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.