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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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


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>

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