Monday, July 25, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Conservation Technician and Education Assistant Position

Title: Residential Conservation Technician & Education Assistant
Salary: $29,000-$33,000
Start Date: 2016-09-26
Location: Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

Job Description: The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is a self-governing public agency that is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors and covers the counties of Rockingham and Page, and the City of Harrisonburg.  Under the direction of the SVSWCD Board of Directors and under the supervision of the District Manager, the Residential Conservation Technician & Education Assistant will be responsible for performing a wide range of technical and administrative duties that pertain to the implementation of the SVSWCD’s activities, services and programs. The work of the SVSWCD focuses on water quality and quantity, soils, land-use and land development practices, innovative best management practices, agricultural best management practices, stream protection, research, analysis and implementation of special projects and demonstration projects, and education and outreach to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including workshops and programs for professionals, agricultural producers, youth, and the general public. Assignments and some supervision are given by other members of the SVSWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This position is a full time position with regular work hours of 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and occasionally includes extended work hours, evening and weekend hours, and overnight travel for training and meetings.  This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The SVSWCD office environment is collaborative, supportive and flexible.  The SVSWCD’s small staff is forward-thinking, innovative, motivated and dedicated.  The position is considered a term position, for a period of one year, renewable on an annual basis.


Click here for a detailed job description or visit https://svswcd.org/jobs/. Submit a Virginia Application for Employment (DPT Form 10-012) & resume by noon August 12, 2016 to SVSWCD, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For more information call: (540) 433-2853 ext. 119, SVSWCD is an EOE.

Shenandoah Valley Conservation and Dam Technician Position

Title: Conservation & Dam Technician
Salary: $29,000-$33,000
Start Date: 2016-09-26
Location: Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

Job Description:  The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is a self-governing public agency that is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors and covers the counties of Rockingham and Page, and the City of Harrisonburg.  Under the direction of the SVSWCD Board of Directors and under the supervision of the District Manager, the District Conservation & Dam Technician will be responsible for performing a wide range of technical and administrative duties that pertain to the implementation of the SVSWCD’s activities, services and programs. The work of the SVSWCD focuses on water quality and quantity, soils, land-use and land development practices, innovative best management practices, agricultural best management practices, stream protection, research, analysis and implementation of special projects and demonstration projects, and education and outreach to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including workshops and programs for professionals, agricultural producers, youth, and the general public.  Responsibilities include regular contact with farmers, contractors, public officials, District Board members and the general public, requiring judgement and tact in all interactions. Assignments and some supervision are given by other members of the SVSWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This position is a full time position with regular work hours of 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and occasionally includes extended work hours, evening and weekend hours, and overnight travel for training and meetings.  This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The SVSWCD office environment is collaborative, supportive and flexible.  The SVSWCD’s small staff is forward-thinking, innovative, motivated and dedicated. The position is considered a term position, for a period of one year, renewable on an annual basis. Due to the uncertain nature of dam maintenance and potential for emergencies associated with dams, the employee could be called on to check on dams at all hours and during inclement weather situations.

Click here for a detailed job description. or visit https://svswcd.org/jobs/. Submit a Virginia Application for Employment (DPT Form 10-012) & resume by noon August 12, 2016 to SVSWCD, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For more information call: (540) 433-2853 ext. 119, SVSWCD is an EOE.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Courses - Apply Now, Class Starts Next Week!

SUMMER 3-CREDIT FIELD COURSE OPPORTUNITIES WITH ECOSYSTEM FIELD STUDIES!
Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies  
* Study, camp, & hike in the Colorado Rocky Mountains *
 July 18- August 6- Apply Today for a great chance of acceptance!

An opportunity to apply classroom & textbook learning while immersed in an incredible ecosystem setting!
* Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research
* Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits 

--  Open to students from all universities & majors 
--  Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula's Environmental Studies
Program: ENST 391 for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.

For all course information visit the course website:  EcoFS.org 
Direct any further questions to Professor Steve Johnson, Course Director at steve@EcoFS.org

Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District Fall Non-Paid Internship Opportunity

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is seeking two (2) fall interns to assist with office and field work between September and December. The SVSWCD Internship Program provides professional level work experience for college students, and was established as one of the key initiatives in the District’s commitment to expand and enhance our educational outreach.  The program provides students with real work experience that will enable them to compete more effectively for conservation related employment; and a chance for the students to use their talents in a realistic environment. The interns will assist SVSWCD staff with coordination and implementation of a variety of conservation work.  This may include: site visits, field work, review and implementation of various conservation projects as well as activities related to other SVSWCD services and programs.  A more specific fall internship position description is available.

The unpaid internships require a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week.  Schedule is variable 2-5 days per week; 4-8 hours per day.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field.  Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the internship.  Upon successful completion of internship the student may be eligible for an intern scholarship from the SVSWCD.  The internship schedule is flexible, but typically aligns with the office hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  The proposed start date of the internship is September 12, 2016 and the proposed end date is December 16, 2016.  These dates are flexible, as school schedules vary and will affect intern availability.  Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback.  General timekeeping is expected.

The ideal applicant would have interest in agriculture and conservation as well as desire to learn more about SVSWCD programs and implementation. 

Send application package including: resume, three (3) references, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a cover letter outlining: intern’s potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), interest in the internship position with the SVSWCD, and any restrictions that may be associated with outdoor activities (so the SVSWCD can make necessary accommodations).  The SVSWCD will work with students receiving course credit for their internship, please indicate if you will be receiving credit in your letter.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm August 5th, 2016.  Hard copy application packages should be sent to: Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org.  For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126.  Applicants will be notified of selections around August 19th, 2016.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Raptor Survey Field Lead at the Great Basin Institute in Nevada

https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/lake-tahoe-raptor-survey-field-lead/
In cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Raptor Survey Field Lead (Field Lead) to assist with surveys of two sensitive raptor species, Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), in the east Lake Tahoe Basin, NV and adjacent areas of the Carson Range. The goal of this project will be to detect nesting territories and monitor nest success, and the Field Lead and a Raptor Survey Field Technician will coordinate with NDOW on surveys and associated work. The majority of the survey effort will focus on the Northern Goshawk, with some Spotted Owl work interspersed throughout the field season.

Work will include:
  • Broadcast surveys for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl
  • Stand searches for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl 
  • Nest monitoring for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl
  • Habitat evaluation and vegetation data collection
  • Data organization and report write-up
  • Aspen stand inventory and mapping (as time allows)
  • Assisting with other NDOW wildlife work (as time allows)
The Field Lead must be able to work in difficult terrain that may include steep, rocky slopes, areas of dense trees, and exposure to adverse weather.  This work is physically demanding and requires long hours of off-trail hiking while conducting surveys.  Goshawk surveys will be conducted at all hours of day, and Spotted Owl surveys will be conducted at all hours of night.  Overnight camping may be required in some cases.

Travel to survey sites may require driving on narrow, winding, dirt roads for distances up to 20 miles.  While driving to and from survey sites, frequent encounters with vehicles, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders should be expected on backcountry roads.  Radio communication will be necessary for emergencies and for communication with the Project Manager.

Timeline:  2 May - 26 August 2016 (17 weeks), 40 hours per week
Compensation:   $15.00/hour, $15 field per diem (for up to 10 nights camping), Housing stipend
Location: Field work will be conducted in backcountry regions of the east Tahoe Basin, NV and adjacent areas of the Carson Range. Many recreational opportunities are available in the region, which is considered by many as among the most scenic in the country. Base of operations: Reno, NV.

Technical requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field; 
  • Experience in conducting surveys for Northern Goshawks, including nest monitoring and knowledge of vocalizations, signs, and behavior (required); 
  • Previous field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols, and accurately collecting, recording and managing field data;
  • Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; 
  • Ability to use standard methods and equipment for habitat characterization, a GPS unit for navigation and data collection, and GIS technology for mapping and other uses;
  • Familiarity with raptor species of the Sierra Nevada and their habitat preferred; and
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in forest ecology and avian ecology and conservation biology.
Additional requirements:
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted;
  • Experience in supporting field assistants during training and field work;
  • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; 
  • Possess strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 20 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; 
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote areas; 
  • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and
  • Pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to RA Recruitment, at RArecruitment@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please indicate “Tahoe Raptor Lead” in your email subject line. Please include where you found this position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.