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May 1 20

Seasonal Field Botanist (southeastern Pennsylvania)

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

A seasonal field botanist is needed to assist in vegetation monitoring at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, in Annville, Pennsylvania, which is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (two hours drive) northwest of Philadelphia.  The seasonal field botanist will work on an existing collaboration between the Sewall Lab in the Biology Department at Temple University (http://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall/) and Fort Indiantown Gap, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (http://ftig.png.pa.gov/about).  Fort Indiantown Gap is the most important training site for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  It is also one of the region’s most ecologically important areas, containing numerous species of rare and threatened plants and wildlife as well as rare and threatened grassland habitats. 

The position will assist with monitoring field sites for the Sustainable Range Program. Project tasks include identifying plant species, measuring woody vegetation in grasslands, mapping invasive species, documenting disturbance, collecting vegetation and environmental data, and taking digital photographs as part of a long-term ecological monitoring program.  Other tasks include relocating permanent plots, establishing new plots, and collecting vegetation data using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.  Additional tasks could include evaluation of the trail network onsite, stream monitoring, and assistance with a variety of wildlife research efforts.  Modifications to the work expectations may be made, as needed to respond to circumstances and government and installation guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbents will be employed by Temple University but the work will be based at Fort Indiantown Gap. 

Eligibility requires either graduation from or current enrollment in a program leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, or related field, as well as basic computer skills, the ability to operate a vehicle, and a valid driver’s license.  A knowledge of plant taxonomy and an ability to operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle are strongly preferred. Previous vegetation sampling experience and taxonomic identification skills for Pennsylvania plant species are preferred. Candidates should be in good physical condition, willing to work long hours outdoors in all types of weather and habitat conditions, and able to work cooperatively with military, civilian, and academic partners in a team environment. Salary is $15.00/hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications, for 40 hrs/week. Employment will be seasonal, from June through August 2020. The work site is not adjacent to a downtown area or public transportation, so use of a personal vehicle to commute to the site is desirable.

To apply, submit a cover letter describing interest in the position and relevant experience, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to both James Meenan (c-jmeenan@pa.gov) and Dr. Brent Sewall (bjsewall@temple.edu).  Include “˜Seasonal Field Botanist position” in the subject line.  Position will remain open until filled.

May 1 20

Climate Justice Research Assistant (volunteer position)

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Climate change is an all-hands-on-deck challenge. The Maine Climate Table (www.maineclimatetable.org) is a network of nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in Maine dedicated to growing widespread participation in climate action across political, cultural, and economic divides.  Viewpoint diversity is an asset, not a liability, when it comes to solving a problem as large and long-term as climate change.  We need a bigger force.  Not a divided citizenry. 

The Maine Climate Table is seeking a summer intern interested specifically in climate justice.  In particular, the intern will compile existing peer-reviewed and gray literature on this topic.  We seek to develop a categorization framework for methods that engage those who are, or could be, disenfranchised by climate change (for example, lobster fishermen in Maine).  The intern will also conduct an inventory of climate justice and environmental justice funders in the U.S. using tools such as Foundations On-Line.  This research will be particularly useful for students interested in careers focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or climate justice. This is an unpaid position. 

CONTACT: John M. Hagan, Ph.D. (jhagan@maineclimatetable.org)

May 1 20

YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester) Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Volunteer Specialist – Groups

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and service members to find success throughout the program year. The three Commonwealth Corps members with Regional Environmental Council Inc. (REC) will serve 10.5 months in a half-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC) is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corps member to support volunteer group engagement and community education in our YouthGROW Farm. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase healthy food production and community awareness at the YouthGROW Farm. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6total, post orientation) and REC including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Recruit volunteers to support the YouthGROW Farm through direct outreach, partner development, and relationship building.
  • Plan and coordinate group service-learning days on the YouthGROW Farm.
  • Develop educational components to complement group service-learning days.
  • Improve existing volunteer appreciation and communication to facilitate sustained engagement.
  • Provide direct support at the YouthGROW Farm serving alongside youth leaders in the program and Farm Manager.
  • Plan and coordinate group service-learning days on the YouthGROW Farm.
  • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth DayClean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.Marginal
  • Support greenhouse operations to grow 5,000+ seedlings for community and school garden network.
  • Support produce delivery and sale in low income communities via the REC Mobile Market program.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Ability to travel independently to sites via personal or public transportation
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and verbal Preferred
  • Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods
  • Previous experience collaboratively working or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgroundsMember Benefits:
  • Stipend of $400 every other week while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corpsservice internship program.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.Term of Service:
  • Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
  • Position End Date: June 26, 2021
  • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with minimum of two full days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advance notice.

Application Instructions:

• Submit a cover letter and resume to Stacie Brimmage at Stacie@recworcester.org. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 31, 2020.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 1 20

YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester) Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist – Youth

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and service members to find success throughout the program year. The three Commonwealth Corps members with Regional Environmental Council Inc. will serve 10.5 months in a half-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC) is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts. REC is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corps members to support youth volunteer engagement and community education in our YouthGROW Farm. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase healthy food production and community awareness at the YouthGROW Farm. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6total, post orientation) and REC including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Recruit high school and college age youth to participate in open community volunteer hours at the YouthGROW Farm.
  • Provide direct support at the YouthGROW Farm serving alongside youth leaders in the program and Farm Manager.
  • Mentor and support youth participants in the YouthGROW program to complete programmatic volunteer requirements, including leading youth internship teams.
  • Develop new partnerships with local school service-learning programs.
  • Create a college volunteer outreach guide.
  • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth Day Clean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.Marginal
  • Support non-volunteer-based youth development programming including monthly retreats.
  • Support produce delivery and sale in low income communities via the REC Mobile Market program.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Ability to travel independently to sites via personal or public transportation
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Preferred:
  • Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods
  • Previous experience collaboratively working or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgroundsMember Benefits:
  • Stipend of $400 every other week while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corpsservice internship program.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.Term of Service:
  • Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
  • Position End Date: June 26, 2021
  • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with minimum of two full days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advance notice.

Application Instructions:

• Submit a cover letter and resume to Stacie Brimmage at Stacie@recworcester.org. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 31, 2020.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 1 20

UGROW (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist – Community Garden

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and service members to find success throughout the program year. The three Commonwealth Corps members with Regional Environmental Council Inc. (REC) will serve 10.5 months in a half-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

REC is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts. REC is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corps member to support volunteer engagement and community education in our community and school gardens. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase the sustainability of school and community gardens in Worcester as a source of healthy food. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6total, post orientation) and REC including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Recruit volunteers to support the community and school gardens network through direct outreach, partner development, and relationship building.

• Activities will include attending fairs at local colleges and tabling events within the community, participating in neighborhood meetings, and meeting with staff at partner organizations such as the United Way, who can leverage wider volunteer networks.• Improve on and create systems to support volunteer community garden coordinators to effectively lead their community garden sites.• These tools could include guidelines on how to develop garden group agreements, processes for allocating garden space, and outreach material for existing resources such as the Tool Lending Library. We expect the member will develop these tools in response to and in collaboration with our community garden coordinators.

  • Deliver garden and nutrition education through community and in-classroom workshops.
  • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth DayClean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.Marginal
  • Support greenhouse operations to grow 5,000+ seedlings for community and school garden network.
  • Support produce delivery and sale in low income communities via the REC Mobile Market program.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record in order to operate REC pickup truck to transport tools and soil for volunteer garden events.
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and verbal Preferred
  • Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods
  • Previous experience collaboratively working or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgroundsMember Benefits:
  • Stipend of $400 every other week while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corpsservice internship program.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.Term of Service:
  • Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
  • Position End Date: June 26, 2021
  • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with minimum of two full days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advance notice.

Application Instructions:

• Submit a cover letter and resume to Pat Barnosky at ugrow@recworcester.org.

Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 30, 2020.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 1 20

Seeking Cantonese native speaker to translate materials

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Tufts and SMFA students in the Food as Sculpture since 1960 course (VMS/ENVS) created placemats and videos to share tips on how to keep healthy eating habits during the pandemic. Their work was inspired by food-based art projects that incorporate a range of ingredients. The students collaborated with scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center to provide advice tailored to elderly residents in Boston’s Chinatown— a community that is particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.  In order to allow the Cantonese-speaking public to make the most out of viewing the placemats and videos, we are looking for one or more bilingual students who can:

  • Translate the contents of the placemats;
  • Lay out the translation into the placemats, while ensuring the integrity of the existing design in Power Point or Keynote.
  • Record a voiceover translation, for ten 3-minute videos, from English to Cantonese (or possibly Mandarin).

 The course is co-sponsored by and in collaboration with Tisch College. We can offer 15$/hour, with an expected time commitment of 10 hrs. If you are interested, respond to silvia.bottinelli@tufts.edu by May 9th. The position will remain open until filled.

May 1 20

Volunteer needed at local farm in North Reading, MA

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Volunteer needed at local farm in North Reading, MA.

Jackson Farm with Cooperative for Human Services

**Part time – flexible hours**

Do you enjoy planting seeds in the spring and nurturing them for transplanting into the garden? Do you appreciate being outside while having some chickens and a few other farm animals around? If so, then join a local non-profit that supports adults with disabilities. Our organic farm has been operating for about 7 years providing supplemental vegetables and herbs for the folks we serve. Here you will help with seeding, field preparation, planting, staking, watering, pruning, cultivation, weeding, harvesting and cleaning of vegetables. And, at the end of the day, you will have access to enjoy the organic harvest that we cultivate.

To apply, you will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be able to lift up to 30lbs
  • Be literate in English (read/write)
  • Have a valid MA driver’s license and reliable transportation

If interested, please email hrdept@cooperativeforhs.org

Apr 24 20

Cycle Technology, Inc. Internship

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Do you care about sustainability? Are you interested in financial modeling? Vertical farming? Software development? Recycling? Venture capital? Marketing? Graphic design? Apply to be a Cycle Intern and follow your passion with a student led startup! Get inspired and get empowered to make a difference. Please include a resume and specify in the cover letter which description you think fits your skillset the best.

Cycle Technology, Inc. was co-founded by five University of Miami students in November of 2018, with a mission of improving college campus recycling programs through the usage of a mobile application paired with Reverse Vending Machines. With a functioning recycling system on the University of Miami campus, Cycle is looking to expand to other college campuses, municipalities, and corporate workspaces around the world through hardware integration and software licensing on preexisting RVMs. Our team is seeking highly motivated students with passions towards technology and sustainability.

Duration of Internship: Summer 2020

Days/Hours: At least 30 Hours per Week. Remote work is acceptable. Daily phone & video calls with team members.

Positions Available: Vertical Farm Project Leader, Financial Analyst, Merchandise Designer, Graphic Designer, Software Developer, Business Development & Strategy, Executive Assistant, Copy Writer/ b(v)log, Sustainable Development and Charitable Initiatives project leader.

Position: Vertical Farm Project Leader

Interns will be primarily tasked with developing marketing and growth strategies for our partner in vertical farming, GroShed. Interns will do an intensive research project on vertical farming technology. Interns will identify key metrics and sensors necessary for developing optimization software for GroShed’s products. Interns will audit GroShed’s manufacturing practices in order to streamline manufacturing and cut costs. Interns will coordinate and assist workflow across all of Cycle’s departments. Critical thinking is key. You must work hard and employ creative solutions when the problem is not always matched to your experience or skill set.

Required Qualifications:
High competency in reading and analysis.
MS PowerPoint & MS Word.
Excellent written and oral communications.
Work ethic.

Preferred Qualifications:
Pursuing or recent recipient of bachelor’s degree: Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Biology, Climate Science
Skills in Photoshop, Adobe Reader, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe inDesign.
Experience gardening.

Apr 24 20

Employment Opportunity: Conservation Maintenance Coordinator in Northern Nevada

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

POSITION TITLE: Conservation Maintenance Coordinator

STATUS: Full Time, Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Restoration and Conservation Field Manager

POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: None

LOCATION: Yerington, NV 

BACKGROUND:The Walker Basin Conservancy (Conservancy) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin (www.walkerbasin.org). The dynamic nature of the Conservancy and its diverse resource management portfolio provide unique opportunities to develop innovative, interdisciplinary conservation solutions while working closely with a dedicated and passionate staff. The Conservancy team is comprised of approximately 25 full-time employees and increases up to 70 during our field season. The Conservancy manages a complex real-property acquisition program, acquiring land, water and related interests from willing sellers in the Walker Basin, for the benefit of Walker River and Lake. In addition, the Conservancy manages intensive restoration and stewardship activities on thousands of acres in the Walker Basin.

 JOB PURPOSE: The primary purpose of Conservation Maintenance Coordinator is to support field operations to ensure the successful transition of retired farmlands to self-sustaining vegetation communities that are able to thrive in the absence of supplemental irrigation. The Maintenance Coordinator will work with the Field Manager and other staff to operate, repair, and maintain stewardship tools, and is expected to spend a significant amount of time in the field and shop environment. A deep knowledge of agricultural systems, irrigation equipment, vehicle and large equipment operation, repair and maintenance is essential. The Maintenance Coordinator should also have the ability to, operate, maintain and repair a variety of welding machines, pneumatic tools, hand tools, hydraulic systems, and irrigation systems.  The Maintenance Coordinator position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors.

 Essential Functions

 •             In cooperation with the Field Manager, maintain, repair, and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, implements, trucks, pumps and irrigation systems;

•             Operates, maintains and repairs ATV’s and other small motorized equipment;

•             Assist with all aspects of successful stewardship implementation. Duties may include ground preparation, seeding, planting, irrigation, weed control, or other tasks as necessary;

•             Examine equipment, create inspection reports, and confer with colleagues to locate and diagnose equipment malfunctions;

•             Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws;

•             Lead installation of drip, handline, trench, and wheel line irrigation systems; 

•             Creates and maintains current and accurate records for all Conservancy assets and rolling stock;

•             Ability to identify the native and non-native flora of Nevada;

•             Develop a deep working knowledge off all equipment, irrigation infrastructure, project partners, and vegetation management techniques used by the Program;

•             Operates and maintains a variety of small to heavy equipment (hand tools, power tools, tractors, mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, backhoe, water truck, and large tractors);

•             Assist Field Manager in training employees on safe equipment operations, basic maintenance tasks, etc.; and

•             Other duties as assigned mutually agreeable between Walker Basin Conservancy and the employee. 

Qualifications

•             5+ years of experience in a natural resource or agricultural setting;

•             General experience with and knowledge of irrigation equipment and operations;

•             Ability to safely operate, repair and maintain large machinery and vehicles including tractors, ATVs, trucks, and trailers;

•             Ability to safely operate, repair and maintain chainsaws, brush cutters, backpack sprayers, and other related equipment;

•             Ability to keep detailed records, communicate with other staff and supervisors, and to work unsupervised to accomplish program tasks;

•             Clean driving record and a NV State driver’s license, or ability to obtain within 1 month of hire; and

 •             Ability to lift 50+ pounds and to work long hours in an outdoor setting. 

Physical and Mental Requirements

Strength, dexterity, coordination, and vision to use tools and equipment for prolonged periods.  Strength and stamina to bend, stoop, sit, and stand for long periods of time.  Strength and dexterity to operate small, medium, and heavy equipment.  Strength and stamina to endure standing and working for long periods of time and in extreme weather conditions.  Dexterity and vision to observe oncoming traffic hazards and react quickly to emergency situations.  Some heavy lifting (over 75 pounds) is occasionally required. In compliance with applicable disability laws, reasonable accommodations may be provided to qualified individuals with a disability who require and request such accommodations.  Applicants and incumbents are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 

Working Conditions

Technicians work in an outdoor setting with varying weather conditions, including, but not limited to: extreme heat, dry conditions, rain, snow or hail, and extreme cold.  Work sites will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles. Work sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and Technicians will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals on work sites without facilities. Work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment. Position may occasionally be required to operate heavy machinery in hazardous environments. Environment is generally dirty, with prolonged exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, noise, or odors. Frequent interruptions to planned work activities occur. 

Salary & Benefits

Starting salary $18/hour depending on experience. 

Excellent employee benefits package which includes:

•             A four-day work week;

•             Employer paid health, dental, vision and life insurance plans for employee Retirement 403(b) plan includes a 6% automatic company contribution;

•             120 hours of annual paid vacation, increasing to 160 hours after first year of employment;

•             16 hours of annual personal leave;

•             Company paid holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s;

•             60 hours of annual sick leave;

•             11 paid holidays;

•             Health and wellness subsidy; and

•             Employer paid professional development. 

Position will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted. 

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Amy Gladding

amy.gladding@walkerbasin.org

Subject Line: Conservation Maintenance Coordinator

 Please call (775) 463-9887 ext. 116 with questions. 

Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be provided for qualified individuals with a disability. 

Disclaimer – The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.

Apr 24 20

Field Technician, Native Seed and Grassland Restoration

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Location: BLM lands surrounding the Fort Belknap Indian Community, Montana

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cristina Eisenberg

Affiliation: Oregon State University; Society for Ecological Restoration; funded by BLM

Job Description: This position involves working in a mixed grass prairie on the Northern Plains in Montana, to implement BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Protocol, and Seeds of Success (SOS) Protocol, with tribal and BLM-designated focal species, using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to highlight plants with strong ecocultural relevance to the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC). These data will be used to assess and restore wildlife habitat, using native seeds. Additional key project objectives are to implement the FBIC Community Fellows Program, to train tribal young adults in natural-resources work. Will be supervised in the field by an ecologist and will be working in a group at all times. Housing will be in a research house on the Reservation, in a shared room. In addition to fieldwork, this position includes doing GIS work remotely before fielding to help plan data collection and identify data gaps and species occurrences. Project will follow all COVID-19 federal, state, and tribal guidelines.

Qualifications: Seeking one experienced field technician with a background in grassland and forestry vegetation sampling methods. Only persons with previous paid field technician experience will be considered for this position. Must have a BSc or be in the final stages of completing a BSc in Rangeland, Botany, or Forestry. Must have ArcMap GIS skills. Must be in excellent physical condition, with no back, knee, or other injuries. Must be able to comfortably carry a 40 lb. pack in and out of the sampling sites (max. 10 miles round trip per day), assist with soil sampling, and deal calmly with hazards, such as rattlesnakes and heat. Must have excellent people skills. Must be attentive to details and able to follow directions exactly. Must be respectful of and able to interact well with Native American people. Must be able to bring own vehicle to the job, although fieldwork will take place using a vehicle owned by the project.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send CV, college transcripts, two letters of reference from persons who have supervised you doing fieldwork, and a cover letter explaining what you hope to gain from this position and why you would be a good fit for it. Please send all materials as e-mail attachments. Applications accepted between April 21 – May 22, 2020

Compensation: $15 USD per hour.

Work Dates: mid-June 2020-mid-August 2020

Contact: Dr. Cristina Eisenberg
E-mail:cristina.eisenberg@oregonstate.edu