Trout Unlimited

Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

Trout Unlimited Davis, WV, USA
Jul 01, 2018
POSITION SUMMARY This position will begin in September 2018 and is a one-year full-time AmeriCorps Member position sponsored by the Appalachian Forest and Heritage Area and Trout Unlimited. The position is housed within the Trout Unlimited West Virginia Field Office in Davis, West Virginia. Since 2005, TU has been working in the headwaters of the Potomac River watershed in West Virginia to protect, restore, and re-connect native brook trout resources. Through TU's Potomac Headwaters Home River Initiative (PHHRI) staff works with public and private landowners to restore riparian and in-stream habitat, stabilize eroding stream banks, mitigate barriers to aquatic organism passage, and monitor projects for success. The PHHRI is spearheaded by TU; however, a variety of other partners are actively engaged in the project, including TU council and chapters, state and federal agencies, landowners, industry, land trusts, and watershed groups. This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience while serving your community. The AFHA AmeriCorps/TU Position, known as the West Virginia Volunteer Restoration and Monitoring Organizer, will focus on promoting awareness of restoration activities available to TU grassroots members through presentations to local TU chapters, TU council, partners, and media. This position will organize, coordinate, and assist a cadre of volunteers who regularly assist TU in the installation of riparian and in-stream restoration projects, as well as, stream monitoring across the Potomac. Stipend:   AmeriCorps Members receive $12,630 annual living stipend and an education award of $5,815 toward qualified student loans or future tuition, with most student loans deferred during service. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Volunteer coordination and management for restoration projects and workshops Assist with fish community, benthic macroinvertebrate and water quality monitoring Regular email and phone communications with volunteers and partners Production of outreach material to social and local media outlets Public speaking and presentations to local chapters and partners Reporting on volunteer participation and data collected during workshops Assist TU staff with the installation of riparian and in-stream restoration projects Fieldwork is a large component of this position with an estimated 40% of the member's time spent on field work and monitoring projects, and 60% of the member's time for communications and outreach. Most projects contain a volunteer management component. This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's Degree or Higher. Preference given to candidates with a major of Biology, Agriculture, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, Environmental Sciences or other related degree. Preference will be given to advanced degree holders Excellent written and verbal communication skills Ability to work independently Comfortable with public speaking Background in Wildlife and Fisheries, Natural Resources, Agriculture, or Biology preferred General knowledge of stream ecology Passion for the outdoors Preference will be given to candidates with Fisheries or Volunteer Coordination experience HOW TO APPLY To apply send cover letter and resume by August 1, 2018 to   afha@appalachianforest.us or apply through AmeriCorps portal at   www.nationalservice.gov . For more information see   www.afha.us/americorps.htm . Contact Person Alison Thornton Contact Phone 304-636-6182 Contact Email afha@appalachianforest.us Please fill out this   voluntary form   and submit it as an   attachment to this email address . TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act. TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.