider asking:

  • What are you reading lately for pleasure?
  • Do you follow [local sports team]?
  • And the old standby: Where are you from originally?

Caveat: Don’t talk about general-interest subjects unless they genuinely interest you (don’t force yourself to talk about cats if you couldn’t care less about them). Common sense is important here: Don’t pick a petty fight about politics or tell Aristotle that his favorite TV show is garbage.

Talk about the conference. You and Aristotle have something in common: You were both drawn to the same event. You could ask what he thought of the keynote, or whether he’s heard any particularly interesting presentations. You could even ask mundane questions about his flight or about local restaurants.

Small talk might seem superficial. It’s not. As you and Aristotle chat about sandwiches, you create friendly energy that can support future conversation. Small talk acknowledges that you’re both here, now, as members of a community, participating in an event you both care about.

Saying goodbye. As you sense the conversation ending, you may feel tempted to ask the famous professor for something: an appointment for coffee and follow-up conversation, an opinion on your dissertation abstract, or an introduction to her equally famous colleague. Resist that urge, too. Ask for nothing. I repeat: Nothing.

However, if the famous scholar offers you an opportunity for follow-up, take it. If Aristotle says, “Next week, email me and remind me to send you information about such-and-such,” do it. If he says, “Let me know the next time you’re at my university,” don’t get shy and “forget.” And if Aristotle asks, “Would you send me a copy of your conference paper?,” the answer is yes!

Shake his hand. Say, “It was a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to the next time our paths cross.” And they will — because you are both members of a scholarly community. And now you’re connected.

Robin Bernstein a professor of African and African-American studies and chair of Studies in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Adult Nutrition Initiatives Specialist

Hunger Free Vermont is hiring a full-time Adult Nutrition Initiatives Specialist!

Be part of a dedicated and highly successful team working to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Provide integrated outreach and training for the programs that feed Vermont’s individuals, seniors, and families. Develop a strong understanding of essential programs that feed Vermonters, and work collaboratively with federal, state, and community partners to lower barriers to participation in 3SquaresVT, increase access, ensure sustainability, and counter stigma so that vulnerable Vermonters are connected to nutritious food for themselves and their families. Co-staff one of our 10 regional Hunger Councils. If you are someone with a passion for social justice who enjoys having a variety of projects, working with diverse groups in multiple communities, and taking independent initiative as part of a collaborative and supportive team, this may be the position for you!

 

Hunger Free Vermont’s mission is to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Hunger Free Vermont is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package emphasizing professional development, team learning, and a strong work-life balance. Full position description and application instructions available at www.hungerfreevt.org/employment.

HOW TO APPLY

frontoffice@hungerfreevt.org

http://www.hungerfreevt.org/employment

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Must be able to read, write, and communicate in English fluently.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Sports Manager

Special Olympics Vermont

DESCRIPTION

The Sports Manager plans and implements all aspects of Special Olympics Vermont’s year-round sports training and competition, including coaches’ education. This role is instrumental in ensuring that the program is consistent with the mission, goals and philosophy of Special Olympics. For the full job description and application information, please visit https://specialolympicsvermont.org/about-us/careers/

HOW TO APPLY

jgraham@vtso.org

https://specialolympicsvermont.org/about-us/careers/

Submit your resume and letter of interest to Justin Graham jgraham@vtso.org.

BENEFITS

Full benefits package offered for full time employees.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

English

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Place-Based Education Coordinator

Posted by Appalachian Mountain Club

DESCRIPTION

Location: Highland Center Bretton Woods, NH

Reports to: Manager, A Mountain Classroom

Summary Description: The Appalachian Mountain Club’s A Mountain Classroom program uses inspiring outdoor settings and experiential education to engage students and their teachers in ecology, earth science and leadership development and teambuilding. Each year A Mountain Classroom (AMCR) serves over 8,000 students across the Northeast. As a leader in the field of environmental education, AMCR programs create unparalleled educational experiences that complement classroom learning and other developmental student goals.

This multi-faceted position will manage and develop AMC’s educational outreach efforts in Coos County, New Hampshire’s most northern county. The position includes direct field instruction with youth, teachers and families (approx. 30%) as well as program administration and logistics (approx. 70%). This position is closely linked to grant funded program deliverables, which include approximately, 3,500 youth learning experiences in about 100 programs on a yearly basis. AMCR programming incorporates hands-on, place-based education into our partners’ curricula and other youth development objectives.

Primary Responsibilities:

– Manage Coos County’s yearly slate of approximately 100 educational programs with school staff and other youth-serving professionals.

– Work closely with school trip organizers to choose program components that meet their needs. Ensure instructional staff delivers quality programs to meet teachers’ expectations. Send confirmation letters, maintain teacher contacts and be available for occasional school presentations.

– Work with community partners to implement a coordinated slate of environmental education, youth development and recreation programs for Coos County youth ages K- to high school that meets grant specifications.

– Maintain and disseminate very detailed information about program operations to field educators, other AMC departments and for program record keeping.

– Oversee logistical details of the programs with other AMCR Coordinator and manager:

– Work with other AMC North Country operations to schedule and resource programs.

– Share responsibility for equipment inventory, acquisition and maintenance.

– Share responsibility for maintenance of adequate teaching supplies.

– Use existing AMCR curriculum to develop hands-on, inquiry-based lessons that meet federal and state learning standards and NH’s Environmental Literacy Plan.

– Responsible for the evaluation of individual programs and to work with other AMCR staff on more comprehensive, systematic program evaluation.

– Work within the surrounding communities to promote relationships between schools, youth organizations and others to increase resources for place-based, outdoor and science/environmental education within Coos County.

– Teach day and overnight educational programs to local youth in Coos County communities, at AMC sites and in the backcountry.

– Implement risk management guidelines and ensure consistency among programs.

– Collaborate with other AMC staff to plan and offer teacher professional development in environmental science topics that meet the NH and ME state learning standards.

– Assist with AMCR, AMC’s residential school program, staff training. Ensure education field personnel understand outreach programming goals and curricula.

– Assist NH education coworkers in the oversight of the program’s backcountry communications devices. Manage field evacuations and hospital visits.

– Teach single- and multi-day AMCR courses, especially in the winter season. Lead groups safely into the backcountry.

– Perform on-call duties for all AMCR programs on a rotating basis with coworkers throughout the year.

– Work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

– Actively contribute to and support the cohesive operation of all North Country facilities.

– Represent the AMC professionally to the general public, especially to local communities.

Qualifications and Experience:

– BA/BS required in environmental education, environmental studies, other science discipline or related field preferred or equivalent experience.

– Minimum of 2-3 years of experience teaching outdoor/environmental education for youth.

– Ability to promote staff development and teamwork. Cooperative approach to working with entire education staff and others in a large and diverse organization.

– Excellent organizational, written and oral presentation skills.

– Current Wilderness First Aid/Responder and CPR.

– Current/Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record. Ability to become DOT certified.

– Physical Requirements: Must be capable of safely traveling alone in the backcountry for long distances during all seasons and weather conditions. Must be able to carry 40+ pounds of equipment backpacking with ease. Work is also performed in a standard office setting.

Employee Perks: The AMC offers a great benefits package! Here is a partial list that highlights some benefits offered to our regular full-time employees. Benefits may vary based on position.

– Group health plan, 75 percent employer paid

– Group life insurance, 100 percent employer paid

– Long term disability insurance, 100 percent employer paid

– Retirement plan with matching contributions

– Paid vacation, 3-4 weeks accrued each year depending on the role

– Paid holidays, 13 per year

– Use of AMC facilities, free and discounted rates.

– Free AMC membership. AMC members receive AMC Outdoors magazine, a 20% discount on lodging, a 10% discount on retail goods and access to chapter events and activities.

Note that benefits may vary based on position and/or work schedule and are subject to change.

HOW TO APPLY

amchr@outdoors.org

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=amcadp&jobId=138093&lang=en_US&source=CC4

Please include your resume and a cover letter along with three (3) professional references when applying. You may also submit a writing sample and salary requirements. No phone calls, please.

The Appalachian Mountain Club has zero tolerance for child abuse or placing children in danger. The AMC requires all employees who work in a program or facility which serves children, disabled persons or the elderly to have a criminal background record check performed on their name annually with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The AMC encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Join us!

 

Communications and Development Coordinator

Green Mountain Farm-to-School

DESCRIPTION

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. We do this by building school gardens, delivering local food to schools and institutions, and educating the community about healthy food choices. For more information about GMFTS, please visit www.greenmountainfarmtoschool.org.

Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic, mission-driven professional with strong communications and organizational skills to support the growth of our organization. The communications and development coordinator will conduct outreach for GMFTS programs and services; help to craft and execute an organizational communications and marketing strategy; and assist with fundraising activities and other special projects. The communications and development coordinator will report to the executive director.

The communications and development coordinator will:

  • Develop and execute strategies to communicate about all of GMFTS programs and services to various audiences and the general public
  • Create and distribute the organization’s e-newsletters and develop regular press releases to promote the organization’s work
  • Manage and update GMFTS website and manage social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Develop and implement an annual marketing, communications, and assist with developing fundraising plan
  • Assist with organizational development by overseeing coordination and execution of fundraising events
  • Assist in drafting grant proposals, renewals, and reports; Research new funding opportunities
  • Assist in drafting and coordinating annual direct mail solicitation
  • Assist in soliciting donations and vendors for events and fundraisers
  • Draft gift acknowledgment letters and manage other correspondence with donors
  • Work with designer to create promotional materials for GMFTS and its programs
  • Create and implement marketing plan for GMFTS events
  • Maintain and update GMFTS donor database
  • Work with executive director to identify and cultivate community and business sponsors
  • Create or assist with other communications and development projects as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required,
  • Experience in marketing, public relations, or other communications management; experience in a nonprofit setting preferred
  • Experience with fundraising, event coordination, and nonprofit fund development work preferred
  • Strong writing and verbal communication abilities; knowledge of AP Style a plus
  • Strong computer skills; graphic design, web design, and/or desktop publishing experience helpful
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and interact effectively with donors, prospects, board members, and program beneficiaries
  • Self-motivated and self-directed with a willingness to be flexible, positive, and adaptable in a rapidly changing landscape with the possibility of unanticipated projects and demands

HOW TO APPLY

jobs@gmfts.org

http://www.gmfts.org

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@gmfts.org. No phone calls please.

GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

 

Environmental Community Organizer

Work for Progress

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER POSITION

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Toxics Action Center, a New England-wide non-profit public health and environmental organization, seeks a dynamic and hard-working community organizer who knows that it takes an engaged and active citizenry to make our democracy work, hold polluters accountable, and win real results for our health and the environment. Corporate polluters will go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for their messes, and government bureaucracies are slow to act. Building powerful local organizations and empowering communities to take action are critical for us to win against powerful special interests. Community organizers for Toxics Action Center organize with communities to tackle environmental threats, bring residents together to achieve proactive, positive change, and develop long-term leaders to broaden the environmental and social change movement.

Background:

At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. For the last 28 years, our mission has been to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats to build their capacity and power. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. Our work has helped groups win hundreds of local victories: we prevented radioactive waste dumps from being built across Massachusetts, won fights against incinerators and landfills and for zero waste across the region, won retirement of three coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts, and organized with citizens in South Portland to stop Exxon Mobil’s plans to bring tar sands into Maine.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Campaign development: You’ll identify the biggest local environmental threats, enter the threatened communities, and build relationships with key local leaders. You’ll work with local leaders to identify solutions to local environmental problems and develop creative strategies to win.
  • Community organizing training and leadership development: You will organize with 10-15 community groups each year, conducting group training consultations on campaign skills and running one-on-one coaching and leadership development sessions with community leaders.
  • Coordinate coalitions: You will work with the traditional environmental community, volunteer activists, and unlikely allies to build public support to influence decision-makers.
  • Communications: You will work to increase the organization’s media presence and name recognition through events, news releases, campaign materials, and online organizing.
  • Fundraising: You will identify and cultivate donors, assist with grant-writing, and participate in other grassroots fundraising tactics including door-to-door canvassing and planning other fundraising events.

Qualifications:

Candidates must be ambitious, have leadership experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, a track record of accomplishment, and an ability to work effectively with all different types of people. The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing and movement building. We value previous organizing experience.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience. Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

 

Location:

Community organizers can be based in Portland, ME and will report to the Deputy Director.

To Apply:

Apply online at http://toxicsaction.org/page/tac/apply. Direct your application to Sylvia Broude, Executive Director. We’ll review your application, and if we are if we are interested in discussing your candidacy further, we will be in touch with you shortly.

Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

HOW TO APPLY

http://toxicsaction.org/page/tac/community-organizer-position

 

BENEFITS

Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Events Coordinator

The Resolution Project, Inc.

DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Events Coordinator

Location: NY, NY

Start Date: Immediately

ABOUT THE RESOLUTION PROJECT

The Resolution Project (“Resolution”) is a unique pathway to action for aspiring young leaders committed to changing the world. Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students across the globe who wish to launch new social ventures supported by Resolution’s international network of resources. More than 300 Resolution Fellows, in more than 65 countries and on all six inhabited continents (including across the United States), are working in diverse, high-impact fields such as water, food, sustainable development, education, energy and the environment, equality and empowerment, health and wellness, and humanitarian relief. Supporting our Fellows are over 500 volunteers, a dedicated staff, and dozens of partners from both the public and private sectors.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Resolution Project runs two major fundraisers and several smaller fundraising, “friend-raising,” and thought leadership events each year. We are looking for an enthusiastic, tireless, detail-oriented team-player to work closely with our events team, comprising a volunteer Director of Events, event Team Leads, staff, and other organization leaders. The coordinator will support the execution of the Young Leaders Now Award Dinner, the Resolve Gala, and other events throughout the year.

– The Resolution Young Leaders Now (“YLN”) Award highlights extraordinary social entrepreneurs who started their work while still in college, like our Resolution Fellows. These leaders are beacons for current Resolution Fellows to aspire toward, and also a way for our community to celebrate successful young leaders together. The award presentation consists of a beautiful sit-down dinner at the Harvard Club of New York City, with a short award program and cocktail hour.

– The Resolve Gala is also held each year at the Harvard Club of New York City. We welcome more than 600 business and community leaders for an evening celebrating sustainability and the work of Resolution Fellows around the world. The event is responsible for raising more than $400,000 and includes an open bar, silent auction, series of interactive installations featuring the work of Resolution Fellows, and a live performance. Last year’s gala featured a private concert by a Grammy award-winning artist.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Assist in major aspects of coordination, execution, and follow-up of Resolution fundraisers:

Sponsorship Support

– Support identification and tracking of event sponsors

– Support sponsor management (i.e., collecting guest lists, securing approvals of logo placement, etc.)

Communications and Event Collateral

– Work with design team to review all print and digital materials

– Work with staff to issue digital and print Save the Date and invitations

– Prepare social media postings

– Draft postings to help recruit day-of event volunteers

Administration/Operations

– Support logistics related to event planning (i.e. reviewing contracts, managing ticketing website, helping with event check-in, etc.)

– Prepare and manage event supplies and assist with on-site setups/breakdowns; manage guest check-in for both events

– Work with creative team to help execute several on-site installations at the event(s) and a digital book that is distributed at the Resolve gala

– Help coordinate travel and accommodation for special event guests

– Attend weekly events meetings (Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm) and occasional weekend work sessions

– Take meeting notes

– Coordinate with staff to ensure all financial contributions are tracked and logged in Salesforce

Silent Auction

– Assist with planning the silent auction, contacting donors and securing contributions

– Manage silent auction logistics (i.e. tracking package elements, outlining redemption instructions, sourcing display materials, etc.)

– Assist with soliciting gift bag donors and securing contributions

Attendee Support – Tracking RSVPs and responding to inquiries

Vendor Management – Support outreach to new vendors (alcohol, gift bag, floral, technology rentals, etc.)

Post-Event Follow Up – Following events, assist with appropriate thank you messages and prompt follow-up for participants, sponsors, and donors

General Requirements:

– Interest and experience in event planning and execution

– Extremely organized with meticulous attention to detail and follow-up, and strong follow-through

– This individual will work out of Resolution’s small midtown office, but will be asked to work some evening and weekend hours. Attendance at weekly Wednesday meetings from 7:30pm – 9pm and availability all day on October 12<sup>th</sup> is mandatory. Weekend availability will likely be necessary in the weeks leading up to the events

– Self-starter – ability to work well alone and with others

– Team-player attitude. We are a small group with a ‘roll up your sleeves’ corporate culture, so we are looking for someone who is excited about lending a hand

– Adaptable and quick learner

– Proficient in Microsoft Office with high level of general computer competency. Knowledge of Salesforce, Eventbrite, and iContact a plus

– The ideal candidate is someone who has proven success in managing nonprofit events and working closely in small teams and with volunteers to achieve event goals.

TO APPLY

Send cover letter, resume, and salary history or minimum salary requirements to careers@resolutionproject.org. You must include “Events Coordinator” as the subject line of the email. No phone calls or faxes, please.

The Resolution Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs.

HOW TO APPLY

Send cover letter, resume, and salary history or minimum salary requirements to careers@resolutionproject.org. You must include “Events Coordinator” as the subject line of the email. No phone calls or faxes, please.

BENEFITS

Competitive benefits package.

 

 

New York Organizer

Food & Water Watch

DESCRIPTION

Food & Water Watch is a leading nonprofit running strategic campaigns to move America Off Fossil Fuels, ensure safe drinking water for all, and challenge the corporate control of our food, water and democracy. We utilize online and field organizing to build the people power we need to win real victories – including banning fracking in New York and Maryland, stopping the TPP in its tracks and banning the toxin arsenic from being used in chicken production. We are proud progressives who don’t accept any corporate or government funding so we can stand up for what we believe in without any conflicts of interest.

 

Based out of our Brooklyn office, this position works with Food & Water Watch staff, volunteers and allies to implement strategic campaigns that will protect New York’s water and food, stop dangerous oil drilling techniques, oppose unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure projects, promote the protection of our public water resources, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy.

As part of the New York program, the Organizer works to develop and implement legislative, field organizing, media strategies and campaigns in support of Food & Water Watch’s local, state, and national policy goals.

Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.

Specific Responsibilities

Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns.

Participate in membership recruitment and fund raising for Food & Water Watch.

Coordinate and develop coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.

Work with team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.

Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues and research products, and respond to information requests from activists, coalition members, and media.

Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues.

Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.

Develop and implement legislative, field organizing, online, and media strategies in support of these campaigns.

Coordinate events such as, but not limited to, panel discussions and film screenings.

Travel to target areas to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local governments.

Engage and train student leaders and supervise interns.

Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Education: College degree or equivalent experience required.

Experience: At least two years experience in advocacy on public policy issues, and/or grassroots/field organizing. Prior experience organizing in POC communities a plus.

Knowledge: Organizing, advocacy and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills. Knowledge of online activism and email list serves.

Capabilities: Ability to think creatively and quickly to respond to campaign developments and to take advantage of breaking news; demonstrated leadership capability; ability to work well with a wide variety of people and to coordinate diverse tasks; ability to present technical concepts to a mass audience; can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work. Work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. High level of independent judgment.

Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch. Long hours possible.

Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

Compensation

100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance.

Three weeks paid vacation to start and three personal days.

Food & Water Watch offices are closed for all federal holidays and an extra week at the end of December.

Paid sick days.

Family and medical leave.

403(b) retirement plan with annual employer contribution after the first year on staff.

Professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis.

HOW TO APPLY

Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply. Click here to submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references.

 

 

Program Manager

Posted by US Water Alliance

DESCRIPTION

About the US Water Alliance

Founded in 2008, the US Water Alliance advances policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. We are driving a one water movement—an approach to water stewardship that is innovative, inclusive, and integrated. As a national nonprofit organization, we:

Educate the nation about the true value of water and the need for investment. The US Water Alliance coordinates the Value of Water Campaign which builds public and political will for investment in sustainable water infrastructure and water resources.

Accelerate policies and programs that manage water resources to advance a better quality of life for all. We convene diverse interests to identify and advance practical, achievable solutions to our nation’s most pressing water challenges. We do this through national dialogues, knowledge building and peer exchange, the development of forward-looking and inclusive water policies and programs, public education, and coalition building.

Celebrate what works by showcasing examples of sustainable, innovative, and integrated water resource management solutions. We shine a light on those who engage in groundbreaking work through storytelling, cataloging and disseminating best practices, and spearheading special recognition programs such as the US Water Prize that focus attention on how One Water leaders are building stronger communities and a stronger America.

The US Water Alliance is a small and growing nonprofit organization with offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit our website at: www.uswateralliance.org

Position Overview

The Program Manager reports to the Deputy Director and collaborates closely with US Water Alliance members, partners, and staff. They will have primary responsibility for the following core areas of work for the organization:

Value of Water Campaign. The Program Manager will manage this unique coalition of organizations building public and political will for investment in water infrastructure and water resources. Responsibilities include developing external and internal Campaign materials; managing all aspects of projects such as Infrastructure Week and Imagine a Day Without Water national advocacy day; running day-to-day operations of the Campaign; setting agendas for and facilitating Campaign meetings; recruiting new Campaign partners; and supporting existing Campaign partners in engaging on signature activities. Please visit the Campaign website to learn more.

Special projects and strategic communications. The Program Manager will work closely with the CEO and Deputy Directors on managing special initiatives, coordinating and facilitating meetings, developing presentations and articles, and other public-facing materials.

We are seeking a candidate with experience in coalition building, communications, and policy development. Our ideal candidate would have a background in infrastructure, water, environmental policy, or related fields of interest. The Program Manager will be team-oriented, able to work under tight deadlines, flexible, and dedicated to the mission of the US Water Alliance. This position requires occasional travel to represent the US Water Alliance at various meetings and events.

Qualifications/Skills

Minimum of 5 years of experience in related field; BA degree

Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills with demonstrated experience in writing about complex topics for a variety of non-technical audiences

Experience in supporting and implementing innovative programs or policy initiatives

Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking

Passion for water, sustainability, and appreciation for the role of policy in being a force for positive change

Well-organized, able to work well under pressure and meet shifting deadlines

A team player, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, and strong interpersonal skills

Advanced degree preferred

To Apply

Salary is based upon the candidate’s experience and qualifications in line with the organization’s budget. Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

Please send resume and cover letter via email to: HR@uswateralliance.org. Please include “Program Manager Application” in the subject line of your email. The US Water Alliance is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.

HOW TO APPLY

HR@uswateralliance.org

BENEFITS

Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Environmental Impact Bonds Project Coordinator

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

DESCRIPTION

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks an Environmental Impact Bonds Project Coordinator to be based at its Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. This is a one-year term position, renewable for an additional year contingent upon funding. It will be located at CBF’s Merrill Center headquarters in Annapolis, MD. Travel within Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia is required.

THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary. With over 230,000 members, an annual operating budget of $26 million, a $55 million endowment, CBF’s 185 full time staff work in offices in Annapolis and Easton, MD; Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Washington, DC; and in 15 field education program locations across the Bay watershed

CBF’s headquarters – the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

Under federal/state municipal water pollution permits and other legal requirements, many public sector agencies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – including local governments and water/stormwater utilities – must substantially reduce pollution from stormwater runoff into nearby waters. To date, most attempts to undertake this remediation have employed standard, heavily-engineered “grey infrastructure” practices to hold and slowly release water. While these practices can reduce peak flows from storm events, they are costly, require long timeframes for implementation, and may not result in sufficient pollution reductions to meet new pollution reduction obligations.

“Green infrastructure,” which utilizes and mimics natural processes of ground infiltration and plant “uptake” to reduce run-off and pollutants, is generally less expensive and is now being deployed widely. However, green infrastructure is still considered by some to be “experimental” at scale in urban environments. Additionally, while green infrastructure is “less expensive,” it still requires up-front capital investment to implement, as well as funding for ongoing maintenance. To alleviate some of these expenses and address the perceived risk of using green infrastructure to meet regulatory obligations related to reducing polluted runoff, CBF and its contractual partner, Quantified Ventures (QV), will assist up to four municipalities/utilities in identifying, designing, structuring and obtaining access to private capital for public green infrastructure solutions. CBF and QV will structure these investments through a “pay for success” model called “environmental impact bonds” (EIBs). In this model, private capital is used to fund the projects, and public sector stakeholders will repay investors based on environmental outcomes achieved, thereby allowing the public sector to access new capital and to transfer project risk to private investors.

The Project Coordinator will help manage this grant-funded project. This individual will:

  • Assist with project planning, and project budget and task management;
  • Help conduct research for, and outreach to, municipalities including educating about EIBs;
  • Review proposals from municipalities;
  • Manage internal contracts and workload;
  • Work with other staff to perform regular grant reporting;
  • Provide coordination, communication, and meeting support among consultant(s), other contractor(s), municipal partners, and CBF;
  • Provide general project task support as needed;
  • Provide support and assistance to municipalities or utilities that become project partners who provide CBF with expertise, data, studies and plans, etc.;
  • Assist with the preparation of educational materials and the development of other reports and presentations, as needed; and
  • Serve as spokesperson on project as needed.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, management, engineering, or related field.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in project management in investment banking, conservation finance, stormwater management, or related local government project-level analyses and management. Master’s degree in similar fields as above may substitute for 1-2 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of/exposure to public finance and impact investing, public infrastructure implementation, and environmental management issues at the local government level.
  • Knowledge of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint (Total Maximum Daily Load and Watershed Implementation Plans) is helpful.
  • Proven problem-solving and analytic skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication capabilities.
  • Experience managing complex projects and workloads with multiple actors and objectives.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than July 21, 2017 to:

Human Resources/FY18-001-EIBPC

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

employment@cbf.org

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HOW TO APPLY

employment@cbf.org

http://www.cbf.org/

Human Resources/FY17-027-DMGHR

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

employment@cbf.org

BENEFITS

CBF offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Media Analyst

Environmental Defense Fund

Media Analyst

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, surprising partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

EDF’s Communications team is focused, well-organized, data-driven, and works toward clear objectives and metrics. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge and skills creatively to support EDF media outreach and recommend guiding strategies that are supported by your thoughtful qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Overall Function

In an effort to help EDF communicate more effectively with our key target audiences, the Media Analyst will work within EDF’s Analytics Team to track the effectiveness of our media outreach efforts; measure the impact and effectiveness of brand marketing communications on the sentiment of our target brand audiences; and monitor the overall impacts on our brand health.

The ideal candidate understands how to design, construct and provide analysis/reporting of marketing and communications campaigns for internal campaign directors, including monthly and quarterly updates, and ad hoc requests, leveraging web site data, social media channels, earned media, and paid advertising. We’re looking for someone to synthesize disparate datasets, interpret that data, and feel comfortable in telling a strategic narrative about what you are seeing in the data.

The candidate will need to be a creative problem solver with solid analytical and data manipulation abilities, and possess an aptitude for learning and strong attention to detail. This role will require solid knowledge of PR listening and reporting tools like Cision, Quid, Crimson Hexagon and others. Knowledge of statistical packages to analyze structured and unstructured datasets and experience using data visualization tools is a plus.

This position will have the opportunity to help shape this aspect of our digital analytics practice by evaluating and recommending platforms, processes, and data sources.

Key Responsibilities

Monitor, measure, and report on the effectiveness of traditional media outreach campaigns.

Monitor, measure, and report on monthly and quarterly earned media coverage and social media activity.

Perform analyses on disparate sets of data to extract actionable insights.

Communicate data-driven insights and recommendations to key stakeholders.

Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams of strategists, analysts, marketers, communicators, designers, and developers.

Combine data from multiple systems in order to get a 360-view of campaign and brand performance.

Document processes used to produce queries, reports, and routine analyses.

Manage standard weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting.

Qualifications

Strong analytical skills

Creative and logical thinker

Capable of tackling very loosely defined problems

Ability to abstract specific insights from large data-sets

Adept at SQL queries

Experience with PR listening tools such as Cision

Experience with Tableau or other data visualization tools

Experience with R or other statistical tools

Solid verbal and written communication skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ability to self-teach, quick learner of technology and data analysis techniques

Attention to detail a must

Location

This position will be located in Washington, DC.

We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better workplace as well as better outcomes in our environmental protection efforts. This is something we value deeply and we encourage everyone to come be a part of changing the world for the better.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

HOW TO APPLY

https://www.edf.org/jobs/media-analyst

 

 

Institutional Giving Coordinator

Environmental Defense Fund

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. The Development Team has been an integral part of the growth. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overall Function

The Institutional Giving (IG) Coordinator will be part of an aggressive and growing Development team. Reporting to the Senior Foundations Officer in the New York office, the Coordinator will also support the Senior Government Grants Officer, and be responsible for supporting the IG team’s efforts to cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of EDF’s leadership and principal donors. The Coordinator will be expected to employ the highest standards of a donor-centered approach to fundraising playing a key role in the solicitation and stewardship of EDF’s top donors. This position is a growth opportunity for someone interested in the Development profession and offers the opportunity to work with EDF’s senior fundraisers and program staff. EDF is committed to the success of its Development team and provides an outstanding opportunity to learn and grow.

Key Responsibilities

Work closely with the Senior Foundation Officer and Senior Government Grants Officer to engage top donors; develop deep familiarity with their portfolios and work plans to assist and learn.

Compose, edit, and proofread talking points for donor meetings, briefings, proposals, stewardship reports and other communications; coordinating with Institutional Giving writers and Donor Communications team, ensuring that donor documents meet the highest standards of writing and that the content reflects EDF’s priorities.

Assist in timely and accurate preparation for donor and prospect visits.

Liaise with program and finance staff on all reports and proposals due, including setting deadlines, providing them necessary materials, and managing the document process.

Assist with editing and preparation of proposals, reports, government forms and other documents; gather support materials and prepare documents for submission, including complex online submission platforms.

Produce individualized acknowledgements and other correspondence for donors, ensuring their accuracy and consistency with EDF’s style and messaging.

Analyze and develop various fundraising reports tracking goals, giving and fundraising activities.

Conduct initial research on donors and prospects and create a portfolio of information for strategy and planning process.

Participate in donor strategy sessions.

Respond to donor and staff inquires and other special projects, as assigned.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required.

A minimum of three years of relevant experience preferably in a fundraising, nonprofit or academic setting is preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compose, edit, and expertly proofread correspondence and other documents.

Strong strategic and analytical skills and the ability to convey complex ideas in writing, with a level of clarity and sophistication expected by our donors and prospects.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality while representing the organization and interfacing with all levels of staff at the national and affiliate offices, as well as with volunteers, donors, and outside vendors.

High ability to actively listen to colleagues, VP and donors to deftly navigate and manage relationships.

Demonstrated initiative and creativity; the ability to work independently as well as within a team.

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet research. Experience working with Salesforce, fundraising or relational databases strongly preferred.

Desire to learn institutional fundraising.

Commitment to the mission of Environmental Defense Fund.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HOW TO APPLY

 

https://www.edf.org/jobs/institutional-giving-coordinator-0

 

California Program Coordinator

American Coatings Association

PaintCare Coordinator for California

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017

Summary

PaintCare seeks a qualified candidate to assist with growing and maintaining the paint stewardship program in California. This position will be located in California and will coordinate with program staff and partners to plan and execute drop-off events in California, support California operations by monitoring the program hotline, and represent the program within the state and nationwide.

About PaintCare

PaintCare, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established by the American Coatings Association (ACA) to implement state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in each state that adopts a paint stewardship law. Funding for PaintCare is provided through a fee on new paint sales. Funding is used to establish drop-off sites where the public can take leftover paint for recycling, pay for the recycling of this paint, and provide public education and program administration. Oregon passed the first industry-supported paint stewardship law in 2009. California’s program has been operating since October 2012. Similar programs are being implemented in Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Please visit www.paintcare.org for more information.

 

Responsibilities

  • Plans and executes temporary drop-off events, in coordination with PaintCare staff and external partners. Provides event support at sites throughout California.
  • Meets and communicates with paint retail stores, municipal household hazardous waste (HHW) programs and other program stakeholders.
  • Assists with answering phone calls on the national PaintCare hotline.
  • Public outreach: distributes public information materials to drop-off sites upon request, including those retailers that are not drop-off sites, assist PaintCare with monitoring use and usability of materials by sites.
  • Recordkeeping: maintains computer database of drop-off site information, reviews partner websites for accuracy and changes, generates reports.
  • Assists California team with travel expense reconciliation and other administrative requests as needed.
  • Reports to West Coast Program Manager.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience with and/or knowledge of hazardous materials, hazardous waste management and programs, hazardous waste laws and regulations, HHW programs, state environmental agencies, hazardous materials/waste storage requirements, hazardous waste transportation and processing.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of retail operations, infrastructure and communications, including big box, chain, franchise, co-op, and independent stores.
  • Familiarity with paint products.
  • Familiarity and comfort with users of paint, particularly trade painters, contractors, paint retailers and property managers.
  • Experience with event planning, customer service, and/or public relations.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of product stewardship programs, laws and organizations.
  • Ability to work independently from home.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the state to support drop-off events, program site recruitment, training and outreach projects. Occasional travel to Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington D.C., and other locations in the US as needed, to assist with program implementation, trainings, conferences, and meetings.
  • Proficiency with computers and typical office software.
  • Valid state driver’s license.

 

Location and Travel

This position is located in California. Candidate should reside in proximity to a major California airport (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, Sacramento). The employee will work from home. Extensive travel throughout the state will be required to support drop-off events. Travel time will vary, may exceed 50% of the time and includes weekend travel to/from event sites.

Employment, Salary and Benefits

This is a full time, regular position. Salary depends on experience. PaintCare, through the ACA, provides generous benefits [401(k), vacation days, medical, dental, and life insurance] and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Contact Information

To apply for this position, please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements in one document to jobs@paintcare.org . Please indicate “CA Coordinator – PaintCare” in the email subject line.

 

 

Community Conservation Associate

Potomac Conservancy

Would you rather be on the trail than at a desk? Do you love talking to people about your passion for the outdoors? Is empowering local residents to make a difference your thing? Potomac Conservancy is seeking an energetic and creative self-starter on a mission for clean water for all communities in our area.

As the Community Conservation Associate, you will help communities get their Hands Dirty and Feet Wet for clean water through the management of our popular and highly successful volunteer stewardship and recreation programs along the Potomac River. You will also help create new programming, especially paddling events, with an eye to engaging communities of color. Funding for this exciting new position is guaranteed for the next two years through a partnership with the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Office, with a desire to make this position permanent.

Founded in 1993, Potomac Conservancy is a vibrant and growing environmental organization. We are the region’s leading clean water advocate, shaping the broader effort to ensure the Potomac River boasts clean drinking water, healthy lands, and connected communities. You will be joining a small but mighty team who work every day to fight for clean water through building a local movement of impassioned river advocates. Join Team Potomac and make a difference in your community!

Position Requirements

  • Recruit volunteers and participants to our Potomac Stewards, Growing Native, and Paddling events
  • Develop volunteer and recreation participant retention strategy
  • Maintain existing partnerships with NGOs, and federal and local government agencies, and develop new partnerships to expand our current suite of programming
  •    Manage participant records in EveryAction, our constituent record management system
  • Scout new locations for volunteer events that reach target audiences
  • Develop a suite of offerings with key partners designed to provide communities of color outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Provide onsite event management
  • Write and manage grants for Community Conservation programming
  • Assist with the management of corporate sponsorships
  • Assist with strategic planning for Community Conservation expansion

Qualifications

  • Interest in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work is a must, experience preferred
  • Self-motivated and able to work well in a team
  • Comfortable speaking in front of a crowd as well as one-on-one
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Creative problem solving abilities
  • Event management experience preferred
  • Interest in the outdoors and outdoor recreation is a must
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing deadlines
  • A college degree in a related field or two years relevant experience
  • A valid driver’s license required; access to a personal vehicle preferred

Location, Schedule, and Travel: This position will work out of Potomac Conservancy’s headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, and reports to the Director of Community Conservation. During the busy season in the fall and spring, the schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday, with more flexibility in the off months. Travel around the DC Metro area is required. Access to personal transportation preferred.

Desired Start Date: October 2, 2017

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, hourly position (40 hours per week) with an annual compensation of $34,000 – $37,000 per year. Funding for this position is guaranteed for two year, with the desire to make this a permanent position. In addition to staff outings, benefits include medical and dental coverage; 18 days paid time off and 10 holidays per year; working with bright, fun coworkers; and interacting with an engaged board of directors.

How to Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to resume@potomac.org with Community Conservation Associate in the subject line by August 8, 2017. Any follow-up on your application may be done via email. No phone calls please.

Potomac Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

resume@potomac.org

http://potomac.org

 

Please send a resume and cover letter to resume@potomac.org with Community Conservation Associate in the subject line by August 8, 2017. Any follow-up on your application may be done via email. No phone calls please.

 

Director of Events and Business Operations

Williston VT

The Snelling Center is looking for a new Director of Events and Business Operations

This position is the glue holding all parts of the Snelling Center together.

We are searching for an individual for our office in Williston to:

  1. Plan logistics and coordinate approximately 45 program days a year for our various leadership programs. The individual should be prepared to spend those days at locations around Vermont providing logistical support to the program Directors.
  2.    Help manage the class selection and interview process for our programs
  3. Manage our office, including QuickBooks, and all banking and financial transactions
  4. Provide support to the President and interface with the Board of Directors

If you know someone who you think would enjoy representing the Snelling Center and performing these duties, please ask them to contact Mark Snelling at mark@snellingcenter.org

 

 

 

Climate Policy Analyst,

NewClimate Institute

Organization: NewClimate InstitutePosition: Climate Policy AnalystDuty Station: Cologne or Berlin, GermanyDeadline for Application: 30 July 2017

Experience Requirements: Minimum of five years of experience in the area of climate change mitigation and energy systems analysis.ContactName: Eva MoserEmail: recruitment@newclimate.org LinksJob Announcement: https://newclimate.org/about-newclimate/careers/job-position-policy-analyst-r-1704/ Organization’s Website: http://newclimate.org

 

Project Manager

Resilient Manufacturing Communities (Water Resiliency), ISC

Job Vacancy

Organization: Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)Position: Project Manager, Resilient Manufacturing Communities (Water Resiliency)Duty Station: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, or Madhya Pradesh, India

Deadline for Application: 15 July 2017

Experience Requirements: Advanced degree in engineering, economics, business administration, industrial planning, environmental management, water management, community development or other related degree, and five or more years of relevant experience working with or for community-based nonprofit organizations and/or collaboration with local urban bodies and management of factory-level engagements. Contact Name: Stacey Sheehan Email: jobs@iscvt.org Links Job Announcement: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/2824 Organization’s Website: http://www.iscvt.org

April 28th 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

How to Network When You Are an Introvert

 

https://jobs.washingtonpost.com/article/how-to-network-when-you-are-an-introvert/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Jobs%20April%2011%20Newsletter&utm_term=jobs

In social situations or large gatherings do you evade talking to people, avoid eye contact or tend to text people just to look busy? Would you rather go to the dentist than attend a work-related networking event? If you’re an introvert, you can probably relate.

Small talk in networking environments is tough for anyone, but extroverts, energized by being around people, tend to flourish more than introverts in these situations. For the introvert, who often needs some solitude and time to digest, networking doesn’t always come across looking so effortless. And it doesn’t help that there are sometimes social stigmas or misconceptions attached to being introverted which aren’t necessarily true.

 

Yet, some statistics suggest one-third to one-half of us are introverts. That being the case, when faced with a networking situation, you are probably far from alone.

 

5 Networking Tips for Introverts

  1. Look for smaller settings

If networking is too intimidating, see if you can avoid the big shindigs. Start small by looking for more intimate networking events or ones in settings you’d feel more comfortable dipping your toe into the waters. You can even start online on social media just to practice asking questions and/or simply get the hang of reaching out to meet new people.

2. Bring someone with you

Ask a colleague or other person you know to come along with you to events that seem too intimidating. He or she may even make the first move to meet new connections, allowing you to get an introduction and a chance to ease in on the conversation. Plus, having a person you know come along will give you someone to talk to or sit with during any awkward times.

 

  1. Make the first move

As an introvert, it’s often hard to make the first move. If you see someone sitting alone, chances are he or she is probably feeling a lot like you are at the moment. Approach the person and start a conversation. It’ll be easier to talk to someone one-on-one and is an appealing alternative to an attempt to jump in on the ever-intimidating group discussions.

4. Let your personal qualities drive you

Remember, being an introvert is not a bad thing! There are many wonderful qualities introverts possess that can be really helpful on the networking circuit.

Introverts are often:

Good listeners and are interested in others

Observant of their surroundings

Don’t need to be in the limelight

Are reflective and less likely to make social gaffes

Work well in close relationships

However, sometimes introverts can appear aloof to people who don’t know them. Be careful, you don’t want to inadvertently come off looking as if you have a superiority complex or are antisocial. Instead, lean on the above qualities that will make you shine.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

When you do strike up a conversation with someone, try to ask general questions to show interest in who a person is and what he or she does. Memorize a list of standard questions to use as conversation starters and ask them! The easy part comes next because all you have to do is sit back and listen. Be prepared though, chances are you’ll be asked questions too. Consider what you want to share about yourself ahead of time so you don’t get stuck in an awkward moment. Introverts often find it hard to talk about themselves and their achievements, but this gets easier as you get the hang of it. In time you’ll expand your contacts and, before you know it, you’ll likely be familiar with the people at the networking events you attend.

 

Networking is one of those necessary situations we must all engage in. But it’s not helpful to your career or to your organization to be the designated wallflower at these events. By stretching out of your comfort zone—even just a little bit at a time—networking will start to become much easier.

Published: Feb 24, 2017

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Policy Analyst (R-R1703)

Period: Starting as soon as available. Full time – 40 hours per week.

Location: Cologne

The position

NewClimate Institute seeks an experienced policy analyst to strengthen the team in the area of climate & development, sustainable energy and international climate finance. NewClimate Institute is a think tank which started operations in November 2014. We are a team of researchers and policy advisors with long experience in supporting the international climate negotiations and associated national and international processes. Through our policy oriented research and capacity building we help international organisations, national governments, NGOs and other actors to find and implement solutions to the global climate change challenge. Your work here would focus on advancing climate policy development and implementation in developing countries in the context of implementing the Paris goals. The position includes, amongst other responsibilities, project management, organisation and delivery of capacity building and research missions, qualitative and quantitative analysis of climate and sustainable energy policies, leading and contributing to climate policy research reports.

Candidate profile

You should be highly motivated with a strong interest and expertise in the field of climate change policy, sustainable development and sustainable energy systems.

We are looking for somebody who is:

Motivated to work in a small, evolving institute and be part of a multi-disciplinary team

Keen to work in an international atmosphere with partners from around the globe

Self-sufficient, independent and eager to learn

Thorough, solution seeking and scientific in her/his way of working

Flexible and interested to travel in Germany and internationally

Requirements are:

Minimum of five years of experience in the area of climate change mitigation and energy systems analysis

Experience in managing medium size projects and project teams

Experience in working independently at the international level with a diverse range of stakeholders

Understanding of the climate policy landscape, both at the country as well as in international policy level

Knowledge of energy systems and/ or other mitigation relevant sectors

Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills

Full proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required, other languages in particular German, Spanish and French are an advantage

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.).

Eligibility to work in Germany

Application procedure

https://newclimate.org/about-newclimate/careers/policy-analyst-r-r1703/

If you are interested and fit the described profile, we look forward to receiving your CV along with a short cover letter and your salary expectations to recruitment@newclimate.org

 

UPPER YAKIMA BASIN COMMUNITY COORDINATOR/MANAGER

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Upper Yakima Basin Community Coordinator leads the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s work in Kittitas County, Washington, initiating and supporting collaborations with other organizations and individuals to conserve natural lands, enhance connections between communities and public lands, and engage people in education and volunteerism to care for the landscape around them. Initial projects are focused on improving recreational access to public lands and habitat restoration for fish and wildlife in collaboration with local community leaders, agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.

The Community Coordinator is the primary representative and point of contact for all aspects of the Greenway Trust’s work in the Upper Yakima Basin that extends from Ellensburg, Washington to Snoqualmie Pass. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships, based on mutual respect and trust, between key stakeholders in the Upper Yakima Basin, including local municipalities, civic organizations, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, community groups, and volunteers;
  • Create a spirit among partners of shared purpose and mutual support toward collective impact through leadership of coalitions such as the Kittitas Recreation Caucus;
  • Implement habitat restoration and recreation enhancement projects with local partners;
  • Participate in regional planning and management processes such as for the Teanaway Community Forest;
  • Engage volunteers in environmental education and stewardship of public lands;
  • Identify and help to secure public and private funds to support partnerships and collaborative projects;
  • Build awareness and commitment to the Greenway Trust’s coalition-based approach through events, presentations, public outreach in the community, and the Greenway Trust’s communications channels;
  • Develop and track metrics that inform priorities and document impacts in the Upper Yakima Basin;
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

The right candidate will have experience building partnerships, leading groups, and successfully implementing conservation and/or outdoor recreation projects. They will value collaboration and teamwork, and demonstrate an ability to work with and through others to accomplish desired outcomes. This position is ideal for an outgoing, energetic individual with a drive to achieve tangible results, a comfort working constructively with diverse groups, and a passion for conservation and the outdoors. The Community Coordinator position is a full-time position with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust with professional development opportunities within the organization. This position will be hired at either the Coordinator or Manager level, depending on the candidate’s experience. This position will be based in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated experience maintaining partnerships with both public and private stakeholders.
  • Experience organizing groups and leading meetings.
  • Project management experience, or similar relevant expertise.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering results through collaboration and teamwork with others who have different backgrounds and expertise.
  • Ability to write and present clearly; comfortable speaking with diverse audiences.

MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY TRUST, 2701 FIRST AVENUE, SUITE 240, SEATTLE, WA 98121

PHONE: 206.382.5565 – EMAIL: info@mtsgreenway.org – WEB: mtsgreenway.org

  • Strong organizational and time management skills; able to advance multiple projects simultaneously and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently in a satellite office while maintaining appropriate communication and coordination with colleagues working in other locations. Familiar user of common office technology including Microsoft Outlook and Office software.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and insurable driving record.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural resources management, outdoor recreation, environmental studies, or other relevant field.
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience.
  • Experience in ecological restoration or trail construction/maintenance.
  • Experience using Salesforce, GIS software, or Adobe design products.
  • Wilderness First Aid or higher, and CPR training.

REPORTS TO

Deputy Director

COMPENSATION

Position will be classified as a Coordinator or Manager, depending on experience (starting at $42,500 and $47,500, respectively); includes excellent health, vacation, and retirement savings benefits.

WORK SCHEDULE

Full-time position, Monday – Friday, with weekends and evenings as needed.

WORK LOCATION

This position is based in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area (specific office space to be determined) with travel to field sites, and elsewhere in the Greenway for meetings, presentations, and events. At least monthly visits to the Greenway Trust headquarters in Seattle, especially during the initial onboarding phase, are also expected.

TO APPLY

Email cover letter, resume, references, and any materials you wish to share that are related to your partnership development and project management experience to: stephanie.huck@mtsgreenway.org.

 

Manager, Environmental Programs

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Lawrence KS

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), headquartered in Lawrence, Kan., is a leading golf organization and since 1926, has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Core to our mission statement are three guiding principles that allow us to serve our membership: educate, advocate, stewardship.

Job Responsibilities

Interested in working for a member-driven association whose passion is to provide environmental and sustainable solutions to protect and preserve the future of the game of golf? GCSAA’s Environmental Programs department is seeking an individual who is passionate about the environment and researching sustainable solutions for the golf course management profession. This position conducts scientific research to aid in the development of tools and resources focused on best management practices for environmental stewardship. This position will also stay current on environmental regulations impacting the golf course industry and frequently engage with GCSAA members and the scientific and academic communities.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science is preferred, but other fields or equivalent experience is also acceptable. Three to five years providing environmental or sustainable solutions strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong attention to detail, project management, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to translate technical language into clear and concise talking points. Candidates must also have a proven ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment while working on multiple, concurrent projects and ability to thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented culture.

Compensation

An attractive benefit package is provided, along with a salary range of $43,000 – $60,000. This position resides in Lawrence, KS.

Closing Date

Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.

To Apply

Applicants should apply online at www.gcsaa.org and select “Work for GCSAA.”

 

Baltimore Environmental Justice & Zero Waste Organizer

Posted by Energy Justice Network

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 04/30/2017

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Energy Justice Network supports grassroots organizing to stop dirty energy and waste industry facilities throughout the country and beyond. Waste incineration is the most expensive and polluting way to manage waste, or to make energy, and is disproportionately impacting the health of communities of color where they’re more often located in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In Baltimore, we’re leading the effort to close the city’s largest polluter, the giant trash incinerator (the big white smokestack that says “BALTIMORE” on it). This organizing position will focus on passing a Baltimore Clean Air Ordinance and adopting innovative recycling pilot program.

This position will likely also involve working with our Executive Director, based in Washington, DC, to support communities fighting existing and proposed waste incinerators, and promoting zero waste alternatives, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Responsibilities

The organizer is expected to demonstrate outstanding initiative and leadership skills. They will build community and local political support for our local initiatives in Baltimore and other communities throughout the region. This will spur the creation of local zero waste jobs in reuse, recycling and composting. This includes a variety of activities including representing Energy Justice Network with local leaders, organizational allies and the general public, public speaking, social media outreach, assisting with research, messaging, policy development and more.

EXPERIENCE:

* Already networked into the African-American community in Baltimore, or has experience organizing in African-American communities, elsewhere.

* At least three years of successful experience in campaign coordination and/or community organizing with a community-based organization, a people’s movement organization, environmental justice organization, or environmental organization.

* Demonstrated skill in analyzing political, environmental, and social trends in the region, and developing campaigns.

* Proven track record in uniting diverse opinions and teams around a common agenda and plan.

SKILLS:

* Strong writing and public speaking skills, with an ability to simplify messages and communicate complex issues to the public.

* High computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email filters).

* Social media outreach.

* Excellent networking skills.

ABILITIES:

* Attention to detail.

* Strategic thinker, systematic and goal-oriented.

* Strong inter-personal communication and listening skills.

* Work well in a team and independently.

* Self-motivated with lots of initiative.

* Has a car and valid driver’s license.

* A commitment to Energy Justice Network’s mission and core values, including a passion for environmental justice and grassroots social change.

PLUSES:

* Experience with anti-oppression trainings, or experience organizing in multi-cultural and diverse settings.

* Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, and working with front line communities and grassroots groups.

* Experience with waste, pollution, and climate issues.

* Facilitation skills.

LOCATION: Must be located in or near Baltimore City, Maryland, USA. The organizer will report to the Executive Director in Washington, DC.

COMPENSATION: This is a full time position that is funded for one year at $35,000. Note that this position is grant-funded. We aim to make this a long-term position, so long as funding permits.

QUESTIONS: Contact Mike Ewall at 215-436-9511.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter to baltimorejob@energyjustice.net, with a subject line of “BALTIMORE JOB.” Writing samples will be requested from successful candidates later in the process.

This position will be open until filled, but we hope to fill it by early May 2017. Please try to have applications in by April 22, 2017 for best consideration.

HOW TO APPLY

baltimorejob@energyjustice.net

http://www.energyjustice.net

BENEFITS

Health benefits (or increases salary in lieu of benefits through the organization, as we don’t currently have a group health plan) to be negotiated.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

No requirement

 

Organizing Representative – Omaha, NE

City:(Flexible within Nebraska)

Job Title: Organizing Representative

Department: Conservation

Reports To: Field Organizing Manager

Context: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of organizing campaigns that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained, and engagement of people with influence to achieve our conservation goals Plans, organizes and coordinates the activities of staff and volunteers in carrying out the organizing activities for assigned campaign or program. Develops organizing strategies and priorities for assigned campaign or program.

Scope: The Organizing Representative is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers.

The Organizing Representative is responsible for the coordination and effective implementation of the organizing goals within the assigned campaign or program. Oversees creating the organizing plan and developing the strategy and helps to carry out organizational and issue visibility in regional, national media and in the local community. Participates in activities and services provided by the regional office. Provides leadership in working with volunteer leaders, national, state and local conservation staff on conservation. Evaluates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign or program’s mission and goals. Helps determine changes to strategies needed to reach goals.

Job Activities:

Develops organizing strategy, marshals resources, organizes staff and volunteer efforts monitors and tracks expenses on select campaigns.

Coordinates actions and ensures the effective implementation of the organizing plan to identify, recruit volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around campaign or program. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.

Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level.

Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face social networks to support Sierra Club cause.

Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values.

Plans and coordinates strategy and activities to obtain media coverage in regional and national media outlets. Participates in the development of media campaigns; may represent the Sierra Club in the media; promotes volunteer media exposure.

Develops grasstop networks and cultivates relationships with public officials. Lobbies Members of Congress and other public officials on behalf of the Club on national and regional conservation priorities. Develops relationships with Congressional Members and staff within region.

Ensures information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaigns and priority issues are provided. Provides support to other internal departments for campaign synergy:

Communications Department in the implementation of media and public outreach communications.

Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities and may assist with the development of organizing objectives and strategies as part of grant projects and proposals.

National Political Program to advance the Club’s conservation priorities through relationships with elected officials and via electoral campaigns. Coordinates political organizing in Congressional and other electoral campaigns

Represents Sierra Club in regional coalitions, at regional events and to the general public.

Represents the Sierra Club to the media, public forums and venues, public education and media strategy.

Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.

Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field.

At least 3 years experience in grassroots organizing, training, and motivating volunteers, coalition building and lobbying.

Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability.

Excellent knowledge and background in a specific issue area of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns.

Prior experience and knowledge of either the legislative process or administrative process.

Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.

Extensive travel required.

Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 4 exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) organization. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

*If you are applying for one than one position with us, please attach your job-specific cover letters in the ‘Attachments’ section.

 

SOILS SCIENTIST I

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 23

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 02/05/2017

Class Definition: Planning, analytical, and administrative work for the Agency of Agriculture involving the management and regulation of pesticide use and waste disposal and its effects upon groundwater resources. Duties involve designing, developing and implementing pesticide monitoring program and related policies. This involves interaction with industry personnel, as well as municipal, state and federal officials. May act as a lead worker, overseeing the work of temporary, contractual, or classified employees at a lower level. Duties are performed under the direction of the Agrichemical Program Manager.

Examples of Work: Independently designs and develops statewide environmental plans for monitoring the use of pesticides on agricultural and non-agricultural lands. Designs and implements sample collection procedures and protocols. Researches, collects, analyzes, and enters information into, and maintains, data bases and draft reports and prepares reports and recommendations for corrective actions/alternatives. Evaluates reference literature and monitoring data to establish expected characteristics of retention, migration and degradation for pesticides and agricultural chemicals in soils and groundwater under conditions of normal use and environmental metabolism. Selects and evaluates sites and products to be used in monitoring studies. Attends public meetings to act as department spokesperson. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Both office and field conditions are required. Field work may involve exposure to chemicals, gases, hazardous liquid and solid waste, and construction sites during all weather conditions and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis. Private means of transportation must be available.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the characteristics, use and management of agricultural chemicals.

Knowledge of agricultural land management patterns and practices.

Awareness of the principles of hydrology, particularly as they affect the quality and management of groundwater resources.

Awareness of the interactions between chemical and biological systems occurring in soils, air and water.

Ability to operate specialized sampling equipment.

Ability to understand and interpret complex and technical information.

Ability to plan, organize, implement, and administer data gathering systems

Ability to present research findings in clear, objective, written report form.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to analyze and evaluate technical data.

Ability to present technical data in a clear, concise manner.

Ability to establish program goals and objectives.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Knowledge of non-agricultural pesticide uses.

Ability to use and manipulate Microsoft products including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a wide range of applications.

Ability to learn the federal and state law and the ability to learn to interpret technical requirements of law for effective pesticide, feed, seed and fertilizer regulatory programs.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in soils science or a closely related field AND two (2) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in environmental or agricultural-related field work including coordinating sampling, compiling, analyzing and presenting scientific data.

OR

Bachelor’s degree or higher AND four (4) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in environmental or agricultural-related field work including coordinating sampling, compiling, analyzing and presenting scientific data.

 

Preferred:

Experience in agriculture production, horticulture, pest control, crop consulting or sales of agricultural feeds, seeds or fertilizers.

https://vthr.erp.state.vt.us/psc/VTHR/CUSTOMER/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?FolderPath=PORTAL_ROOT_OBJECT.HC_HRS_CE_GBL2&IsFolder=true&&

 

Program Officer

Posted by Vermont Caribbean Institute

PUBLISHED:04/14/2017

Burlington VT

Position

The Program Officer works closely with the Executive Director to coordinate activities related to the Cuba-US Agroecology Network (CUSAN). CUSAN supports agroecology in the US and in Cuba by connecting people, institutions and movements who are dedicated to building more ecologically resilient, socially just and economically fair farming systems through agroecology.

Now in its second year, the Cuba-US Agroecology Network continues to raise awareness about Cuba’s agroecology advances, connect sustainable agriculture stakeholders in both countries, and channel resources and opportunities that support the agroecology movement in Cuba.

Key Responsibilities

o Provide logistical support in relation to CUSAN activities;

o Support management and coordination of CUSAN communications and outreach, including: website, social media presence, listserve, and design and creation of promotional and informational materials.

o Contribute to research and writing of policy briefs, white papers and press releases on agroecology, US-Cuba relations and CUSAN;

o Support the coordination of a series to trainings, workshops and exchanges between US and Cuba;

o Assist in identifying potential foundation partners and drafting grant proposals;

o Manage program-related budgets and accounting;

o Other duties as assigned by VCI’s Executive Director.

 

Required Qualifications:

o A minimum of a Master’s degree in agroecology/sustainable agriculture, environmental science, international development, or related field;

o Well-developed research skills; the ability to synthesize complex issues and concepts, and strong oral and written communication and analytical skills;

o Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish (spoken and written);

o Experience in non-profit project design and management;

o Understanding and/or experience in participatory approaches to community engagement;

o Experience with social media and non-profit program outreach;

o Strong computer skills including: Word, Google Docs, Dropbox, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Weebly, etc.

o Strong interpersonal, intercultural and diplomacy skills;

o A strong work ethic, a positive attitude, sound judgment, and good sense of humor;

o Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures and openness to new ideas and perspectives;

o Ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus;

o Ability to receive and incorporate feedback, expand skill-sets and correct mistakes;

o Ability to work independently and take initiative;

o Patience and respect for alternative approaches to development and cooperation;

o Tact and discretion in handling confidential and culturally sensitive matters; and

o Nuanced understanding of Cuba’s complex political and social environments.

 

Desired Qualifications:

o Previous experience with Cuba’s agriculture and/or agroecology movement;

o Experience with grant writing and fundraising.

 

Physical Requirements

o Continually able to sit at a desk and work in an office setting to execute job responsibilities;

o Occasional travel may be required; and

o Able to respond effectively and manage phone and email communications.

 

Compensation, Hours & Location

This is a one year contract with possibility of extension depending on funding. This is a part-time contract with potential to be full-time. VCI’s offices are in Burlington, Vermont. Preference is for program officer to be based in Vermont, however, there is some flexibility to work remotely. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, a resume, and a sample demonstrating your writing skills to: Margarita Fernandez at margarita@vtcaribbean.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This job description was posted on April 15<sup style=”font-family: “Arial”,sans-serif;”>th</sup>, 2017. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and position will be filled when qualified candidate is identified.

Note

VCI is also hiring for an Accounting and Administrative Assistant. Qualified and interested candidates could be considered for both roles to comprise a full-time position.

VCI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics and encourages applications from members of minority communities, LGBTQ people, and immigrants.

HOW TO APPLY

margarita@vtcaribbean.org

Send a cover letter, a resume, and a sample demonstrating your writing skills to: Margarita Fernandez at margarita@vtcaribbean.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This job description was posted on April 15<sup style=”font-family: “Arial”,sans-serif;”>th</sup>, 2017. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and position will be filled when qualified candidate is identified.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Spanish and English

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

Master’s degree

 

Operations Program Coordinator

Posted by The Nature Conservancy

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05/16/2017

Montpelier Vermont

POSITION SUMMARY

The Operations Coordinator will be responsible for a broad variety of operations activities in support of the Vermont chapter’s strategic goals. Key responsibilities include all aspects of office management, participation in planning and execution of events and meetings, and assistance in finance and human resources functions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Operations Program Coordinator will be responsible for performing multiple administrative functions for the Vermont chapter. Responsibilities include facility management, telecommunications, scheduling and coordinating logistics for special events and/or meetings, purchasing, central filing, mailroom operations, and reception. They may assist with the recruitment and training of program volunteers, and may coordinate the activities of volunteers. In addition, the Coordinator performs certain Information Systems, Human Resources, and Finance administrative tasks, including processing forms, preparing reports, and monitoring budgets.

They will use available systems and resources to maintain, track, and research data, and to produce and review reports. They will apply established processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness and to document program procedures for reference by staff. They will coordinate activities with multiple variables, set realistic deadlines and manage the timeline.

The Coordinator handles inquiries about business unit activities and may assist in the development of program materials and correspondence. They will work cooperatively with Conservancy staff, providing information necessary to make decisions and solve problems. The Coordinator may communicate on behalf of their supervisor with internal and external sources, including staff, donors, vendors, and businesses in order to coordinate arrangements, convey information, and ensure successful execution of program.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Perform duties under general supervision and established guidelines;
  • Make day-to-day decisions within the scope of work assignments and prioritize work independently;
  • Identify routine problems and utilize existing resources for resolution, referring difficult questions and problems to supervisor;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information;
  • Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff;
  • Financial responsibility may include purchasing, processing invoices, contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget tracking;
  • Serve as a team member for assigned projects;
  • Be willing to travel, work overtime, and work evenings and weekends as needed; and
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1 year experience or equivalent combination;
  • Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines;
  • Experience performing one or more administrative processes; and
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people; and
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading.

 

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Ability to analyze information for the purpose of preparing reports, coordinating activities, and solving problems;
  • Ability to apply research skills;
  • Ability to write and edit written materials for use with program communications and special events;
  • Database skills, including managing and tracking data, and producing reports;
  • Excellent customer service skills and focus;
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in relevant field; and/or
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

To apply to position number 45369, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 16, 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. #LI-NC1

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Major Donor & Corporate Relationship Manager

Posted by Vermont Foodbank

Maximum: $65,000.00

Barre VT

DESCRIPTION

Position Purpose:

This position works collaboratively with the chief development officer to design and implement an enhanced major donor and prospect program to continually improve communications with and support from individuals throughout the state. The major donor and corporate relations manager supports the Foodbank’s investment in broadening its donor base and commitment to long-term major donor cultivation. This position is responsible for targeting and contacting Vermont, regional and national businesses to create sustainable relationships between our organizations through collaborations pertaining, but not limited to, financial support, volunteerism, in-kind gifts, events, and cause-related marketing. This employee is the back up to the grant writer to ensure the timely submission of grants when required. The major donor and corporate relations manager supervises the marketing and promotions manager and serves on the development department steering committee.

This position requires creative thinking and the ability to maintain consistent, meaningful relationships with current donors and forge new philanthropic partnerships for the Foodbank.

This position will assist with other activities associated with food and fund drives, promotional events, community outreach, donor solicitation, volunteerism and other efforts.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Work with CDO and CEO to cultivate, solicit and steward major donors and prospects, coordinating personal communications, cultivation events, and meetings. Oversee major donor stewardship and recognition in all forms.

Research, identify and nurture new and existing corporate partnership opportunities compatible with Foodbank mission and programs.

Work with appropriate staff to garner sufficient knowledge base regarding each program or activity for which funding is being requested or for reporting purposes. Identify programmatic funding opportunities.

Establish working relationship with corporate and individual funders through personal communication.

Participate in manager, department, development steering and full staff meetings.

Work with development and marketing colleagues on donor marketing/communications/strategy and messaging.

Support grant writer as back-up; independently write and submit funding proposals and reports as needed.

Work cooperatively and be able to communicate with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Foodbank to meet and sustain Foodbank goals.

Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution.

The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.

HOW TO APPLY

fchittenden@vtfoodbank.org

http://https:/www.vtfoodbank.org

Please submit application on-line at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume. Attention: Human Resources Department, Francine Chittenden. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.

BENEFITS

Eligible for all full-time benefits.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Education and/or Experience:

Minimum education requirement: Bachelor’s degree.

5 – 7 years in fundraising environment.

Experience with major donor cultivation preferred.

Knowledge of Vermont business environment a plus.

Demonstrated ability to think creatively and to work in a fast-paced environment.

Positive attitude.

Good sense of humor.

Ability to adapt well to change.

Strong inter-personal skills.

Desire to work as part of a team committed to ensuring that no one in Vermont goes hungry; an ability to support others’ objectives as his/her own.

Individual must be detail-oriented.

Self-disciplined in time management, and able to adhere to simultaneous deadlines.

Some nights and weekends required.

Excellent writing and communication skills required.

Proficiency in spreadsheets.

Experience in Raiser’s Edge preferred.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Development Associate, Foundations

Posted by Ceres

BostonMA

DESCRIPTION

Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of nearly 130 leading institutional investors with collective assets of over $15 trillion.

 

Ceres plays a unique role in the national environmental and sustainability movement by bringing the perspective and power of investors to environmental and sustainability issues and specifically to the performance, practices and policies of corporations. Today Ceres is a growing organization with expanding influence in the investment, environmental, corporate and policy arenas. Our program activities seek to foster greater public disclosure and actions on environmental and social impacts by corporations, encourage engagement between companies and their stakeholders, and create opportunities for collaborative dialogue leading to positive change on key sustainability issues. To this end, we are harnessing the influence of the nation’s largest investors to move high-impact companies, the financial and insurance industries, and policymakers toward bold action on climate and sustainability. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (www.ceres.org).

 

Position:

The Associate position on Ceres’ Foundation Team is a strong fit for a highly motivated candidate interested in working in a mission-driven, dynamic and fast-moving organization that has been recognized as one of the most effective environmental NGOs in the world. The position has significant growth potential with opportunities for increasing responsibility over time. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical, writing and personal communication skills, be a fast learner, and able to manage challenging and competing deadlines. The Associate will be an integral part of a five-person team that manages a large portfolio of foundation funders and prospective funders. The Associate will report to the Senior Manager of Foundation Development. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following.

 

Provide support to senior members of the Foundation Team including;Assist Foundation Team members and program staff in preparing and submitting letters of inquiry and proposals across select program areas;

Research potential foundation funders and evaluate fit with Ceres’ programs.

Support communication of breaking news, key successes, and timely invitations to events to advance foundation relationships:

Schedule internal meetings with program staff and external meetings with foundations;

Participate in internal and external meetings to capture key points and next steps through writing and distributing notes.

Provide project management and writing support to ensure timely development of foundation reports that clearly articulate the activities, outcomes and impact of select Ceres’ programs (Climate & Energy, others TBD) achieved with the foundation grant award:Work closely with senior foundation staff and staff of select programs to track, assess and document progress towards programmatic goals;

Process grant agreements and draft thank you letters, and update Salesforce with reporting deadlines;

Track, manage and meet foundation reporting deadlines to assure compliance with funder reporting requirements;

Provide program and finance team staff with appropriate advance notice of proposal and reporting deadlines and follow up to ensure requested materials are produced in a timely manner;

Coordinate implementation of email blasts to funders with direction from senior members of the foundation team, using Salesforce.

Manage the Foundation Team’s contact records in Salesforce database, running reports and analyzing results (e.g., for foundation email blasts and foundation RSVP’s to events).

Work with colleagues on Foundation, Communications and Water/CA teams to develop and implement system for capturing “best press” and other evidence of Ceres’ impact.

Coordinate support for Ceres’ senior directors and executive’s development efforts, including:Track travel schedules of senior directors and executives to identify opportunities for donor visits;

Join calls with Ceres senior program and executive staff to take notes and assist with timely follow up;

Coordinate preparation of briefing materials for meetings with foundation funders and prospects.

Serve as the Foundation Team’s liaison to CA office on coordination of development efforts.

Participate in the creation of the Foundation Team’s annual workplan, critical to Ceres’ growth;

Assist with planning and logistics for the Ceres annual conference program and other events

Oversee special projects as assigned by the Senior Manager, Foundation Development

Qualifications:

 

Bachelor’s degree required;

2 – 3 years of work experience;

One or more years of experience in a relevant field such as foundation fundraising/development desired;

Excellent organizational abilities; demonstrated capacity to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, take precise notes, and work well in a fast-paced environment;

Strong writing skills with demonstrated interest and aptitude in persuasive writing;

Knowledge of standard development practices and techniques, proposal writing, and prospect research. Experience in writing grant proposals is a strong plus;

Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively;

Proficiency with database applications and MS Office Suite;

Passion for climate change, environmental and/or sustainability issues.

HOW TO APPLY

careers@ceres.org

Application Instructions:

Candidates are asked to visit the Ceres website www.ceres.org to make themselves familiar with our organization. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to careers@ceres.org to be considered for this position. Please list “Development Associate, Foundations” in the subject line of your e-mail message.

 

Development Coordinator

Posted by Futurewise

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05/12/2017

Seattle Washington

DESCRIPTION

We work throughout Washington State to support land-use policies that encourage healthy, equitable and opportunity-rich communities, and protect our valuable farmlands, forests and water resources.

Futurewise is the only statewide environmental non-profit in Washington dedicated to ensuring that state and local governments manage population growth responsibly, and in ways that benefit everyone. Founded in 1990, Futurewise (formerly 1000 Friends of Washington) has established an impressive track record in growth management issues as the state’s primary advocate for smart growth policies. See www.futurewise.org for more information.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Development Director (currently under recruitment), the Development Coordinator supports a broad range of fund development and communications activities for the organization including: marketing, special events, in kind solicitations, volunteer management, annual fund appeals, database management and donor correspondence.

Job Functions

Events (35%)

  • Provide high-level event management for statewide events including but not limited to:

Annual Spring Luncheon, Autumn Feast with Friends, house parties, program events and other marketing/communications related community events

  • Conduct table captain and sponsorship recruitment, stewardship, updates
  • Manage event database and event registration
  • Update sponsorship materials, track sponsor logos
  • Coordinate printed materials including invites, RSVPs, programs, signage, and set up
  • Support event committees and volunteers as needed for special events or other development activities
  • Provide day of and on-site logistics including event registration and troubleshooting

 

Fund Development and Membership (25%)

  • Provide superior customer service and stewardship to donors
  • Manage the mailing of fundraising appeals including: collaborate on drafting the appeals, managing the appeal timeline, printing schedule and bulk mail process
  • Prepare materials and appeals for Board of Directors to include hand written notes on major donor letters/appeals
  • Research and develop partnership opportunities, including in-kind support
  • Assist in scheduling and preparing site visits for current and prospective funders
  • Provide donor prospecting and research support

 

Communications (20%)

 

  • Lead internal organizational communications and marketing efforts including:

Manage the production of E-newsletters

Create and deploy advocacy emails to statewide email lists as needed

Develop and manage content and scheduled updates for website and social media

Assist as needed the development of collateral or promotional materials

Provide all donor lists, in-kind and volunteers for collateral materials including annual report

Develop and ensure the accuracy of all collateral materials including info kits

 

Knowledge Management (20%)

  • Manage donor database and donor acknowledgement process
  • Process all gift entry and gift acknowledgment letters
  • Generate pledge reminders
  • Ensure accurate and timely database reports including lists and appeal performance
  • Primary contact for database troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Regularly reconcile database against Quickbooks with accounting staff

 

Qualifications

This is a small development department and it is critical that the new coordinator be willing to jump in, learn quickly and go the extra mile. The ideal candidate must have the ability to maintain confidentiality, be solicitous and have a diplomatic attitude. This individual must be able to work well under pressure and maintain attention to detail. The following qualifications are desired:

 

Solid knowledge of basic event planning and fundraising techniques and strategies;

Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Track record of handling confidential information about donors, staff, clients and volunteers;

Donor database management and reporting skills;

Some basic graphic design skills are desired but not required;

  • This job requires the ability to push and lift materials weighing up to fifty pounds;
  • Flexibility in work hours, including some evening and weekend work;
  • Reliable transportation is necessary.

This position is based in Seattle, WA, although travel within the state is anticipated several times per year.

HOW TO APPLY

jobs@futurewise.org

http://Futurewise.org

How to Apply

Position is open until filled; first consideration will be given to applications received by May 12, 2017. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and at least three references in PDF format to jobs@futurewise.org. Please make the subject of your email “(Last Name) – FW Development Coordinator” and address the cover letter to Hiring Manager. Please label any submitted materials, including the cover letter, resume, and references with your last name. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

April 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.

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

Network to a New Job: How to Meet Influential People

BY      BENNETT GARNER ON     MARCH 28, 2017

Early in my career while working in Washington, DC, it seemed like every day, I’d receive an invite to an event, panel discussion, or happy hour. Unfortunately, the thought of attending all (or any) of these events made me cringe.

I’ve always been a pretty strong introvert, and networking can be painful for me. I’d attend an event only to find myself leaning against the wall and scrolling through my phone; anything to avoid talking to people.

For months, I avoided networking altogether. But that summer, I saw examples of how networking was paying off for my peers:

My roommate found a new job through a mutual friend.

My mentor had one of his friends write a $5,000 corporate check to sponsor a new program to bring business opportunities and jobs to an emerging neighborhood.

A coworker used her contacts in media and PR to run a campaign that got millions of impressions for our nonprofit.

Whatever I felt about networking, people around me were using their networks and reaping the rewards. And so I decided to figure out a way to grow my network in a way that was true to my personality.

With a lot of research and some uncomfortable experimentation, I developed a system that works for me. Here’s what I figured out:

Most events aren’t worth your time

Over the course of eight months, I read nearly 20 books on networking. As I tested the more traditional advice of attending events and bringing lots of business cards, I found that it wasn’t always how I could benefit from networking with many of the people I was meeting, or how I could be a professional resource to them, as well. As a result, the people I met at events rarely turned into long-term connections.

There’s a couple reasons why I think that’s the case:

People at events are excited and distracted.

At events, there are a dozen other things to pay attention to besides you. With people walking past, new faces entering the room, and the excitement of the program, most of the people you meet will be distracted. Much better to meet someone in a relaxed setting where you can get to know one another.

The quality of your relationships outweighs quantity.

Events are all about how many people you can meet. Encounters rarely go deeper than small talk and exchanging business cards. You can try following up after the event if things go well, but when I tested this approach it yielded lackluster results.

Of all the supportive, long-term relationships I have in my network, not one of them came from meeting someone at an event.

You want deep relationships where people remember you, look to you for help, and help you when you need it. Events aren’t always the best place to begin these relationships.

If you have to attend an event like an annual meeting or a big conference, focus on the ways you can provide value to your new connections. In your conversations, you should try to listen and ask questions 80% of the time and only talk about yourself 20% of the time. Always focus on the other person.

Even if you meet someone more experienced than you, you can still provide value by asking what they’re working on, offering to volunteer, giving your feedback on a project, offering to write a testimonial, or following up on how the project is going in a few weeks’ time.

In general, these in-depth conversations about programs are difficult to have at an event. More likely, you’ll need to find another time to grow your network in a more relaxed and focused way.

If you don’t go to events, where do you meet people?

I’ve found there are two main ways to meet interesting people and develop strong professional relationships.

Method #1: Project-based networking

The first way is to have an interesting project you’re working on and ask for help on a specific problem. You can approach your friends, colleagues, and mentors to tell them about the problem. Ask them to point you in the right direction with something along the lines of, “Do you know anyone who might be able to help me with this?”

Once you’ve got recommendations, you can reach out via email. Here’s the outreach template that I use:

“Hi [First Name],

[Referrer’s Name] recommended we get in touch. I’m currently working on [project title], with a lot of great [benefits of your project]. It’s still in the early phases and I’d love to get your input since you know so much about [their expertise/industry].

In the past, I’ve worked on [previous past accomplishment]. My work has been featured/awarded in [name any awards/press/conferences/recognition you’ve gotten – to show that you’re legitimate and not just another person asking for their time].

I’m writing to see if you’d be willing to answer a few questions I have about [specific problem]. It shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, and it would help me out a ton. Can we schedule a 20 minute meeting when you have some availability? I’d be happy to come to you if that makes things easier.

Hope to hear from you soon,

[Your name]”

As you can see from the template, a good email is short, establishes your credibility, mentions a connection you have, and has a specific ask at the end. It shouldn’t take more than two minutes for the recipient to read the email. In addition to my template, Idealist has 13 helpful email templates you can use while job searching.

The benefit of what I call “project-based networking” is that you won’t have to come up with icebreakers or conversation topics when you meet the person. You have a clear topic at hand; working on the project or problem. You also have a built-in reason to follow up with the contact, letting her know how the project is going and how her advice helped. Follow-up like this is key to building a strong network.

The hard part about this approach is you have to have a project worth talking about, and it shouldn’t be something personal. If you don’t have an interesting project at work, you can start your own project on the side to give you some networking fodder.

The key to this approach is the ongoing follow-up. When you receive advice, let the person know you used the advice and how it went. It can result in making your coaches and new connections feel valued and invested in the project.

Method #2: Meet people by volunteering

The second way I’ve found to build my network is to volunteer to work on a committee, event, or project.

Event organizers and industry associations are always looking for volunteers to help with committees and events. This can be great ways to show off your expertise and work ethic while working on a team with more seasoned professionals.

I personally know people organizing events right now at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Red Cross, and the International Economic Development Council.

Depending on your expertise you might try contacting United Way, the American Cancer Society, or your local nonprofit housing association.

There are also numerous academic and trade associations spanning from the American Marketing Association to the African Studies Association that would likely welcome help with their events and programs. Just find an organization in your niche or that fits your interests and see if they need help!

By volunteering for an event, meeting, or committee, you’ll get access to event attendees as well as the speakers. In this way, you get to interact with experts and key professionals. When you help out, introduce yourself to everyone and work hard to make a distinctive contribution. There’s no special trick to this method, just consistent effort. When you volunteer to help organize a conference or sit on committees, you have the opportunity to show other successful people that you’re good at what you do. They will remember you for that.

When I started implementing these systems, my network grew in quality relationships. I soon became more invested in these relationships, and began offering testimonials for programs, serving as a reference for a job application, and helping others create LinkedIn accounts. Although I was meeting fewer people, I found that over time the people I did meet offered me mentorship, access to their own networks, and even job opportunities.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Environment Maine Director

PUBLISHED: 03/27/2017

DESCRIPTION

Through Environment Maine, we are protecting the air, water and land that Mainers love. From the rugged Maine coast to the slopes of Mt. Katahdin, our special places are worth protecting. Recently, we celebrated a major victory when President Obama restored clean water protections to more than half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans. Now, we’re working to help Portland go solar and repower Maine with 100 percent renewable energy, and fighting to make sure Senators Collins and King stand up against President Trump’s environmental rollbacks.

We’re expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 9 of our state offices, and direct the environmental program in those locations.

SUMMARY

State Directors are responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders, and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program: Run our in-state program participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers. Build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

APPLY NOW at http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Environment America is part of the Public Interest Network. We’re a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore—from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

HOW TO APPLY

klarson@publicinterestnetwork.org

http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Please apply online at: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

LOCATIONS

Portland, or Augusta, Maine; Minneapolis, Minn.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Las Vegas or Reno, Nev.; Manchester or Concord, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Va.

SALARY

Details: Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Managerial

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

CESA Summer Research Assistant

Contact Person and Title: Meghan Monahan

Street Address: 50 State Street Suite 1

City: Montpelier

State: VT

Country: United States

Zip: 05602

Phone Number: 802-223-2554

E-mail Address: meghan@cleanegroup.org

Website: www.cesa.org

Opening for:

1L

2L

3L

Masters

LLM

Recent Graduate

Admitted Attorney

Describe the Position: The Research Assistant will carry out research, writing, data collection, and administrative tasks related to CESA’s solar programs and solar+storage programs. Details at: http://cesa.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

The position is available for 10-12 weeks, for up to 37½ hours per week. The position will begin in May 2017, with a preference for a start date early in the month.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Requirements for The Position This position is appropriate for a graduate student or an individual with an undergraduate degree.

Knowledge of energy issues and solar photovoltaics.

Strong writing and communication skills.

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. CESA members—mostly state agencies—include many of the most innovative, successful, and influential public funders of clean energy initiatives in the country. For more information, see www.cesa.org.

Salary: $18/hr

Deadline Date:

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

List of References

 

Legislative Intern

Washington, DC

Three-month Paid Internship

Center for Science and Democracy

http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs#legintern

The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists has a new opportunity for a paid, full time, three-month internship supporting work on defending attacks on science and science-based policymaking, all through an equity and justice lens. You will track legislation and relevant events, represent UCS at certain coalition meetings, attend hearings, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill, research and prepare informational materials, do outreach, and communicate with Hill offices. You’ll also provide general support with legislative research, report production, and/or event logistics. This internship is under the supervision of the Washington Representative for the Center for Science and Democracy, and entails a working knowledge of the legislative process, as well as good research, writing, outreach, and communication skills.

Please apply by April 16, 2017.

See the full list of job openings at http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs

 

Program Coordinator-Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS)

Department: CAFS

Locations: South Royalton, VT

Posted: Mar 02, ’17

Type: Part-time Non-Exempt

About Vermont Law School:

Vermont Law School (VLS) is a private, American Bar Association-accredited law school located along the banks of the beautiful White River in central South Royalton, VT. The Law School offers the nation’s premier environmental law program, and it is currently ranked #1 in Environmental Law by U.S. News and World Report (no lower than #2 since rankings began in 1991). The school offers several degrees, including Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LL.M) in Environmental Law, Master of Environmental Law, Master of Laws in Energy Law, as well as dual degrees with a diverse range of institutions, including the University of Cambridge, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Vermont, offering more courses in the field than any other law school in the country.

Vermont Law School is distinguished by the character of the students, faculty and staff who have chosen to learn, teach and work here. From its founding, VLS has consistently drawn individuals from across the country and world with a passion for public service, a concern for justice, and an interest in pursuing legal education as a means to make a difference in the world. It is not surprising that Vermont Law School has risen to the top as a place to study environmental law and a place to work.

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator provides general administrative as well as program support to the CAFS team.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Schedule meetings for CAFS staff and project partners.

Assist in preparing for CAFS Staff meetings including drafting and printing agendas, and taking notes.

Support the Food & Agriculture Clinic as needed.

Coordinate with CAFS staff to complete and submit quarterly time and effort reports.

Assist in setting up and orienting new CAFS employees.

Order CAFS office supplies.

Other tasks as needed (i.e. event planning, staff celebrations, etc.).

Support CAFS Faculty including managing calendars, scheduling meetings, booking travel, and credit card reconciliation; assist with exams (including proctoring), managing course websites, and providing other general assistance as needed.

Process transactions including vendor invoices, travel expense reports and payment vouchers, with supervision from Program Officer of Management.

Provide general communications assistance with the production of multimedia products for CAFS website and general outreach; and providing assistance to Program Officer for Design as needed.

Requirements:

Education, Skills & Experience:

An undergraduate degree or higher, plus three or more years of relevant administrative support experience, or a combination of education and experience for which comparible knowledge and skills are required.

Excellent organizational and communications skills.

Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to deal with a complex and diverse workload.

Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Mailchimp, and online platforms for event scheduling.

Genuine interest in food systems and sustainable agriculture preferred, but not required.

Additional Information:

This position is a half-time benefits eligible position.

 

Various Energy Positions in Vermont

All of the below Jobs were found athttp://www.revermont.org/resources/jobs/

Avangrid | Wind Plant Technician – Deerfield

Avangrid Renewables is seeking to fill a Wind Plant Technician opening to support the Deerfield facility located in Searsburg, VT. This position is responsible for the onsite operations, maintenance, repairs and replacement of equipment on a wind powered generation plant, and leads in all areas of plant operations as directed by the Plant Manager.

 

Building Energy | Solar Installer

Work on our team installing residential solar systems and cold climate heat pump systems based out of our Burlington area headquarters. The applicant: Must have experience installing residential solar systems, be comfortable with heights and ladders. Should be able to lift over 50 pounds, must be mechanically oriented and comfortable with hand tools, should enjoy working outside in the varied Vermont weather. Please send resume and cover letter to Russ Flanigan via email rflanigan@buildingenergyus.com or call at the office 802-859-3384 ext 114.

 

Burlington Electric Department | Engineering Technician

The incumbent in this position will be responsible for designing, installing and maintaining sophisticated and highly complex electric and electronic supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems as well as other control and protective systems in the areas of radio communications, electric generation, substation breakers and relays, and electric distribution flow devices.

Catamount Solar | Residential Solar Sales Associate

Catamount Solar, a full service solar design and installation company based in Randolph VT seeks a Residential Sales Associate to join our sales team. This position, while based from Randolph, will travel throughout Vermont to meet with homeowners, discuss their solar options, deliver timely proposals, and follow-up to close these sales.

Catamount Solar | PV Commercial Project Manager

The Commercial Project Manager is responsible for establishing the schedule and budget of commercial scale solar construction projects, and ensures that milestones and deliverables are met through the life of the project. The Manager could handle multiple projects simultaneously at various stages of development and construction – projects could be located locally and regionally.

 

Encore Renewable Energy | Director of Engineering – Solar

Maybe you have experience at a solar or utility company or as an electrical engineer. You may have ten+ years of experience or perhaps your career to date has been shorter but you have several years of rich solar design experience. Either way you are ready to take a big step in your career and make a significant impact.

You are a leader interested in making a real contribution to the paradigm shift to a clean energy economy, as part of an industry leading team.

Encore Renewable Energy | Project Analyst

Encore Renewable Energy is currently seeking a highly motivated individual with the skills, experience and aptitude to serve as Project Analyst. The successful candidate will work with our team in support of the firm’s rapidly growing renewable energy project development, finance and construction management practice.

Energy Co-op of Vermont | Heat Pump and HVAC Installer

If you’re energetic, ambitious and love working on heating systems, we’d like to talk. We’re hiring a licensed heat pump and natural gas installer to join our service team.

Gravel & Shea | Legal Assistant Positions

Gravel & Shea in downtown Burlington, Vermont has openings for two legal assistants, one for our litigation group and one for our real estate group. The candidates will have law firm experience including formatting and editing documents specific to each practice area, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office software. In addition, this position requires a strong work ethic, an eagerness to learn and excellent writing, communication and typing skills. Minimum qualifications include an Associate’s degree and/or a minimum of three years’ law firm experience.

groSolar | Business Development Sales Analyst

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.

Norwich Technologies | Project Administrator

Norwich Technologies is seeking an project administrator to work with our sales and engineering team to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. As a start-up company, a broad range of activites and skills will be required. Particular near-term tasks include project permitting, design, scheduling, and engineering and financial documentation reporting for our Solar and grant projects.

Power Guru | Solar Installer

Power Guru is looking for motivated professionals to become part of our team. We are located in North Bennington Vermont, and cover the surrounding area including Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York. Solar installation is a growing trade which incorporates electrical, carpentry and cutting edge technology. Power Guru is a fast growing solar company that recognizes talent and compensates it accordingly. Please visit our website at http://power-guru.com to learn more about us! Apply today for a great opportunity to be the next to join our team!!

Renewable NRG Systems | Sales Support Specialist

Looking for a Sales Support Specialist eager to learn and grow with our company.

For more information, please visit: nrgsystems.com/about/careers

RGS Energy | Small Commercial Sales Representative

Represent an elite solar energy company and participate in the widespread deployment of renewable technologies. RGS customers save money immediately by using less-expensive solar electricity. We are looking for friendly sales consultants to navigate our clients through the process of purchasing their electricity from a more competitive source.

Rob Stubbins Electrical and Solar | Solar Installer

Rob Stubbins Electrical and Solar is a rapidly growing company that has recently expanded into solar. We have a small solar team that we are looking to grow along with our solar business. We install residential roof mount systems as well as pole mount systems. We also work with generators and batteries as back up for the solar. The successful candidate should be comfortable using a ladder according to OSHA standards, and be comfortable and safe on a roof. Basic hand tools are a must have. We work mostly in Rutland County, but do branch into neighboring counties. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are desirable, and if you’re NABCEP certified, that’s a bonus! We offer paid vacation, sick, and holiday’s. We offer basic AFLAC and match a simple IRA to 3%. Please send resume to Judy Todd at judy@robstubbinselectrical.com or call the office at 802-775-1484 X500.

Same Sun of Vermont | Solar Installer

Same Sun of Vermont, a dynamic solar design and installation company is looking for installers to join our team. Some prior construction, trade or electrical experience is desired. Passion for renewable energy is a plus. Must be reliable, able to follow instructions, able to work on roofs, know how to use basic hand tools and lift 50+ pounds. Valid driver’s license and good references required. Based in Rutland, but operating statewide. Please send resume AND cover letter via email to jobs@samesunvt.com, or mail to Same Sun at 24 Center Street, Rutland VT 05701

 

Smart Resources Labs | DevOps Engingeer

Smart Resource Labs (SRL) has developed a data management platform for energy efficiency, microgrids and renewable energy. We are looking to expand our technical team with a DevOps Engineer as we scale. This position will support SaaS products aimed at the Solar industry as well as the C&I Energy Performance Monitoring market for Continuous Energy Improvement and Advanced Manufacturing initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a confident creative thinker with a “roll-up-the-sleeves”, detail oriented approach to getting things done.

 

SunCommon | Various Positions

SunCommon is a Benefit Corporation based out of Waterbury Center that is fueled by the belief that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Our mission is to tear down the barriers to clean energy and use our business for a force for good.

 

Vermont Environmental Research Associates | Business Manager

Vermont Environmental Research Associates (VERA) is a small consultancy providing renewable energy development services throughout New England. Our mission is to be an integral part of the renewable energy resource transformation of the electric utility system. We have a full-time management opening for an experienced individual to join our team managing the firm’s small business functions and participate in development of commercial-scale wind and solar generation projects.

 

Vermont Law School Energy Clinic | Fellow

As a result of a recent grant from Jane’s Trust Foundation, the Vermont Law School Energy Clinic will be hiring a Climate Justice Fellow to work with us for two years beginning Fall 2017 while also pursuing an LLM in Energy Law. The fellowship provides a $30,000 per year stipend and a full tuition waiver for applicants who have completed their JD (or equivalent) and been accepted into our Energy LLM program, as well as, an opportunity to work in our year-round energy clinic on climate justice issues. Attorneys licensed to practice in New England are encouraged to apply but this is not a requirement of the fellowship. Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

 

Vital Communities | Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Vital Communities’ Energy and Transportation Programs promote efficient and renewable energy use and sustainable transportation. Both programs have a strong reputation for developing innovative, community-based projects (including Smart Commute, Solarize Upper Valley, & Weatherize Upper Valley) and are deeply engaged in both local and statewide efforts. The Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator position represents a strategic effort to more closely align Vital Communities’ efforts in these two important issue areas.

 

Development and Communications Manager

The FUND for Lake George is a private, not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the water quality and watershed of Lake George as a world-class natural resource.

Job Description

The Development and Communications Manager will be a key member of a dynamic team that is passionate about Lake George and will support the Executive Director, key trustees, and consultants in the development and continuous assessment/improvement of fund development, donor relations, and communications and outreach projects that include public relations, events management, advertising, and creating brand awareness.

Posted by The FUND for Lake George

SALARY

Minimum: $42,000.00

Maximum: $60,000.00

Details: Commensurate with experience and prior achievement

 

PUBLISHED: 03/31/2017

ADDRESS

2199A State Route 9

Lake George, NY

12845 United States

 

Position Responsibilities

Coordination of fundraising strategies, including donor prospecting/cultivation/solicitation, campaign development, and planned giving program

Raiser’s Edge database management, including Target Analytics application, data entry, gift entry/acknowledgement, and reporting

Management of annual fund and other fundraising appeals (traditional and digital) and sponsorship opportunities

Planning and execution of fundraising and outreach events

Coordination of grant applications and reporting

Coordination of print and digital marketing communications and publications plan with established consultants

 

Key Working Relationships

The Development and Communications Manager will need to work closely with the following individuals and teams, and must be adept and skillful at relationship cultivation and management:

  • FUND Executive Director
  • FUND Director of Finance and Administration (reports to)
  • FUND staff, including Lake George Waterkeeper
  • FUND Chairman & full Board of Trustees
  • Communications and development consultants
  • Program partners including The Jefferson Project (IBM & RPI), The S.A.V.E. Lake George
  • Partnership (local officials and other key regional leaders), and 1% for the Planet (regional
  • businesses)
  • Other LG Orgs: LGA, LGLC, LGPC
  • Media: Lake George Mirror, Albany Times Union, The Post Star, etc.
  • Key vendors
  • The Public

Position Requirements

An undergraduate college degree and 3-5 years minimum experience in Fundraising and/or Marketing/Communications with a record of progressive achievement

Proficiency in Blackbaud programs including Raiser’s Edge, Wealthpoint, and Target Analytics

A strong familiarity and comfort working with individual donors and institutional (public and private) grant makers

An acute interest in, if not outright passion for, Lake George, conservation and sustainability

Excellent written and oral communication skills, from one-on-one meetings to formal presentations

Demonstrated digital fluency, including being able to manage websites, email campaigns, and all appropriate forms of electronic media

A team player able to effectively collaborate and multi-task in a deadline-driven environment

Flexibility, innovative thinking, and positive “can do” outlook, ability to work fully “hands-on” in a high energy, highly collaborative small office environment

A good business mind; comfortable with the budget process, strong project coordination skills and a strong ‘timeline/milestone’ manager

Compensation

Commensurate with experience and prior achievement; the target salary range is $42,000 – $60,000 with full employee benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY

info@fundforlakegeorge.org

https://fundforlakegeorge.org/

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume with salary history, and a writing sample to info@fundforlakegeorge.org.

BENEFITS

Full employee benefits package

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Climate Justice Policy and Programs Coordinator

Posted by UPROSE

START DATE: 07/03/2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05/31/2017

 

Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, women of color led, nationally recognized grassroots organization, UPROSE promotes the sustainability and resiliency of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park community through community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression. UPROSE has achieved multiple groundbreaking accomplishments in environmental justice, community-based planning, and public health initiatives, from waterfront development and brownfields remediation advocacy, to transportation, open space and air quality improvement, to educational and youth empowerment campaigns. Since 2008, UPROSE has championed climate adaptation and community resiliency initiatives for Sunset Park. Following Superstorm Sandy, UPROSE launched the Climate Justice Center, NYC’s first grassroots-led climate adaptation and community resiliency planning project.

UPROSE seeks a Climate Justice Policy & Programs Coordinator to facilitate this initiative and manage work plan implementation. This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, creative and experienced team player to engage in innovative grassroots work with national significance. The Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Executive Director. Applicants must have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (public policy, urban planning, climate adaptation and resiliency, environmental science, etc.), strong writing and analytical skills and the ability to apply analytical techniques across a variety of urban climate justice issues. Candidates must be able to work long hours (more than 40+ per week) in a flexible schedule that includes nights and weekends, and travel within the USA.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Program and Policy

  • Work with the Executive Director to build the Climate Justice and Community Resiliency Center and manage program implementation
  • Work to implement and develop strategies for climate adaptation projects, and just transition efforts
  • Develop/present briefings and position papers on energy and climate justice related issues
  • Research new technologies/methodologies to address community driven climate adaptation efforts
  • Help carry out media strategies to raise awareness and build support.
  • Assist with fundraising, grant-writing and reporting.
  • Track and analyze city, state and federal bills of importance to the local CJ community
  • Assist in preparing members for policy/agency meetings and public hearings
  • Provide regular updates to stakeholders on progress

Administrative

  • Manage administrative systems, files, and member databases.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, supervision meetings, quarterly staff and/or stakeholder meetings in person, and other meetings as assigned/needed.
  • Contribute information and updates to website and social network sites.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in relevant discipline (public policy, urban planning, climate adaptation and resiliency, environmental science, etc.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working for environmental, social, and climate justice.
  • Demonstrated program management experience
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in public policy and related arenas, especially environmental justice policy and analysis grounded in local organizing.
  • Proven experience in coordinating meetings and working with grassroots intergenerational constituencies of color.
  • Experience facilitating multiple components of a program and campaign from beginning to end.
  • Strong training and mentorship skills, and a commitment to skill sharing and coaching in grassroots organizations.

 

  • Fluent in second language: Spanish is preferred.
  • Proven ability to work independently in a team-setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively about organizational development, program design and implementation.
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills with attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Accountable, open and willing to learn new techniques, ideas, and skills.
  • Knowledge of common computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and Internet and social networks.
  • Alignment with mission, vision and goals of UPROSE, and a strong political commitment to environmental and climate justice principles.

 

HOW TO APPLY

employment@uprose.org

http://www.uprose.org

To apply, please send the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter which includes a summary of the skills and experiences you will bring to the role, and name and contact details of three references indicating the capacity in which they know you and
  • a BRIEF writing sample.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and position will be open until it is filled. Please send your applications to employment@uprose.org. On subject line please put: Policy and Climate Justice Programs Coordinator. Please do not call, email or contact us through FB or Twitter. Thank you!

* People of color strongly encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS

Health, Eye and Dental Coverage

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

English, Spanish

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

Master’s degree

 

Community Based Planner & Policy Advocacy Coordinator

Posted by West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., New York City

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 Policy Advocacy 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, land use and development, and clean air. The analyst will coordinate WE ACT’s Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan (NMCA), and other community based planning issues including rezoning proposals, renewable energy, green infrastructure projects, and more. This position will report to WE ACT’ Deputy Director.

 

The Urban Planner/Climate Policy Coordinator advances WE ACT’s Climate and Environmental 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.

Minimum: $50,000.00

Maximum: $55,000.00

START DATE: 05/01/2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 04/24/2017

Responsibilities

Manage a multi-faceted Climate Resilience Project that includes energy democracy i.e. solar promotion, development of community based micro grid: and emergency preparedness

Develop and implement an annual public policy agenda to advance environmental justice for the organization

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;

Monitor and provide strategic advice, briefings, and recommendations on legislative change and policy issues at the federal, state and municipal levels;

Organize and lead community-based planning initiatives, develop planning materials, and strategically engaging in the public planning process to promote equity in land use and development.

Identify and work with key partners to advance the organization’s public policy agenda;

Skills

Two-three years project management experience

knowledge of Environmental, Climate and Energy Policy

Excellent public speaking and writing skills required.

Ability to engage diverse stakeholders

Ability to work in a team of community organizers, policy advocates, and researcher

Experience in: environmental policy and law; environmental justice concerns and perspectives; city, state and federal politics; and New York political leadership

Educational Requirements:

Masters degree preferred in Urban Planning, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Sustainability.

Spanish speaking and writing a plus.

Residents of Northern Manhattan encouraged to apply

HOW TO APPLY

evelyn@weact.org

Home

Send to evelyn@weact.org, Telephone calls will not be accepted.

Include cover letter, resume, three references, and daytime contact information.

Bilingual candidates, people of color, and Northern Manhattan residents are encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS: full benefits, medical, dental and vision , plus pre-tax Metro card purchasing available

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED: Master’s degree

 

Development Associate, Foundations

JOB DESCRIPTION

Organization:

Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of nearly 130 leading institutional investors with collective assets of over $15 trillion.

Ceres plays a unique role in the national environmental and sustainability movement by bringing the perspective and power of investors to environmental and sustainability issues and specifically to the performance, practices and policies of corporations. Today Ceres is a growing organization with expanding influence in the investment, environmental, corporate and policy arenas. Our program activities seek to foster greater public disclosure and actions on environmental and social impacts by corporations, encourage engagement between companies and their stakeholders, and create opportunities for collaborative dialogue leading to positive change on key sustainability issues. To this end, we are harnessing the influence of the nation’s largest investors to move high-impact companies, the financial and insurance industries, and policymakers toward bold action on climate and sustainability. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (www.ceres.org).

Position:

The Associate position on Ceres’ Foundation Team is a strong fit for a highly motivated candidate interested in working in a mission-driven, dynamic and fast-moving organization that has been recognized as one of the most effective environmental NGOs in the world. The position has significant growth potential with opportunities for increasing responsibility over time. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical, writing and personal communication skills, be a fast learner, and able to manage challenging and competing deadlines. The Associate will be an integral part of a five-person team that manages a large portfolio of foundation funders and prospective funders.   The Associate will report to the Senior Manager of Foundation Development. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following.

Provide support to senior members of the Foundation Team including;

Assist Foundation Team members and program staff in preparing and submitting letters of inquiry and proposals across select program areas;

Research potential foundation funders and evaluate fit with Ceres’ programs.

Support communication of breaking news, key successes, and timely invitations to events to advance foundation relationships:

Schedule internal meetings with program staff and external meetings with foundations;

Participate in internal and external meetings to capture key points and next steps through writing and distributing notes.

Provide project management and writing support to ensure timely development of foundation reports that clearly articulate the activities, outcomes and impact of select Ceres’ programs (Climate & Energy, others TBD) achieved with the foundation grant award:

Work closely with senior foundation staff and staff of select programs to track, assess and document progress towards programmatic goals;

Process grant agreements and draft thank you letters, and update Salesforce with reporting deadlines;

Track, manage and meet foundation reporting deadlines to assure compliance with funder reporting requirements;

Provide program and finance team staff with appropriate advance notice of proposal and reporting deadlines and follow up to ensure requested materials are produced in a timely manner;

Coordinate implementation of email blasts to funders with direction from senior members of the foundation team, using Salesforce.

Manage the Foundation Team’s contact records in Salesforce database, running reports and analyzing results (e.g., for foundation email blasts and foundation RSVP’s to events).

Work with colleagues on Foundation, Communications and Water/CA teams to develop and implement system for capturing “best press” and other evidence of Ceres’ impact.

Coordinate support for Ceres’ senior directors and executive’s development efforts, including:

Track travel schedules of senior directors and executives to identify opportunities for donor visits;

Join calls with Ceres senior program and executive staff to take notes and assist with timely follow up;

Coordinate preparation of briefing materials for meetings with foundation funders and prospects.

Serve as the Foundation Team’s liaison to CA office on coordination of development efforts.

Participate in the creation of the Foundation Team’s annual workplan, critical to Ceres’ growth;

Assist with planning and logistics for the Ceres annual conference program and other events

Oversee special projects as assigned by the Senior Manager, Foundation Development

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required;

2 – 3 years of work experience;

One or more years of experience in a relevant field such as foundation fundraising/development desired;

Excellent organizational abilities; demonstrated capacity to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, take precise notes, and work well in a fast-paced environment;

Strong writing skills with demonstrated interest and aptitude in persuasive writing;

Knowledge of standard development practices and techniques, proposal writing, and prospect research. Experience in writing grant proposals is a strong plus;

Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively;

Proficiency with database applications and MS Office Suite;

Passion for climate change, environmental and/or sustainability issues.

Application Instructions:

Candidates are asked to visit the Ceres website www.ceres.org to make themselves familiar with our organization. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to careers@ceres.org to be considered for this position. Please list “Development Associate, Foundations” in the subject line of your e-mail message.

 

Ceres is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

JOB LEVEL

Entry-level

– See more at: http://environmentalcareer.com/job/6103/development-associate-foundations/#sthash.MSWIm00T.dpuf

 

Farm to School Summer Curriculum Coordinator

Sustainable Nantucket

JOB TYPE Part Time Temporary

PUBLISHED: 04/10/2017

START DATE: 06/01/2017

DESCRIPTION

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 & TrainingIntroduction 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

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

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume and cover letter to Mary Nicholson at: f2s@sustainablenantucket.org

 

Director – Environment New Hampshire

Posted by Work for Progress

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has.

PUBLISHED: 04/09/2017

Through Environment New Hampshire, we are protecting the air, water and land that we all love. From the White Mountains to the Seacoast, New Hampshire is full of special places that are worth protecting. Recently, we celebrated a major victory when President Obama restored clean water protections to more than half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans. Now, we’re working to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a nation-leading program to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and make sure Senators Hassan and Shaheen stand up against President Trump’s environmental rollbacks.

Be the director for Environment New Hampshire, and help to protect the places we love and promote the core environmental values most Americans share: Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Environment America is expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 8 of our state offices, and direct the environmental program in those locations.

LOCATION

Concord or Manchester, NH

SUMMARY

State Directors are responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program: Run our in-state program, participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers, and build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental campaigns, and assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

APPLY NOW: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Pay & Benefits

 

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment New Hampshire offers a competitive benefits package.

 

Environment America is also hiring for state directors in the following locations:

Portland or Augusta, ME

Minneapolis, MN

Ann Arbor, MI

Las Vegas or Reno, NV

Raleigh, NC

Columbus, OH

Richmond, VA

 

The Public Interest Network

Environment America is part of the Public Interest Network. We’re a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore — from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

To Apply: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.

HOW TO APPLY

klarson@publicinterestnetwork.org

http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Please apply online at http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html.

BENEFITS

Environment Maine offers a competitive benefits package.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

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:

 

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.

 

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.