My name is Liz Spencer, and I am an Internship Program Coordinator for the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) in Seattle, Washington. ECO is a national non-profit organization that places college students and recent graduates into paid professional environmental internships across the country. All of our positions are posted on our website at www.eco.org <http://www.eco.org/
> . Our office in Seattle places Associates with the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service in the western U.S.
I'm actually pretty new to the organization and still recovering from my long search for jobs in the environmental field. I've done short term fieldwork assignments, worked in a variety of non-profits, and know how annoying it is to feel the right job is out there ... if you could only find it...
We have a position opening up for a Fire Rehabilitation Specialist, assisting the Bureau of Land Management in Twin Falls, ID, and I thought I'd go ahead and send a message, let everyone take a look, and see what people are interested in. Our complete list of positions is always available on our website, and they include work with the EPA, local governments, non-profits, as well as the Department of Interior.
If you have any questions about a specific position, please feel free to contact the person listed as the Internship Program Coordinator.
The job announcement follows...
Internship Program Coordinator
The Environmental Careers Organization
1218 Third Avenue, Suite 1515
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 625-1750 Ext 25
Fax: (206) 625-9246
ECO protects and enhances the environment through the development of diverse leaders, the promotion of careers, and the inspiration of individual action.
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Fire Rehabilitation Specialist
Twin Falls, ID
Project begins: July-August 2003 Deadline to apply: July 14th, 2003
One (1) ECO Associate is needed to assist the Twin Falls office of the Bureau of Land Management with development of fire rehabilitation plans and monitoring of burned and rehabilitated areas. As part of the BLM fire rehabilitation effort, the BLM is required to write rehabilitation plans to prevent soil erosion and the invasion of weeds. Funds have been provided to hire an individual to write these plans and install vegetative monitoring transects to determine and document success of the seedlings.
Goals/Objectives: To support the fire rehabilitation program by assisting permanent staff and/or taking the lead in the development of fire rehabilitation plans and to document success of lack thereof of the seedlings.
1. To work closely with the Natural Resource Specialist (NRS) for day to day activities and program coordination.
2. Communicate with Jarbidge NRS and district staff to assure conformance with district procedures and monitoring methodologies.
3. Take the lead in installing monitoring transects, develop necessary maps and data compilation.
4. Take the lead and/or assist in the development of fire rehabilitation plans.
5. Input data into the Job Documentation Report (JDR) computer program.
Associate will develop on-ground experience with plant identification, as well as the entire process of developing fire rehabilitation plans.
Office is located in Twin Falls, Idaho. Population is approximately 35,000 and is surrounded by other smaller communities. College of Southern Idaho is located in Twin Falls. There are adequate rental possibilities because of the college. Apartment rentals start at approximately $275, plus or minus $50. Homes will rent from approximately $300 on up.
The Twin Falls area culture is strongly influenced by the ranching and farming economy. The ethnography of the community is made up largely of Anglo/European and Hispanic influence. The college includes a greater representation of other minority groups.
The Jarbidge FO includes a staff of 14 individuals comprised of one Wildlife Biologist, one Fuels Use Specialist, one Botanist, two Range Management Specialists, two Natural Resource Specialists, one Archeologist, one Realty person, one Computer Specialist, one Administrative Technician, one Operations Technician, one Recreation Planner and the field office manager. We also hire anywhere from 3 to 6 temporaries per year.
Minimum Qualifications: The two minimum qualifications from ECO are that you are currently enrolled or have graduated from a degree or certificate program in a related field to the position that you are applying and that you are authorized to work in the United States and are able to commit to the full terms of this project (ECO does not sponsor international student work visas).
Incumbent should have completed classes in plant identification. Must be able to read compass and maps. Must have writing skills to portray thoughts and assist in the development of fire rehabilitation plans. Must be able to drive a 4X4 vehicle and camp in the outdoors. Driving of an ATV or motorcycle may be advantageous to this project and training will be provided. Applicant must possess valid drivers license and be able to drive manual transmission vehicle. Associate will conduct fieldwork alone frequently, and must be able to plan workload and accomplish work independently.
Optimum Qualifications: Bachelors or Master's degree in Range or Botany. Other degrees in natural resources may be considered. Incumbent must be able to identify plants of the southern Idaho region, sagebrush steppe vegetative community. Must be able to read compass and maps. Must have writing skills to portray thoughts and take the lead in the in development of fire rehabilitation plans. Should have experience in installation and reading of Bureau approved vegetative monitoring processes. Must be able to drive a 4X4 vehicle and camp in the outdoors. Driving of an ATV or motorcycle may be advantageous to this project and training will be provided.
Specifications: Duration: 52 weeks
Stipend: $11.50 per hour
To Apply Please send Resume, Cover Letter and Contact Information for Three Professional or Academic References to:
Liz Spencer, Internship Program Coordinator
The Environmental Careers Organization, 1218 Third Avenue #1515, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 625-1750 Fax: (206) 625-9246 Web: http://www.eco.org
**We Strive for a Workforce as Diverse as the Environment We Serve. If you are part of an underrepresented group, please state your interest in ECO's Diversity Initiative by indicating in the upper right hand corner of your resume the following: DIVERSITY INITIATIVE.
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