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Dec 6 19

Fully-Sponsored Farm and Food Fellowship – Staunton, VA

by Ivara J. Roth

What if you had the chance to spend six months on top of a mountain, learning how to grow food for yourself and your community? What if you could get paid to spend a year sharing the power of growing and eating real, fresh food? This, in a nutshell, is our 18 month Farm and Food Fellowship.

AMI Farm and Food Fellowship

Now in its ninth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with food-related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education.

Phase I – Farm Study (May 11 – October 28, 2020)

  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, poultry and animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our Allegheny Farm Campus in Highland County, VA.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, herbalism, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.  
  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities through participation with school garden activities, a weekly farmers market, farm stay programming and more.
  • Experience living in a temperate deciduous forest on the Eastern Continental Divide, reside in handcrafted cabins, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Phase I Fellows receive $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Phase II contract. Additional benefits include: room and board, paid time off.

Phase II – Service Work (January 4 – December 17, 2021)

  • Apply Phase I training and work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, developing local food system infrastructure, and creating and teaching site-based garden curriculum.
  • Build farming and leadership skills through monthly continuing education opportunities, field trips and workshops.
  • Grow through monthly mentorship and support by AMI staff.
  • Earn $10 per hour (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly). Additional benefits include: workers compensation coverage, paid time off and health leave.

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.  At AMI’s discretion, Fellows may be asked to repay the costs of Phase I of the Fellowship if they voluntarily leave the program early or fail to commit to or complete Phase II.  Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must clear a background check.

Applications due February 10, 2020 at bit.ly/amifellowship2020.  Learn more at www.amifellows.org. For more information, e-mail jessa@amifellows.org or call 540-886-0160.

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

Dec 4 19

GIS and Database Assistant with Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, a collaborative effort of the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, will be hiring a Database and GIS Analysis Assistant in early 2020.

To that end, we are soliciting letters of interest and CVs from suitable candidates. Only those who submit a response will receive notification of the actual job posting and be considered for the position. Please submit your materials by Dec 15, 2019 to erica@kauaiforestbirds.org for consideration.

Here is a general description of the position.

Responsible for undertaking Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and data management duties for the KFBRP.  Works under the direction of the Endangered Avian Research Project Coordinator. Duties include database enhancement and management, data entry and digitizing, and GIS analysis of field data (related to a wide range of data including biological monitoring, forest bird population surveys and monitoring, predator control and mapping species locations).  Some fieldwork also required. Assists with logistics (scheduling, helip ops, gear and vehicle maintenance and purchasing). Performs effective public outreach.  Operates a motor vehicle, and a variety of equipment for field studies.  Must adhere to safety, equipment use and invasive species prevention protocols. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS:

A. Education/Training: 

One to three (1-3) years of college level biological sciences coursework from an accredited college or university. 

B. Experience: 

One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) database design and management and GIS analysis experience.  One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in biological fieldwork.  Volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable. 

C. Knowledge: 

Working knowledge of the principles of avian population ecology and conservation. Working knowledge of maintenance for database, Linux/Ubuntu server and computer stations. 

D. Abilities and Skills: 

Skilled in the use of GIS software (ArcGIS, ArcGIS online, QGIS, PostGIS) and databases (PostGres, Access, and cloud-based databases).  Ability to make database queries, use model builder, and write simple SQL code.Ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), and software programs (e.g., SAS, R, JMP) to undertake analysis and reporting.  Proficient in word processing and spreadsheet computer applications skills. Ability to use global positioning system (GPS) equipment. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment.

Dec 4 19

Natural Resources Management Internship

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Golden Gate National Parks, San Mateo, CA

To Apply: Email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Eric Wrubel at eric_wrubel@nps.gov.  Please include “Internship Application” in the subject line and of your email.

OVERVIEW

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is seeking a motivated intern to support natural resource management projects in San Mateo County, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a destination for both local and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 15 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country.

The GGNRA Natural Resources Division works to protect, conserve and restore biological and physical resources in the park. Our work is variable and covers a broad spectrum of activities including resource inventory and monitoring, identification and management of threats to sensitive resources, and community engagement in park stewardship.  We work in a variety of habitats from coastal prairies to redwood forests to support conservation of federally protected plants and animals, locally rare plant species, and sensitive ecosystems.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

– Working as part of a small team or occasionally independently, the intern will perform field-based work in San Mateo park units including Sweeney Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra, and Phleger Estate.
– Control invasive plant species using hand tools, power tools, herbicide and other methods.
– Plan and implement habitat restoration and revegetation field work.
– Perform contractor or volunteer oversight during vegetation management work.
– Record restoration progress; write work performed reports, enter into databases and work plans, and manage work performed data.
– Map vegetation and rare or invasive and plant populations using GPS data recorders; analyze and display mapped features using GIS technology.
– Assist in development and implementation of rare plant monitoring protocol for endangered Hickman’s potentilla.
– Monitor threatened and endangered wildlife including California red-legged frog, San Bruno elfin butterflies, and Mission blue butterflies.
– Prepare summary reports of monitoring, restoration actions, and experiments performed.
– Drive truck to/from work sites.
– Maintain tools and equipment.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

– A love of nature and physical outdoor work.
– Interest in resource management, ecological restoration, endangered species stewardship, and plant identification.
– Willing to apply herbicide as part of an integrated pest management strategy
– Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel
– Ability to work independently and take on a leadership role as needed.
– Desire to work in a small team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
– Good communication skills, including technical writing; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
– Experience, coursework or skill in the following areas is a plus: botany, taxonomy, ecology, restoration, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, database operations, photography
– A valid driver’s license and good driving record.
– College degree in natural resource management, biology, ecology, or related topic

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

– This is primarily a field based position, with 1-3 days per week in the office. Must enjoy working outside in highly variable weather conditions and terrain while maintaining a good attitude.
– Must be willing to work in poison oak. Personal protective equipment against poison oak will be provided, but exposure to poison oak will happen and is unavoidable.
– Must be comfortable working around ticks and yellow-jacket wasps.
– Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds off trail in steep terrain in dense vegetation for up to six hours daily.

COMPENSATION

– Dorm-style housing, a taxable stipend of $225/week if your permanent residence is more than 50 miles from San Francisco.
– A taxable stipend of $375/week is provided if your permanent residence is less than 50 miles from San Francisco.
– Gain hands-on work experience at the National Park Service, working on applied plant and wildlife conservation.
– Professional development days are available to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
– Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and more.
– Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging the next generation of park stewards.

TERMS

Position is open until filled. Interviews will begin December 9, 2019.

Desired Start Date: January 15, 2020

Term is 1 year

Full-time schedule, Monday through Friday, 40 hours/week. Occasional weekend work for volunteer events or wildlife monitoring.

To Apply: Email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Eric Wrubel at eric_wrubel@nps.gov.  Please include “Internship Application” in the subject line and of your email.

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service strive to engage a workforce reflective of the community we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

Dec 4 19

Comprehensive Seed Internship | Meadowlark Hearth

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Nov 22 19

MDAR – Export Development Intern/Contractor Position Summary

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The ideal candidate will have experience, education or a strong interest in subjects relating to export marketing.  Strong communication, writing and computer skills are necessary.

Scope of Work

Data review of Massachusetts’ food, agriculture and seafood re:  export and report development

Coordinate MA companies to participate in online product catalog for international buyers

Organize and recruit for Massachusetts/ /FOOD EXPORT USA export seminar and other events.

Participate in one-on-one discussions with companies about exporting opportunities and available assistance.

Generate success stories from MA companies that have participated in FOOD EXPORT USA activities.

Collect information and draft copy for newsletters and web sites.

Promote and recruit companies to participate in ongoing and event-based MA Department of Agricultural Resources/ Food Export USA services.

Collect evaluations from companies that have participated in FOOD EXPORT USA activities.

Assist in updating Massachusetts/ FOOD EXPORT USA databases of companies.

Draft export guidelines for growers and promote to the industry

Other projects as relevant

Candidate must be a student and a U.S. citizen or have a visa that permits them to work.

The intern/contractor will be paid on a monthly basis, from Food Export USA Northeast USA – a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the northeast region of the United States. The organization has been helping exporters of northeast food and agricultural products sell their products overseas since 1973, when it was first created as a cooperative effort between 10 northeastern state agricultural promotion agencies and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Food Export USA, in conjunction with its member states, provides a wide range of services to facilitate trade between local food companies and importers around the world. These services include: export promotion, customized export assistance, and a cost-share funding program: www.foodexportusa.org

Compensation & Hours:

15-20 hours per week (days and times flexible),

$13/hour undergraduate, $15/hour graduate

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to Johanna.Zabriskie@state.ma.us by December 20, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

Hours may begin as early as January 6, 2020 and will conclude by December 31, 2020.  The contract may be renewed for 2021.

Nov 20 19

MACC Is Seeking Student Posters -Abstract deadline December 20

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

MACC is seeking STUDENT POSTERS from undergrad or graduate students, related to environmental sciences, wetlands, water resources, climate change, open space and environmental science issues.   

We had more than 800 environmental participants at our ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE last year in Worcester.  This conference is a great place for environmental students to meet professionals in all types of environmental professions (environmental attorneys, consultants, engineers, conservation commissioners, wetland scientists, climate change specialists).    

  • Interested applicants should fill out the attached application form and send it back to staff@maccweb.org
  • Student presenters attend the conference free of charge, and faculty advisers may attend at the MACC member rate.
  • Grad students and undergrad students will be judged in separate categories this year.
  • Boxed lunches will be provided to presenters. 
  • Applications are due December 20th.    

Questions?

Call our office at (617) 489-3930.  

Nov 15 19

Amphibian Research Technicians Needed

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the northeast will be hiring 4-6 student contractor field research technicians in 2020. Technicians will be hired for both the spring & summer period (early March through July), with the possibility of extension for work during the fall field season (August through October).  Field work will be based out of separate duty stations located in Maryland and Massachusetts.  Massachusetts technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in protected areas in the Northeastern US, but primarily in MA and VT.  Maryland technicians will conduct surveys primarily in MD, VA, and the District of Columbia. The technicians will work as part of a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks, Refuges, and Forests, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.  Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The students will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All field work will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative.

The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is preferred. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, passive integrated transponder (PIT) equipment, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable visible implant elastomer or PIT tags and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. All work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain, sleet, hail and snow.

The technicians need to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 45 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.

Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week and have flexibility in their schedules to accommodate longer days when field conditions require. Applicants must be willing to keep a flexible schedule, as hours will depend on weather, refuge/park access and staff availability, and other factors that may not be known ahead of time.  Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the duty station.  Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from the duty station. Housing costs are not included. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area. Approximate wages are $15/hour; overtime pay is not provided.

Principal Duty Stations:
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab
1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA 01376

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply, email the following to both Jill Fleming and Charlie Shafer (jefleming@usgs.gov, cshafer@usgs.gov) by no later than December 11th, 2019:

1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position and your duty station [MA or MD] preference)
2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts
3) One piece of evidence of current or recent enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a current registration card).  Candidates who graduated prior to July 2019 are ineligible (*unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall*).

Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD
NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376

Nov 15 19

New Battelle/NEON Job Openings

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. For more information about the NEON project, visit https://www.neonscience.org/

We are currently seeking Lead Temporary Field Technicians across the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

LOCATION/TERM DATES – Nationwide. Visit our website for specific locations and term dates. 

JOB SUMMARY 

Lead Temporary Field Technicians perform and supervise seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Lead Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii). Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions. Daily and weekly work schedules will fluctuate.  Workdays can be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work, with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going through to dusk.  Workweeks can include weekends and occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days. Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs and supervises field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).
  • Provides training to seasonal and temporary field personnel.
  • Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection; and processes samples.
  • Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.
  • Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.
  • Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians.
  • Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain). 

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • High School Diploma.  May require an Associate’s degree or experience as a fully qualified Temporary Field Technician with one (1) – two (2) years of related experience
  • Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities
  • Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species.
  • Due to the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willing and able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility.
  • Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to hike off trail, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs.
  • Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs.
  • Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise. Field work may require frequent exposure to toxicodendrons (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word).
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.

Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly considered. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical. Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.

To apply, and view all locations, visit:

https://jobs.battelle.org/ListJobs?Keyword=NEON 

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

Nov 15 19

Amir Farmer Job Description

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Amir Farmers are a diverse group of passionate leaders who work to cultivate today’s youth to change tomorrow. Serving as garden-educators during the summer, they are at the center of the Amir program, building productive gardens and farms with campers, and using the garden space to teach about issues of environmental and social justice.

Amir is seeking applicants that will be directly responsible for implementing its program at one of the organization’s partner camps. Amir Farmers will be trained and build bonds with staff working at these camps across the US and Canada at the annual training seminar in late May. At this training, Farmers will learn all aspects of building a community garden, as well as how to use Amir’s Garden Manual & Curriculum to run programming for campers of all ages. Throughout the summer, Amir Farmers will be full staff members at their camp in addition to their garden responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate gardens with participating campers
  • Lead garden-based activities and educational programs for campers of all ages
  • Daily garden maintenance and care
  • Participate in weekly oversight meetings with Amir Mentors
  • Participate in daily animal husbandry and care (if applicable to your camp)
  • Act as an enthusiastic and active member of the camp community
  • Key Characteristics:
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Mentoring and education experience
  • Passionate about food justice and environmental stewardship
  • Not afraid to get their hands dirty!

Compensation:

Camp salary is competitive and consummate with experience
Transportation, room & board included

Important Dates:


Amir Training Seminar: Last week in May
Camp: mid-June to mid-August, varies slightly by camp

APPLY HERE
Tinyurl.com/AmirApp2020

For more information about the position, please contact Recruitment
Coordinator Max Hill: Max@amirproject.org.

Nov 15 19

Program Assistant at Smithsonian Institution

by Ivara J. Roth

Program Assistant

Location: Center for Conservation and Sustainability, Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, DC

Duration: 6-month contract with possibility for extension

Compensation: $22,000 for 6 months

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation and Sustainability (CCS) is seeking a highly motivated bilingual program assistant to support activities related to its partnership with ITAIPU Binational, Paraguay.

About CCS:
CCS works with industry partners to evaluate and monitor the impact of infrastructure development on biodiversity and ecosystem services and to design and test best practices for biodiversity. CCS strives to (1) promote science-based approaches to sustainable infrastructure development through transformative partnerships; 2) leverage Smithsonian expertise; 3) transfer skills and knowledge to build capacity; 4) build and sustain the long-term presence in high-biodiversity land and seascapes that is required to institutionalize sustainable infrastructure practices.
In Paraguay, CCS has been collaborating with ITAIPU Binational since the 1990s. Located in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest region of Paraguay and Brazil, it is the largest hydropower facility in South America and the second largest in the world. In 2017, this collaboration expanded into a new area: creation of an International Center for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of the region’s precious wildlife. Under this collaboration, CCS provides research and guidance in best practices to staff at ITAIPU’s Center for Wildlife Research, new zoological park, and network of protected areas. The incumbent’s work will focus on the CCS-ITAIPU project.

Duties to include:
• Prepare and transmit agendas and background materials and participate in meetings and appointments
• Prepare for and attend meetings, coordinate and produce necessary briefing materials ahead of time, record minutes, note commitments made
• Support planning and preparation for workshops and site visits and prepare follow-up reports
• Prepare correspondence and other documents
• Gather information on in-situ and ex-situ conservation such as education, animal husbandry, zoo safety, and other topics
• Contribute to the development of presentations
• Provide logistics support for travel and field programs

Qualifications:
• Spoken and written fluency in English and Spanish and excellent communication skills in both languages
• Bachelor’s degree required with major or strong interest in conservation, ecology, environmental studies, or related field; Master’s degree a plus
• 3-5 years of experience in program management support
• Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple tasks
• Ability to work well both independently and with a team
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher

How to Apply:
Applicants should email: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three professional references (institution, title, email address, phone number) to Ana María Sánchez-Cuervo: sanchezam@si.edu. Please include “Program Assistant application” in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: December 1, 2019

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