Project Coordinator – Central Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CM-CISMA), Michigan

Chippewa Nature Center
Midland, MI
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Full time Positions
Salary is based on experience and education. Also includes: group health and life insurance, 403(b) retirement contribution, 10 paid holidays, paid time off including sick and vacation, mileage reimbursement when personal vehicle is used, $30 monthly phone stipend, CNC membership and 20% discount on registered programs and in the Nature Center Store.
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The CM-CISMA is a cooperative of partnerships with multiple organizations within Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland counties and the surrounding area. Through these partnerships, they work to carry out their mission of protecting and improving the natural resources, economy and human health in Central Michigan through collaborative outreach and management of invasive exotic species. The Program Coordinator will work in conjunction with Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) and the 10-member CM-CISMA Steering Committee to complete tasks and deliverables outlined in the Strategic Plan for the grant year. These tasks include administering grants, applying for grants and carrying out education and outreach activities. The Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring all projects are successfully implemented. They must have the ability to learn, lead and work independently. Objective: To deliver education and outreach on invasive species to the CISMA’s five-county region, ensure all projects are successfully implemented, advance the CISMA forward and expand partnerships throughout the region. Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Be the primary point of contact for the CM-CISMA. 2. Coordinate CM-CISMA Steering Committee meetings and other meetings as needed. 3. Develop and deliver educational programming for landowners on the prevention, identification and best management practice for invasive species. This includes outreach in forms such as: public meetings, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, social media, website and other outreach materials. At times, this may be done by working with the CM-CISMA education and outreach committees. 4. Expand partnerships with regional and state organizations to work on invasive species issues in the region. 5. Participate in regional, state and national invasive species collaborations to share and obtain knowledge and skills to share with CM-CISMA partners. 6. Work with CM-CISMA partners to carryout community outreach and education on invasive species and provide guidance on control and survey efforts of invasive species. 7. Gather data to determine priority species and treatment sites as outlined in the Strategic Plan by conducting survey efforts and accumulating data from multiple inventory sources, including the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN), partners and state data. 8. Assist in directing contractor work, including acquiring the appropriate permits, licenses and landowner permissions when applicable. 9. Administer and be responsible for the successful implementation of grants and initiatives of the CISMA with assistance from other CISMA partners. 10. Apply for grants to conduct further growth of the CM-CISMA that contribute to the Strategic Plan and progress the CISMA forward. 11. Work closely with the grant fiduciary (CNC) in order to effectively manage grant budgets and provide reports and recommended adjustments to the Steering Committee, when necessary. 12. Be the liaison between the CISMA and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) contacts (along with other organizations, as needed) for grant projects and state updates. Status: Full time (40 hours/week) This is a grant funded position with the intent of it being a long-term position; reoccurring funding will be pursued and is anticipated. Employer: Chippewa Nature Center in collaboration with the CM-CISMA Steering Committee Reports to: The coordinator will directly report to Chippewa Nature Center supervisor, Tom Lenon, Director of Land and Facilities. They will also report to the CM-CISMA Steering Committee. Work Location: Based out of Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI. Position covers Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland and Gratiot counties. Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm with occasional weekend and evening hours Start Date: April 2021 End Date: April 2022 – grant dependent Overview: CNC is a nonprofit, environmental education organization. Its mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. The 1,500-acre property includes woodlands, fields, ponds and rivers. CNC’s facilities consist of a Visitor Center with Ecosystem Gallery, classrooms and Nature Center store; an 1870s Homestead Farm complex; Nature Preschool; an arboretum and 19 miles of nature trails. See for more information. Equal Opportunity Employer: CNC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, height, weight, handicap or disability, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws.
Required Qualifications • A bachelor’s degree in a related field and two years of experience in natural resources, education programming or community outreach in the Saginaw Bay watershed is preferred. • Be comfortable working in office and field settings. • Knowledge of current invasive species in the region and the policies, management and planning across multiple government agencies and interest groups related to invasive species. • Detail oriented with a greater respect for safety precautions. • Excellent communication, organizational, and coordination skills. Must be able to work independently, as well as motivate others. • Proficient use of software such as Microsoft Office programs to develop educational materials, conduct outreach and perform database management. • Have a valid driver’s license and dependable vehicle. • Have a reliable cell phone. Preferred Qualifications • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS or similar mapping software. • Experience with managing and treating invasive species. • Have successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic project goals. • Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification
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