Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2008

Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2008

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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*** In this issue:

*** Travel News

*** Jody Mayo on the state of the airline industry

*** My Adventure: Rich Young and the Grand Canyon

*** My Adventure: Larry Bearfield visits Colorado, Wyoming and Montana

*** Hike Leaders Sought to Guide Tiger on the Trail

*** Travel, Outdoor and Adventure Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

1.) California Communications Director, The Wilderness Society (TWS),

Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

2.) Hospitality Coordinator, Appalachian Mountain Club, Bretton Woods,

New Hampshire

3.) Wilderness Communications/Advocacy Internship, Campaign for

America's Wilderness, Washington, DC

4.) Burton Chill Coordinator (New York City), Chill, New York, New York

5.) Communications & Engagement Campaigner, FNQ WildCountry, The

Wilderness Society, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

6.) Trip Leader, AAVE, Golden, Colorado

7.) Rafting guide, Scenic Floats on the Upper Kenai River, Alaska River

Adventures, Cooper Landing, AK

8.) Executive Editor – P & R Magazine, National Recreation & Park

Association, Ashburn, VA

9.) Media Director, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Albuquerque, New


.and much more…and it's all FREE!!!

*** Travel News:

Business Travel News reports that published business class fares from

London to the United States fell sharply in the second quarter of 2008,

following the massive expansion of ex-Heathrow capacity through Open

Skies deregulation, according to American Express.

*** Air Tran and Milwaukee.

Seems Air Tran is horning in on Midwest's hub, Milwaukee's Mitchell

Field. I flew to Milwaukee from DCA with an incredibly low fare. The

competing Midwest flight leaves almost at the same time from the very

next gate in Terminal 1 at Regan National. My company's travel agent

didn't even think you could get there from here on that airline. So,

when I looked at booking another flight into Milwaukee for November,

guess what, Air Tran doesn't fly there. I guess the foray into this new

market was short-lived, and they've since withdrawn from that city-pair.

*** Alitalia:

The venerable Italian national airline is on the verge of collapse. I

flew Alitalia and its domestic subsidiary ATI many times when we lived

in Italy. There were so many quirks about the airline that made you

wonder. The smoking section, for example, was the left side of the


*** Air Canada Drops Extra Bag Fee As Fuel Prices Fall

Air Canada has dropped a fee for checking a second piece of baggage on

its flights because fuel prices have moderated from record levels.

*** United doubles second-bag fee to $50

*** Quantas has taken delivery of the A380 Airbus, becoming the third

carrier (Singapore and Emirates are the other two) to fly the world's

biggest jetliner.

*** From Bernie Wagenblast's Transportation Communications Newsletter:

Traffic light scam stuns Italian motorists

Forget about pickpockets and bag snatchers. For visitors to Italy, the

latest scam is dodgy traffic lights.

*** My thoughts about the airline industry. I'd like to get yours.

Pricing makes no sense. You check the internet one day. It's all

different the next.

The so-called low-cost carriers now offer more than the so-called

full-service carriers.

Frequent flier programs reward loyalty with a virtual inability to take

advantage of miles earned.

Airlines are losing money on full planes.

At least one major international carrier will fail within 12 months

(Hell, maybe within 12 days).

At least one domestic carrier will fail within 12 months.


*** From Jody Mayo:

It's a complicated business– I was in technology before Delta —

Northrop Grumman, AOL and Verisign. Airline business is about has tough

as it gets in today's economy (barring recent Wall Street and mortgage

crisis). They suffer from self-inflicted and circumstantial issues


Heavily unionized industry with seniority vs. performance standard

effecting cost and customer service.

Many senior pilots earn multiple six-figure incomes for flying a few

times a month to Narita. There are flight attendants with 50 years of

seniority earning yearly incremental increases without associated job

changes, and 30 year baggage handlers.

Low cost carriers set wage caps and seniority caps so there is no

incentive to be a “lifer” employee. They also appeal to a younger,

more flexible and less jaded workforce. The result is a more customer

focused, and friendlier experience.

Legacy carriers have (wage) plus fleet complexity. Most major carriers

have 7-12 aircraft type, which means that they have to train pilots,

Flight attendants, mechanics etc greatly impacting cost structure. Older

planes are less fuel efficient. Internet made pricing transparent so

people price shop.

Legacy carrier are still expected to provide more service at the same

price of a LCC although the customer expectation is lower of A Southwest

, Jet Blue or AirTran because they market form day one– no frills, no

extras. There is still an expectation of white glove service from full

service airlines. Remember, the china and champagne?

Airlines price seats according to supply and demand. The price for any

given flight on any given day can change literally thousands of times

depending upon demand. Literally, the price delta between fares can be

significant depending upon the day and time people purchase.

Too much competition in markets force fare wars and dilutes everyone's

earnings. Consolidation as you see with DL and NW will be a trend–

however government scrutiny and perceptions of anti-trade have put the

kibosh on other attempted mergers.

Most cash strapped airlines cannot afford to hedge fuel. SW was

profitable only because they had cash to buy fuel futures. The

business plans for most airlines are based upon fuel prices being

significantly lower. Many airlines are reconfiguring routes to be more

international, which is profitable. That is Delta's strategy.

You will see more takeaways and incremental costs passed on to consumers

to compensate for higher fuel prices e.g. baggage fees, food, perhaps

even passenger weight, peripheral products– food, entertainment,


Frequent Flyer programs are designed to promote loyalty but inventory of

FF seating is limited due to poor overall economic health. They simply

cannot afford to give away seats. Plan ahead and grab limited seating

or miss out. Also, miles will expire more rapidly, so pay close


Airlines also are heavily regulated by government, heavily unionized

adding great expenses, and suffer from Mother Nature's whims-hurricanes,

snow storms, etc.

Airlines are overbooking more now due to breakage and no-shows so many

times paid passengers are inconvenienced.

Automation is providing more passenger convenience as well as reducing

labor costs but making the experience less personal.

Have a great day,


(What are your thoughts about the state of the airline industry? Share

with the YVNS network. Send comments to

*** My Adventure: Rich Young and a different way to look at things,

from the bottom up:


Five years ago, I flew from Boston to Oakland, CA to rent a motorcycle

at Cruise America. My goal was to ride from there to the Grand Canyon.

The bike I rented was a six-cylinder Honda Valkyrie Interstate.

My route was to go to Sacramento, down to the Gold Country, through

Yosemite National Park, down through part of Death Valley and over to

the Grand Canyon — riding about 500 miles a day. The return trip to

Oakland was through the Mohave Desert and up the Pacific Coast Highway.

When I arrived at the Grand Canyon, I parked my bike and walked over to

the rim of the Canyon. It was then that I realized my fear of heights

and I could not go over to the railing and look down a mile to the

Colorado River. So, at that point I decided that maybe I should look at

the Grand Canyon from the bottom up!

Recently, I returned to the Canyon and took a raft down the Colorado

River. It was an amazing trip and everything about the Canyon was

beautiful and awesome.

(See the photo at

*** Footnotes:


Having a 13 EEE foot and enjoying hiking led me to have custom boots

made by Peter Limmer & Sons in Intervale NH over 35 years ago. Received

your “footnotes” email just prior to a trip to Baxter Park. The photo

was taken part way up Cathedral Trail on Mt. Katahdin.

Katahdin is the end of the 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail and is one mile

high. The State of Maine strictly restricts the number of people in the

park allowing a true wilderness experience. Cathedral Trail itself was

very steep and it was clear my knees are even older than my boots.

Bob Schechter

(See the photo.)

*** Nobody has answered this question:

What is estate grown coffee?

*** My Adventure: From Larry Bearfield:

WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION: Yup, I finally took a for-real

vacation – my first in about 25 years. And man, oh, man did it feel

good. I headed out to Montrose, Colorado to visit Clay Campbell, one of

my best friends. Clay grew up in nearby Lexington and we participated in

a whole lot of Boy Scout events together back in the day. He's been out

in Montrose now for about 30 years and has adapted to the western ways –

although thankfully he doesn't wear a cowboy hat. Not that there's

anything wrong with that. You may also recall that Clay was the second

owner of “Lucille the Ferns Wondertruck.” About 10 years ago when I

first saw her parked in his yard the bed was full of elk legs. I'm not

sure why. Robin has the image forever etched in her mind. But I digress.

I arrived in Montrose (pop. 39,000) on Monday, June 30 – the day after

Old Home Weekend so I was pretty ready. On Tuesday we set up a tipi up

near Telluride at a ranch nearby Darrell Hannah's spread. Clay and his

significant friend Barbara run a tipi service – putting them up, taking

them down, repairs, etc. They are the “official service arm” of Colorado

Yurt Company (be

sure and check out their yurts as well). On Wednesday we took off on a

1,500 mile week-long road trip. Our travels took us up through Wyoming,

across Montana and back down through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

We saw lots of elk, prong horned antelope, bear, bison, eagles,

double-wide trailers, double-wide highways, double-wide mountains and

double-wide cowgirls. But we also saw them purrty cowgirls we often hear

about. And for you female Fernites there were lots of Marlboro-man

cowboys in painted-on jeans. I'm just saying. We got off the

highway onto a

road-less-traveled and followed a gravel byway for about 15 miles that

ran alongside the original Oregon Trail. We had to avoid cattle and sage

brush in the road and oncoming pickups doing 95.

We visited the Medicine Wheel atop Bighorn Mountain, Wyoming.. a verrry

cool and ancient sacred site that has many theories attached to it and

While we were atop the mountain (10,000 ft) we ran into some folks from

Massachusetts. We chatted. They were from nearby Stow. And they knew

Ferns. It's a small world after all.

Part of the trip included a stop up to Lame Dear, Montana where we were

invited to the 40th Annual Chiefs Powwow at the Northern Cheyenne Indian

Reservation. It was

a terrific time and a real inside look at ancient customs. We were

walking around and one young woman walked up to me and pointing to my

Ferns shirt asked if I was from Carlisle. Turns out she was from nearby

Lincoln and part of a high school group (Rivers School, Weston) doing

some volunteer work on the rez. And she knew Ferns. A small world gets

even smaller.

We took a run through the Crow Indian Reservation up to Helena,

Montana's capitol, to visit an old Boy Scout friend who is the Budget

Director for the State. I hadn't seen David in about 30+ years. He gave

us a private tour of the building including a look-see at an original

Charles Russell mural in the House Chambers. We met Lt. Gov. John

Bohlinger. John was a gracious host and with his warm western ways

dropped what he was doing and invited us into his office for a visit.

And how's David doing as Budget Director?? Well, according to an

Associated Press release the state has $400 million in the bank. Perhaps

we can get him to move to Carlisle.

We traveled thru some pretty small towns (pop. 13), wide expansive

spaces, over mountains and across the Continental Divide numerous times.

Met all sorts of nice folks. Dealt with skies that had a layer of haze

from the California wildfires. Saw some incredibly amazing country.

All of this rambling is about what's out there beyond the horizon. But

I've got to say that I'm happy to be back in our little town among

friends and family. We've got a pretty nice place here. And apparently,

while I was away, nothing happened.

I do want to thank Robin and the Crew Members who filled in for me while

I was away. I knew everything would be fine. However, I guess it does

prove that I'm replaceable…

Watch for my summer vacation pics to be posted soon at the store.


*** Ned didn't make it to the Harwich Cranberry Festival this year.

But it's not too late to catch one of the many Harvest Festivals.

Here's a few. Let us know if you have a favorite.

*** National Harvest Festival, Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City welcomes over 100

visiting craftsmen, over 400 of the nation's finest musicians, and back

by popular demand, our signature stage show Headin' West during the

National Harvest Festival.

September 11 – October 25, 2008

*** 2008 Bethlehem Harvest Festival, Historic Downtown Bethlehem, PA

October 4th

From the morning produce market on Main Street to the evening

entertainment in the Beer Garden, under the big tent, Bethlehem comes

alive with something for everyone.

Grape Stomping and a wine making demonstration, or just watch friends

and family as they jump in

Learn how to make beer from Keystone Homebrew Supply

*** 2008 Heifer International Harvest Festival, Heifer Global Village,

Rutland, VT

October 4 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

October 5 – 12 – 4 p.m.

Explore the homes in the Heifer Global Village to learn about

traditional harvest celebrations in Peru, Poland, Kenya and more. Take a

horse-drawn hayride to the gardens and enjoy other activities such as

face painting, crafts and a hay maze. Purchase local pumpkins and a

variety of organic produce from Overlook's Farmstand. Browse the

International Gift Shop that features fair trade and unique hand-crafted

items from around the world. Throughout the day, learn about Heifer

International as you meet many of Heifer's animals including a pair of

water buffalo, a yak, llamas and traditional farm animals such as pigs

and goats.

*** Oktoberfest USA, La Crosse, Wisconsin

In Tune with Tradition

September 26 – October 4

(You got your Oktoberfests, for sure. But did is da big one, dontcha

know, hey?)

(How many aberguts do you gotta knock back to win dis contest, he?

*** Scarecrow Contest and Harvest Festival Craft Show, Ida, MI

A Scarecrow Contest and Harvest Festival Craft Show will be held from 9

a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 4 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in


*** The Huron Township Applefest, New Boston, MI

Oct. 4 and 5

Welcome to the Huron Township Applefest

*** Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and

Sevierville, Tennessee

From crafts to live entertainment, during the Smoky Mountain Harvest

Festival the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area transforms

itself through fun times, vibrance of the leaves and hospitality of the

locals. Come visit this magical time in Tennessee as you explore the

Smoky Mountain region, taking in all of the special attractions of the

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.

This county wide celebration, held in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and

Sevierville, features an array of craft shows, a decorating contest and

other “artistic” special events that are sure to keep everyone's energy

level lively. If you're in to knick knacks and friendly faces, then the

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is sure to keep you entertained

throughout your entire stay in the area. Don't miss out, start making

your plans to be part of the celebration today! The Smoky Mountain

Harvest Festival continues on from September 14 – October 31 with many

events to enjoy. For a complete list of activities log on to calendar of events and plan your vacation now.

*** YVNS wants to share volunteer opportunities, especially those that

can get you on the trail. Do you know about any? Send to . Here's a few to get us started.

*** Hike Leaders Sought to Guide Tiger on the Trail

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (September 2, 2008) – Harpers Ferry

National Historical Park, in partnership with Harpers Ferry Family

Medicine, Harpers Ferry Middle School, and the Appalachian Trail

Conservancy, is expanding a walking/hiking program for young teens. The

ongoing program, called “Tiger on the Trail,” after the Harpers Ferry

Middle School's mascot, will serve all four middle schools in Jefferson

County, West Virginia, this fall.

The primary goal of the program is to enable kids to get out of doors

and to engage in fitness in a fun way. The program also introduces

students to the extraordinary natural resources and scenery that Harpers

Ferry offers in the three national parks surrounding the town of Harpers

Ferry: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Appalachian National

Scenic Trail, and the C&O National Historical Park. Hike leaders are

needed to guide teachers and students along the extensive local network

of trails and introduce kids to the wonders of nature.

An information session for prospective hike leaders or anyone interested

in the program is being offered Friday, September 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00

p.m. It will be held at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, 47 Storer

College Place in Harpers Ferry, about 50 yards up the hill from the

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Headquarters office and visitor center.

To participate, prospective hike leaders need to attend one hike as an

observer, and commit to leading two hikes during the fall.

Hikes can be offered on any of more than half a dozen trails in and

around Harpers Ferry Monday through Friday. Most of the hikes are 2-hour

morning hikes; longer hikes can be scheduled in the afternoon. There are

usually 15-30 participants, including a teacher and a parent chaperone.

Point of Contact: Amber Kraft, Education Specialist, Harpers Ferry

National Historical Park, (304) 535-6293 or

Read The Shepherdstown Observer article “Saving Our Kids with Tigers”:

*** Support the Pacific Crest Trail Association:

Even a national treasure as significant as the Pacific Crest National

Scenic Trail is under constant threat. By joining the PCTA you can help

us protect, preserve, and promote the trail.

*** Washington Trails Association

Each year hundreds of people join Washington Trails Association as

volunteers – on the trail, in the office and with the public at events.

It's a great way to meet wonderful people, do important work and have

some serious fun.

Washington Trails Association schedules more than 600 work parties each

year, contributing 80,000 hours of trail work to the US Forest Service,

National Park Service, Washington Department of National Resources and

Washington's state and county parks.

*** Where to go Snowmobiling in Connecticut:

*** Travel and Outdoor Employment Opportunities:

*** From Stephanie Tsai:

1.) California Communications Director, The Wilderness Society (TWS),

Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

The Wilderness Society (TWS) (, founded in 1935, is a

national non-profit conservation organization. The mission of The

Wilderness Society is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to

care for our wild places. With more than 300,000 members and supporters,

170 staff, and an annual budget of $26 million, we are the largest and

most effective public lands conservation group in the country. We seek a

highly creative, skilled, and experienced communications expert to

direct a broad range of regional communications efforts for the

California/Nevada region. The Communications Director will be a key

member of a dynamic, creative, and skilled team working to protect the

wild landscapes of California and Nevada.


The ideal candidate has at least seven to ten years of experience in

advocacy, environmental, and/or political communications work and a

proven record of success with media relations and broader communications

initiatives. He or she must have outstanding strategic instincts,

excellent writing and speaking skills, and an ability to integrate

complex scientific, legal and policy analysis into communications

campaigns. Knowledge of the legislative process and public policy is

helpful; experience with conservation, public lands and/or forestry

issues is desirable. Experience working in California and/or with

Spanish-language media is preferred. A strong conservation ethic and

proven familiarity with the use of new media to move issues is

essential. The ability to lead initiatives, juggle competing priorities

and work effectively within teams and coalitions is important. The

position is fast-paced and challenging, and offers a wealth of

opportunity to diversify skills and experience, exercise leadership, and

pursue creative ideas. Some travel is required. A Bachelor's degree is

required, preferably in communications, political science, environmental

studies, or related fields.


The Communications Director is responsible for leading comprehensive

communications efforts that advance The Wilderness Society's national

and regional agendas, including:

. Developing and implementing national and regional

communications strategies and outreach campaigns;

. Crafting messages and media outreach materials including

op-eds, press releases, fact sheets, and briefing packages for print,

electronic and broadcast media;

. Creating or overseeing development of other communications

materials such as web content, brochures, reports, alerts to members,

and paid advertisements;

. Initiating and maintaining excellent working relationships

with key media and effectively reaching out to new media audiences;

. Developing new messengers, through outreach and training, to

effectively deliver conservation messages from diverse constituencies;

. Producing and managing media events such as radio tours,

reporter conference calls, and one-on-one interviews;

. Working closely with local and regional partners on strategic

advice, message work, and general grassroots assistance;

. Working to strategically leverage TWS resources, especially

our original science and policy analysis;

. Translating scientific concepts into understandable material

for a lay audience;

. Coordinating closely with other TWS staff, particularly the

nationwide conservation communications team and the director of

marketing, to fully integrate regional campaign communications efforts

and strategies into nationwide priority campaigns;

. Improving message research, development and discipline;

. Assisting with membership communications as appropriate;

. Assisting regional program staff with media outreach, working

with them to handle breaking news and develop future story concepts;

. Coordinating with TWS staff and outside consultants/vendors in

support of assigned programs; and

. Managing budgets for applicable program communications efforts

This position will be located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package, including

health and dental insurance and a pension plan. The Wilderness Society

is an equal opportunity employer, and diversity is one of our core


Please submit resume, cover letter, at least two writing samples, and

references to:

Stephanie Tsai

The Wilderness Society

655 Montgomery Street, Suite 1000

San Francisco, CA 94111

No phone calls, please.

2.) Hospitality Coordinator, Appalachian Mountain Club, Bretton Woods,

New Hampshire

The Hospitality Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of

services provided for groups visiting the Appalachian Mountain Club's

Highland Center at Crawford Notch and other AMC Destinations as needed,

and for ensuring that the quality of these services meets the

expectations and standards set forth by management. This position will

report directly to the Highland Center Director and is based in Bretton

Woods, NH. This is a full time, year round exempt position.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

.Working closely with the Guest Services department to set up, maintain,

and manage all reservations related to groups at the Highland Center

using Maestro software program

.Communicating relevant information (room set-ups, meals, etc.) in

writing to various department heads at the Highland Center on a timely

and accurate basis

.Serving as the point person for all groups and making sure that guests

are properly greeted and attended to during their stay, as well as

following through on all services related to meetings, food service,

programs, etc.

.Planning and executing special events

.Assisting with marketing and promotional efforts, including research

projects, database management, etc.

.Assisting as needed with research, development, and qualification of

sales leads

.Representing AMC Destinations at various trade shows and conferences

.As part of the Highland Center management team, assisting other

departments as needed

.Participating in the Manager-on-Duty (MOD) program, including evening

and weekend support

.Performing other duties as assigned

Additional Qualifications:

.BA in the hospitality field or a related customer service industry or

1-3 years equivalent experience

.Excellent customer service and communication skills

.Strong organizational skills

.Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the AMC – including

conservation, education, and outdoor recreation

.Basic computer skills (MS office, email, Internet usage, etc.)

.Willingness to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and other times as


.Ability to work independently as well as part of a closely knit team

.Ability and willingness to travel to any AMC Destination, including

backcountry huts

Benefits of working with the AMC:

.Competitive starting salary with growth potential based on performance

.Group Health Plan (75% employer paid), Group Life Insurance (100%

employer paid), Long-Term Disability Insurance (100% employer paid),

Paid vacation time, 13 paid holidays per year

.Use of AMC lodges and backcountry facilities, free and discounted rates

.Free AMC membership and White Mountain Guidebook

The Appalachian Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer and

values diversity in the workplace.

How to Apply:

Send resume and letter of intent to:

Vincent C. Spiotti

Highland Center at Crawford Notch

Route 302

Bretton Woods, NH 03575


3.) Wilderness Communications/Advocacy Internship, Campaign for

America's Wilderness, Washington, DC

The Campaign for America's Wilderness is seeking a Communications and

Advocacy Intern. This internship will provide the participant with

hands-on experience in an organization working to protect our natural

heritage. The participant will learn the skills needed to become an

effective advocate for the conservation of our last wild places, gain a

greater understanding of federal wilderness policy, learn the ins and

outs of advocacy communications, assist a network of local grassroots

wilderness organizations, and be part of a dedicated team working to

further the protection of our wild public lands.


Students and non-students are invited to apply, though completion of at

least two years of college coursework is preferred. The applicant should

possess a strong interest in wilderness and in protecting public lands.

Individuals should be self-motivated, willing to seek out new learning

opportunities, and possess excellent verbal communication and writing



The internships can be tailored to the interests and strengths of the

applicant, but will focus on a combination of policy research, media and

communications, legislative work, grassroots organizing and outreach,

and using online technologies to promote wilderness. Responsibilities

will also include research assistance, data entry, developing outreach

materials, calling supporters, and administrative duties.

Length, Location, and Compensation:

The internship will take place in our Washington, DC office, on Capitol

Hill. We are looking for an intern for the fall semester and applicants

must be available at least 15 hours per week. Students may be eligible

to receive college credit; students should inquire of their schools

specific requirements. A small stipend is available.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume, letter of intent, and a one to three page

writing sample to:

4.) Burton Chill Coordinator (New York City), Chill, New York, New York

Chill is a non-profit, after-school, learn-to-snowboard program for

underserved and at-risk inner city youth ages 10-18.

5.) Communications & Engagement Campaigner, FNQ WildCountry, The

Wilderness Society, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Are you an experienced campaigner and communicator seeking to join a

dynamic team? Do you have the passion and skill to help protect

Queensland's Wild Places? The Wilderness Society is Australia's leading

community based environmental advocacy organisation dedicated to the

protection, promotion and restoration of wilderness and natural

processes throughout Australia.

The Wilderness Society in Queensland is looking for an experienced

campaigner with strong campaign communications and engagement skills to

coordinate campaigning communications and community engagement

activities, and also to undertake relevant environmental and other

research and analysis.

In addition to the primary functions and responsibilities identified

above, all campaigners are expected to undertake a range of other

activities, which contribute to the implementation of the FNQ

Wildcountry Campaign Plan, and support the organisation as a whole.

Essential Selection Criteria:

* Commitment to the protection of the natural environment

* Demonstrated communications expertise and experience, including

previous experience in communications planning and producing

campaign/communications materials

* Previous experience in implementing public outreach campaigns

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Proven research and analytical skills,

* Excellent interpersonal skills, including relationship-building skills

in multi-cultural settings

* Ability to work independently and in small teams

* Ability to systematically plan and organise projects and events

* Well developed time and stress management skills

* Adaptability and responsiveness to changing opportunities and


* Web and electronic media development skills

* Publications experience

Desirable Selection Criteria:

* Previous experience working with Indigenous people and organisations

and knowledge of Indigenous rights and interests in the Australian

context and in relation to contemporary conservation

* Previous experience in managing volunteers and organising events

* Demonstrated enthusiasm for environmental campaigns, grass roots

activism and community engagement

* Creative and innovative approaches to problem solving

* Familiarity with, or previous experience working for, non government


* Tertiary qualifications in the fields of either communications;

environmental sciences or social sciences

Full-time, salary $52,000 pa + super.

For more information and a copy of the position description and other

application details, please check the website or contact Christine Zangari, Qld

Business Manager

Applications to Tim Seelig, Qld Campaign Manager c/- by 29th September 2008.

6.) Trip Leader, AAVE, Golden, Colorado (Leaders are not necessarily

based at Golden)

Amazing trips in amazing places need amazing leaders! AAVE is about

teenagers, adventure travel, community service, leadership and learning.

Venture to the western U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, South America,

Africa, Asia or Europe. Camp, rock climb, mountain bike, sea and river

kayak, raft, backpack, surf, ski/snowboard, horseback ride, ice climb,

sail, windsurf or study a foreign language. As a trip leader you'll

spend 4-9 weeks this summer facilitating group dynamics with 12-16 teens

while teaching a broad range of adventure travel skills along with an

experienced senior leader. Benefits include a starting salary of

$250/week (with substantial monetary increases each year after), paid

staff training, food and housing and pro-deals (North Face, Arcteryx,

Marmot, Dana Design, Chaco, etc.). Applicants must be at least 21, a

college graduate or working towards a degree, CPR and WFR or WFA

certified, organized, energized, patient, flexible and of course have a

passion to teach teenagers about leadership and adventure travel. For

detailed information contact Jenny Turbanic at 800.222.3595 or download

the online application.

7.) Rafting guide, Scenic Floats on the Upper Kenai River, Alaska River

Adventures, Cooper Landing, AK

Experienced rafting guide. Must be proficient with a raft in class III

water, have extensive knowledge of Alaskan Natural History & Wildlife

and be able to be entertaining.

Alaska experience preferred.

Excellent pay plus end of season bonus and tips.

Alaska River Adventures

PO Box 725

Cooper Landing, AK 99572

Fax 907-595-3454

Call : 1-907-595-2000 and ask for George Heim

8.) Executive Editor – P & R Magazine, National Recreation & Park

Association, Ashburn, VA

Want to make a mark?

Desire the opportunity to play a key role in an influential national


Is it time for you to use your talent and vision to really make a


The National Recreation & Park Association is actively recruiting to

fill the position of Executive Editor for Parks & Recreation magazine,

the official publication of NRPA.

Ideal candidate will be highly motivated and self-directed journalist

with excellent reporting, writing, and editing skills. He or she should

have substantial publishing experience at a management level, preferably

in the magazine world. Candidate should be accomplished at managing

in-house staff and freelancers, as well as directing and developing

solid monthly editorial lineups.

Responsibilities include working with the managing editor to create

strong brand extensions (print and online). The ideal candidate thrives

in a fast-paced environment and is able to juggle writing and editing

responsibilities. The Executive Editor will work with a talented team of

editors and freelance writers.

Duties include development of editorial concepts, generating story

ideas, assigning to experienced freelance journalists who know the

terrain, writing heds and deks, and line editing and copyediting through

revisions until copy is complete and meets in-house style requirements.

NRPA is seeking someone whose demonstrated ability makes him or her the

perfect “voice” of NRPA's flagship publication. The successful candidate

will have a solid understanding of strategic business development and

places high personal value on having a career with an organization that

makes a difference!

Responsibilities include:

Magazine Editorial Management and Development

Online Editorial Development

Magazine Scheduling / Production / Design

Content Strategy and Online Development

Contract Management

Staff and Fiscal Management


Conveniently located off the Dulles Greenway, in Brambleton Regional

Park in Ashburn, NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a

relaxing and peaceful view of nature at it's finest! All staff have

access to indoor & outdoor eating areas, as well as indoor & outdoor

fitness opportunities. Our facility has a brand new air-conditioned

fitness room with access to showers, as well as foot trails for the

outdoor enthusiast. Staff members at NRPA enjoy a very rich benefit

package which includes 403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire,

group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80% by the

employer; Life insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability

paid 100% by the employer; accrue 26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid

holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment, Length of

Service Awards and much, much more! NRPA is committed to promoting an

environment of work-life balance. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work

and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, FlexTime

Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs,

Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more.

Discover what we already know . NRPA … a great place to work!


Position will remain open until filled. Submit resume and salary

requirements & history to or fax to confidential fax


PLEASE NOTE: Submissions without salary information will not be


NRPA is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to Diversity.

Women and ethnic minorities encouraged to apply.

NOTES: Local Residents Preferred (No Relo).

Additional Salary Information: Salary range open. Submissions without

salary requirements and history will not be considered.

Work Experience: Minimum of 7 – 10 years in related field; 4 – 8 years

in supervisor/manager roll; 1 – 3 years at the Director/Leadership level

preferred; 1 – 3 years Association and/or P & R experience preferred

Education / Certification: Bachelors Degree in related field required;

Masters and /or industry certification equivalent preferred

Key Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge – Proofreading; Grammar; Punctuation; Associated Press Style

(AP); Photography; Basic Design and Layout; Association Management

Practices; Production – printing, proofs, scheduling; Online

communications vehicles (traditional Web sites, Weblogs, Wikis, RSS

feeds, social media, multimedia tools).

Skills – Writing articles and abstracts; Writing headlines/captions;

Writing for online use; Fact checking; Taking photographs; Editing;

Scheduling; Organization; skills; Verbal communication;

Management/supervision; Interviewing for multimedia production (audio,


Abilities – Attention to detail; Multi-task; manage competing

priorities; Meet deadlines; Handle pressure of meeting deadlines;

Communicate well with writers.

Technology skills: technical skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook,

online content distribution technologies and online multimedia

development are key! Knowledge of Quark and Photoshop a plus!

9.) Media Director, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Albuquerque, New


The New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) seeks a skilled, experienced,

and motivated individual to direct a broad range of regional

communications efforts. The Media Director will produce the monthly

online newsletter, quarterly printed newsletter, and a variety of other

communications materials. He or she will participate on the formulation

and execution of the strategic direction of NMWF. The Media Director

will establish and maintain relationships with members, media, and

policymakers and their staff.

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit organization dedicated

to protecting New Mexico's wildlife, public lands, and outdoor way of

life now and for future generations.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Media Director will be a full-time senior

strategist responsible for NMWF's communications strategy. Specific

duties include:

* Develop and execute a communications plan.

* Produce monthly online and quarterly printed newsletters: Coordinate

writers, establish and enforce deadlines, edit copy, and layout pages.

* Craft messages and media outreach materials including op-eds, press

releases, stories, and fact sheets for print, electronic, and broadcast


* Create and oversee development of other communications materials such

as web content, alerts to members, promotional and informational

materials, new media (blogs, etc.), and paid advertisements.

* Initiate and maintain excellent working relationships with key media.

* In conjunction with non-profit and agency partners, develop

communications plans to support partnership programs.

* Develop new messengers, through outreach and training, to effectively

deliver conservation messages from diverse constituencies.

* Ascertain member concerns by surveys or other methods.

* May require infrequent weekend and evening work and the ability to do

some travel.

Additional Qualifications:

The ideal candidate has substantive experience in outdoor, conservation,

advocacy, and/or political communications work with a proven record of

success in media relations. He or she must have excellent writing and

speaking skills. The ability to edit copy and layout newsletters is

required. Experience conducting press conferences, media events, and

interviews as well as preparing press releases, news articles,

newsletter publications, and promotional pieces for online and print

publication is desired. Knowledge of outdoor issues, public policy, and

the legislative process is essential.

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three

references from your most recent employment and/or education by October

1, 2008 to Please write Media Director in the

subject line. Or fax to 866-844-5638.

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