ABOUT TROUT UNLIMITED:
Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national organization with about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of restoration professionals who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals work at the local, state and national levels to ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration and protection. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds. Our vision is that by the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.
This position will begin in September 2018 and is a 11.5-month full-time AmeriCorps Member position sponsored by the Appalachian Forest and Heritage Area (AFHA) and Trout Unlimited (TU). The position is housed within the Trout Unlimited West Virginia Field Office in Davis, West Virginia. Since 2005, TU has been working in the headwaters of the Potomac River watershed in West Virginia to protect, restore, and re-connect native brook trout resources. Through TU’s Potomac Headwaters Home River Initiative (PHHRI), staff work with public and private landowners to restore riparian and in-stream habitat, stabilize eroding stream banks, mitigate barriers to aquatic organism passage, and monitor projects for success. Although the PHHRI is spearheaded by TU, a variety of other partners are actively engaged in the project, including TU council and chapters, state and federal agencies, landowners, industry, land trusts, and watershed groups.
The AFHA AmeriCorps and TU Position, known as the West Virginia Volunteer Restoration and Monitoring Organizer, will focus on promoting awareness of restoration activities available to local and regional communities through presentations to local TU chapters, TU council, partners, and media. Brook trout habitat and clean water restoration projects are the major goals in this 11.5-month position with Trout Unlimited. The AmeriCorps member will organize, coordinate, and assist a cadre of 100+ volunteers who regularly assist TU in the installation of riparian and in-stream restoration projects across the Potomac and Greenbrier River headwaters. The candidate will also organize 3 citizen science water quality monitoring workshops through TU’s partnership with the WV Save Our Streams Program, engaging volunteers of all ages and experience levels in the physical, chemical, and biological (benthic macroinvertebrates) processes of our headwater streams. In addition to volunteer engagement and management, education and outreach is also a component of the position, both in person and through social media and blog stories. This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience while serving your community. If you’re excited by the prospect of engaging citizens in water quality monitoring, riparian tree plantings, and coldwater conservation, please consider joining Trout Unlimited’s talented team of restoration professionals.
STIPEND AND EDUCATION AWARD:
AmeriCorps Members receive $12,630 annual living stipend and an education award of $5,815 toward qualified student loans or future tuition, with most student loans deferred during service. SNAPS benefits and Medicaid are often available to qualifying AmeriCorps Members.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Volunteer coordination and management for restoration projects and workshops
• Assist with fish community, benthic macroinvertebrate and water quality monitoring
• Regular email and phone communications with volunteers and partners
• Production of outreach material to social and local media outlets
• Public speaking and presentations to local chapters and partners
• Reporting on volunteer participation and data collected during workshops
• Assist TU staff with the installation of riparian and in-stream restoration projects
Fieldwork is a large component of this position with an estimated 40% of the member’s time spent on field work and monitoring projects, and 60% of the member’s time for communications and outreach. Most projects contain a volunteer management component.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act. TU selects candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply send cover letter and resume by August 1, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply through AmeriCorps portal at www.nationalservice.gov. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis with potential selection of candidate by July 15, 2018.
• Bachelor’s Degree or Higher. Preference given to candidates with a major of Biology, Agriculture, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, Environmental Sciences or other related degree. Preference will be given to advanced degree holders
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently
• Comfortable with public speaking
• Background in Wildlife and Fisheries, Natural Resources, Agriculture, or Biology preferred
• General knowledge of stream ecology
• Passion for the outdoors
• Preference will be given to candidates with Fisheries or Volunteer Coordination experience