Your Very Next Step newsletter for December 2012

 Your Very Next Step newsletter for December 2012
By Ned Lundquist


“How did it get so late so soon?

Its night before its afternoon.

December is here before its June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?”

– Dr. Seuss

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

– John Ruskin


“Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.”

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge


“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

– Mae West


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

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***  Ned’s upcoming travel:


*** In this issue:

***  Rowing: The other paddle sport

***  Natural Poison Ivy Remedies For the Outdoors-person

***  Cold-Weather Riding: Tips to Stay Warm on the Bike

***  An Iceland Grand Tour

***  Best airlines for extra legroom in coach

***  From the  American Hiking Society:  Hiking Etiquette

***  In Virginia, when it comes to snakeheads: Catch and destroy

***  Best iPhone Applications for Winter Outdoor Activities

***  Rental car companies combining

***  Putting science back in science fair projects:

***  10 Best Airlines You’ve Never Flown

***  Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2012


*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:


1.)  Backcountry Volunteer, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, Florida

2.)  Volunteer service opportunity, Wilderness Volunteers, Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines, CA

3.)  Communications/Public Relations/Marketing Volunteer, Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: December 2012
New Zealand’s Otago Central Rail Trail
*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Web Developer – C# / ASP.NET / SQL, &, Redmond, Oregon

2.)  Conservation Fellow, Village Enterprise, Hoima, Uganda

3.)  Editorial and Digital Internship, BACKPACKER magazine, Chantilly, VA

4.)  Cruise Representative, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Wichita, Kansas

5.)  Senior Director, Digital Strategy, Wilderness Society, Washington, D.C.

6.)  Outdoor Recreation Advisor, Wisconsin Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

7.)  Senior Manager, Corporate Sponsorships, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York

8.)  Marketing Assistant, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Encino, California

9.)  Communications Officer, NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY, Lymington, Hampshire, UK

10.)  Marketing Manager, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO

11.)  Public Information Specialist III, ND game and Fish Department, Bismarck, ND

13.)  Director of Communications, American Bird Conservancy, Washington, DC


…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 (


***  Rowing: The other paddle sport


By Joel Rogers


***  Natural Poison Ivy Remedies For the Outdoors-person


by Robbi Drake


***  Cold-Weather Riding: Tips to Stay Warm on the Bike


By Frank Eastland and Todd Kaib (For


***  An Iceland Grand Tour


Photographer Adam Jaquette show us the wild side to Iceland


By Adam Jaquette


***  Best airlines for extra legroom in coach

By Ed Perkins

Smarter Travel


***  From the  American Hiking Society:


Hiking Etiquette


Be respectful of the land and other hikers.

Almost every group of people have some unwritten rules to help govern their activity and make things more pleasant for all those participating. Rules such as not cutting in line at a ski lift and keeping your elbows off the table when eating at Mom’s house are just two examples.

Hikers are no different. Following a few unwritten rules can help make your hike and the hike for others more pleasant. Among some commonly observed practices are:

• Hike quietly. Speak in low voices and turn your cell phone down, if not off. Enjoy the sounds of nature and let others do the same.

• If taking a break, move off the trail a ways to allow others to pass by unobstructed.

• Don’t toss your trash – not even biodegradable items such as banana peels. It is not good for animals to eat non-native foods and who wants to look at your old banana peel while it ever-so-slowly decomposes? If you packed it in, pack it back out.

• Hikers going downhill yield to those hiking uphill.

• When bringing a pet on a hike, be sure to keep it on a leash and under control. Don’t forget to pack out pet waste as well.

• Don’t feed the wildlife. While many animals stay hidden, others are not so shy. Giving these creatures food only disrupts their natural foraging habits.

• Leave what you find. The only souvenirs a hiker should come home with are photographs and happy memories. (And maybe an improved fitness level!)

• When relieving yourself outdoors, be sure to do so 200 feet away from the trail and any water sources. Follow Leave No Trace principles.

• Walk through the mud or puddle and not around it, unless you can do so without going off the trail. Widening a trail by going around puddles, etc. is bad for trail sustainability. Just because it looks easy to cut the corner off of a switchback doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Help preserve the trail by staying on the trail.

• If hiking in a group, don’t take up the whole width of the trail; allow others to pass.


***  In Virginia, when it comes to snakeheads: Catch and destroy:


All anglers are reminded to acquaint themselves with a good description of the northern snakehead fish. If you should manage to catch one of these exotic imports, please kill it immediately and report the catch to either the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


***  Best iPhone Applications for Winter Outdoor Activities


By Christina Scannapiego (for


***  Rental car companies combining


Wary Of Consolidation, Buyers Could Benefit From Hertz-Dollar Thrifty Deal,-Buyers-Could-Benefit-From-Hertz-Dollar-Thrifty-Deal/?ida=Car%20Rental&a=proc&cid=eltrDaily


***  Putting science back in science fair projects:


***  10 Best Airlines You’ve Never Flown

By Ed Perkins

Smarter Travel


***  Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2012


Cities, Islands, Hotels, Resorts, Cruises, Airlines


Who but Condé Nast Traveler readers would have heard of, let alone traveled to, Bozcaada or Knysna? They’re winners this year, and that is only part of what makes these Readers’ Choice Awards so exceptional. Not just the numbers—although a record 46,476 readers participated. Not just the effect—always raising the bar, with 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines, incredibly, rating above 90. But also the vigorous curiosity to go where so few follow. You even, occasionally, locate sheer perfection—this year in Australia, granting a perfect score of 100 to Qualia resort on the Great Barrier Reef. In this, the 25th annual survey, you elected a grand total of 1,306 winners.


*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

1.)  Backcountry Volunteer, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, Florida


The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.


The goal of the Backcountry Volunteer Program is to increase the ability of the NPS to contact, assist and educate visitors in the Preserve backcountry, assist with minor trail maintenance as needed and aid in the monitoring of the backcountry trail system.


Backcountry Volunteers are trained in the use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) and travel along backcountry trails that allow for ORV use assisting and educating visitors as needed. Volunteers perform minor trail maintenance and identify major trail issues that need to be addressed.


Backcountry Volunteers are customer service oriented, enjoy the outdoors, have a basic understanding of backcountry travel and are good team players. Prior knowledge of Big Cypress trails and ORVs is beneficial for these volunteers, but not necessary. To become part of the program, a short training commitment is required.


The entrance to Big Cypress is located on Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) and US Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail). These are the main roads that traverse the site. Visitor facilities and most activities originate from the Tamiami Trail.


Each year hundreds of volunteers contribute approximately 30,000 hours of service to Big Cypress National Preserve. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of preserve operations. Some work full-time during the winter season, while others may work one day a week or even for a few hours on a special project. Some are students and others are retirees looking for adventure during their “golden years.” Some maintain and/or patrol trails while others work as campground hosts or as visitor center personnel.


Regardless of age or background, these folks share a desire to make a positive contribution to the management of the preserve. Volunteers are a valuable and valued part of our operation and our community.


For more information regarding the Big Cypress National Preserve volunteer program, please contact the preserve Volunteer Coordinator at 239-695-1229, or by email (


Mailing Address:

Attention: Volunteer Coordinator

Big Cypress National Preserve

33000 Tamiami Trail East

Ochopee, FL 34141


2.)  Volunteer service opportunity, Wilderness Volunteers, Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines, CA


Apr 21st – Apr 27th 2013




Established in 1908 to preserve the incongruent and beautiful rock formations of its namesake, Pinnacles National Monument encompasses about 26,000 acres east of central California’s Salinas Valley in the southern portion of the Gabilan Mountains, one of a series of parallel northwest-trending ridges and valleys that make up the Central Coast Range. The giant San Andreas Fault split an ancient volcano and the Pacific Plate crept north, carrying the Pinnacles. The work of water and wind on these erodible volcanic rocks has formed the unusual rock structures seen today. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.


The rolling chaparral and dramatic rock faces of Pinnacles National Monument inspire loyalty in visitors from picnickers to rock-climbers, and from stargazers to cave explorers, and of course to volunteers. Pinnacles is visually stunning. This striking beauty is attributable, in part, to the Monument’s geologic formations, showcase chaparral habitat, finely integraded ecosystems, and protected native plant and animal diversity. Pinnacles National Monument is a release site for the endangered California condor, and the birds can sometimes be seen from hiking trails throughout the park.


Our service project is assisting Pinnacle’s vegetation team by removing exotic, non-native plants from backcountry canyons and streams. Spring is the ideal time to be in Pinnacles, with wildflowers and wildlife all reawakening. We’ll camp in a designated campsite in tents or our vehicles and walk or make short daily drives to worksites in the backcountry.


This project features a vegetarian menu with optional meat ingredients on many meals. We can relax at the end of the work day — our full-time cook will have dinner ready for us, including plenty of fresh ingredients and some meals baked in her Dutch oven.


Check out more photos from last year’s Pinnacles project in our gallery.


The fee for 2013 projects is $299. If you want to be on the waitlist for a project that is currently full, submit an application and select the Pay By Check option. We will notify you if space becomes available. If you are still interested in doing the trip, payment will be due at that time.


Offered by Wilderness Volunteers.  This is just one of many projects offered by WV.


3.)  Communications/Public Relations/Marketing Volunteer, Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: December 2012
New Zealand’s Otago Central Rail Trail
By Laura Stark

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

This month, fans of the popular Lord of the Rings movies are eagerly anticipating the latest installment of the acclaimed series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. For an experience in Middle Earth, adventurers both tall and small can take their own journey along the Otago Central Rail Trail, a well-kept gravel pathway running 150 kilometers (more than 90 miles) through the region where many of the film’s sequences were shot. The gorgeous backdrop for the movies—wind-swept vistas, rugged mountains, lush green farm fields, and jaw-dropping river gorges—can all be found on this unique rail-trail on New Zealand’s South Island.

“The Hobbit people were here for quite a while,” says Kate Wilson, chair of the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust, a nonprofit group established in 1994 to raise funds for the trail and promote its use. “They were filming on Rock and Pillar, Taieri Ridge and around Queenstown.”

Queenstown, known as a hub for skiing, whitewater rafting and other extreme sports, is not far from the rail-trail’s western end at the town of Clyde. But even without the side trip, there is plenty to experience on the trail itself, named after the railway line built here in the early 20th century to transport produce from this rich agricultural heartland.

Perhaps one of the best embodiments of this early rural culture can be found at Hayes Engineering Works in Oturehua. It’s the factory of Ernest Hayes—farmer, miller and inventor extraordinaire—who invented and produced many types of farming tools, some still in use today. His wife, Hannah, supported these endeavors by going door to door by bicycle to sell the unique products. Their 1895 homestead, as well as the original workshop, windmill and other structures, can be explored today in this fascinating living museum.

Before the railway, gold fever swept the area in the 1860s. In Oturehua you can visit the Golden Progress Mine, a short detour off the trail. Its tall winding tower straddles a shaft that was used to reach gold-bearing quartz deep in the ground. Many other relics of this gold-mining era can be found along the pathway, but perhaps none as unusual as the Platypus, New Zealand’s first submarine, built in 1874 to dredge the river beds for gold. After an unsuccessful test run in Otago Harbor, the project was abandoned and its rusty hull is now on display at the Strath Taieri Museum in Middlemarch, the trail’s eastern terminus.

After 85 years of rail service, road-based freight eventually replaced the Otago Central Railway and the line closed in 1990. In 1993, the federal Department of Conservation sought to turn the disused rail corridor into a recreational amenity. They found support in a small group of community volunteers who soon formed the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust to help sustain the project. The first section, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Clyde to Alexandra, opened in 1994. The trail continued to grow from both ends until it was finally completed in 2000.

“There was quite strong opposition in the beginning,” says Daphne Hull, a founding member of the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust. “As soon as the rail went out, the fences went up. But it’s 100 percent positive now. As a group, we went around to the communities and invited the neighbors to talk about the trail. Personal one-to-one contact is what convinced them. When the railway left, these little communities were dying and we showed them the possibilities that the trail could bring.”

Now, thousands flock to the Otago Central Rail Trail each year, infusing the local economy with more than NZ$12 million a year (about US$9.9 million) from lodging, food and other tourist spending.

“I first moved to Middlemarch in 1992, just as the railway was closing,” says Wilson. “Things were pretty dire. Some hotels and pubs were closing. It was a slow creep, but the trail made sure that hotels stayed open, and started the development of new businesses. Farmers could offer homestays and B&Bs. Middlemarch didn’t have a café then, but now supports three, which is quite something for a population of 250.”

The trail has proved so successful that it caught the attention of New Zealand’s federal government and helped spur a recent nationwide trail initiative to generate economic, social and environmental benefits for communities along trails elsewhere. The New Zealand Cycle Trail, launched in 2009 and supported by an impressive NZ$50 million investment from the government, will be one trail to rule them all: an intertwined network of off-road pathways stretching more than 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) across the country.

“The Otago Central Rail Trail is a local economic success story and provided, in part, the inspiration for developing a national network of cycle trails,” Prime Minister John Key stated in a press release earlier this year. “The idea was to build a nationwide network of cycle trails that would emulate the benefits of the Otago Central Rail Trail and promote New Zealand as an international cycling destination.”

But one does not simply walk into Mordor…ahem, Otago. Amenities along the trail are somewhat rustic, so you will need to be prepared. Although public toilets are available at frequent intervals, they do not provide toilet paper. In such a dry climate, water is a precious resource and often untreated, so drinking commercially bottled water is best. A flashlight will come in handy, too, as the trail’s three tunnels are unlit.

When deciding when to visit, keep in mind that New Zealand, being in the southern hemisphere, has seasons reversed from the U.S., and each as its own charms.

“The seasonal change from summer to autumn has the whole region in a vivid display of autumn color,” says Michelle Ormsby, tourism manager for Tourism Central Otago. “Particularly the orchards, vineyards and deciduous trees that line the rail trail. Spring brings the vibrancy of new growth, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Summer is hot, dry and shimmery, with the days long and generally settled.”

But one thing does not change no matter when you go. Small, friendly communities line the rail-trail every 10 miles or so, welcoming you at every step. “You’ll be going through locations with some of the nicest people in the world,” says Wilson.

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

1.)  Web Developer – C# / ASP.NET / SQL, &, Redmond, Oregon


If you only like to bug-fix and maintain, this position is NOT for you.


HOWEVER, if you:


Want to build something great from the ground up…


Get excited about the thought of designing and architecting a company-wide, impactful solution…


Want to work for a growing company in an awesome industry, putting your C# development skills to the test…


THEN, please read on…, a leading online retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, is seeking a seasoned Web Developer (C#, ASP.NET, SQL) to join our talented Technology team in Redmond, Oregon. This is a great opportunity for a Web Developer who wants to build something exciting from scratch. This position will focus on brand new e-commerce web development using the latest technologies.


More specifically, this position will be responsible for analyzing, designing, building, and testing brand new e-commerce focused web applications. You will work in a team environment on a host of projects, ranging from small to highly complex, that have a major impact on our website functionality, our systems, and, ultimately, our customers’ experiences. You will participate in architecture sessions, design sessions, and code development and testing for these projects to support our e-commerce business.


We have a small, high-performing technology team, so you should expect to be challenged to help make our website the absolute best it can be.


In addition to working with the technology team, you should also expect to be a true partner with various company departments, including Marketing, Merchandising and Production.



•You must have at least 4 years of experience in the following areas:◦Outstanding skills writing web applications with C#

◦Developing web-based applications in a Windows environment using .NET

◦Excellent experience with HTML, JavaScript, CSS and jQuery


•At least 3 years experience developing stored procedures using Microsoft SQL Server

•Strong web security knowledge and experience

•Experience with Web Services and XML

•Demonstrated skills in systems analysis, design, coding and testing web applications

•Object-oriented analysis (OOA) and design (OOD) experience

•The ability to understand and execute in all phases of a project(s)

•A true business-oriented mindset, with the ability to solve problems through technology

•Keen sense of innovation and creativity

•Strong ability to communicate effectively at all levels in an organization

•The ability to work well in a team environment

•Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science and/or Business related field, or equivalent.



•Experience in the e-commerce retail sector is highly preferred

•Mobile development experience is a bonus

•Social media platform development knowledge (Twitter / Facebook) is desired

•Agile development experience

•Experience with Flash



Every day is “Bring-Your-Dog-to-Work Day.” Our job is to help our customers get outside to enjoy the Great Outdoors and ensure they have the perfect gear to do it right. We embody what we do. You will see our employees wearing much of the gear we sell because we are out “in it,” in the vast playground that is Central Oregon. Our culture is informal – jeans, t-shirts and hats – and we’re also intelligent, creative business people seeking to move the needle every day. This is just some of what you will see as you walk around in our offices – just be sure to step over the occasional lazy dog!


BENEFITS: is committed to providing a fulfilling work environment that allows employees to balance their personal lives with their professional careers.  This position provides generous vacation time, a full benefits package (medical, dental, and vision), and attractive company perks & discounts.  Pay is commensurate with experience.




Please email your cover letter and resume to  with “Web Developer” in the Subject line.


2.)  Conservation Fellow, Village Enterprise, Hoima, Uganda


3.)  Editorial and Digital Internship, BACKPACKER magazine, Chantilly, VA


Score a BACKPACKER magazine internship and learn to create inspirational stories about the outdoors. BACKPACKER is looking for self-starting, detail-obsessed journalism students with writing, editing, and new media skills for semester-long internships.


Students will have the opportunity to write and edit for print and the web as well opportunities to shoot in-the-field-video, obtain essential GPS and content management system knowledge, and more.


• work side-by-side with an award-winning print

and web staff

• shoot, star in, and edit in-the-field videos

• write bylined stories, blogs, and trip reports

• manage writers and freelancers

• plan future issues

• learn the art of great story pitching

• network with magazine editors

• test new tents, boots, packs, and sleeping bags

• obtain essential web content management and

SEO skills.

• learn PhotoShop and InDesign Basics.

*5 minutes from CU campus, on the bus line and right off the bike path

*For-credit internships offered at 20 hours per week


Send a cover letter and resume to BACKPACKER Associate Editor Rachel Zurer at


For school credit only.


4.)  Cruise Representative, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Wichita, Kansas


5.)  Senior Director, Digital Strategy, Wilderness Society, Washington, D.C.


6.)  Outdoor Recreation Advisor, Wisconsin Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Required experience and skills (for a complete job description see Position Vacancy Listing 75038, website listed below)

•Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred in education or behavioral science with course work in student personnel, counseling, recreation or group dynamics.

•One to three years experience advising and educating college-age students and student groups in areas such as meeting facilitation, program planning, marketing, delegation, risk-management, budgeting, etc.

•One to three years professional experience in student development within a college union/student activities or recreational sports setting preferred.

•Strong written and verbal skills. Ability to produce professional reports and present ideas to a variety of audiences.

•Demonstrated critical thinking and decision making skills

•Demonstrated commitment to creating a work environment that is welcoming and respectful of everyone regardless of identity, background, interest or ability.

•Ability to facilitate exchange of ideas and assist students in translating them into plans and programs.

•Experience in any of the following outdoor activities: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, sailing, SCUBA diving, or windsurfing. Horseback riding/horse care experience a plus.

•Willingness to adjust personal schedule to the needs of programming, understanding the need to observe, participate in and evaluate programs. Frequent evening and some weekend hours required.

•Experience utilizing outdoor recreation as a way to teach leadership and social education skills preferred.


Duties and application procedure are contained in Position vacancy Listing 75038 located on the University of Wisconsin employment opportunities web site;


About Outdoor Recreation at the Wisconsin Union


The Union’s outdoor recreation space and facilities is currently under renovation and will reopen in June 2013.  This position will work with the Outdoor Recreation Director, Union staff, and students to use the construction phase as a catalyst for reflection, evaluation, and change in program offerings and services. Outdoor rentals, which will be closed until the renovation project is completed, has historically provided students, Union members, faculty, staff, and University guests with rental opportunities of outdoor equipment from canoes to camping gear.  During the renovation project, an analysis of the outdoor rentals operation will be performed and recommendations will be made as a result of the analysis.


Hoofers is the largest branch of the Union’s Outdoor Recreation Unit and consists of six separate clubs: Sailing, Ski & Snowboard, Outing, Riding, Mountaineering, and SCUBA, as well as five collegiate teams.  The clubs are coordinated by Hoofer Council which is composed of a representative from each of the six clubs plus five elected executives and six appointed officers.  Each club administers its own program with funds generated completely from membership dues, activity fees, and fundraising.  The current total Hoofer budget is at $1.4 million.


Since its inception in 1931 as a collegiate outdoor recreation program, Hoofers continues to be one of the largest and most active outdoor programs in the country. For example, the Sailing club with 1300 members has the largest inland sailing fleet and the second largest fleet in the country. The Riding Club operates a 40 acre boarding and teaching facility 30 minutes south of Madison and the Ski & Snowboard clubs hosts the Midwest’s largest ski resale every year and has been offering trips for over 45 years. The Outing Club has the Midwest’s largest paddling club and SCUBA offers PADI certified diving programs. Between 400 and 500 youth participate every summer youth riding and sailing programs. Finally, the clubs host a variety of annual events reaching thousands of members of the campus community.


7.)  Senior Manager, Corporate Sponsorships, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York


8.)  Marketing Assistant, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Encino, California


9.)  Communications Officer, NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY, Lymington, Hampshire, UK


The New Forest National Park Authority is responsible for conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the New Forest and for promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities by the public.


Communications Officer


£28,901 – £32,087 per annum


37 hours per week


Fixed-term to February 2015


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our award-winning communications team. The Communications Officer will play a vital role in promoting the work of the National Park and as such should be a fluent, natural writer, skilled at tailoring information for a range of audiences.


Thriving in a fast-paced environment, you will be talented at identifying great stories and bringing these to life for a wide range of media, our website and our audiences.


This varied role would suit an enthusiastic media professional with superb interpersonal and account management skills coupled with press office and online experience. You will be able to juggle tasks and work under pressure to deliver a first class service within the National Park Authority, assisting colleagues across the organisation and working with partner organisations, to devise and manage multimedia activity for a range of projects and campaigns.


This post is based at the Authority’s offices in Lymington, Hampshire.


For an informal discussion please contact HR on or 01590 646637.


For a full job description and to apply please click the button below to visit our website.


CVs are not accepted.


Closing date: 14th December 2012.


Interviews: w/c 14th January 2013.


10.)  Marketing Manager, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO,29681,0#j1


11.)  Public Information Specialist III, ND game and Fish Department, Bismarck, ND


13.)  Director of Communications, American Bird Conservancy, Washington, DC


The Director of Communications oversees all aspects of the Communications Division, including media relations, publications, web, social media, and other forms of electronic communications, and internal communications. The Director of Communications is responsible for managing all staff members in this Division, setting priorities and direction for ABC communications, and achieving long-term communications goals.


This position requires significant abilities and experience in communications and management, preferably within the NGO community, a broad understanding of ABC’s mission and philosophies, and a clear vision for ABC’s future place in the public consciousness and compelling ideas on how to achieve it. Knowledge of current bird conservation issues in the Americas is strongly preferred.


Major Duties


• Coordinate and increase ABC outreach to U.S and international media outlets. This includes developing strategies and overseeing implementation of media and outreach campaigns in order to achieve the greatest media. • Manage and supervise staff in the Communications Division. Ensure all Communications Staff have appropriate and adequate training. • Create new and further develop existing strategies for expanding ABC communications to its members, other constituents, and the general public to maximize the organization’s public profile and recognition of its conservation achievements. • Oversee the timely production of ABC’s major publications (magazine, newsletter and annual report), including scheduling, content development, design, and distribution. • Oversee the management and development of ABC websites, including content, design, and navigation. • Coordinate integrated communications to ABC constituents in tandem with ongoing conservation campaigns and fundraising activities. • Oversee and further develop ABC’s social media campaigns. • Explore and enhance opportunities for collaborative communications outreach with other organizations. • Work with all divisions of ABC to enhance communications on ABC’s conservation work. • Oversee and enhance internal communication mechanisms within ABC. • Assist the Director of Membership in developing innovative ways of expanding ABC’s membership base. • Act as ABC spokesperson on ABC programs to the public, press, and peers in the conservation community. • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements


• An undergraduate degree in the biological sciences, English, or journalism, plus a Masters degree in communications/media relations or at least four years relevant communications experience or a combination of relevant education and experience. • Proven experience in managing a communications program for an NGO or equivalent, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, and evaluating program needs. • Proven experience and ability in communicating with the press. • Proven experience and ability in coordinating media campaigns. • Proven writing and editing experience, including feature articles. • An understanding of social media and electronic communications systems and how they can be used most effectively to reach a broad, targeted audience. • Must be an effective communicator, both written and oral, able to synthesize copious, complex, and diverse material into information that ABC constituents will find understandable, engaging, and compelling. • Ability to identify and act on useful outreach opportunities. • Experience managing publications to regular deadlines. • Energetic, entrepreneurial, creative, proven managerial experience, and well organized, with the ability to coordinate many tasks and responsibilities.


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