Do you love to teach the public of the beauty and importance of brook trout, colorful darters, stream ecology, macroinvertebrates, and watershed health? Come serve a year with the Monongahela National Forest Watershed team, focusing on outreach and education, with opportunities to be involved with habitat restoration and stream monitoring.
The primary focus of this position will be building upon an established snorkel outreach program to engage youth with stream ecology, fisheries, and watershed health. Additional education and outreach activities will be abundant and include working with school groups, summer camps, Forest Service events, envirothons, and other public presentations. Making contacts, coordination, planning and orchestrating these events are key components of the position and opportunities to develop social media, manage volunteers, and create new events are plentiful.
Restoration and monitoring projects to which the member will be exposed, and potentially involved in, include stream habitat restoration, riparian tree planting, aquatic organism passage improvement (culvert replacement) and road decommissioning to restore watershed hydrology, as well as various monitoring and research activities. Data entry and GIS mapping are also likely components of the position.
Based in rural Bartow, WV, this position is looking for a self-starting individual with a watershed, fisheries, or conservation degree, willing to get involved in the community and restore the landscape at the same time. Low-cost housing may be available.
The preferred candidate will have some combination of the following:
• Interest in fisheries, aquatic ecology, and watershed protection
• Ability to work as a productive member of a team, as well as independently
• Desire and/or experience educating youth
• Ability to plan, make contacts, and be proactive about organizing multiple task and requests
• Collect and compile neat and accurate data
• Dedication to serving the community through education and outreach
• Ability to work long days or odd hours under strenuous field conditions
• GIS experience/GPS handheld experience
• Fisheries/aquatic fieldwork experience
• Fisheries, aquatic ecology, and/or watershed educational background
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Experience with data management, entry, and/or analysis
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply specifically to the Watershed & Fisheries Outreach Technician position send cover letter, resume, and at least 2 professional references by July 31st, 2018 to Chad Landress, Fisheries Biologist at email@example.com.
Additional AmeriCorps positions in the Monongahela National Forest area can be found at http://www.appalachianforest.us/americorps.htm. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis with potential selection of a candidate as early as July 15, 2018.