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The Nature Conservancy Independence Lake Preserve, Sierra County, CA, United States
Feb 18, 2017
Temporary
The Science and Stewardship Intern performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management at Independence Lake Preserve. Job ID 45162 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Science and Stewardship Intern greets and informs the public about the Preserve and the Conservancy.  Assists with counting and marking native Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT).  Assists with the removal of brook trout from the LCT spawning stream for LCT population restoration.  Supports field activities of the Conservancy's Forest Ecologist.  Assists the Watercraft Manager to train the public in the use of small boats and kayak.  Monitors the lake for aquatic invasive species (e.g. New Zealand mud-snail).  Provides technical support for an array of other restoration and science activities and stewardship projects on the Preserve. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE May interact with visitors. Works under close or infrequent supervision Independence Lake is located 20 miles north of Truckee, California in the Sierra Nevada. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain and frequent possibility of injury ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION This is a full-time position with anticipated employment duration May to October 2017 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA, BS, equivalent in natural resource environmental field, or pursuing a BS degree Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.). Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application and have a valid driver's license) PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to follow instructions from colleagues. Knowledge and interest in fishery science, aquatic ecology and biodiversity conservation. Basic understanding of fish ecology and ability to identify common fish species Ability to manage data, analyze data and prepare final reports. Good social skills and ability to interact well with the general public. Willing to work weekend and holidays according to an irregular schedule Willingness to live and work in an isolated rural environment, with limited phone/internet connectivity. Ability to work in a team environment. 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Portland, OR, United States
Feb 13, 2017
Full time
The Director of Freshwater Programs oversees freshwater policy, science, protection, and community relations for the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Provides leadership for TNC’s freshwater conservation work and establishes overall freshwater conservation priorities. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Director of Freshwater Programs is responsible for leading The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to conserve and restore freshwater biodiversity in the state of Oregon. S/he will determine conservation priorities, develop program strategies, determine budgetary requirements, and implement freshwater conservation projects. The successful candidate will help lead regulatory and legislative changes to ensure that conservation goals are achieved at a statewide or larger regional scale and makes a lasting impact. S/he will lead the implementation of on-the-ground conservation actions in high leverage basins across the state. S/he will serve as a key contact and maintain productive relationships with government agencies, conservation partners, academic and research scientists, and communities of difference as well as collaborate with the philanthropy department to steward and solicit charitable gifts from the private sector to advance the Conservancy’s mission. Key components of the position include: implement freshwater conservation strategies statewide as well as within specific geographies; create enabling conditions for change and advance statewide water policy; lead efforts locally and nationally within the Conservancy to protect surface and groundwater-dependent ecosystems; implement restoration projects on priority wetlands and rivers; develop freshwater technical capacity and deliver support to Conservancy field staff across the state; link freshwater conservation efforts in Oregon to the Conservancy’s regional and global freshwater and cities programs; work across other programs to ensure freshwater conservation outcomes are achieved (e.g. within forest, desert and coast initiatives); build and maintain effective internal and external partnerships to conduct the body of work; and supervise and manage the Freshwater team. RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE Leads the freshwater team in implementing Oregon’s strategic plan for freshwater conservation throughout Oregon. Provides expertise on a variety of freshwater issues including conservation of groundwater-dependent ecosystems, water management, water storage, water rights, climate change resilience, and river and wetland restoration. Develops strategies and lead a program to incorporate and align human interests with conservation action in the key basins, including the Willamette, Klamath, and Harney. Creates enabling conditions and conducts complex negotiations to leverage the Conservancy’s science and priorities into federal and state water policy improvements. Develops effective partnerships with federal and state agencies, scientific and academic institutions, environmental groups, and other public and private organizations engaged in freshwater protection issues to develop and implement key projects. Works closely with other conservation teams, science staff, and external affairs team to develop and advance freshwater strategies. Serves as Oregon’s lead freshwater contact and representative to the Conservancy’s regional and global teams. Develop a strategy or set of strategies in the Willamette River Basin that will benefit people and align with the Conservancy’s Global Cities Initiative. Contributes to Oregon Chapter programs broadly through regular participation on the Conservation Strategy Team and the Leadership Council. Drafts grants and raise public funding to implement freshwater goals and assist the Oregon’s philanthropy team with implementation of strategies to secure private funds. Engages with varied audiences to increase awareness and passion about conservation, including communities of difference. Oversees (or sponsor) and provides support for the work of outside technical staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers in achieving the goals of the program and carrying out specific conservation and restoration projects. Frequent travel domestically with evening and weekend hours. May work in variable weather conditions and remote locations. Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget working closely with the Operations Team to ensure compliance with public awards and/or contracts. Supervises the freshwater team with staff in remote locations. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree and 7 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.   Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance. Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).                                        Negotiation skills. PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE Knowledge of freshwater species, natural communities, ecosystems and ecosystem processes and an understanding of their conservation needs. Current trends and practices in freshwater conservation as well as state and federal politics and programs related to freshwater resources. Knowledge of water law or other western prior appropriation water codes, and water rights permitting. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans. Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, communities, government agencies, and communities of difference). Achieves results by persuading, convincing, or influencing others. Proven ability to apply scientific concepts and technical innovations for on-the-ground conservation purposes. Experience in leading and managing complex projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners. Ability to work across teams and in situations where employees are not direct reports to achieve conservation goals. Proficient at listening and speaking with and in front of varied audiences on conservation topics. Experience in fundraising including writing proposals and interacting with public and private donors. Frequently make independent strategic decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information, and judgment. Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange of issues. Is timely with information. MA/MS or higher degree in a water or natural resource related field preferred. This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers . AUTO SAFETY POLICY Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record. 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.   Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com      
The Nature Conservancy Ohio, United States
Dec 16, 2016
Full time
This is an exceptional opportunity for a committed conservation professional to help build a local conservation movement in the seven county Oak Openings Region of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The Partnership Specialist coordinates efforts of the Green Ribbon Initiative partnership, develops new relationships, and implements programs that inform, empower and mobilize key constituents to protect and restore habitats characteristic of the Oak Openings region. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Working under the direct supervision of the Oak Openings Program Manager the Partnership Specialist is an integral part of the Oak Openings project team and works with the partners of the Green Ribbon Initiative to revitalize the human and natural communities of the Oak Openings Region. The ideal candidate will proactively translate goals and strategies into action by working with partners to identify obstacles to conservation success and create plans to overcome those obstacles. The Partnership Specialist develops and implements training, community outreach and educational strategies that effectively communicate TNC’s conservation messages and promote community-involvement in conservation efforts.  (S)he is accountable for coordinating meetings, workshops, events, developing educational programs, producing publications on behalf of the Green Ribbon Initiative partnership.  This may involve serving as a spokesperson for the partnership using a variety of media to promote and increase public awareness and participation in land protection, management and understanding. (S)he establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with NGO’s, private landowners, schools, universities, state and local agencies and corporations providing opportunities for active involvement.   The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional organizational and communication skills and the ability to keep detailed records and possess basic knowledge of habitat restoration practices. (S)he is expected to participate in prescribed fire and other land management activities such as invasive species control as needed necessitating occasional nights away from home. Specifically, the Partnership Coordinator will directly or indirectly oversee, a private landowner registry, an adopt-a-natural area program and the coordination of the Oak Openings Cooperative Weed Management Area. They will assist other land management staff in establishing management agreements, training partners and establishing contracts.  They will ensure that partners are engaged and informed through regular communication and synthesis of information in print, social media and through the Green Ribbon Initiative website (www.oakopenings.org).  Position is contingent upon funding with funding currently secured through December 2017.  (S)he will collaborate with other program staff to secure additional funding for this position and related strategies identified in TNC’s Oak Openings Conservation Business Plan. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE •    Coordinates projects, manages multiple projects / timelines and sets realistic deadlines. •    May supervise staff and/or volunteers •    Interprets guidelines and analyzes factual information. •    Duties are performed under general supervision and established guidelines. •    Opportunity to act independently on assigned tasks and projects. •    Work with vendors/other parties to execute projects/deliverables. •    Ability to operate productively with infrequent direct supervision MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS •    Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination. •    Experience with principles of land management including invasive species control and/or prescribed fire. •    Demonstrated experience translating complex scientific ideas for the public in writing (e.g. grants, newsletters, or reports). •    Comfort with public speaking and experience with public education associated with conservation or a related field. •    Exceptional interpersonal skills •    Ability to pass a physical test involving carry a 25 lb pack for 2 miles in 25 minutes or less PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS : •    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with those outside the organization and to influence without authority. •    A proactive self-starting approach to conservation •    Experience supervising staff is preferred •    Experience managing grants, contracts, budgets and/or field work is preferred •    Ability to conceive and implement plans to achieve goals of Green Ribbon Initiative •    Ability to sell ideas solicit program support from a wide variety of people and interest groups. •    Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities and meet deadlines. •    Familiarity and some application of current and evolving trends in relevant discipline. AUTO SAFETY POLICY This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 13 , 2017. 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.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com .
The Nature Conservancy Muscatine, Iowa, United States
Dec 16, 2016
Full time
The Community Coordinator will work closely with the Lower Cedar Project Director as well as other Conservancy staff and partners to engage a diverse group of community stakeholders in an effort to best conserve and best utilize the natural systems of the Lower Cedar Valley as an asset to people in the surrounding area.  The Lower Cedar Valley is a flagship project for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa with extensive and diverse natural areas including a wealth of unique woodlands, wetlands, and prairies.  More than 40,000 acres have been protected in this region of southeast Iowa by private landowners and conservation partners, providing habitat for nearly one thousand plant species as well as nearly 50 species of reptiles and amphibians.  This region was designated as the nation’s first Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Area in 2007.  Conservation organizations in Iowa generally agree this region is the most biologically diverse landscape in the state. The Conservancy currently owns and manages more than 3,000 acres of nature preserves in the Lower Cedar Valley.  The Community Coordinator will work to communicate and demonstrate the value of our nature preserves and other natural areas as a community asset for people through biodiversity protection, water quality enhancement, flood management, outdoor recreation, environmental education, scientific research, carbon sequestration, ecotourism, and more.  The Community Coordinator will expand existing partnerships and inspire new audiences to get involved with our work through community based activities and events, marketing through local media, and other strategies that help connect people with nature in the Lower Cedar Valley. The Community Coordinator will be supervised by the Lower Cedar Project Director. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Establishes the Conservancy as a major community partner within the Lower Cedar Valley. Works proactively to establish positive interactions between the Conservancy and a diverse public to broaden and strengthen the constituency for conservation. Develops key partnerships with local government, organizations, businesses, educators, media, and other community leaders. Communicates clearly, both orally and in written form, with other staff, partners, and a diverse public, providing and obtaining needed information. Works closely with other staff, trustees, and partners to define priorities, develop strategies, and implement community engagement that utilizes our preserves and demonstrates the many benefits that our work provides people in the surrounding community. Leads local community engagement and marketing efforts and coordinates those efforts with the state office as well as conservation field staff. Coordinates all aspects of community events on Conservancy lands and in other locations throughout the Lower Cedar Valley. Works closely with communications staff to develop promotional and educational materials incorporating consistent branding of organization, projects and initiatives for public use. Works closely with communications staff to market local project through local media, social media, and/or other strategies, Writes and administers grants. Works within a budget for making project purchases and contracting with vendors. Provides support for other state-wide or whole-system initiatives as needed. Occasionally works in remote locations and adverse weather conditions that requires minor physical exertion. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct work of office volunteers or interns. Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail. May assist with program budget preparation and monitoring. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.  Makes day to day decisions as delegated by the supervisor. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience with Microsoft Office suite.  Experience coordinating multiple projects. Experience handling standard business communications. PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & EXPERIENCE At least 2 years related work experience.  Excellent communication skills both orally and in written form. Public speaking experience. Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned timeframes.  Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources and work independently. Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases, create reports, and produce manual files. Experience utilizing databases for data entry and report production preferred. Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability.  Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities. Valid Driver’s License and compliance with Nature Conservancy’s vehicle use and safety policy. An interest in conservation, community engagement, partnership development, and marketing. Ability to motivate people, including those not under direct supervision, and to set goals and lead efforts. Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental affairs. Self-motivated, self-directed, and able to work without constant supervision. Proficient with social networking websites. Ability to write and edit written materials for use with a diverse public. Working with multiple stakeholders with diverse interests, conflict resolution skills are desirable. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 20 , 2017.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com .