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Ad Title: Conservation Project Manager at Western New York Land Conservancy
Location: Buffalo, NY
Post Date: 05/24/18
Contact: Marisa Riggi
State: NY
Zip: 14052
Email: jobs@wnylc.org
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Description:
The Conservation Project Manager's primary responsibility will be to serve as project manager for the Restore the Gorge and Stella Niagara Preserve enhancement projects. This position may also assist or lead other land management projects on Land Conservancy properties. This position will help achieve the conservation goals in the Land Conservancy’s five-year strategic plan.

The Restore the Gorge project is one the most important and high-profile projects that the Land Conservancy has ever undertaken. It is a multi-million dollar, multi-year effort to control non-native invasive plant species and restore native plant communities on nearly 200 acres of the Niagara Gorge near Niagara Falls, one of the most biodiverse places in the entire Great Lakes region. The project began in 2017 and is currently funded through 2020. We will continue to seek additional funding in order to expand the geographic scope and timeframe of the project.

The Stella Niagara Preserve is the most ambitious land acquisition project in the Land Conservancy’s history. The preserve is located on the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston just north of Niagara Falls. With 29 acres and over a quarter-mile of shoreline, it is the largest privately-owned, undeveloped tract of land along the entire length of the Niagara River. We purchased the property in 2015, and hired visionary landscape designers Darrel Morrison and Nancy Aten to create a plan for its restoration. We will continue to implement that plan, which includes habitat restoration and public access improvements, through 2019.

Responsibilities

Project management of Restore the Gorge-
Oversee all aspects of the Restore the Gorge project including project planning, permitting and environmental review, contractor management, developing RFPs and selecting contractors, community engagement and outreach, grant writing and reporting, and project team coordination. The Project Manager will also oversee the work of a Land Conservancy ecologist who is assisting with native seed collection and propagation, in addition to the oversight of other contractors as needed. The Land Conservancy will soon be hiring a Finance and Operations Director to assist with or lead contracting, financial management, and grant reporting for this project. The current project team includes: Applied Ecological Services; New York Power Authority; New York State Parks; our landscape design team with Nancy Aten and Darrel Morrison; and other project partners. Other contractors have already contributed to the project, and additional contractors may be added as the project progresses.

Project management of the Stella Niagara Preserve enhancements-
Oversee all aspects of the restoration work at the Stella Niagara Preserve including project planning, contractor selection and management, and volunteer coordination. The Conservation Project Manager will also supervise at least two part-time preserve stewards and other staff or contractors as needed. Applied Ecological Services is our consultant implementing the restoration plan for the preserve.

Expansion of Land Conservancy Stewardship and Restoration-
Assist with or lead land management activities on land protected by the Land Conservancy and other places in the region. Land management activities may include, but are not limited to, habitat restoration, preserve management, and public access improvements.

Organizational meetings and activities-
Participate in Conservation Committee meetings and Board meetings as appropriate.
Participate in regular staff and planning meetings.
Assist with other Land Conservancy activities including nature hikes, events, photography, community presentations, fundraising, and grant writing.
The successful candidate is expected to work closely with other Land Conservancy staff to ensure that protection directives are accomplished in an efficient manner.

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Ad Title: Land Management Specialist
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Post Date: 06/28/18
Contact: Debbie Biggs or Jamie Harrison
City: Little Rock
State: AR
Zip: 72201
Phone (W): 501-324-9150
Email: debbie.biggs@arkansas.gov
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Description:
1. Class Summary: The Land Management Specialist is a critical member of the team working to preserve Arkansas’s biological diversity and natural heritage through research, conservation, restoration, and outreach. This position has a primary focus on stewardship work including grounds maintenance, management of public recreation, invasive species removal, prescribed fire management, and ecological restoration efforts for the State System of Natural Areas (System). While at work, you will either be in a new, modern, pleasant building in downtown Little Rock or out among the 67,000 acres comprising 72 natural areas spread out among all eco-regions of the state. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with a small, dedicated group of science-based professionals in a productive, fast-paced, pleasant work environment, while doing positive things for conservation in Arkansas. We accomplish great things with a small staff and limited resources through teamwork, partnership, and efficiency. The position is governed by agency/institution policy and state and federal laws.
2. Scope of Work:
• Develops, plans, and conducts on-site land management activities, including controlled burns, boundary demarcation, trail development and maintenance, special species management, and invasive species control.
• Purchases equipment and supplies monitors contracts for land management activities, and is responsible for the maintenance of agency equipment, including vehicles, chainsaws, mowers, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), and fire management equipment.
• Utilize project management methodologies to help schedule and implement staff and contracted services.
• Assists in the writing of management plans for lands in the System and may write articles for publication in professional journals and give oral presentations.
• Assists research staff with biological field inventories.
• Recruits, trains, and evaluates the work of volunteers, acts as a team leader, and assists extra help employees conducting management activities on natural areas. Organizes and attends volunteer events on natural areas
• Meets and confers with neighboring landowners, contractors, conservation partners, and the general public to share information and coordinate land management activities on natural areas.
• Responds to requests for information regarding natural area management from both within and outside the agency.
• Attends workshops and meetings to stay informed of trends and scientific advances in applicable areas.
• Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.
3. Working Relationships: The Land Management Specialist has regular contact and on-going working relationships with the Stewardship Coordinator and other agency staff, neighboring landowners, local officials and volunteers, visitors to natural areas, constituents, contractors, and the general public.
4. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Exposure to elements, walking long distances, and carrying equipment are required.
• Ability to traverse extremely rugged terrain on foot.
• Knowledge of ecological managerment of natural communities.
• Knowledge of land management principles and techniques.
• Knowledge of project management principles and methods.
• Knowledge of recreation management
• Knowledge of state fiscal procedures and policies.
• Ability to safely operate a variety of outdoor power equipment(ATV’s Chainsaw, etc.).
• Ability to plan, motivate, direct, and evaluate the work of volunteers.
• Ability to read, interpret, analyze, and use topographic maps, land surveys, legal property descriptions, and aerial photographs.
• Ability to use a computer and related software.
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, including detailed reports.
• Skill in basic carpentry.
• Skill in vehicle and small motor maintenance.

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Ad Title: Oakland County CISMA Coordinator
Location: Oakland County, MI
Post Date: 07/10/18
Contact: Danielle Devlin
City: Rochester
State: MI
Zip: 48306
Phone (W): 248-601-2816
Email: ddevlin@sixriversrlc.org
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Description:
Organization: The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (OC CISMA) is a partnership in Oakland County, Michigan working to cooperatively manage invasive species. The partnership includes approximately 30 local, county, state, and federal government agencies; education institutions; and non-profit organizations.

Position: The Coordinator is a full-time leadership position that provides oversight and support for all CISMA projects. Duties include writing grants; grant management; planning and leading monthly Steering Committee meetings; development and implementation of education and outreach; cooperative invasive species control; early detection/rapid response; data management; partner communication; and supervision of other CISMA employees. A strong willingness to learn, lead, work independently and inclusively (team coordination) is necessary. The Coordinator reports to the OC CISMA Executive Committee, and is an employee of Six Rivers Land Conservancy, the OC CISMA fiduciary.

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Ad Title: Oakland County CISMA Invasive Species Technician
Location: Oakland County, MI
Post Date: 07/10/18
Contact: Danielle Devlin
City: Rochester
State: MI
Zip: 48306
Phone (W): 248-601-2816
Email: ddevlin@sixriversrlc.org
Website: visit our website...
Description:
Organization: The Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (OC CISMA) is a partnership in Oakland County, Michigan working to cooperatively manage invasive species. The partnership includes approximately 30 local, county, state and federal government agencies; education institutions; and non-profit organizations.

Position: The Invasive Species Technician position will be responsible for implementation of invasive species monitoring, while assisting with treatment coordination, training CISMA partners, landowner outreach, and education efforts. The technician will be trained in Watch List species identification to increase early detection/rapid response (EDRR) capacity. A strong willingness to learn, work cooperatively with stakeholders, work independently, and educate the general public is necessary. The Invasive Species Technician reports to the OC CISMA Coordinator, and is an employee of Six Rivers Land Conservancy, the OC CISMA fiduciary.

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Ad Title: Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves Natural Areas Manager- Environmental Scientist III
Contact: Josh Lillpop
City: Frankfort
State: KY
Zip: 40601
Phone (W): 502-782-7830
Email: Josh.Lillpop@ky.gov
Description:
The natural area manager is a crucial part of the Kentucky Nature Preserve (KNP) team responsible for management of a select portion of Natural Areas within Kentucky. This position will concentrate on ecological management and species recovery primarily within the Cumberland Plateau and Green River regions of Kentucky. Responsibilities will be focused on pine barren restoration, water quality issues, rare plant and community management and recovery, as well as many other exciting natural resource projects. This is a great opportunity to join a small resource-based team of dedicated individuals with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets while protecting Kentucky’s natural heritage. Though KNP may be a smaller agency, we have helped protect over 100,000 acres on 145 sites statewide through dedication, team work, and partnerships with other agencies.

Scope of Work:

• Monitors, evaluates, and develops management plans and strategies for preservation of Kentucky’s natural heritage on state-owned lands within the Cumberland Plateau and Green River region.
• Develops and implements action steps to meet management goals and objectives on natural areas including invasive species management, prescribed fire, rare species recovery, and wetland restoration.
• Collects, interprets, and analyzes technical, historical, or biological data pertaining to assigned natural areas.
• Attends meetings and forums with public and partners to promote KNP’s mission and accomplish management goals. Provides input to the office and partners for development of conservation goals and initiatives.
• Provides support for statewide implementation of the prescribed fire program, serves as team member and conducts practices required to safely complete prescribed fire including equipment maintenance, firebreak installation, and coordination of resources.
• Conducts site inspections of wild river corridors and heritage land sites to evaluate compliance with management plans and policies.

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Ad Title: Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves Trails/Outreach Specialist- Environmental Scientist III
Location: Kentucky
Post Date: 07/10/18
Contact: Josh Lillpop
City: Frankfort
State: KY
Zip: 40601
Phone (W): 502-782-7830
Email: Josh.Lillpop@ky.gov
Description:
The Trails and Outreach Specialist will play a crucial role in the fulfillment of the Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP) mission to protect and promote Kentucky’s Natural Heritage through the maintenance and development of trails on Natural Areas, Nature Preserves, and Heritage Land Conservation sites. The successful candidate will represent KNP at outreach events with the public and conduct outdoor education events with special user groups, and coordinate a statewide volunteer program. In addition, this position will support preserve management activities including prescribed fire, invasive species control, rare plant surveys, and restoration efforts. The position will also be responsible for generating social media content to highlight the work being conducted. This is a great opportunity to join a small resource-based team of dedicated individuals with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets while protecting Kentucky’s natural heritage. Though KNP may be a smaller agency, we have helped protect over 100,000 acres on 145 sites statewide through dedication, team work, and partnerships with other agencies.


Scope of Work:

• Monitors and evaluates KNP trail system, develops new trails and makes improvements or repairs to an existing trail system.
• Implementation of management actions on natural areas including, but not limited to: prescribed fire, invasive species control, wetland restoration, species recovery. Supports KNP conservation initiatives and action items.
• Provides guidance to state agencies, non-profits, local governments, and other partners in the development, maintenance, and improvement of new and existing trails on Heritage Land Conservation Areas.
• Attends or organizes educational and outreach events to promote the mission of Kentucky Nature Preserves.
• Develops/coordinates volunteer program for trail improvement and other management projects, to include working with scouts, civic organizations, conservation groups, and private citizens.
• Assist in the development and implementation of site plans for new or existing natural areas to improve public access through development of parking areas, signage, trails, etc.
• Conducts regular site visits and inspections of natural areas and heritage land sites, identifies violations or concerns, and makes recommendations for corrective actions and improvement.

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