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Ad Title: Anticipating two Research Scientist opportunities at the Rocky Mtn Research Station, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Location: Missoula, MT
Post Date: 05/06/19
Contact: Susan Fox, Director, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Resea
City: Missoula
State: MT
Zip: 59801
Phone (W): 406-542-4193
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The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) will soon be advertising TWO key scientist positions at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, Montana. Both positions are open to federal and non-federal employees. Applicants must be US citizens.

The Institute is the only federal research group in the United States dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, parks, and similarly protected areas. Research at the Institute focuses on five problem areas: 1) Recreation – recreation experiences and the impacts of recreation, 2) Relationships – relationships between people and protected lands, 3) Disturbance, including fire, climate and land use change 4) Larger systems – wilderness in the context of larger ecological and social systems, and 5) Science delivery – the delivery and application of scientific knowledge and tools. Furthermore, the Institute conducts and produces wilderness relevant science using a three-pronged approach: i) Science for wilderness – informing effective stewardship and management of wilderness, ii) Wilderness for landscape sustainability – improving understanding of the roles of protected lands to the ecological, economic, and social processes, services, and integrity of larger landscapes, and iii) Wilderness for science – using wilderness as laboratories and benchmarks to understand the causes and consequences of environmental change, minimally confounded by other influences. The Institute focuses on the interface between landscape and community ecology with an emphasis on bridging the gap between ecological theory and conservation management and policy.

DUTY STATION: The duty station is Missoula, Montana. For information about the ALWRI, the website is Missoula, Montana is a full service community nestled on the east side of the Bitterroot Mountains where the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers join the Clark Fork River. The community is surrounded by public and private timberlands and is the home of the University of Montana. This scenic city is bustling with activity, as western Montana's regional source for business, culture, medical services, retail, and entertainment. There are opportunities for fishing, thousands of miles of trails, and plenty of guides and shops to clue you in on the hot spots. Within 20 minutes of Missoula, you will discover a ski area that receives more than 300 inches of snow per season. With an area population of more than 80,000, Missoula has what you'd expect to find in a city--a wide range of hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries, several museums, a ballet company, live theater and a symphony. Missoula is home to a College of Technology and the University of Montana.

More information on the Missoula area can be found on the internet at For additional information regarding Missoula, MT and the surrounding communities, please visit the following webpages at: or call the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce at 406-543-6623.

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Ad Title: Late-breaking PAID field botany internships available with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF), in cooperation with USFS Intermountain Region, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. We are recruiting two Native Seed Interns to collect seed and conduct fi
Location: Sparks, Nevada
Post Date: 05/15/19
Contact: Joanne Crawford
City: Glencoe
State: IL
Zip: 60022
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Late-breaking PAID field botany internships available with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF), in cooperation with USFS Intermountain Region, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. We are recruiting two Native Seed Interns to collect seed and conduct field surveys throughout the state of Nevada and parts of Eastern California.

If interested, please email Joanne Crawford at or Chris Woolridge at To apply, please visit the Conservation and Land Management Internship program website at:

Primary Responsibilities:
- Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
- Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots;
- GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
- Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
- Collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
- Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary.
- Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
- Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects.

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Ad Title: Operations and Administrative Assistant
Location: Ligonier, PA
Post Date: 04/15/19
Contact: Amy Wills
City: Ligonier
State: PA
Zip: 15658
Phone (W): 7249958466
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See file attached at the bottom for the full job description

Purpose of Position
The Operations and Administrative Assistant will further the mission and strategic plan of NAA by performing daily administrative tasks, maintaining the member database, updating the organizational calendar and supporting the Operations and Membership Manager.

The responsibilities of the Operations and Administrative Assistant include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Daily Administration
-Answering phones and checking messages
-Picking up and distributing mail
-Processing checks
-Maintaining and ordering office supplies
Database Administration
-Sending and processing membership renewals
-Keeping database clean by removing duplicates, updating addresses, etc.
-Creating queries as needed
-Writing and sending thank you notes or other correspondence to members and donors as assigned.
-Producing monthly membership reports
-Fulfilling claims and orders for the Natural Areas Journal and other products
Organizational Support
-Assist the Operations and Membership Manager and Executive Director with outreach and programming as required
-Assist in executing the annual Natural Areas Conference
-Create and maintain an organizational calendar
-Proofread documents for accuracy as needed

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Ad Title: Stewardship Ecologist
Location: Libertyville, IL
Post Date: 04/25/19
Contact: Laurel Diver
City: Libertyville
State: IL
Zip: 60048
Phone (W): 847-968-3242
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Anticipated Hiring Range: $22.88 - $28.62
Application deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

The Stewardship Ecologist I is responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the volunteer stewardship, volunteer monitoring and native seed nursery operations. Responsible for the native seed program by growing/collecting native species, processing and storing seed, and the operation of the native seed nursery and greenhouse. Coordinates native seed collection, processing and dispersal to support department projects. Assists in volunteer program development, recruiting, development of training programs and materials, and mentors volunteers and support staff. Work schedule includes evening and weekend hours. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting. Performs lifting tasks up to 50 pounds.

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Ad Title: Two Conservation Scientists
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden
Post Date: 02/27/19
Contact: Kayri Havens
City: Glencoe
State: IL
Zip: 60022
Email: khavens@chicagobotanic.or
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About us: The Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Science and Conservation program is a global leader in plant-based research, education, and engagement to sustain and enrich life. The Garden's mission is grounded in the belief that caring for gardens and natural areas is fundamentally important to the well-being of everyone. We strive to make the Garden and all its programs available and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We value diversity in all its forms and at every level of our organization…board, staff, volunteers, and vendors. Through the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experience, the Garden is more effectively able to create extraordinary and welcoming experiences for our increasingly diverse audiences. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging to every individual we encounter, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, intellectual ability, or economic status.

Position Overview: We seek to hire two conservation scientists at the assistant scientist rank in our Plant Biology and Conservation Department ( We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following: Landscape Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Ecophysiology, but other conservation disciplines will be considered. Candidates who focus on wetland or aquatic systems, or seed-based questions are especially encouraged to apply. In addition to conducting research, both positions will serve as faculty in our joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University, and undertake outreach and service activities. These are full time, career-track positions. The successful candidates will join a group of enthusiastic scientists focused on addressing key conservation challenges. Start dates are flexible.
1. RESEARCH: Conduct research that has conservation or restoration implications. Successfully obtain funding for research. Disseminate results through scientific publications and broader communication venues to policy makers, land managers, and the public.
2. TRAINING: Mentor students from diverse backgrounds at a variety of levels from high school to Ph.D. This will include serving as advisor or committee member for graduate students in our Plant Biology and Conservation program with Northwestern University (, supporting the Science Career Continuum College First mentoring program for high school students ( ), and working with undergraduate students from Northwestern University and in our NSF-REU Site program ( over the summer. Teaching an upper level undergraduate or graduate level course at Northwestern University in the candidate's area of expertise may be possible.
3. INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE: Contribute to Garden and departmental initiatives. These can include management of the REU intern program, managing seed or GIS labs, public-facing programs such as our Science Festival, or other Garden initiatives depending on candidate's interest and aptitude.
4. OUTREACH: Contribute to outreach, citizen science, and other engagement activities. Help synthesize research, communicate science, and develop policy and land management recommendations. Work collaboratively with department faculty, and other Garden departments (Education, Horticulture, Communications, and Visitor Services). Develop collaborations with other regional conservation institutions and agencies.
Key Cooperative Relationships: Botanic Garden staff, students, and volunteers; scientific community; federal, state, and regional land managers; conservation, stewardship, and restoration groups; elected officials and other conservation stakeholders.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in ecology, botany, biology, or equivalent with appropriate experience. Strong quantitative skills; meta-analysis skills desired. Excellent communication skills. Commitment to seeing research results applied to conservation and restoration. Commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Teaching, mentoring, and project/grant management experience. Candidate's research program should allow them to be in Chicago for most of the summer to mentor students.
To Apply: Please go to to apply. In addition to the Garden application materials, please submit a cover letter; cv; separate 1-2 page statements on research interests and their conservation or restoration implications, mentoring philosophy, and diversity and inclusion (e.g. a statement about your past contributions to diversity and anticipated contribution to our program); as well as contact information for three references. Review of applications begins April 5, 2019 and will continue until suitable candidates are hired. Contact Kayri Havens at with any questions.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns.

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Ad Title: Washington State Parks Natual Resources Program Manager
Location: Olympia, WA
Post Date: 05/01/19
Contact: Lisa Lantz
City: Olympia
State: WA
Zip: 98504-2650
Phone (W): 360-902-8641
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The Natural Resources Program Manager is a leadership position responsible for leading, managing, guiding, and promoting statewide natural resources stewardship initiatives for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. They must educate and inspire park visitors, agency staff, and the general public to ensure the highest level of natural resources stewardship occurs in Washington's state parks. The Natural Resources Program Manager must bring leadership, experience, and specific strategic and technical expertise to protect, enhance, and interpret the natural resources in the 200+ state parks and other property holdings in Washington's 138,000 - acre state park system. They must also integrate the multitude of native habitats found across the park system into regional and statewide efforts to protect and enhance the natural heritage of Washington State.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Promotes the highest quality stewardship of the agency's natural resources by bringing new ideas and technologies to the agency; build partnerships in the agency and with local, state, Federal, and regional agencies, organizations, and stakeholders to enhance agency capacity and professionalism; assesses agency natural resources stewardship capabilities and performance; and seeks to elevate the agency's core commitment to exceptional stewardship through training programs, expert professional service, strategic planning and policy guidance.
•Manages a professional staff engaged in natural resources management and a wide range of governmental and non-governmental contractors working on local to statewide conservation efforts. Ensures current work plans, employee evaluations, and program specific contracts/agreements are in compliance with all human resources and agency policies/procedures, rules, laws, and collective bargaining agreements.
•Provides expert technical assistance/leadership and training to staff related to natural resources stewardship. Reviews and synthesizes complex/technical material into management prescriptions and presentations before the public, executive staff and the Commission.
•In consultation with the Stewardship Program Manager and Assistant Director of Parks Development, develops and updates the Commission's Comprehensive Natural Resources Policy and associated procedures and management guidelines; initiates new and revised RCW and WAC language to advance agency natural resources stewardship goals; and develops and oversees major new natural resources stewardship initiatives in the agency. Reviews natural resources-related stewardship legislation for impacts to the agency.
•Develops cost-effective budgetary strategies to rehabilitate, restore, protect, and monitor the long-term health of the natural resources across the entire park system. In conjunction with the Stewardship Program Manager, this position develops and administers the natural resources stewardship-related operational budgets and grants. Reviews capital budget scoping and prioritization. Leads staff to develop and administer natural resources stewardship-related contracts and grants.
•Develops and implements plans to advance the agency's strategic plan (especially statewide Natural Heritage Imitative) and core values, Commission and Director priorities, and emerging natural resources issues (risk management, resource protection). Develops annual agency natural resources stewardship work plan identifying performance objectives and measures.
•In consultation with the Stewardship Program Manager and Assistant Director, composes, revises, and presents agenda and work session items to the Commission.
•Establishes and promotes effective working relationships with all agency staff, leaders of stakeholder groups and organizations, local/state/federal agency staff, and park visitors. Works in a cooperative and supportive fashion with senior agency managers to coordinate and advance key management and policy issues in the state park system.

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