Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2012

 Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2012
By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“Either I conquer Istanbul, or Istanbul conquers me.”

– Sulten Mehmet the Conqueror

 

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. “

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

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

Where is Ned?  Istanbul, not Constantinople.

 

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***  Ned’s upcoming travel:

 

22-26 October – London, UK
*** In this issue:

***  Bill Ryerson visits Berundi:

 

*** Labor Day Fishing Trip to Land o Lakes Region of Ontario
***  Lampedusa and Eleonora’s Falcon.

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:
***  BACKCOUNTRY RANGER ASSISTANT (1-2 positions), SHUYAK ISLAND STATE PARK, Alaska

***  BACKCOUNTRY RANGER ASSISTANT (2 positions), NANCY LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA, Willow, Alaska

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: September 2012
Wisconsin’s Glacial Drumlin State Trail
*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Education and Communications Coordinator, Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver, CO

2.)  Life Skills Worker – Adventure Based Activities Facilitator, Geo Abraxas Leadership Development Program, South Mountain, PA

3.)  Lead Instructor, Adventure Programs and Expeditions, Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut, Brookfield, CT

4.)  Seasonal Environmental Educator (Part-Time), Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Shaker Heights, Ohio

5.)  Part-Time Instructor of Outdoor Leadership, Oregon Employment Department Bend, Or

6.)  Part-Time Instructors – Rock Climbing, Oregon Employment Department, Gresham, OR

8.)  Corporate Communications Coordinator, Vail Resorts, Inc., Broomfield, Colorado

9.)  Adventure Education Assistant, New Vision Wilderness, Brookfield, WI

 

…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/).

 

***  Where is Ned:  Akgün Istanbul Hotel.

 

***  My friend Bill Ryerson visits Berundi:

 

You will probably enjoy the following dispatch from Bill Ryerson, which recounts his recent adventures in Burundi. By the time you finish reading, you are likely appreciate the first sentence much more, as it indicates that, yes indeed, Bill met what Burundi had to offer him successfully. If you are curious, a few recent news items from Burundi follow his entry.

 

Greetings from Kigali, Rwanda.  I am just finishing a week of meetings in Burundi and Rwanda regarding new projects Population Media Center is planning.  I was accompanied on the visit to Burundi by Theo Nzeyimana, PMC’s Rwandese producer.

 

We arrived in Bujumbura late on Saturday night, September 1, in a pouring rainstorm.  I had flown from Lagos that day, and Theo joined me when I changed planes in Kigali [capital of Rwanda].  We arranged for a taxi to take us to the hotel.  When we got the bags loaded and got in the car, I noticed a strong smell of gasoline fumes.  The driver immediately lowered all the windows, so we could breathe, even if we were getting soaked by the rain.

 

As we left the airport grounds, I noticed the driver had no working windshield wipers and no defroster.  So through the pouring rain, he was creeping along wiping the fog off the inside of the windshield.  As we left the area that had streetlights, I noticed the taxi also had no headlights.  The driver struggled to stay on the road and to avoid oncoming vehicles.  Then in the middle of a swamp, the car stalled.  The driver opened the hood and moved some wires around and then asked Theo to push the car, while he tried to jump start it.  That did not work.  The driver then took a hammer to some part of the engine, and the dashboard lights came on.  Another push by Theo, and we were off to the hotel at 5 miles an hour.

 

We survived the taxi ride and after trying three rooms at the hotel to find one with a working air conditioner, I hit the hay at 1:30 am.  By this point, I was really missing Lagos.  Breakfast the next morning added fuel to the fire.  The waitress brought me a bowl of cornflakes.  When I poured milk on the cereal, I disturbed a cockroach that came scrambling out of the cereal.  I had the waitress take it away, which she promptly replaced with another bowl from the same box.  Since the second bowl appeared to have no inhabitants, I ate it as our 9:00 am meeting started.

 

The worst thing about the hotel was that I could not get an internet connection except at the open-air front desk, where in the evenings, I swatted mosquitos while checking emails.

 

On our final day, four days later, I showered by flashlight because no one at the hotel was awake early enough to notice that the power was out and start the generator.  When we left the hotel, check out took about half an hour, as the one person at the desk had to manually add up all the meal tickets and convert them to dollars.  Most of the way through this process, I noticed that the math did not seem to work and had him do it over.  Then I got my calculator and redid the math.  Indeed, his calculator was wrong.  He let us use his calculator (and we got the results he had gotten).  He then explained that his calculator did not always give the correct answer, because it had some “problem.”

 

***  Mat Matta goes fishing:

 

Ned,

 

Quick recap of my most recent trip……

 

Labor Day Fishing Trip to Land o Lakes Region of Ontario

 

Decided to head to Twin Oaks Lodge on Kashwakamak Lake in Fernleigh Ontario for a long weekend of fishing. My family has been visiting this fishing lodge for over 40 years but had never been there in September.  The area is called the Land O Lakes region and it is about 2 hours from Thousand Islands border crossing.

 

The weather is great in late August and September.  Warm with a cool breeze

during the day and cool at night.  Best part is the bugs are almost non-existent compared with June and July. The lake water was cool but warm enough for swimming and skiing or tubing.   Many of the lakes are connected so kayak and canoe trips via portage are popular.

 

We caught some real nice smallmouth bass in the 2-3 pound range.  Also caught some walleye and pike. The Lodge served all our meals in a main dining room and cooked our fish in a beer batter for lunch.

 

I highly recommend the Land O Lakes region for a family vacation.  There are not a lot distractions…it’s nature and you make it what you want.

 

***  Places I’ve been:

 

Lampedusa

 

I received this post from Dennis Bryant, and am posting this because it’s a place I’ve been.  I went there to visit the Loran C Station when Ernie Del Bueno was CO; once accompanying the chaplain from Signonella, getting there by means of a CH-53E Sea Stallion.  The second time in the company of the Consul General from Palermo, who flew from Sig aboard a T-39G to attend Ernies change of command.  I will add that Lampedusa is also a habitat for Eleonora’s Falcon.  How do I know this?  The Consul General went out into the scrub looking for them, so of course I went along and I have seen these rare falcons there. 

 

A small (seven square mile) rocky island, Lampedusa has been ruled by Italy since 1840. In ancient times, it served as a landing site for Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs. Its lack of fresh water (except for rainfall) prevented it from becoming a permanent base, although the Romans did produce the fish sauce Garum there for a number of years. The Italians established a small penal colony on the island in the 1860s. During World War II, the small Italian force on Lampedusa surrendered to a landing party from the British destroyer HMS Lookout as Allied forces prepared to invade Sicily in June 1943. In 1972, when Colonel Gaddafi required closure of the US Coast Guard Loran Station in Libya, the station was relocated to Lampedusa. In 1979, Lieutenant Kay Hartzell, USCG, became the first female commanding officer of an isolated unit when she took command of the Loran Station. On 15 April 1986, when Lieutenant Ernest Del Bueno was commanding officer at the Loran Station, Colonel Gaddafi fired two Scud missiles at the facility in retaliation for the American bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi on 14-15 April (which was in retaliation for the bombing by Libyan agents of a discotheque in Berlin on 5 April). The Scuds missed, landing harmlessly in the Mediterranean. The Loran Station ceased transmitting at the end of 1994 and was decommissioned. In recent years, Lampedusa has become a prime destination for economic migrants from Africa seeking entry into Europe. The island has a permanent population of about 4,500 and the main occupations are fishing, agriculture, and tourism. The mild winters and sandy beaches attract a moderate number of visitors.

 

 

***  Can’t forget a face:

 

I admit it.  I am an aerosexual.  I like planes.  So this one I flew from Genoa, Italy to Istanbul, Turkey was especially cool.

 

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has repainted newly-delivered Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JHL (msn 40976) into a special “Globally Yours” livery which features 17,000 individual photos of current and former employees.

 

http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/corporate/press-room/press-releases/9680/turkish-airlines-rises-together-with-its-employees

 

Wishing to acknowledge the vital role its staff have played in the airline’s success, Turkish Airlines and project partner Boeing have prepared a surprise for its employees; a new Boeing 737-800 airplane (TC-JHL) decorated with roughly 17,000 photos of those working on behalf of Turkish Airlines in 191 destinations all over the world.

 

http://worldairlinenews.com/2012/03/17/turkish-airlines-introduces-its-new-globally-yours-boeing-737-800-logojet/

 

***  Having said that, being put on hold with THY while you listed to that “We are Turkish Airlines.  We are Globally Yours,” over and over and over….is pretty annoying.

 

***  Save time at the airport—apply for TSA expedited security screening.

 

I was checked in for my flight to Copenhagne when a TSA representative asked me if I was a frequesnt flier who flew frequently from IAD (Dulles).  He gave me a card and gave me a card and suggested I look into TSA’s PreChek program that would speed up the security screening process.  I later went to the TSA website on the card and started the application processs.  This took hours, as the screens kept timing out, or just failed and I had to start over again (not completly, as it kept data that had been saved).  At the end, I needed to pay $100.  Is it worth it?  Will it be worth it not to take off my shoes?  We’ll see.

 

This is what United sent me:

 

United is working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to deliver TSA Pre✓TM, an expedited security screening program. This program, managed and operated by the TSA, continues to grow and is now available at multiple airports throughout the U.S. Apply today and you could move through security with greater efficiency and ease when flying on a domestic itinerary.

 

The TSA will determine your eligibility for expedited screening on a per-flight basis. If you are selected by the TSA, information embedded in the barcode of your boarding pass will inform the TSA agent at the designated security checkpoint to refer you to an assigned lane for expedited screening. In this special lane, you may no longer need to remove:

 

•             Shoes, belt or jacket

•             Liquids in 3-1-1 compliant bags from

carry-on luggage

•             Laptop from bag for separate screening

 

More information on this program is available on the United website.

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

BACKCOUNTRY RANGER ASSISTANT (1-2 positions), SHUYAK ISLAND STATE PARK, Alaska

 

This remote wilderness park, 54 air miles north of Kodiak, is accessible only by boat or plane. The park/island is 11 miles in diameter, and is comprised of 49,000 acres of coastal rain forest and numerous protected bays and inlets. Favorite recreation activities include sea kayaking, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting. The park is home to the majestic Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, silver salmon, many bird species, and a great diversity of marine mammals. Park facilities include four public use cabins available for rent to visitors and the new Big Bay Rangers Station/Visitor Center. Shuyak Island is subject to the wet, windy, and unpredictable weather of the Gulf of Alaska and Shelikof Strait. Rainfall averages approximately 70 inches per year.

 

Main Tasks: Maintenance of 4 public use cabins including cutting and hauling firewood, keeping cabins stocked with propane, and cleaning cabins. Maintain park vessels and ranger station /visitor center grounds. Monitor patterns of park use and make visitor contacts. Trail work to include portage and hiking trail improvements. Light construction. Assist with park logistics and supply. Occasionally assist park ranger with park patrol.

 

Required Skills: Backcountry hiking, camping and survival skills. Physically able to lift and carry up to 50lb. loads over uneven terrain.  Possess basic carpentry skills and knowledge of related tools.  Two years of undergraduate studies in a natural resource field.  Ability and desire to live in remote location in bear country for extended periods of time. Must be of good temperament and have ability to get along well with others in close living quarters. Good communication skills and ability to work independently.

 

Desired Skills: Experience in chainsaw use and maintenance. Trail construction and boat operation.

 

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

 

Allowance/Housing: Housing will be in backcountry cabins or tents with no running water or electricity. All food, safety equipment, and some training will be provided. Travel to and from Shuyak Island will be provided. Candidates must find their own way to Kodiak.

 

Time Commitment: Three months, at least June l – September l. As long as May 25 – September 30.

 

Note: Include a resume with application. Ranger is on seasonal leave till March. Volunteer will not be selected until the ranger returns to work.

 

Send Application to:

 

Thomas Anthony

Alaska State Parks – Kodiak

1400 Abercrombie Dr.

Kodiak, AK 99615

phone: (907) 486-6339

fax: (907) 486-3320

email: dnr.pkskodiak@alaska.gov

http://camping.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=camping&cdn=travel&tm=76&gps=101_7_1342_467&f=20&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/vip/indexcws.htm

 

BACKCOUNTRY RANGER ASSISTANT (2 positions), NANCY LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA, Willow, Alaska

 

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is located in Southcentral Alaska, 67 miles north of Anchorage, in the community of Willow, with a population of over 1,600. Situated on the east side of the broad Susitna River Valley, Nancy Lake SRA has the typical geography formed by the retreat of large glaciers – forested, rolling hills of glacial moraines and countless lakes, ponds, and streams. This recreation area is well known for its canoe trail system and public use cabins. The 22,685 acre park is home to moose, beaver, fox, black bear, waterfowl and many other wildlife species. Summer recreation activities include canoeing, camping, hiking, and fishing. One backcountry host position is located at Red Shirt Lake, the other at Butterfly Lake.

 

Main Tasks: Maintain public use cabins and backcountry campsites. Contact backcountry visitors and private property owners. Collect visitor use and resource data. Summer access to these lakes is by hiking trail, canoe trail, or floatplane.

 

Special Projects: Monitor backcountry visitor use; serve as the emergency contact for backcountry users. Volunteers will perform routine maintenance of public use cabins and assist other staff with trail projects as needed. They will also serve as a contact for the private property owners in the area.

 

Required Skills: Public relations skills, canoe/small boat experience, light maintenance skills, and the ability to work independently. Applicants must be able to live in a primitive setting.

 

Desired Skills: Education/experience in resource and/or recreation management, carpentry skills, and ability/experience using hand and power tools. Due to the remote nature of these assignments, couples are encouraged to apply.

 

Internship: Will assist volunteer in internship requirements and paperwork.

 

Allowance/Housing: Housing will be in a cabin without running water or electricity. A small motorboat and/or canoe will be provided. A monthly subsistence payment is available with a 60-day commitment to the positions. Radio and cell phone communication is provided. Use of Nancy Lake Office facilities and front country bunk space provided.

 

Time Commitment: Minimum of two months (sixty days), June 15-August 15. Positions can remain open as long as May 15 to September 30 unless weather or other events prohibit longer durations.

 

Note: Application must include resume. Applications are excepted until March 15.

 

Send Application to:

 

Alaska State Parks – Mat-Su/CB

7278 E. Bogard Rd

Wasilla, AK 99654

 

phone: (907) 495-6210 or 745-3975

fax: (907) 495-6671 or 745-0938

 

or

 

Ranger John Wilber

P.O. Box 10

Willow, AK 99688

 

email: john wilber@alaska.gov

 

http://camping.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=camping&cdn=travel&tm=76&gps=101_7_1342_467&f=20&tt=14&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/vip/indexcws.htm

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: September 2012
Wisconsin’s Glacial Drumlin State Trail

Wisconsin’s 52-mile Glacial Drumlin State Trail follows the corridor of a former passenger railroad that some speculate was built by the Chicago and Northwestern Railway purely for political convenience. Completed in 1882, the Milwaukee and Madison Air Line provided a straight shot through rural countryside and several small communities to connect two of the state’s most important cities—but very little in-between.

“In Wisconsin, the bulk of the population was in Milwaukee, but Madison was the capital,” says Jim White, president of the Friends of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. “The railroad was built to provide good transportation between the two cities, so legislators would choose to ride on it and support the railroads.”

But even if the line made good political sense on paper, laying the track itself proved far trickier. Though it provided a direct link between the two urban centers, the route happened to traverse a glacial swamp, and many of the wood pilings would sink into the ground. Along one especially hazardous passage, the ground was so unreliable that a guard had to be placed there to warn oncoming trains of the danger at all hours. One train, which didn’t heed the warning to slow down, tumbled off the track and sank into the muck, where it remains today.

Even with these logistical hitches, the line eventually opened to great fanfare, according to a Milwaukee Sentinel article from the time: “The run between Madison and this city was a most eventful one, and the train was received at every station by crowds of enthusiastic people. At Waukesha, the enthusiasm was most marked, nearly one-half of the population of the village turning out to greet the arrival of the train.”

Today, Waukesha, on the outskirts of Milwaukee, is the eastern terminus of the trail—and also home to one of its most popular sections. Unlike the crushed-limestone surface along most of the route, the 13-mile section between Waukesha and Dousman is paved. It’s a favorite training spot for White, who competes in inline-skating marathons. “It’s the perfect compromise between not too crowded and not too remote,” he says.

The trail is well-used by cyclists and walkers, but its popularity doesn’t slow in winter. You’ll find snowshoers and cross-country skiers all along the route in the colder months, as well as snowmobilers on the unpaved portions. Animals are abundant, too. Blue herons, sandhill cranes and other water birds frequent the trail’s many ponds, rivers and marshes, and wild turkeys, eagles, deer, foxes, rabbits, badgers and chipmunks can often be seen.

“You don’t feel that you’re in the city anymore,” says Brett Johanen, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property manager for the eastern half of the trail. “Within five to 10 minutes of your ride, you’re out in the country.”

The only slightly unpleasant spot on the trail is a 1.5-mile on-road gap by Highway 26 in Jefferson, where signs direct travelers along a two-lane road that is often busy with trucks thundering back and forth to an ethanol plant. This detour will eventually be remedied, though, by construction of a new off-road, crushed-limestone replacement. Construction is expected to begin within three years.

“We just purchased a majority of the property,” says Lance Stock, the DNR property manager for the western half of the trail. “That was a section we really needed to get. We want to keep trail users off the roads and onto a safe corridor.”

Another new addition has also recently seen positive movement. On its western end, the trail terminates at Cottage Grove. From here, it would be a short hop—less than 15 miles—for the trail to reach farther west to Madison, and plans are now in the works to do so. The Wisconsin DNR recently acquired the land for this section of the corridor from GE Healthcare.

“Within the next five years, we’ll have the missing link developed,” says Stock. “It just takes a while to get the funding in place to do the work.”

As exciting as the future additions are, the current route offers plenty of intrigue. About 15 miles east of Cottage Grove lies the Zeloski Marsh, a beautiful wetland habitat popular for birding. In these peaceful surroundings, typical of much of the trail, you’d never guess that this ground was once a dangerous place. From the 1830s to 1850s, a notorious family of thieves consisting of Moses Finch and his 12 sons and five daughters—all wickedly expert with pistol and rifle—used the nearly impenetrable swamp as a hideout for stolen horses and cattle.

Also nearby is the Lake Mills Depot, which serves as a DNR office, visitor center and nature center. As rental bicycles and trail passes are available here, it’s good place to begin your journey. The restored depot, which dates back to 1895, offers interesting exhibits on the trail’s development and railroad history.

Last year, the state trail—one of 41 in Wisconsin—celebrated its 25th anniversary. For a rail line with somewhat impractical roots, the Glacial Drumlin has certainly justified its construction in this second life as a rail-trail.

“This is the third state trail I’ve worked on and my favorite,” Stock says affectionately. “It goes through some nice communities, where people treat the trail like an extension of their property.”

 

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

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Education and Communications Coordinator, Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver, CO

 

Bluff Lake Nature Center (BLNC) is a growing nonprofit agency that owns and manages a unique urban wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver. The refuge is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats. Serving nearly 5,000 elementary school students each year, many of them from high-poverty schools, BLNC brings the outdoor environment and environmental science into the lives of underserved students. BLNC works to preserve and restore our 123-acre wildlife refuge, enhancing native habitat along a critical urban riparian corridor. The site is also used as an urban oasis by many visitors from the general public.

 

The ECC will primarily work to maintain and strengthen our current programs, such as our signature school field trip programs, summer camps, and other public outreach programming. ECC will also spend approximately 5 hours per week on organizational communications, and 5 hours per week on developing and implementing earned income opportunities.

 

Specific tasks:

1) Work with Education Director to ensure successful school field trips, summer camps, and other camps by addressing the educational content and logistics of the programs; promote the programs; conducting pre-field trip school visits; managing program reservations; staffing the programs; working with volunteers; and managing and analyzing field trip assessments.

2) Work with Education Director to develop new programs that target more intensive study opportunities than current programs, or that can be used in new organizational environments

3) Work with Education Director to recruit, train, manage, reward, and retain volunteers.

4) Work with Education Director and other BLNC staff to promote, set up, staff, and manage volunteers at other BLNC programming and special events.

5) Work with Education Director to staff outreach booths and attend environmental education events and meetings.

6) Serve as the point person for the design, creation, and/or management of BLNC’s various online–and some offline–communications vehicles, including our website, e-newsletter, social media pages, and print collateral.

7) Work with the ED and Education Director to brainstorm and implement promising, mission-oriented, and generally profitable earned income opportunities.

8) Other tasks and special projects as required.

 

This position is part-time, 35 hours per week initially, somewhat flexible hours. Looking to grow position to full-time in the next year.

 

Qualifications:

Committed to land conservation, science education

Min. 2 yrs. environmental education success

Communications, marketing skills: written and oral, incl. history of teaching, public speaking, and understanding effective online communications, website maintenance

Organized, detail-oriented

Bachelor’s in relevant field

Success generating earned income opportunities or business experience

Successful volunteer recruitment

Print collateral design and creation

 

Interested applicants: please email letter of interest, resume, at least three references, and salary requirements to Jeff Lamontagne, Executive Director, Bluff Lake Nature Center. All applications and inquiries via email please: jlamontagne@blufflake.org. Please, no calls.

 

jlamontagne@blufflake.org

http://andrewhudsonsjobslist.com/index.cfm?PID=805&ID=8559,29011,0&S=iloktioruwr#j3

 

2.)  Life Skills Worker – Adventure Based Activities Facilitator, Geo Abraxas Leadership Development Program, South Mountain, PA

http://www.simplyhired.com/job-id/wozfnasnef/life-skills-jobs/

 

3.)  Lead Instructor, Adventure Programs and Expeditions, Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut, Brookfield, CT

http://regionalymca.applicantpro.com/jobs/4422-4687.html

 

4.)  Seasonal Environmental Educator (Part-Time), Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Shaker Heights, Ohio

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs/job_item.jhtml?id=391600006

 

5.)  Part-Time Instructor of Outdoor Leadership, Oregon Employment Department Bend, Or

http://www.emp.state.or.us/jobs/index.cfm?location_content=jobdisplay.cfm,&agency_menu=N&ord=871236

 

6.)  Part-Time Instructors – Rock Climbing, Oregon Employment Department, Gresham, OR

http://www.emp.state.or.us/jobs/index.cfm?location_content=jobdisplay.cfm&agency_menu=N&ord=862164

 

7,)  Rock Climbing Instructor, Life Time Fitness, Lakeville, MN

http://jobs.lifetimefitness.com/job/Lakeville-Rock-Climbing-Instructor-Job-MN-55044/2091940/

 

8.)  Corporate Communications Coordinator, Vail Resorts, Inc., Broomfield, Colorado

 

The corporate headquarters for Vail Resorts, Inc, the leading mountain resort operator in the US, is located in Broomfield, Colorado.  We operate the world-class mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  We also operate Vail Resorts Hospitality and RockResorts, a luxury resort property and hotel company, featuring casually elegant properties co-located with our mountain destinations as well as in the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.

 

The Corporate Communications Coordinator supports the Corporate Communications Team in the areas of internal communications, public relations  and social media by performing administrative duties, writing company announcements, assembling e-newsletters, pitching stories, coordinating events, organizing files and databases, managing and contributing to social communities, and assisting with media hosting.

 

Responsibilities:

•             Compile, edit and design a weekly e-newsletter for employees

•             Draft employee emails, FAQs, talking points, etc.

•             Edit written communications with close attention to detail

•             Assist with drafting press materials such as news releases, media alerts and pitches

•             Write and create content for social communities including Buzz and Facebook

•             Create, update and manage media lists and editorial calendars

•             Cultivate relationships with business stakeholders and media

•             Coordinate media itineraries

•             Update website content

•             Assist with special event planning

•             Coordinate media monitoring, analysis and research

•             Research employee communications trends and best practices

•             Assist with development of videos and presentations

•             Track PR results and create dashboard reports

 

Requirements:

•             Bachelors Degree, preferably in Journalism, Communications or English

•             2 years of experience in communications role, including writing and social media experience

•             Demonstrated resourcefulness and effectiveness in roles

•             Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Web CMS (content management systems), Photoshop or other photo editing programs, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

•             A propensity toward learning more technologies

•             Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication

•             Ability to build internal and external relationships

•             Good eye for detail in editing written communications

•             Ability to write from various points of view and voices

 

Preferred skills:

•             Basic graphic design

•             Experience or knowledge about internal communications, public relations and social media

•             Familiarity with travel industry

•             Exposure to working with human resources

 

Have fun.  Serve Others.  Do Right.  Drive Values.  Do Good.  Be Safe.  These are the values Vail Resorts employees embrace daily.   As the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations, we operate in three highly integrated and interdependent segments including mountain, lodging and real estate.  Vail Resorts employees are good at what they do and we welcome people who bring enthusiasm, pride and a commitment to creating an Experience of a Lifetime to our stakeholders.

 

Vail Resorts is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

https://performancemanager4.successfactors.com/career?company=Vail&career_job_req_id=10082&career_ns=job_listing

 

9.)  Adventure Education Assistant, New Vision Wilderness, Brookfield, WI

https://gethired.com/apply/2867c10c-051d-41d9-830e-4cc63fdae28f?rcid=shs

 

 

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