Your Very Next Step newsletter for February 2011


Your Very Next Step newsletter for February 2011

By Ned Lundquist

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” In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

– Aristotle

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

– Lao Tzu

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*** In this issue:

*** Travel news

– U.S. further eases Cuba travel restrictions

– Overbooked? Delta says name your price

– TreeTop Barbie and the Queen of the Forest Canopy

– Nighttime Nordic options

– HOW DO I LAYER FOR COLD WEATHER?

– Camping With Your Horse

– Ski Resort GPS Tracking System Makes Snowboarding Safer and More Fun

– Seat Selection:

– Beat the crowds to up-and-coming destinations

– What are the northern lights?

– The best places to see the northern lights

– How to See the Northern Lights: The Best Places and Times for Viewing Auroras

– Auroral Activity Extrapolated from NOAA POES

– The anti-cruise: No bingo, no karaoke, just fjords

– A trio of Norwegian Viking ships

*** Trail and Outdoors Volunteer opportunities:

– Trail Crew Volunteers, James River State Park, Virginia

– Volunteer Opportunity, Dan Ridge Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Clearwater National Forest, Orofino, Idaho

*** Rail Trail of the Month – Minnesota's Paul Bunyan State Trail

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

1.) Operations Manager, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

2.) Marketing & Communications Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

3.) SEM Program Manager- Closeout, Backcountry.com, Park City, UT

4.) Trip Planner – Adventure Life, International Tour Operator, Adventure Life, Missoula, MT

5.) School Designer – Senior Professional Development/Coaching Role, Spanish Bilingual, The New York City Outward Bound Center, Queens County, NY

6.) Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Service, St. Petersburg, FL

7.) DIRECTOR OF MARINE EXTENSION, Louisiana Sea Grant, Baton Rouge, LA

8.) General Manager, Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Key Largo, FL

9.) Sector Manager, V Northeast Fishery Sector Inc., Point Judith, Rhode Island

10.) Coastal Community Development Agent, Texas Sea Grant Extension, Port Aransas, TX

11.) Assistant Director For Communications, Maryland Sea Grant College, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, College Park, MD

12.) Internship, Currituck Banks Reserve, Outer Banks, N.C.

13.) Special Activities Instructor, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

14.) Education Intern, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

15.) Seasonal Educator, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

16.) Internship, Rachel Carson Reserve, Beaufort, N.C.

17.) Internship, Southern Sites Reserve, Wilmington, N.C.

18.) Internships, Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine

19.) Senior Wildlife Biologist, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

20.) Monitoring Specialist, Ocean Conservancy, St. Petersburg, FL

21.) Policy Manager, Fish Conservation, Ocean Conservancy, Austin, TX

22.) Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C. 23.) Director, South Coast Office, Coastal Conservation League, Beaufort, South Carolina

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

*** Do you have a travel adventure to share?

Send me your stories and I’ll post in the “Your Very Next Step” and on the YVNS website (http://www.yourverynextstep.com/).

*** Here’s the YVNS Travel News for February:

*** U.S. further eases Cuba travel restrictions

http://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/U-S–further-eases-Cuba-travel-restrictions/

*** Overbooked? Delta says name your price

Passengers on overbooked flights at Delta Air Lines may now put in bids for the compensation they will accept in exchange for taking a later flight. Delta says the system helps it identify those passengers with the most flexible travel plans while helping the company save money on compensation costs

http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2011/01/overbooked_delta_says_name_you.html

*** TreeTop Barbie and the Queen of the Forest Canopy

http://greatkids.outdoors.org/2010/12/treetop-barbie-and-queen-of-forest.html

*** Nighttime Nordic options

From AMC Outdoors, January/February 2011; By Marc Chalufour

Night skiing is one of winter's magical gifts. The cold air feels a little crisper, the evening sky a bit clearer, and the forest even more peaceful than usual. Not to mention that the hot post-ski beverage of your choice will undoubtedly taste better. Here are seven ski centers where lantern, headlamp, or the moon's natural light will guide you through a glowing landscape.

http://www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2011/getout/nighttime-nordic-skiing.cfm

*** HOW DO I LAYER FOR COLD WEATHER?

http://www.backpacker.com/gear/ask_kristin/103

*** Camping With Your Horse

http://www.coolcampinggear.com/camping-with-your-horse/

*** Ski Resort GPS Tracking System Makes Snowboarding Safer and More Fun

http://www.fieldtechnologies.com/ski-resort-gps-tracking-system-makes-snowboarding-safer-and-more-fun/

*** Seat Selection:

I don’t like paying for a better seat on an airplane. But I really don’t like AirTran requiring me to pay a charge just to select a seat, and not just a good seat, or a better seat…but any seat. If you don’t want to pay the $6 or more, then take your chances at the gate.

*** Beat the crowds to up-and-coming destinations

Visiting emerging hot spots offers pristine landscapes, reasonable prices before being overrun by tourists

By MICHELLE HIGGINS

The New York Times

Labrador

Diqing, China

Zimbabwe

Mongolia

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/travel/06pracemerging.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

*** What are the northern lights?

The sun is the father of the auroras. During large explosions and flares, huge quantities of particles are thrown out of the sun and into deep space.

When the particles meet the Earth's magnetic shield they are led towards a circle around the magnetic North Pole where they interact with the upper layers of the atmosphere. The energy which is then released is the northern lights. All this happens approximately 100 kilometers above our heads.

Each eruption of the northern lights is unique. Often you see three green bands across the night sky. Or the lights come as flickering curtains or like rolling smoke. The colour is a luminous green, often with a hint of pink along the edge, and occasionally with a deep violet centre. The colour palette seems to come from the 1980s. If there is a lot of activity up there, the northern lights explode for a minute or two in a corona. The next minute it is all over, and you ask yourself whether this was real or just an arctic fata morgana.

http://www.visitnorway.com/us/mynorthernlights

*** The best places to see the northern lights

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/askjack/2003-10-10-northern-lights_x.htm

*** How to See the Northern Lights: The Best Places and Times for Viewing Auroras

http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-see-the-northern-lights-a49446#ixzz1CzChlk2f

*** Auroral Activity Extrapolated from NOAA POES

This plot shows the current extent and position of the auroral oval in the northern hemisphere, extrapolated from measurements taken during the most recent polar pass of the NOAA POES satellite.

The statistical pattern depicting the auroral oval is appropriate to the auroral activity level determined from the power flux observed during the most recent polar satellite pass. The power fluxes in the statistical pattern are color coded on a scale from 0 to 10 ergs .cm-2.sec-1 according to the color bar on the right. The pattern has been oriented with respect to the underlying geographic map using the current universal time, updated every ten minutes.

This presentation provides an estimate of the location, extent, and intensity of aurora on a global basis. For example, the presentation gives a guide to the possibility that the aurora is located near a given location in the northern hemisphere under the conditions that existed at the time of the most recent polar satellite pass.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/pmapN.html

*** The anti-cruise: No bingo, no karaoke, just fjords

Norway's Hurtigruten line

Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20110124/ap_tr_ge/eu_travel_trip_norway_the_anti_cruise

*** A trio of Norwegian Viking ships

http://www.intltravelnews.com/2010/12/a-trio-of-norwegian-viking-ships/

*** Trail volunteer opportunities:

*** Trail Crew Volunteers, James River State Park, Virginia

Arrival Date: 4/18/2011

Departure Date: 4/25/2011

Minimum Age Requirement: 14

Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in one of two lodging possibilities 1) Bunkhouse: sleeps 12 (bunkbeds) refrigerator, microwave, linens, outside gas grill, eating shelter, bathhouse, laundry and water nearby. 2) Cabin: sleeps 16, fulling equipped kitchen, 3 bathrooms, washer and dryer.

Project Information: Volunteers will re-sign and blaze a 15 mile multi-use non-motorized trail system. Volunteers will install a 6×6 wooden directional post at every trail intersection, support trail signs, and plastic tree blazes.

Area Description: James River State Park has three miles of river frontage, 1,500 acres of rolling farm meadows, three fishing ponds, beautiful pastoral vistas, 15 miles of hiking trails, quiet forests, and three miles of riverfront on the James River.

Climate Information: April weather at James River State Park does vary, but typically days are pleasant and nights are cool to cold (freezing weather has usually ended). Spring can be a wet season.

http://www.americanhiking.org/ProjectRegistrationDetail.aspx?projectId=536

Volunteer Vacations

*** Volunteer Opportunity, Dan Ridge Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Clearwater National Forest, Orofino, Idaho

Partnership with Selway-Bitterroot Foundation

Aug. 15 – 21, full week, volunteers may do half a week.

Camp near Dan Ridge, about 5 miles from Colt Creek-White Sand Creek trailhead.

Six volunteers needed, six already signed up, with two crew leaders (Jim and Mindy Weibush)

Camp cook and food provided by Selway-Bitterroot Foundation, along with a packer to carry camp supplies and tools, provided by SBF and USFS.

Volunteers backpack their personal camp gear.

Project includes cutting out trail and doing tread and drainage work.

Skill level – experienced backpackers with some hand tool skills. Trail experience not required.

http://www.idahotrailsassociation.org/projects.html

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: February 2011

Minnesota's Paul Bunyan State Trail

The woodlands of north-central Minnesota have an almost mythical appeal. Legendary lumberjacks loom large around here, and the forests are home to wildlife of every stripe and size. It's the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and ponds and lakes pool around you like ink spills on a map (not that anyone's counting, but some say it's actually closer to 15,000). Tucked away among the timbers is the long-striding Paul Bunyan State Trail, which rolls 112 miles from Lake Bemidji State Park on the northern end to Brainerd's Northland Arboretum.

The Paul Bunyan is a signature Minnesota destination. Trail users will get their fill of aspens, maples and oaks, and horizon-spanning freshwater lakes; you'll pass 21 along the way. Famous for the big hospitality and small-town charm of the 15 communities it connects, the corridor is the newest member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

Built on a former Burlington Northern corridor dating back to 1893, the trail was first proposed in 1983 when the rail line was abandoned. Communities along the line were distraught to lose their rail service and the associated economy, as the corridor had been an industrial and passenger route. But a new tourism draw would soon be found in the budding rail-trail. Already, the nearby 51-mile Heartland State Trail was on the ground and generating bike-travel buzz. Trail advocate Terry McGaughey saw the same potential for a trail between the towns of Brainerd and Bemidji. His perseverance and patience won out, and in 1988 the first 30-mile segment of the Paul Bunyan opened from Brainerd to Pine River.

“[Terry] was by far the biggest trail proponent we had,” says Forrest Boe, deputy director for the Division of Parks and Trails in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), which owns and manages the Paul Bunyan. “He was instrumental with trail programs throughout the state.”

The Minnesota trails community felt a huge loss this summer when McGaughey passed away at the age of 70. He had spent 25 years working on the Paul Bunyan, lobbying legislators, speaking in towns along the route and promoting the trail at every turn.

Today, McCaughey's legacy continues to grow with the trail. The Paul Bunyan has become one of the most popular trails in the state and is enjoyed by some 650,000 visitors a year. After a 2008 project between Guthrie and Walker, the rail-trail now offers 112 miles of smooth pavement, with only one small break in the route.

On the south side of Bemidji, trail managers are working to build a bridge over a highway as part of a two-mile gap. In the meantime, visitors can follow a signed, on-road route to the north side of town and then reacquire the main rail-trail corridor. Also, at the southern trailhead in Baxter, the plan is to pave another seven-male section connecting south to Crow Wing State Park. Boe expects to have this extension paved in the summer 2012. When that happens, the Paul Bunyan State Trail will hit 121 miles.

Towns along this expansive trail come in 10 to 15-mile intervals—another byproduct of the railroading era. As a result, you're never far from a sampling of local flavor, be it food or festivities. And with so many connecting trails, including the 107-mile Blue Ox Trail that runs to the Canada border, the possibilities of the Paul Bunyan feel more endless than ending.

The trail is open year-round to non-motorized use (excepting snowmobiles in the winter months), and the Paul Bunyan very much rewards winter warriors. Temperatures in January and February can drop well below zero, with snowfall measured in feet, so be sure to check the forecast and dress appropriately! Another memorable season on the Paul Bunyan is autumn. Fall colors come early to Minnesota, so plan to enjoy the peak season mid-September to mid-October.

If you're making the trip, it's recommended to head from south to north, beginning in Brainerd at the arboretum. From here, it's nine miles to the lakeside community of Merrifield and then on to Nisswa, a quaint tourist town at Mile 16 that offered only one year-round restaurant before the trail opened. Nowadays, Nisswa is a bustling trail center.

Mile 22 brings you to Pequot Lakes, a resort entry point, and from there it's a short eight miles to reach the “birthplace of the Paul Bunyan trail,” Pine River. Next up: Backus, a little logging town situated on Pine Mountain Lake at Mile 40. Fans of the Paul Bunyan legend will want to stop in Hackensack at Mile 50. The town was home to his sweetheart, Lucette Diana Kensack.

Eight miles beyond Hackensack, the nature of the trail changes when it deviates from the right-of-way into the Chippewa National Forest. It's hilly but not intimidating, and the detour passes through a working aspen forest with many river crossings. Wolves have even been spotted in this section.

In Walker, the route returns to the rail-trail and at Mile 68 intersects with the Heartland Trail. You can take the Heartland west to Park Rapids or continue north along the shared route until the Heartland splits off toward Cass Lake. To stay on the Paul Bunyan, just follow the well-signed route north. This final section of the trail takes you 30 miles to busy Bemidji—where you can grab a walleye dinner in town—before closing out with a seven-mile stretch in Lake Bemidji State Park.

Whether you take in the Paul Bunyan on two wheels or bundled up on a pair of skis, the trail will certainly live up to its outsize namesake. So pull on some boots and thermals, and head off into the woodland reaches of Minnesota, which American Trails recently named the “Best Trails State.” If the Paul Bunyan is any measure, who could argue?

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities (with thanks to Jack Duggan)

1.) Operations Manager, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs/job_item.jhtml?id=324600009

2.) Marketing & Communications Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading national park advocacy organization, seeks a junior/mid-level Marketing & Communications Program Manager for its Center for Park Management division. The individual would use their skills to promote our collective successes, engage new supporters, and expand the reach of our leadership and management solutions to NPS and NPCA. Must be able to devise and implement creative strategies to help spread the word and use interpersonal skills to build excitement about the work.

Please visit our website at www.npca.org for a full job description. Qualified applicants please submit your resume and cover letter directly online to www.npca.org under “Work for NPCA”.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=30381502

3.) SEM Program Manager- Closeout, Backcountry.com, Park City, UT

http://jobs.adrants.com/job/sem-program-manager-closeout-park-city-ut-usa-backcountry-com-fa1050165e/

4.) Trip Planner – Adventure Life, International Tour Operator, Adventure Life, Missoula, MT

Adventure Life is looking for a highly motivated individual to plan and ultimately sell our trips to Latin America & voyages around the world. Requires excellent organization and communication skills. Enthusiasm for travel, combined with excellent people & writing skills are all essential

Award winning adventure travel operator, Adventure Life, is looking for a highly motivated individual to plan and ultimately sell our trips to Latin America & Voyages around the world. This is an office position in Missoula, Montana, that requires excellent organization and communication skills. Each day entails managing several dozen e-mails with overseas outfitters, conversing with clients about upcoming trips, and continual research concerning cultural, natural and archeological destinations in each country. Enthusiasm for travel, combined with excellent people, organizational and writing skills are all key characteristics of a successful Trip Planner. In addition, multitasking abilities and self-motivation are important for effectively closing sales. We offer competitive compensation, health insurance, vacation, holiday, retirement, flex-time and travel benefits.

Desired Skills and Experience

•Foreign travel in Latin America, Africa, or Asia

•Bachelors degree or higher

•Superb organizational skills and communication skills

•Experience in multi-project management

•Excellent writing skills

•Knowledge of Word and Excel required

•Ability to work with little guidance

•Ability to create and apply innovative solutions

•Ability to learn new skills on your own

•Conversational Spanish is a plus but not required

Compensation/Benefits

•Base + commission for first year compensation of $28,000-$35,000 (Depending on Experience and Performance)

•Rapid compensation increases during years 2 and 3

•Health insurance

•SIMPLE IRA – similar to a 401(k)

•Annual continuing education stipend

•Annual travel opportunities to one of our destinations

This is a 40hrs/wk full time position with some flexibility in scheduling after training.

Please review Adventure Life's web site for more information on our company.

To Apply

Please send application, resume, cover letter, typing test*, and references to the e-mail or address below. If graduated from college in the last three years, please send transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine). * Typing test can be taken for free online, at some temp agencies or at a job services office. For online test do a search on google.com for “typing test”.

Contact Information

E-mail: trip.center@adventure-life.com

Adventure Life Journeys

ATTN: Hiring Committee

1655 S 3rd St W, Suite 1

Missoula, MT 59801

Application Deadline Friday, February 11th

http://www.sustainlane.com/jobs/trip-planner-adventure-life-international-tour-operator/V7J9FO3JZ2HWORHAUFLBINK8WBRN

5.) School Designer – Senior Professional Development/Coaching Role, Spanish Bilingual, The New York City Outward Bound Center, Queens County, NY

http://www.latpro.com/jobs/1909876.html

6.) Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Service, St. Petersburg, FL

The two incumbents will serve as a fishery biologist for NOAA Fisheries Service with an emphasis on development and implementation of fishery management plans and amendments. The position will be located at the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Serve as lead in developing fishery management plans or amendments and coordinate the review of assigned fishery management plans and amendments with Council staff, regional office staff, headquarters, science center, and other entities. Ensure compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other applicable laws. Formulates and recommends management policies and practices for conserving marine resources. Prepares written reports, writes or reviews technical and scientific sections of fishery management plan amendments and gives oral presentations related to fishery management and scientific activities. Reviews scientific studies, fishery management plans, stock assessments, and grant applications. Prepares correspondence, reports, and other material using common software for word processing, spreadsheets, and management of geographic data.

http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=95945941&JobTitle=Fishery+Biologist%2c+GS-0482-12+(DE%2fCR)&q=NMFS-SER-2011-0031&where=&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&x=66&y=15&AVSDM=2011-01-18+09%3a47%3a00

7.) DIRECTOR OF MARINE EXTENSION, Louisiana Sea Grant, Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Sea Grant is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Marine Extension (see attached announcement). This is a full time, 12-month professional position that will serve as key member of La Sea Grant's leadership team. The Director will lead an energetic, motivated team of 15 marine agents and discipline-specific specialists in a diverse and challenging marine extension and outreach program. As part of the upper management of Louisiana Sea Grant, the Director will also have ample opportunity to provide input into the development of new program-wide initiatives and projects.

Required Qualifications: Master's of Science or equivalent degree (Ph.D. or equivalent degree preferred) in one of the following or a related area: economics, marine resource management, socioeconomics, or hazard resiliency; five years experience in the conduct and administration of sponsored research and outreach activities; knowledge of extension methods; demonstrated leadership and planning ability; demonstrated research and scientific writing skills.

Additional Qualifications Desired: Ability to work with diverse audiences; verbal and written skills.

Special Requirements: Ability and willingness to travel overnight.

Responsibilities: serves as leader of the Louisiana Sea Grant Extension Program and liaison to the Cooperative Extension Service (This jointly funded program includes five – eight faculty/specialists and ten marine extension agents. The agents, who live in coastal parishes, have responsibilities which include practical and educational assistance for 22 coastal parishes. The faculty, who are based on the LSU campus, form an information and technology link between these audiences and university research in five strategic areas: safe and sustainable seafood, sustainable coastal development, healthy coastal ecosystems, hazard resiliency in coastal communities, and public and formal education); manages and directs program development, operational and personnel activities of the marine extension program; plans and coordinates a cohesive extension outreach effort to disseminate university-related research to coastal client groups; participates in regional and national networks on planning and program development; develops and produces the extension portion of the biennial omnibus proposal for funding and serves as coordinator of all Sea Grant Extension projects involving extension personnel mentioned above; develops new extension and research initiatives in Sea Grant and state priority interest areas; acquires funding support for such initiatives from various federal, state, local, and private sector sponsors; develops and leads appropriate integration with counterpart activities of the Sea Grant network, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, and the University; works closely with Sea Grant representatives from other states, other National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel, and other state and federal agencies to articulate national and regional issues of vital interest to Louisiana and to insure that LSU, through the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, competes successfully for available enhancement and augmentation funding. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is February 15, 2011 or until a candidate is selected. Apply online at: . Position #007417.www.lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu

LSU SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER

Quick link to ad URL: https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52770

8.) General Manager, Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Key Largo, FL

Summary

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a non-profit, marine conservation organization, announces an opening for a General Manager position to start in early summer 2011. The position will be based at REEF’s Key Largo, Florida, headquarters with a salary commensurate with experience and in the range of non-profit pay scales and benefits. Responsibilities include operational management, fundraising, public relations, membership development, supervision and partnership building with the diving community.

Background

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) was founded in 1990 as a way to educate scuba divers and snorkelers in marine life identification and make use of their marine life sightings. REEF has grown into a 40,000 plus member organization working with the general public in unique partnerships with public, private, governmental and educational sectors throughout the western hemisphere. Primary projects and programs include the volunteer Fish Survey Project, Grouper Moon spawning aggregation assessments, exotic species program, artificial reef assessments and numerous education and outreach programs. REEF maintains strong partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies as well as other NGO and business entities.

Responsibilities

Duties of the General Manager include management of a variety of activities necessary to maintain an effective marine conservation organization. Areas of responsibility include; assistance with and oversight of fundraising solicitations and fiscal management, supervising the office manager and assistant office manager, overseeing maintenance and upkeep of the headquarters facility, development of field survey trips, PR relations including media releases, assistance with outreach and development of REEF programs for the dive community, assisting the Executive Director, Scientific Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator as needed.

Qualifications

Candidates for this position will most certainly need to have a “passion for marine conservation” with excellent supervisory/management and communication skills. Educational background and experience with fundraising, business and fiscal management will be important considerations. Although scuba diving is not a part of the job description, knowledge and participation in the sport is important as REEF’s volunteer programs rely heavily on this activity. A candidate’s connections with the dive community and history in non-profit marine conservation management will be taken into consideration although neither is a requirement. Candidates should be strongly self-directed and work well in a team environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills will rank a candidate highly.

Application procedures

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, 2-3 writing samples and references via e-mail to: . It is anticipated that a final selection will be made in mid to late March with a starting of June 1, 2011.jobs@reef.org

REEF is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

9.) Sector Manager, V Northeast Fishery Sector Inc., Point Judith, Rhode Island

Term: May 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012

Position Type:

Part–time, Contract Employee (approx. 20–‐25 hours per week).

Compensation: To be negotiated. Commensurate with experience.

Travel: Must have reliable transportation. Occasional travel (4–‐6 times per month) required to additional ports or to attend sector–‐related or fishery management meetings.

Position Description: The Sector Manager is responsible for the day–‐to–‐day business operations of the sector, a 501(c)(5) not–‐for–‐profit organization, and is responsible for meeting the reporting requirements to NOAA Fisheries. Specific management duties include:

• Sector bookkeeping and other administrative responsibilities associated with running a small non–‐profit organization;

• Education and outreach to sector members regarding policy and procedures within the sector;

• development of an annual fishing plan that outlines strategies to maximize ACE usage and prevent overages;

• management and oversight of the Sector’s ACE usage and ACE trades;

• management and enforcement of members’ fishing behavior;

• negotiating the Sector’s service needs in conjunction with the Northeast Sector Service Network (NESSN);

• and submitting weekly and annual sector catch reports to NOAA Fisheries.

Other duties may include communications with external parties on research, journalism, or political issues.

Qualifications: NEFS V seeks a multi–‐faceted, flexible individual for this position. Applicants must be detail—oriented and proficient in data management systems (Excel, databases, web–‐based systems). Basic financial management skills required; proficiency in Quickbooks is preferred. Knowledge of federal regulatory systems, particularly fisheries regulations, is preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable interacting with a range of people, from fishermen to senior government officials. Applicants will be expected to protect confidential sector information and business operations of sector members. Applicants must be willing to work non–‐traditional hours periodically, due to occasional evening meetings and variability in workload over the course of the fishing year. Applicants must be available for occasional phone inquiries from members during evenings and weekends.

Background: Amendments 13 and 16 to the Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management Plan created a new management option that allows fishermen to organize themselves into harvesting cooperatives referred to as Sectors. V Northeast Fishery Sector Inc., (“NEFS V”) is one such sector, and is part of an umbrella organization, the Northeast Sector Service Network (“NESSN”) which provides additional support services to Sectors and Sector Managers. NEFS V members are also members of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, which has assisted in the development of NESSN and its thirteen member Sectors, known as the Northeast Fishery Sectors, twelve of which are in their first year of operation in 2010.

Northeast Sector Service Network (NESSN): The responsibilities of a sector manager will depend, in part, on services to be provided by the NESSN. NESSN will provide all of the data management and reporting requirement services of a NEFS Sector via management and integration of FISHTRAX, software and reporting systems designed by the Northeast Seafood Coalition. A central server or “data warehouse” linked to FISHTRAX will be operated and maintained by the service entity in order to compile, archive and integrate data from multiple sources. These data sources to be managed are: individual VMS activity declaration, Trip Start Hails, Trip End Hails, VTRs, electronic dealer reports, DSM reports, DSM provider report, at–‐sea monitoring and daily discard estimates, and NMFS approvals for inter–‐sector trades. The Sector manager will be able to securely log in to this data warehouse and query any information in the proper format that might be needed for submitting daily, weekly, and annual sector reports—or for access to other data collected via FISHTRAX that might be relevant to the day to day management of the Sector.

10.) Coastal Community Development Agent, Texas Sea Grant Extension, Port Aransas, TX

Texas Sea Grant Extension is partnering with Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and is seeking a Coastal Community Development Agent to provide leadership, guidance and direction in the broad arena of

sustainable coastal community development in the upper Coastal Bend of Texas. This position will be supervised by Texas Sea Grant and the agent will office at the Mission-Aransas NERR Headquarters in Port Aransas, Texas.

Additional information can be found at: www.urban-nature.org The position is contingent upon grant funding and interagency agreements.

11.) Assistant Director For Communications, Maryland Sea Grant College, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, College Park, MD

The Maryland Sea Grant College, a state-federal partnership program and unit of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is charged with engaging the University System of Maryland, and other institutions statewide to facilitate the wise use, conservation and restoration of coastal and watershed resources in Maryland and the region (see: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu). We seek an Assistant Director to lead our communications efforts.

Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director for Communications will join Maryland Sea Grant’s leadership team (Director, Assistant Director for Research, Assistant Director for Administration and Extension Program Leader) who implement an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach and education focused on Chesapeake Bay and its

watershed. Maryland Sea Grant’s communication program serves a vital outreach role at the interface between the scientific and outreach community and a diverse set of stakeholders including policy makers, managers, educators, students and the general public. The incumbent will lead a communications staff of 3-5 (professionals and students) who produce print, film and web-based media focused on critical issues pertaining to Maryland’s coastal resources. Included is the award winning magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly, numerous technical syntheses, highly regarded films and an extensive web presence. The Assistant Director for Communications will work with the leadership team to articulate and implement a vision for communications

at MDSG — one that builds upon the program’s strong foundation of translating science and reaching diverse audiences in new and innovative ways.

A successful candidate will possess exceptional written and oral communication skills and experience interacting with and gathering information from scientists, policymakers and others. Their portfolio should include excellent written products that interpret and translate scientific information for various audiences. Of particular interest is

experience with natural resources, especially coastal, marine and environmental issues. Preferred educational requirements include an M.S. or M.A. (with significant course work in the sciences). The incumbent will have worked for 5-10 years as a science writer and should have administrative and/or supervisory experience with a strong commitment to a team approach. A working knowledge of diverse communications media is essential.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent leave, medical coverage, retirement, and tuition-remission benefits are provided. Review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. For full consideration please submit materials by February 18, 2011.

UMCES is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a curriculum vitae or resume, a list of three to five individuals who can provide references and representative samples from your portfolio of written and nonprint products. In addition please send a statement of interest that articulates how your skills will advance Maryland Sea Grant’s communication efforts and overall mission. We are particularly interested in your approaches to the next generation of communication tools and how they can be applied to the challenge of interpreting and translating scientific information for stakeholders. Written materials should be sent in electronic form (pdf preferred) toDCSearch@mdsg.umd.edu . Web links may be provided to other types of media.

http://www.umces.edu/mdsg/job/adc

12.) Internship, Currituck Banks Reserve, Outer Banks, N.C.

One, paid internship is available at the Currituck Banks site located in Corolla, N.C. to assist staff with inventory/monitoring, stewardship, and research activities. Inventory and monitoring duties will involve conducting surveys for various taxa including herpetofauna, fish, birds, and/or insects. Stewardship activities will include trail and facilities maintenance, and monitoring reserve users. Research activities will involve assisting with feral animal studies. The position requires outdoor work for extended periods of time in the summer heat, and involves exposure to biting insects, snakes, and poisonous plants.

This summer internship runs from Wednesday 6/1/11 through Wednesday 8/10/11. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some activities may require weekend and/or evening work. Interns in the field will be lifting moderate loads, walking up to 2 miles in soft sand and mud, and riding in a boat. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated undergraduate with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, marine biology, or science education. Compensation is $10.00/hour. Interns are responsible for housing and transportation.

How to apply. Applicants should send a letter of interest, college transcript(s), resume, and one letter of recommendation to Scott Kucera, Reserve Education Coordinator at by February 4, 2011. Phone: (252)-838-0881

scott.kucera@ncdenr.gov

13.) Special Activities Instructor, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

DURATION: May – September, 2011 (May be flexible)

30 – 40 hours per week

Some nights, holidays and weekend work required

SALARY: $10.30 per hour

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should be articulate and have good public speaking and organizational skills. Candidates must either

have or be in pursuit of a degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, Parks

and Rec, or a related field. If in pursuit of such a degree, applicants must have completed at least two years

towards degree. Prior experience working with the public, adaptability to different teaching situations, a flexible

schedule, and a valid driver’s license are required. CPR, first aid, teaching experience, water safety skills,

experience working with children, and a working knowledge of the Outer Banks flora and fauna are preferred, but

not required.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Special Activities at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are hands-on programs, which deal with a small number of participants for several hours at a time. Such programs include but are not limited to: children’s summer camps, fishing programs, crabbing classes, marine animal programs, behind the scenes tours, animal feeding programs, birthday parties, overnight programs, field trips to the beach and estuary, and other programs in the field/water. The summer Special Activities Instructors will be responsible for assisting with the above education programs and teaching some of these programs in their entirety at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Daily requirements of the instructor will include conducting programs, speaking to small groups of people of all ages, handling live animals, assembling education materials, driving a fifteen-passenger van of participants for field trips, and possibly assisting with other daily program responsibilities inside the main public areas of the Aquarium.

DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2011

TO APPLY:

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of

State Personnel website at . Cover letter and resume are optional,http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/gnrlinfo.htm

but they will NOT take the place of the State Application PD-107 form.

Mail completed applications to:

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Attn: Beth Wilcox

Special Activities Coordinator

P.O. Box 967

Manteo, NC 27954

Beth.Wilcox@ncaquariums.com

252-473-3494, ext. 246

14.) Education Intern, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

Duration: 10 week positions (start/end dates are flexible)

35-40 hours per week; evening, weekend, and holiday work required

Salary: $8.25 per hour.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be articulate; have good public speaking and organizational skills, and interact positively with

the general public, children, co-workers, and volunteers. Candidates should be majoring in Biology, Marine

Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, Parks and Rec., or a related field. A flexible schedule

and a valid driver’s license are required. Prior experience working with the public and a working knowledge

of Outer Banks flora and fauna are preferred, but not required.

Job Description:

Interns are an integral part of the NC Aquarium’s Education team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited

to: setting up, announcing, and showing educational videos; conducting public programs on various

marine/aquatic topics (sea turtles, sharks, alligators, river otters, jellyfish, wetlands, beachcombing, marine

mammals, etc.); handling live animals; staffing discovery carts; monitoring visitor behavior and answering

questions at the touch tanks; and being on the floor interacting with Aquarium visitors. Each intern will

complete a project during his or her 10-week internship. Projects will be conceived, designed and presented

by the intern per the approval of permanent staff. The Education curator or the full-time Educators will assign

additional responsibilities and projects.

Deadline:

5:00 P.M. Thursday, March 10, 2011

To Apply:

Send a cover letter of interest, current resume, up-to-date transcript, letter of reference from a professor. Mail

to:

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

C/O Dia Hitt

PO Box 967/374 Airport Rd.

Manteo, NC 27954

15.) Seasonal Educator, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

DURATION: April 1 – September 30, 2010 (May be flexible)

35-40 hours per week; evening, weekend, and holiday work required

SALARY: $10.30 per hour

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should be articulate; have good public speaking and organizational skills and interact well with the general public, children, co-workers, and volunteers. Graduation from a four-year college is required; candidates must have a degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, Parks and Rec, or a related field. Prior experience working with the public, adaptability to different teaching situations, a flexible schedule, and a valid driver’s license are required. Teaching experience and a working knowledge of the Outer Banks flora and fauna are preferred, but not required.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Seasonal Education Assistants provide education support at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: conducting public education programs (sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, etc.); handling live animals; introducing and showing videos; introducing guest speakers; providing information to Aquarium visitors, including teachers, students, and general public; staffing discovery carts and learning stations; answering questions in various galleries; monitoring the Close Encounters tanks; assisting with other tasks as assigned. These positions require the ability to assemble education materials, to research marine and aquatic topics, and to speak to small and large audiences. Additional responsibilities and projects will be assigned by the Education Curator or the full-time Educator.

DEADLINE: 5:00 P.M. Thursday, March 10, 2011

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, current resume, and state application form PD-107, which may be downloaded from the World Wide Web at www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/gnrlinfo.htm#app

Mail to: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

C/O Pat Raves

PO Box 967/374 Airport Rd.

Manteo, NC 27954

16.) Internship, Rachel Carson Reserve, Beaufort, N.C.

Application deadline: February 4, 2011

The intern will primarily assist staff with research activities including benthic sediment analyses, water quality monitoring, and emergent SAV/marsh monitoring. Secondary activities will support the education and stewardship sectors at the site. The intern will assist the Education staff with summer marine science camps, field trips and classroom activities. Stewardship activities include feral horse monitoring, trail maintenance, and marine debris assessment and removal.

This summer internship runs from Wednesday 6/1/11 through Wednesday 8/10/11. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some activities may require weekend and/or evening work. Interns in the field will be lifting moderate loads, walking up to 2 miles in soft sand and mud, and riding in a boat. We are looking for an out-going, self-motivated undergraduate with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, marine biology, or science education. Compensation is $10.00/hour. Interns are responsible for housing and transportation.

How to apply. Applicants should send a letter of interest, college transcript(s), resume, and one letter of recommendation to Dr. John Fear, Reserve Research Coordinator at by February 4, 2011. Phone number: (252)-838-0884john.fear@ncdenr.gov

17.) Internship, Southern Sites Reserve, Wilmington, N.C.

Application deadline: February 4, 2011

The intern will assist staff at two of the Reserve’s southern sites: Zeke’s Island and Masonboro Island. Research activities may include assisting with the System-wide Monitoring Program. Education activities include developing and presenting public programs and community outreach programs. Stewardship activities include invasive species monitoring and removal, species of concern monitoring and protection, marine debris documentation and removal, and monitoring of visitor use.

This internship runs from Wednesday 6/1/11 through Wednesday 8/10/11. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some weekend, evening and early morning hours will be required. The ideal candidate will have: interest or background in biology, marine biology, coastal issues, estuarine ecology, environmental education; or coastal management. Internship requires excellent communication skills; the ability to work independently and with a team; familiarity with or capacity to learn basic GPS and GIS use; and comfort with working in field settings in a variety of weather conditions. Compensation is $10.00/hour. Interns are responsible for housing and transportation.

How to apply. Applicants should send a letter of interest, college transcript(s), resume, and one letter of recommendation to Hope Sutton, Reserve Stewardship Coordinator/Southern Sites Manager at by Februarysuttonh@uncw.edu 4, 2011. Phone: (910)-962-2998.

18.) Internships, Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine

The University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center is currently accepting applications for the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Internship Program. We are looking for highly motivated, dynamic candidates who will work closely in a team setting with staff and volunteers to assist with all aspects of veterinary care and husbandry of sick and injured seals, cetaceans and/or sea turtles. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Daily care of animals, transport of live/dead marine animals, water quality testing, maintenance of daily food and medical records, necropsy, education/docent tours and computer entry of data. Additional duties and projects may be assigned by staff.

These positions are unpaid and interns are required to find their own housing and transportation. Interns should expect to be scheduled to cover a variety of weekday shifts, nights, weekends and holidays. The ideal candidate should be mature and motivated, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent observational and communication skills.

The deadline for Summer Applications is March 1, 2011. Interested applicants can find all information and application materials at

Applications and questions can be submitted to c/o Kristen Patchett, Volunteer Supervisor/Internship Coordinator.MARCinfo@une.edu

Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center

University of New England

11 Hills Beach Road

Biddeford, Maine 04005

MARCinfo@une.edu

http://www.une.edu/research/msc/marc/internship.cfm

19.) Senior Wildlife Biologist, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

DEPARTMENT: Conservation Programs

REPORTS TO: Director, Conservation Science

DURATION: Full-time

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM:

Ocean Conservancy's recently launched Conservation Science Program (CSP) is focused on effectively communicating scientific knowledge to policymakers, the public and the news media with the goal of applying science to our policy objectives and finding solutions to important marine conservation problems. As a science-based policy organization, Ocean Conservancy's CSP is central to ensuring the robustness of our policy approaches to ensure ecosystem health in the face of existing and emerging problems in the ocean including marine debris, climate change, and ensuring restoration of ocean ecosystems from devastating environmental tragedies. The Senior Wildlife Biologist will serve as a part of this team to ensure policy solutions are designed to minimize impacts to marine wildlife and enhance the health of ocean ecosystems that they depend upon.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Senior Wildlife Biologist works with other staff members and teams of Ocean Conservancy scientists, attorneys, policy advocates, communications, and organizers to support Ocean Conservancy's science-based advocacy efforts and integrate marine wildlife conservation in OC programs. Although the Senior Wildlife Biologist provides scientific support across the organization, he or she will have a primary role in ensuring that Ocean Conservancy addresses key issues and opportunities for conservation of marine mammals, seabirds, and turtles. In addition, Marine Debris, Gulf Ecosystem Restoration and Arctic programs are current priorities for support by the Senior Wildlife Biologist.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Responsible for oversight and analysis of US laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to marine wildlife. Represents OC in a variety of forums, such as government advisory committees and task forces, and endangered species recovery teams.

• In collaboration with International Coastal Cleanup initiative, works to develop and support a robust Marine Debris Program that highlights and reduces harm to marine wildlife and the environment.

• Synthesizes scientific information and analyzes impacts on marine wildlife and the environment of past and proposed development activities, especially in relation to outer continental shelf oil and gas activity in the Arctic, the Gulf, and elsewhere.

• In collaboration with government affairs staff, educates national policy makers and regulators about the importance of and requirements for conservation of marine wildlife.

• Works closely with other OC staff, including in the communications and development departments, to ensure that marine wildlife issues are communicated effectively and factually to a variety of audiences.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Minimum of a Master's degree in a marine science, policy, or management discipline, with emphasis on wildlife, such as marine mammals, birds or turtles.

• Three-five years' work experience beyond graduate school in a marine wildlife conservation, management or research position, preferably including practical experience in the field.

• Preferred background includes familiarity with US laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to marine mammals, fisheries, and the marine environment, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Fisheries Management and Conservation Act, and Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Removal Act.

• Proven ability to formulate and communicate complex ideas clearly in writing, as well as verbally and visually (written samples will be requested).

• Demonstrated ability to analyze scientific data and synthesize scientific literature, with excellent scientific/technical writing skills and proficiency with word-processing, presentation, database, statistical, and other computer software.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively without close supervision and collaboratively as part of diverse project teams.

OTHER/PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

• A strategic thinker who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline and commitment needed to ensure Ocean Conservancy addresses key issues in the conservation of marine wildlife;

• A high-level performer who remains attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind;

• Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach;

• Personable, passionate, productive, and focused to support accurate, timely, and powerful policy, products, and positions

APPLY FOR THE POSITION: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy's team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities to lead a growing exciting program with your resume and salary expectations to: and note your name and “Senior Wildlife Biologist # 1023” in the subject line.jobs@oceanconservancy.org

20.) Monitoring Specialist, Ocean Conservancy, St. Petersburg, FL

DEPARTMENT: Conservation Programs

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director, Fish Conservation

DURATION: Full-time

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM:

Ocean Conservancy’s Fish Conservation Program is a dynamic, multi-faceted initiative focused on achieving sustainable fisheries in our nation’s waters with an emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean Conservancy has played a key leadership role in transitioning our nation’s fisheries towards a sustainable future. Past accomplishments include securing significant improvements to our nation’s fisheries management laws in 1996 and 2007, transitioning regional fisheries to long term sustainability through the adoption of science based management plans, bycatch reduction measures and protection of essential fish habitat, and the establishment of the first science based rebuilding plan for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. We will continue this leadership role by working both at the national and regional level ensuring the development and implementation of laws and policies consistent with sustainable fisheries through the development of science based conservation policies and practices, implementation of incentive based measures, ensuring accountability within the fishery management system and building support among fishery stakeholders and decision-makers. The Monitoring Specialist will work with a team of professionals to ensure that management policies and decisions continue to transition fisheries to long term sustainability, and coordinate with other teams to ensure full restoration of the Gulf of Mexico including from the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. We envision healthy and productive oceans that support resilient ecosystems and coastal communities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Monitoring Specialist serves as the lead on fisheries monitoring improvement research, design, stakeholder outreach, and implementation with the goal of transitioning Gulf of Mexico fisheries to a more sustainable future. The Specialist will also assist our Gulf Restoration Program to ensure the adoption of a strong long-term monitoring program to ensure that restoration plans are focused on addressing the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster. The Specialist will work with multi-disciplinary staff at Ocean Conservancy, regional and national decision-makers, partners and stakeholders to develop and advance innovative and effective monitoring improvements at the state, regional and national level. Leveraging Ocean Conservancy's background in science-based policy advocacy as well as our existing monitoring initiatives, the Specialist will collaborate closely with government science and policy staff to strengthen the value of existing monitoring programs and to promote new approaches to fisheries monitoring to support sustainable fisheries management. The Specialist will be responsible for building a compelling case for innovative science-based monitoring improvements and work closely with Ocean Conservancy's external affairs team to promote political will in support of monitoring improvements.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leads, designs, and manages all aspects of Ocean Conservancy's fisheries monitoring improvement work. Assists the Gulf Restoration Program in ensuring that the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster are adequately captured. Our effectiveness depends upon science-based advocacy that builds policy positions around the best available research and other sources of reliable data. That effort will include:

• Researching and developing a fisheries monitoring improvement platform and strategy

• Researching, formulating, and advocating this platform before federal and state fish managers, regulators, legislators, media and the public

• In coordination with Deputy Director, Fish Conservation, developing and presenting Ocean Conservancy positions on marine fish conservation through research, writing, and presentation of comments, testimony, position papers, scientific publications and reports

• Monitoring fish conservation and data collection issues and policies through attendance at agency and regional fishery management council meetings, state fish and wildlife commission meetings, public hearings, congressional hearings, professional meetings and conferences, and through government, industry, and scientific literature

• Explaining Ocean Conservancy positions on marine fish conservation and fisheries monitoring to Executive and Legislative branch officials and staff, the media and the public

• Assisting Ocean Conservancy efforts to ensure that effective monitoring programs are established to assess impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

• Conducting outreach activities to build a diverse constituency for fisheries monitoring improvements. In coordination with Ocean Conservancy staff, working to educate and inform regional stakeholder groups, the media and the public about the importance of data collection improvements and the value of Ocean Conservancy’s improvement strategy

• Maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with colleagues in government agencies, regional fishery management councils, industry groups, scientific and academic communities, and other conservation groups

• Preparing, managing and monitoring status of project workplans and budgets

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Advanced degree preferred in a relevant science or interdisciplinary specialty, fisheries, marine ecosystems, or another field closely related to marine or environmental science/management.

• In-depth experience in at least one of the following: marine ecosystem or resource management; marine wildlife or fisheries biology/management, fisheries monitoring, fisheries data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, natural resource/environmental policy, or program management.

• In-depth knowledge of one or more of the following: marine fisheries management, fishery monitoring programs (including electronic monitoring of fisheries, recreational data collection survey methods, data processing and analysis).

• Five years or more of professional experience in fisheries data collection, analysis or program management, or other relevant field experience.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential, as are demonstrated advocacy skills, the ability to mobilize and manage a diverse partner network, and the ability to communicate complex scientific or technical concepts to policy and lay audiences (written samples may be requested).

OTHER/PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

• A strategic thinker who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline and commitment needed to help grow this promising program area;

• A high-level performer who remains attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind;

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with past success in deepening and leveraging stakeholder partnerships to implement strategies and affect change;

• Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach;

• Personable, passionate, productive, and focused to support accurate, timely, and powerful policy, products, and positions;

• The ability to travel to attend symposiums and conferences.

Ocean Conservancy staff use and value our resources—time, talent, and money—to achieve powerful policy gains for the protection of the ocean that sustains all life. We're dedicated to long-term issues, not

APPLY FOR THE POSITION: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy's team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities to lead a growing exciting program with your resume and salary expectations to: and note your name and “Monitoring Specialist #1020” in the subject line.jobs@oceanconservancy.org

21.) Policy Manager, Fish Conservation, Ocean Conservancy, Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT: Conservation Programs

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director, Gulf Restoration Program

DURATION: Full-time

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM:

Ocean Conservancy's Fish Conservation Program is a dynamic, multi-faceted initiative focused on achieving sustainable fisheries in our nation's waters with an emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean Conservancy has played a key leadership role in transitioning our nation's fisheries towards a sustainable future. Past accomplishments include securing significant improvements to our nation's fisheries management laws in 1996 and 2007 as well as the establishment of the first science based rebuilding plan for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. We will continue this leadership role by ensuring the development and implementation of laws and policies consistent with sustainable fisheries in partnership with fishery stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico region. The British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil disaster threatens the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, its fisheries and a way of life for fishing communities. In addition to the longstanding threats facing regional fisheries, the Fish Conservation Program works with Ocean Conservancy's Gulf Restoration Program team to ensure that regional management policies address new threats posed by this disaster and support the full restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The Policy Manager will work in concert with our team of professionals to ensure that national laws and policies are consistent with sustainable fisheries, that regional management policies and decisions continue to transition fisheries to long term sustainability, and that a full restoration of the Gulf of Mexico is achieved. OC envisions a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico that supports resilient ocean ecosystems and coastal communities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Policy Manager leads the development and implementation of Ocean Conservancy's sustainable fisheries initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico. This position is responsible for, in coordination with the Deputy Director of Fish Conservation, developing, communicating and advocating organizational positions and priorities that lead to sustainable fish populations and fishing communities. The Policy Manager will work with a team of Ocean Conservancy experts, state and federal government officials, the news media, non-governmental organization colleagues, the academic community, industry groups and other stakeholders in the region to achieve these goals. This position will also work with our team of proven oil spill response and restoration leaders to achieve meaningful and lasting ecologic and economic restoration in the Gulf. Finally, The Policy Manager will be responsible for the management of work plans and budgets supervise fish conservation program staff to ensure our sustainable fisheries goals are achieved.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Policy Manager will secure sustainable fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico by:

• Working with a multi-disciplinary team of Ocean Conservancy experts to develop and implement advocacy strategies that achieve desired conservation outcomes.

• Developing and ensuring strong advocacy of Ocean Conservancy positions on fish conservation, in consultation with the Deputy Director of Fish Conservation, with diverse audiences including decision-makers, stakeholders, the media and the public through research, writing, oral and written testimony, position papers, and reports.

• Working collaboratively with Ocean Conservancy's team of proven oil spill response and restoration leaders and experts to produce meaningful outcomes for the Gulf of Mexico and its communities.

• Supervising fish conservation program staff to ensure conservation objectives by preparing, managing and monitoring the execution of project workplans in line with available resources.

• Maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with colleagues in government agencies, regional fishery management councils, industry groups, scientific and academic communities, and non-governmental organizations.

• In consultation with Ocean Conservancy staff, informing Ocean Conservancy members, activists, funders and the public through press releases, newsletter articles, workshops, brochures, action alerts, media interviews and grant reports.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Advanced degree preferred in fisheries biology, marine biology, environmental science, environmental management, public policy, law or closely related field.

• In-depth knowledge of fishery management laws, systems and policies.

• Two years or more of professional conservation, public policy, program management, or other relevant field preferred.

• Ability to effectively manage project work plans and budgets, supervise staff and lead a team of experts to secure meaningful results.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential, as are demonstrated advocacy skills, and the ability to communicate complex scientific or technical concepts to policy and lay audiences (written samples will be requested).

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in the Gulf of Mexico region preferred.

OTHER/PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

• A strategic thinker who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline and commitment needed to execute our fisheries policy and advocacy work;

• A high-level performer who remains attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind;

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

• Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach;

• Personable, passionate, productive, and focused to support accurate and timely analysis, advocacy, products, and positions;

BECOMING AN OCEAN CONSERVANCY TEAM MEMBER:

Ocean Conservancy offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. We welcome candidates with a dedication to conservation and a commitment to leveraging the power of partnerships for policy change.

Ocean Conservancy staff use and value our resources—time, talent, and money—to achieve powerful policy gains for the protection of the ocean that sustains all life. We're dedicated to long-term issues, not to trendy campaigns, and we create sustainable solutions based on science, not ideology. We see the big picture and offer realistic solutions to protect the ocean and improve our quality of life. Some things about us you should know:

• We provide concrete solutions that lead to high-impact results. These include landmark policies like: protecting sea turtles by mandating Turtle Excluder Devices, the establishment of marine protected areas in California, and the protection of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

• We stand on the shoulders of more than 35 years of policy expertise, and we have the longest track record defining priorities and translating science into sound, practical policies that protect our oceans.

• We leverage our strong networks and deep connections. We've won the trust of legislators over the years, and our access to key decision-makers in Congress allows us to serve as the voice of the ocean in the halls of power. Our grassroots network helps to amplify our voice across the country.

• We recognize that real leadership means cooperation. We know when to stand firm and when to negotiate on behalf of the ocean to achieve lasting victories.

• We're committed to creating long-term change. We continue to monitor legislation and policies long after they fall from the front-page headlines to ensure that vital aspects of ocean life are always protected.

Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and Females and Encouraged to Apply.

APPLY FOR THE POSITION: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy's team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities to lead a growing exciting program with your resume and salary expectations to: and note your name and “Policy Manager-FCP #1102” in the subject line.jobs@oceanconservancy.org

22.) Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Summary: The Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer is responsible for working with the Foundation's staff and Board of Directors, federal agencies and other conservation partners to support the establishment of biodiversity goals with data analysis and to develop and implement an outcome-based monitoring strategy for the Foundation's conservation programs, particularly the Keystone Initiatives. In collaboration with NFWF's existing Evaluation Officer, s/he will serve as a spokesperson and will work to advance the Foundation's activities under this program.

The Keystone Initiatives are the centerpiece of the Foundation's strategic plan and will drive the organization's conservation agenda. The goal of the Keystone Initiatives is to create a core portfolio of select, issue-specific programs that will achieve long-term impact with measurable outcomes. The Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer and other members of this team are expected to be and/or become thought-leaders in their respective fields and position the Foundation as the convener of choice in the conservation community.

The Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer will serve as a catalyst within the Foundation to create new combinations of people, processes, methodologies, and ideas that will lead to breakthrough approaches to measuring the effectiveness of the Foundation's conservation programs by working with partners to create a strong culture of conservation impact assessment “on the ground.” The Monitoring and Biodiversity Officer will work closely with Keystone evaluation, initiative, and program staff to create prototypes and pilots for grant partnership programs/projects that deliver measurable outcomes in accordance with the Foundation's vision and strategic plan.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Through engagement with staff and key partners, develop and build biodiversity data and analysis, outcomes definition, and monitoring as a core component of NFWF grantmaking in order to assess the progress of NFWF's conservation investments in achieving desired results.

* Continue development, implementation, and refinement of NFWF's evaluation and monitoring strategy for use across multiple scales of grantmaking (initiative, program, project).

* Lead discussions among NFWF staff, grantees, and/or partners to develop common metrics and monitoring plans, sampling and experimental designs, for effectively gauging progress and assessing achievement of outcomes at both project and program/initiative scales.

* In collaboration with NFWF program and IT staff, develop internal data collection and reporting systems for more efficiently compiling, aggregating, and disseminating project, program, and initiative outcomes to both internal (staff, Board) and external (funding partners, grantees, etc.) audiences.

* Build foundation staff and grantee capacity for using monitoring as a tool for learning and adaptive management.

* Communicate and coordinate with Foundation staff and Board on the assessment of our conservation impact to ensure strong understanding.

* Work with the Science & Evaluation team to develop the Foundation's new conservation strategy framework and goals as well as develop and/or align existing biodiversity data and monitoring methodology to ensure that relevant data are compiled for measuring progress on strategy implementation.

* Foster NFWF as a thought leader in the field on conservation monitoring and biodiversity analysis.

* Disseminate results and lessons learned from NFWF initiatives to internal and external audiences through various media, such as NFWF's website, conference presentations and publications, as appropriate.

* As time permits, respond to requests for assistance from key federal, corporate, or foundation partners and share NFWF monitoring experience and lessons learned.

* Contribute to team effort such as by assisting in the review of grant project proposals for keystone initiatives, offering information and opinion, and accomplishing special projects as needed.

* In collaboration with appropriate Foundation staff, evaluate responses to RFPs for proposed methodology, staff expertise, analytical approach, and reporting procedures and make approval recommendations.

* Conduct analyses of quantitative and qualitative data from past grantmaking and/or spatial data using Geographic Information Systems, prepare descriptive reports, and help incorporate findings into future organizational and program improvements.

* Assist in the preparation of reports, briefing materials, and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation's Board.

* Represent the Foundation at appropriate meetings, conferences, etc.

* Conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.

SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Support the development of public and private partnerships to secure operational and programmatic funding for this Program in coordination with the Executive Director, Chief Science Officer, Development and Government Relations Staff, and Partnership Offices.

* Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice-President.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

(EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS)

* PhD or Master's degree with equivalent experience. Five years professional experience in monitoring, biodiversity analysis, conservation outcome definition, and reporting program or project effectiveness is required. It is desirable that this experience be in a natural resource-oriented organization. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary evaluative techniques, quantitative/statistical analysis, and adaptive management.

* Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.

* Strong speaking and writing skills.

* Strong interpersonal skills.

* Computer proficiency.

* Willingness to travel.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, 1-2 page writing samples, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at HR2@nfwf.org. NFWF is an equal opportunity employer.

About NFWF – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding sustainable conservation initiatives. Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1984, NFWF leverages federal grants and private support to achieve maximum conservation impact. Recently, the Foundation-through its Keystone Initiatives- strategically repositioned itself to more effectively capture conservation gains by directing a substantial portion of its investments towards programs that had the greatest chance of successfully securing the long-term future of imperiled species. By leveraging innovative program design from scientific experts, the Foundation is able to structure conservation programs that consistently achieve measurable and meaningful outcomes. Visit www.nfwf.org.

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