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Alumni Job: Maine Environmental Specialist III (Environmental Information Coordinator) Job closes May 18

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III

Department/Bureau: Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality

Open: April 19, 2017 Close: May 18, 2017

Class Code: 9253 Location: Augusta

Position Number: 08300-1975 Position Type: Permanent Full Time

Grade: 23 Salary Range: $37,315.20 – $50,502.40


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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III (Environmental Information Coordinator)

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to fill an Environmental Specialist III vacancy in the Bureau of Air Quality’s Division of Resource Administration in Augusta.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This position is the Air Bureau’s Environmental Information Coordinator and provides coordination and management of agency information technology (IT) resources within the Air Bureau. IT solutions are essential to maintaining and improving environmental health in Maine. This Environmental Specialist works closely with staff throughout the Air Bureau and the Department to ensure and improve the efficiency of agency processes. This position collaborates with staff in licensing, monitoring, inspections, enforcement, finance, and many other programs. This position is tasked with recognizing emerging needs and identifying opportunities in the Air Bureau where IT solutions can provide value. Based on recommendations from the agency’s Business Analyst and in accordance with Office of Information Technology policy, this position brings data management advice and IT initiatives to the Air Bureau and the Department. This position communicates with all levels of staff to ensure the quality of environmental data. The ability to analyze large data sets and implement best practices regarding data management is a critical function of this position. The position reports to the Department’s Business Analyst in the Division of Resource Administration. For more information, please contact Sam Krajewski at (207) 620-4796 or sam.c.krajewski@maine.gov.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A six (6) year combination of education and/or experience in environmental, biological, physical science, or engineering which includes two (2) years of environmental experience. Qualifying education must include at least 15 credit hours of science or engineering coursework from an accredited educational institution.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills and experience:
• Demonstrated experience in oral and written communication of technical information.
• Experience finding common ground with people with different perspectives.
• Ability to ask questions and work on a team.
• Experience with change management.
• Ability to think creatively when identifying and analyzing problems.
• Experience with data entry, data management and data reporting.
• Experience with data analysis tools such as Microsoft Access and ESRI ArcGIS.

See more about this position on the website: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=NRSC+Job+Postings&id=741807&v=article

 

Off Campus Event: New Meadows Watershed Partnership Spring Public Forum: Wed. May 3

New Meadows Watershed Partnership Spring Public Forum
May 3, 2017 9:00am-1:00pm
West Bath Seaside Grange

Aquaculture in the New Meadows – What’s happening? Why here? What’s next?

9:00 Registration (Victoria Boundy, CBEP)

9:30-9:45 Welcome, overview of the agenda, summary of community interviews & introductions (Alicia Heyburn, New Meadows Watershed Partnership)

20 minute presentations, followed by 10 min Q&A

9:45-10:15 Aquaculture in Maine – Where is it now, where is it headed, what is happening on the New Meadows? (Dana Morse, Maine Sea Grant)

10:15-10:45 Research – Introduction to Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network – SEANET.
(Paul Anderson, Director, Sea Grant & Aquaculture Research Institute)

10:45-11:15 Location & Monitoring Conditions – What makes the New Meadows well suited to aquaculture? How can New Meadows communities benefit from SEANET?  What is the carrying capacity of the NM? What can we learn from the Damariscotta? What proactive planning can be done to ensure that optimal conditions are maintained?
(Damian Brady, Professor of Marine Sciences at Darling Marine Center)

11:15-11:45 Discussion of What’s Next – Opportunities for collaboration and data sharing. How do quahog/other wild harvests and oysters/aquacultre coexist? Vibrio? How do New Meadows Lakes impact downstream water quality? Opportunities for public participation in lease decisions.
(moderated by Jon Lewis, Aquaculture Program Lead, Maine Dept. Marine Resources,)

CONCLUSION of PRESENTATIONS

Working Lunch: Turning Knowledge into Action

12:00-1:00 CHOWDER LUNCH DOWNSTAIRS @ grange for those who have been engaged in the NMWP, or are interested in becoming involved. Tables arranged by topic.

12:00-12:10 Get food, table introductions

12:10 Discussion guidelines (Alicia) Timekeeper (Victoria)

12:15-12:45 Table Discussions

Facilitator guides discussion on objectives from the 2008 NMWP Action Plan and how to prioritize, brainstorming players/partners/next steps for action items. Scribe keeps parking lot lists of new ideas, indicates priorities. Identify a reporter.

12:45-1:00 Reporting 3 min each table
Top two priorities for action & why

1:00 Forum Concludes

TABLE TOPICS

Objective 1: Eliminate pollution, and prevent future water quality issues (OBD, NPS, setbacks)

  • Facilitator – HEATHER TRUE, CCSWCD
  • Scribe – West Bath, Selectman Hennessey

Objective 2: Improve Marine Resource Harvesting (wild harvest, aquaculture, water access)

  • Facilitator – DAN DEVERAUX, Brunswick Marine Patrol
  • Scribe – KELT, Ruth Indrick

Objective 3: Conduct Research and Monitoring

  • Facilitator – Mike Doan, FOCB
  • Scribe – Bowdoin College, Collin Roesler

Objective 4: Expand Climate Resiliency & Habitat Protection

  • Facilitator –  Mary Ann Nahf, Harpswell ConCom
  • Scribe –  BTLT, Margaret Gerber

Objective 5:  Explore Tidal Restriction Restoration (research, impacts, decision making process)

  • Facilitator – MATT CRAIG, CBEP
  • Scribe – tbd

Objective 6: Broaden Municipal Engagement and Community Outreach

  • Facilitator – Julia McLeod, HHLT
  • Scribe – Phippsburg, Lynda Doughty

Summer Job: Maine Farmland Trust- Veggies for All (Apply by: 4/28)

Maine Farmland Trust

VEGGIES FOR ALL, Field Crew Member (PART-TIME/SEASONAL)

Veggies For All (VFA) is a 2.5 acre food bank farm in Unity, Maine that addresses hunger in our community through sustainable food production, gleaning, and hands-on education. We raise about 20,000 lbs of organically grown vegetables for 1,500 food pantry clients in 25 towns across Central Maine each season. This summer will be our 10th season, and we’re excited to welcome two seasonal field crew members to help us keep up the good work!

Our summer field crew is the backbone of the farm. Field crew work closely with VFA’s Program Manager, Crew Leader, and volunteers to help with all aspects of our small-scale, mission-driven, production-oriented vegetable operation including seedling care, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing, and delivery.

Field crew positions are geared toward folks who have had at least one previous season of experience on a small-scale, sustainably managed vegetable farm, community garden, or large market garden and want to continue developing their farming practice. We’re eager to work with aspiring food producers who have positive attitudes, enjoy working outdoors, and share our passion for improving food access through community-powered farming.

We expect to provide a supportive, educational, and rewarding experience that can serve as a valuable reference point for future farm experiences.  More information here:  https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/job-opportunities/.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two references by April 28, 2017.

 Email: rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org

 Or mail:

Maine Farmland Trust
ATTN: Rachel Taker
97 Main Street
Belfast, ME 04915

If you have any questions, contact Rachel at 338-6575 or rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Summer Job: Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative: Conservation Education Summer Associate (Apply by 4/28)

Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative

Conservation Education Summer Associate

Background: The Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative (SMCC) is a non-profit membership based service center with the mission to accelerate conservation work in Southern Maine by providing technical and administrative support, and expanding meaningful partnerships. SMCC membership includes 21 conservation organizations in Southern Maine. For more information, please visit www.southernmaineconservation.org.

Job Description: SMCC is seeking a Conservation Education Summer Associate to assist in providing SMCC and our Conservation Member Organizations with support services focused on education – including adult and youth programing. This position will be designed especially to facilitate educational and professional experiences for the Associate in the field of conservation, non-profit administration, community engagement and collaboration by supporting the learning opportunities with intellectual discussion and identified teachable moments. The Summer Associate will be expected to work on various projects on a part time basis (to be determined based on availability and need) between June and the end of August. The Summer Associate will need to provide their own transportation and computer.

Compensation: Hourly wage will be $12/hour.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist, create and lead nature based educational opportunities ranging from youth lessons and activites to broad community outreach experiences
  • Work with SMCC staff to research, design and begin to implement a new resource hub and library for educational models, examples and tools from around the state
  • Assist in developing, updating, increasing and maintaining an organization’s social media presence. This could include monitoring, posting, scheduling and reporting Facebook, Instagram and Twitter updates etc.
  • Assist in planning, writing, researching, creating and managing eblasts and e-newsletters
  • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories
  • Manage and update editorial and event calendars
  • Assist with website updates and postings
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
  • Assist in event planning, promotions and event day support
  • Assist with supporting standards and practices, research, special projects, and as needed ongoing administrative support
  • Prepare weekly reports, timesheets and maintain regular contact with supervisor
  • Prepare and present a report at the end of the summer on the experience to provide insight for future program development

Desired skills and experience:

  • A positive attitude and energetic work ethic that shows initiative, drive and a can do attitude
  • Ability to work without micromanagement but not afraid to ask questions
  • An outgoing personality and ability to comfortably communicate with board members, staff and volunteers, respected peers and valued supporters
  • Flexibility and comfort with working on multiple tasks with strong organizational skills
  • Experience working in educational settings and preferably also students of Education theory and practice
  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Education, Marketing/Communications, Website Design or Graphic Artist, Advertising or Public Relations)
  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher etc.), Website content management, Adobe Indesign and Photoshop a plus

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter that conveys interest and relevant qualifications to conservationcollaborative@gmail.com by April 28th, 2017.

SMCC reserves the right to conduct background checks as a condition for employment.

Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summer Job: Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative, Stewardship/ GIS Summer Associate (Apply by 4/28)

Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative

Stewardship/GIS Summer Associate

Background: The Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative (SMCC) is a non-profit membership based service center with the mission to accelerate conservation work in Southern Maine by providing technical and administrative support, and expanding meaningful partnerships. SMCC membership includes 21 conservation organizations in Southern Maine. For more information, please visit www.southernmaineconservation.org.

Job Description: The Stewardship/GIS Summer Associate will assist SMCC Member organizations with property based stewardship issues such as trail and property maintenance, property access, GIS mapping, baseline data collection and reporting, and more. This position will be designed especially to facilitate educational and professional experiences for the Associate in the field of conservation, non-profit administration, community engagement and collaboration by supporting the learning opportunities with intellectual discussion and identified teachable moments. The Stewardship/GIS Summer Associate will be expected to work on various projects on a part time basis (to be determined based on availability and need) between June and the end of August. The Summer Associate will need to provide their own transportation and computer.

Compensation: Hourly wage will be $12 per hour.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Working with SMCC staff and member organization representatives to develop project scope, timeframe and deliverables
  • Provide support for stewardship and GIS activities that may include map making, trail and property maintenance, baseline data collection, natural resource inventory data collection and reporting, signage, resolution of access issues, annual monitoring
  • Assist with coordination of volunteers, special events or projects such as property clean-ups, invasive plant species removal or educational events
  • Assist with other stewardship projects as needed
  • Provide research and organizational support for property documentation and record keeping and other ongoing administrative support as needed
  • Prepare weekly reports, timesheets and maintain regular contact with project supervisor and SMCC Executive Director
  • Prepare and present a report at the end of the summer on the internship experience to provide insight for future program development

Desired skills and experience:

  • An enthusiasm and commitment to conservation
  • Willingness to perform both indoor administrative tasks and outdoor field work as needed
  • Experience with GIS, hand tools, trail maintenance and other stewardship activities
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills
  • Independent and self-directed worker
  • Ability to work closely with people from diverse backgrounds and foster collaboration
  • Flexibility and comfort with working on multiple tasks
  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field
  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher etc.), ArcGIS, GIS Apps, map making a plus
  • Experience with non-profits and/or land trusts preferred

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter that conveys interest and relevant qualifications to conservationcollaborative@gmail.com by April 28th, 2017.

SMCC reserves the right to conduct background checks as a condition for employment.

Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job (Full time temp): Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests- Apply by May 10, 2017

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Conservation Easement Steward (Full Time, Temporary)

The non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks a self-motivated individual for the position of Conservation Easement Steward. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an appropriate field related to conservation or natural resources, 1 to 2 years’ experience in land conservation or a natural resources field, functional knowledge of GIS mapping and GPS data collection, and dedication to land conservation.

This is a full time temporary position (for 1 year) based at the Conservation Center in Concord, NH.  The Conservation Easement Steward is responsible for ensuring that the Forest Society fulfills its perpetual stewardship responsibilities for over 700 conservation easements and deed restrictions covering more than 125,000 acres.  The Conservation Easement Steward works directly with private owners of protected lands and other Forest Society staff to prepare current conditions reports and baseline supplements for older easements and deed restricted properties and conducts ground monitoring visits.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a statewide land conservation organization with 10,000 members that was founded in 1901 to protect New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its renewable natural resources.  Today, the Forest Society owns 180 reservations in communities across the state, stewards more than 700 conservation easements and deed restrictions, and conducts ongoing programs in advocacy, land protection, sustainable forest management, and environmental education.

A copy of the full job description is available here.

The Forest Society offers an excellent benefits package and a unique office environment in our award-winning, energy-efficient building overlooking the Merrimack River Conservation Area.

Applications are due Wednesday, May 10, 2017The position has a desired start date of Monday, June 5th.  Please email a resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) to Reagan Bissonnette, Director of Easement Stewardship & Counsel, at rbissonnette@forestsociety.org.  Please include “Conservation Easement Steward Position” in the subject line.  The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Job: New England Forestry Foundation Easement Stewardship Manager (Apply by 5/19)

New England Forestry Foundation

Easement Stewardship Manager

New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is the only non-profit land trust in New England with a regional focus and a pro-forestry mission. We conserve forests and promote sustainable forest management to permanently protect the character of New England and the region’s primary source of clean water and air, native wildlife habitat, diverse recreational opportunities, and rural economic opportunity. In the last 15 years, NEFF has protected one
of every three acres of land conserved in New England. NEFF currently manages 143 feeowned Community Forests and more than a million acres protected by conservation easements. The organization is in a period of growth, having increased staffing by a third within the last couple of years

About the Position

New England Forestry Foundation is seeking applications for a full-time Easement Stewardship Manager. The Easement Stewardship Manager will be responsible for overseeing NEFF’s portfolio of 145 conservation easements across New England. The Easement Stewardship Manager will coordinate with NEFF’s full-time Stewardship Associate to conduct annual site visits, complete annual monitoring reports, update files and recordkeeping, and communicate with easement landowners. This position will also evaluate and respond to landowner requests associated with reserved rights in conservation easements, and manage existing easement monitoring contracts with outside entities to monitor NEFF’s landscape-scale conservation easements.

For a list of job responsibilities, desired qualifications, and information regarding compensation, visit New England Forestry Foundation’s website.