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Sustainable Seattle
Jan 21, 2020
Intern
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Sustainable Seattle accepts internship and professional development proposals on a rolling basis. Individuals developing their expertise around sustainability (students, emerging professionals, transitioning professionals, and so on) may submit an idea for a special project or research proposal. Project examples may include, but are not limited to: Nonprofit management (administration, resource development) Sustainable Business (management strategies for sustainability, industrial trends, industrial ecology, private sector engagement around sustainable practice) Marketing (branding, communications and engagement strategy) Activism and community organizing Community engaged/participatory sustainable landscaping, sustainable infrastructure Data and trends (internally (CRM), regionally (GIS)) Design thinking and systems change A combination of the above …and what else? Current organizational projects may include: Organizational history – research, design, present (An archiving, impact assessment, and communications project) Local practitioners review – a comprehensive, interactive resource guide to active organizations and key regional events (A resource mapping, regional industrial ecology assessment project) Research topics may include, but are not limited to: Full footprint and materials use in and for Seattle Greenwashing and Authentic Engagement Sustainability, Banking and Financial Institutions in Seattle Houselessness and best practices in Seattle Public Enagement towards Regenerative Cities Critical Culturalism and Social Change Gamification and disaster preparedness Languistics and Sustainable Urbanism Queer/Crip/Intersectional/Feminist Ecology …and what else? Or, a combination of the above Research may be applied to develop new programs, inform strategic direction, or be published on a blog or white paper. We enthusiastically welcome innovative, unconventional, radical, playful, game-changing thinkers. Are you interested in sponsoring a Sustainable Seattle internship? Contact Executive Director Em Piro to provide equitable internships for emerging sustainability leaders in the Seattle area.
The Nature Conservancy Leola, South Dakota, SD, USA
Jan 20, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Seasonal Botanist will be an integral part of a new project aimed at increasing the climate-adaptation of grassland restoration in the northern Plains. The Botanist will work alongside TNC staff to enhance the diversity of seed sources available for grassland restoration seed mixes. This position will start May 26, 2020 and will run for 16 weeks. The Seasonal Botanist will lead a two-person crew in locating and mapping large populations of key forb species across a large landscape. Once mapped, the Botanist will lead the crew in limited hand harvest of seed from multiple sources and storing and tracking seed for each species by location. Other than the mapping, the main emphasis for the crew led by the Seasonal Botanist will be the evaluation of establishment success for plant communities in recent and older restorations. The position will be based at the Samuel H. Ordway Preserve in Leola, SD, but travel to other locations for restoration evaluation will be required. The other locations include: 1) the Sheyenne Delta in southeastern North Dakota, 2) the Prairie Coteau in Minnesota, 3) the Agassiz Beach Ridges along western Minnesota, and 4) the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland in northwestern Minnesota. Mapping with GPS, botanical identification, and good data management and organization skills will be important in this position.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintain project records and data.      Conduct field surveys and seed collection, spending the majority of their time outdoors, experiencing the beauty of the Great Plains prairies.         May perform administrative work related to project and data management.    May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget. Will lead a crew in the field to identify forb species, collect seed and store seed in an organized manner. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.   REQUIREMENTS: Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.                             Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources. Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Strong field botanical skills. Experience surveying and identifying grassland plants in the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. Ability to work and communicate well with others.       Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.  Basic supervisory skills. Time management and organization skills. Willingness to travel to many different properties within the work area. Ability to work with Microsoft office software and ArcGIS software  
The Nature Conservancy Center, North Dakota, ND, USA
Jan 20, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Grassland Conservation Fellow participates primarily in conservation operations in central North Dakota primarily at the Cross Ranch Preserve. The Fellow will also work with partners and other programs/departments throughout North Dakota and the MN-ND-SD Chapter. The ideal candidate will be a college graduate with some experience in conservation (restoration, land management, etc.) and is looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a professional in the field of conservation by gaining hands-on experience. The Fellow will be provided with opportunities to network with other agencies, attend professional conferences, and work independently. While participating in various aspects of conservation land management from planning and budgeting to maintenance and ecological monitoring, the Fellow will practice skills such as: decision-making, problem solving, project management; public speaking; and leadership. This position requires irregular hours, long days, and some travel on short notice. S/he provides maintenance/management of equipment/facilities, assists with invasive management, care of livestock (cattle/bison), participates in prescribed fire and outreach. Housing is shared with employees, volunteers, and partners will be provided at the Cross Ranch Prairie Preserve Office near Center, North Dakota. The Fellow is required to live on the preserve. Transportation from the Cross Ranch office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is an 18-month position starting March 30th, 2020 and ending October 29, 2021 (there is flexibility with start/end dates). This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours vary from 35-50+ hours per week with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season, associated projects, and training opportunities.   RESPONSIBILITIES: May assist with recruiting, hiring, leading or monitoring work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers.  Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets.   Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.   May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.   May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Performs ecological management tasks such as biological monitoring, invasive species control, and prescribed burning. Implements maintenance of buildings, fence/corrals, and equipment.   Data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting for research and monitoring projects. Assist with management/conservation planning. Assist with annual bison management and research  Develop outreach, including giving presentations, leading field trips, and developing written materials.  May assist finance, philanthropy, and marketing.   REQUIREMENTS: BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with natural systems.  Experience in ecological land management principles. Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery. Must have a valid driver's license. Two years related experience.  Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.  Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, ArcGIS).   Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English. Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Prescribed Fire Crew Member by completing S-130, S-190, I-100, and IS-700 by start date (online courses available). Additional information about qualifications can be found at: http://www.tncfiremanual.org   Ability to pass annual physical fitness test (carry a 45-pound pack over 3 miles of level terrain in 45 minutes or less).  Experience with safe operation and general maintenance of pumps, small engines, sprayers, tractors, ATV/UTVs, 4x4 vehicles, trailers, power tools, and mowers.  Experience with monitoring/research techniques and applying scientific principles.  Ability to identify local flora and fauna including grassland birds, butterflies, and key plant species.  Ability to follow instructions and work cooperatively with others. Experience in the safe handling and use of herbicides. Experience working with livestock and/or observing animal behavior. Experience managing volunteers or other staff. Multi-lingual skills or multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. 
The Nature Conservancy Glyndon, Minnesota, USA
Jan 20, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Grassland Monitoring Crew Leader will be an integral part of a long-term Adaptive Management project aimed at improving the condition of the plant communities on TNC’s native prairie preserves. The Crew Leader will also participate in a habitat assessment project for the federally threatened Dakota skipper butterfly. The Crew leader positions start date is June 15, 2020 and will work for 10 weeks. The Crew Leader will lead a crew of two and gain exposure to two major science and conservation initiatives within our chapter’s grassland ecosystems. TNC is working with partners to evaluate broad changes in condition of native grasslands in response to grazing and fire. The project is a collaborative effort in which multiple agencies and organizations have overlapping goals (TNC, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, USFWS, etc.). Partners in this work are coordinating sampling to compare data and management practices across ownerships throughout the prairie region. With the assistance of the Crew Leader and team, TNC will revisit sites on which management has been implemented to measure the outcomes. The team will fill a critical role in helping our chapter to close the adaptive management loop in our grassland conservation work. The team will also spend time contributing to monitoring outcomes for the impacts of fire on habitat quality for the federally threatened Dakota skipper butterfly. For both of these projects, the Crew Leader and team will have the opportunity to travel to many of TNC’s preserves across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota experiencing first-hand the beauty of many high-quality native prairie landscapes.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintain project records and data.      Conduct field surveys spending the majority of their time outdoors, experiencing the beauty of the Great Plains prairies.         May perform administrative work related to project and data management. Coordinate closely together with the assistance of TNC staff on vegetation monitoring in grassland systems. After a training period, the Crew Leader and team will often be in the field during the day working independently from their direct supervisor; with staff around in the mornings and afternoons for questions and interaction. Data collection, data entry and data management May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.   REQUIREMENTS: Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.                             Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources. Valid driver’s license and compliance with Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program (see Auto Safety Policy section) Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Enthusiasm for working outdoors and the desire to learn Strong field botanical skills. Experience surveying and identifying grassland plants in the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. Experience managing data or information in excel spreadsheets Ability to work and communicate well with others.       Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.  Basic supervisory skills. Time management and organization skills. Willingness to travel to many different properties within the work area. Ability to work with Microsoft office software and ArcGIS software
The Nature Conservancy Westfield, Iowa, USA
Jan 18, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will assist with preparation of tools, equipment and road gear prior to crew arrival and participate in intern crew orientation and safety training during the week of May 26th. Under the direction of the Western and Eastern Iowa Land Stewards, the Crew Leader is responsible for overseeing all intern crew operations, adherence to safety training and guidelines, working with the crew during field activities, and may need to stay onsite to supervise the crew during off hours if needed. This position requires daily outdoor physical labor for extended periods of time in adverse conditions. The crew and crew leader will be responsible for performing stewardship tasks such as: using a chainsaw and other power equipment, building and repairing fence; removing exotic species; monitoring conservation activities, including data collection, input and reporting; assisting with prescribed burns; and maintaining tools and equipment.  The intern crew travels throughout the state from May 26th – August 7th.  The crew stays at bunk houses where available but may also camp at State Parks. After the intern program concludes, the Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will assist with tree, brush and invasive species removal, prescribed burns, bison roundup and other stewardship activities at Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve and/or the Land of the Swamp White Oak Preserve as needed.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Land Stewards, they will help plan and direct intern crew and preserve work groups, made up of staff and volunteers.     Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain                      Requires long hours in isolated settings                                                                Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor                                    May work under infrequent supervision. Monitor crew expenses, work logs and mileage logs. Various administrative tasks that may apply to the above.   REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management. Experience recognizing plant and animal species.        Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, UTV, ATV or OHV, two-way radio, or similar equipment).                        Experience working in a team environment.                                            Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. Driver’s license, First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application). Working towards a bachelor’s degree, and 2-3 years’ training in science-related field or related experience in land stewardship. Prior experience working with a field crew as assistant or crew leader, or other group leader experience. Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.  Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities. Ability to operate, maintain and troubleshoot various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc.). Ability to follow/give instructions from/to colleagues. PC familiarity to maintain crew records. Experience performing physical work. Experience leading others in a field setting. Completion of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) and Firefighting Training (S-130), preferred. The Nature Conservancy has adopted the Work Capacity Test (WCT) as the method for assessing fitness for fire qualifications. The WCT for moderate level consists of completing a two-mile hike, within thirty minutes, while carrying a twenty-five-pound pack. The person selected for this position is required to pass the moderate WCT within 60 days after starting employment.
The Nature Conservancy Arlington, Virginia, USA
Jan 18, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Senior Oceans and Coasts Policy Advisor develops, coordinates and/or implements U.S. ocean, marine and fisheries policy strategies to achieve the Conservancy’s goals through interaction with Congress, U.S. federal agencies, multilateral agencies, partner NGOs, and/or the corporate sector. The Senior Oceans and Coasts Policy Advisor develops, coordinates and implements a strategy to further the work of the Conservancy and its conservation partners through direct interaction with U.S. government, national, and multi- and bi-lateral agencies focusing on policy and funding initiatives that provide conservation opportunities and/or impact our conservation programs.  S/he identifies conservation policy and funding opportunities, evaluates the potential for TNC, NGO, and private sector partner involvement, and develops and implements strategies to influence policy and public funding for conservation at the national and/or global level. The Senior Oceans and Coasts Policy Advisor reports to the Director of U.S. Climate Resilience and Water Policy and liaises with counterparts in the Conservancy’s U.S. Government Relations, Operating Units, and North American Oceans and Coasts and Sustainable Fisheries Program to provide and extract useful lessons and experience and to coordinate on joint policy approaches. S/he is responsible for cultivating a broad set of relationships with Congressional members and staff of both parties and both chambers, and advocate for TNC fisheries, oceans and coastal policy agenda on Capitol Hill. S/he also serves as contact with the external professional community in the policy arena to keep abreast of new developments and opportunities that may be useful to the Conservancy and to report on and share the Conservancy’s experiences with others.  The Senior Policy Advisor provides expert policy analysis and contributes directly to the Conservancy’s public funding strategies by providing input for proposal writing, negotiating with bilateral and multilateral agencies, influencing federal appropriations, and donor cultivation as needed.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Cultivate a broad set of relationships with Congressional members and staff of both parties and both chambers, and advocate for TNC oceans, fisheries and coastal policy agenda on Capitol Hill. Develop and advance a policy and funding agenda for the Conservancy with respect to the authorities, programs and management decisions of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (including both the National Marine Fisheries Service & the National Ocean Service), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and other agencies as appropriate. Support engagement of the Conservancy’s field offices in planning and management decisions made by relevant federal agencies to advance large-scale coastal restoration, and ocean resource and fisheries management. Work with diverse staff to facilitate TNC participation in coastal restoration, ocean and fisheries management policies and programs.  Generate public funding for the protection, sustainable management and restoration of ocean, fisheries and coastal areas by influencing agency budget requests and congressional appropriations. Track legislative and rulemaking activities that may impact ocean, coastal and fisheries health and protection, and coordinate the Conservancy’s response across interested field offices and business units. Maintain and strengthen partnerships with applicable ocean and coastal management agencies at the federal, state and regional levels. Work with other organizations in the private sector and ocean and coastal conservation organizations to create partnerships to advance critical ocean, coastal and fisheries policy. Provide policy and lobbying support on issues determined to be a national priority for the Conservancy’s North American Oceans and Coasts Program and staff located in state and regional operating units.   REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field and 6 years of senior government relations experience, or related field is preferred.   Fluency in English Experience working with U.S. Federal agencies that manage oceans, coasts and fisheries and familiarity with relevant ocean, coastal and fisheries laws, policy, and programs. Experience communicating and working with U.S. Congressional members and staff. Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization. Experience with strong communication and presentation skills.   Master’s degree is preferred.  Study area in political science, public policy, ecology, or related field is preferred. Experience working and communicating with Congress and/or at least one if not all of the following Federal agencies that manage ocean and coastal and fisheries resources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (including the National Marine Fisheries Service and National Ocean Service) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  Knowledge of current policy and politics related to coastal, marine and fisheries management, restoration and conservation trends. Experience with U.S. federal budget and appropriations process.  Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives, building and leading coalitions of partner organizations, and managing teams, whose team members do not report to you, to deliver outcomes.  Experience with federal lobbying and related laws and regulations. Experience preparing and presenting project proposals and negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements. Supervisory experience. Excellent time management skills with demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage many projects with tight timelines.  Entrepreneurial approach to work with ability to exercise independent judgment, recognize opportunities and take the initiative to advance the mission and goals of the organization.  
The Nature Conservancy Santiago, Chile
Jan 18, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Executive/Administrative Assistant will provide direct administrative support to the Chile Executive Director as Executive Assistant (50% of her/his time), and support Chile Conservation Manager and Chile Conservation Staff (50% of her/his time) on all of the administrative task that they need to achieve Conservation projects.  The Executive/Administrative Assistant will be responsible for a variety of administrative support tasks, which may include domestic and international travel arrangements, calendar management, organizing conservation materials, purchase of materials for field work, answering phones, drafting correspondence, processing expenses, and assisting with the scheduling and logistics of meetings and special events. They will use available systems and resources to track and research data, and produce and review reports. The Executive/Administrative Assistant  will coordinate activities with multiple variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing the timeline. They will apply established processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness. The Executive/Administrative Assistant  will communicate on behalf of their supervisor with staff in various programs across the Conservancy, as well as with donors, vendors, and business relations. They will provide other staff with information they need to make decisions and to solve problems. They will perform administrative functions for program as required.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff; Perform duties under general supervision and established guidelines;  Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information; Makes purchases, process invoices, contract with vendors, and assist with budget tracking; Identify routine problems and utilize existing resources for resolution, referring difficult questions and problems to supervisor; Make day-to-day decisions within the scope of work assignments and prioritize work independently;  Serve as a team member for assigned projects; Support Chile country director on reviewing and follow up her agenda Schedule meetings and take notes, (check available options for remote employees) Coordinate team meetings contact hotels and other vendors for best price, coordinate coffees, lunch an in some scenarios buy ticket for other guest. Support conservation team; on contracts with vendors, following up invoices, reviewing budget for each strategy, support them during forecast and budget season. Prepare room meetings for workshops Available to travel; prepare workshops within the country, check workshops rooms in other cities before events, meet with vendors from other cities. Interest in Conservation work Work overtime as needed; and Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and physical exertion and/or strain.   REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree and 1-year experience or equivalent combination; Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading; Medium to advanced English language required (reading, speaking and writing) Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines; and Experience in purchasing materials  Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated; Ability to analyze information for the purpose of preparing reports, coordinating activities, and solving problems; Database skills, including managing and tracking data, and producing reports;  Experience working with a board of directors, donors, volunteers, the public, and/or all levels of staff; and/or  Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  
The Nature Conservancy Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA
Jan 18, 2020
Full time
THE ROLE: The Baraboo Hills Land Stewardship Intern participates in field work, preserve management, and project research. The position is based in the Baraboo Hills project office in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This is a full-time, 12-week summer internship position with an approximate start date of June 1. This position is paid $13.79 per hour. Housing is not provided, and transportation to and from the office is the responsibility of the applicant.  The Baraboo Hills Land Stewardship Intern works with Nature Conservancy staff to participate in field work and land management, equipment and tool maintenance, and conservation easement monitoring. The intern may also work with conservation partners in the area to expand the intern’s skill set and learning. This internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with land stewardship and learn about conservation topics such as hardwood forest management and oak regeneration in the ecologically valuable Baraboo Hills.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Participate in field work to manage invasive species, apply herbicide, post and mark boundaries, design and install fire breaks, conduct timber management, engage volunteers, and map unique features and rare species. Create and maintain Geographic Information Systems (GIS) records and database. Work under either close or infrequent supervision. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.                 This position may require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.    REQUIREMENTS: Must be currently enrolled in college or graduated within 12 months with college-level coursework in natural resources, environmental studies, biology, or related field. High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.      Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application). Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, web browsers). Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or inclement weather. Ability to work in a team environment. Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (such as brush cutter, chainsaw, ATV, hand tools, and sprayer equipment). Experience with plant and animal identification. Experience using maps and GPS. Experience using GIS software. Multicultural or cross-cultural experience is appreciated.