Your Very Next Step newsletter for August 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for August 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from Tacoma, Washington.

 

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*** In this issue:
***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  25 Natural Phenomena You Have To See To Believe

***  FLIGHT OF THE CONDORS: HAIN WILDERNESS

***  50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act

***  National Wilderness Conference

***  Wilderness Kitchen — Appetites: Shore lunch puts freshest fish on menu

***  You caught ’em, now how to cook them? Favorites from the pros

***  Beth Dooley’s “Make Dinner On the Trail” | Star Tribune

***  A day in the desert: Saguaro Wilderness

***  This will get you chirping: Bars made with cricket flour

***  Travel for Free by House-Sitting Your Way Around The World.

***  Birding Skills: October 2015

***  Birdwatching Holidays

***  Hiking 101: Using a Compass

***  15 Essential Tech Gadgets for Travelers

***  From Air Asia: Penang!

***  AMERICA’S 15 BEST ROOFTOP BARS

***  River Recreation in Virginia is Focus of Workshop Sep. 17-18, 2014, in Mecklenburg County

***  20 Nastiest Things People Have Tweeted to Airlines This Month

***  The 2014 Conde Nast Traveler  list of Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

***  ICS, IMEC and ITF issue guidance on Ebola virus risks to crews

***  Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

***  Southeastern Sportsman Expo

***  2015 The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

***  38th Annual Virginia Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours

***  10 Trips To Take That Will Actually Teach You Something

***  10 BEST WATER PARKS IN THE U.S.

***  Trail of the Month: August 2014

Missouri’s MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer Positions, Peak 7 Adventures, Mead, WA

2.)  Volunteer Vacation, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring, Maine

3.)  Volunteer Vacation, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Paragould, Arkansas

4.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Acadia National Park, Wilderness Volunteers, Mount Desert Island, Maine

5.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Rincon Mountain District, Wilderness Volunteers, Saguaro National Park, AZ

6.)  Sierra Club VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators, National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), Joshua Tree, CA

2.)  Wilderness Instructors (Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North/South Carolina, and British Columbia), Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

3.)    Urban Wilderness Canoe Guide (Twin Cities Metro Area), Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

4.)  Career Seasonal Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 In-training, State of Washington, Auburn, WA

5.)  Communications Manager (CC5), Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program, Dept. of Ecology, State of Washington, Lacey, Washington

 

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!
*** Do you have a travel adventure, conservation or outdoor update  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/).

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel, maybe, perhaps:

 

August 17-20, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 20 – 23, San Diego, Calif.

 

August 25 – 30, Aarhus/Grenaa/Lystrup/Copenhagen, Denmark

 

September 12-14, Charleston, S.C.

 

September 20-27, Florence, Italy

 

October 27-28, Norfolk, VA

 

October 29-30, Nassau, Bahamas

 

November 24-27, Doha, Qatar

 

December 8-10, Aubu Dhabi, UAE

 

January 27-30    Genoa, Italy

 

***  25 Natural Phenomena You Have To See To Believe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyz0QYFq8bc

 

***  FLIGHT OF THE CONDORS: HAIN WILDERNESS

 

Take flight with the majestic condors of Pinnacles National Park! Watch this new video for a birds-eye-view flyover exposing one of California’s most unique wilderness landscapes. Glide through breathtaking spires, rocky mountain ridges, grassy meadows and tumbling waterfalls to experience the awe inspiring power of Hain Wilderness.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knRwAfxJYBQ&feature=youtu.be

 

***  50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act

 

September 3, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act. Please join us in celebrating our National Wilderness Preservation System at national and local 50th Anniversary events throughout the year.

 

http://www.wilderness50th.org/index.php

 

***  National Wilderness Conference

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

Early registration pricing for the National Wilderness Conference, October 15-19, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM, has been extended until at least September 1 to ensure that agency employees awaiting travel approval, and others, can attend. Register online for only $350 ($175 for seniors/students/seasonals) and secure your spot at the associated events including field trips, pre-conference training, and film gala.

 

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1522004

 

***  Wilderness Kitchen — Appetites: Shore lunch puts freshest fish on menu

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/appetites-shore-lunch

 

***  You caught ’em, now how to cook them? Favorites from the pros

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/walleye-cooking-techniques-from-the-pros

 

***  Beth Dooley’s “Make Dinner On the Trail” | Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/262737441.html

 

***  A day in the desert: Saguaro Wilderness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWM0hYyHDvQ

 

***  This will get you chirping: Bars made with cricket flour

 

WHY EAT INSECTS?

Insects are an extremely healthy, delicious, and sustainable form of protein. Humans have evolved eating insects, and even today, 80% of countries around the world have them on the menu in some form.

 

http://chapul.com/

 

***  Travel for Free by House-Sitting Your Way Around The World.

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/travel-for-free-how-to-house-sit-your-way-around-the-94846747042.html

 

***  Birding Skills: October 2015

Tucson Audubon Society

http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/education/eduadult/221.html

 

***  Birdwatching Holidays

 

AMAZON WILDLIFE; ANTARCTICA, THE FALKLANDS AND SOUTH GEORGIA; BRAZIL JAGUARS – THE PANTANAL; BIRDING JAMAICA; CHRISTMAS ISLAND…and more

http://www.wildwings.co.uk/holidays/birdwatching-holidays

 

***  Hiking 101: Using a Compass

http://www.americanhiking.org/resources/how-to-use-a-compass/

 

***  15 Essential Tech Gadgets for Travelers

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-essential-tech-gadgets-for-travelers?ref=news_fd_080214

 

***  From Air Asia:

 

Get Your FREE Awesome Penang Travel Guide!

Which island in Malaysia is the by-word for yummy food, renowned for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed George Town, and offers a rich tapestry of nature, culture and much more? Penang, for sure!

From restored shophouses to architectural gems, Penang offers photo-worthy scenes, not to mention the famous street art that will have you snapping away. Just don’t forget to make time for assam laksa, char kuey teow and all of Penang’s yummy treats!

Plan your visit and experience the best that the Pearl of the Orient has to offer:

•             Food, Food, Food!

•             Art, Heritage, Crafts & Cafes

•             Lifestyle & Nature

•             Getting Around

•             Calendar of Events

 

http://edlink.airasia.com/r/Z60WHZU/C9QCY/62TNBV/12NKE1/ADSZV/9M/h?a=391266

 

***  AMERICA’S 15 BEST ROOFTOP BARS

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-15-best-rooftop-bars?ref=news_fd_080214

 

***  River Recreation in Virginia is Focus of Workshop Sep. 17-18, 2014, in Mecklenburg County

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9g9a8sd80d1b223&llr=bmfhuxcab&showPage=true

 

***  20 Nastiest Things People Have Tweeted to Airlines This Month

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/top-20-nastiest-things-people-c1406909232035.html

 

***  The 2014 Conde Nast Traveler  list of Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/08/friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-in-us

 

***  ICS, IMEC and ITF issue guidance on Ebola virus risks to crews

http://maritimeintel.com/ics-imec-and-itf-issue-guidance-on-ebola-virus-risks-to-crews/

 

***  Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

by Seth Levy

Trailspace

http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2014/08/09/retro-raingear-glowing-tent-and-titanium-infused-garments.html

 

***  Southeastern Sportsman Expo

The first annual Southeastern Sportsman Expo scheduled at the Hampton Convention Center Sept 13-14, 2014′

http://www.southeasternsportsmanexpo.com/about.html

 

***  2015 The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

February 13-14-15, Charleston, SC

http://sewe.com/about/

 

***  38th Annual Virginia Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours

 

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, in collaboration with Virginia’s natural resource agencies, companies, and associations, will be holding their 38th Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours starting September 29-30, 2014. The tours will promote wise resource management on private forestlands and will focus on science-based forestry and wildlife management practices, public and private sources of technical and financial management assistance, and networking among landowners and natural resource professionals. There will also be demonstration stops on private, industry, and public lands that will center on multiple-use management opportunities and practices. Tours will be held:

 

September 29-30

Chesapeake Bay Fall Forestry & Wildlife Bus and Boat Tour (overnight) Meet in Warsaw For more info, contact Adam Downing adowning@vt.edu  540/948-6881 or Neil Clark, southeast@vt.edu  757/653-2572 http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu

 

October 10

Halifax County Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour Meet in South Boston For more info, contact Jason Fisher, jasonf@vt.edu, 434/476-2147 http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu

 

October 30

Grayson-Carroll Counties Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour Meet in Galax For more information, contact Bill Worrell, bworrell@vt.edu  276/889-8056 http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45/person for the Highland and Charles City County tours, $25/person for the Wise County tour and $30/person for the Prince Edward County tour. This fee covers lunch, refreshments and transportation and is due one week before the tour date. Registration is available online. Come participate in the longest running program of its kind in Virginia! For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at jgagnon@vt.edu.

 

***  10 Trips To Take That Will Actually Teach You Something

http://www.buzzfeed.com/statefarm/trips-to-take-that-will-actually-teach-you-something?b=1

 

***  10 BEST WATER PARKS IN THE U.S.

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-water-parks-in-the-us

 

***  Trail of the Month: August 2014

Missouri’s MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

By Laura Stark

 

“The trail system provides a way to see the county in an up close and personal way … I love living here because of it. It makes it such a better place to live.”

 

True to its name, within minutes, travelers on the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail are spirited away from lively downtown Columbia, Mo., and taken into the forest. Although the city is so close at hand, it’s forgotten in the company of wild turkeys, deer and a flash of orange as a fox darts across the path. The trail—just a tad shy of nine miles—is serene with the soft crunch of feet on crushed stone, the rustle of leaves overhead and the gentle gurgle of its many creek crossings.

 

“I love the tree canopy,” says Janet Godon, outreach coordinator for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, who rides the MKT Trail every day to work. “It could be 100 degrees out, but you get on the trail and you don’t feel it. It’s a backyard gem for the city.”

 

Mike Griggs, director for the Parks and Recreation Department, uses the trail often, too. “When I commute in my car, I get stuck in traffic and I feel frazzled by the time I get to work. When I ride a bike to work, I’ve done something positive to start the day. I feel much better physically and emotionally when I use the trail.”

 

Columbia—affectionately called CoMo by locals—is a college town, home to the University of Missouri, the largest university in the state (famed alumni include Brad Pitt and Sheryl Crow). Before the trail’s dive into nature, it hugs the west end of the campus, and when the fall semester begins, this part of the trail will be transformed with all the vibrancy and activity of its youthful neighbors.

 

MU’s campus is itself a beauty and worth a side trip; its entire grounds are a designated botanical garden. And, only blocks from the trail, the school’s oldest section—the Francis Quadrangle, or more commonly just “The Quad”—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its cluster of dusky red brick buildings and an unusual set of towering, roofless columns (the remains of a burnt down building) date back to the late 1800s.

 

In fact, the rail line on which the MKT Trail was built—a spur of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad—was created in part to service students and faculty at MU, a 175-year-old institution and the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

 

A nod to this railroad history is anticipated to be ready next spring. Jay Dix Station, a county-owned but city-managed park that the MKT Trail runs through, is currently under renovation. Plans for the 30-acre site include a train-themed playground and shelter, and a refurbished caboose.

 

But the trail’s southern end is its pièce de résistance. Here, it directly ties into the Katy Trail State Park, one of the longest rail-trails in the country at 238 miles, which nearly traverses the state from border to border. People doing the long haul can conveniently come into town for refreshments or to spend the night. The point where the two trails meet is Hindman Junction, named in honor of a key trail advocate and five-time mayor of Columbia, Darwin Hindman.

 

“The MKT Trail’s connection to the Katy Trail draws people into Columbia that otherwise wouldn’t have seen it,” says Janet Thompson, northern (District II) commissioner for Boone County. “It’s a lovely segue into our community and provides a really great impression of the city. It’s not just an exit ramp.”

 

Incredibly, this trail network could potentially get even better; late last month came the surprising news that a 145-mile segment of inactive rail corridor, which crosses the Katy Trail in Windsor, was going up for bid. Seeing the potential for conversion to a rail-trail, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) put in an offer to purchase the corridor, but won’t know for a few weeks yet if it will be accepted.

 

In Columbia itself, trails are thriving thanks in part to funding the city received through the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). Launched in 2005, the federal government gave four communities across the country, including Columbia, dedicated funding to invest in walking and biking infrastructure and to measure any resulting changes in transportation behaviors. RTC is one of three managing partners and was involved in the program’s design and inception.

 

“We received a $22 million federal grant, of which $6 million was dedicated for trails,” says Griggs. “Trails are still being built with the [NTPP] funding. Some of the money is being used to build spokes off of the MKT Trail. It’s allowing us to build those connections to where people eat, play, work and are entertained.”

 

Locally, the federal program was managed by GetAbout Columbia, and the funding generated more than 125 miles of new on-road bike lanes, multi-use trails, sidewalks and bicycle boulevards in the city, as well as hundreds of new bicycle parking spots.

 

Griggs, who has lived in Columbia all his life, is excited by the new developments. “We’re working on a lot more things to take us to the next level,” he says. “If you’re going to downtown or to the University of Missouri, we have trails that will get you there. Connecting those trails to more shopping centers and neighborhoods—that’s our next step.”

 

The granddaddy of these new paths, the MKT Trail, has been around since 1982. “Columbia is building on investments made previously,” says Marianne Fowler, RTC’s senior strategist for policy advocacy, referring to this longtime showpiece of the community. “Rail-trails have truly forged the movement for active transportation.”

 

Like a piece of a puzzle, the MKT Trail is fitting into a planned 30-mile trail loop around the city. “The loop is our long-range plan; we’re slowly adding segments to it,” says Griggs. “A lot of land is already set aside for it; we just have to find the money to develop it. We’ll probably be able to get it done in the next 10 or 15 years.”

 

Much of the loop, like the portion along the MKT Trail, is already completed. “We think of it as a wheel and it has spokes that come in to central Columbia,” says Godon. “The southern and the northern portions of the loop are built, so we’re filling in the east and west sides.”

 

In 2013, the Show Me State was named “Best Trails State” by the nonprofit American Trails, and with all these exciting trail projects newly completed or underway, it’s certainly showing the country that it has earned it.

 

“The trail system provides a way to see the county in an up close and personal way,” says Thompson, who has walked both the MKT Trail and the Katy Trail with her friends. “I love living here because of it. It makes it such a better place to live.”

 

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/archives/1407.html

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer Positions, Peak 7 Adventures, Mead, WA

 

Along with the positions listed below, here are some other needs that you could fill as a volunteer:

Photography

Video

Office Work

Warehouse

Fundraising events

Driving

Staff Appreciation

 

http://www.peak7.org/about/volunteers.htm

 

2.)  Volunteer Vacation, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring, Maine

09/21/2014 – 09/27/2014

https://www.americanhiking.org/events/moosehorn-national-wildlife-refuge-2/

 

3.)  Volunteer Vacation, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Paragould, Arkansas

11/02/2014 – 11/08/2014

https://www.americanhiking.org/events/crowleys-ridge-state-park/

 

4.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Acadia National Park, Wilderness Volunteers, Mount Desert Island, Maine

 

Sep 28th – Oct 4th 2014  Acadia National Park, ME

 

Acadia National Park is located in Maine on the rock-bound shore of Mount Desert Island. Here you will find granite cliffs side-by-side with sand and cobblestone beaches, and glacier-carved mountains rising from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. The geography of Acadia National Park ranges from meadows and marshes to dense evergreen forests. Everywhere the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound or smell. Additionally, Acadia has over 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of old carriage roads, which can be used for either hiking or mountain biking. Birding is excellent with over 273 species of birds identified on Mount Desert Island and adjacent waters.

 

Our ongoing service project is conducting trail maintenance and construction on a wide variety of park trails; in the highlands of the island or close to the ocean. The park staff will train, supervise and work with us on this task, and there will be a wide variety of jobs for volunteers of all strength and ability levels (no advanced skills are necessary). However a sense of humor and a willingness to get dirty are required.

 

We will camp in a park campground, and hike or make short drives to our work site each day. Acadia has an excellent schedule of evening interpretive programs at their campground amphitheaters and we’re close by the oceanside town of Bar Harbor. Free day activities include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, sight seeing, and more park interpretive programs. An autumn hawk watch atop Cadillac Mountain is a popular activity as is being there at sunrise to catch the day’s first rays hitting the continental United States.

 

http://www.wildernessvolunteers.org/php/project/Acadia+National+Park/1594301b00da449afef8a44b20a2b225.html

 

5.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Rincon Mountain District, Wilderness Volunteers, Saguaro National Park, AZ

 

Nov 16th – Nov 22nd 2014

The Sonoran Desert is the world’s lushest desert. Saguaro National Park contains one of the most diverse assortments of plants in the entire southwestern United States with more than 900 native species. It is one of the best bird watching spots in the southwestern United States; over 200 species are found here. The area in and around Saguaro National Park offers one of the most spectacular flower displays of any desert area in the country.

 

The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,670 ft to 8,666 ft and contains six biotic communities. Starting from the lowest elevation, the communities include desert scrub, desert grassland, oak woodland, pine-oak woodland, pine forest and mixed conifer forest. The Rincon Mountains peak at a considerably higher elevation than the Tucson Mountains that make up the western section of the park, therefore there are more biotic communities and increased plant and wildlife diversity. Because of the higher elevation in the Rincons, animals like the black bear, Mexican spotted owl, Arizona mountain king snake, and white-tailed deer live in this district. The Rincons are a region sandwiched between the southern Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, and by the hot Sonoran and cool Chihuahuan deserts — they are a globally unique ecosystem. These bioregional convergences set the stage for an eruption of life; an intermingling of different life forms evolved from vastly different places on the continent, finding themselves tucked together in unusual associations experienced nowhere else. The mountains are very secluded, accessible by foot and horse travel from only a handful of trails.

 

Our service project is conducting trail maintenance on the south flank of the Rincon Mountains on the Manning Camp Trail. We’ll set up a tent and car camp at the closed Madrona Ranger Station at the base of the mountains, and make daily round-trip hikes of up to 6 miles into the wilderness to repair damage from erosion to the trail, cut back overgrown vegetation and generally maintain this trail that provides access to hikers seeking the cool, higher elevations of the Rincons. On our free day, we can hike to a nearby peak to explore the forested highlands and take in vistas of southern Arizona, explore beautiful granite canyons, or relax in camp.

 

http://www.wildernessvolunteers.org/php/project/Saguaro+National+Park/2023255b21c4a48c851ea201ce1a990f.html

 

6.)  Sierra Club VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Connecting people to the outdoors is what we love to do! There are many ways that you can volunteer your time to connect America to beautiful spaces near and far. Whether you are an expert on your local trail system or you want to support your local outdoors group as a webmaster, volunteer coordinator, or fundraiser, the Sierra Club wants you! Read on to find out about the various volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

 

http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/volunteer/opportunities

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators, National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), Joshua Tree, CA

 

NCOAE is seeking exceptional individuals to add to their growing team of outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators!

 

Program in the Spotlight Based minutes from the sandy white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina, the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is a values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. From teen adventures in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming to adult courses in California and North Carolina, the outdoors is where abilities are transformed and a unique quest for discovery is fostered. NCOAE is looking for individuals who are committed to the educational, emotional and physical development of people on a personal, group and larger societal level. Staff will be experts in leading participants through the rigors of backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting, surfing and sea kayaking adventures as well as to help them draw valuable life lessons through wilderness curricula and from their own experiences. Summer positions include Lead Instructors, Assistant Wilderness Instructors and Course Directors, with staff training beginning in mid-May. All staff are required to possess a WFR certification, and priority will be given to those who have the experience, skills, certifications and requirements to serve as the whitewater rafting instructor and/or rock climbing instructor. Applications from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field staff and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis. NCOAE.org

 

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education is now accepting applications from experienced Outdoor Educators to help facilitate a private three-day course for 120 seventh and eighth grade students in Joshua Tree National Park (southeastern California) from October 7-9, 2014.

 

One NCOAE staff member is paired with one teacher and ten students. If hired, you will be responsible for facilitating a meaningful and safe outdoor education experience. This includes teaching specific aspects of the NCOAE curriculum (which they’ll train you in), as well as guiding such activities as day and night hikes, team building games and initiatives. You’ll also be responsible for supervising group meals, and for providing continuous guidance to students throughout the course. All student groups will be setting up at a base camp, while a separate kitchen staff will be on hand to facilitate all logistics associated with meals.

 

NCOAE programs expose students to a core curriculum built upon the concepts of Self, Community, Action and Impact. They factor in specific topics during what they call daily Educational Groups (known as “Ed Groups”), and these same topics are revisited for reflection during evening Process Groups (known as “The Summit”). One of your responsibilities will be to teach two to three Ed Groups, which begin with a didactic presentation and end with an experiential activity. As a result, while students are learning the skills needed to adjust to the elements of Joshua Tree, they are also learning the skills needed to improve in the areas of Self, Community, Action and Impact.

 

As a result of this approach, the Joshua Tree course incorporates the very best practices from experiential education — it’s hands-on, student directed, project-based, and interdisciplinary and provides a new and exciting opportunity for the students to apply academic concepts to the real world. They also teach the principles of Leave No Trace.

 

Required Education, Experience and Certifications

• All staff selected must attend a paid two-day training in Joshua Tree from October 5-6, 2014 (each training day starts 8:00 a.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m.).

• All staff must have a minimum of three years current and continued professional outdoor education experience, preferably with multi-day expeditions.

• A Wilderness First Responder certification is required.

 

Pay Scale

Depending on experience, education & certifications, the rate varies from $100–$140 per day. NCOAE is not able to reimburse for travel, however, they will be providing a full moon for the night of October 8th.

 

Interested?

Please send a resume to hr@ncoae.org with a subject J-Tree 2014.

http://www.backdoorjobs.com/ncoae.html

 

2.)  Wilderness Instructors (Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North/South Carolina, and British Columbia), Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

 

With programs designed to teach leadership, teamwork, creative problem solving, self-responsibility, confidence building, community living and outdoor skills, Adventure Treks provides unique outdoor experiences for teens, ages 12-18. In the summer months, 16-29 day adventure program destinations include Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North/South Carolina, and British Columbia; while in the fall, wilderness-based programs are offered for up to a week for school students in the mountains of North Carolina. Doubling as teacher, role model and trip coordinator with five other leaders, Wilderness Instructors manage group dynamics, coordinate trip logistics, maintain outdoor equipment and teach outdoor skills, including backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sailing, whitewater kayaking, cooking and orienteering. Benefits include a competitive salary, travel stipend, room and board while training and working, pro-deal purchases and the opportunity to work during the summer and fall. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (college graduate preferred), certified in WFR/CPR, have several years experience working with teens and/or leading wilderness programs, solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities and the ability to work long hours with little or no time off. To begin the application process, email your resume to Josh Goldbach. Applications are due by April 30th for summer positions and August 15th for the fall season.

 

If you meet our qualifications, please send a resume to:

 

Adventure Treks Attn: Josh Goldbach

PO Box 1321

Flat Rock, NC 28731

phone: 888-954-5555

fax : 828-698-0339

josh@adventuretreks.com

http://www.adventuretreks.com/about-us/employment.html

 

3.)    Urban Wilderness Canoe Guide (Twin Cities Metro Area), Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

 

Whether by canoe, sea kayak, skis, dog sled, horse pack or backpack, Wilderness Inquiry connects people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with the natural world while inspiring personal growth. Trail staff are responsible for organizing and leading rigorous single-day events and extended wilderness adventures primarily in North America. Typically, 2-3 staff conduct each trip for 10-14 participants. Over the course of a single trip, leaders may fill the roles of pack horse, teacher, rehabilitation specialist, folksinger, chef, personal-relationship counselor, storyteller, disciplinarian, dishwasher, and bush doctor. Seasonal positions are offered from May through October with potential opportunities for continued work throughout the winter. A 10-day staff training conducted in early June provides skills in canoeing, camp craft, leadership and risk management. Benefits include a per diem stipend from $45 to $110, along with meals while working and staff housing between trips. In addition to having current certification in advanced first aid, water safety and CPR, individuals with previous experience working outdoors and with people with disabilities are desired. Urban Wilderness Canoe Guides and year-round Internships are also available. Details and application materials are available at WildernessInquiry.org.

http://intranet.wildernessinquiry.org/jobinator/jobdesc_detail.php?j=12

 

4.)  Career Seasonal Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 In-training, State of Washington, Auburn, WA

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=941591

 

5.)  Communications Manager (CC5), Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program, Dept. of Ecology, State of Washington, Lacey, Washington

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=939193

 

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