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.

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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.

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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

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Monitoring & Evaluation Officer – Johannesburg, South Africa

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*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.

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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.

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 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:

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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:

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Total Compensation

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

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

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

Submission of Application

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

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.

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 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.

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December 21st 2016

Career Notes

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

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

Reminder: We have had a few questions regarding our Transcript Request Procedures. The following information can also be found on the VLS Careers Services webpage…

Unofficial Transcripts: To request a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript for job applications, send an email to Registrar@vermontlaw.edu. In the body of the email, include your student ID number and degree program(s). When you receive an email response from the Registrar’s Office with the PDF attached, please save the file for continued use until the following semester’s grades are posted.

Official Transcripts: To request an official transcript, either go to the Registrar’s Office and complete the transcript request form or go online to GetMyTranscript.org and then click on “Order-Track-Verify” to place your order. The fee is $5.00 per transcript, plus charges if expedited shipping is requested.

 Career Tip(s) of the Week (2x this week)

8 Essential Steps for Effective Interview Follow-Up

BY LISA RANGEL

Imagine you finally get your resume into the right hands. Then, you get a chance to interview with key decision makers at the organization of your dreams.

It all seems to be coming together nicely, but are you ready? How do you prepare to make the right moves before, during, and after the interview and position yourself as the best candidate to be considered?

Savvy professionals know that effective interview follow-up continues well before the actual interview, whether you’re applying to an organization or with a third-party recruiter. There are certain follow-up steps you must take to uphold the good first impression you made in the interview. It’s important to realize that how you conduct your search communicates to the employer how you will conduct yourself on the job, so continue your follow-up appropriately and professionally to seal the deal. Remember: the steps outlined below begin while you are still on the interview — not after it has ended!

 

  1. Before the interview ends, ask about the next steps in the process.

When you sense the interview is coming to an end, and the hiring manager or recruiter asks if you have any questions… ask! Inquire about the organization, its current projects, and the position, and then be sure to ask about the next steps in the process.

As a former recruiter, it would stun me that so few people ended the conversation before asking this question.

By doing so, you’ll get a more accurate timeframe for when you can appropriately follow up. It’s a no-brainer that eliminates the guess-work on your part. As a former recruiter, it would stun me that so few people ended the conversation with this question.

 

  1. Ask to connect on professional networks online

Yes, you’re interviewing in the hopes of getting the position—but you’ve also just formed a new professional relationship and added another name to your list of contacts. Asking the interviewer if you can connect on LinkedIn is perfectly acceptable.

During the interview, look for natural segues into a connection request. If the interviewer mentions they love to golf, for instance, you can refer to a great article on golfing you just read and offer to forward it to them. If they attended your alma mater, you can mention how great its online discussion group is and offer to introduce them to some former classmates who are active in that group.

Bonus Tip: When you send the actual request to connect, make sure you include a personalized note along the lines of, “I enjoyed speaking with you today. I’d like to introduce you to some fellow classmates as we discussed.” (Or whatever personal connection you made with them.)

 

Even if you don’t get the job, you’ve still made a great new professional connection who could wind up assisting your job hunt or career in the future. Don’t neglect to capitalize on that.

 

  1. Take the traditional route and ask for their business card.

At the end of each interview, ask the interviewer if you may have their business card. This will help you when writing a thank you note (more about that below). Business cards are an easy way to make sure you get key information correct when following up, such as the correct spelling of the interviewer’s name, their exact job title, and their email address. If the interviewer doesn’t have one available, jot down this information on the notepad you should be bringing along to every interview.

 

  1. Make the effort to send thank you notes immediately.

Do not underestimate the importance of this step. Interviewers see multiple candidates each day, and thank you notes are a quick and easy way to distinguish yourself from the competition, emphasize your interest in the position, and leave the interviewer with a positive lasting impression.

How to send this thank you note? Email is usually best method due to its immediacy; you can send it from anywhere and the interviewer will receive it instantly, keeping you top of mind (and impressing them with your timeliness). However, if you want the extra personalization that comes from handwritten correspondence, a physical note is also acceptable—just consider sending it via express mail so you don’t lose the immediacy factor (or, send both an email and a physical note). Sending something tangible can, no doubt, set you apart from other candidates.

Bonus Tip: The note itself should be brief, to the point, and professional yet pleasant. Thank the interviewer for their time and restate your interest in the position, reminding them of a few key reasons why you’d be a great fit for it. If you’re sending your note via email, this is also an appropriate time to attach any information you discussed, such as an article you recommended or an example of work you’ve done previously. And don’t forget to send personal notes to each interviewer if you met with more than one person.

 

  1. Reach out meaningfully—and more than once (maybe more than twice.

It’s okay to check in occasionally after the interview, so long as you do it the right way. Sending multiple emails and leaving multiple voice mail messages just to ask if a decision has been made will not do you any favors. Instead, touch base periodically in a way that demonstrates your value and your interest in the position, without coming across as pushy or desperate.

Demonstrate extra value by including an article you’ve come across that you think the interviewer will find interesting.

At the end of the interview, you should be asking about the next steps in the process (as we covered earlier). Once you know it will take about a week for the company to make a decision, you can gently follow up after 10 days to see if there is any other information you can provide. If you can demonstrate extra value by including an article you’ve come across that you think the interviewer will find interesting, you get extra points for being a useful professional contact. Remember that you’re likely not the only person following up on this position, so if you can do something to differentiate your message from the other candidates’, do so.

 

  1. If you don’t hear back immediately, don’t assume the worst.

In the absence of information, don’t choose to fill in the blanks with negative assumptions. That often isn’t productive. Everyone in the hiring process has good intentions to move the process along. Despite that, there will be factors in the process that will be out of their control. So always keep in mind that no news does not necessarily mean bad news. Maintain a positive attitude, and try not to dwell on it if you’ve yet to hear back from someone.

 

  1. Remain confident in what you have to offer.

Remember … you are awesome! You have unique experiences, knowledge, achievements, contacts, and more. You can provide something (or multiple somethings) to this opportunity that nobody else can. Bring this confidence into the interview with you, and carry it with you afterwards as well.

Also, know that if this particular opportunity doesn’t come through for you, there is another one out there that is going to be a fit for you — where you will be fortunate to find each other. Believe this.

Don’t wait to move on and look for the next opportunity.

Don’t just sit and wait on this one position; keep your job search moving along.

Distract yourself from the opportunity as soon as the interview is over to give yourself a fresh perspective when they do call back. This tactic will preserve your sanity and give you a greater chance of ultimate success. Even if the opportunity you’re waiting to hear about is your dream job, if you sit around and wait for them to get back to you, it will be like watching a pot of water come to a boil.

Resume your search immediately. Go for a run. Head out to meet a friend. Do all of these things, in fact. Distract yourself from the opportunity as soon as the interview is over to give yourself a fresh perspective when they do call back (remember, think positive!), and maintain your leverage by exploring other options.

These tips should enable you to master your interview follow-up process and secure that job you want. Remember too, many resume writing and consulting firms are also available to assist with interview preparations as well. The bottom line is knowing what to do right and doing more of those things.

 

Trying to Connect to Your Passion? Figure Out What You Hate

BY      VICTORIA CRISPO

“I don’t know what my passion is.”

“I can’t figure out what I want and what I’d like to do.”

“Everyone’s talking about finding their passion. I’ve tried but I just can’t seem to find mine.”

If any of these quotes sound like something you’ve said or thought lately, you’re not alone. Before you beat yourself up with the thought that you haven’t been looking hard enough, bear in mind another strategy. Instead, ask: What do I hate?

For those who consider “hate” too strong of a word: What do I really dislike?

While the holidays might not seem to be the appropriate time to dwell on the negative emotions, don’t fret. Know this: the activities that you can’t stand doing can be great clues into what you might actually love. If you haven’t been graced with an “A-Ha!” moment leading to your life’s purpose, rest assured, you can still lead a happy, fulfilling life. As Kristin Wong shares on LifeHacker, you can even find a job you enjoy. At the very least, assessing your dislikes can keep you more mindful in your efforts to steer clear of them.

Think about and answer these questions:

What type of activities do I always put off doing (in personal and work life)?

Typically, the things you put off are the things you enjoy the least, are the most time consuming, or are the most draining on your energy. It makes sense to pursue the opportunities that have the least amount of those!

Why do I put them off?

Making a list of the things you put off isn’t quite enough; the next step is to reflect on why you may be doing so. Try to identify why that particular activity drains your energy. Figure out if the reason you put it off is due to a situational or environmental factor that you can change. For example, maybe it’s the time of day that you scheduled it, or it involves interaction with a person you find abrasive. Before you dismiss the activity completely, see if it can be tweaked and made more bearable. If not, add it to your “dislike” list.

What themes do you see in the activities you don’t like?

For example, if your “dislike list” states:

Making calls to clients

Greeting donors at fundraisers

Negotiating rates

You can probably decipher common characteristics such as interpersonal relationships, communication skills, and follow-up. What does that tell you about the types of jobs you may want to stay away from? What is it about those activities that don’t work for you? Just as importantly, ask yourself if it is feasible for your to stay away from those activities, or if you will encounter them at virtually any job.

In your previous jobs, what felt “missing”?

Think about the responsibilities you expected to have at your prior jobs but didn’t actually engage in. What aspects of your jobs did you want to do but didn’t get the opportunity to take on?

After sitting with your dislikes for a while, there is the chance that some clarity around one or two of your passions will emerge. If so, great. If not, know that you are a little closer to finding something you’ll enjoy rather than feel stuck in a career that is barely tolerable.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

 Water Quality Communications Intern

Montpelier

Temporary Seasonal

Posting Date: 11/30/2016

Application Deadline: 12/21/2016

Department: Agriculture, Food&Mrkts Agency

This position, (Water Quality Communications Intern, Job Opening #620429), is an internship opportunity for the Winter-Spring semester.

Internship Description:

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

VAAFM seeks a qualified intern to help us facilitate the expanded education and outreach efforts around new statewide agricultural water quality rules and the supporting educational and funding opportunities available to farmers. This position will work closely with the Water Quality Communications Lead to develop written and digital content related to Vermont’s Agricultural Water Quality efforts. Interns in this position will hone their print and digital storytelling skills, utilize social and traditional print media to share these efforts, and gain a broader understanding of how new media can be strategically leveraged to advance communication goals.

Qualifications:

Strong written & verbal communications skills (developing content for educational materials, editing and producing content for our in-house newspaper: Agriview)

Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign)

Strong social media skills (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)

Responsible, organized, self-motivated

Interest in Communications, PR, Public Service/Government, Agriculture, Water Quality

Driver’s license (will be required to drive to outreach events)

Dates: January 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017

Estimated Hours per Week: 15

Hourly Rate: $13.28

Supervisor: Ryan Patch

****DO NOT APPLY ONLINE****

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via email to ryan.patch@vermont.gov.

Candidates will be contacted by the internship supervisor if selected for an interview.

For more information about internships in the State of Vermont, please visit our website.

 

Environmental Law Firm Summer/Spring Internship

SHEPHARD S. JOHNSON, JR. & ASSOCIATES, P.C.

Prominent environmental law firm in New Bedford, Massachusetts seeks 2L or 3L JD and/or JD/MELP, or LLM Spring and/or Summer Intern. The focus of our internship program is providing law students through participation in the office’s representation of our clients, exposure to diverse legal subject areas, including oil and hazardous materials investigations, cleanups and cost recovery under CERCLA and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21E, brownfields redevelopment projects, and in wetlands and coastal permitting. During the course of the summer, Interns work individually with the attorneys in the office. Interns participate in the process of researching, investigating, preparing and prosecuting lawsuits. Virtually all Interns undertake legal research, write memoranda, and help evaluate factual issues. We place a premium on careful, accurate, and self-directed work. Each Intern is responsible for monitoring her/his own workload, and each attorney is responsible for supervising the work done and providing feedback to the Interns. Depending on the case and the Intern, attendance at client meetings, court appearances, and meetings with public agency representatives, as well as drafting pleadings, briefs, and discovery documents may be part of the internship experience. We are looking for full-time positions but are open to a part time arrangement. We have a causal office environment.

Contact Career Services

 

Agricultural Water Quality Specialist II

Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 21.290000

Posting Date: 12/01/2016

12/22/2016

Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

General Information

This position, (Agricultural Water Quality Specialist II, Job Opening # 620462), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Ryan Patch at ryan.patch@vermont.gov.

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

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

Overview

The Agricultural Water Quality Specialist position at the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets focuses on supporting the water quality team on education, outreach, technical assistance and data analysis and management. The recent passage of the Required Agricultural Practices and the financial support from the Clean Water Fund to provide grant opportunities to a wide array of partners has increased the need for additional communication to stakeholders. This position will assist in the development of materials, policies and procedures, templates, and reporting mechanisms; manage the technical or programmatic side of the various grant program opportunities and expand the communication channels to ensure the public, farmers and partners are well educated on the water quality regulations, technical and financial assistance programs. This position will work closely with the water quality business office, communications and inspection teams in order to thoroughly understand the water quality team efforts and provide a level of technical support to stakeholders. This position must be knowledgeable about water quality and agriculture, and be skilled in database management, GIS and Microsoft office programs. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) a plus.

General Job Description

Administrative, technical, and educational work for the Agency of Agriculture relating to the water quality cost-share programs, farm water quality permits/certifications, water quality related rules, and general water quality protection.

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

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

High school diploma or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field.

OR

Associate’s degree in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field AND two (2) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation or a related field.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field.

OR

Two (2) years as a Water Quality Specialist I.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Total Compensation

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

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

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

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

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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

 

Energy Program Specialist

Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 23.890000

Posting Date: 09/08/2016

Department: Public Service Department

General Information

This position, (Energy Program Specialist, Job Opening # 618976), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please note that this position is open until filled. The State of Vermont posts vacancies for a minimum of ten business days.   Positions posted as open until filled can be removed at any time after the initial ten day period. After the initial posting period, departments may begin interviewing and may close the posting without notice.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Opening.

Level # I:   Energy Program Specialist, Job Opening ID# 618976

Level # II: Energy Program Specialist II, Job Opening ID# 619097

Level # III: Energy Program Specialist III, Job Opening ID# 619098

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

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

Overview

The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking dynamic and qualified candidates for an Energy Program Specialist position, which will focus on the evaluation of Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (EEU). The Department is the public advocate on utility matters and the center of state energy policy in Vermont and oversees the state’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (Efficiency Vermont, Burlington Electric, and Vermont Gas). EEU oversight includes development of EEU budgets and performance goals, evaluation of EEU programs, and verification of energy savings. This position may also oversee a variety of special projects/grants in the areas of alternative transportation, thermal and electric energy efficiency, etc. It’s anticipated that the person selected for this position would spend at least 50% of their time on EEU activities and the remaining on other topics as assigned.

The Energy Program Specialist position will work cooperatively with other team members as well as independently to complete EEU oversight activities and other duties. Duties may include: developing and managing EEU program evaluations; monitoring results of energy program implementation; writing and issuing Requests for Proposals; writing and managing grant agreements and contracts; developing recommendations and filings to submit to the Public Service Board (PSB) on EEU issues; and providing testimony before the PSB. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in the field of energy efficiency, and project management experience necessary to carry out the duties of the position. Experience in evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy programs is desired, but not required. The Energy Program Specialist position has three potential job levels, which require different minimum qualifications, education, and experience. The Department is open to applications for any of the three Energy Program Specialist levels for this single open position.

General Job Description

Professional and technical work for the Department of Public Service involving the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency programs and projects. Position represents the department in cooperative endeavors with utilities, businesses, public interest groups and citizen. Work is performed under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the Planning and Energy Resources Division.

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

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field.

OR

Juris Doctor degree.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, pre-law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field AND two (2) or more years of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

OR

Six (6) or more years of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Agriculture Development Coordinator (Limited Service)

State of Vermont

Montpelier, VT

General Information

This limited service position Agriculture Development Coordinator (Job Opening # 620527), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Abbey Willard at abbey.willard@vermont.gov.

This is a limited service position through 9/30/17, which may be extended.

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

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

Overview

This Agriculture Development Coordinator position will focus on coordinating outreach and education to the produce industry around FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements and the execution of the Vermont Produce Safety Program. This position will engage in the following activities: support the Agency team and partners’ in understanding the implications of this new federal rule on Vermont’s produce industry; assist with industry outreach and educational efforts; conduct on-farm produce farm visits; lead grant management, tracking and reporting; and support stakeholder cooperation and engagement in the statewide produce program. Experience in working with food and farm businesses, specifically produce operations, and collaboratively managing relationships within a network of agricultural producers, state and federal agencies, nonprofit partners, funders, and service providers is preferred. Knowledge of food systems, event coordination, data collection and analysis experience is desired.

General Job Description

Promotional, marketing, land use planning and development work for the Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets. This work may involve the expansion of markets for Vermont agricultural products or land use development review in a regulatory context. Duties include assistance to the agricultural community with advocacy, infrastructure development and technical assistance. Position will work under supervision of Deputy Secretary or other senior staff member in a team environment. Work product will be determined weekly depending on a particular program assignment

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

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in the field of agriculture, land use planning, natural resource management, forestry, economics, marketing, public relations or communications AND two (2) years or more at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications, land use or natural resource planning, or advertising.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

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

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

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

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

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Regional Parks Coordinator

State of Vermont

North Hero, VT

General Information

This position, (Regional Parks Coordinator, Job Opening # 620555), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Randy Mayhew at randy.mayhew@vermont.gov

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

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

Overview

This is a skilled administrative/coordination support position in the building trades arena performing a wide variety of job duties for the region’s facility management program. Job responsibilities of the position include assisting with all aspects of regional building contract administration such as preparing and finalizing technical construction bid proposals, drafting and routing contracts, and working with contractors. The position also manages the region’s fleet, serves as the region’s Safety Officer and performs a wide variety of training assistance for seasonal maintenance staff in the parks. The region’s swim water sampling and wastewater permit-related monitoring are also performed and coordinated by this position.

General Job Description

Organizational work and technical work at the regional level for Vermont State Parks. Responsibilities include supply, inventory, and stock management; water, swim water, waste water quality monitoring; coordinating projects including bidding and contracts; supervise seasonal maintenance employees; supervise and document preventative maintenance programs; train employees with regard to safety, department procedures, and equipment utilization; manage vehicle fleet and schedule vehicle usage; and provide maintenance team support through the proficient use of tradesman knowledge and skills. Responsible for scheduling of shop use and equipment use. Acts as facilitator for in-park projects, providing supplies, equipment, and expertise. Duties are performed under the supervision of an administrative supervisor.

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

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

Experience with coordinating projects/programs involving multiple staff members along with outside vendors/contractors.

Working knowledge of tradesmen terminology or experience in the field.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree.

OR

Associate’s degree AND two (2) years or more of work experience in store inventory/retail sales and/or work in the recreation field and/or in a state park setting.

OR

High school graduation or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of work experience in store inventory/retail sales and/or work in the recreation field and/or in a state park setting.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

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

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

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

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

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Natural Resources Board Administrator

Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 36.980000

Posting Date: 12/14/2016

Position Number: 700018

Application Deadline: 12/29/2016

Department: Natural Resources Board

This position, (Natural Resources Board Administrator, Job Opening # 620374), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashua@vermont.gov

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

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

Overview

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is seeking a skilled administrator and communicator to fill the position of Executive Director (NRB Administrator) in our Montpelier office. This senior-level staff position involves managerial, administrative, and supervisory work overseeing the implementation of Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the five Act 250 District Offices, including recruitment, training, and supervision of the District Environmental Coordinators who administer Act 250 at the district level. Additional responsibilities include developing policy and guidance, accountability for the annual budget of the NRB, and serving as a liaison with the Vermont Legislature.

The Executive Director position requires a proven leader with extensive knowledge of Act 250 and land use principles. The direct supervision of the ten District Coordinators, whose authority is defined in statute, is a core responsibility which demands a significant portion of the Executive Director’s time.

This key leadership position assists with major policy formulation and goal setting for the organization and collaborates with state agencies and other stakeholders on legislative and policy initiatives. The Executive Director is also involved in the preparation and delivery of state-wide education and training for staff and appointed district commissioners and outreach to external partners and participants in the Act 250 process.

As the top ranking classified executive at the NRB, the ED is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency during transitions in state government administrations. The ED has an essential role in creating the collaboration within state government that exists outside of political changes.

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as permit applicants and parties to the Act 250 permit process. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of environmental laws, rules, regulations, and permit requirements in Vermont; public administration experience, and a working knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning. Supervisory experience and a considerable knowledge of budgetary principles and practices are also required. Experience with law, the courts, engineering, public relations, and technology are a plus.

The direct supervisor of the position is the Chair of the Natural Resources Board. The Chair, the Natural Resources Board, and members of the nine District Commissions are all appointed by the Governor.

General Job Description

Managerial, administrative, coordinating, and supervisory work for the Natural Resources Board involving Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use Control Law. Duties involve the direction of district office activities, management of the budget and district caseload, assistance with enforcement efforts, and direct involvement with selected difficult cases with major regional or statewide impacts. Supervision is exercised over District Coordinators and other staff. Incumbent acts as liaison to the Vermont Legislature on budget and policy issues. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Chair of the Natural Resources Board.

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

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Masters’ degree or higher in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND three years at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND five years at or above a professional level in field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration, INCLUDING three years at or above a supervisory level.

Total Compensation

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

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

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

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

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Program Manager- Downspout Disconnection

Bethesda, MD, US

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Rock Creek Conservancy (Formerly FORCE) on December 19, 2016

Reports to: Director of Programs & Operations

Overview: The Program Manager-Downspout Disconnection Program is a key position in Rock Creek Conservancy. The Program Manager oversees the management of our entire contract with DC Water for the Downspout Disconnection & Rain Barrel installation program in conjunction with our contractors making sure that all tasks are completed and reported in accordance with all contract specifications and deadlines. The main components of the program are door‐to‐door canvassing, program enrollment, disconnection of residential downspouts, and the installation of rain barrels located at specific project areas in the neighborhoods of the Rock Creek and Potomac River sewersheds.

Responsibilities:

Act as main liaison between DC Water’s Green Infrastructure Private Space Implementation Coordinator, Rock Creek Conservancy, and contractor(s) the Conservancy may use.

Attend all Downspout Disconnection project meetings and training sessions.

Coordinate with Communications Manager and DC Water on development of outreach materials and manage distribution of materials and all social media surrounding the program.

Respond to phone calls and emails regarding the program.

Management of all responsibilities either directly with Conservancy staff or with a contractor which included but are not limited to:

Door‐to‐door canvassing of approximately 2,300 properties identified as having potential downspouts to disconnect in the project areas.

Performing eligibility audits for all homeowners interested in the program.

Obtaining homeowner agreements from homeowners who enroll in program.

Ensuring downspouts meet disconnection criteria.

Disconnecting all downspouts that meet disconnection criteria (as outlined in DOEE’s Stormwater Management Guidebook).

Installing rain barrels as requested.

Recording all activities in the provided data management platform (ArcGIS Collector).

Coordinate all logistics of storage and scheduling of all rain barrels and disconnects.

Respond to any issues/homeowner inquiries arising from disconnection work.

Call any homeowners who have not responded to multiple canvasing attempts.

Work with DC Water and DOEE to determine eligibility for RiverSmart Rewards.

Fix and manage the fix through contractors any deficiencies DC Water identifies during the verification process.

Provide monthly invoices/progress reports.

Provide a final report summarizing activities, outcomes, lessons learned, and recommendations.

Work full-time on-site at DC Water through project launch.

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree

Demonstrated success managing and implementing Green Infrastructure or Stormwater related programs

Experience with Downspout Disconnections and installation of Rain Barrels.

Experience partnering with private landowners and other partners, or otherwise coordinating a multidisciplinary team

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Creativity, flexibility, and strong problem-solving skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Must be able to establish, track, and meet deadlines under time pressure

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Frequent weekend work and must be flexible to work evenings and extended hours when needed

Must have a car or access to a car when needed for travel throughout the Rock Creek and Potomac River Watershed

Experience with community outreach and engagement activities

Knowledge of the Rock Creek and Potomac River watershed and DC environmental issues

 

Climate Program Coordinator

Fort Collins, CO, US

Job posted by City of Fort Collins on December 16, 2016

POSITION TITLE: CLIMATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR (Full-Time Regular) (Contractual)(Contractual)REQUISITION #: req937DEPARTMENT: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICESLOCATION: 222 LAPORTEBENEFIT CATEGORY: Contractual View Classifications & Benefits

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time Regular ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $43,013.00 – 60,218.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 12/27/2016. You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check and drug test required.

 

BACKGROUND:

The Fort Collins Climate Action Plan (CAP) is the City’s strategic guide for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, with interim greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals in 2020 and 2030. Staff is currently developing a roadmap to reach the goal of 20% GHG emissions reductions below 2005 levels by 2020. Efforts include developing, modeling, and implementing initiatives that impact emissions in different sectors of Fort Collins. More information about the history and progress of these efforts can be found at www.fcgov.com/climateaction.

SUMMARY: This position reports directly to the Climate Program Manager and provides essential support to ensuring that the Plan and the associated teams are on track to achieve these goals. Duties vary on a daily basis, and range from providing administrative support, e.g., meeting setup, taking notes, etc., to best practice research on

how other municipalities are addressing these cutting edge issues. The selected candidate will be exposed to all levels of leadership in a municipal organization, as the candidate will work weekly with executive leadership,

middle management, and line level staff to achieve the goals. The candidate will also have the opportunity to engage with Fort Collins’ active citizenry, through the teams and the Community Advisory Committee.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Coordinate, administer, and assist with the internal efforts around the Road 2020+, including scheduling meetings, taking notes, meeting event setup/takedown, and identifying and following through on key action steps. Manages project schedules and timelines.

Support the coordination of the Road to 2020+ Strategic Initiative teams’ work and assist with teams’ workload wherever possible. Coordinate distribution of information to employees and management.

Research, compile, and disseminate best practices for greenhouse gas reduction, community engagement, financing, performance measurement and metrics, and planning and implementation from other jurisdictions’ Climate Action Plans.

Provide assistance to Environmental Services, e.g., green building, air quality, climate adaptation and resiliency, etc. as needed to support broader departmental objectives.

Facilitate team meetings and provide after-hours support and participation in off-site outreach and program-related events.

Track, summarize and report (via Internet, databases, and spreadsheets) customer inquiries, community

engagement, efforts, feedback and/or results stemming from various projects or programs provided by the team or City overall.

Provide assistance and information to customers about climate programs. Participate in program design,community engagement, development of general public information and marketing for projects or programs.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of standard office software including word processing, data base and spreadsheet applications. Ability to conduct, analyze, and present data. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Understanding of basic business practices. Exceptional attention to detail. Ability to manage projects and balance multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated proficiency with public relations, community involvement and facilitation strategies. Ability to communicate and interact in diverse situations. General understanding and public relations, marketing, advertising, and promotional concepts and objectives. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other City departments, employees, management, elected officials and the general public. Strong organization and time management skills. Capable of working on own as well as within teams. Ability to appropriately manage confidential or sensitive information. Ability to relate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, City employees and public officials.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

High school graduation or general education degree (GED), college-level or technical school course work in environmental studies or related area preferred; plus a minimum of three years of related job experience performing project coordination and administration or community engagement, preferably in a team environment. Preferred knowledge of sustainability or the climate action planning industry.LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read, analyze, and interpret policies and procedures, safety and technical procedures, or

governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in a concise, clear, and impactful manner. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to read and analyze information from a variety of sources, and craft that information into communications appropriate for various audiences. Mental alertness, ability to multi-task, and meet fixed deadlines while balancing other multiple projects with varying deadlines.CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Valid driver’s license.PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms;

and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

Normal office environment.

Geothermal Expert fluent in Spanish (Spanish native speaker preferred)

Any country, Provincia de Río Negro, Argentina

Job posted by Transcarbon International on December 16, 2016

Transcarbon International Corporation, founded in Silicon Valley in 2006 by Sébastien Raoux, is an independent consulting firm assisting the private sector, the public sector, the voluntary sector, and civil society in implementing sustainable development practices, including climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Our leadership combines extensive experience in environmental sustainability —particularly in the areas of climate change, energy, and clean technologies—, as well as in business, legal, and public policy consulting. We serve our clients worldwide from our corporate address in the United States of America and key locations in Argentina, the Philippines, and Portugal.

Transcarbon International is currently receiving applications from Geology Experts with an emphasis on geothermal energy, fluent in Spanish, preferably Spanish native speakers.

The successful candidate will work mostly online, on a part-time consultancy basis under results based contracts, with occasional short-term domestic and international travel. Among other tasks, he or she will provide inputs on diverse technical issues within his or her areas of expertise, collaborate with the drafting of a variety of technical documents, including feasibility studies, impact assessments, project proposals, and reports, and conduct fieldwork.

Requirements:

  1. Outstanding academic and scientific credentials are essential. Candidates must have an advanced degree in Engineering or Geology (Ph.D. preferred) and at least 10 years of relevant work experience in geothermal energy.
  2. Superb Spanish communication skills, as well as oral fluency and superior written skills in English are a must.
  3. Experience working as an independent consultant providing services under results based contracts related to different geographical areas worldwide will be highly valued.
  4. Should be willing to travel occasionally for short stays.
  5. Strong work ethics and quality orientation.

Applications from suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged.

*PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY*

 

Public Lands Policy Expert

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a dynamic individual to defend our public lands and waters from attacks by Congress and the incoming Trump administration. We seek an energetic and creative advocate with strong analytic, oral and written communication skills to fight back against legislative threats and efforts by the Trump administration to roll back public lands protections. The policy specialist will analyze and respond to congressional legislation and federal agency efforts to increase resource extraction on our nation’s national forests, refuges, monuments and Bureau of Land Management lands, as well as efforts to transfer public lands to private interests. The policy specialist will communicate their analyses to the media and public through high-impact written materials and other means. This position will play an important role in elevating the Center’s work to defend our nation’s core environmental laws.

Primary duties:

  • Track and analyze legislative attacks seeking to weaken protections for endangered species. Develop rapid-response press releases, reports and other materials to educate the public on these legislative attacks.
  • Engage the public through electronic action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of public lands.
  • Lobby Congress to defend public lands from harmful legislation.
  • Engage other environmental groups, religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, and others to help defeat legislative and other threats to endangered species.
  • Develop opposition research and other materials to respond to hostile congressional hearings. Assist with congressional briefings to further positive narratives about protecting endangered species.
  • Assist with oversight of Trump administration officials, including through use of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Assist with organizing people for congressional hearings and events in Washington, D.C., to help hold politicians accountable.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Advanced degree required, law degree preferred.
  • One to three years of demonstrated experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the public lands management laws required.
  • General knowledge of environmental laws and other wildlife protection laws preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protections.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytic abilities.
  • Experience lobbying at the federal or state level preferred.
  • Background in conservation preferred.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.
  • Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.

Benefits Package

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply online at https://biologicaldiversity.applicantpro.com/jobs/501118.html by submitting a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and reference list. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed

to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Endangered Species Policy Specialist

This position can be located in our Washington D.C. office.

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a dynamic individual to defend the Endangered Species Act and endangered wildlife from attacks by Congress and the incoming Trump administration. We seek an energetic and creative advocate with strong analytic, oral and written communication skills to fight back against legislative threats and efforts by the Trump administration to roll back wildlife protections. The policy specialist will analyze and respond to congressional legislation and federal agency efforts seeking to weaken wildlife protections, communicating their analyses to the media and public through high-impact written materials and other means. This position will play an important role in elevating the Center’s work to defend our nation’s core environmental laws, particularly the Endangered Species Act.

Primary duties:

  • Track and analyze legislative attacks seeking to weaken protections for endangered species. Develop rapid- response press releases, reports, and other materials to educate the public on these legislative attacks.
  • Engage the public through electronic action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of the Act and endangered species protections.
  • Lobby Congress to defend endangered species from harmful legislation.
  • Engage other environmental groups, religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, and others to help defeat legislative and other threats to endangered species.
  • Develop opposition research and other materials to respond to hostile congressional hearings. Assist with congressional briefings to further positive narratives about protecting endangered species.
  • Assist with oversight of Trump administration officials, including through use of the Freedom of Information

Act.

  • Assist with organizing people for congressional hearings and events in Washington, D.C., to help hold politicians accountable.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

 

  • Advanced degree required, law degree preferred.
  • One to three years of demonstrated experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Endangered Species Act required.
  • General knowledge of environmental laws and other federal laws that help protect wildlife preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to upholding environmental protections.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytic abilities.
  • Experience lobbying at the federal or state level preferred.
  • Background in conservation preferred.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.
  • Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.
  • Good sense of humor in the face of the Trump administration a plus.

Benefits Package

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply online at https://biologicaldiversity.applicantpro.com/jobs/501109.html by submitting a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and reference list. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed

to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Park Ranger (Interpretation)

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Agency Contact Information

2 vacancies in the following location:

Woodstock, VT

Work Schedule is Full Time – Temporary NTE 1039 hours

Opened Monday 12/19/2016 Closes Friday 12/30/2016

$19.18 to $19.18 / Per Hour

United States Citizens

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

You can make a difference by bringing your unique experience, background and perspective to our work.

We are committed to promoting a workforce where the viewpoints and talents of every employee are valued, welcomed and appreciated. – NPS Director, Jon Jarvis

To find out more about the National Park Service visit www.nps.gov, and watch our YouTube video here.

The HR Customer Services and Solutions group is currently accepting applications to fill up to (2) temporary positions at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont. Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April, 2017.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located in the year-round resort community of Woodstock, Vermont – an area of great natural beauty alongside the Ottauquechee River in the foothills of the Green Mountains. The new park opened for the first time to visitors in 1998 and is the first unit of the National Park System to focus on the theme of conservation history and the changing nature of land stewardship in America. It manages and interprets the early 19th century Billings/Rockefeller mansion and grounds complex, as well as a 500-acre forest property on the slopes of Mount Tom where hiking, nature study, and cross-country skiing are popular with visitors.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

Duties

Employees perform various interpretive and administrative tasks in the operation of a Visitor Services/ Interpretation program Duties include operating all aspects of a busy visitor center desk that includes understanding and operating phone and intercom systems, executing a reservation system on phones and computer software and operating an automated cash register with cash and credit card sales. Employees will develop and present at least three separate thematic tours of the Billings/Rockefeller mansion and forest properties for the public and special interest groups. Extensive public speaking and visitor contact is required both for guided tours and working the visitor desk. The position requires guiding visitors both indoors and outdoors sometimes in extreme weather conditions. Employees need to be able to stand for several hours, and walk up and down hills at elevation changes of six hundred feet within two miles. Employees will be expected to educate visitors about park significance while providing routine patrols of the forest and property. These positions require working holidays and weekends and wearing the National Park Service uniform. The GS-07 position is a lead position. In addition to previous duties incumbent will be acting supervisor in absence of chief of visitor services. Employee responsibilities may include managing the Eastern National bookstore outlet, supporting the Volunteers in the Park (VIP) program and/or taking a lead role in the fee collection operation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

 

Marketing Associate

The Ocean Foundation is looking for a Marketing Associate to help build its overall brand, as well as the brands of its subsidiaries, SeaGrass Grow and CURRENTS, along with directly managing the Foundation’s corporate partnerships.

You…

  • have a background in marketing, advertising, communications, or nonprofit development.
  • have experience with Photoshop and other design applications.
  • are a creative writer who can approach ocean topics and issues from a unique perspective.
  • can manage a brand’s social media profiles.
  • can absorb new information quickly.
  • are eager to take on new responsibilities and create your own.

We…

  • are an innovative nonprofit working in emerging ocean issues that aren’t yet well understood by the general public.
  • have disruptive, new ideas that are changing the environmental nonprofit space.
  • are a place for you to learn, grow, and build your career.
  • have a great benefits package.
  • don’t care if you already know about ocean issues. Teaching you that is the easy part, what you’d do with that information is why we’d hire you.

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@oceanfdn.org and include “Marketing Associate” in the subject line.

Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

The transportation program manager is a VLS alum.

Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, Vermont, seeks dynamic, organized, community-oriented project coordinator to join Vital Communities’ Energy and Transportation team.

The project coordinator will work directly with the Energy Program Manager and Transportation Program Manager to support community-based and electronic outreach efforts, coordinate various stakeholder groups, and design and implement projects.

Current projects include Weatherize Upper Valley, the Green Real Estate Initiative, and a Real-Time Transit Marketing pilot.

Full job description availableat VitalCommunities.org/Employment. Email resume, cover letter, and three references to HR@VitalCommunities.org. Staff will begin reviewing resumes January 9, 2017. Resumes and letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Energy@VitalCommunities.org with questions.

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December 12th 2016

Career Notes

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

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

Reminder: We have had a few questions regarding our Transcript Request Procedures. The following information can also be found on the VLS Careers Services webpage…

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Official Transcripts: To request an official transcript, either go to the Registrar’s Office and complete the transcript request form or go online to GetMyTranscript.org and then click on “Order-Track-Verify” to place your order. The fee is $5.00 per transcript, plus charges if expedited shipping is requested.

 Career Tip of the Week

How to Survive Awkward Holiday Conversations About Your Career

BY EMILY LAMIA

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you may be feeling relieved that you managed to get through it. You saw family and friends, and found common ground with that one uncle who thought it would be great to talk about the election despite knowing that it might end in slung mashed potatoes everywhere.

Next, you’ve still got to get through the December holidays… so you might have some more dreaded, awkward conversations to survive.

I’ve been there.

I spent the first five years out of college working on political campaigns, which pretty much meant I was unemployed during the holidays because it was after the campaign had wrapped up.

I dreaded having family and friends asking, “so what are you doing next?” not just because I wasn’t really sure how to answer it, but because I honestly didn’t know! It felt sorta embarrassing to seem like I was constantly trying to “figure it out.”

Over time, I’ve come to realize a few things about these conversations and encounters. Below are my solutions for surviving them!

1.People’s reactions to your life and career often say more about them than they do about you.

People bring their own baggage to these sorts of conversations. Remember that their hang-ups on some part of your life could actually be speaking to their own issues rather than yours.Some people might fixate on a particular aspect of your life – your lack of a serious romantic relationship or your non-traditional career path, for example. And while part of that focus might be out of love for you- because they want to see you succeed and be happy- it often suggests that they place a lot of significance on that part of their own life. They might be trying to wrap their heads around your life as if it was made up of the same hopes, dreams, and challenges that theirs are.

People bring their own baggage to these sorts of conversations. Try and remember that their hang-ups on some part of your life could actually be speaking to their own issues rather than yours.

2.Give yourself permission to avoid certain people and skip out on various gatherings if you know that it’s just going to upset you.

Maybe you have this one friend who is going to bring up some subject that’s just going to stress you out or upset you. Do you really have to go to their holiday party? You probably don’t.

I’m not suggesting you blow everyone off until 2017, but take a moment to check in with yourself and really think about the effect some of these encounters are going to have on you.

Plan your calendar thoughtfully. Prioritize the happy hours and gatherings in December that are going to make you happy and give you the opportunity to see people who don’t stress you out. And when you do encounter those that are particularly grating, try this:

3.Take the pressure off conversations about you by asking others about themselves.

One of the things I do if I really don’t feel like talking about myself or my professional life is to plan on being the one to ask lots of questions. Remember, people love talking about themselves! If you act super excited and interested in what’s going on with them, they probably won’t even notice that they don’t know what’s going on with you.

And there are so many questions you can ask! Ask about their family, job, house, where they traveled in 2016, if they’ve got any New Year’s resolutions for 2017. If they have pets, ask about them… this will probably give you at least five minutes of photos and stories about their cat or dog.

4.It’s helpful to have a few short answers lined up so you’re ready for any dreaded questions.

The “what are you looking to do after your internship/graduate program/fellowship?” question might be inevitable. Practice a short, to-the-point answer that tells them you’re thoughtful and polished.

You don’t need to go on and on… and you don’t have to tell them all the internal debates you’re having about what the right path for you is (unless you actually think they might be helpful in you figuring it out!).

If you’re not sure you’ll be able to deliver a good answer, try writing it out first. When we write things down, it helps us get to the point and allows us to edit until we’ve got a succinct, well-poised response.

Need some ideas for framing? Try these:

If you’re still at the same company you’ve been at and are trying to pivot into a different or field:

“I’m still at X organization, and it’s been great, though I am exploring what it would be like to work in X industry/or pivot into X type of role. I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for me.”

If you’re unemployed:

“You know, there’s a reason that a lot of people call being unemployed, being ‘funemployed’ – because it actually can be fun. Yes – I’m looking for what my next opportunity is but I’m also taking this opportunity to do a lot of things you get too busy to do when you’re working full-time. Did you know there’s a great exhibit at X museum?”

Often, it’s all about your attitude and how you deliver it.

5.Identify one “Bright Spot” from the last year you’re proud of or feel excited by and work it into an answer.

I talk a lot about “bright spots” with my clients; these are moments at work where you really liked what you were working on and felt kinda jazzed by a project. meeting, event, or conference.

Take five minutes to sit with your thoughts and reflect over the last year. Was there something you were really proud of that you can incorporate into your conversations? Also use it to frame the potential for more of these “bright spots” in the future.

Not only will you feel more confident talking about yourself when you’re sharing a positive moment, but it’s likely people will remember that about you weeks after the conversation– more than they may remember some of the other updates you shared!

This “bright spot” is a weapon in your arsenal that you can pull out when you want to show others that you’ve had a good year and are excited about what the future holds (even if you don’t feel that way all the time).

The holidays can be a rough time for a lot of people, for a number of different reasons. Give yourself some time to prepare and think about how you want to spend your time, and how you want to approach conversations when you might not be feeling your best.

I can pretty much guarantee you that everyone struggles with these conversations and gatherings multiple times over the course of their life. Use these suggestions to make them easier throughout the season of cheer, and remember the added bonus of these events: the holiday cocktail.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Policy Specialist

Washington, DC, US

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Posted December 13, 2016

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Specialist. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill.

The Policy Specialist, one of six Policy Specialists at NSAC, reports to NSAC’s Policy Director. NSAC advocates on a wide range of federal farm and food policy issues and each Policy Specialist focuses on a variety of those issues. This position will focus on farm conservation and environmental policies and programs plus at least one other issue cluster, to be determined.

In addition, the Policy Specialist will be one of the representatives of the Policy Team on the NSAC Diversity Committee, furthering our racial equity efforts. In addition to the Diversity Committee, NSAC currently has five Issue Committees comprised of member group representatives from around the country. The Policy Specialist will work with and be a contributing member of two of those Issue Committees.

Compensation and Benefits — Salary is on a competitive non-profit scale, $55,000+, and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. NSAC offers an excellent employer paid benefits package and a collaborative work environment.

Position Description — NSAC’s Policy Specialist will:

Help the relevant NSAC Issue Committees develop policies and strategies and lead efforts to implement those strategies on assigned issues

Advocate on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies on a daily basis

Draft policy documents, including policy papers, testimony, legislation, and rulemaking comment letters

Write policy blog posts on a regular basis

Contribute to the organization’s annual planning, priority setting, fundraising, and coalition-wide meetings

Assist the NSAC Grassroots Team on assigned issues with grassroots and grasstops outreach and grassroots advocacy materials

Represent NSAC at a variety of partner meetings and coalitions in DC

Represent NSAC at conferences and to the media

Apply an equity lens to all of the above and advance racial equity both within the coalition’s internal processes and through its external campaigns and policy goals

Desired Qualifications

A deep understanding of and passion for sustainable agriculture, including agricultural conservation and environmental issues

A working knowledge of the federal policy-making process

Two or more years of Hill, agency, or lobbying experience or other agricultural policy experience

Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns

Excellent written and verbal communications and public speaking skills

Experience with print, radio, and online media

Experience with large, multi-organization grassroots coalitions

Ability to both work independently and be a good team player

Commitment to working collaboratively with a wide, diverse range of partners and colleagues

Willingness to work around a demanding congressional schedule and administrative deadlines

Willingness to travel domestically several times a year

Preferred but not required – bilingual fluency in a language other than English (Spanish, Hmong, Creole, etc.)

Application — Please send resume, your salary requirements, the names and contact information of three references, and a brief cover letter including an explanation of your interests in sustainable agriculture and federal policy to NSAC at info@sustainableagriculture.net. Please combine all documents into one PDF application. All communications will be treated confidentially. Resume reviews begin immediately.

NSAC is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. Please also see NSAC’s Statement on Racial Equity. NSAC makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

NSAC is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. Please also see NSAC’s Statement on Racial Equity. NSAC makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

 

Project & Operations Director

Atlanta, GA, US

Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Posted December 13, 2016

Blue Heron Nature Preserve seeks an engaging, self-motivated individual who is excited to be a key part of an environmental organization determined to find a place for nature in an urban setting.

The Project & Operations Director:

Manages systematic and routine maintenance of and improvements to the Preserve’s building and grounds

Assists the Executive Director and Board in pursuing grant and foundation funding opportunities consistent with the Preserve’s Master Plan and Strategic Plan

Assists in developing grant proposals, and plans, implements, manages and documents grant required activities and expenditures

Serves as a liaison with community volunteer and material resource organizations, secures volunteers and organizes and directs all volunteer activities.

As part of these responsibilities you will work closely with the Executive Director, Staff and Board to establish the organization’s vision and plan for the future.

Responsibilities

Community Activities:

Works with community organizations to secure volunteers and materials needed to support project work at the Preserve

Coordinates volunteer activities, including scheduling, publicizing, developing an agenda for the day, providing welcome and orientation, assigning and supervising work tasks and cleanup

Manages and maintains all BHNP tools and equipment

Manages field intern work, developing areas of study and supervising activities

Provides guidance and oversees Scout leadership projects (Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award)

Facilities Management:

Responsible for selection and management of a property management firm which will carry out the maintenance and upkeep of the building and Preserve grounds.

Oversees management of the systemic and routine maintenance of the building’s security, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems as carried out by a Property Management firm

Manages the technology infrastructure needed for the operations of the Preserve; interfaces with vendors for installation, setup and billing, and troubleshooting

Oversees volunteer efforts to manage the Community Garden serving as liason between the Community Garden members and the Nature Preserve.

Grants:

Assists the Executive Director in pursuing grant and foundation funding opportunities; meets with grantor.

Assists with developing successful grant proposals and writing grant applications and determining grant proposal budgets related to capital improvement and other project work.

Documents work tasks and expenses and completes all reports to meet grant requirements.

Responsible for carrying out grant work related to capital improvements and other on the ground project work including managing the project, tracking expenses and any grant reporting required.

Board:

Works with the Executive Director and Board to define, maintain, and implement the Blue Heron Master Plan

Works with the Executive Director and Board to formulate a Strategic Plan and monitors progress against the Plan objectives

Assists the Executive Director to prepare agendas for, reports activities to and participates in regular Board meetings

Works with Project and Facilities Committee Chair to lead Committee activities

Manages the donor database, including coordinating data entry and reporting, compiling donor mailing list for various purposes, including annual fundraising campaign

 

Environmental Analyst – part-time

Boston, MA, US

Job posted by NE Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on December 12, 2016

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Analyst to work with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in the Boston office. Will provide regional program support for the development and implementation of various Safe Drinking Water Act programs. Provide support to public water systems with the implementation of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) and technical assistance to water suppliers and regional staff on RTCR level 1 and Level 2 surveys, distribution system operations hydraulics, storage, maintenance operations, and technical treatment issues. Will develop various trainings.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field. Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations, SWDA and Well Drillers programs, and groundwater strongly preferred. Ideal applicants will have excellent communications and organizational skill, and be able to work effectively with scientists and engineers. Regional travel required.

This is a part-time, temporary position, not to exceed 20 hours per week, with an end date of June 30, 2017. Refer to www.neiwpcc.org for full position description.

 

Case Management Coordinator/Case Manager

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Washington Parks & People

Posted on December 12, 2016

Summary of Position:

Washington Parks & People works to grow city­wide park-­based community health & vitality by nurturing innovation & partnerships. Our DC Green Corps program connects unemployed men and women to green career tracks such as urban and community forestry and forest-­based ecosystem and watershed restoration. The DC Green Corps includes a case management and referral system to help participants be referred to and placed in jobs through a wide range of agencies, professional and trade associations, trades, professions, and industries. The initiative launched with federal stimulus funding in 2010, via the US Department of Agriculture/Forest Service, and now includes not only the 8-week basic training but also an advanced module on green infrastructure. The program is funded by the DC Department of Energy and Environment, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Water, Lever Fund, Jovid Foundation, Share Fund and others.

Responsibilities of the position:

Provide case management of DC Green Corps members throughout the spectrum of participation, from applicant to alumnus:

Actively participate in the Green Corps recruiting process which includes advertising the program, scheduling and conducting candidate interviews, and screening/selecting new trainees

Work with partner nominating agencies to obtain referrals to the DC Green Corps

Track trainee attendance and punctuality during training sessions, and follow up with those who are absent to enforce this critical soft skill

Coordinate stipend and other payments by providing accurate documentation and instructions to bookkeeper

Advise trainees, graduates and alumni on other soft skill attainment, and make resources and referrals to meet their needs

Work with each graduate and alumni served to set goals for training, certification and job placement

Connect with agencies and referral partners to create job placement pipelines across different industries and green job career tracks

Refer and place alumni in jobs and further training

Track all time spent providing case management services to trainees and alumni, with the goal of providing 10-15 hours of support to all graduates and active alumni

Maintain accurate trainee and alumni records and other program related documentation

Maintain an accurate and streamlined Green Corps alumni database

Conduct phone and in-­person surveys with alumni to assess employment status, salary levels, and updates on other core metrics

Use Excel, Google Sheets and Google Forms successfully to manage database

Use the E-tapestry software successfully to maintain organizational records of trainees + alumni and generate reports

Update the program manual and develop new forms, tools or systems to streamline and strengthen the program, as needed

Other tasks as needed

Requirements

Demonstrated commitment to Think Outside operating and organizing approach of Parks & People

Social work and/or previous case management experience preferred

A proactive self starter who is resourceful, flexible, takes initiative, and anticipates needs

Detailed oriented, organized and able to coordinate activities effectively

Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to relate and earn trust of target population

Able to multi­task, problem solve, thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial work environment, and enjoy working with diverse people from all walks of life across Washington, DC

Strong emotional intelligence (ie heart quotient attributes of kindness and optimism, curious intelligence, empathy, integrity, work ethic, and self-­awareness)

 

Field Representative

Warrenton, VA, US

Job posted by Piedmont Environmental Council on December 12, 2016

Introduction

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a Field Representative to conduct and assist with PEC’s land use policy and land conservation activities in PEC’s nine county service area, with a focus serving the Upper Rappahannock watershed, particularly communities in Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties.

Description of Position

The Field Representative will be responsible for executing a diverse portfolio of land conservation, natural resource restoration, land use policy, and civic engagement efforts that further PEC’s mission, with a focus Upper Rappahannock watershed, including communities in Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier counties. Examples of activities include:

Developing and implementing land protection strategies through (1) identification of key at-risk properties, landscapes, and resources; (2) outreach and education to landowners, farmers, and professional advisers on conservation tools such as voluntary conservation easement donations, Purchase of Development Rights programs, and other conservation programs; and (3) coordination with other public and private partners to further conservation in the Piedmont.

Serving as part of the PEC’s stewardship team, responsible for ensuring appropriate monitoring and stewardship of PEC’s conservation easement and fee land portfolio.

Initiating, leading, or participating in local community based conservation efforts, such as historic preservation, water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and/or agricultural land management demonstration projects.

Teaming with other PEC staff to respond appropriately to major land use, conservation, and transportation threats in the region.

Working directly with citizens and allied organizations to organize the public around campaigns, policies and outcomes supportive of the PEC mission, including adoption of language in the counties’ comprehensive plans and support or opposition to specific land use threats and opportunities.

Regularly updating PEC Board members, other PEC staff, and members of local advisory committees on land use, conservation, and transportation issues affecting the communities served by the Field Representative.

Collaborating with PEC communications and development staff to secure appropriate funding and highlight the benefits of PEC’s work in the region

The Field Representative reports to PEC’s Director of Conservation, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and members of the PEC Board of Directors.

This position will be based at PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. 2-4 years work experience or Graduate degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, planning, law or related field preferred.

A working knowledge of local land use planning and zoning in Virginia is preferred.

A working knowledge of conservation policies, conservation easements, and real estate transactions, etc.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Experience working with rural landowners and the farming community is preferred.

Experience working with local residents and/or community organizations, particularly in leading public outreach and/or education campaigns.

Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software.

Requires minimal supervision.

Willing to work some weekends and evenings.

Willingness to live in the region you will work is highly desirable.

Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required.

Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

 

Operations Manager

Sacramento, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Justice Coalition for Water on December 11, 2016

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close partnership with and in support of EJCW staff, board members, member organizations, and project partners. This position is a full-time position and is located in Sacramento, California. The Operations Manager is responsible for managing and continually improving the operation of administrative and other organizational systems as well as developing new systems in support of EJCW’s dynamic programs, advocacy, and broad variety of staff and coalition activities.

Major job responsibilities:

Grant and contract management, including tracking of activity, billing, program budgets, reporting, invoicing, and some contract negotiation

Executive assistance, including acting as first point of contact for most inquiries, i.e., press, vendor, partner, public official, etc., managing staff and organization calendars

Support accounting, banking, budget management and reporting, i.e., tax, corporate, legal, court, lobbying, and insurance filings/inquiries/postings, accounts receivables, etc., including for fiscally sponsored projects

Office management, including managing multiple office leases and relationship with associated landlords, sub-leases and sub-lessees, service providers, vendors, etc.

Manage administrative systems, including technology (hardware, software, and cloud computing), paper and electronic filing system, company intranet, etc.

Support communications infrastructure, including contact management service (CMS), website maintenance, and social media systems (including coordinating content generation)

Funder/donor management and development, including donor database management and communications

Support board of directors and other governance-related groups, mostly logistical, i.e., circulate calendar invitations, record and circulate notes, format agenda and collect and upload documents to Board web-based platform, etc.

Vendor contract review, negotiation, and management

Develop new systems, such as online project management, staff and member intranet, etc.

Assist with human resource needs, including posting notices required by labor code, processing and filing new hire paperwork, maintaining HR files, etc.

Support EJCW’s Collaborative Fundraising activities and general fund development activities, including maintaining development and funder reporting calendar in keeping with organization and coalition fundraising plan, development and maintenance of promotional literature, etc.

Event support, i.e., support planning and execution of trainings, member gatherings, committee meetings, film screenings, fundraising events, board meetings, etc.

Advise Executive Director on operations, administration, communications, and fund development activities as well as exercise good, independent judgment

Other duties as necessary, including running errands, as is typical of a small non-profit

Qualifications:

Commitment to the organization’s mission, purpose, and values

A bachelor’s degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred

At least 3 years of office and/or project or program management

Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Google Apps for Nonprofits, WordPress, and a host of online third-party platforms, e.g., Asana, Gotomeeting, Freeconferencecall, Uberconference, etc.

Strong analytical, writing, research, and communications skills

Self-directed and organized individual with ability to work independently to meet multiple deadlines

Proven track record of supporting successful programs

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Understanding of and ability to articulate and abide by social and environmental justice principles

Comfort and experience working with community-based organizations, recent immigrant groups and people of color, in general

Willingness and ability to travel around State and work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as required from time-to-time

Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource issues a plus

Bilingual, English-Spanish speaker a plus

Work Environment:

Physical demands include: sitting, walking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 7 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Work environment and travel demands include: infrequent travel to other regions both within and outside of California. This position is based out of the Sacramento office.

Reasonable accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed.

Start date: As soon as possible. This position will remain open until filled.

Compensation: The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water offers a competitive nonprofit salary (or its hourly wage equivalent), commensurate with experience and qualifications, benefits stipend, including 403(b) retirement plan.

 

Educator & School Partnerships Coordinator

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by Woodland Park Zoo on December 9, 2016

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Educator & School Partnerships Coordinator in the Science & Conservation Education department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time.

SUMMARY

The Educator & School Partnerships Coordinator is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of opportunities for K-12 school audiences (including students and educators) to build ecological literacy and engage with Woodland Park Zoo in scientific investigation and conservation stewardship on and off zoo grounds. The person in this position coordinates overall functions and logistic activities for programs, including maintaining internal and external partnerships as needed for program development and implementation. The coordinator serves as a lead in program development and provides training and mentorship for program specialists and presenters. Responsibilities of this position include the production and distribution of promotional and recruitment communications for programs.

This person in this position will be a key part of the team that develops and leads educator professional development courses (including online and in-person components) in inquiry-based science and conservation stewardship for formal and informal educators. These responsibilities include program coordination, recruitment, course facilitation and graduate student mentorship for the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) graduate degree in affiliation with Miami University.

The successful candidate will have a combination of experience and/or academic background in formal and/or informal science education for K-12 audiences, providing professional development for educators, national and state learning standards, life science and/or field research, outdoor/environmental education with diverse audiences, and project coordination.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinate the development and implementation of education programs, projects and protocols

Serve as lead staff for specialists, instructors/presenters and interns

Schedule programs, staff and resources

Lead program and project development teams

Coordinate, develop and facilitate professional development for staff, volunteers and program participants, including Master’s level courses and field study programs.

Coordinate research, development, revision and dissemination of program/project supporting materials and interpretive elements

Support supervisory team in maintenance of internal and external partnerships

Present engaging programs, experiences and activities to audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds.

Evaluate programs and interpretive elements

Collect and report statistics and prepare reports

Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to comfortably lead adult classroom-based, web-based and field-based education programs.

Ability to lead and be a positive role model and mentor for staff and volunteers

Possess strong organizational skills, be able to meet deadlines and suggest and deal with changes in operation protocol

Must be able to work independently and manage projects with minimal supervision

Must be able to create and lead processes related to collaborative program development and coordination of team members

Ability to develop and present creative, mission driven programming

Possess expansive knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation

Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends and evenings

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in education, conservation, biology or related field of study from an accredited institution required (Masters degree preferred). Minimum of 6 years of education and/or experience in natural science or environmental education, including providing professional development for educators and experience in program development, implementation and evaluation.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid Washington State Driver License

COMPUTER SKILLS

Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct internet research.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to communicate clearly and completely both verbally and in writing.

MATHEMATICAL ABILITY

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre institution in variable weather conditions, enter non-public areas and occasionally climb stairs or ladders in behind-the-scenes staff areas. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, while lifting equipment or setting up podium area. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The vision requirements are based on the required ability to identify animals or places for media, and having to be aware of location in relation to animals as well as media.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is frequently moderate to loud.

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

 

Sierra Forest Organizer

Garden Valley, CA, US

Job posted by Sierra Forest Legacy on December 9, 2016

About the Sierra Forest Coalition: Organized by Sierra Forest Legacy, the Sierra Forest Coalition (“Coalition”) is composed of conservation groups and individuals working to improve the management of our national forests and to protect sensitive natural resources in the Sierra Nevada. Coalition members include national and regional groups, such as Defenders of Wildlife, CalWild, The Wilderness Society, and Sierra Forest Legacy. We have been working together for twenty years to promote conservation and protection of wild places, watersheds and wildlife in the Sierra Nevada bioregion. The Coaltion is seeking a field organizer to help us extend our reach and build support for conservation in the central Sierra Nevada.

Summary: The Sierra Forest Organizer will work with Coalition members to develop and implement strategies and action plans focused on organizing targeted constituencies in support of the Coalition’s conservation agenda and increasing public awareness and favorable media coverage about key conservation issues. General responsibilities include: outreach to targeted constituencies; mobilizing and enlisting the Coalition’s existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; and ongoing media education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with the Advisory Team, composed of leaders from the Coalition, to develop and implement campaigns and outreach plans

Mobilize Coalition members and other activists in the Sierra Nevada region using various strategies and tools to support the Coalition’s conservation agenda

Expand the regional network of constituencies promoting the Coalition’s conservation agenda to include land trusts, restoration organizations, college students and faculty, recreation businesses, local officials, sportsmen’s groups, and other environmental and scientific organizations

Expand base of support for key conservation issues among targeted segments of the general public

Work in coordination with Coalition members

Develop, distribute, and present campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations

Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to the Coalition

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to learn and effectively communicate scientifically and politically complex resource issues to the coalition’s constituents, the general public, and media

Able to conduct information analyses to support outreach

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse partners

Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various audiences

Ability to work with and facilitate the participation of volunteer activists

Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus

Good time-management, personal organization, and prioritization skills

Familiarity with resource topics (e.g., resource issues, jargon, law and policy, public lands management, decision making structure)

Functional competency with basic Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google products (Gmail, Drive, Calendar).

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as natural resource management, environmental studies, political science, or communications;

Four or more years of proven grassroots organizing success in political or issue campaigns within the same geographic area or with similar issues;

Experience meeting with decision makers, and working with coalitions, activists, and volunteers.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Work Environment: This position is based in Sacramento or the central Sierra Nevada (Tuolumne to Plumas County). This position works from a home office with an option for a Sacramento-based office shared with another conservation organization.

Detailed Job description: Please refer to the job description posted at: https://www.sierraforestlegacy.org/Resources/Sierra%20Forest%20Organizer%20Job%20description11-29-16.pdf for additional details.

Salary and Benefits: This position will be hired by Sierra Forest Legacy, a project of Tides Center. Competitive salary based on relative experience. Benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, life & disability insurance and paid vacation leave. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled; the first review of applications will occur after December 21, 2016. We are seeking to fill this position in January 2017.

Sierra Forest Legacy, a project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.

 

Environmental Policy Coordinator

New York, NY, US

Job posted by West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., New York City on December 8, 2016

West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT) is a Northern Manhattan community-based, membership organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. We use community organizing, community-based participatory research and evidence based policy advocacy campaigns to create systemic policy change at the federal, state and local levels of government. WE ACT is locally and nationally known for its work on children’s environmental health, community-driven climate resiliency, healthy homes campaigns government accountability, and community-based environmental health research partnerships.

WE ACT seeks a full-time Environmental Policy Coordinator to work closely with WE ACT’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives to develop strategic, unified, and sustained advocacy to achieve equity in policy and practice by influencing state executive, legislative and agency actions and by educating legislators/officials on chemical policy, climate/energy, clean air,. The analyst will coordinate WE ACT’s role in Energy Efficiency for All and the NY Renews Coalitions. This position will report to WE ACT’ Deputy Director

The Environmental Policy and Advocacy Coordinator advances WE ACT’s policy agenda at the local, state, regional and national level. The individual in the position defines and formulates WE ACT’s policy positions, builds broad-based support for these positions, and promotes WE ACT’s presence and the presence of an environmental justice perspective in policy formation.

Responsibilities

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

Staff task forces and other collaborative initiatives and projects;

Lead and participate in policy-setting forums and government relations activities;

Provide strategic advice on public policy issues to the Executive Director, Deputy Director and other WE ACT staff;

Strengthen and support the overall public policy development capacity of the organization and the community we serve;

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

Develop and implement the organization’s public policy agenda based on existing priorities and ongoing consultations with WE ACT staff and key stakeholders in the environmental, environmental justice and environmental health movements;

Lead or participate on task forces and collaborative initiatives to develop effective public policy solutions to systemic issues;

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

Address urgent policy issues as they arise;

Build community and government awareness on key policy issues through public education, government relations, and media strategies;

Create forums for dialogue with government officials, funders, agencies, and donors on topics impacting environment, environmental justice and environmental health in communities of color;

Provide leadership to WE ACT programs/projects;

Work on departmental and organizational teams and projects;

Advise the organization about “sign-on” letters addressing current or future policy issues;

Establish an organizational repository for “sign-on” letters.

 

Part-Time Assistant- Blogs, Mailings, Social Media (Environment/Conservation)

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by The Choice Inc on December 8, 2016

We are currently seeking someone creative for an upcoming project opportunity. This role is a six month position that will involve blogging, social media, mailings, admin, and database work for global nature and wildlife excursions. This would be a great opportunity for a recent grad with an interest in environmentalism/animals/conversation to build their resume.

The schedule is flexible. It will be 15-20 hours a week. You must be open to part time, throughout the entirety of the position.

Required skills and qualifications:

Completed Bachelor’s degree

Some social media/blog experience preferred

Experience using Microsoft Office

Some background knowledge of travel/tourism also helpful.

The office is very centrally located in downtown DC. Walking distance to Metro. The team is laid back and very friendly.

This position will start mid-January 2017 and will go through mid June 2017

 

Chapter Grants Writer/Editor

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Sierra Club HQ – HRD on December 8, 2016

Sierra Club is looking for a great writer to help us craft bold and compelling grants. As one of our chapter grant writers, they will be responsible for collaborating with our local chapter leaders to shape proposals and reports that inspire funders. While most of the work will be writing and editing, there will also be significant time devoted to helping volunteers with limited grant fundraising experience track deadlines, research new foundations, and work with our internal staff to ensure accuracy and compliance.

Candidates need to have excellent writing skills, a track record of successful collaboration and teamwork, and strong organizational skills to keep deadlines on track. Passion for community organizing and environmental activism is a plus, but not required.

We will locate this person in Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; Austin, TX; or Denver, CO. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.

To see full job details and apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/2gfDfnP

 

Development Associate

San Francisco, CA, US

Job posted by CO2 on December 8, 2016

The Development Associate will provide the framework to secure funding from diverse constituencies, including individuals, foundations, and corporations. Working closely with the Leadership Staff and Board of Directors, the Development Associate will be responsible for all operational elements of the development department and will collaborate to develop strategy and craft materials to effectively engage supporters – efforts that will drive the organization’s strategic growth and long-term success.

Key Responsibilities

Manage the pipeline of prospective donors, which includes identifying upcoming priorities, tracking recent moves and touches, and preparing updated reports

Conduct in-depth prospect research to identify gift capacity, possible funding interests, and other valuable information to develop strategy and prepare a solicitation team

Develop and refresh fundraising collateral to effectively message the organization’s mission, strategic direction, and funding opportunities

Create strategic materials to support gift solicitors in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors, which may include briefing documents, draft communications, and sample talking points

Diligently track all fundraising activity and prepare regular reports for distribution to the CO2 Sciences leadership team and Board of Directors

Plan and execute fundraising events, as needed, to cultivate prospective donors and publicize the organization

Manage all aspects of donor acknowledgement and stewardship, which includes ensuring appropriate acknowledgement and recognition, crafting regular donor communications, and facilitating appreciation events

Manage the CO2 Sciences annual giving program, which includes mail and email solicitations throughout the year

Oversee see the effective use of the CO2 Sciences donor management platform (Salesforce)

In collaboration with the CO2 Sciences leadership team and members of the Board of Directors, strategize and craft individualized funding proposals catered to a prospective individual or institutional donor’s interests

Prepare comprehensive reports for institutional donors to communicate how funds were utilized and demonstrate impact

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required

Minimum two years of successful experience in fundraising, particularly with an environmental organization

Specific experience working in major gifts solicitation and/or fundraising campaigns

Experience organizing and executing successful fundraising events

Excellent project management skills with a keen sense for organization and systems

Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Creative with a high level of energy and productivity

Execution focused with the ability to convert strategy into action and results

Self starter with the ability to work independently

Prior experience working with Salesforce strongly preferred

 

Policy Fellow

E4TheFuture, Inc.

Location (City:)Framingham

Energy Efficiency Analyst

Full Time

Degree Requirement: Bachelors

Contact Info pmcnulty@e4thefuture.org

E4TheFuture, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2017 E4Fellows program. If you are seeking your first professional position in the clean energy field, this opportunity may be of interest. E4TheFuture’s mission is to promote residential clean energy and sustainable resource solutions to advance climate protection and economic fairness by influencing federal, state and local policies, and by helping to build a resilient and vibrant energy efficiency and clean energy sector.

E4Fellows will work as junior policy analysts on E4TheFuture project teams for up to two years and may delve into a range of key areas including the Clean Power Plan, “Utility of the Future” models, residential storage and electric vehicle integrations. E4Fellows will work with mentors, and have access to on-the-job training and professional growth such as travel and conference attendance. Additional information on this exciting opportunity may be found at:

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

E4Fellows will tackle advocacy and activities related to a variety of initiatives. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Organize educational webinars and/or seminars on climate and energy topics

Expand and engage a network of clean energy professionals

Conduct key research and analysis to achieve organizational goals

Produce reports and materials for use by policymakers, journalists, advocacy groups

Help advance effective policy recommendations

Track and analyze legislative and regulatory activity

Engage with stakeholders on clean energy issues

Qualifications:

An undergraduate or graduate degree earned before June 30, 2017. We welcome candidates from a variety of fields including Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Public Policy, Political Science or Communications. Applicants must be eligible to work full-time in the U.S.

A strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, and attention to detail are essential for this position. A successful candidate will be a strong team player who can contribute to collaborative projects by applying a range of skills including:

written and oral communication

computational and comparative analytics

critical thinking

organized self-starters and innovative thinkers who identify opportunities to achieve goals

proficiency with MS Office Suite

Benefits:

This is a full-time position for up to two years and has a competitive salary and benefits program.

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to: HR@e4thefuture.org

Application deadline: January 31, 2017

Contact Email: pmcnulty@e4thefuture.org

 

Internship in Government Relations

Who can apply: 1L, 2L, Masters

Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, List of References

Deadline Date: December 23, 2016 (applications taken until filled)

How to Apply: Apply Directly to Employer

Clare Buckley

Leonine Public Affairs, LLP

One Blanchard Court, Suite 101

Montpelier, VT 05602

Cbuckley@leoninepublicaffairs.com

Description: Describe the Position: Join a busy government relations and strategic communications team at the Vermont State House. Responsibilities include: attend and report on legislative hearings, State House press conferences and other events; draft legislation and amendments; perform legal research and writing; participate in strategy sessions; attend client meetings; and perform some administrative work. Policy areas include budget, energy, transportation, education, health care, taxes and telecommunications, among others. Ability to work Fridays a plus but not absolutely necessary. Requirements for the Position: excellent writing skills and an interest in public policy. Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: Leonine Public Affairs is a government and strategic communications firm which combines deep expertise in government affairs and public relations under one umbrella to provide clients with one-stop shopping for effective communications efforts. We have provided high-level public affairs services in Vermont, New England and nationally since 1987. Two of the firm’s partners are lawyers and VLS grads. Please see our website for more information about the firm. www.leoninepublicaffairs.com Salary: A weekly stipend that complies with Vermont’s minimum wage laws. Deadline Date: As soon as possible – legislative session starts in January 4, 2017 E-mail: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, List of References

 

groSolar

Contact Person and Title: Rachael White, Human Resources Manager Street Address: 205 Billings Farm Road, Bldg. 4

City: White River Jct.

State: VT

Country: United States

Zip: 05001

Phone Number: 802-359-6530

Fax: 802-295-4417

E-mail Address: hr@groSolar.com

Website: groSolar.com

Position Title: Business Development Sales Analyst

Opening for:

Recent Graduate

Describe the Position: The Business Development Sales Analyst will assist the Business Development team in all areas of the sales and development process including lead and opportunity research, feasibility assessments, performing detailed financial analysis of opportunities in identified vertical markets, and proposal production. In addition, the Business Development Sales Analyst will be a key team member in the development of solar projects including the contractual and financial structuring of projects. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic industry with one of the pioneering leaders in the solar industry.

Full position description available at https://grosolar.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Requirements for The Position

  • Bachelor’s in Business or related field; JD or MBA preferred
  • Two years’ experience performing financial analysis of capital projects

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: groSolar has a core focus of providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for utility-scale power generation. groSolar’s team includes an exemplary group of engineering, procurement, construction, and project management experts, as well as business and financial strategists with extensive solar PV experience. The accumulation of these diverse experts into a cohesive team enables us to deliver the most economic solar photovoltaic systems.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline Date: January 15, 2017

Contact Method:

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

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

List of References

Other: Via: https://grosolar.applicantpro.com/jobs/

 

Dairy Programs Section Chief

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Position Overview

Got milk? Vermont certainly does, and if you are anxious to put your public service values and your leadership abilities to great use, then the Dairy Programs Section Chief position is for you! The Chief guides experienced technical and administrative staff members as they provide regulatory support to Vermont farmers who sell fluid milk and produce a myriad of value-added dairy products, including award-winning cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream. The Chief also provides technical support to Vermont’s dairy industry members by administering educational seminars in multiple platforms on an ongoing basis. This position allows the successful applicant to engage in a rewarding mix of regulation and education, technical assistance and outreach. Vermont’s dairy industry has experienced significant growth in the past decade, especially in the dairy processing sector. Due to this evolution and the many industry advancements that accompany it, the expertise required of the Chief is dynamic. As an advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Vermont Legislature, the Chief should enjoy collaboration, public speaking and complex problem solving. Apply for this position now, and take advantage of the opportunity to join a dynamic group of committed public service providers and thrive in a position where the days pass quickly due to the diversity of responsibilities. Starting salary may be negotiable based on education and experience, and please note that the minimum qualifications for this position have been recently amended to allow qualified dairy farm owners, managers and operators to apply, as well as persons with non-dairy food regulatory program experience.

General Job Description

Supervisory, administrative, technical and regulatory compliance work at a professional level for the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets involving the administration of a regulatory program to evaluate both the physical plant and operating systems of milk processing plants, dairy manufacturing facilities and dairy farms. The work is directed at ensuring the safest possible processing environment in order to protect public health. Supervision is exercised over a staff of dairy farm and plant inspectors and specialists. Work is performed under the general direction of the Division Director/State Veterinarian and in coordination with other sections of the Food Safety and Consumer Protection Division of the Agency.

To apply or learn more, visit www.careers.vermont.gov, and click on the “job seekers” tab. Enter the keyword “dairy” or the position number 620522. This position will remain open until filled, but the hiring team is hoping to establish an employment relationship with a qualified applicant as soon as possible and will begin reviewing applications after December 16, 2016 so don’t delay if you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity!

 

Agriculture Development Coordinator

Location: Montpelier, VT                           Regular/Temporary: Classified

Posting Date: 12/12/2016                             Hourly Rate: 22.53

Pay Grade: 23                                                Posting Number: 280152

Application Deadline: 12/27/2016             Department: Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

General Information

This limited service position Agriculture Development Coordinator (Job Opening #620527), is open to all State employees and external applicants. If you would like more information about this position, please contact Abbey Willard at abbey.willard@vermont.gov. This is a limited service position through 9/30/17, which may be extended. Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting. Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Overview

This Agriculture Development Coordinator position will focus on coordinating outreach and education to the produce industry around FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements and the execution of the Vermont Produce Safety Program. This position will engage in the following activities: support the Agency team and partners’ in understanding the implications of this new federal rule on Vermont’s produce industry; assist with industry outreach and educational efforts; conduct on-farm produce farm visits; lead grant management, tracking and reporting; and support stakeholder cooperation and engagement in the statewide produce program. Experience in working with food and farm businesses, specifically produce operations, and collaboratively managing relationships within a network of agricultural producers, state and federal agencies, nonprofit partners, funders, and service providers is preferred. Knowledge of food systems, event coordination, data collection and analysis experience is desired.

General Job Description

Promotional, marketing, land use planning and development work for the Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets. This work may involve the expansion of markets for Vermont agricultural products or land use development review in a regulatory context. Duties include assistance to the agricultural community with advocacy, infrastructure development and technical assistance. Position will work under supervision of Deputy Secretary or other senior staff member in a team environment. Work product will be determined weekly depending on a particular program assignment. To read the entire job specification for this position, please visit DHR Job Specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in the field of agriculture, land use planning, natural resource management, forestry, economics, marketing, public relations or communications AND two (2) years or more at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, public relations, communications, land use or natural resource planning, or advertising.

Total Compensation

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

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

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

Submission of Application

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

E4 Fellows Program

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November 23rd 2016

Career Notes

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

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

 Career Tip of the Week

How to Avoid Hassle During an Out-of-State Job Search:

Five ways to improve your chances when conducting a long-distance job search.

By Alison Green

Think the job market is hard now? Try searching for a job in another state. Job seekers who are looking long-distance will tell you that the search is exponentially harder when you’re not a local candidate.

Many employers won’t even bother to talk to nonlocal job applicants. That might seem unfair, but their reasons make sense from their perspective. First and foremost, if they have plenty of well-qualified local candidates, they don’t have any particular need or incentive to take on the hassles of long-distance candidates. And there are hassles – unlike local candidates, long-distance job seekers can’t generally come in for an interview tomorrow, often expect travel expenses to be paid by the company, typically can’t start as soon as local candidates can and sometimes require relocation assistance. What’s more, long-distance candidates sometimes change their mind about moving at the end of the hiring process (or even after they’ve already accepted the job) – or worse, have trouble adjusting to the new area once on the job and leave to move back home just a few months into their employment.

So it’s not surprising that many employers simply choose not to deal with long-distance candidates. But then where does that leave you, if you’re trying to find a job somewhere else?

Finding a job long-distance isn’t impossible, but it will usually be harder. Here are five ways to improve your chances.

 

  1. Gird yourself for a longer search. Unless you have a strongly in-demand skill set, or you’re very lucky, a long-distance search is going to take longer. Prepare yourself for that in advance, so that you don’t become frustrated and demoralized.

Explain yourself upfront. Offer some context in your cover letter to explain why you’re seeking a job in this particular area, so that employers have some context for your application. For instance, you might explain that you’re in the process of moving to their area to join your partner, who took a job there, or that you’re from the area and excited to move back where your family is. Offering some type of explanation will help employers see you less as a long-distance candidate and more as a candidate who’s in the process of becoming local. Speaking of which…

 

  1. The more that you can make your move sound like a done deal, the better. Employers are skittish about out-of-town candidates for all the reasons discussed above. So the more that you can make the move sound like something that is already in the works, the more you mitigate that disadvantage. Explaining that your move is already in process or specifying a date or time frame by which you hope to be living in the area can help in that regard.

 

  1. Put the new location on your résumé. Many employers read résumés before they even look at cover letters, so take steps on your résumé to fight the out-of-town candidate stigma there too. For instance, you can put “(relocating to California)” directly below your address, or even use a local address if you have friends or family already living in the location you’re targeting. (If you do the latter, though, be sure that you’re prepared for the possibility that you’ll be called and asked to come in for an interview as soon as tomorrow.)

 

  1. Make it as easy as possible for the employer to interview and hire you. Since one reason employers are wary of dealing with out-of-town candidates is the hassle involved, do everything you can to minimize that hassle. That can mean covering your own travel expenses, paying higher prices for last-minute plane tickets, forgoing relocation assistance and figuring out how you can start as soon as possible if you’re offered the job

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Federal Legislative Intern

(VLS has a contact here)

Washington, DC, US

Internship posted by Wildlife Conservation Society (DC Office) on October 28, 2016

Department: Public Affairs

Title: Federal Legislative Intern

Start Date: January 9, 2017

End Date: May 26, 2017

Number of Openings: 2-3

Location: Washington, DC

Hours: Commitment of 12 to 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring semester. This internship is designed to provide experience in legislative affairs and conservation policy. Interns will have the opportunity to experience how to shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, while learning about the legislative process first-hand. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on academic schedules.

This internship will provide a modest transit stipend along with academic credit, if applicable.

Objectives:

Help track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change.

Learn to identify potential WCS Congressional allies and policy priorities.

Research and analyze legislation and federal funding allocations related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, foreign policy and climate change.

Have the opportunity to attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill.

Gain exposure in developing and implementing engagement strategies.

The individual(s) that will gain the most from this experience:

Will be working towards earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, or natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

Will have a strong interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues.

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

 

Employment Opportunity Senior Environmental Policy Analyst (Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field or a law degree AND three (3) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field and one (1) year or more of related graduate coursework AND four (4) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering or an environmental or natural resources field AND five (5) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

Natural Resources Board Administrator

Job ID: 620374

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   36.980000

Posting Date:   11/16/2016

Pay Grade:      31

Position Number:   700018

Application Deadline: 12/11/2016

Department:   Natural Resources Board

This position, (Natural Resources Board Administrator, Job Opening # 620374), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashua@vermont.gov

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

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

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is seeking a skilled administrator and communicator to fill the position of Executive Director (NRB Administrator) in our Montpelier office. This senior-level staff position involves managerial, administrative, and supervisory work overseeing the implementation of Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the five Act 250 District Offices, including recruitment, training, and supervision of the District Environmental Coordinators who administer Act 250 at the district level. Additional responsibilities include developing policy and guidance, accountability for the annual budget of the NRB, and serving as a liaison with the Vermont Legislature.

The Executive Director position requires a proven leader with extensive knowledge of Act 250 and land use principles. The direct supervision of the ten District Coordinators, whose authority is defined in statute, is a core responsibility which demands a significant portion of the Executive Director’s time.

This key leadership position assists with major policy formulation and goal setting for the organization and collaborates with state agencies and other stakeholders on legislative and policy initiatives. The Executive Director is also involved in the preparation and delivery of state-wide education and training for staff and appointed district commissioners and outreach to external partners and participants in the Act 250 process.

As the top ranking classified executive at the NRB, the ED is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency during transitions in state government administrations. The ED has an essential role in creating the collaboration within state government that exists outside of political changes.

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as permit applicants and parties to the Act 250 permit process. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of environmental laws, rules, regulations, and permit requirements in Vermont; public administration experience, and a working knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning. Supervisory experience and a considerable knowledge of budgetary principles and practices are also required. Experience with law, the courts, engineering, public relations, and technology are a plus.

The direct supervisor of the position is the Chair of the Natural Resources Board. The Chair, the Natural Resources Board, and members of the nine District Commissions are all appointed by the Governor.

General Job Description

Managerial, administrative, coordinating, and supervisory work for the Natural Resources Board involving Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use Control Law. Duties involve the direction of district office activities, management of the budget and district caseload, assistance with enforcement efforts, and direct involvement with selected difficult cases with major regional or statewide impacts. Supervision is exercised over District Coordinators and other staff. Incumbent acts as liaison to the Vermont Legislature on budget and policy issues. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Chair of the Natural Resources Board.

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Masters’ degree or higher in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND three years at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND five years at or above a professional level in field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration, INCLUDING three years at or above a supervisory level.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

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

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

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

Submission of Application

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

 

Natural Resources Board Legal Technician

Job ID: 620376

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time:   Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   20.150000

Posting Date:   11/17/2016

Pay Grade: 21

Position Number:   700003

Application Deadline: 12/05/2016

Department: Natural Resources Board

General Information

This position, (Natural Resources Board Legal Technician, Job Opening # 620376), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashur@vermont.gov

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

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

Overview

The Natural Resources Board has an exciting opportunity for a Legal Technician to join our Montpelier office. This rewarding and challenging position supports the NRB in its mission to administer Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law, Act 250, by providing important administrative support to the legal, enforcement and executive staff.

The NRB seeks a highly organized individual with excellent computer skills and the ability to prioritize competing tasks in a fine-detail environment. If you have a strong work ethic and an appreciation for Vermont’s environment, this is the right the opportunity for you.

General Job Description

This position involves administrative, technical and coordination work for the Natural Resources Board (NRB). The NRB Legal Technician assists in administering Act 250 program functions to the legal/enforcement and executive teams in the Montpelier Central Office. Specific duties include administrative support for the NRB legal, enforcement and executive staff.

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree.

OR

Associates degree AND two (2) years or more work in administrative support role.

OR

High School diploma AND six (6) years or more in administrative support.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

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

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

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

Submission of Application

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

(Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

 

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

 

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

 

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SPECIALIST, GS-0028-9/11

INTERIOR, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Aberdeen, SD

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/9/2016 Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade

GS-0028-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

Who May Apply

INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

Control Number

456062700

Job Announcement Number

AB-17-22

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Great Plains Region, Deputy Regional Director (Trust Services),

Environmental, Safety and Cultural Resource Management, Aberdeen, SD

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

 

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

 

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

Duties

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Identifies federal actions under NEPA and advances standardized compliance efforts throughout the region.
  • Assists in the preparation and/or management of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs) for a wide variety of BIA actions.
  • Assists in the management of environmental projects and contracts as assigned, related to solid and hazardous waste, remediation of contaminated sites and general environmental compliance.
  • Reviews and responds to environmental documents, issues and requests submitted by tribes, private parties and other federal agencies.
  • Fulfills reporting and notice requirements, maintaining both internal files and an administrative records.
  • Manages projects and contracts as assigned, including tribal contracts under P. L. 93-638.
  • Assists in compliance orientation and/or detailed training for BIA and tribal staff.

Travel Required

OCCASIONAL TRAVEL MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND INSEPCTIONS OF PROJECT SITES.

Key Requirements

US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.

A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.

APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions and/or BIA Excepted Standards, GS-0028).

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); work involving personally writing NEPA documents; reviewing NEPA documents prepared by other agencies and parties; and managing contracts with private contractors for document preparation, and/or collaborating with tribal departments for the same; dealing with multiple permitting agencies at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels; synthesizing complex environmental information from a variety of sources for inclusion into documents readily understood by the public; conducting environmental training and presentations; understanding and incorporating management policies into completed documents. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); determining and preparing necessary environmental analysis; monitoring new construction and inspection production sites. providing assistance by researching environmental protection issues; or carrying out specified portions of environmental protection projects and identifying and recommending solutions to problems, assisting with site inspections, collecting data, reviewing documents, analyzing evidence; assist in development of contract specifications and scopes of work for environmental assessments ; conduct base line environmental surveys. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

 

Outdoor Recreation Planner (Wilderness/Recreation)

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Agency Contact Information

1 vacancy – Winnemucca, NV

Work Schedule is Work Schedule is Full Time. – This is a permanent position.

Opened Monday 11/14/2016 Closes Monday 11/28/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade GS-0023-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

Control Number

455980300

Job Announcement Number

NV-DEU-2017-0025

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is located Winnemucca, NV. Information about the area can be found at the Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce website.

Physical Demands: The work requires physical exertion such as walking over rough or mountainous terrain, horseback and off-highway vehicle riding, recurring bending, crouching or stooping. Depending on the area and work priorities, the incumbent may be required to ride a mountain bike, raft, crawl around a cave, etc. During such occasions physical activity would be required using various forms of travel with exposure to mild, moderate or extreme terrain conditions.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasional travel may be required. The position may be required to visit field sites where risks may include exposure to inclement weather and potential injury from falls, strains, bites, stings, etc. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or designated by the Safety Officer.

Duties described below are at the full performance GS-11 grade level.

Oversee the planning and administration of a more complex recreation program to include: heritage tour resources, interpretive services, recreation special uses, National Conservation Areas, developed sites, and dispersed recreation.

Coordinate recreation program activities with other BLM District and Field Offices, as well as local governments, other Federal agencies, private organizations, and the general public.

Review, recommend, and implement changes to recreation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures. Analyze and evaluate services, projects, programs, and/or functions of one or more Outdoor Recreation Programs.

Provide recommendations to local management concerning current and multi-year recreation program(s) budget funding and priorities to ensure recreation priorities are met.

Identify training needs and promote and implement an integrated training program to teach basic and complex skills of Outdoor Recreation Planning.

Occasional Travel

Travel to field sites for work will occasionally be required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections.

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.

Direct deposit is required.

Background Investigation Required

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience and/or education requirement – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

For GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: conducting inventories and studies to determine recreation visitor use and site suitability; prepare recreation activity plans; work on environmental assessment projects related to recreation activities; process special recreation use permits including supervising events and performing compliance monitoring; coordinate the planning, operation, fee collection and maintenance of developed campgrounds and trailhead’s; OR two (2) years of graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

For GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lower grade (GS-09) in Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: experience applying the principles of the Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964 and Bureau Directives to inventory and evaluate wilderness study areas; applying laws, regulations, agency policy and procedures governing the recreation and wilderness programs; analyze and recommend changes in policy and/or precedent; independently determine and ensure appropriate management of complex wilderness resource issues with little to no oversight, resolve internal and external conflicts, and propose solutions to issues; OR PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of doctoral work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for the Outdoor Recreation Planning series.

Individual Occupational Requirements:

To qualify with Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

OR Experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes.

 

Community Program Coordinator

Montclair, CA, US

Job posted by Chino Basin Water Conservation District on November 21, 2016

We are seeking an energetic and detail-oriented program coordinator with experience planning community events and collaborating with stakeholders, knowledge of best practices in digital communication, and an eye for good design. The ideal candidate will also have a background in environmental studies and/or sustainable landscaping and at least two years of work experience in education, communications and/or event planning related to environmental, conservation, or resource education and outreach.

The successful candidate will possess an engaging communication style and creative and collaborative spirit that empowers individuals to make a water saving lifestyle the new norm for Southern California. A strong work ethic and proactive approach to achieving CBWCD’s goals and mission is a must.

It is desired that candidates have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas of communications, environmental science/studies, ecology, resource management, hydrology, horticulture, education, or directly related fields. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Job Duties:

Under the administrative direction of the Community Programs Manager, the Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and coordinating community events and leading the District’s public communications related to water conservation and sustainable landscaping both at the Water Conservation Campus and at sites across the region. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Planning and coordinating a spring Earth Day Festival and fall Landscape & Water Conservation Festival;

Creating engaging and timely content for monthly newsletters, social media channels, press releases, presentations, and print media;

Maintaining and updating the District’s website, lobby content, contact database, audio/visuals, and collateral materials;

Planning and coordinating community events, symposiums, and professional training workshops;

Conducting engaging lessons and presentations to audiences of all ages at schools and partner organizations related to water conservation and sustainable landscaping.

Related responsibilities include promoting landscaping best practices, conducting public outreach and education activities, supporting homeowner and professional landscaping classes, and general administrative tasks as needed.

 

 

Western Resource Advocates

(Sent to us by Prof. Parenteau)

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) has spent over 25 years protecting the land, air and water that Western communities rely on for a healthy, vibrant quality of life. We use law, science, and economics to craft and implement innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers, and Western Lands. Our Western Land’s program works to ensure the lands across our region continue to support thriving diverse species and our natural, cultural and outdoor heritage. In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges.

Position Summary

WRA is seeking a passionate Western Lands Director with deep knowledge of the region to build and lead our Western Lands Program and to work with a talented group of conservation professionals. This new, senior-level position, provides a unique opportunity to apply a background in Western lands policy to develop a focused and strategic advocacy operation capable of protecting priority landscapes throughout the Intermountain West. Reporting to WRA’s Vice President for Programs and Strategies, the Western Lands Director will collaborate with diverse partners to identify emerging threats and opportunities, develop policy solutions, and execute multi-faceted campaign plans. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated strategic thinker who is excited to embrace the challenges and opportunities inherent in a new venture.

Location: The position can be based in any Intermountain West state, but the location must have easy access to a major airport as significant travel will be required.

Job Responsibilities

Work with WRA’s Vice President for Programs & Strategies to develop an ambitious strategic plan that advances our Western lands vision;

Create strategies at both the state and federal level to protect western lands, critical habitat and access for sustainable outdoor recreational activities;

Build alliances with diverse partners to advance shared objectives;

Build our long-term relationships with influential decision-makers and government agencies in the region;

Collaborate with WRA’s General Counsel to identify and leverage legal strategies that secure conservation gains;

Work with WRA’s Communications Team to design and implement plans that influence key audiences and heighten organizational visibility;

Manage and mentor WRA’s Western Lands Policy Analyst;

Work with WRA’s President and Development Team to build and maintain relationships with philanthropic partners, draft grant proposals and complete reports to funders;

Develop and manage program budget; and

Update, engage and collaborate with WRA’s Board of Directors.

Job Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in related field required;

At least 7-years of experience working for federal or state land management agencies, elected officials, nonprofits and/or in the private sector;

A minimum of 2-years of experience managing staff and consultants in multiple locations and demonstrated experience building work plans to match ambitious strategic, organizational and campaign objectives;

Proven track record of securing measurable policy results by working with diverse stakeholders;

Experience developing and executing strategic plans and building advocacy programs from the ground up;

Strong understanding of current lands management trends and politics in the region, especially as they relate to energy development, outdoor recreation and water quality/quantity;

Fundraising or philanthropic experience preferred, and a commitment to actively work with our President and Development Team is required;

Intellectual curiosity; an innovative and entrepreneurial drive; comfort with change and ambiguity; and a strong bias toward action;

Experience managing multiple projects with deadline pressures;

Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and follow‐through;

Creativity, patience, drive and a sense of humor;

Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA;

Track record of working collaboratively; and

Willingness to travel: 30-40%.

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary based on relative experience. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance and paid vacation leave. Position is full-time exempt.

How to Apply:

Email the following in PDF Format to hiring@westernresources.org with “Western Lands Director” in the subject line, Compelling cover letter explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA; Resume; Salary requirements; and Three references. Please be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised.

Deadline to Apply: January 1, 2017

 

 

Independent Contractor Field Technician, Northern Rockies Office

Bozeman, MT, US

Job posted by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on November 22, 2016

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, and the support of more than 2.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others work out of offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing, China.

One important focus of NRDC’s Land and Wildlife Program is to conserve and protect native carnivore populations in the Northern Rockies region (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) and beyond. Carnivores, including wolves, bears, mountain lions, and coyotes, are often killed in the name of protecting livestock. By implementing non-lethal conflict-prevention measures, we work to create landscapes where people, livestock, and wildlife can coexist.

Position Summary:

NRDC plans to retain an independent contractor to serve as a Consultant to install electrified (“turbo”) fladry and other non-lethal measures on private ranch lands in the Northern Rockies to reduce conflicts between livestock and native predators (collectively, the “Services”). The Services will be needed from January 2017 through June 2017.

Responsibilities:

The Consultant will provide the Services in order to reduce or prevent depredations by wolves, grizzly bears, and other large carnivores on cattle and sheep. The Consultant will work both independently and with others, including NRDC staff, livestock producers, and state and federal wildlife agency officials.

The Consultant will preferably possess significant experience and expertise with the installation of fladry and other types of fencing, as well as scare devices such as Fox Lights and radio activated guard boxes. The Consultant will also ideally be proficient with the operation of all-terrain vehicles, including four-wheelers and snowmobiles, and equipment such as field cameras.

The Consultant must possess strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills. The Services will require interacting and working with a wide variety of people. It is imperative that the Consultant maintain respect and professionality with others at all times. The Consultant will also be required to provide weekly written reports regarding Services performed.

The Consultant will need to travel extensively, including overnight and multi-day trips. The Consultant will work primarily in Montana; however, travel to neighboring states and Canadian provinces may also be necessary. While notice of Services and trips will be given as much in advance as possible, the Consultant must also be prepared to accept or reject requests and travel and perform responsibilities for accepted Services on relatively short notice, sometimes with only two or three days’ advance notification. The Consultant may also be asked to work and travel in evenings and on weekends.

Qualifications:

The Consultant will ideally have:

Demonstrated experience and expertise in installing electric fencing, preferably including turbo fladry;

Experience in or knowledge about installing and using other non-lethal predator deterrent measures;

Familiarity with livestock production, USDA Wildlife Services, and related wildlife conservation issues;

The Consultant must have:

Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting;

An excellent driving record; and

Enthusiasm for NRDC’s mission.

Application Materials Required:

Cover letter

Resume

Three references

Applicants may also be asked to provide a copy of their driving record and proof of automobile insurance.

Deadline to apply is December 9, 2016.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate in retention of independent contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive compensation and a pleasant working environment. Compensation for the Consultant will be based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

 

General Services Administrator

Oakland, CA, US

Job posted by Sierra Club HQ – HRD on November 22, 2016

The Sierra Club seeks a driven and organized General Services Administrator to provide office services and building maintenance at the National Headquarters in Oakland, CA. In this role you will perform all mail room operations; evaluate, identify, and correct facility safety issues; and manage office supply inventories.This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in supporting an organization focused on achieving climate solutions and creating social impact!

 

To succeed in this role, you must be service oriented and work well with people, have knowledge of office equipment and building procedures, and lift 50+ lbs. Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Excel/Word/Powerpoint) is desired. Mail room and/or U.S. Postal Service experience with ability to research and comprehend postal regulations is important.

The Sierra Club offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage along with a retirement 401(k) savings plan, paid vacation, sick time and holidays. To apply, please click here: http://bit.ly/2gcUUNe

 

Program Manager

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Rachel’s Network on November 22, 2016

Rachel’s Network is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that harnesses the collective influence of women environmental funders and advocates. We seek an experienced Program Manager who will design and implement compelling meetings, retreats, events, teleconferences and webinars to keep our sophisticated network of nearly 100 members on the vanguard of the environmental movement, deepen connections with fellow advocates, and help grow and cultivate our community of women environmental funders. This essential member of our team also will be responsible for programming for our 501(c)(4) organization, Rachel’s Action Network.

ABOUT RACHEL’S NETWORK

Rachel’s Network is a dynamic community of women investors, foundation trustees, business owners, board directors, and respected community leaders who put their values into action. Named to honor the vision and audacity of Rachel Carson, our mission is to promote women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Design and implement a comprehensive program calendar for members.

Manage planning and logistics for all aspects of two intimate, members-only three-day meetings per year (attended by 35-50 people), our spring Annual Meeting and our Fall Retreat: plan and secure all event logistics, including venues, speakers, excursions, meals, and transportation; collaborate with members and staff on designing themes, agenda, speakers, and field visits; create and manage registration, invitations, and related communications for members on program plans and details.

Manage monthly teleconference and webinar series: select and secure expert speakers, engage members, write related communications.

Manage special events, regional meetings, and luncheons designed to support members’ engagement with experts, policy leaders, and fellow members.

Stay informed on issues relevant to environmental, political, and philanthropic communities.

Develop and implement an outreach program for prospective members.

With the President, develop and manage a cultivation program with a specific emphasis on outreach to prospective members including women funders, foundation trustees, community leaders, and philanthropists who are motivated to support environmental protection and women’s leadership.

Manage planning and logistics for cultivation programs and events to deepen relationships with our current portfolio of prospects.

Manage programming and member recruitment for Rachel’s Action Network, our sister 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to promoting pro-environment women in politics.

Manage planning and logistics for teleconferences, webinar series, lobbying, and events designed to support members’ engagement with elected officials, candidates, and policy leaders.

Recruit and retain members.

Prepare online content for news service and member communications.

Manage board calls, fundraising, and budget with the President.

Identify and promote endorsed candidates during election years.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in program development, event planning, and logistics.

Experience with planning and executing high-quality events for small membership organizations and with cultivating major donors preferred.

Experience negotiating contracts and deliverables from vendors; and managing projects from beginning to end on deadline and on budget.

Familiarity with environmental issues and organizations, women’s leadership, or philanthropy, and comfort interacting with experts in these fields.

Well-organized with outstanding time management skills.

Strong interpersonal skills, an outgoing personality, and an earnest interest in providing good “customer service” to a vocal membership of high net-worth funders committed to environmental philanthropy with a broad range of interests and perspectives.

Poise, diplomacy, and “grace under pressure,” especially in event scenarios.

Self-motivated and capable of working independently and collaboratively as a team member in a small, busy office, including taking part in general office administration, as needed.

A natural learner who enjoys reading and staying abreast of current news and issues, who can think creatively to develop interesting programs.

Bachelor’s degree.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Proficiency in MS Office Suite and web-based email vendors (like MailChimp);

Familiarity with database software like Salesforce, and design tools like Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a plus.

 

Program Manager

Cambridge, MA, US

Job posted by Green Cambridge, Inc. on November 22, 2016

Green Cambridge is a small, local, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on environmental advocacy and community engagement in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization has been working to “create a more sustainable Cambridge, and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all,” for well over a decade.

Run by a nine member Board of Directors, the organization’s activities are carried out by the Officers of the Corporation, namely the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Clerk, other members of the Board, and volunteer members. The President effectively fills the role of volunteer, unpaid Executive Director, although that role is not explicitly defined. The Program Manager position reports to the President of Green Cambridge.

As the challenge of climate change and human induced stress on the natural environment continues to grow, the board and members wish to hire a part-time or full time organizer to manage the ongoing activities of the organization. The organization carries out a wide range of activities, and hence this person will need to be versatile and adaptable to the many complexities and intricacies of working on local environmental and climate change issues.

An ideal outcome would be that the person hired as Program Manager grows into the role of Program Director and ultimately Executive Director over the course of several years, including assisting the organization in sustainably raising the necessary funds to establish those roles.

Specific Programs and Duties: Program Manager (PM)

The PM will work with the President to run, grow and intensify the programs described below, as well as perform other duties described below and as may arise as necessary to advance the mission of the organization. The PM will also make suggestions for improving existing programs and procedures, and propose new ones, as he or she become more established in this role. The PM is expected to take on more responsibility and operate more autonomously as he or she becomes more established in this role.

Development and Member Relations

The PM will work with the Board Committee on Development to increase the funds available to Green Cambridge. This includes outreach to previous donors, cultivating new donors, applying for grants, and reporting to the President on fundraising progress at least monthly.

Reporting

The PM will assist the Board with recordkeeping and other administrative activities in order to fulfill our duties to supervising government agencies. The Board will retain professional accountants and legal advisors to ensure compliance of our filings. The PM will work with such professionals as retained by the Board to assist them in their work.

Community Engagement

The PM, with help and guidance from the Board and President, will improve, advance and grow the organization’s relationship with the community of Cambridge and surrounding towns. The PM will also propose new initiatives to the President and the Board to grow the standing, awareness and influence of Green Cambridge in the community. Existing programs are described below. We expect that all of these programs will continue to grow and thrive.

Monthly Newsletter

Green Cambridge sends a monthly email newsletter to its members. Green Cambridge members enjoy the newsletter, which is informative, fun and actionable. The PM will assist in drafting the newsletter and growing the mailing list of recipients. The PM will send the monthly newsletter after review and approval of the content from the President. The PM will report monthly to the Board on mailing list membership and will demonstrate sustained growth of the membership list from month to month.

Website and Social Media Presence

Green Cambridge maintains an active website and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The PM will assist in periodically refreshing the website content, and will post updates to Facebook and Twitter to engage the public and advance our mission. The PM will make suggestions as to how to improve website and social media engagement. The PM will report monthly to the Board such statistics as website visits, social media engagement measures and other measures that indicate a growing online presence for Green Cambridge.

Community Calendar

Green Cambridge maintains an online Google Calendar listing events and activities in Cambridge that are relevant to the environment. Relevant topics include: green space preservation, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and energy sourcing, climate change preparedness, waste management, transportation, and construction practices. Specific events include: City council and other government meetings and hearings, Green Cambridge organized events and meetings and events and meetings organized by partner organizations. Events are not limited to Cambridge but most events on the calendar take place in or near Cambridge. The PM will add events to the calendar for public viewing, taking care not to overpopulate the calendar with too much information. The PM will judge which events are and which are not relevant, but will also take guidance from the President, Board and Members of Green Cambridge on which events to post. The PM will help promote calendars of partner organizations to help build strong connections between environmental organizations in and near Cambridge.

Monthly Meetings

Green Cambridge members and the Board of Directors meet jointly at least once a month. Additional ad-hoc and regular meetings may be scheduled from time to time to advance our work. Other monthly meetings currently include the Cambridge Trees Advisory Committee, the Board Finance Committee and the Green Cambridge Meetup.

The PM will attend all Green Cambridge meetings, will take careful notes at all meetings, will help prepare and distribute meeting agendas and minutes, and will otherwise help and facilitate at Green Cambridge meetings to ensure effective communication among attendees. The PM will report to the Board at least once a month on the ongoing activities of the organization, with help from the President.

Qualifications and Requirements

Applications should hold a bachelor’s degree or be close to completing one, preferably in the field of Environmental Studies or related field. Applicants should have excellent written and spoken communication skills, be flexible and versatile and able to work with diverse stakeholders and community members. Above all, applicants should have a passion for creating a healthy environment, for living in balance with nature in a highly urban environment, and stopping climate change. A background in environmental organizing is expected.

Logistics

The PM’s performance and compensation will be reviewed annually. At this time the organization is not able to offer healthcare benefits, but does offer paid vacation. The PM is able to set their own hours, not to exceed 40 hours/week without prior approval by the President. If approved, hours in excess of 40 hours per week would be paid as overtime, as required by law, unless the PM is exempt (not expected given the new salary rules). The PM will coordinate their activities on a weekly basis with the President via telephone, email, online messaging and in person meetings. The PM will be paid a starting wage of $15-$20/hour (or equivalent monthly salary), depending on level of experience.

The PM will agree with the President, in writing, on specific, measurable goals on a monthly basis for each 12 month period. Specific goals may include: amount of money raised, number of attendees at specific events, number of members added to our mailing list, number of additional Likes on Facebook, and other such goals as the President and the PM may agree to. The PM will demonstrate consistent achievement of agreed upon goals.

Green Cambridge has access to office space at the Old West Church in Boston. This space has been generously donated by the Climate Action Business Association (CABA), a coalition of small, local businesses fighting climate change based in Boston. The PM therefore has the opportunity to work in a collegial environment with others working on local, state, federal and international efforts to stop climate change and build resilience in our community.

Green Cambridge also rents office space at Plug Cambridge on Cambridge St. in East Cambridge. The PM is expected to work out of either office in Boston or Cambridge as dictated by the activity schedule, meetings and his or her own preference.

 

Field Canvass Staff and Outreach Director

Philadelphia, PA, US

Job posted by Clean Water Action – Philadelphia on November 22, 2016

Clean Water Action is seeking a Field Canvass Staff and Outreach Director for our Philadelphia, PA office. Clean Water Action is an organization working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For more than 40 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation’s most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

Responsibilities:

Recruitment: Build a team of highly trained canvassers. Work with recruitment team to develop and implement annual recruitment plan. Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.

Staff Management: Teach canvassing/fundraising skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders. Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.

Canvassing: Canvass in the field for two to four days per week to train new and experienced staff and meet personal fundraising requirements.

Administration: Carefully track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Qualifications: -Must have at least one year of canvassing experience.

-One to two years of management experience.

-Experience working for a non-profit.

-Must have strong communication and motivational skills.

-Desire for political change is essential.

-Strong work ethic and time management skills.

-Must be able to work within a team.

Training: Newly hired directors will typically spend four to six months doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, campaign communications, and hiring and supervising staff.

Campaign Manager

Portland, OR, US

Job posted by Renew Oregon on November 22, 2016

OVERVIEW

Renew Oregon is the campaign to ensure Oregon achieves its science-based climate goals. We are a clean energy advocacy coalition of businesses and workers, healthcare professionals and parents, farmers and ranchers, faith and community organizations, and individuals coming together to move our state away from polluting energy to a clean energy economy. We are working to create good-paying jobs for all Oregonians, protect air and water from pollution, and help families stay healthy. This is a multi-year effort to advance policy and significantly increase public support for addressing climate change. We can spur national action on clean energy and climate through state and regional policies that align environmental and economic objectives. States will be the drivers for climate action in the United States for the years to come.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

As Campaign Manager, you will be responsible for managing and implementing an ambitious plan to continue strengthening the climate movement in Oregon. This includes: setting the foundation for policy wins; utilizing research and strategy to develop next steps; building the biggest and broadest climate coalition to date; and building lists, engaging, and inspiring Oregon climate voters to action.

Supervise and motivate a team of dedicated and talented staff, vendors and consultants.

Play a leadership role in developing campaign strategy and ensuring the team meets ambitious field, communications and fundraising benchmarks.

Coordinate the work of several core partner organizations that contribute staff, money and capacity to a centralized campaign plan.

Manage and engage executive team for strategic input and direction.

Secure financial support from individual donors, grantmakers, businesses and organizations.

Track and report results as needed.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Experience managing successful advocacy, candidate, ballot measure and/or legislative campaigns.

Skilled at combining various tactics and managing the tempo of a campaign to keep the momentum building.

Proven ability to manage, inspire, and lead core campaign staff to achieve ambitious goals and deadlines while showing a commitment to staff professional development..

Record of building and managing positive relationships across diverse coalition groups, elected leaders, funders, and other key allies.

Experience planning and managing complex projects under deadlines.

Demonstrated experience identifying creative new ways to mobilize the public to have an impact.

Demonstrated commitment to inclusive grassroots movement building and a track record of connecting and working with grassroots activists.

 

Pisces Foundation Part time Office Assistant

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Pisces Foundation on November 22, 2016

At the Pisces Foundation, we believe that if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support innovators to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate and an environmentally literate society.

The Foundation seeks a part-time Office Assistant to work 19 hours per week. This position reports to the Water Program Director and will play an important role in a dynamic, growing philanthropy. The position will be located in the Foundation’s Washington D.C. office near Union Station.

Areas of responsibility:

Administrative tasks such as scheduling, greeting guests, making travel arrangements, maintaining calendars, preparing letters, memos, and maintaining and organizing paper and electronic filing systems

Answering phone calls and responding to requests for information

Office management tasks such as ordering supplies, requesting IT service and support, preparation of expense reports, proofreading, editing, and similar tasks

Troubleshoot minor computer, printer, smart phone, or other equipment issues; request IT service and support

Execute research and special projects as requested

Skills and experience:

Highly developed computer skills including full literacy in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and especially Outlook for scheduling purposes

Outstanding organizational, administrative and analytical skills, with excellent attention to detail

The ability to anticipate needs within areas of responsibility and proactively accomplish tasks

Strong writing and editing abilities

The ability to be a self-starter who assumes hands-on responsibility, is able to balance competing priorities and deadlines, and who demonstrates sound judgment and good problem solving skills

Comfort with and desire to work in a “start-up” environment, and possessing an enthusiastic and collaborative approach

Minimum two years’ experience working in a professional office environment

An interest in the Foundation’s mission and grants programs Compensation

We offer a competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

See http://www.piscesfoundation.org/ for more information on the Foundation.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.

 

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November 18th 2016

Career Notes

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

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

 Career Tip of the Week

4 Ways to Improve Your Networking Conversations

BY LAWRESE BROWN

You hear it all the time, especially in today’s hustle and gig economy.

“Who you know matters,”

“You need to network.”

So you go to conferences, sign-up for events, and attend the workshop because you know that accomplishing your professional goals is likely to be difficult without someone else’s help.

You also know that showing up is only half of networking. Whether your goal is to land a new job, start a business, join a board, or find a mentor, you will also have to communicate your qualities, accomplishments, and skills in a way that stands out.

People want to work with others they like and know, and in-person meetings – even when brief – offer an opportunity to establish trust, shared values, and likeability in a way that’s difficult to translate via  application or e-mail. Simply stated, networking is the opportunity to go beyond communicating your value and begin connecting.

This article tackles four common mistakes that happen when networking and how you can address them.

 Mistake #1: You never change how you introduce yourself, no matter where you are and who you meet.

Being prepared is not about a perfect delivery, it’s about relevancy, and that means regurgitating your evergreen, routine, handy-dandy  “this is what I do” pitch won’t work. It’s human nature- even the most attentive conversationalists are listening for the “so what?,” which is an abbreviated form of  “so what does this mean for me?”

Be intentional. Answering “What do I want people to know about me?” is the meat of any good pitch, but adjusting that answer to include “how does this apply to the person I’m talking to?” is the real flavor. Doing a bit of extra research before you attend the event will further your understanding of the person and their interests. Ask open-ended questions such as “tell me about you” ( Or one of these other great examples from Vanessa Van Edwards). The more you know what they want, the more clear you are on how you can help them. Being intentional is like tailoring, it’s all about the right fit.

 Mistake #2: You still aren’t sure what you want.

Time is something we all are increasingly short of. As one of my mentors noted to me during my job hunt a couple years back, “Lawrese, when you’re asking for help from busy people, you become a bullet on a long list of things they have to do. Make it as easy as possible for them to cross you off their list.”

Of course, the best lessons are learned the hard way. He shared this at the end of a conversation where I spent 30 minutes talking about different positions I could be a fit for, without sharing any clear information about how he could help me. In other words,  I wasted his time.

The moral of this mistake: people want to help you, but they need to know how, so it’s up to you to get clear on what you want. Go beyond the basics. What kind of board are you looking to join? What kinds of skills are you looking to bring to your next role?  What kind of problems are you looking for a mentor to help you solve? There is no such thing as too specific.  Clarifying what you are seeking doesn’t eliminate opportunities you might be a fit for as much as it cuts through the clutter of opportunities that are a waste of both your time and the person you’re speaking with.

 Mistake #3: You didn’t learn enough about the person you were speaking to.

In an attempt to avoid awkward silence, it’s tempting to share as much information about ourselves as we can. The hope in sharing of course, is that people will find us interesting, but the irony is that the best way to engage another person is to encourage them to talk about themselves. That means you need to find a balance between sharing your story, and asking thoughtful questions that enable them to share parts of theirs.

In all forms of communicating and relationship-building, listening is where we gain the most leverage. As John Maxwell, one of the foremost leadership experts, says in his book “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”, connecting is about finding common ground. We build bridges when we pay attention to what others are sharing because we can relate their values, preferences, and experiences to our own.

We all want to be understood, so listen closely to their stories and don’t be afraid to say, “I experienced that too.” The more someone else shares, the more likely you are to make associations between them and you. Remember when you talk you’re sharing what you know, and when you listen you’re learning. As a rule of thumb, learn more than you share.

 Mistake #4: You follow-up once but don’t make contact again.

Networking  is about building and maintaining relationships, and relationships are not built in a day. Connecting is about liking people, but relationships are about trusting them. As Selena Soo, business and publicity coach says, “The fortune is in the follow-up.” That means stay in touch and up-to-date on what’s going on in their world.

The most fruitful relationships are built on the give and take. Even if they cannot help you now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t help them. Like so many things, in networking, connecting, and contributing – what you give is also what you get.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Federal Legislative Intern

(VLS has a contact here)

Washington, DC, US

Internship posted by Wildlife Conservation Society (DC Office) on October 28, 2016

Department: Public Affairs

Title: Federal Legislative Intern

Start Date: January 9, 2017

End Date: May 26, 2017

Number of Openings: 2-3

Location: Washington, DC

Hours: Commitment of 12 to 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring semester. This internship is designed to provide experience in legislative affairs and conservation policy. Interns will have the opportunity to experience how to shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, while learning about the legislative process first-hand. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on academic schedules.

This internship will provide a modest transit stipend along with academic credit, if applicable.

Objectives:

Help track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change.

Learn to identify potential WCS Congressional allies and policy priorities.

Research and analyze legislation and federal funding allocations related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, foreign policy and climate change.

Have the opportunity to attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill.

Gain exposure in developing and implementing engagement strategies.

The individual(s) that will gain the most from this experience:

Will be working towards earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, or natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

Will have a strong interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues.

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

 

Employment Opportunity Senior Environmental Policy Analyst (Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field or a law degree AND three (3) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field and one (1) year or more of related graduate coursework AND four (4) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a planning related field, a biological-life or physical science, engineering or an environmental or natural resources field AND five (5) or more years of experience in legal or policy analysis and development, and program planning and evaluation related to transportation or environmental issues.

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

Office Manager – Executive Assistant

Berkeley, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Progress on November 12, 2016

This is an exciting and fast-moving position for an intelligent, hard-working, and achievement-oriented person. She or he will report to the President of Environmental Progress (EP), manage events, oversee administrative work, and manage the Berkeley office. This job offers upward potential into managing a larger national and international operation as Operations Manager.

Qualities

Works hard

“Street smarts” and resilient problem-solver

Quick learner

“Do what it takes and get it done” attitude

Comfort with computer and technology — most of this work is on-line.

Able to efficiently manage multiple projects at once

Hours and Location

Full-time in Berkeley, California office.

May require domestic and international travel to Paris, London, Berlin, and Tokyo.

Job Responsibilities

Oversee event logistics

Oversee payroll, expenses and receipts

Manage calendar listings

Manage email and on-line petition system

Update web site

Learn and use Squarespace, Shutterstock, PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Slack

Welcome visitors to the store and office

Oversee travel logistics

Arrange audio and video conference calls

Oversee contractors and consultants

Salary $35 – $50,000/year, depending on experience. Benefits include health care and three weeks paid vacation/holiday.

Researcher – Writer

Berkeley, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Progress on November 12, 2016

This is an exciting position for someone who loves to write and do many different kinds of contemporary and historical research and investigations, particularly into energy and emissions data and the history of the environmental movment. This job offers significant upward potential into several different directions, including managing whole research areas, writing longer articles and books and editing.

Qualities

Works hard

Very intelligent and learns quickly

Fast reader capable of scanning large quantities of text

Fast writer capable of cranking out copy

Able to see big picture and small details

Familiar with the subject matter

“Do what it takes and get it done” attitude

Comfort with computer and technology — most of this work is on-line.

Enjoys and is able to efficiently manage multiple research projects at once.

Hours and Location

Full-time in Berkeley, California office.

May require domestic and international travel to Paris, London, Berlin, and Tokyo.

Responsibilities

Capable of doing thorough research into existing literatures

Search newspaper archives

Oversee literature reviews

Able to quickly summarize research findings

Pay and Salary

$35 – $70,000/year, depending on experience. Benefits include health care and three weeks paid vacation/holiday.

 

Director of Community Engagement

New York, NY, US

Job posted by New York Restoration Project on November 16, 2016

NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces.

Position Overview

NYRP’s Director of Community Engagement will engage neighborhood stakeholders, residents, NYRP community gardeners and partners to strengthen the impact of NYRP’s restoration work in community gardens and open spaces in underserved communities of NYC as guided by the objectives of NYRP’s strategic plan.

Principal Duties

  • Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative, assist the Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer with the planning and implementation of citywide engagement strategy to increase community stewardship and use of public open space in under-resourced neighborhoods;
  • Design and lead community engagement services, experiences and initiatives;
  • Expand dialogue with schools, NYCHA sites, and other community based organizations within the geographic proximity of NYRP sites to build capacity for garden care and programming;
  • Manage asset mapping, community surveys, and other ways for communicating with, and receiving feedback from, neighborhood residents to better understand community interests and identify resources within NYRP focus regions;
  • Supervise department staff, track stakeholders, coordinate field coverage and facilitate staff meetings;
  • Communicate interdepartmentally in support of fundraising, communication, and programmatic initiatives to successfully integrate community engagement practices;
  • Assist in the development and management of a departmental annual budget.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 or more years of community organizing or other related experience;
  • Proven relational, leadership and organizing skills;
  • Success at managing a wide array of tasks and projects and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Confident communicator, strong presentation skills both in person and in writing (fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred);
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends;
  • Valid New York State driver license (preferred).

 

Campaign Manager

Trenton, NJ, US

Job posted by New Jersey League of Conservation Voters on November 16, 2016

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV), is the leading political voice for the environment in the Garden State.

New Jersey LCV seeks a full-time Campaign Manager to oversee and implement the Green in ’17 Campaign, which seeks to elevate conservation issues in New Jersey’s 2017 Gubernatorial Race and ensure the environment is a defining issue in the election. This individual must be able to work independently as well as with a dynamic team and committed Board of Directors to maximize outcomes.

Responsibilities:

Manage the Green in ’17 Campaign

Develop and implement field campaign plans, maintain data, and analyze effectiveness of programs

Recruit, train and manage up to eight environmental field organizers

Work closely with the policy and communications staff to implement public education and organizing plans

Oversee all campaign activities and regularly submit status reports to Executive Director

Assist organizers in day to day organizing activities including volunteer recruitment, phone outreach, and in person education activities

Organize a Public Health and Environment Candidate Forum, including securing partners and a venue

Coordinate and recruit volunteers to engage in traditional communications efforts such as letters to the editor and opinion pieces

Ensure all campaign activities are conducted in a manner consistent with all State and Federal regulations

Assist development staff with grant review process

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Commitment to environmental conservation.

Demonstrated ability to manage staff, recruit volunteer activists, mobilize public support and lead campaigns

Working knowledge of Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Catalist

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Excellent personal organizational and time management skills.

Personable, dependable team player.

Paid staff position in at least two election cycles, including a minimum of one cycle in a midlevel or higher position such as a Field Director or Campaign Manager preferred.

Formal organizing training (New Organizing Institute, Green Corps, etc) preferred

Position Requirements: This is a full-time position based in either Trenton or Somerset. However, travel throughout New Jersey will be necessary, so a valid driver’s license and access to a car are required. This person must be able to maintain a flexible schedule as is common on campaigns.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

 

Events Associate

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by The Alliance to Save Energy on November 16, 2016

Team: Public Relations

Reports to: Manager, Public Relations

Founded in 1977 during the oil crisis, the Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking an Events Associate to support its Public Relations team. The Events Associate will support the planning and execution of major Alliance events, including the EE Global Forum and Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner, to enhance reputation, raise visibility, help secure prospective Associates and funders, and advance the Alliance’s mission. The position will report directly to the Public Relations Manager, and will work closely with members of the Public Relations, Stakeholder Engagement and Policy teams.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Energy Efficiency Global Forum

Assist with management of vendor contracts, including venue, catering, AV, and exposition services and collaborate with Finance team to process and track vendor payments.

Support management of the International Steering Committee meetings including agenda and slide creation, logistical arrangements and drafting of meeting minutes.

Manage plenary session logistics including maintenance of the speaker database, drafting and issuing speaker invitations, speaker confirmation, management and on-site logistics.

Manage Executive Dialogue speaker logistics including maintenance of the speaker database, drafting and issuing speaker invitations, speaker confirmation, follow-up, management, briefing, and on-site logistics.

Support Events & Marketing Associate by drafting email blasts, invitation copy, and website material as needed.

Conduct appropriate follow-up activities, including drafting and issuing thank you letters, updating attendee lists and collection and analysis of participant evaluation reports to incorporate for next year.

Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner

Manage complimentary invitation process, including creating invitee list, issuing e-mail invitations and reminders, tracking RSVPs in Salesforce, enforcing registration policies, and managing on-site registration.

Manage table seating process in Salesforce including interfacing with sponsors to determine requested and attending guests, maintaining spreadsheets, conducting table seating meeting, and managing on-site logistics.

Conduct appropriate follow-up activities, including drafting and issuing thank you letters, updating attendee lists and collection and analysis of participant evaluation reports.

Assist with management of vendor contracts, including venue, catering, lighting, and AV and collaborate with Finance team to process and track vendor payments.

Miscellaneous

Manage internal Alliance and industry event calendars.

Assist with additional event planning, including receptions, board meetings, etc. as required.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or related field.

Minimum 2 years of relevant work or internship experience.

Strong and efficient writing and editing abilities; AP writing style.

Proficiency in Salesforce preferred.

Ability to work on a number of projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Good interpersonal skills for interacting with vendors and Alliance staff.

Compensation:

Salary range is $40-45k, based on experience. The Alliance offers a generous benefits package and a comfortable work environment in downtown Washington, DC convenient to Metro.

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Policy Advocate

San Diego, CA, US

Job posted by Environmental Health Coalition on November 17, 2016

Primary Responsibilities:

Organize and advocate for the development and implementation of land use, transportation, and community development policies that advance public and environmental health, equitable development, land use compatibility, affordable housing, climate and transportation justice, jobs and health;

Conduct issue research and policy advocacy activities regarding transportation, climate change, air pollution, and related environmental justice issues affecting low-income communities of color;

Understand government systems and laws, and effectively monitor and advocate with those entities;

Develop written analyses, position papers, and correspondence;

Conduct effective networking and ally development activities with individuals, groups, organizations, and governmental entities in the San Diego region;

Work with community organizing efforts to ensure coordination;

In collaboration with the EHC City Heights Community Organizer develop an empowered and effective City Heights Community Action Team composed of EHC community leaders;

Coordinate and facilitate an effective collaborative with City Heights Built Environment Team (BET);

Work with EHC team members to develop strategic plans for key projects and activities;

Participate in statewide environmental justice networks to secure state policy around air pollution reduction and transportation.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

3 to 5 years’ experience in grassroots organizing and/or policy work;

Demonstrated commitment to the principles of environmental justice;

Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Creative thinker who is familiar with and has applied the popular education model;

Excellent analytical ability;

Proficient with computer programs including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel;

Reliable transportation method;

Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends;

Ability to handle multiple tasks, work under pressure, and maintain attention to detail; and

Cultural competence is a must.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

Background in transportation, land use, climate and air pollution regulation, or other related fields;

Experience in research including data and policy analysis and GIS;

Bilingual (English/Spanish); and

Familiar with San Diego regulatory bodies and state and local government.

Salary Range: This is a full-time position which has a range of $42,900 – 53,600 per year; salary commensurate with experience

Benefits Include: Health, dental and vision insurance, 401k, LTC, generous vacation and wellness leave, professional development and other benefits

Target Start Date: Position open until filled

Forest Management & Chain of Custody Associate

New York, NY, US

Job posted by Rainforest Alliance on November 17, 2016

Location: Home Based – United States

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/about.

Position Summary: The Forest Management (FM) & Chain of Custody (CoC) Associate will coordinate and manage the execution of FM & CoC certification services for a subset of new and existing Rainforest Alliance clients in the region. S/he directly oversees all aspects of FM certification pre-assessment, assessments and audits including scheduling, project management, customer service, auditor management and quality control for assigned portfolio. S/he also is responsible for participating in audits as a lead auditor.

Responsibilities:  Under the guidance of the Senior Manager, manage the execution of FM & CoC auditing engagements throughout the region, including budgeting, service contracts, audit team identification, logistical planning, support to auditors, report review, coordinating peer reviews, and finalizing and approving reports;  Ensure efficiency, quality control and adherence to Rainforest Alliance technical and administration certification protocols for all jobs directly under his/her responsibilities;  Work closely with other Rainforest Alliance staff to ensure accuracy & consistency of standards interpretations;  Following his/her certification decision, the Associate is responsible for presenting decisions on conformance to the client’s staff. The Associate’s conformance decision can sometimes imply significant expenses by clients to resolve the issues identified;  Communicate with ENGOs, First Nations and other interested parties regarding assessment and audit status, explain Rainforest Alliance position on interpretations of the FSC standard and certification decisions;  Act as senior auditor and team leader on selected pre-assessments, assessments and audits projects;  Coordinate with other staff, provide customer service to current and potential Rainforest Alliance clients, including, but is not limited to, responding to inquiries relating to FM, providing information about certification, market linkages, guidance on certification process, marketing and other aspects related to auditing services;  Coordinate with consultants on agreements, scope of work, and monitor and approve resulting deliverables;  Provide strong expertise in FSC FM & CoC policies and protocols;  Cooperate with and support other Rainforest Alliance staff in the execution and coordination of FM & CoC client recruitment, assessments and audits and other projects including developing and implementing annual audit schedules to ensure timely and efficient completion of audits;  Provide monthly expense and progress reports to the Regional Manager;  Coordinate with and support other staff with regards to financial and audit progress reports and planning;  Promote and develop certification and verification services in the United States;  Give presentations and attend meetings, as needed, to promote Rainforest Alliance and FSC certification;  Support the development and launch of new products and services and assist in field testing;  Contribute to developing client recruitment strategies for regional market segments and key forest landowners/managers and forest products companies.  Provide input for policy development and technical improvements to the certification system; and  Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Forest Ecology or related field required; Master’s Degree a plus;  Minimum of 4 years of field experience in forestry, forest ecology or related areas;  Written and verbal fluency in English required;  Written and verbal fluency in French a plus;  Environmental management system auditor training experience preferred;  Knowledge of FSC certification and Rainforest Alliance a plus;  Strong computer skills (word processing, databases, spreadsheets) and presentation skills;  Strong organizational, multi-tasking skills and attention to detail;  Initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, dependability;  Strong verbal and written communication skills;  Strong customer service skills;  Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and  Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of the time. Field auditing may require exposure to difficult terrain and hot, dry or cold, inclement weather. Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package provided.

To apply: Please apply online at https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=15470791. Combine cover letter and resume as one single document and upload. The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Natural Resources Board Administrator

Job ID: 620374

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   36.980000

Posting Date:   11/16/2016

Pay Grade:      31

Position Number:   700018

Application Deadline: 12/11/2016

Department:   Natural Resources Board

This position, (Natural Resources Board Administrator, Job Opening # 620374), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashua@vermont.gov

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

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

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) is seeking a skilled administrator and communicator to fill the position of Executive Director (NRB Administrator) in our Montpelier office. This senior-level staff position involves managerial, administrative, and supervisory work overseeing the implementation of Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law. The Executive Director has primary responsibility for managing the five Act 250 District Offices, including recruitment, training, and supervision of the District Environmental Coordinators who administer Act 250 at the district level. Additional responsibilities include developing policy and guidance, accountability for the annual budget of the NRB, and serving as a liaison with the Vermont Legislature.

The Executive Director position requires a proven leader with extensive knowledge of Act 250 and land use principles. The direct supervision of the ten District Coordinators, whose authority is defined in statute, is a core responsibility which demands a significant portion of the Executive Director’s time.

This key leadership position assists with major policy formulation and goal setting for the organization and collaborates with state agencies and other stakeholders on legislative and policy initiatives. The Executive Director is also involved in the preparation and delivery of state-wide education and training for staff and appointed district commissioners and outreach to external partners and participants in the Act 250 process.

As the top ranking classified executive at the NRB, the ED is responsible for maintaining continuity and consistency during transitions in state government administrations. The ED has an essential role in creating the collaboration within state government that exists outside of political changes.

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as permit applicants and parties to the Act 250 permit process. The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of environmental laws, rules, regulations, and permit requirements in Vermont; public administration experience, and a working knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning. Supervisory experience and a considerable knowledge of budgetary principles and practices are also required. Experience with law, the courts, engineering, public relations, and technology are a plus.

The direct supervisor of the position is the Chair of the Natural Resources Board. The Chair, the Natural Resources Board, and members of the nine District Commissions are all appointed by the Governor.

General Job Description

Managerial, administrative, coordinating, and supervisory work for the Natural Resources Board involving Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use Control Law. Duties involve the direction of district office activities, management of the budget and district caseload, assistance with enforcement efforts, and direct involvement with selected difficult cases with major regional or statewide impacts. Supervision is exercised over District Coordinators and other staff. Incumbent acts as liaison to the Vermont Legislature on budget and policy issues. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Chair of the Natural Resources Board.

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Masters’ degree or higher in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND three years at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, natural resources management, land use planning, environmental law, or a related field AND five years at or above a professional level in field directly related to natural resources management, environmental regulation, or public administration, INCLUDING three years at or above a supervisory level.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

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

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

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

Submission of Application

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Natural Resources Board Legal Technician

Job ID: 620376

Location:         Montpelier

Full/Part Time:   Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:   Classified

Hourly Rate:   20.150000

Posting Date:   11/17/2016

Pay Grade: 21

Position Number:   700003

Application Deadline:  12/05/2016

Department: Natural Resources Board

General Information

This position, (Natural Resources Board Legal Technician, Job Opening # 620376), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Kimberley Lashua at kimberley.lashur@vermont.gov

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

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

Overview

The Natural Resources Board has an exciting opportunity for a Legal Technician to join our Montpelier office. This rewarding and challenging position supports the NRB in its mission to administer Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law, Act 250, by providing important administrative support to the legal, enforcement and executive staff.

The NRB seeks a highly organized individual with excellent computer skills and the ability to prioritize competing tasks in a fine-detail environment. If you have a strong work ethic and an appreciation for Vermont’s environment, this is the right the opportunity for you.

General Job Description

This position involves administrative, technical and coordination work for the Natural Resources Board (NRB). The NRB Legal Technician assists in administering Act 250 program functions to the legal/enforcement and executive teams in the Montpelier Central Office. Specific duties include administrative support for the NRB legal, enforcement and executive staff.

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s Degree.

OR

Associates degree AND two (2) years or more work in administrative support role.

OR

High School diploma AND six (6) years or more in administrative support.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

n/a

Total Compensation

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

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

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

Submission of Application

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

 

Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

(Job Id# 620335)

Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Posted: November 11, 2016

Deadline: November 27, 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an opportunity for a professional that is passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental issues, and enjoys collaborating with people, to lead the development and help implement the Agency’s environmental policies. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the relationship between Vermont’s transportation system and environmental issues such as water quality, energy, air quality, wildlife and Climate Change to develop policy recommendations that affect Agency activities and decision making.

The incumbent is a capable policy analyst that can evaluate and synthesize the implications of diverse, complicated and interrelated state and federal environmental initiatives, laws and regulations in a manner that is useful to VTrans practitioners and external partners. To this end, the incumbent actively engages VTrans staff, other state agencies and external organizations to identify, evaluate and implement actions from minimizing direct impacts of agency activities to supporting environmental stewardship. The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advises Agency leadership and is often the Agency’s designated representative on multi-state, national and international boards and commissions focused on transportation and environmental issues. Other major duties include evaluating and tracking relevant state and federal legislation; drafting policy briefs, preparing plans, and directing research on environmental topics; public outreach; and some supervision of staff. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment under the direction of the Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director.

The incumbent should have education and experience in planning, energy systems, biological-life or physical science, engineering, energy systems, environmental/natural resources or the law; experience with legislative processes; the ability to analyze and synthesize data and policy analyses into understandable reports; the ability to facilitate and collaborate with a diverse group of customers and partners; excellent verbal and written communication skills and an inclination for inquisitive and critical thinking.

The job is in Montpelier, the vibrant state capital, nestled in the Green Mountains and located approximately 40 minutes from Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Central Vermont is a great place to live and work with excellent schools, plenty of cultural activities and amazing summer and winter recreation opportunities. Additional information is provided at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/careers. All applications must be submitted on-line. Reference Job Id #620335. For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SPECIALIST, GS-0028-9/11

INTERIOR, BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Aberdeen, SD

Work Schedule is Full Time – Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/9/2016 Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade

GS-0028-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

Who May Apply

INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

Control Number

456062700

Job Announcement Number

AB-17-22

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Great Plains Region, Deputy Regional Director (Trust Services),

Environmental, Safety and Cultural Resource Management, Aberdeen, SD

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

Duties

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Identifies federal actions under NEPA and advances standardized compliance efforts throughout the region.
  • Assists in the preparation and/or management of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs) for a wide variety of BIA actions.
  • Assists in the management of environmental projects and contracts as assigned, related to solid and hazardous waste, remediation of contaminated sites and general environmental compliance.
  • Reviews and responds to environmental documents, issues and requests submitted by tribes, private parties and other federal agencies.
  • Fulfills reporting and notice requirements, maintaining both internal files and an administrative records.
  • Manages projects and contracts as assigned, including tribal contracts under P. L. 93-638.
  • Assists in compliance orientation and/or detailed training for BIA and tribal staff.

Travel Required

OCCASIONAL TRAVEL MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND INSEPCTIONS OF PROJECT SITES.

Key Requirements

US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.

A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.

APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE AND BY FAX.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions and/or BIA Excepted Standards, GS-0028).

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); work involving personally writing NEPA documents; reviewing NEPA documents prepared by other agencies and parties; and managing contracts with private contractors for document preparation, and/or collaborating with tribal departments for the same; dealing with multiple permitting agencies at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels; synthesizing complex environmental information from a variety of sources for inclusion into documents readily understood by the public; conducting environmental training and presentations; understanding and incorporating management policies into completed documents. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing, arranging or reviewing documents required for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); determining and preparing necessary environmental analysis; monitoring new construction and inspection production sites. providing assistance by researching environmental protection issues; or carrying out specified portions of environmental protection projects and identifying and recommending solutions to problems, assisting with site inspections, collecting data, reviewing documents, analyzing evidence; assist in development of contract specifications and scopes of work for environmental assessments ; conduct base line environmental surveys. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

Natural Resource Specialist

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

1 vacancy in the following location: Lander, WY

Work Schedule is Work Schedule is Full Time. – This is a permanent position.

Opened Thursday 11/17/2016 Closes Wednesday 11/23/2016

Salary Range $40,033.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade GS-0401-07/09

Promotion Potential 11

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

*Please note: This announcement may close prior to the closing date once 50 applicants have been received

Control Number

456752700

Job Announcement Number

WY-DEU-2017-0017

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

The Lander Field Office encompasses 6.6 million acres in central Wyoming. The Lander Field Office includes most of Fremont County, the southwest corner of Natrona Country, and small portions of Carbon, Sweetwater and Hot Springs counties. Of the 6.6 million acres, 2.5 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. The Lander Field Office also manages approximately 2.7 million acres of federal mineral estate and 2.5 million acres of Indian mineral estate. For information on the Lander Field Office, please go to: Lander Field Office

For information on the city of Lander, please go to: Lander, WY

Physical Demands: In addition to sedentary office work, this position may require walking or riding vehicles over rough terrain, bending crouching, reaching or lifting.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an office setting. However, field work may involve exposure to temperature extremes, inclement weather, and/or environmental conditions such as wildlife, chemical, or physical hazards.

Duties

You will be responsible for application of natural resource management and environmental science principles to the execution of a comprehensive surface protection and compliance program dealing with fluid minerals development in the Lander Field Office. You will be responsible for processing various types of oil and gas permit applications involving surface-disturbing activities, including; Notices of Staking (NOS), Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs), Plans of Development (PODs) and Sundry Notices, and authoring the appropriate environmental documentation as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Responsibilities will also include inspecting items including drill pad construction; access roads; production facilities and pipelines; water disposal facilities, abandoned well site rehabilitation, including evaluating soil conditions, vegetation establishment, and weed identification and treatment.

Travel Required

Occasional Travel

may be required.

U.S. Citizenship is required;

Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections;

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;

Direct Deposit required;

Background Investigation required.

Qualifications

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-05 for the GS-07 and GS-07 for the GS-09) of the position to be filled. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Examples: *To qualify at the GS-07 level applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement and have 1 year of specialized experience in natural resources or physical science work equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service OR have 1 year of related graduate level education, OR have Superior Academic Achievement, OR meet the Basic Education Requirement AND have a combination of specialized professional experience and first year graduate level education described above. Specialized experience for the GS-07 is defined as experience in natural resource management including such activities as energy development, reclamation, compliance, and preparing environmental analysis documents. The tasks performed at this level were routine and usually entailed readily identifiable phenomena and environmental conditions; and the work was closely controlled and assigned with clear, specific, and detailed instructions as to the methods, procedures, and guidelines to use. To qualify at the GS-9 level applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement AND have 1 year of specialized experience in natural resources or physical science work equivalent to GS-7 level in the Federal service; OR Meet the Basic Education Requirement and have 2 years of graduate education leading to a masters degree in natural resource management, physical science or a directly related field; OR Meet the Basic Education Requirement AND have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and related graduate education described above. Specialized experience for the GS-09 level is defined as experience processing oil and gas permit applications with review by higher level specialist; preparing analysis of environmental impacts of energy development; complete field compliance inspections and issue enforcement actions to correct compliance issues.

This position has a positive education requirement; you must submit a copy of ALL your college transcripts. You will be rated ineligible if you do not submit documents to determine whether you meet the basic educational requirements.

To qualify as a Natural Resource Specialist you are required to have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry; OR a combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

 

Outdoor Recreation Planner (Wilderness/Recreation)

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Agency Contact Information

1 vacancy – Winnemucca, NV

Work Schedule is Work Schedule is Full Time. – This is a permanent position.

Opened Monday 11/14/2016 Closes Monday 11/28/2016

Salary Range $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade GS-0023-09/11

Promotion Potential 11

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

Control Number

455980300

Job Announcement Number

NV-DEU-2017-0025

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is located Winnemucca, NV. Information about the area can be found at the Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce website.

Physical Demands: The work requires physical exertion such as walking over rough or mountainous terrain, horseback and off-highway vehicle riding, recurring bending, crouching or stooping. Depending on the area and work priorities, the incumbent may be required to ride a mountain bike, raft, crawl around a cave, etc. During such occasions physical activity would be required using various forms of travel with exposure to mild, moderate or extreme terrain conditions.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Occasional travel may be required. The position may be required to visit field sites where risks may include exposure to inclement weather and potential injury from falls, strains, bites, stings, etc. The incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or designated by the Safety Officer.

Duties described below are at the full performance GS-11 grade level.

Oversee the planning and administration of a more complex recreation program to include: heritage tour resources, interpretive services, recreation special uses, National Conservation Areas, developed sites, and dispersed recreation.

Coordinate recreation program activities with other BLM District and Field Offices, as well as local governments, other Federal agencies, private organizations, and the general public.

Review, recommend, and implement changes to recreation program policies, standards, methods, controls, and procedures. Analyze and evaluate services, projects, programs, and/or functions of one or more Outdoor Recreation Programs.

Provide recommendations to local management concerning current and multi-year recreation program(s) budget funding and priorities to ensure recreation priorities are met.

Identify training needs and promote and implement an integrated training program to teach basic and complex skills of Outdoor Recreation Planning.

Occasional Travel

Travel to field sites for work will occasionally be required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections.

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.

Direct deposit is required.

Background Investigation Required

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience and/or education requirement – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

For GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: conducting inventories and studies to determine recreation visitor use and site suitability; prepare recreation activity plans; work on environmental assessment projects related to recreation activities; process special recreation use permits including supervising events and performing compliance monitoring; coordinate the planning, operation, fee collection and maintenance of developed campgrounds and trailhead’s; OR two (2) years of graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

For GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent at the next lower grade (GS-09) in Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: experience applying the principles of the Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964 and Bureau Directives to inventory and evaluate wilderness study areas; applying laws, regulations, agency policy and procedures governing the recreation and wilderness programs; analyze and recommend changes in policy and/or precedent; independently determine and ensure appropriate management of complex wilderness resource issues with little to no oversight, resolve internal and external conflicts, and propose solutions to issues; OR PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of doctoral work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation; OR an equivalent combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for the Outdoor Recreation Planning series.

Individual Occupational Requirements:

To qualify with Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — outdoor recreation planning or a related field such as: sociology, forestry, landscape architecture, economics, biological science, park administration, earth science, natural resource management and conservation, civil engineering, urban planning, or recreation. Applicants who qualify on the basis of graduate work in related disciplines must have one or more courses in outdoor recreation. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

OR Experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and coordinate the use of land, water, and related resources for recreation and conservation purposes.

U.S. PIRG Fellow

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Work for Progress on November 18, 2016

U.S. PIRG FELLOW Who We’re Looking For Do you think the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms makes no sense? Is overturning Citizens United one of the most important things we can do to put regular Americans back in the driver’s seat of our democracy? Do we need to go above and beyond to protect consumers from unsafe or unscrupulous practices? If you agree — and if you’re willing to work harder than you’ll work at most jobs to win smart solutions on real problems that affect millions of lives — consider a job as a fellow with U.S. PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value organizing experience, including building campus groups. What You’ll Do This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders with U.S. PIRG. You won’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world — recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. Pay & Benefits The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. To learn more visit[[http:jobs.uspirg|jobs.uspirg]].org. Tackle real problems. Implement smart solutions. Get results. U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

 

 

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November 8th, 2016

Career Notes

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

 Career Tip of the Week

Volunteer to Career: 6 Tips to Help Make it Happen

BY          KIMBERLY MAUL

Volunteering is a big part of how many Idealists give back, so we’re always looking for ways to help you make the most of those experiences. We’ve shared the story of a job seeker who landed a job through volunteering and shared some advice on how to find the right volunteer opportunity. But once you have your foot in the door and are volunteering for an organization you love, what can you do to turn that experience into a job?

In 2005, I started volunteering at God’s Love We Deliver, an organization in New York that makes and delivers meals for people who are homebound with illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Now, every Monday morning, I spend a couple hours ladling soup and packing up meals to be delivered later that day. Over the years, I noticed that several kitchen volunteers had traded in their hairnets for full-time jobs at the organization.

We spoke to two employees GLWD—Kate Suhr, manager of volunteer operations, and Em Findley, communications coordinator—who both started off as volunteers at the organization before getting jobs there.

“We have volunteers in every office department, in addition to the kitchen and delivery volunteers,” Kate said, explaining that this has led to several people joining the company full-time. “We had one woman who worked in finance, but volunteered in the kitchen. When we needed extra financial support, she helped, and then she got a job here. We’ve hired drivers who used to be volunteer van assistants as well.”

Both Em and Kate heard about their job openings through word-of-mouth, applied normally, and made sure to tell their connections at GLWD that they applied. Kate had a more informal interview with her future boss, while Em had a couple interviews before being hired.

So what advice do these two have about turning a volunteer gig into a job?

 Be committed

This may seem like the bare minimum, but Kate and Em, who started with a job in the volunteer department before becoming communications coordinator, said that the organization recognizes consistency, notices if a volunteer is often a no-show, and appreciates when volunteers communicate that they won’t be able to make it.

“If you’re going to volunteer somewhere because you want to work there, show up,” Em explained. “Show up when they ask you. The dedication that people show never ceases to amaze us.”

 Build relationships

As a volunteer, you can meet many different employees at an organization. Naturally, you will interact with volunteer coordinators and others who assist in whatever activity you are doing, but you also have an “in” with the rest of the team. If you are interested in fundraising, ask to take the development officer to coffee to learn more. Or, if you have an orientation period, try to meet or connect with others throughout the organization. Even if you don’t work with them directly, many people will be willing to meet you, simply because you are a volunteer.

“Don’t underestimate the relationships you’re establishing, with your fellow volunteers and also the people you are working for,” Em said. “Relationships run deep. It’s more than LinkedIn; it’s people and personal networking.” Then, when a job opens up, you are already top-of-mind.

“Having that face-to-face puts you light years ahead of everyone else, just because they know you,” Kate added. “They are going to put your resume on top.”

 Stay connected

Even if you stop volunteering, you can still keep up the relationships. Kate had been volunteering for years at GLWD before getting a job there, but Em had only spent a week volunteering at the organization during an alternative spring break trip, and wanted to keep communication going.

“I sent God’s Love Christmas cards and told them how I was doing and wanted to know about them,” Em said. “I was touching base with these people and building relationships, saying how much I really appreciated my time here.”

Learn about the organization

One way that volunteering can improve your job application is simply because you already know a lot about the organization. Depending on your position, you can learn about how things operate, the organizational structure, and the nonprofit’s goals and missions. You can also get a sense of the culture of the organization and can be more prepared when coming in for a job interview.

Additionally, be sure to notice how things could change if you came on full-time. Volunteers may come for a two-hour shift, but how late does the staff stick around? Sure, you can handle the slightly micro-managing team leader for your monthly gig, but what if you had to work together every day? If you are dealing with a sensitive issue or cause, how would that take a toll on you emotionally?

“There’s definitely a shift when you work somewhere versus volunteering, and I was worried that I would become disenchanted,” Kate said. But honestly, I was even more impressed with the agency and the people who work here.” That’s a good sign.

Be passionate about the cause

Hopefully, if you are volunteering your time, you are already passionate about the nonprofit’s cause and mission.

“Em had just gotten back [from a year living in France], and bounded into the office with all this passion and energy,” said Kate, who was a part of the hiring team for that position several years ago. “Susan, our boss at the time, sent me an email while Em was still in the room saying, ‘that’s the person who should have this job.’”

“It really is helpful to be able to demonstrate your dedication to an organization before your begin as an employee,” Em added. “To show that the mission runs deep, and you are willing to work hard.”

 Think about the skills you can show

At God’s Love We Deliver, there are volunteers who work in the office, but many start out and work in the kitchen: chopping vegetables and packaging up meals. How can you make non-related volunteer work translate to a full-time, office job? Think about how you can demonstrate more intangible skills.

“Being a volunteer shows your commitment and your work ethic,” Em said. “It can show people’s strength and shows that they are willing to jump in and do whatever.” Think about how your volunteering demonstrates attention to detail, the ability to work independently or on a team, leadership skills, and even listening.

“Especially for a position like in a volunteer department, a lot of that is about personality,” Kate added. “For that particular position, you are interacting with so many people and they need someone who has a certain amount of energy, somebody who is comfortable talking to people.” All these skills can definitely be demonstrated while serving as a volunteer.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Federal Legislative Intern

(VLS has a contact here)

Washington, DC, US

Internship posted by Wildlife Conservation Society (DC Office) on October 28, 2016

Department: Public Affairs

Title: Federal Legislative Intern

Start Date: January 9, 2017

End Date: May 26, 2017

Number of Openings: 2-3

Location: Washington, DC

Hours: Commitment of 12 to 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring semester. This internship is designed to provide experience in legislative affairs and conservation policy. Interns will have the opportunity to experience how to shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, while learning about the legislative process first-hand. Start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on academic schedules.

This internship will provide a modest transit stipend along with academic credit, if applicable.

Objectives:

Help track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change.

Learn to identify potential WCS Congressional allies and policy priorities.

Research and analyze legislation and federal funding allocations related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, foreign policy and climate change.

Have the opportunity to attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill.

Gain exposure in developing and implementing engagement strategies.

The individual(s) that will gain the most from this experience:

Will be working towards earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, or natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

Will have a strong interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues.

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

 

Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES)

Location: Denver , Colorado

Website: http://www.i4es.org

The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is an independent non-profit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems – without unwanted side effects. IES is seeking motivated graduate students volunteers who are passionate about protecting the environment! We are working on exciting projects to reduce air and water pollution, improve human health, teach children to become environmental stewards, and restore trails and open space.

These are part-time, unpaid graduate intern positions (5-20 hours/week) based in Denver with a flexible schedule.

IES does not have a central office. Graduate interns work independently, and participate in Institute and Project meetings once a week in Denver. To learn more about IES projects, visit www.i4es.org.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS: IES is seeking enthusiastic graduate students to join one of our two project teams: The Tree Project or the Chemical Footprint Project.

The Tree Project’s mission is to improve Colorado cities using tree science; restore natural systems and urban green infrastructure; and educate children and adults to become environmental stewards.

The Chemical Footprint Project seeks to reduce chemical footprints to improve water quality and human and environmental health.

Examples of graduate intern responsibilities:

Program work in all phases of the projects, including project planning, environmental analysis, school workshops, tree planting, water pollution prevention, community involvement, budgets, landscape design, business and citizen outreach

Independent research and analysis on environmental and urban planning issues

Project design, implementation, community workshops, and educational programs.

Grant proposals to support project work.

FUNDRAISING: Assist IES with grant writing and fundraising. Research funding opportunities to support IES activities. Write, edit, and submit letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Grant writing, fundraising, and marketing experience is a plus, but not required.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Create and execute social media that builds IES’s online presence and increases support. Maintain the IES Facebook page and establish IES on other social media sites. A strong understanding of social media and marketing is desired.

QUALIFICATIONS: We look for graduate interns who are:

Self-motivated

Have a high attention to detail

Excellent written and oral English communication skills

Able to tackle challenging problems with minimal guidance

Graduate student or college graduate (bachelor’s degree required)

All levels of experience are welcome. Training provided.

Completed studies in environmental science, chemistry, biology, engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture, public health, economics, marketing, or nonprofit management are desired, but not mandatory.

IES helps graduate interns gain experience to advance their careers. Graduate interns are able to self-guide their involvement in IES, creating the opportunity for them to meet their own goals with team member input and support. Students are encouraged to apply IES work to academic courses, if desired, with support from IES staff members.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Solutions@i4es.org. Include why you are interested in this position and your availability in Denver.

American Conservation Experience

Location: Salt Lake City , Utah

Website: https://usaconservationstaff.applicantpool.com/jobs/109316.html

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a national nonprofit Conservation Corps with offices strategically located around the country, is looking to fill 2 Recruitment Technician positions. Both positions will be working across disciplines, One individual will be selected to focus specifically on National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service programs. The ACE Emerging Professional Internship Corps (EPIC) program, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is seeking individuals who are passionate about development of the next generation public servants whom are responsible for the conservation of our public natural and cultural resources. The Recruitment Technician will assist the Program Managers with full service support for intern recruitment and placement at program sites throughout the United States and its territories.

The EPIC Program works closely with our federal land management partners, such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and other State, Local and non-profit entities. Our team’s primary mission is to provide a bridge between academia and career of public service in the natural and cultural resources fields. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about our nation’s public trust lands, and whom has experience and understanding of what it takes to work for, or partnering with, federal resource management agencies. Applicants with a background in wilderness management, GIS, rangeland management, mineral resource management, environmental education and interpretation, ecology, biology, conservation, recreation, or a closely related field, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location:               Salt Lake City, Utah

Start Date:           January 9th, 2017 (an earlier start date is negotiable)

Compensation:     $24,000 -$29,000 per year DOE; dental & health benefits available

Schedule: This is a full time position that requires a flexible 40 hour/week schedule. Standard workday varies from 7am-6pm due to working across national time zones. Evening, weekend and/or holiday work will be necessary as college students/graduates are not always available during normal business hours. Occasional travel to federal duty stations throughout the nation may be possible and will be encouraged as opportunities exist.

Program Background: ACE is a dynamic organization that employs interns and crews to complete technically complex and physically demanding conservation and restoration projects for government and not-for-profit agencies. In recognition of the ever-increasing agency needs for professional development internships and fellowships, combined with growing federal and state mandates for youth engagement, enhanced diversity, and building a commitment to our nation’s incredible resources, ACE’s EPIC Program is seeking a two entry level professionals to support the recruitment, outreach, and enrollment aspects of this rapidly growing program.

Position Description: The Recruitment Technician’s primary responsibilities will be to provide direct support to the EPIC Program Managers in regards to the outreach, recruitment, and enrollment of qualified professionals into the EPIC Program.

The Recruitment Technician will participate in the initial recruitment for ACE interns, including but not limited to:

Position outreach

Applicant review

Enrollment and onboarding of new Intern hires

The Recruitment Technician will also work to increase ACE’s national presence through advertising and promotional materials. This EPIC staff member will directly implement, coordinate, and facilitate the outreach portion of the ACE EPIC programming. The Recruitment Technician may assist with organization of data collected on recruitment statistics and working closely with the Program Managers on reporting and program success. One of the two positions will likely focus specifically on our National Park Service Program.

Qualifications: This is a dynamic position that requires a strong skill set in interpersonal communication, organization, data management, and passion in recruiting, supporting, and developing the next generation of future environmental stewards and leaders.

Required:

Detail-oriented

Ability to communicate effectively with applicants, Interns, and colleagues

Possess an understanding of information management, web and social media outlets, and information technology

Have the ability to contribute to, generate, and sustain an office that supports hundreds of Interns nationwide

Ability to maintain professional working relationships and be willing to represent ACE in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner

Preferred:

A BA or BS degree in a conservation related field, non-profit management, business management, international affairs, communications, computer science or other related educational

background is strongly preferred

Experience with or exposure to land-management agencies, jurisdictions, legal directives, and public mission

Experience working with diverse communities

Familiarity and comfort managing and streamlining numerous databases

Cultural and ecological knowledge of various regions of the United States

Past experience working as a natural resource manager, human resources, file/database management, recruitment, and/or communications

Past volunteer experience with a youth conservation corps is welcome.

The ideal candidate must have a solid understanding of the rigors of earning a BA/BS degree (or higher) in Biological, Cultural, or Environmental Science fields. In addition, candidates must have awareness of the difficulty of securing full time permanent work for young professionals and understand the importance of professional development within the conservation landscape.

We recognize that an acute willingness to learn, and a passion for ACE EPIC’s mission will quickly alleviate some gaps in desired knowledge or experience; however recruitment of a staff member with well-developed passion for conservation, preservation, the outdoors and public service, whether in theory or action, is critical. While the position is not field-based, ACE strongly believes that understanding the skill-set needed by our natural resource management partners is essential.

* ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationstaff.applicantpool.com/jobs/109316.html

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the EPIC Program Director at 801.946.2722 or email them to ldiggins@usaconservation.org.

Please note: This job posting may close at any time. ACE will review applications as they are received.

 

 

Youth & Family Programs Manager

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by Pacific Science Center on November 3, 2016

Purpose/ Summary: Provide engaging and inspiring informal science education, out of school time opportunities for families and youth (PreK-12th grades – 3-17 years of age) that enhance participants’ experiences with Pacific Science Center through programming that operates in a sustainable way, both fiscally and environmentally.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervises Youth & Family Program Department Supervisors and Specialists, Youth & Family Coordinators

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Define the goals and strategies for youth & family programs, including: camps, parents’ night out, workshops, Proton preschool and weekend programs, with input from other staff and lead the implementation of the goals and strategies for existing programs and new programs.

Maintain and evaluate existing partnerships and seek out new and innovative programs and partnerships.

Sustain awareness of participant and community needs and adapt existing programs to better suit those needs and balance current popular trends and interests in the market with science content when planning program themes.

Oversee the development of lesson plans and curricula to ensure quality of content and use of best practices in informal education teaching and presentation.

Direct the hiring of seasonal program staff and manage staff expectations and performance through training, observation, advising and mentoring, staff evaluations, disciplinary actions and HR procedures.

Ensure quality control of parent/participant communication materials including registration process (with the Registration Department), confirmation or pre-visit materials and daily camp letters.

Develop seasonal staffing models, logistical systems and new program components to ensure efficient and effective program support responsive to customer feedback and seasonal changes in exhibits, events and program needs.

Collaborate with the Marketing team in the development of marketing materials and marketing strategies.

Respond in a timely manner to program participant and parent’s questions and concerns.

Anticipate potential areas for concern and address them before they become problems.

Create and maintain an accurate budget for all programs and maintain accurate records and account balances including the completion of revenue reports, monthly transfers and purchasing records.

Maintain accurate records of program attendance, expenses and revenue for reports.

Fill in as needed if a staffing emergency arises.

Other duties as assigned including alternative service.

Position Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of:

Informal education and/or out of school time program best practices

Complex program budgeting and monitoring

Large metro area out of school time programming trends

Personnel management and staff coaching best practices

Skills:

Exceptional supervision skills

Partnership building

Excellent organizational and time management skills

Excellent communication skills

Ability to:

Maintain calm during periods of change and pressure

Simultaneously plan, manage and organize several projects at the same time

Think creatively and solve complex problems

Qualifications Required:

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline; supervisory experience; demonstrable experience working with budgets, contracts and event or program facilitation; WA State Driver’s License or willingness to obtain one, good driving record including no moving violations in the past three years.

Must be available and willing to work evenings and weekend, including the busy summer and the holiday season in December.

Demeanor: Outgoing, positive, motivating style, detail and service orientated.

Preferred: A Master’s Degree in education, business or non-profit management, or a graduate-level certificate in management; experience managing similar programs in informal education or out of school time organizations; science background

Desired: 3-5 years of work experience in non-profit education-focused organization; experience working with children grades K-9; experience with curriculum development,

Physical Demands/ Working Conditions: For much of the year, this is a position that needs to work regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8:30-5); for the summer, December holiday and spring break, this position will need to work flexible hours and days.

This position requires some local area Travel.

The person in this position must be able to see, hear and talk; the position requires standing, sitting, walking, lifting, kneeling (and squatting/bending/reaching), carrying (camp material tubs) and climbing.

The position requires work outside in all kinds of weather.

The position requires the ability to operate vehicles, including 15 passenger vans.

 

Regional Director and Watauga Riverkeeper

Boone, NC, US

Job posted by MountainTrue on November 3, 2016

This is a relatively new position. MountainTrue has been home to the Watauga Riverkeeper for four years, but only combined the duties of that position with those of a regional director in 2015. The MountainTrue High Country office is in Boone, and the office serves Avery, Watauga, Ashe, and Allegheny Counties.

Regional offices serve the following functions in their respective regions:

To be a resource for the public on environmental issues

To engage, organize, and lead citizens in work/advocacy on local environmental issues and on state and federal issues that are priorities for the organization

To organize membership outreach events

To build and maintain relationships with major donors

The Watauga Riverkeeper serves the following functions in its watershed:

To be a public advocate for the watershed with government agencies, partner groups, the community, and the media, including taking these stakeholders on the river as needed and monitoring, investigating, documenting, and reporting harmful activity

To create programs and initiatives to improve the watershed and to recruit and manage volunteers to support those programs

To work in partnership with other NC Riverkeepers on statewide initiatives and the Waterkeeper Alliance on national campaigns that relate to the Watauga River watershed

To actively seek funding to support Riverkeeper programs and initiatives

Qualifications

Significant experience with watershed science, stream ecology, Clean Water Act enforcement, environmental policy, or other relevant areas such as conservation, water access and recreation, or environmental advocacy

Policy advocacy experience

Experience in community organizing, membership development, campaigns, or other position requiring coordination of people

Experience paddling and ability to safely take others on the river

Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented

Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs

Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive. Team player.

Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills

Ability to work across political, social, and economic lines

A bachelor’s degree

The following are preferred:

Master’s degree or other advanced degree in a field related to the environment

Fundraising or membership outreach experience

Familiarity with Waterkeeper grassroots model and movement

Experience with online communications tools and video technology

 

 

 

 

Policy Coordinator

Chicago, IL, US

Job posted by Alliance for the Great Lakes on November 3, 2016

The Policy Coordinator (Coordinator) will work with the Vice President of Policy to implement policy and advocacy campaigns across the Great Lakes region with an emphasis on the Chicago area. S/he is a critical member of the Alliance’s Protection and Prevention team and serves as a communicator, convener, organizer and relationship builder.

The Coordinator will ensure timely and high quality delivery of written analysis and commentary that supports the Protection and Prevention team and identifies and strengthens relationships with allies across the Great Lakes region and in Chicago. S/he serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance at community events, public hearings, and to partners and decision makers.

The Coordinator reports to the Vice President of Policy.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes sets a protection agenda for the Great Lakes, a resource of global significance and the world’s largest source of surface freshwater. The Alliance seeks to protect the Great Lakes from their greatest threats, build a resilient future for communities and instill the value of clean water throughout the region. The Alliance is a four-star Charity Navigator organization. Learn more about the Alliance at www.greatlakes.org.

Responsibilities

Manages parts of projects and policy priorities for the Vice President of Policy, including, but not limited to, clean water, drinking water and the prevention of invasive species.

Drafts written communications and materials to convey policy ideas and positions.

Makes public presentations in a variety of contexts to advance Alliance policy priorities.

Collects, analyzes and includes information and ideas from existing and desired partners in our advocacy campaigns.

Builds relationships with and manages networks of environmental partners to support Alliance policy priorities.

Identifies opportunities for partnerships with potential allies such as the faith community, social justice organizations, and public health organizations and seeks ways for the Alliance to use our capacity and expertise to jointly advance work with these groups.

Represents and compellingly advances the Alliance perspective and interests in conversations with our partners.

Builds relationships with Great Lakes state and federal agency and legislative staff according to Alliance policy priorities.

Supports advancement of the Alliance’s specific diversity priorities.

Schedules meetings and manages meeting follow-up for the Vice President of Policy.

Ensures internal work plan is up to date through commitment to Alliance project management software.

Executes other tasks related to the Alliance’s policy priorities with guidance of the Vice President of Policy.

Software experience: Microsoft Office Suite

Knowledge/Skills

Bachelor degree plus 1-3 years of experience in public policy work, communications, political organizing, volunteer coordination, education, grassroots organizing, civic engagement or related field.

Demonstrated experience motivating and working persuasively with a wide variety of stakeholders of varied ages and backgrounds, including civic groups, agency staff and community-based organizations.

Demonstrated commitment to listening and responding to the needs and demands of individuals and partner organizations both within and outside of the environmental community.

Strong listening, written and verbal communications skills.

Ability to filter information and summarize key points from phone calls and meetings to inform decisions by Vice President of Policy.

Ability to manage multiple pieces of work in a fast-paced environment and shift focus quickly from one priority to another.

Ability to manage complicated logistics and multiple details for meetings and events.

Ability to collaboratively work with a staff team located in different offices with varying types of expertise and priorities.

Bilingual Spanish speaker preferred.

Job Parameters

This position is full-time and consistent with Alliance employment policy. Salary to be commensurate with experience.

Excellent benefits, including health, vacation and retirement plan, are included.

The position will be located in Chicago, Illinois. Travel within the Great Lakes region and occasionally outside the region is necessary.

 

Global Mission Fellow (Compensated Fellowship)

Atlanta, GA, US

Job posted by Generation Transformation – Global Mission Fellows of the United Methodist Church on November 3, 2016

Generation Transformation – Global Mission Fellows is looking for applicants committed to 24 months of service outside of their home context. There are two tracks: International and US-2. The International Track is for young adults from all over the world serving in international placements with an optional 2-month integration period in one’s home country. The US-2 track is for American candidates who will serve in positions in the United States. Fellows can serve at placement sites in more than 50 different countries and all over the United States.

Mission Fellows integrate faith and justice by learning and working with communities in their struggles to address systemic injustice and human suffering. Mission Fellows re-examine their own roles and participation in society as they confront hunger, homelessness, disease, illiteracy, at-risk children, substance abuse, racism, violence, inadequate healthcare and so much more.

Benefits Provided: Monthly Living Stipend, Health Insurance (Medical, eye, and dental), Relocation and Training expenses, Loan deferment ability, End of service award of $1,500.

This fellowship program is under Global Ministries, an equal opportunity employer with the United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA.

 

Environmental Analyst

Boston, MA, US

Job posted by NESCAUM on November 3, 2016

NESCAUM (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management) is seeking a full-time environmental analyst with a strong technical background and policy interest to support a range of regional air quality, climate change, and clean energy work.

NESCAUM is a nonprofit association of the state air pollution control agencies in the six New England states, New Jersey and New York. Our activities are governed by a Board of Directors composed of the lead air quality officials in the eight member states. We provide technical and policy assistance to our members on air pollution, climate, and clean energy issues of regional concern in the Northeast, and represent the states in regional, national, and international forums.

NESCAUM seeks highly motivated, innovative and passionate candidates with experience in air quality and climate change programs, strong analytical skills, and the intellectual curiosity to pursue and develop new expertise in response to evolving science and policy needs. NESCAUM is involved in the science and policy of global climate change, fine particulate matter, ground-level ozone, regional haze, mercury, acidic deposition, clean vehicles and fuels, biomass, pollution control technologies, and a number of other issues.

Candidates should have a minimum of a masters-level degree or equivalent experience in atmospheric sciences, engineering, environmental economics or a related field. Candidates must have strong analytical skills, be able to translate technical information for policy makers, and be comfortable working independently and as part of a team. Effective oral and written communication abilities are required. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, knowledge of air quality, climate and/or economic models, and familiarity with clean technologies is preferred.

Starting salary for this position depends on qualifications and experience. We offer a generous benefits package and a stimulating work environment. The NESCAUM office is located near South Station in Boston and is easily accessible via public transportation.

 

Position Title: Program Coordinator

Program/Dept. Energy and Environment Program

Position Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports To: EEP Deputy Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) provides nonpartisan leadership and a neutral forum for improving energy and environmental policy-making through values-based dialogue. With its intentional dialogues, public programs, annual policy forums, and an environmental leadership initiative, the program creates impartial venues for global leaders to engage in informed discussion around energy and environmental challenges and solutions.

BASIC FUNCTION:

The Program Coordinator will work directly with EEP Executive Director, Deputy Director, Senior Project Managers, other Aspen Institute staff and external vendors to support the program’s various energy, environment, and sustainability projects and events by providing event planning and logistics, high touch correspondence with external stakeholders, research and writing, data maintenance, communications management, project finances, materials development and distribution, and related activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Program Coordinator is primarily tasked with leading all administrative and logistical details associated with the Program’s annual energy and water forums, dialogues, roundtables, and public events.

Forum, Dialogue and General Meeting Coordination

Lead the administrative functions associated with EEP events, including but not limited to:

Producing draft invitations, logistical correspondence, and thank you letters for events,

Tracking responses and RSVPs,

Managing agenda and participant lists,

Coordinating logistics for EEP events including participant travel and lodging/rooming lists,

Assisting in venue selection and management of communications with venue, catering, and other contracted services (e.g. caterers, meeting venues, transportation companies, AV etc.),

Prepare participant logistics correspondence and capturing participant logistics information for events,

Contacting/following up with invitees and attendees,

Conducting primary and secondary research to support programming (agenda development, participants, bios, background info, etc.),

Serving as lead Administrative POC for on-site events and manage on-site event preparation and logistics,

Research and Communications

Draft communications materials for EEP events for emails, web and social media,

Draft, proofread, and format final drafts of correspondence, reports, and publications produced by EEP team,

Review and summarize conference/event content related to EEPs forums and dialogues,

Draft grant proposals and donor reports, assist in preparation of other grant reporting requirements and/or deliverables,

Update project websites on a regular basis – keeping them current and accurate,

Managing the Program’s website pages; uploading materials to websites; and general communications support,

Overseeing document and publication production (editing, organizing and dissemination),

Conduct research and provide additional support as needed for EEP research and communications efforts.

General Team Support:

The Project Coordinator will also provide general support for all Aspen EEP projects which includes:

Administrative support for senior staff and general project and program support,

Coordinating individual staff and program schedules,

General correspondence, including preparing and tracking group email and mailings; mail merges,

Preparing team meeting notes, ordering supplies, delivering materials, background research etc.

PRINCIPAL INTERACTIONS

EEP team members, including Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Project Managers

High-profile participants from government, business, academia and civil society

Aspen Institute communications and office services teams

KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:

Required:

Bachelor’s degree with at least 2-3 years of experience in a professional environment required,

NGO/Non-profit/Think Tank, government, or corporate work experience required. Experience in domestic and global energy, environment, climate, and/or sustainability issues preferred,

Event management experience required,

Excellent verbal and written communication skills required and strong research background required, as well as strong editing skills,

Excellent computer skills. Must be very good at MS Word and Excel. Also web design and social media experience preferred,

Proficiency with website management software and procedures e.g. RegOnline, Concur, Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce preferred,

Ability to work nights and weekends with little advance warning,

Ability and willingness to travel frequently during some periods of the year.

A successful candidate will be driven, highly organized, and detail oriented in a fast paced environment with shifting priorities. A successful candidate will also have experience working on multiple projects, each with tight deadlines, and in interacting with high level officials.

LEVEL OF AUTHORITY:

May supervise interns and the work of consultants

Monitor expenditures adhering to budgetary priorities

Will be authorized for responsible use of Institute American Express card

 

Bronx River Administrator

Bronx, NY, US

Job posted by NYC Parks & Recreation on November 2, 2016

Title: Bronx River Administrator

The Bronx River Administrator oversees the protection and restoration of the Bronx River and the development, management and programming of the Bronx River Greenway and more than 400 acres of parkland along it, in close partnership with local communities. Subject to the approval of the NYC Parks Commissioner, the Board of the Bronx River Alliance and the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board, the Administrator may also serve as the Executive Director of the Bronx River Alliance, which will entail certain reporting requirements to the Alliance’s Board of Directors in addition to primary reporting responsibility to NYC Parks leadership. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.nyc.gov/parks

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Bronx Borough Commissioner, work closely with regulatory officials, Parks staff and the Bronx River Alliance.

If approved by the appropriate parties to be the Executive Director of the Bronx River Alliance, comply with not-for-profit corporate governance and oversee Bronx River Alliance staff.

Manage day-to-day operations of the River corridor and the Bronx River Greenway that are under the jurisdiction of NYC Parks and the maintenance of the River House due to open in early 2017.

Act as government liaison and coordinate capital funding requests with elected officials including the City Council and Borough President.

Supervise Parks employees and, if approved as Executive Director, supervise Bronx River Alliance employees.

Foster programmatic excellence and innovation, including educational and volunteer activities that engage community members and take full advantage of new opportunities afforded by the River House.

Cultivate and grow a vibrant array of partnerships with groups and organizations active on the river.

Raise capital dollars for ecological restoration, park development and greenway projects and steward them through the project development process. Raise and manage private funds for program enhancements.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of full-time progressively responsible experience in one or more of the following fields: technical maintenance and operations of parks facilities, policy formulation and implementation, business promotion, including a minimum of 18 months in a responsible administrative, consultative managerial or executive capacity; or
  2. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1”. However, all candidates must have 18 months of responsible administrative, consultative, managerial or executive experience as described in “1” above.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree in non-profit management, environmental studies, urban planning, natural sciences or a related field.

Strong managerial skills. A minimum of 5 years of management experience, including overseeing staff, projects and finances.

Demonstrated commitment to open space, river restoration, community outreach, environmental education and working with low income communities.

Ability to build partnerships with local communities, community based organizations, non-profits, businesses and public agencies.

Strong writing, communication, presentation and negotiation skills.

Successful track record in fundraising from a range of resources.

Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings and weekends.

Valid New York State driver license.

 

Global Seafood Markets Communications and Engagement Manager

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Greenpeace USA on November 1, 2016

Come join our team to help work on our Oceans campaign! This position will develop, coordinate and deliver global online and traditional communication and engagement strategies to transform global seafood markets, in support of Greenpeace’s oceans campaign. This is a great opportunity to work with an amazing team of diverse professionals in Greenpeace offices around the world and address primary threats facing our oceans.

Responsibilities:

Communications and Engagement Strategy Design

Lead development and implementation of global communication and engagement strategies designed to advance campaign objectives and mobilize Greenpeace supporters and new audiences across multiple platforms, including online, traditional media, visuals, and creative confrontation.

Global Coordination and Implementation

Build relationships with and support diverse international teams to ensure the global communication and engagement strategies are supported by national and regional offices and implemented accordingly in different regions of the world. Coordinate rollout of material across Greenpeace offices globally in order to engage supporters and provide a high level of media (traditional and non-traditional) exposure in support of the campaigns.

Content creation and support

Develop effective and engaging content for digital and traditional platforms that mobilizes supporters and advances campaign objectives. Support diverse international teams in developing content that is consistent with global campaign objectives and that speaks to national or regional audiences.

External Network

Maintain overview and coordinate the development of external international networks with key social and traditional media, industry, NGOs, public, online influencers and, PR firms to maximize influence in external world.

Alignment on policy

Ensure all campaign communication material produced by Greenpeace offices is consistent with editorial policies and identity guidelines across all platforms.

Qualifications:

Bachelors/Masters degree or equivalent

At least 5 years professional experience in communications and/or digital mobilization

Proven success in campaign based media outreach, online engagement, marketing and branding, and fundraising

Strong familiarity with Avaaz style digital campaigning with proven experience in producing engaging digital content.

Expertise in online platforms and tools such as Convio, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Google Analytics, etc.

Experience working in international environment and coordination of rollouts across global markets

Demonstrated experience in managing and cross-cultural and geographically distributed teams

Articulate, creative, and passionate, with excellent written and spoken English

Benefits:

Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan

Commitment to Diversity:

Greenpeace welcomes and values diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives. Through our campaigning, we create solutions that promote environmental sustainability rooted in social justice. Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that is a reflection of the global campaigns and missions that we champion.

 

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

SPRING: Public Policy Intern

Nonprofit

Hours Per Week 16

Mid-January Through Mid-May

$15 / hour

Montpelier, VT

Sales/Marketing/Communications/Media/PR

VBSR’s Public Policy Intern works directly with the organization’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.

Working from the State House can be difficult and demanding, as well as fascinating. At times, the Public Policy Intern will perform their duties while under pressure; surrounded by hundreds of legislators and lobbyists, and without the benefits of a formal office. Professional attire is required at the State House.

Qualifications (Required):

Professional writing and communication skills

The ability to work well independently

Knowledge and understanding of major policy and political issues in Vermont and nationally

A laptop or other portable computer to use for work

Reliable transportation to the State House during the work week

A sense of humor

Skills, Attributes and Knowledge Desired:

Social media skills (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Understanding of communication services such as Constant Contact, Go To Meeting, etc.

Confident public speaker

Experience interacting with elected and administration officials

A sense of creativity/out of the box thinker

 

RA-Cert Systems Analyst

Richmond, VT, US

Job posted by Rainforest Alliance on November 4, 2016

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/about. Position Summary: The RA-Cert Systems Analyst will provide overall leadership and project management to the planning, building and updating of RA-Cert’s systems infrastructure, primarily its Salesforce (SF) database, used for fulfilling the multiple data, process and customer service needs. S/he will engage with key staff and partner organizations to identify solutions to business processes and collaborate with Rainforest Alliance IT and external vendors to implement those solutions. This position will serve as the lead SF Power User for RA-Cert and provide ongoing support to RA-Cert SF users. Responsibilities: Business Systems Analysis & Solution Implementation  Proactively communicate and collaborate with RA-Cert and partner staff to analyze business processes and data/reporting needs;  Simplify complex business processes and data requirements through innovative technology solutions;  Lead evaluation and planning for improvements of existing systems;  Provide research, direction and assistance to the RA-Cert Unit in the selection and implementation of new or improved business systems solutions;  Design sophisticated data mining reports and corresponding presentation tools, including dashboards;  Serve as RA-Cert’s primary person responsible for key projects supporting the development of new or improved systems (e.g., efficiency projects), including coordination of staff input, translation of business needs into specifications for vendors, and management of project milestone timelines;  Coordinate the build out of database systems for new auditing services and expanded functionality; and  Serve as liaison with Rainforest Alliance IT for review and deployment of new technology functionality according to change management control policies. Technical Expertise and Training  Serve as the SF Technical Expert (TX) and global point of contact (POC) for RA-Cert users;  Serve as the lead SF Power User for RA-Cert and provide regular guidance and support to regional SF Power Users/POCs;  Manage the RA-Cert SF Issue Queue, ensuring issues are appropriately prioritized, assigned to correct owner for follow up and successfully closed;  Develop RA-Cert specific guidelines, protocols and documentation as needed to ensure systems implementation and adoption; Maintain up-to-date information on the SharePoint Technical Expert Resource Center (TXRC) regarding RA-Cert SF guidelines, policies, and training on staff resource sites, e.g.,  Manage the development and delivery of TXRC SF user training and guidelines;  Provide technical support and report to staff regarding RA-Cert data analysis for reporting indicators across the organization, including collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance Evaluation & Research Unit;  Represent RA-Cert on steering committees that coordinate design and implementation of system solutions for all Rainforest Alliance Units; and  Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

 

 Bachelor’s Degree;  5-7 years of professional and relevant work experience;  3-5 years demonstrated experience with Salesforce platform required;  Experience in voluntary certification systems highly desirable;  Demonstrated project management experience required;  Project Management Professional certification a plus;  Exceptional communication, presentation & training skills;  Systems-oriented with demonstrated experience in translating business needs into IT solutions;  Proactive work attitude and ability to take initiative; the ideal candidate will be self-directed and highly motivated;  Strong planning, analytical, and project management skills, with ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines;  Collaborative and energetic work style, ability to motivate users to adopt evolving systems and embrace change;  Written and/or verbal Spanish and/or French language skills a plus; and  Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% internationally and domestically.

 

Maryland Program Coordinator

Baltimore, MD, US

Job posted by Clean Water Action National Office on November 7, 2016

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are hiring a Program Coordinator to develop and implement the organization’s legislative, electoral, and policy work in Maryland at both the local and state levels. We are seeking an energetic and experienced candidate with a policy and advocacy background. Our current campaigns cover a broad set of issues including enforcement of existing environmental laws, reducing urban stormwater pollution, stricter pesticide regulation, and environmental justice. We build our campaigns from the ground up, using our field canvass to engage citizens at home and our staff organizers leverage these connections to boost our campaigns and make sure citizen voices are heard on issues they care about.

Clean Water Action is a national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe, affordable water, prevention of health threatening pollution, creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action has nearly one million members in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 members in the Chesapeake region. Clean Water Fund is a national research and education organization which promotes the public interest on issues relating to water, waste and toxics. The Maryland office is located in Baltimore, but the right candidate might be able to split time with the national office in DC.

The Program Coordinator will:

Serve as the face of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund in Maryland and represent the organization on priority local and state campaigns throughout Maryland

Coordinate Clean Water Action’s electoral program in Maryland

Coordinate priority campaigns within the organization, including developing and implementing winning strategies for local and state campaigns

Work with allies on joint campaign efforts; build and sustain diverse campaign coalitions to win on our issues

Serve as the organization’s primary presence with the General Assembly

Represent the organization to agencies, elected bodies, groups, the media and the community

Provide research and policy support for priority campaigns, including developing messaging and materials to support our campaigns

Provide briefings, materials, and support to Clean Water’s field and phone canvasses

Carry out other activities as assigned.

Participate in organizational planning and strategy

Assist in raising funds to support the development and implementation of campaigns

Serve as team lead for Baltimore office

Qualifications:

Three to five years experience with issue campaigns including a minimum of one year experience leading an environmental, social justice, or election campaign

Experience lobbying, analyzing policy initiatives, and with local and state legislative processes in Maryland preferred

Experience creating, leading and implementing campaign plans and coalitions

Experience with grassroots advocacy and an understanding of how to build power by engaging citizens, including creating complementary local and statewide campaigns

Familiarity with and understanding of social justice issues and advocacy

Electoral campaign experience highly desirable

Excellent communication skills: writing for the public, technical writing, and public speaking

Ability to work independently and in a team; well-organized and self-motivated

Willing to take feedback and direction

Experience working with professional field and phone canvass operations highly desirable

Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with diverse groups

Ability to prioritize, multi-task and problem-solve in fast paced, dynamic work environment

Research and strong critical thinking skills; computer skills including social media; experience with voter files

Willing to travel within Maryland; available for evenings and weekends

Spanish language skills a plus

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; attractive benefits package available

 

New York City Program Manager

New York, NY, US

Job posted by New York League of Conservation Voters on November 7, 2016

The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) is seeking a New York City Program Manager to join our organization. NYLCV educates New Yorkers about environmental issues and decision making processes, evaluates the performance of elected officials, and endorses and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.

In recent years, New York City has emerged as a globally-recognized leader in sustainability. Mayor de Blasio has introduced OneNYC, a blueprint for growth, equity, sustainability and resiliency that sets us on a path to reach ambitious goals like reducing GHG emissions 80% by 2050. Simultaneously, the City Council has enacted a range of legislation to help clean our air and water, address environmental injustice, combat climate change and create a more sustainable, resilient, and economically vibrant New York City.

The challenge is in the implementation of these plans and broadening their appeal to all New Yorkers. Working with our coalition partners, the New York City Program Manager will strive hold the City accountable for its ambitious goals by creating momentum for transformative policies, electing the right people to the right offices, and building a strong and diverse base of supporters.

Primary responsibilities include:

Lead the development and rollout of NYLCV’s 2018-2021 New York City Policy Agenda, which will include bold, innovative and achievable recommendations that reflect the needs of all communities and can be enacted by the end of the next Mayoral and Council terms.

Develop relationships with the Mayor’s office and City Council to effectively advocate for the priorities laid forth in the policy agenda.

Issue an annual City Council Scorecard that evaluates council members on their environmental progress and holds them accountable for delivering results.

Convene, manage and build relationships with our New York City Green Group Coalition of over 40 partner organizations and integrate new members, particularly non-traditional allies who may not identify their priorities as environmental issues.

Jointly organize an annual legislative breakfast with the Green Group and NYC Council.

Serve as the primary liaison to NYLCV’s New York City Chapter Board and organize quarterly board meetings.

Provide capacity building and training and strategic support to local groups, elevating local sustainability challenges in citywide policy discussions and winning targeted environmental victories.

Build a younger, more racially and ethnically diverse membership that better reflects the diversity of New York City and integrates underserved communities that have traditionally bore the brunt of the worst environmental consequences.

Engage and empower voters who will make issues like park equity, better bus service and access to healthy food into high-profile topics for the 2017 election season.

Coordinate with the Political Department to wage campaigns that use sophisticated issue polling, highly targeted direct mail and door-to-door canvassing, social media, and top-notch television ads.

Work with NYLCV’s Education Fund to organize and implement policy forums that convene stakeholders to address complex and timely environmental issues, organize candidate forums, a candidate school and other non-partisan electoral activities.

Qualifications:

Minimum 3+ years relevant experience in government, advocacy, or the private sector.

Strong oral and written communications skills.

Excellent strategic, organizational and problem solving skills.

Ability to think creatively and willingness to use technology and innovation to achieve organizational goals.

Demonstrated understanding of New York City public affairs and sustainability issues.

Flexible and able to switch tasks as priorities dictate.

Ability and willingness to work as part of a small team.

 

Science & Conservation Education Specialist

Seattle, WA, US

Job posted by Woodland Park Zoo on November 5, 2016

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Science & Conservation Education Specialist in the Science & Conservation Education department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time.

SUMMARY

The Science & Conservation Education Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing opportunities for K-12 school audiences (including students and educators) to build ecological literacy and engage with Woodland Park Zoo in scientific investigation and conservation stewardship on and off zoo grounds. The Specialist serves in a lead role in presenting engaging programs and experiences to audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds. Working in collaboration with other program staff, the Education Specialist serves as a member of the core creative program development team for informal/formal science education partnerships and zoo experiences for schools on zoo grounds. The person in this position will develop programs, associated curriculum and props, teacher resources and other supporting program materials. The successful candidate will have a combination of experience and/or academic background in informal science education, formal science education for K-12 audiences, outdoor/environmental education, and education with diverse audiences.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop curricula, programs and activities.

Present engaging programs and experiences to audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds that inspire conservation action.

Develop, lead and assist with training programs.

Research content and write publications and other support documents.

Perform logistical support duties to include: register participants, process payments, schedule activities, maintain records and databases.

Assist with the evaluation of programs and activities.

Assist with collection and reporting of statistics and reports.

Maintain program props, materials, supply inventories.

Assist with research, development, revision and dissemination of program/project supporting and promotional materials and interpretive elements.

Lead/mentor presenters, volunteers and interns.

Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to develop and present creative, mission-driven programming to a wide variety of audiences and to mentor presenters, interns and volunteers

Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.

Possess general knowledge of natural history and conservation.

Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.

Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol.

Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, some evenings and holidays.

Ability to handle education program animals and to become a WPZ certified animal presenter.

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

A minimum of four years combined education and experience in a natural science or environmental education field to include program and curriculum development with experience presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to all audiences; curriculum development; and program implementation/evaluation. Minimum of one year of experience with a zoo, aquarium, museum, park or other informal education facility preferred.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid US Driver’s License

CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS

Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct internet research.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to communicate clearly and completely both verbally and in writing.

MATHEMATICAL ABILITY

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting class props and materials.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is frequently moderate to loud.

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Apply directly at: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1439291

Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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October 31st

Career Notes

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

 Career Tip of the Week

5 Ways You Can Calm Your Frustration When You Don’t Hear Back After an Interview

BY KELLY SMITH

It takes a fair amount of cunning and perseverance to land a dream job. If anyone knows how to cope with a constant stream of rejection, it’s me. But don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a letter of complaint. I’m writing this to help you deal with those times when you’ve been so close to landing the job you’ve always wanted, but haven’t been selected. That’s something I’ve learned once I decided to transition into a different industry.

I followed all the right steps – acquired additional qualifications, learned the language of the sector and networked myself into some satisfying professional relationships. I felt ready to enter this industry, but for some reason recruiters didn’t share my confidence.

After a series of job interviews with no answer whatsoever, I started to ask myself some downright depressing questions: What if the sector actually didn’t want me in it? Is there anything wrong with me as a professional? I was ready to give up and only some irrational glimmer of hope kept me afloat. And then, miraculously, I heard back.

After a while, I looked at my period of job hunting in a different light. Here’s what I learned from it.

  1. Panic won’t land you a job, focus will

It’s not worth it to get overly anxious. Recruiters can smell anxiety and desperation on you right away – and no candidate wants to leave that kind of aftertaste. If you notice you’re not reaching employers you’re aiming for, optimize and change your tactics. Don’t get paralyzed by fear or shame of not having a job. You need to be out there, talking to people who can connect you to the right opportunities.

One mistake I now see cost me a lot was my attitude. I used to sit around doing nothing most of the time, with short bursts of motivated job-seeking activity in between. Keep yourself focused on your task or you risk losing a lot of time. Develop a routine and stick to it. Routine is something our bodies and brains simply like. Lead a structured and organized life to make the most from your job hunting experience. Trust me, you won’t even have to adjust once you do find a job.

  1. Don’t be afraid to follow up

Instead of sitting with your phone in hand and waiting for those dreaded words of rejection, play an active role and reach out yourself. It’s a good idea to follow up with your interviewer within a week. If the employer takes their time to make a hiring decision, respectfully request a timeline and just be patient. If you find out that you’ve been rejected, it’s your turn to ask questions.

Despite what you might think, the recruiter isn’t your enemy and can share insights that will help you land an even better job. It’s hard to break that vow of silence, I know. But I did that once and had a hiring manager point out all the inconsistencies between my resume and what I said during the interview. Which leads me to my next point.

  1. Review your resume

That’s right. Even if you believe it’s nothing short of a work of art, your resume might be the cause of your interview problems. I still remember the face of a recruiter who noticed a date typo in my resume during our conversation. Believe me, I’d never want to live through it again. Just take a second look at your resume to make sure all information is accurate and updated. It’s a few minutes of your time that can make a great impact on the outcome of your next interview.

  1. Be conscious of your behavior

An exhausting job search can make you seem desperate. It certainly made me, and I paid a penalty for it. Facing difficult questions about my career transition or the exact reason for leaving my former job (it was mobbing, but that’s a topic for an altogether different story), I tried to be evasive and before I knew it, I started to bluff to hiring managers. Yes, I had the credentials and motivation, but for some reason in my own eyes that wasn’t enough.

I wasn’t ready to face my past experience or deal with my period of desperation while job seeking. I wanted to land these jobs so badly that I forgot my professional identity and goals. That was until one recruiter admitted to me privately that I just didn’t seem genuine.

I started to realize how my behavior might look like to others. Believe me, I wouldn’t want to hire me either! Even when facing hard times, don’t let the situation get the best of you and pay close attention to how you’re interacting with others.

  1. Don’t burn yourself out

Looking for a job can become a job itself. You’ll get tired, push yourself too hard from time to time and then suffer painful down periods. It wasn’t until I allowed myself some days off that I understood their value – paradoxically, they were helping me in my job hunting by making me feel calmer and giving me time to think about a position over before applying. Don’t overwork yourself – you don’t want the employer to find you fatigued and stressed when you finally get the call.

All things come to an end, and so will your job search. It’s inevitable that at least one opportunity will work out, even if it’s not the one you hoped for at the beginning of the process. Be patient and believe in yourself – it sounds pretty shallow, but that’s what I’ve learned from my experience. If you don’t believe in your value, nobody else will.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

 Sage-steppe Conservation Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

Location: Burns or Bend, Oregon

Website: http://www.nature.org

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.

SUMMARY

The Sage-steppe Conservation Specialist will lead and/or participate in cooperative efforts with conservation partners to evaluate efficacy of sage-steppe conservation practices, which may include field-based data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development and delivery of outreach materials. This is a 3-year term position. The preferred office location is Burns, OR with consideration of the role in Bend, OR.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Sage-steppe Conservation Specialist will lead and/or participate in cooperative efforts with conservation partners to evaluate efficacy of sage-steppe conservation practices, which may include field-based data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development and delivery of outreach materials. The Specialist will also lead and/or participate in efforts to develop effective and efficient habitat monitoring (field based and/or remotely sensed) protocols. Partners may include USDA-ARS, OSU, BLM, USFWS, ODFW, NRCS, and private landowners.

Essential functions may include some or all of the following:

Assist conservation partners in sagebrush habitat to raise standards and provide land management and monitoring tools for success. Help public and private land managers improve their results by refining Best Management Practices for protecting and restoring sage steppe ecosystems.

Support the creation of Oregon multi-stakeholder science-based decision support tools to coordinate conservation investments across public and private land, initially focused on greater sage-grouse.

Develop new applied science and conservation projects, works with TNC team and partners to draft proposals. Coordinate with TNC Stewardship staff and/or other land-owners to envision, develop and implement on-the-ground conservation demonstration projects.

Participate in public forums, field trips and meetings to advance cooperative conservation actions in sage-steppe habitat.

Coordinate fieldwork and logistical support for project development and monitoring

Perform fieldwork, including habitat assessment/inventory/monitoring using multiple protocols.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.

May supervise seasonal staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.

Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.

May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Work effectively with conservation stakeholders in sagebrush-steppe.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

Must have valid driver’s license.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.

Cross cultural and multilingual skills appreciated

Relationship building skills to work closely a variety of partners (i.e., government officials, scientists, ranchers, media, etc.).

Knowledge of ecological land management principles.

Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.

Basic skills in GIS mapping and analysis.

Some supervisory experience.

Familiarity with sage-steppe habitats, species and ecological processes.

Ability and willingness to complete collection of field-based habitat data.

Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit cover letter and resume here or search job ID 44711 on our careers page at www.nature.org/careers. All applications must be submitted in the system prior ot 8:59 PM Pacific Time on October 28, 2016

 

Public Lands Program – Forest Advocate, NM and Az

Flagstaff, AZ, US

Job posted by Center for Biological Diversity on October 24, 2016

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature ‘ to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is currently looking for a full-time Southwest Advocatefor our Public Lands Program. This position has a preferred location of Tucson, Arizona with other locations in the southwest considered.

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled animals, plants and wild places, seeks an experienced conservation advocate to defend and protect national forests and public lands and waters in Arizona and New Mexico from a broad range of threats, including livestock grazing, logging and other destructive uses, and to promote ecologically appropriate restoration.

Primary duties:

Track, analyze and comment on national forest plans and projects on federally owned public lands throughout Arizona and New Mexico (Region 3).

Identify, develop and advocate for proposals to protect species and their habitats.

Provide science support and field work for restoration efforts in Arizona and New Mexico (i.e. 4FRI, North Kaibab, etc.).

Conduct field visits to assess forest projects throughout Region 3.

Assess and field-truth livestock grazing impacts on habitat and threatened and endangered species.

Organize conservation allies to analyze, comment and generally engage in all aspects of ongoing forest plan revisions in New Mexico.

Organize and gather people for town hall meetings, agency hearings and comment periods. Create events at which constituents have an opportunity to make their voices heard and hold politicians accountable.

Create news events to get the word out about Center’s Southwest forest campaign through the media. Meet with editorial boards and get op-eds published.

Develop materials for the Public Lands website highlighting threats to Southwest forests and waters and making the case for protecting and restoring public lands values.

Engage the public through action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of protecting forests, and species on national forests in Arizona and New Mexico.

Engage with and recruit other environmental groups and a broad range of constituents, including religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, youth organizations, local and outdoor recreation businesses, and others to join our campaigns.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

Extensive experience with the National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act and Forest Service appeal process; familiarity with the Endangered Species Act.

Training/experience in fire science and field biology, a plus

Demonstrated leadership and organizing skills.

Demonstrated analytical abilities.

Familiarity with southwestern ecosystems, public lands issues and regional politics preferred.

Passion and a successful track record regarding organizing, educating and motivating others.

Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant fields. Master or doctoral degree preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Demonstrated experience with similar job duties.

A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters.

Experience conducting research, including database work, highly desirable.

Ability and willingness to travel in the Southwest region.

Benefits Package

Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.

Paid STD and LTD.

403(b) plan with opportunity for match.

Generous time off policies.

Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply online by submitting a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website. https://www.applicantpro.com/j/477193-127308

 

Conservation Programs Manager

Montclair, CA, US

Job posted by Chino Basin Water Conservation District on October 25, 2016

If you have a passion for our environment and sustainable landscapes, Chino Basin Water Conservation District may be the organization you have been seeking.

We are looking for an energetic and innovative Conservation Program Manager with knowledge of sustainable landscape principles/low impact development strategies and experience with designing, installing, and auditing efficient irrigation systems.

The successful candidate will also possess excellent communication skills and a collaborative spirit that empowers individuals to make a water saving lifestyle the new norm for Southern California. A strong work ethic and proactive approach to achieving CBWCD’s goals and mission is a must.

The District is seeking an energetic leader with experience as a landscape architect/designer and/or conservation programs manager. Candidate will have significant work experience in a management or administrative position in a landscape business, public agency or non-profit organization with at least five years of progressively responsible experience in water conservation, irrigation auditing, horticulture and/or landscaping.

The ideal candidate will possess:

At least three years’ experience in a managerial capacity with the ability to multitask successfully and take ownership of projects from conception to implementation and evaluation.

A collaborative, proactive and driven leadership style that engages stakeholders and empowers and motivates District staff.

A passion for water efficient landscaping and a track record in working well with staff, professional landscapers, water agencies, conservation organizations, the private sector and the public.

Exceptional organization, project management, contract accounting, benchmark tracking, report and grant writing skills.

Significant knowledge of sustainable landscapes, horticulture, green infrastructure, water conservation, including knowledge of stakeholder networks and applicable laws and regulations.

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with a focus on results.

The ability to work in fast-paced environment and ensure that Division projects and programs are undertaken and completed successfully in a timely manner.

An ability to think creatively about new projects and programs and to bring together stakeholders.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas of environmental studies, ecology, resource management, hydrology, geology, horticulture, landscape irrigation science, urban planning or directly related fields. Must possess, or have the ability to secure within six months of employment, at least two of the following certifications: Irrigation Association Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification (QWEL), American Water Works Association Water Use Efficiency Grade II and Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP).

Check out our attached Conservation Programs Manager Brochure for more info.

 

Nevada Conservation Corps Program Director

Reno, NV, US

Job posted by Great Basin Institute on October 25, 2016

Founded in 1999, the NCC is a well-established statewide environmental program with more than 175 annual participants. We are seeking a dedicated, service-minded professional who desires to make lasting, positive change for public lands and communities in Nevada and other Western states.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This leadership position requires a dynamic individual to oversee, manage, mentor and support a large conservation and restoration program. The Director will manage current programs, while working to strengthen and develop new partnerships, programs and training opportunities. The Director will be responsible for all of the following:

  • Overseeing the recruitment, placement, management and development of AmeriCorps restoration crew members and interns, with the goal to provide them a world-class professional-development service experience.
  • Administering NCC’s AmeriCorps grant, while complying with all GBI & AmeriCorps standards, policies and objectives;
  • Strengthening existing relationships by providing excellent services, products and reports to current project partners;
  • Expanding NCC’s reach and capacity by developing additional opportunities and relationships;
  • Overseeing disciplined fiscal management of all NCC projects and activities;
  • Conducting regular crew and intern site visits to ensure compliance with AmeriCorps and GBI standards and policies;
  • Coordinating NCC management with other GBI programs as a member of a diverse, driven and successful team;
  • Other duties as assigned.

This is a staff position with Great Basin Institute. The NCC Program Director will sign a contract for a period of one year and will be reviewed annually for renewal.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, nonprofit management, or related field(s) required;
  • Minimum of two years of AmeriCorps or National Service experience preferred;
  • Minimum of two years of Conservation Corps experience preferred;
  • Minimum of two years’ experience supervising staff at multiple sites, projects and personnel;
  • Demonstrate the ability and experience in areas such as grant writing and management, project development, training, team building, problem solving, and community building;
  • Excellent budget-development and oversight skills;
  • Experience developing and implementing agreements and contracts with federal land-management agencies, other governments agencies and nonprofit organizations;
  • Familiarity with regional environmental community-based agencies, services and resources;
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to balance and integrate task-oriented and process-oriented responsibilities;
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and facilitation skills;
  • Driven, patient and adaptable.

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

 

Water Conservation Technician II

Montclair, CA, US

Job posted by Chino Basin Water Conservation District on October 24, 2016

If you have a passion for our environment and sustainable landscapes, Chino Basin Water Conservation District may be the organization you have been seeking.

We are looking for an energetic and innovative conservation technician with knowledge of sustainable landscape principles/low impact development strategies and experience with designing, installing, and auditing efficient irrigation systems.

The successful candidate will also possess excellent communication skills and a collaborative spirit that empowers individuals to make a water saving lifestyle the new norm for Southern California. A strong work ethic and proactive approach to achieving CBWCD’s goals and mission is a must.

Our ideal candidate will also possess:

A Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas of agricultural, biological, environmental, ecological, plant or soil science; horticulture; forestry; or directly related fields. An equivalent combination of experience in those fields may be substituted.

Knowledge of and three years of progressive responsibilities in conservation/resource program management or administration, irrigation audits and/or designing, installing, and or maintaining sustainable, water efficient landscapes.

Possession of, or ability to obtain within six months of employment, two of the following certifications: Irrigation Association Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification (QWEL), Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP), American Water Works Association’s Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Grade II.

The ability to engage with a diversity of audiences and communicate effectively and persuasively when making presentations; and a creative and collaborative spirit and style that is proactive and results oriented.

The ability to successfully participate in and facilitate discussions, resolve conflict, gain consensus, and achieve objectives with community members and constituents.

Exceptional organizational, project management, contract accounting, benchmark tracking, and reporting skills .

The ability to multitask and take ownership of projects and programs.

Proficiency in the use of MS Office and other software needed for gathering field data and the preparation of audits, reports, and presentations.

Experienced in grant writing and reporting.

Fluency in Spanish desired but not a requirement.

Check out our attached Conservation Technician II Flyer for more info.

 

Outdoors Rx© Program Coordinator, Chelsea/Revere

Boston, MA, US

Job posted by Appalachian Mountain Club on October 24, 2016

Outdoors Rx©,an initiative of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), is a program for families living in under-resourced communities which aims to improve the mental and physical well-being of children ages 13 and younger by helping them get outdoors. We achieve our mission through partnerships with trusted health professionals who write prescriptions to the outdoors, and by filling those prescriptions through free outdoor programs and resources. Outdoors Rx (ORx) “fills” outdoor play prescriptions by using a multidimensional approach through developing local maps; offering free, close-to-home activities for families that are new to the outdoors; and providing a companion online resource. The program gives healthcare professionals free, dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children. Outdoors Rx is growing rapidly and already serves over 2,000 youth and families per year within our three regions: MetroWest, Chelsea/Revere, and Boston. AMC is seeking a Program Coordinator to support our Chelsea/Revere site and programming.

The Program Coordinator helps patients and local residents fill their doctor’s prescription for outdoor activity by encouraging participation in fun and engaging programs at local green spaces. The position includes work with our nonprofit partners; program administration and logistics; and some direct field instruction with youth and families.

This full-time year-round position reports to the Outdoors Rx Program Director and is based at AMC’s Boston office. The Program Coordinator will support the overall efforts of the Outdoors Rx team and will also focus his/her work in Chelsea and Revere, working with MGH Chelsea Health Center, MGH Revere Health Center, and other community and health partners.

Primary Responsibilities

Communicate, engage, follow-up, and provide support to participants.

Facilitate program logistics and market the programs to internal and external users.

Communicate with Outdoors Rx medical and community program partners.

Develop partnerships with local nonprofits, schools and other like-minded organizations.

Assist in the creation of an overall vision and long term plan to ensure program sustainability.

Provide social media content and other deliverables to promote program.

Seek new marketing avenues within target community.

Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and prepare program summary reports as needed.

Manage the curriculum library and program materials.

Create and publish monthly program calendar.

Facilitate the collection of program data and artifacts.

Develop and lead introductory family based outdoor programs using local green spaces.

Able to travel to and from AMC Headquarters and ORx communities as needed

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

Fluency in Spanish and English strongly preferred.

Experience with community organizing and program engagement.

Experience facilitating family programs.

Knowledge of Chelsea/Revere neighborhoods and parks is preferred.

Strong interest in working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently.

Demonstrated experience in program and partnership management.

Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Ability to work one weekend day, and occasional evenings.

Ability to carry up to 15+ pounds of hiking equipment with ease.

Must have own reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.

Wilderness First Aid and CPR (can be obtained upon hire).

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

 

Environmental Protection Specialist

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

3 vacancies – Atlanta, GA

Opened Friday 10/21/2016 Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016

$74,260.00 to $96,538.00 / Per Year

This announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 OR at 11:59 pm ET on the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.

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When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

This position is located in the Mitigation Division, Region Four (IV), Regional Offices, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this position you will serve as a senior-level analyst and advisor to senior management on the performance of Environmental/Historic Preservation (EHP) program work relating to environmental planning/historic preservation regulations. This position starts at a salary of $74,260 (IC-12). Apply today for this exciting opportunity to become a member of Region IV within FEMA!

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

This position is being announced under FEMA’s Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

Coordinating, supervising, or completing historic preservation, endangered species act, or other environmental compliance reviews and preparing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), Programmatic Agreements, or correspondence with applicants, states, tribes, or federal resource agencies

Providing technical assistance to internal and external stakeholders on environmental planning and historic preservation requirements for FEMA programs

Preparing and completing legally binding and defensible environmental compliance and environmental review documents, including Categorical Exclusions (CATEXs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), or other supporting documents for proposed Agency actions

Serving as an environmental planning and historic preservation advisor or manager during deployments to field offices established for response and recovery to federally-declared disasters or events

You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.

You must successfully pass a background investigation.

Travel will be required.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.

Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.

Qualifications

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes 1) revising standard methods to improve or extend environmental administration and/or management systems; 2) performing investigations, inspections, involving diverse aspects of environmental protection; and 3) conducting interagency consultations, documenting compliance requirements and outcomes, writing National Environmental Policy Act documents, EO11988: Floodplain Management documents, and conducting consultations under either the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 or Endangered Species Act Section 7

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

 

Biologist or Environmental Engineer (Regulatory – Recent Graduate)

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

1 vacancy in the following location: Louisville, KY

Opened Monday 9/12/2016 Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016

Salary Range

$40,033.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or “The Corps”) is one of the best in America! In 2015, USACE ranked #128 out of 500 employers on Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers” list. From this list, the Corps ranked #10 in the government services industry, #6 in the federal government, and #8 in the engineering field.   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.

Come join a team dedicated to protecting the nation’s aquatic resources!

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program. Click here for more information on Pathways program participation. After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent or perm position.

Applicants can be selected at either the GS-07 or GS-09 level. The target grade of this position is GS-11.

The initial cut-off for referral consideration is October 1st, 2016; applications received by this date will have the first opportunity for review. Applications received after this date will be given consideration on a bi-weekly basis through the closing date of announcement.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program. EXCEPTION: Positions in the Instructional Systems (GS-1750) series and all occupations covered by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) require a 24-month appointment period in order to complete the training and/or certification requirements specific to each occupation prior to conversion.

Demonstrate successful job performance.

Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

To learn more, please visit the Office of Personnel Management webpage, Hiring Authorities: Students & Recent Graduates.

Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Short-term training programs (e.g. several two-week programs completed) are not considered an academic course of study.

Current students who will graduate within 9 months of the closing date of this announcement.

Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying within the two years after graduation due to their military service obligation begin their two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion.

Duties

This position is located within the Regulatory Program. The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation’s aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation’s waters, including wetlands. The Corps’ regulatory personnel ensure that any environmental impact on aquatic resources from these construction activities is avoided, minimized, or mitigated.

As a developmental Biologist/Environmental Engineer in Regulatory, you will assist in duties related to at least one or more of the following program areas related to activities in waters of the United States and/or navigable waters of the United States within the regulatory authority of the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899:

PERMIT PROCESSES:

Evaluate Department of the Army (DA) permits and modifications of permits.

ENFORCEMENT/COMPLIANCE:

Monitor compliance with permits and conduct investigations of unauthorized work.

PROGRAMMATIC INITIATIVES:

Complete assignments related to the development and implementation of programmatic initiatives and requirements.

Recruitment/relocation incentive may be offered. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the government interest.

Background investigations are required for federal employment.

This position is in career program (CP) 18.

A mobility agreement may be required for this position.

Financial disclosure is required.

Qualifications

In order to qualify as a Biologist (0401) you must have completed (or will complete in 9 months) at least a bachelors degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

In order to qualify as an Environmental Engineer (0819) you must have completed (or will complete in 9 months) at least a bachelor’s degree in professional Environmental Engineering OR a professional engineering degree that is comparable to an environmental engineering degree with curricula that concentrated on the science of environmental engineering (e.g. environmental programs and projects in the areas of environmental planning; environmental compliance; identification and cleanup of contamination; and restoring and sustaining environmental conservation.). To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

Qualifications:

In addition to the basic education requirements, to qualify at the GS-07 level applicants must possess one of the following

  1. 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal government gathering information and data from field work and preparing standard technical letters and reports related to biological or environmental data; OR
  2. At least a bachelor’s degree directly related to this position AND Superior Academic Achievement. Superior academic achievement is defined as any of the following: (1) standing in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; (2) a grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 overall or during the final 2 years of the curriculum; (3) a grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 in the major field overall or during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (4) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society; OR have one year of graduate-level education directly related to this position; OR
  3. A combination of education and experience that meets 100% of the qualifying requirements (i.e. meeting 50% of the specialized experience requirement and meeting 50% of the education requirement would total 100% after adding the percentages).

In addition to the basic education requirements, to qualify at the GS-09 level applicants must possess one of the following:

  1. 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal government regulatory work in one of the following areas: evaluating routine applications and modifications of permits for activities; preparing non-standardized, biological or environmental technical letters and reports; or monitoring compliance and/or conducting investigations related to regulatory permits; OR
  2. 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to this position; OR
  3. A combination of education and experience that meets 100% of the qualifying requirements (i.e. meeting 50% of the specialized experience requirement and meeting 50% of the education requirement beyond what is required for the next lower grade level would total 100% after adding the percentages).

Experience:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

Grade point average

Course relevancy

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at – http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

If selected, Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency.

If selected, Recent Graduates must have an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that must include at least 40 hours of formal, interactive training.

If selected, Recent Graduates will be assigned a mentor.

If this position is open to current students prior to graduation, note that students will not be able to actually start work until they have graduated.

 

Grants Management Specialist Housing & Community Development (Limited Service)

Location: Montpelier

Hourly Rate: 22.530000 Posting Date: 10/26/2016

Application Deadline: 11/09/2016

Department: Housing and Community Development

This position, Grants Management Specialist Housing & Community Development (Job Opening # 620226), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

This is a limited service position through 12/31/2017, which may be extended.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Ann Karlene Kroll at 802-828-5225 or ann.karlene.kroll@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

This position will deal primarily with administering and disbursing two allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding related to Tropical Storm Irene and the spring floods of 2011. The focus is on strong financial management skills and accounting; authorizing requisitions for payment, analyzing supporting documentation for compliance with the federal regulations, the grant agreements and the intent of the projects to be completed; conducting onsite financial compliance monitoring; financial audit management and program completion of housing and infrastructure projects. Program compliance requirements are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Consultative, administrative, and technical work at a professional level working with the public; strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Consultative, administrative, and technical work at a professional level involving the development, management, monitoring and closeout of major federal and state grant programs for the Department of Housing and Community Development. Positions in this class are responsible for training and technical assistance to municipal and regional officials, program administrators, state managers and other professional staff. Duties focus on grants management, on-site compliance monitoring, financial audits management, environmental review, labor standards/Davis-Bacon, procurement, contracts, and programs’ clearance. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Grants Management Director.

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

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, political science, or business administration with course work in community development, financial management, or program evaluation AND four (4) years or more at a professional level in community or housing planning or development, grants management, compliance monitoring, auditing, or accounting, financial management, or in a role with responsibility for management of financial affairs, or a governmental accounting system.

OR

Master’s degree in business or public administration AND three (3) years or more at a professional level in community or housing planning or development, grants management, compliance monitoring, auditing, or accounting, financial management, or in a role with responsibility for management of financial affairs, or a governmental accounting system.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Total Compensation

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

80% State paid medical premium

Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families

Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts

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

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

Low cost group life insurance

Tuition Reimbursement

Incentive-based Wellness Program

Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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

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.

 

Right of Way Agent II

Location: Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 18.080000

Posting Date: 10/25/2016

Pay Grade: 19

Deadline: 11/08/2016

Department: Transportation Agency

This position, Right of Way Agent II, (Job Opening # 620208), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Bruce Melvin @ (802) 828-5354.

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

Technical and negotiating work involving the acquisition of real property for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Duties include plans and title activities, acquisition, property management, or other related duties of similar difficulty and complexity, and are assigned on a project basis. Certain positions in this class may perform trainee level activities in the appraisal section. Work is performed under the supervision of a higher level Right of Way Agent.

 

To read the full Job Specification for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications page.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

High School diploma or equivalent AND three (3) or more years of experience in real estate, property management, property administration, or transportation engineering.

OR

Two (2) years or more of full-time college coursework or associates degree in engineering, highway technology, architecture, surveying, public relations, legal studies or real estate AND two (2) years or more of experience in real estate, property management, property administration, or transportation engineering.

OR

One (1) year or more of experience as a Right of Way Agent I

Note: A valid driver’s license is required.

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.

 

Environmental Analyst V

Location: Montpelier

Full-Time

Hourly Rate: 23.890000

Posting Date: 10/25/2016

Pay Grade: 24

Deadline: 11/27/2016

Department: Environmental Conservation

This position, (Environmental Analyst V, Job Opening # 620186), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Ernie Christianson at ernie.christianson@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 position has several different roles and responsibilities that need to be managed within acceptable time frames. The first responsibility is to provide comprehensive reviews of hydrogeologic reports for designs of water supplies and wastewater systems for projects and to assist Regional Office personnel with soil interpretation. The second responsibility is to manage the Designer Licensing program which requires creating and administering soil and written exams for individuals wanting to be a Designer; provide training courses for Designers; and evaluate courses for continuing education qualification and establishing the appropriate number of continuing education credits for each course. The third aspect of the position is to review, research and recommend acceptance of Innovative and Alternative systems and products for use with wastewater systems. The position will require working in both an office outside setting while working under the supervision of the Programs Manager.

General Job Description

Environmental technology 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, and technical programs. Duties entail the collection and analysis of environmental data, evaluation of conceptual plans for environmental investigation, and the preparation, execution and evaluation of environmental studies. Work differs from a lower level analyst in the complexity of assigned responsibilities. May provide project or program oversight and/or supervise program staff or provide expertise in a specialized engineering or program element, which is not duplicated in the Department. Work is performed under the general direction of a section supervisor or division director.

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

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 a natural resources field.

OR

Master’s degree or higher in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND two (2) years or more at a professional level in a natural resources field.

OR

One (1) year or more of experience as an Environmental Analyst IV or two (2) years or more as an Environmental Analyst III.

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.

 

Energy Program Specialist (I, II, III)

Montpelier

Hourly Rate: 23.890000

Posting Date: 09/08/2016

Department: Public Service Department

This position, (Energy Program Specialist, Job Opening # 618976), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please note that this position is open until filled. The State of Vermont posts vacancies for a minimum of ten business days.   Positions posted as open until filled can be removed at any time after the initial ten day period. After the initial posting period, departments may begin interviewing and may close the posting without notice.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Opening.

Level # I:   Energy Program Specialist, Job Opening ID# 618976

Level # II: Energy Program Specialist II, Job Opening ID# 619097

Level # III: Energy Program Specialist III, Job Opening ID# 619098

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

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

Overview

The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking dynamic and qualified candidates for an Energy Program Specialist position, which will focus on the evaluation of Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (EEU). The Department is the public advocate on utility matters and the center of state energy policy in Vermont and oversees the state’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (Efficiency Vermont, Burlington Electric, and Vermont Gas). EEU oversight includes development of EEU budgets and performance goals, evaluation of EEU programs, and verification of energy savings. This position may also oversee a variety of special projects/grants in the areas of alternative transportation, thermal and electric energy efficiency, etc. It’s anticipated that the person selected for this position would spend at least 50% of their time on EEU activities and the remaining on other topics as assigned.

The Energy Program Specialist position will work cooperatively with other team members as well as independently to complete EEU oversight activities and other duties. Duties may include: developing and managing EEU program evaluations; monitoring results of energy program implementation; writing and issuing Requests for Proposals; writing and managing grant agreements and contracts; developing recommendations and filings to submit to the Public Service Board (PSB) on EEU issues; and providing testimony before the PSB. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in the field of energy efficiency, and project management experience necessary to carry out the duties of the position. Experience in evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy programs is desired, but not required. The Energy Program Specialist position has three potential job levels, which require different minimum qualifications, education, and experience. The Department is open to applications for any of the three Energy Program Specialist levels for this single open position.

General Job Description

Professional and technical work for the Department of Public Service involving the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency programs and projects. Position represents the department in cooperative endeavors with utilities, businesses, public interest groups and citizen. Work is performed under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the Planning and Energy Resources Division.

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

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field.

OR

Juris Doctor degree.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, pre-law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field AND two (2) or more years of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

OR

Six (6) or more years of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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.

Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Available Position

Resume collection. Date of receipt for resumes: By November 30th 2016 Direct mail. Date for receipt of student applications: November 30th 2016

Employer Name: Vermont Council on Rural Development Contact Person and Title: Paul Costello Street Address: PO Box 1348

City: Montpelier

Phone Number: 8022356091

E-mail Address: info@vtrural.org

Website: www.vtrural.org

Job Type: permanent

Position Title: Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director

Opening for:

Masters

Recent Graduate

Describe the Position: The Vermont Council on Rural Development is seeking a “Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director” to help Vermont communities advance economic opportunities while reducing their local carbon footprint. The Director will develop and coordinate services in at least two Vermont communities annually through a structured process that engages all residents and builds partnerships for implementation, as well as assist in fund development to ensure program sustainability. The successful applicant will be a team player with excellent communication, writing, and facilitation skills, an ability to grasp complex community and policy dynamics, and a strong sense of mission in service to Vermont communities. Professional salary based on skills and experience; attractive benefit package.

For the full job description see: http://vtrural.org/sites/default/files/CEModelCommunitiesDirector_JobDesc.pdf

Requirements for The Position • Excellent writing skills and ability to synthesize contributions from multiple sources.

  • Listening skills: Ability to grasp complex community or policy dynamics and understand the assumptions and goals of diverse community stakeholders.
  • Talent and experience in public process facilitation.
  • Respect for divergent points of view and ability to balance multiple, sometimes conflicting ideas.
  • Diplomacy and team-building to draw services and build connections with implementation partners and community members and leaders.

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: Unleashing the power of Vermonters to create a better future!

The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. VCRD is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, nonprofit and private partners. Actively non-partisan with an established reputation for community-based facilitation, VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts across governmental and organizational categories concerned with policy questions of rural import.

Salary: Professional salary based on skills and experience; attractive benefit package.

Deadline Date: 11/30/16

Contact Method:

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

Mail

Email

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

Yes, our organization agrees to honor Vermont Law School’s policy of prohibiting discriminatory employment practices, including discrimination on the grounds of age, color, gender, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

 

Children and Nature Program Manager

Reston, VA, US

Job posted by National Wildlife Federation Headquarters on October 28, 2016

The National Wildlife Federating is seeking a Children and Nature Program Manager to join our Education team in our headquarter’s location in Reston, VA. The National Wildlife Federation has a longstanding commitment to the support of programs that help children spend time in and develop a lasting connection with nature and the outdoors. Children with ongoing experiences playing and learning nature are more inclined to become nature lovers and supporters as adults. Drawing upon the diversity of National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) educational resources, the Children and Nature Program Manager is responsible for leading the implementation and/or development of a robust set of programs to connect children with the outdoors. These include partnerships with park and recreation agencies, childcare providers, after school programs and more. The methods the Federation employs include support for child-serving institutions, encouraging parents and caregivers to increase nature and outdoor time, supporting needed policy changes, improving public information and assembling and applying relevant research. This position will implement existing approaches and develop the new strategies and partnerships to advance NWF’s children and Nature programming nationally.

In this role you will:

Manage national efforts to implement Children and Nature programming, including NWF’s Green Hour efforts, the Great American Campout, Rising Star program, Nature Play Spaces, Technology and the Outdoors, the 10 Million Kid Campaign and other relevant NWF programs

Research, identify, and develop diverse partnerships to support NWF’s Children and Nature Program

Maintain and deepen existing partnerships. Participate in regional and national event venues as a presenter and/or exhibitor to extend outreach to a broader audience.

Advance NWF’s strategic focus on wildlife/habitat, pollinators and connecting people with nature

Establish and measure progress towards a vision for Children and Nature programming that supports NWF’s mission and vision.

Generate awareness and interest in NWF’s programs through media and communications outlets

Engage NWF’s affiliate organizations in Children and Nature work as appropriate

Collaborate with NWF departments and program staff on Children and Nature initiatives

Assist in fundraising for both regionally focused and national children and nature program priorities

Report outcomes and evaluate program success based on long-term goals, objectives and outcomes

This position will have significant responsibility to both implement and develop and grow NWF’s Children and Nature programming nationally. This position also must provide sound management and evaluation of national program activities.

Qualifications:

Ability to conceive and execute programs with clear objectives, benchmarks, and deliverables

Ability to develop strategic partnerships with national and regional leaders, volunteers, and other entities whose support and cooperation is essential to success

Ability to establish and cultivate relationships with institutional funders and individual donors

Strong work ethic and project management skills

Ability to be highly professional as well as collaborative, approachable and outgoing

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Strong organizational oral and written communication skills

Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion

Proficiency with word processing, and PowerPoint software

B.A. or B.S. in, Education, Communication, Environmental Education, Science, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation or other related field (Post-graduate degrees or work preferred)

Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in educational project coordination, program planning and implementation, establishing and cultivating partnerships, and fundraising/grant writing

This role will require national travel.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume. We offer excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a flexible work environment. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

https://www.applicantpro.com/j/482058-38871

 

Environmental Customer Relationship Manager

Burlingame, CA, US

Job posted by GreenCitizen, Inc. on October 28, 2016

Environmental Customer Relationship Manager

Full time position works Tuesday through Saturday at out Burlingame Headquarters. This is an entry level position perfect for recent college graduates with Environmental Science and Business related majors.

Are you interested in working for a socially responsible business that is saving the environment, creating green jobs in our community, while developing a range of professional and sales skills?

Do you want to join a dedicated team working at the intersection of sustainability, sales, customer support, social entrepreneurship, and retail?

Are you ready to demonstrate your talents and take on the next professional growth opportunity in a green company? If so, GreenCitizen wants to hear from you!

About GreenCitizen, Inc.

GreenCitizen is a socially and environmentally responsible company dedicated to electronics recycling. Our mission is to help consumers and businesses reduce their environmental footprint by keeping their electronics in use longer through reuse and by responsibly recycling their discarded electronics locally with R2 and e-Stewards certified vendors. GreenCitizen provides one of a kind convenience with its Burlingame EcoCenter, where consumers and businesses can learn how we can reduce our environmental footprint through responsible electronics practices.

Job Summary

The entry level Environmental Customer Relationship Manager will be involved in all sales and account management of our business customers in the SF Bay Area, as well as interacting with walk in customers.

The job responsibilities include:

Lots of emails and phone calls to reconnect with current and new business customers in the SF Bay Area

Logging all activities in[[http:salesforce.com|salesforce.com]]

Educating visitors in our center about the importance and value of recycling electronics

Accepting items brought into the center for recycling drop off

Conducting sales of hard disk destruction, Styrofoam, and other recycling services

Prospecting business through calls and emails using[[http:salesforce.com|salesforce.com]]

Driving consumer and business pickups and drop offs with outreach marketing events and programs

Addressing customer concerns in a professional manner

Contributing to the enhancement of our retail environment

Qualifications

Successful candidates will have the following skills and qualities:

Love of the environment and social responsibility, combined with a passion to sell sustainable recycling and other valued added services to SF Bay Area businesses.

Strong work ethic and punctuality

Team player and role model

Excellent customer service and customer relationship skills

Demonstrated ability to take initiative and go the extra mile

Problem solving skills, people skills, and creativity

Ability to prioritize activities and multi task

Detailed oriented and reliable

Good physical condition and able to lift 30 pounds

General understanding of electronics hardware

A record of strong personal achievement, demonstrating that you are a self-starter, a role model and a leader is highly desired, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science related majors preferred (we will consider college students who are currently in their final semester before graduation)

Environmental related and business majors a big plus

Work hours are 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday

Hiring Organization: GreenCitizen, Inc.

 

Conservation Manager

Memorial Park Conservancy

Location: Houston , Texas

Website: http://www.memorialparkconservancy.org

Overview: Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring, preserving and enhancing Memorial Park for today and for generations to come.   Memorial Park, Houston’s largest urban park, is nearly 1,500 acres and unique to Houston in terms of its role as both an urban wilderness and active recreation park.   The Conservation Manager is responsible for restoration and enhancement of Memorial Park’s natural environment as part of the overall execution of the Park’s long-range master plan and to deepen Memorial Park’s position as a leader in urban park management and ecological restoration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project/Program Execution:

Work creatively and resourcefully within a determined budget and within public/private framework of MPC as related to conservation and natural resource programs.

Ability to put together clear and concise project plans, project budgets. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret project plans and cost estimates from the standpoint of MPC objectives, goals, budget allotment and long-term objectives

Ability to effectively manage project execution including personnel/ conservation staff, cost estimates, budgeting, time management, supervision of volunteer or contract personnel.

Execute restoration of park’s natural ecology and implement ecosystem management regimes within the context of the Master Plan.

Work effectively with staff to execute establishment and maintenance activities in newly planted areas of Park.

Inform appropriate plant palette, materials and infrastructure for natural areas of the Park.

Responsible for procuring and managing related contracts.

Research and Data Collection:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and present viable plan of action.

Manage existing data and continue to build data as related to park conservation and natural resource management efforts.

Community/Organizational Collaboration:

Support the Conservation Committee and other committees as needed where such assistance relates to conservation/ecology of Park.

Lead 25-member Ecology Technical panel of experts

Work collaboratively with stakeholders and partnering organizations such as universities, governmental organizations and other conservation related nonprofits to harness knowledge and resources and share best practices

Qualification Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in forestry, botany, wildlife biology, ecological restoration, natural resources management, rangeland ecology, renewable natural resources or other relevant programs. Certification as forester and/or land manager, Board Certified Arborist and/or advanced degree in related topics such as silviculture viewed favorably.

Strong knowledge of native flora, soils, hydrology, and wildlife of Houston desired.

Ability to work effectively with stakeholder groups and partner organizations.

Seven years’ experience managing natural resource projects.

Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to work independently with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals in clear and concise manner that represent MPC in the best possible manner.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office. ArcGIS and land management software knowledge desirable.

Public speaking ability a plus.

Please email cover letter, resume, three (3) references and compensation requirements to:

Jay Daniel, Park Director     careers@memorialparkconservancy.org

 

Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Location: Corpus Christi , Texas

Website: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tpwd/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID

Under the direction of the bay Ecosystem Leader, this position is responsible for the coordination and field collection of biological, sociological and economic data pertaining to the fishery and ecosystem management in the upper Laguna Madre ecosystem. Provides leadership to staff and program coordination. Assists with data analysis and report writing. Operates equipment safely and maintains fisheries specific gear, equipment and facilities. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures

 

Ocean Policy Program Specialist

Monterey Bay Aquarium

https://montereybayaquarium.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=m6rY7

The Ocean Policy Program Specialist contributes to the research, analysis, planning, and coordination needs of the Aquarium’s ocean conservation policy program to help achieve the Aquarium’s ocean conservation goals.

Core Responsibilities

Performs research and analysis of state, federal and international ocean policy issues relevant to the Aquarium’s ocean conservation goals

Produces briefing memos, talking points, comment letters, informational folders, and similar materials in support of the Aquarium’s policy strategies

Works with the Director of Ocean Conservation Policy Strategies and Ocean Policy Managers to develop and execute policy strategies at the state, federal and international levels

Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

Master’s degree in environmental policy, law, management, or science-related field

Excellent research and writing skills

Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

Outstanding verbal communication skills

Works well independently and in teams

Strong time-management and multi-tasking skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required

Ancillary Responsibilities

Contributes to the planning and production of strategic events in California, Washington, DC, and in other U.S. and international locations

Along with the Director of Ocean Conservation Policy Strategies, coordinates and supports the Aquarium’s Conservation Teams

Along with the Director of Ocean Conservation Policy Strategies, coordinates and supports the Aquarium Conservation Partnership

Works with the Conservation and Science Outreach Manager and Operations Coordinator to support Divisional priorities and projects

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October 21st 2016

Career Notes

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

 Career Tip of the Week

3 Questions Hiring Managers Always Ask (Themselves) About You

BY      VICTORIA CRISPO ON      OCTOBER 20,

What do hiring managers look for?

This question comes up for job seekers everywhere. Constantly. Wishing you could read minds? You may not have to- you just need to know the questions hiring managers ask themselves when deciding on a new hire.

Can you do the job?

This is question #1 in an employer’s mind. Are you capable of doing the work involved? Convince them by listing evidence on your resume and discussing it during your interview in a way that supports your claim. Think about how you plan to present your abilities to the employer- lead with the job responsibilities you are confident you can do and use language that demonstrates your ability to shine in those areas.

Will you do the job?

This involves demonstrating your passion for the organization’s mission and excitement for the work. Just because you can do the job doesn’t mean you want to, or that you will be committed to doing it well. Show you have the work ethic needed and the passion to support you in your work with the organization. Ask yourself- if I was hiring for this position, what would I look for? Then take a look at your resume and see if you can locate the things you identified. If not, tweak it so the hiring manager has no doubt about answering this question with a “yes!”

Will you fit in?

Cultural fit- it counts! Do you understand the culture of the organization? For example, is it easygoing, playful, buttoned-up, traditional, or curious? What are its supporters called- donors, partners, freedom fighters? How an organization describes supporters, staff, volunteers, and the population they serve is very telling. If you relate to the organization’s culture, make sure it is evident in your application, and reaffirm it in your interview!

While there may be no crystal ball or mind-reading tricks to really know what a hiring manager is thinking, there are ways to anticipate what they might be looking for. Asking these three questions is a great way to start!

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

 Development Assistant

Institute for Sustainable Communities

VT-Montpelier

Oct 13, 2016

Full time Administrative/Environmental Support Business Development Sustainability

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Development Assistant provides support to the Development team. Development is responsible for fundraising/business development, knowledge management, and communications on behalf of all of ISC. The job requires strong administrative and organizational skills, superb attention to detail and deadlines, a strong ability to track and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment, and excellent oral and written communications.

Responsibilities:

Ensure the smooth functioning of the Development team by supporting project implementation, and business development/fundraising, as well as maintaining knowledge systems, and providing general administration.

Business Development/Fundraising

Assist with tracking opportunities, researching prospects, and preparing proposals and reports.

Process and acknowledge gifts and pledges promptly.

Track pre- and post-award funder deadlines, requirements, and reporting.

Conduct donor and other research as assigned to support development opportunity. identification, intelligence gathering, project design, and proposal development.

Assist with managing and generating contact lists; assist with coordinating special signatures, special notes, addressing and mailing fundraising appeals.

Help organize and staff events as needed.

Knowledge Systems

Maintain and regularly update systems, resources, and tools, document best practices and lessons learned.

Maintain Salesforce/CRM system (donor and contact database) including data entry, report preparation, analysis, documenting protocols and processes, training others.

Maintain funding information in Salesforce (database) and reconcile periodically with ISC’s Finance team.

Collect data and maintain databases related to fundraising, metrics, and outcomes and support the development of periodic internal and Board reports.

Maintain electronic and paper filing system (ensure good order, accessibility, and consistent naming conventions) and purge as necessary.

Other support

Schedule/confirm meetings and arrange travel as assigned.

Monitor and ensure responsiveness to general emails, phone calls and other enquiries as necessary.

Assist with the preparation of project documents (reports, workplans, project summaries, etc.), consulting agreements, and other written documents as assigned.

Take meeting notes, participate in webinars and trainings and share new information.

Order and track team-related supplies.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and two+ years relevant work experience.

Outstanding administrative and organizational skills, particularly database applications.

Familiarity with nonprofit fundraising, events, and proposal development.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.

Ability to work effectively with diverse people from different communities and cultures.

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Flexibility, graciousness under fire, and sense of humor.

Strong command of Microsoft Office suite, internet and tools such as Google Apps, Basecamp, SalesForce, and other software helpful in advancing team efficiency.

Working Conditions

Office environment with occasional travel.

Applications will be accepted until 10/31/2016. Please, no phone calls.

National Scenic Area Planner

Columbia River Gorge Commission

White Salmon WA

Job Responsibilities

Seeking an energetic, dynamic and experienced NSA Planner for this unique opportunity. This position will co-lead the 10-year review and revision of the NSA Management Plan, conduct development reviews, and support other Gorge Commission staff in building and maintaining relationships with all levels of government, business, communities, and diverse stakeholders.

Qualifications

Excellent communication and people skills required. Strong working knowledge and experience using GIS applications to analyze and communicate land use trends and issues. Experience developing outreach materials such as graphic publications, web-based surveys, and online mapping tools. Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Compensation

$54,384 – $73,140

Deadline

5 pm Pacific, December 1, 2016

To Apply

For more information, including how to apply, see position description at www.gorgecommission.org/about-crgc/jobs. Online applications only. AA/EOE

 

Programming Manager

New York, NY, US

Job posted by Concordia Summit Inc on October 19, 2016

Established in 2011, Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that enables effective public-private partnerships to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. We aim to identify new avenues of collaboration for governments, businesses, and nonprofits through campaigns, programming, and research.

Concordia is best known for its annual Summit. Held in New York, the Summit has convened over 3,000 of the world’s top business, government and nonprofit leaders, including U.S. President George W. Bush, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Through cross-sector panel discussions, interviews with prominent world leaders, and topic-specific breakout sessions, the Summit serves as a global affairs forum, where thought leaders and innovators gather to examine the world’s most pressing challenges.

Responsibilities

Report to Director of Programming.

Manage the development, editing, and publishing of all program materials, including partnership proposals, issue-based memos, session descriptions, speaker briefing materials, social media, and website text.

Lead research to explore specific topics of interest and focus program direction.

Shape Concordia’s narrative on particular issue areas, connecting the dots between year-round programming across international Summits, roundtables, and working groups.

Build relationships, liaise with key points of contact, and develop programming content with external partners.

Brainstorm creative programming formats and lead new initiatives in curating issue-based working groups.

Attend all programming convenings to support Director of Programming, assist with speaker briefings, and execute a timely program.

Qualifications

Master’s degree and/or at least 3-5 years of work experience.

Passionate and actively informed on foreign affairs, current affairs, and the social impact space.

Significant knowledge of and experience in at least one of the below topic areas:

Diplomacy & Defense

Education & Workforce Development

Environmental Security & Natural Resource Management

Gender Parity & Inclusive Diversity

Global Health & Emergency Response

Good Governance & Democracy

Innovation & Technology

Migration & Refugees

National Security & Counter-Extremism

Opportunity & Prosperity

Political Economy & International Finance

Shared Value & Social Impact

U.S. Domestic Policy

Exceptionally organized, with superior attention to detail and strong process & project management skills.

Experience in relationship management and partnership building.

Strong listening and verbal/written communication skills with the ability to tailor messages to various audiences, both internally and externally.

Experience working with high-level contacts and comfortable briefing and interacting with high-profile cross-sector leadership

Deadline-oriented and calm under pressure.

Willingness to travel 5-10% per calendar year.

Willingness to work late nights and weekends in lead up to special projects and international events.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required, experience with InDesign, WordPress, and/or Civi CRM preferred.

Foreign language skills a plus.

 

Festival Coordinator

Washington, DC, US

Job posted by Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital on October 18, 2016

Background: The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFF) is the world’s largest showcase of environmental films. We are in search of a Festival Coordinator to be part of a creative, dedicated team that works together to produce this major annual two-week cultural event, plus a year-round schedule of programs and educational events for the Washington, D.C. metro. Each March we partner with leading museums, embassies, universities and theaters in Washington DC to present more than 150 films from around the world. Our audiences are passionate, informed and large. Festival films screen to audiences of nearly 30,000 annually and many screenings are free. All are accompanied by thought-provoking discussion panels that bring together filmmakers and subject matter experts.

The Festival Coordinator is a key communicator and facilitator in the office. S/he will help keep all the “trains running on time” and assist across all divisions of the festival.

Responsibilities:

Manage office operations and administration – answer phones, field general email inquiries, order supplies, ensure that office equipment is functioning, manage mail and mailings, and handle other administrative tasks as needed

Help maintain office calendar and scheduling, do requested research/information gathering, provide support on delegated tasks, help prepare reports, documents for the Board of Directors and other communications.

Facilitate team coordination and communications – organize meetings, prepare agendas, and take meeting notes.

Support programming team – assist programming team in management of year-round and primary festival programs, interact with venue partners on details of event management. Work with visiting filmmakers and speakers on arranging travel and other logistics. Manage all aspects of print traffic, ensuring exhibition copies for all screenings have arrived, been sent to the venue and quality tested.

Support development team – assist with development and management of “Friends of Festival” membership program; support maintenance and data entry using Festival supporter and partner database; support mailings and acknowledgements of donor contributions; contribute to event planning and management for fundraising and other special events and receptions associated with primary Festival and year- round programs. Process gifts and deposit checks.

The ideal candidate should:

Excel in a fast-paced environment and interact well with others

Be organized, with strong attention to detail, writing, and follow-through

Keep a cool head and sense of humor under pressureMulti-task and agilely prioritize and balance competing demands

Manage volunteers

Desire to become a member of a vibrant and growing team;Demonstrate strong interest in film and environmental issues

Experience with Mac OS X, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Mail and Calendar a plus.

EFF is located near Thomas and Logan Circles at 1224 M Street, NW. The job is full-time position with health and other benefits.

Mark Taper Foundation

Program Officer – Full Time

October, 2016

The S. Mark Taper Foundation is seeking an experienced Program Officer. The Foundation is a responsive grantmaker funding a broad variety of areas including arts, education, health, social services and environmental issues. Grants include support for programs, general operations and capital projects.

Position Description

The Program Officer is responsible for day-to-day assistance with a diverse portfolio of grants. This position will report to the Executive Director, and will have responsibility for the following duties:

Work with the Executive Director and other program staff, including one other full-time Program Officer, to develop, evaluate, refine and manage a diverse portfolio of grants

Assess and analyze written grant proposals to determine suitability for Foundation funding

Conduct financial due diligence, including analysis of financial statements, tax returns and budgets

Analyze basic legal documents and contracts

Develop relevant follow-up questions for potential grantees based on grant requests, communicate appropriately with applicants to gather necessary information, and document results in writing

Prepare written materials for internal and external audiences

Represent the Foundation at site visits and meetings

Prepare accurate grantee agreements

Track, review and analyze grantee reports

Develop in-depth knowledge of relevant funding areas, current issues, trends, key resource people and organizations in order to act as a resource for Foundation board and staff

Supervise other staff, as appropriate

Carry out other duties, as assigned

Qualifications

The successful candidate for the position will have experience in professional foundation grantmaking, understanding of work in the nonprofit sector, and a strong desire to work with and support the Foundation and its grantees. The Foundation seeks an experienced professional with the following qualifications:

Minimum of 5 years of experience as a paid Program Officer at a grantmaking foundation

Undergraduate degree required, relevant graduate degree preferred

Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Ability to analyze financial information to assess fiscal strength of applicant and sustainability of programs

Ability to learn, understand, and work on a breadth of issues

Ability to take initiative, problem solve and exercise good judgment

Good organizational skills

Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and maintain productive work relationships

Ability to prioritize work, manage time effectively, multi-task and meet deadlines

Flexibility and comfort with a certain level of ambiguity

Ability to discern sensitive matters and handle them with discretion, confidentiality and tact

Ability to represent the Foundation to persons outside the organization and to interact with all persons, inside and outside the Foundation, in a professional, courteous and tactful manner

Ability to work with others in a collaborative team

Professional demeanor, dependability and integrity

Ability to welcome feedback as a means to professional growth

Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and grants management software, preferably MicroEdge GIFTS

Ability to drive oneself by car in the grantmaking area (Southern California)

Availability for occasional evening and weekend assignments

Valid driver’s license and current auto insurance required

Physical Requirements

Work at a desk and computer for a full work day, and up to 2 to 3 hours at a time

Lift and move documents and supplies up to 25 pounds

Bend to file or retrieve documents

Communicate effectively in speech and in writing

Read and understand complex written documents and communications

Occasionally work extended hours (early and late), and weekends

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Foundation is committed to principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants and, in accordance with applicable laws, does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus 100% paid employee and partially paid family medical insurance and other benefits. This is a full-time, non-exempt position located in Brentwood (West Los Angeles), California.

 

Outreach Coordinator

Milpitas, CA, US

Job posted by Bay Area Wilderness Training on October 17, 2016

Organization Summary: Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a project of the Earth Island Institute and an environmental justice organization which seeks to create opportunities for youth from around the Bay Area to experience wilderness first hand. We believe that youth, once exposed to nature, have a broadened sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them.

The Outreach Coordinator position is fast paced, entrepreneurial, and outreach oriented. BAWT plays a key role in providing access to the outdoors for over 8,400 youth each year. Over 85% of youth gaining access to the outdoors through BAWT supported trips are youth of color and 74% are low-income. BAWT seeks to build a strong and talented team with the skills and experience to serve the diverse needs of our clients and communities. BAWT is an equal opportunity employer and women, people of color, people raised poor, and members of the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their unique skills and attributes.

Position Summary

Outreach Coordinator will report to BAWT’s Program Director and will lead outreach and support operations primarily in the South Bay region. The highest level of independence is expected. Initiative and a proactive approach are a must. The top priority responsibilities associated with this position are as follows: outreach, marketing, and growing the community of South Bay youth workers and teachers; supporting and tracking alumni; and supporting operations of the South Bay gear library.

Minimum Requirements:

Demonstrated ability to work and build relationships in a multicultural environment

Networking experience and ability to make quick one-on-one “pitches” as well as making presentations to large groups – planned and on-the-fly

Proven ability to communicate effectively in-person, over the phone, and through email

Entrepreneurial spirit

Must be able to work up to one evening per week and one weekend per month

Experience using Google products (Gmail, Calendars, Docs) and Microsoft (Word and Excel)

Have access to a personal vehicle, a valid driver’s license, clean driving record (A copy of your record from the DMV is required if offered an interview), and willingness to travel around the Bay Area for meetings on a weekly basis

Ability to report to job sites in Oakland and Milpitas

Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 30 pounds

Preferred Experience:

Outreach, marketing, community organizing or equivalent experience

Experience working remotely and in the field

Experience developing outreach and marketing campaigns

Strong time and project management skills

Some prior experience or familiarity with education, youth development, or community services

Highly motivated to get urban youth outdoors and increase access to the outdoors

Ability to read and adapt to different social situations

Attention to detail, organized and takes pride in creating organized, efficient, and clean work spaces

Self-directed and motivated to initiate work for yourself, interns, and volunteers

Outgoing and enjoys building a community of volunteers and interns to support your work

Flexible

Key Responsibilities

Carryout recommended marketing and outreach activities for BAWT 2016 South Bay Marketing study

Represent BAWT at regular meetings and gatherings in the South Bay or other regions upon the request of the Program Director

Research and bring BAWT into new meetings, gatherings, and groups in the South Bay

Conduct outreach calls, seek meetings, and make presentations to establish new connections and networks for BAWT with gatekeepers at the following types of organizations, but not limited to these:

Schools and school districts

Charter schools and charter school networks

After school providers and After school networks

Summer camps

City governments

Health departments

County governments

County, state, regional, and city parks departments

Build and track a list of South Bay prospects (individuals and organizations)

Host monthly information session and volunteer nights

Create and distribute marketing materials

Promote BAWT courses and events in the South Bay

Attend meetings with funders in the South Bay as needed

Utilize e-newsletter, social media, and posts to listserves to promote BAWT service and to build the BAWT community in the South Bay

Build and maintain an engaged South Bay community

Track success of South Bay alumni for getting youth outdoors, receive feedback about additional supports, and encourage alumni to get more deeply involved with BAWT

Maintain contact and collaboration with key South Bay partners

Support South Bay gear library operations

Service Gear Library pick-ups and drop-offs 2 days per week for 10-16 hours depending on seasonal needs

Support instructors to run courses out of the South Bay Gear Library

Attend pre-trip meetings for South Bay courses

Send post-course follow up emails to South Bay participants from all courses

Keep the South Bay Gear Library and office space tidy and clean

Track and submit monthly expense and mileage report

Other duties as assigned

Position Status: Full-time, non-exempt

Work Location: South Bay with some travel to Oakland and San Francisco

 

Fish & Wildlife Scientist II (Limited Service)

Job ID:

619983

Location: Barre

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular Shift: N/A

Regular/Temporary: Classified

Hourly Rate: 22.530000

Position Number:

640163

Department: Fish and Wildlife

This position, (Fish & Wildlife Scientist II, Job Opening # 619983), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

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

If you would like more information about this position, please contact John Austin at john.austin@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 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 improve and expand technical assistance to private landowners who own 80% of the Vermont landscape and who are essential for the successful conservation of our wildlife. This position will serve as an important technical resource and liaison for a variety of public agencies and private organizations which influence habitat and natural community conservation.

This position will work with landowners in Vermont to enhance and restore wildlife habitat through management and conservation techniques and practices. This job involves the development and implementation of wildlife habitat assessments, development and review of management plans, and implementation of enhancement projects; development of wildlife habitat practices, guidelines and protocols; procuring and administering grants; developing and maintaining partnerships and conducting outreach and trainings on aquatic habitat issues. The position will coordinate and develop landowner habitat workshops and facilitate coordination of technical assistance among various state, federal and non-government partners. This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, organization and technical skills, and requires close coordination with other department wildlife staff and collaboration with state, federal and non-governmental organizations. Applicants should have a strong background in wildlife, natural community and habitat biology and ecology. The position requires a mix of field, office and outreach activities. Work is performed under the supervision of the Land and Habitat Program Manager.

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

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

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 salary, 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.

 

Environmental Analyst V

Location: Montpelier

Full-Time Hourly Rate: 23.890000

Posting Date: 10/18/2016 Deadline: 11/01/2016

Department: Environmental Conservation

This position, (Environmental Analyst V, Job Opening # 620158), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Roland Fornoff at roland.fornoff@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’s Environmental Compliance Division seeks a dynamic Compliance Assistance Specialist to provide regulatory compliance and pollution prevention assistance to Vermont businesses and municipalities. The position is responsible for providing assistance through phone and email, conducting on-site assessments, delivering presentations and workshops, and developing outreach materials. The position involves reviewing Department permits, rules, and guidance documents for clarity to the regulated community. Active and self-initiated training is an important part of the position to remain current on Vermont’s changing regulations in order to provide the regulated community with accurate information. The ideal candidate will have extensive public speaking experience, be comfortable working independently, with municipalities and businesses, as well as part of a larger organization, be well organized and have a working understanding of Vermont’s environmental regulations as they apply to businesses and municipalities. Applicants with knowledge of pollution prevention techniques for toxics use reduction and minimizing solid and hazardous waste, comprehensive knowledge in water pollution prevention or experience in protecting human health and the environment are encouraged to apply.

General Job Description

Environmental technology 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, and technical programs. Duties entail the collection and analysis of environmental data, evaluation of conceptual plans for environmental investigation, and the preparation, execution and evaluation of environmental studies. Work differs from a lower level analyst in the complexity of assigned responsibilities. May provide project or program oversight and/or supervise program staff or provide expertise in a specialized engineering or program element, which is not duplicated in the Department. Work is performed under the general direction of a section supervisor or division director.

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

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 a natural resources field.

OR

Master’s degree or higher in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND two (2) years or more at a professional level in a natural resources field.

OR

One (1) year or more of experience as an Environmental Analyst IV or two (2) years or more as an Environmental Analyst III.

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 salary, 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.

 

Environmental Protection Specialist

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Agency Contact Information

Harrison, AR

Work Schedule is Full Time – Term NTE 2 years

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016

Closes Friday 11/4/2016

Salary Range

$59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Summary

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. For more information about the National Park Service, click http://www.nps.gov.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens

VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN): 1826547

Full-time Term position not to exceed 2 years. This position can be extended up to 4 years depending on completion of the project and/or performance.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

Duties

This position is located in Buffalo National River, Harrison, Arkansas. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as the park’s principal environmental compliance coordinator.

The incumbent in this position manages all aspects of compliance processes and environmental documentation for Buffalo National River, with the assistance of the park’s NPHA specialists, including overseeing the preparation, internal review, and the public involvement and review process for all environmental compliance documents; reviews non-NPS environmental documents submitted for park review; collects environmental data, prepares environmental reports, evaluates proposals, and prepares environmental compliance documentation such as environmental assessments or environmental impact statements and, ensures documents are technically adequate and conform to NEPA, NHPA, and other laws as applicable; coordinates with DOI, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OPEC); EPA, and other state and federal resource and regulatory agencies; and coordinates with subject matter experts in obtaining technical and policy analysis of complex proposals potentially affecting parks and other areas of NPS jurisdiction.

Area Information:

Established in 1972 as the country’s first national river, Buffalo National River protects 135 miles of river from near its origin in the Boston Mountains to the confluence with the White River in Northwest Arkansas. Nearly 100,000 acres in size, roughly one third of the park’s land base is designated wilderness. Heavily wooded and extremely rugged terrains are found throughout the park along with numerous hidden caves and waterfalls. There are over 100 miles of maintained trails for hiking and horseback use. There are two developed campgrounds and eight primitive campgrounds throughout the entire park. Of the two developed campgrounds, only one offers amenities such as water and electricity hook ups for visitors. There is one visitor center in each of the three districts, two of which are staffed and open to the public year round. Harrison has a population of approximately 14,000 people. Harrison offers K-12 schools, a community college, restaurants, shopping, groceries, a movie theatre, a performing arts theatre, a hospital, and specialized clinics. Rental properties are available, as well as homes to purchase within Harrison and Boone County. Harrison Chamber of Commerce website: http://harrison-chamber.com/

You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Qualifications

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, November 04, 2016. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.   http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

For the GS-11: Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-09 in the Federal Government Service OR Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher graduate level education leading to such a degree.

Specialized experience is that experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include: reviewing and analyzing publications, technical materials and proposed regulations to identify issues which might have a significant environmental impact on an organization; serving as a lead or member of an interdisciplinary team, collecting environmental data and preparing reports or documentation for environmental compliance such as environmental assessments or environmental impact statements; advising on or participating in CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act), NRDA (Natural Resource Damage Assessment) and CWA (Clean Water Act) projects; preparing and presenting professional oral and written briefings, recommendations and submitting comments on controversial environmental issues; collecting and organizing environmental or resource information using computerized GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and databases for use in planning or resource impact assessment; attending and participating in environmental or resource meetings, workshops, investigations or hearings; planning and implementing an environmental or resource monitoring program such as water quality; or determining and preparing necessary environmental analysis.

Transcripts-To qualify using education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution which must include your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. (NOTE: Transcripts lacking the required information will not be considered.) Applicants can verify accreditation HERE

 

If you are selected for this position and you used education to qualify, you will be asked to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

 

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.

 

Requirements:

  • Applicants must possess a valid state driver’s license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must complete Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration https://www.sss.gov/
  • New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.
  • Favorable adjudicated background investigation and credit report
  • Wear a NPS uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards
  • Government housing not available

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Development Coordinator

Tucson, AZ, US

Job posted by Sonoran Institute on October 19, 2016

Sonoran Institute is one of the West’s leading and most innovative environmental organizations. Founded in Tucson in 1990, we are the lead organization for on-the-ground restoration in the Colorado River Delta, are leading the charge for the restoration of the Santa Cruz River, and are working on innovative approaches to increase renewable energy generation and promote smart growth. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2015 and are in the midst of a robust marketing and fundraising effort to support the launch of our 2040 Vision.

The Development department of the Sonoran Institute is responsible for the cultivation of individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Development staff are responsible for raising general unrestricted revenues, endowment funds and supporting the funding needs of specific projects and programs. The Sonoran Institute currently receives support from a loyal and generous group of 500 donors throughout the United States and is working to expand this base of support.

General Overview

The Development Coordinator (DC) helps implement the annual Development Plan under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and with the support of the development and marketing teams. The DC is a key member of a growing fundraising department which employs the full range of fundraising activities to generate outright, deferred, stock and in-kind gifts. Fundraising goals in the Development Plan are met by focusing on private philanthropy including individuals, family foundations, institutional foundations and corporations, and by working closely with the Director of Marketing, Corporate andFoundation Relations, senior staff and a Philanthropy Consultant.

Through program coordination, data base management and personal communication, the DC helps develop and steward relationships on behalf of the Sonoran Institute with prospective supporters and current donors. The DC has a range of fundraising responsibilities from designing and implementing direct mail appeals to supporting the CEO in developing and sustaining major donors. The DC contributes to high standards of operation by implementing sound legal and ethical strategies, and supports strong fiscal management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help implement the annual Development Plan
  • Efficiently execute development department activities including data base management, gift processing, donor acknowledgement, workplace giving outreach, and cultivation and stewardship of Hummingbird Circle members.
  • Produce organized constituent lists from data base
  • Draft letters on behalf of the CEO and help prepare grant proposals
  • Manage the direct mail appeal process
  • Coordinate special events and field trips for donors and prospective donors
  • Prepare reports on fundraising progress to the Development Committee, the CEO and senior staff.
  • Participate in departmental planning including goal setting, strategy identification, and evaluation

Education & Experience

Minimum Associates Degree from an accredited university or college, and 2 or more years’ experience performing essential duties of this job in a professional setting. Must have commitment to natural resource conservation. Must be able to travel by car on occasional basis.

Required

Ability to sustain progress on many assignments simultaneously

Excellent organizational abilities with energetic, collaborative, initiative-driven method of work production

Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Character to conduct oneself with a professional, positive, flexible, customer service approach, even under pressure; and support other team members

Demonstrated capability of working with database driven information

Strong communication skills, including personal interactions in both 1:1 and group settings

Ability to solve problems

Ability to maintain donor confidentiality

Current, valid driver’s license; this position requires local and occasional regional travel

Knowledge, passion and desire to work in support of environmental conservation in the West

Valid US Passport

Desired

Professional experience in a nonprofit development department

What Sonoran Institute Offers Employees

We offer our employees a comprehensive benefits program that includes: employee only medical 100% paid, dental base plan 100% paid, employer paid life and LTD, flexible spending account, retirement plan with employer match, paid holidays, paid time off (20 days first year), and also voluntary vision, STD, and life insurance.

This position will be located at Sonoran Institute’s downtown headquarters, a modern workspace in the heart of Tucson’s revitalized core about 2 miles from the University of Arizona Main Campus. Our location offers excellent access to the modern street car and secure bike parking.

 

Assistant, Southeast Family Forest Project

Based Remotely, NC, US

Job posted by Rainforest Alliance on October 19, 2016

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/about.

Rainforest Alliance’s Southeast Family Project, known as the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance, is a partnership with leading forest products companies and brands designed to engage private woodlands owners around sustainable forest management in the Southern and Central Appalachians while working with the forest products industry and other stakeholders to develop new ways to provide assurance of good practices to the marketplace, growing the marketplace for products from well-managed forests, while advancing healthy forest ecosystems through positive impact forestry.

Location details: Position may be home-based in North Carolina or West Virginia

Position Summary:

The Assistant will be responsible for providing project support including administrative and operational oversight and support to the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance project with staff located in North Carolina, Minnesota, Delaware and Vermont. S/he will work with Project Manager and project partners to implement a multi-year project to advance the uptake of sustainable forest management of private woodland owners across the region.

Responsibilities: Coordinate meeting preparations for project partners and working groups, including communications with relevant staff, logistics, agendas and materials preparation, as well as meeting follow-up and assisting in in tracking implementation of follow-up; Assist Project Manager by drafting letters, reports and other documents, collecting and analyzing information as needed; Conduct research projects and support specific initiatives such as research on key topics, follow up with contacts from meetings and tradeshows, etc.; Support team in collecting data to monitor the impacts of project activities and; Support creation of effective and usable information illustrating impacts and results of project activities and services, including graphs and other forms of visual presentation; Assist in developing external program presentations in PowerPoint and other formats, and maintaining an inventory of existing presentations; Draft and edit reports and memos;

AWA Project Assistant

October 2016 Maintain the project website and internal SharePoint pages up to date (checking content and links, notifying web team of changes, etc.); Ability to work within a team structure as well as independently, be creative, take initiative, be attentive to detail and possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: BA or BS Degree in Natural Resource related field (i.e. Forestry, Wildlife, and Biology);1-2 years’ experience in forestry, environmental policy or sustainability issues; Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook ;Familiarity with GIS mapping; Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills; Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner; Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail.

Knowledge of, and commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices; and

Willingness Ability to travel up to 20% per year across the project area.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package provided.

 

 

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