Your Very Next Step newsletter for March/April 2015

Your Very Next Step newsletter for March/April 2015

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

– Buddha

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from the United Club at Los Angeles International Airport.

 

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*** In this issue:
***  Travel News:

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  Sierra Club National Outings Training Trip – Southeast/Northeast, May 6–10, 2015.

***  Where will Americans travel in spring 2015?

***  Best Beach-Vacation Destinations in the World

***  Hotels You Need to Have Sex in Before You Die

***  Planned Elopements Are the New Destination Wedding

***  When things go wrong: Taking care of the business traveler

***  10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015

***  Rediscovering Hawaii Regional Cuisine

***  Lollapalooza and Coachella Officially Ban Selfie Sticks

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

Rail Trail of the Month for April 2015

Nevada’s Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail

 

Rail Trail of the Month for March 2015

Pennsylvania’s Montour Trail

 

Rail Trail of the Month: February 2015

West Virginia’s Mon River Trails

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Editorial internships at Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA

2.)  Volunteer Opportunites, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, Great Circle, Steelville, MO

3.)  Resident Volunteer, Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex, Pinetop, Arizona

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Marketing Coordinator, New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

2.)  Chief of Strategic Communications (Public Affairs Officer), National Park Service, Department Of The Interior, Yellowstone National Park, WY

3.)  4H Outdoor Learning Center Program Director, Upham Woods 4H Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells  WI

4.)  Outdoor Sculpture and Conservation Coordinator, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

5.)  Fox Landing Summer Instructor, The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), Avalon  CA

6.)  Director of Communications and Marketing, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC

7.)  Summer Instructors, Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

8.)  Outdoor Instructors/Outdoor Education Program, The YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, Possum Kingdom Lake TX

9.)  Program Supervisor, Pacific Quest, Naalehu, HI

10.)  Adjunct Faculty, HMI GAP, The High Mountain Institute, Leadville, CO (basecamp in Moab, Utah)

11.)  Chapter Director, Hawaii Chapter, Sierra Club, Honolulu       HI

12.)  Senior Press Secretary, Sierra Club, San Francisco or Washington, D.C.

13.)  Sr. Comm Specialist, Hispanic Media Outreach, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Washington, District of Columbia

14.)  Outdoor Guides, ARIZONA OUTBACK ADVENTURES, Scottsdale, AZ

15.)  Hiking/Trip Leaders/Rock Climbing (and other openings), Camp Nashoba North, Raymond, Maine

16.)  English Language Teacher in China (Foreign Trainer), Disney English, China

17.)  Communications Manager, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

18.)  SUMMER-Mountain Adventure Program Counselor, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc., Crested Butte, CO

19.)  Summer Racing Instructor/Coach for Opti and 420 – Summer youth Instructor/Coach (Opti trainer, Opti, O’pen Bic, Hartley 12, 420, Sonar, J-105, Windsurfing), New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

20.)  C5 Bridges Backcountry Team Leader, C5 Youth Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (Camp Address: Hyattville, WY)

 

…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:

 

April 22-27, Los Angeles, Calif.

 

May 10-18, Jakarta / Surabaya / Banyuangi / Denpasar, Indonesia

 

May 18-21, Singapore

 

July 7-8, Cleveland, Ohio

 

July 15-17, San Diego, Calif.

 

August 3-8, East Lansing, Mich.

 

August 17-19, San Diego, Calif.

 

September 30-1 October, Tokyo, Japan

 

***  Sierra Club National Outings Training Trip – Southeast/Northeast, May 6–10, 2015.

 

The National Outings Training Trip is designed to train new Sierra Club National Outings leaders in the trip planning and leadership skills necessary to lead safe, happy and inspiring Sierra Club Outings. Each trainee will plan, design and submit their own National Outing in the months prior to the four-day field section. Subsequent to the training, trainees are expected to lead a National Outing at least once every other year but ideally once a year.

http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/national-outings-training-trip-southeastnortheast

 

***  Where will Americans travel in spring 2015?

 

To some places you might expect (Las Vegas) and to others that are a bit of a surprise (El Paso, TX). According to hotel bookings made through CCRAtravel.com, here are the top ten spring travel destinations in the U.S.:

 

  1. Kissimmee, FL *
  2. El Paso, TX *
  3. Anaheim, CA
  4. Orlando *
  5. Miami
  6. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  7. Nashville, TN
  8. New York City
  9. New Orleans
  10. Las Vegas

 

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/SM-Top-10/The-Top-10-Spring-Travel-Destinations-in-the-U-S-/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  Best Beach-Vacation Destinations in the World

http://www.fodors.com/trip-ideas/beach/?ref=news_fd_042515

 

***  Hotels You Need to Have Sex in Before You Die

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/07/hotels-to-have-sex-in-before-you-die/palms-resort

 

***  Planned Elopements Are the New Destination Wedding

The Caribbean’s new twist on the destination wedding

By: Lena Katz

http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Caribbean/Planned-Elopements-Are-the-New-Destination-Wedding/#.VTjpQSHBzGc

 

***  When things go wrong: Taking care of the business traveler

By Carl Dombek

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-things-go-wrong-taking-care-business-traveler-carl

 

***  Sea Kayaking in Alaska

No Alaska adventure is complete without a sea-kayaking excursion

By: Chris Batin

http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/USA-Canada/Sea-Kayaking-in-Alaska/?a=/travel/adventure-travel#.VTjqGSHBzGc

 

***  10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-national-parks-to-visit-in-2015?ref=news_fd_042515

 

***  Rediscovering Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Where to find food by the original Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs

By: Marty Wentzel

http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Hawaii/Rediscovering-Hawaii-Regional-Cuisine/#.VTjppCHBzGc

 

***  Lollapalooza and Coachella Officially Ban Selfie Sticks

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2015/3/30/11207/7340/travel/Lollapalooza+and+Coachella+Officially+Ban+Selfie+Sticks

 

***  Rail Tril of the Month:

 

Rail Trail of the Month for April 2015

Nevada’s Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail

by Laura Stark

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/april/10/nevada-s-lower-las-vegas-wash-trail/?tag=Trail+of+the+Monthk

 

Rail Trail of the Month for March 2015

Pennsylvania’s Montour Trail

by Laura Stark

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/march/16/pennsylvanias-montour-trail/?tag=Trail+of+the+Month

 

Rail Trail of the Month: February 2015

West Virginia’s Mon River Trails

by Laura Stark

 

“I can’t imagine Morgantown without the rail-trail … I think it adds so much to the community.”

 

“Wild and Wonderful” is West Virginia’s slogan, but the same could be said of the Mon River Trail system in the north-central part of the state. The beauty of the trail network spiraling out of Morgantown is that you have access to four trails—and four unique experiences—all in one interconnected system spanning nearly 50 miles. Head away from town and you are quickly encompassed by lush woodlands and the quiet splash of small waterfalls. Or, stay in town and have a number of city parks, as well as great dining and shopping opportunities, at your fingertips.

 

“It’s a wonderful mix of urban and rural,” says Ella Belling, executive director of the Mon River Trails Conservancy (MRTC). “It’s a nice combination for the people that live here and want to get a break from the urban world and enjoy nature.”

 

Picture the area’s trail system as an upside down “Y.” The Mon River Trail North, surfaced with crushed limestone, comes down from the Pennsylvania state line hugging the gentle curves of the Mon River (short for Monongahela). The waterway, which Belling likens to the Mississippi, cuts a wide, slow-moving path through the forested terrain. After six miles, the trail seamlessly blends with the paved Caperton Trail, which is more urban than its country cousins as it links Star City and Morgantown. Downtown, the trail splits; the fork heading southwest is the Mon River Trail South, and the one heading southeast is the Deckers Creek Trail. Both are crushed stone pathways guiding you through one scenic vista after another for nearly 20 miles each.

 

For Laurie Abildso, who directs the regional chapter of Girls on the Run, the Mon River Trail system is the perfect setting for their annual 5K run. “A lot of people who do the event are doing it for the first time,” she says. “So the trail is a nice, gentle introduction to running for long distances. They’re well maintained and safe.”

 

The event—which draws more than 1,000 participants, including the girls, their families and the general public—is the culmination of a 12-week program that uses physical activity as one way to help girls in third to eighth grade gain self-esteem and learn positive life skills. “When they start the program, they don’t think they’ll be able to run three miles,” says Abildso. “But then they do it, and it’s such a powerful experience.”

 

When Belling visits the trails, she confesses to being a slow cyclist. With binoculars in hand, she likes to “soak up nature,” frequently stopping to “bike and bird” as well as identify the trees and plants around her. Deer are common here, and even black bears and coyotes are occasionally sighted.

 

With spring on the way, another “W” that could be applied to the trail system is wildflowers. Belling notes that many of them grow along the trail, and her favorite time to see them is just around the corner. “There’s a four-week period with amazing bursts of color right before the leaves burst out on the trees at the beginning of spring.”

 

An especially good place to spot them is the Caperton section, which runs right through the arboretum on the campus of West Virginia University (WVU) and also traverses Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, known for its showy cherry blossoms. The park pays homage to the trail’s heritage with a restored railroad depot that first saw passengers in 1886 and now serves as a visitor center and bus station. Both the Caperton and the pair of Mon River Trails on either side of Morgantown follow a branch of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, which primarily carried coal, coke, sand and limestone between the mines of Fairmont and the industrial city of Pittsburgh. (The Deckers Creek Trail follows the former Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad, which met the B&O line in Morgantown and extended to Rowlesburg.)

 

“There are a lot of remnants from the railroad and the coal mines along the trails,” says Belling. “You can feel the history of the place.”

 

In the warmer weather, the stately red brick buildings of WVU’s Woodburn Circle—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—make an especially vivid contrast to the wide green expanses of the school’s well-manicured grounds. Founded in 1867 (only a few years after West Virginia became a state), the university has long been Morgantown’s flagship institution, and the city frequently finds its way onto lists of the country’s top college towns.

 

West Virginia native Kelly Pack, trail development director for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), remembers the early development of the Mon River Trail system when she began attending WVU in the late 1990s.

 

“It has drastically changed since I was there,” Pack says. “When I was running on the Caperton Trail, I felt like I had a backstage pass to the community. Morgantown was just starting the revitalization of the riverfront, so you were going behind these vacant areas. Now, there’s new development along the river—hotels, restaurants and shops—with the trail as a focal point. The whole landscape along the trail in Morgantown has completely changed for the better.”

 

Mon River Rail-Trail at Pricketts Fort | Photo by Steve Shaluta, courtesy Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County

 

Twenty years ago, the MRTC acquired the rail corridor through which the trails now run, and the future only looks brighter today. This year, the Mon River Trail North will connect to Pennsylvania’s Sheepskin Trail, which will continue north to the community of Point Marion. Although the new segment is short—just over a mile—it signifies a big step toward connecting the Morgantown system to the Great Allegheny Passage, a distinguished member of RTC’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new section will be made during RTC’s upcoming West Virginia Rail-Trail Sojourn, April 24-26. Registration is going on now!

 

In the other direction, a more distant dream is to one day close about 20 miles of gaps to connect the Mon River Trail system with the North Bend Rail Trail, a rural scenic gem that stretches 72 miles west to Parkersburg. Together, they would create a 150-mile trail that Pack says would be “incredible” and on the scale of the renowned Great Allegheny Passage.

 

All of these regional trails are pieces of a much larger puzzle. RTC is partnering with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to lead a collaborative effort involving dozens of trail groups and other organizations in closing gaps and building out a 1,600-mile trail network spanning five states (Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York). Originally known as the Power of 32+ for the number of counties involved, the growing project now includes trails in 53 counties.

 

The hub of this network is Pittsburgh, and Morgantown—just 75 miles south— serves as an important spoke in the wheel. “There’s a great energy to Morgantown,” says Abildso. “More and more people are out there on their bikes. And there are lots of running events in the spring and summer; most Saturday and Sunday mornings, you’ll see an organization out there.”

 

In addition to wild, wonderful and wildflowers, we have one last “W” to add to the list. With its genuine charm, beautiful views around every bend in the river, unique historical and cultural sites, and a well-loved, well-cared-for trail system linking it all, this thriving trail town is welcoming.

 

“I can’t imagine Morgantown without the rail-trail,” says Abildso. “I think it adds so much to the community.”

 

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/?tag=Trail+of+the+Month

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Editorial internships at Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA

 

Editorial internships at Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, provide an overview of the process of selecting and preparing manuscripts for publication. Interns sit in on all editorial meetings and perform a variety of research and fact-checking tasks for our editors. This position requires strong editorial skills (writing, video, photography, design, etc.) and a well-rounded awareness of environmental issues.

 

Internship periods are winter-spring (January through April), summer (May through August), and fall (September through December). Interns are required to work 20 hours a week; however, the scheduling of these hours is at the intern’s discretion. The position is unpaid. Travel is reimbursed up to $600.

 

Internship applicants should send a letter describing their qualifications and interests, along with a resume and a brief writing sample to, communications.internships@sierraclub.org. Although we are mainly looking for writers, the internship is also offered to people with multimedia skills that translate well to internet journalism.

 

In general, the most helpful writing samples show your ability to research facts, organize information, and interview a variety of sources. Journalistic samples are much preferred to research papers and personal essays, please send files as PDFs. If you will be including links in your cover letter, please also submit a copy of your work in PDF format.

 

Applicants should indicate which internship period they prefer. The deadline for application is March 12 for the summer period, July 16 for the fall period, and November 1 for the winter/spring period.

 

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact the intern manager by e-mail at communications.internships@sierraclub.org.  No phone calls please. We only meet in person with applicants under serious consideration for the internship.

 

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/internships

 

2.)  Volunteer Opportunites, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, Great Circle, Steelville, MO

http://meramecranch.greatcircle.org/get-involved/volunteer.html

 

3.)  Resident Volunteer, Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex, Pinetop, Arizona

 

Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex participates in the Resident Volunteer program. Contact the hatchery for more information on requirements and availability.

 

Volunteer Tasks

 

The tasks that volunteers perform at the Alchesay-Williams Creek NFH Complex are extremely diverse in nature depending on the time of the year, assignment priorities, and the skills and abilities of the individual volunteer. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed at the hatcheries. A person can volunteer as little or as much of their time as they choose. Housing may be available to those volunteers willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

 

Volunteer tasks can include grounds and building maintenance, cleaning, basic fish culture (feeding and cleaning), inventorying, loading and stocking fish, marking fish, running errands, taking photos and videos, handling fish, feeding fish, collecting fish spawn taking (eggs), collecting water quality data, participating in outreach activities, assisting staff with fish tagging, and pond harvesting. Some projects may include hands-on construction. Examples of such projects are constructing outreach aquaria displays, refurbishing public walking decks, outdoor classroom design and implementation.

http://www.fws.gov/southwest/fisheries/awc/volunteers.html

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Marketing Coordinator, New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

 

Position Summary

The Marketing Coordinator assists in developing and implementing NESS’s Strategic Marketing Plan,

including coordinating print and digital marketing communications, advertising, and public relations. In

addition to coordinating documentation of NESS’s programs, stories, and events, this position works

with Program Directors to develop year round programming. The Marketing Coordinator reports to the

Director of Marketing.

 

Duties and responsibilities

– Implement activities to manage and enhance NESS’s brand, image, and messages across all

constituents

– Develop and maintain NESS’s calendar and communications plan, including

o Events

o Communications schedule

o Online calendar posts

– Manage website

o Update as required

o Schedule/manage/delegate blog posts

o Coordinate with website designer/administrator

– Manage social media posts and updates

– Coordinate and implement advertising; develop plan and budget

– Coordinate and implement public relations activities and events, representing NESS as needed

(open houses, camp fairs, press conferences, etc.)

– Coordinate and implement marketing communications, including print, digital, and broadcast

media, coordinating with outside designers as needed

– Write marketing materials, press releases, articles, blog posts, newsletters, etc.

– Develop marketing communications collateral plan (list, updates required, schedule, etc.)

– Coordinate documentation of programs, stories, and events via pictures and videos

o Develop and manage picture and video library

o Take pictures/contract photographers

o Take videos/contract videographers/produce videos

– Maintain displays

o Bulletin boards (Stonington, Dodson Boatyard)

o Window displays (Stonington, Ocean Beach)

o Mystic welcome center

-Develop, implement, and report on customer feedback

– Track and report on performance metrics

– Support program development

o Work with Program Directors to develop programs, both summer and off season,

including pricing

o Perform competitive analyses

– Manage NESS’s store, both in-house inventory and online through vendor

– Cultivate relationships with/sell programs to customers/partners/communities

– Represent NESS to constituents, articulating NESS’s mission, strategy, and programs

– Support Marketing Committee as required

– Support Development as required

– Miscellaneous

o Use ideas, feedback, and suggestions to continuously improve the services provided to

the community

o Perform other ad-hoc duties as assigned by the Director of Marketing

 

Minimum Requirements:

Skills/Knowledge:

– Excellent inter-personal skills

– Excellent oral and written communication skills

– Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, some HTML)

– Excellent social media skills (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked In)

– Excellent organizational skills

– Detail-oriented with a penchant for accuracy

 

Experience/Education:

– 4 year degree

– Prior marketing experience preferred

– Prior graphic design experience preferred

– Prior website design and management experience preferred

– Adult and child first aid and CPR certifications

– Connecticut Safe Boating certification helpful

 

Compensation

– Salary commensurate with experience

– 10 paid holidays per calendar year

– 3 weeks of paid vacation per calendar year

– Contributions to health and dental insurance premiums

– Short term disability insurance

 

NESS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

http://www.nessf.org/Media/Default/Forms/MarketingCoordinatorPositionDescriptionFINAL.pdf

http://www.nessf.org/work-with-ness/employment-opportunities

 

2.)  Chief of Strategic Communications (Public Affairs Officer), National Park Service, Department Of The Interior, Yellowstone National Park, WY

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398851900

 

3.)  4H Outdoor Learning Center Program Director, Upham Woods 4H Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells  WI

 

The Program Director works in partnership with the Director and Assistant Director in providing leadership and operational management of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center. The Program Director manages the seasonal naturalist staff and oversees marketing as well as programmatic development. Upham Woods is a year-round educational facility that provides outdoor education, environmental education, and leadership education opportunities for over 9,000 youth and adults each year. In the summer, users are primarily 4-H groups, while during the spring, fall and winter, the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center serves school groups and other youth organizations. Upham Woods strives to provide the community with outdoor educational programming and partnerships as a way to provide local accessibility to University resources and research.

 

TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

– Bachelors degree in education, recreation management, biology, youth development or a related field

 

– Experience in developing, implementing, managing, or teaching educational programs

 

– Experience utilizing outdoor education as a way to teach leadership skills, environmental concepts, STEM or social development skills

 

– Experience working collaboratively in a team environment to accomplish program goals

 

– Experience or education in marketing educational programs

 

– CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certifications, or ability to obtain certifications shortly after hire

 

– Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

To receive full consideration, you must submit all of the following documents. when uploading documents, pdf format is preferred. Any documents, other than those requested, will be deleted from your application.

 

– COVER LETTER (up to two pages) in which you summarize how your qualifications meet those of the position. Please note that your response will be evaluated not only for content but for written communication skills as well. You are encouraged to refer to formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research and any related life experiences in your response.

 

– PROFESSIONAL RESUME, including related education, professional work history and volunteer experience.

 

– CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL WORK REFERENCES, including at least one person who has been your immediate supervisor.

 

– FINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS for each of your degrees.

 

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/hr/

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=93666

 

***  From Bridget Ann Serchak:

 

4.)  Outdoor Sculpture and Conservation Coordinator, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Check this out – first time I have ever seen the word Frisbee in a job

posting!

 

http://job-openings.monster.com/monster/0b846925-ef18-47bf-92d6-fea2c7db8e6f?mescoid=1900248001001

 

5.)  Fox Landing Summer Instructor, The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), Avalon  CA

 

The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) is looking for excited college graduates who would like to be a part of the summer program at the historic Camp Fox on Catalina Island.  CIMI staff provide support to YMCA groups throughout their week long trips to Camp Fox.  Each day consists of taking campers kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking, as well as through our archery course and high ropes elements.  Each CIMI instructor must be a physically fit, dedicated, flexible and excited team player to spend the summer on Catalina Island.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Minimum of a bachelors degree, biology or marine biology highly preferred.
  • Excellent water skills
  • Capable of completing a Waterfront Lifeguarding course, including CPR and First Aid
  • Experience teaching elementary, middle or high school students, highly desired
  • Ability to live and work in a small, remote island community

 

Compensation:

 

  • Paid training
  • Full room and board
  • Starting salary of $275 per week
  • Use of program equipment, such as kayak, boats and paddle boards during off time
  • Island playground to explore

 

If interested please email resume and cover letter to Charlie@cimi.org.

Check out our camp website: http://cimioutdoored.org/cimi-fox-landing/

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=93763

 

6.)  Director of Communications and Marketing, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC

http://www.glassdoor.com/job-listing/director-of-communications-and-marketing-JV_IC1138213_KO0,40_IE683660.htm

 

7.)  Summer Instructors, Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

 

Job Description

Instructors are expected to be excellent role models as they teach a variety of outdoor skills and foster a close community. Course size is generally 24 students with 6 instructors. Outdoor skills taught include: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, cooking, orienteering, Leave No Trace concepts, and general environmental education. Other specialized skills will be taught in conjunction with outfitters. On each adventure, the six-person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip including: instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, menu planning, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues. Instructors receive support while in the field from the Regional Directors.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 21 years old
  • College graduate strongly preferred
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR
  • Several years experience working with teenagers
  • True concern for students’ growth
  • Solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities
  • Several years experience leading wilderness programs
  • Expertise in Leave No Trace principles
  • A clean driving record
  • Ability to work with little/no time off and limited personal time

Benefits

  • Opportunity to be a teacher, mentor and role model to highly motivated students
  • Up to five months of employment. In addition to Summer Adventures, opportunities are available in North Carolina during the fall as an outdoor educator for our School Programs.
  • Dynamic work environment with other incredible instructors
  • Highly organized and well planned Adventures
  • Professional development
  • Outdoor experiences throughout the United States
  • Competitive Salary
  • Travel stipend for transportation
  • Professional purchase discounts

To Apply

We will be accepting applications until March 30th for the 2015 summer season. However, we will accept applications for the fall season until August 15th. If you meet our qualifications, please email a copy of your resume to our Associate Director, Josh Goldbach at josh@adventuretreks.com.

 

Adventure Treks provides unique experiences for teenagers ages 13-18, through wilderness based adventure programs. Designed to teach leadership and build confidence through the formation of positive communities and fun outdoor adventures, these 18-30 day expeditions take place in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North Carolina, and British Columbia. Field Instructors manage group dynamics, coordinate logistics, and teach outdoor skills, with activities that include backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Benefits include a competitive salary, travel stipend, pro-deal privileges, and the opportunity to work both the summer and fall school group programs, which are located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (college graduate or degree in progress), have a valid WFR/CPR certification (or be willing to acquire one), have several years experience working with youth and/or leading wilderness programs, and the ability to work long hours with little to no time off. To apply, email your resume to Josh Goldbach. Applications are due by April 30th for summer positions and August 15th for the fall season.

 

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

 

8.)  Outdoor Instructors/Outdoor Education Program, The YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, Possum Kingdom Lake TX

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=93775

 

9.)  Program Supervisor, Pacific Quest, Naalehu, HI

 

NOW HIRING

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to wilderness therapy by replacing hiking and survival skills with work on our organic farm and sustainable life skills. Our approach is based on structure, support and choice as opposed to coercion or punitive consequences; it allows for students to grow individually, at their own pace, with their own motivations.

 

The mission of Pacific Quest is to provide individualized, sustainable, personal development within a safe, structured, experiential and natural environment in a culture of unconditional support and personal responsibility.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

 

The primary responsibility of the Program Supervisor is as facilitator for the Program at the Kau facility (Na’alehu area), which includes: Daily Schedule and Routine Facilitation; Therapeutic and Academic goals and outcomes (experience with addictions a plus); Community Service, Farming and Group Outings.

 

The Program Supervisor is responsible for training and developing staff, and working directly with the students. This supervisor shares “on-call” responsibilities around crisis management and works with the Therapists to support outcomes. The position is directly under the supervision of the Program Director and is supported by the Program Direct Care Staff, and other program departments (logistics, farming, wellness, outings, etc). The training and development of staff occurs both in the field and at the field office in the Kau district of Hawaii (Na’alehu). The position is full time with benefits, salary DOE.

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

 

  • Clear, thorough and timely communication and documenting
  • Evaluating, managing, reporting and monitoring risk management
  • Program development and maintaining and updating systems
  • Supervising staff and students
  • Co-development of program policies and procedures

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Industry experience and experience working with adolescents of a similar population
  • Experience in supervision and able to work with students in crisis
  • Experience with crisis intervention
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • Basic computer skills and the ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work with team of professionals as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check

Please submit resume and cover letter along with application materials to jobs@pacificquest.org, to fax (855) 317-6304, or mail to Pacific Quest, PO Box 540, Naalehu, HI, 96772

 

http://www.pacificquest.org/job-opportunities/program-supervisor

 

10.)  Adjunct Faculty, HMI GAP, The High Mountain Institute, Leadville, CO (basecamp in Moab, Utah)

 

The High Mountain Institute seeks an Adjunct Faculty, a seasonal position in our HMI Gap program.

Responsibilities include: instruct and supervise outdoor rock climbing, facilitate various residential life

activities, and fulfill other faculty duties during our one-month basecamp in Moab, Utah. For more

information on HMI Gap, please see www.hminet.org/gap.

 

About the High Mountain Institute

HMI joins the best of a traditional independent school environment with top-class outdoor education

opportunities. We seek candidates who share our passion for educating adolescents to be good

students and good adults. HMI seeks to connect our students to the natural world and teach them

essential leadership and communication skills through participation in a rigorous, experiential

academic program, extended wilderness trips, and an intentional community. In addition to a high

school semester, HMI also offers a summer term for high school students, a gap semester for 18-22

year olds, and a variety of adolescent and adult programming. For more information, please visit

www.hminet.org.

 

Position Details Include:

  • Instruct and supervise ½ and full day climbing activities 4-5 times per week
  • Assist in leading a 2-day canyoneering trip and other weekend activities
  • Lead 3-5 evening activities per week
  • Teach and support the Environmental Field Studies and Leadership curriculum
  • Support other core program activities and operations as needed
  • Participate in rotating duty schedule
  • Act as an advisor for 3-4 students
  • Maintain Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications (Wilderness First Responder strongly preferred)
  • Room and board provided; program is conducted in a front-country “basecamp” setting
  • Compensation: $3,100-$3,400
  • Dates: October 9 through November 8, 2015
  • Adjunct faculty is required to participate in a 3-day training on HMI’s campus September 16-18, 2015

Minimum Qualifications: BA or higher, current WFA & CPR certifications, prior teaching experience,

extensive prior experience instructing/guiding outdoor rock climbing, enthusiasm for working with young adults in an intensive community setting, criminal and driving background checks required.

 

Desired Qualifications: Highly motivated & organized individual with prior relevant experience;

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or Rock Guide training; Significant prior experience working with late high

school and/or college-age students; Familiarity with climbing and other outdoor activities in the Moab

area; Significant trail crew experience.

How to Apply: Please submit the following items as Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word files to Chris

Barlow, Gap Coordinator, via e-mail at cbarlow@hminet.org:

  • 1-page cover letter including a discussion of the applicant’s teaching philosophy, leadership style,

and reasons for applying

  • Resume and list of 3-5 references

Complete application should be submitted to Chris Barlow, Gap Coordinator at cbarlow@hminet.org.

After an initial review, HMI will solicit further information from some candidates, such as a practical test,

writing sample, and other information. We will contact finalists for a formal interview. HMI is committed to taking the time to carefully review candidates and will not fill the position until an ideal candidate is found.

Correspondence via e-mail is strongly preferred. The High Mountain Institute is an equal opportunity

employer.

https://www.hminet.org/sites/hminet.org/files/hmi_gap_adj_faculty_description_2.pdf

 

11.)  Chapter Director, Hawaii Chapter, Sierra Club, Honolulu       HI

https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SIERRACLUB&cws=1&rid=461

 

12.)  Senior Press Secretary, Sierra Club, San Francisco or Washington, D.C.

 

Context:  Provides strategic media planning, oversight and implementation for Sierra Club local, regional, and national campaigns including major featured objectives of the Dirty Fuels initiative and all other related programs. Serves as communications strategist for Tar Sands campaign, and coordinates communications work with the Tar Sands coalition. Writes long-term and rapid-response media outreach plans to position the Sierra Club and promote its national and regional conservation campaigns. Oversees editorial production process for media communications, ensuring timely and accurate materials with a consistent tone and message.  Develops relationships with regional and national reporters and producers, pitching stories, providing Sierra Club’s viewpoints and serving as a Club spokesperson.

 

Scope: The Senior Press Secretary acts as a liaison between the various communications department teams and program teams to plan and carry out media strategies.  Also serves as a liaison between the Sierra Club and key media contacts, to develop relationships that advance the Sierra Club’s media coverage, serving regularly as a spokesperson. Serves as Sierra Club representatives to key partners like the Tar Sands Coalition, the Alberta Clipper Coalition, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, anti-fracking activists, and others.  Researches and delivers reports for release to media, develops and drives overall media strategy, writes media messages, op-eds, press releases, talking points and other materials, and coordinates media events as necessary. Works with other environmental groups in the Tar Sands coalition to guide the strategic objectives and communications tactics for the campaign to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and related Tar Sands projects.

 

Job Activities:

 

  • Works with Sierra Club campaigns and volunteers to develop the concept for reports to release at press conferences and other appropriate media events. Oversees the researching and writing of those reports.
  • Oversees Sierra Club’s rapid-response program, developing messages and writing op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points and other media materials. Creates strategic media responses to published comments regarding the Sierra Club and to the positions of politicians, institutions or groups.
  • Oversees strategy, message and materials development for the Dirty Fuels initiative—, including Tar Sands and Natural Gas campaigns, serving as liaison across various teams and committees.
  • Performs necessary research and crafts long-term strategic vehicles for promoting Sierra Club messages and stories, including but not limited to writing letters to the editor, reports, op-eds, radio actualities, press releases, fact sheets, and talking points.
  • Collaborates with the National Press Secretary, Communications Director and Deputy Directors, as well as outside consultants, to provide assistance and guidance in developing long-range media strategies. Drafts communications plans and coordinates communications work around Sierra Club campaigns across internal work groups including but limited to web, social media,Sierra Magazine, creative and video teams.
  • Develops relationships with regional and national reporters and pitches stories to those reporters.
  • Trains and coaches staff and volunteers in media skills.
  • Contributes to staff strategy meetings, and stays current on substantive and political developments in major conservation campaigns by reading latest literature, attending meetings and maintaining contact with relevant sources.
  • Advises and assists communications staff to pitch other Sierra Club messages, events, and reactions to the working press as needed.
  • Mentors, trains and coaches volunteers and interns in media skills while working alongside them.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

 

— B.A. degree in communications, journalism, or a closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

— 4 years prior experience as a journalist, media liaison or other position involving media/press relations.

 

— Excellent writing and verbal communications skills

 

— Demonstrated knowledge of environmental issues and national politics

 

— Ability to interact cooperatively effectively with staff, volunteers and the public

 

— Ability to meet strict deadlines and work under pressure

 

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location.

 

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 4 exempt position.

 

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

 

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

 

*If you are applying for more than one position with us, please attach your job-specific cover letters in the ‘Attachments’ section.

 

https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SIERRACLUB&cws=1&rid=517

 

13.)  Sr. Comm Specialist, Hispanic Media Outreach, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Washington, District of Columbia

http://www.latpro.com/jobs/3044140.html

 

14.)  Outdoor Guides, ARIZONA OUTBACK ADVENTURES, Scottsdale, AZ

 

Description

 

AOA prides itself on having the best guide staff, because our guides love what they do and it shows. AOA specializes in providing a superior guest experience from the initial contact and the hotel pick-up to the on-trail meals and equipment condition. As a guide you will be responsible for leading tours; carrying-out transfers, servicing equipment and ensuring guest safety and comfort. With training – your understanding of the natural highlights of the regions we operate in will be second to none. Your ability to transfer your knowledge efficiently and enthusiastically will underscore for our guests the natural wonders and beauty of the Southwest.

 

Core Competencies

 

  • A flair for dealing with people
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Experience as a leader
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Wilderness First Responder or EMT certification a plus
  • Mechanically adept [mountain bike preferred]
  • Schedule and work hours flexibility
  • Knowledge of local history, geology, flora and fauna
  • Enjoyment of hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and kayaking
  • Willingness to learn new things

 

http://aoa-adventures.com/job-opportunities/

 

15.)  Hiking/Trip Leaders/Rock Climbing (and other openings), Camp Nashoba North, Raymond, Maine

http://campnashoba.com/staff/working-at-cnn/

 

16.)  English Language Teacher in China (Foreign Trainer), Disney English, China

 

Your adventure with Disney starts now!

 

Set out on the journey of a lifetime while enriching children’s lives with Disney English. Disney English has grown across China since opening in 2008, by shaping children’s love for learning with Disney’s innovative, award-winning curriculum. Join this dynamic team that provides and engages children the way children learn – through stories, songs, characters and above all – fun!

 

We’re looking for passionate, out-going, native-like speaking English Language Teachers (Foreign Trainers). In this unique opportunity you will discover a new culture, inspire children to learn a new language while growing and developing your own skills in ways you never dreamed.

 

Become part of the Disney legacy… your journey awaits.

 

What you need to know:

 

  • Foreign Trainers provide a highly engaging and effective learning experience to children between 3-12 years old through the delivery of innovative and immersive Disney educational content.
  • Successful Foreign Trainers have high energy! Delivering curriculum with energy and enthusiasm is a must. Our Trainers use immersive learning techniques such as story telling, singing, dialogue and role-playing in combination with formal exercises.
  • Foreign Trainers work a 40 hour work week (20-25 contact teaching hours – (up to 30 hours if working with our special summer course) including evening and weekends.
  • Measuring progress as well as educational results while providing on-going support and development to the students is required for success.
  • Foreign Trainers build strong relationships with parents and keeping them “in-the-know” on their child’s journey.

 

What you’ll need:

 

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 months teaching experience (post Bachelor’s degree) for major Cities
  • OR a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 months work experience (post Bachelor’s degree)
  • To be at least 21 years old
  • Native English Speaker able to communicate with learners where English is not their first language
  • Internationally recognized advanced TEFL or CELTA Qualifications are highly desirable
  • A flexible “can do” attitude, a thirst for learning and an adaptable approach to working
  • Passion for Disney and for working with young children is essential

 

What we offer:

 

  • Salaries start at $1,610 USD (10,000 RMB) per month (dependent on qualifications/experience)
  • Monthly housing allowance up to $782 USD (up to 4,850 RMB)
  • Resettlement allowance of $1,127 USD (7,000 RMB)
  • Paid airfare to China and a monthly travel stipend toward return trip
  • Three weeks hotel accommodation provided upon arrival in China
  • Health, dental, paid sick and vacation time
  • Robust academic training including assistance obtaining a TEFL-C certification as well as a Rosetta Stone Mandarin license
  • Various Disney discounts* including a limited theme parks admission pass

*Benefits subject to change

 

Disney will give you the opportunity to learn, grow, teach and lead – apply now!

https://xjobs.brassring.com/tgwebhost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25348&siteid=5039&jobid=240721&loc=US

 

17.)  Communications Manager, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

http://jobs.prsa.org/jobseeker/job/23429794

 

18.)  SUMMER-Mountain Adventure Program Counselor, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc., Crested Butte, CO

http://job-openings.monster.com/monster/fa9abdc4-2492-4a02-b1d6-b9265ca27745?mescoid=2100314001001&jobPosition=3

 

19.)  Summer Racing Instructor/Coach for Opti and 420 – Summer youth Instructor/Coach (Opti trainer, Opti, O’pen Bic, Hartley 12, 420, Sonar, J-105, Windsurfing), New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

http://www.nessf.org/Media/Default/Forms/positiondescriptionsailingcoach2015.pdf

http://www.nessf.org/work-with-ness/employment-opportunities

 

20.)  C5 Bridges Backcountry Team Leader, C5 Youth Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (Camp Address: Hyattville, WY)

 

Change the world this summer by working with our amazing young leaders! Summer camp, college tours, Wyoming backpacking treks, and community action summits are all activities you can be a part of if you join our C5LA summer staff.

 

C5 Los Angeles is looking for dedicated, high-caliber leaders to teach and inspire young people to reach for their best.  C5LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

The C5 Bridges Backcountry Group Leaders help lead 13-day travel experiences with small groups of teens. Trips include backpacking in the remote Big Horn Mountain Range of Wyoming. The position is physically demanding. Success requires insightful facilitation and dynamic leadership to promote positive relationships, sharpening of leadership skills, and connecting trip-related challenges to skills needed for success in college, work, and life.

 

Responsibilities

 

Travel with groups along a 6-7 day, 35-mile backpacking route

Help Facilitate activity sessions (rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, etc.)

Manage risks; comply with safety protocols; involve youth in building a safety-conscious culture

Facilitate structured curriculum

Assist with logistical support (transportation, packing food, issuing gear)

Minimum Requirements

 

23 years old; some college experience

Experience in working with youth

Experience leading trips similar in scope

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Lifeguard training

Ability to carry a 55-pound backpack over rugged terrain up to 12 hours a day for 6 days

Commitment to Leave No Trace ethics and practice

Clean driving record

Drug-free

 

http://c5la.org/AboutUs/Employment.aspx

 

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