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(Note: We try to maintain our list of open positions.  Sometimes position descriptions do not include closing dates

Permanent, Full Time

Red River Watershed Management Institute (RRWMI)- Shreveport, LA -  Director (9 month, non tenure)
The duties of the Director will be to manage the daily operations of the Institute. The Director is responsible for the funding of the Institute and its projects, generally through grants, for the development of a long-range plan for the institute, and for preparing an annual budget for the operations and capital improvements of the Institute. They will maintain communications with an Advisory Council. The Director will develop and maintain working relationships with local government agencies and local and regional conservation offices. They will contribute to the technical aspects of the institute. The Director will contribute to the development of the Department of Biological Sciences undergraduate Environmental Science concentration curriculum. The opportunities for faculty and student participation in the Institutes research projects, especially in the area of water quality will be coordinated by the Director. The Director will help design the curriculum, teach, and recruit instructors for new environmental science courses for the University, which deal with water quality including Basic Hydrology and Water Resources, Hydrogeology, Geomorphology, and Paleoenvironmental Analysis. Closes March 31, or when filled.

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water - Hydrologist
We are seeking to hire a hydrologist for a position within our Public Access Assertion and Defense Unit. This hydrology position presents an exciting opportunity for research and publication; for designing and conducting fieldwork on remote rivers statewide; and for collaboration with experts from numerous fields on diverse projects. Alaska is a unique place, and the position of PAAD hydrologist offers a special practice environment. Closes 3/1/2019.  If you are interested create a profile at Workplace Alaska. See the job post here.

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National Association of State Boating Law Administrators – Education Director
Pam Dillon, CAE, NASBLA Director, Education & Standards will retire in late 2019. The Education Director will start with the association as early as March 2019 and assume the full role of Education Director following the NASBLA Annual Conference. Duties include leading staff on matters pertaining to state and national boater education programs and the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee, providing direct staff support for the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee Chair, managing and overseeing education related grant projects, and representing NASBLA’s education interest before other national boater education forums. Closes February 28.
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Roanoke College - Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures
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Bucknell University - Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and Leadership
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Boise State University - Coordinator of Outdoor Programs
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Georgia River Network (GRN) – Executive Director
Georgia River Network is a statewide, non-profit river conservation organization working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore, and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast. We envision rivers that are clean, safe and healthy for drinking, swimming, fishing, and boating, as well as add beauty and value to our communities and meet the needs of the natural communities they support. The Executive Director provides professional leadership and staff oversight to ensure that the organization is effectively managed to achieve its mission. The ED must be a strong, ethical leader with excellent communication skills and dedication to the mission of GRN. The ED is the public and professional representative of the organization.
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Northwest Treaty Tribes are hiring! Take a look and pass along current job openings from Treaty Tribes in Western Washington, posted at NWIFC.
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Idaho Rivers United is hiring, seeking to fill two positions:
Conservation Director -  The senior staff person responsible for directing IRU’s conservation program. This position requires a deep commitment to the mission of IRU and a strong passion for protecting rivers and the species that depend on rivers for their survival.
Communications Director - The Communications Director is the senior staff position responsible for directing and implementingIRU’s communications program. This position requires intensive journalistic style writing, a deep commitment to the mission of IRU, and a strong passion for protecting rivers and the species that depend on rivers for their survival. Also required is a broad skillset that includes strong experience in natural resource, public land, legal, political, collaborative, communication, public speaking and social skills.
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The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is looking for an Executive Director!
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Hydropower Reform Coordinator - This position supports a national consortium of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations that protect and restore rivers harmed by hydropower dams. American Rivers is the Coalition’s fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1992, the Coalition works exclusively on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower projects. The coalition has a proven track record of policy reform and environmental and recreational restoration of rivers. Responsibilities include: analyzing and evaluating policies, and regulations impacting hydropower licensing; promoting the Coalition’s policy river restoration agenda in state and federal policy arenas; evaluating decisions made by federal agencies pertaining to certain hydropower projects; and conducting research on trends related to federal hydropower licensing, environmental reviews (including NEPA and CEQA reviews), and related processes.  Works closely with Coalition staff in California and the Pacific Northwest to coordinate and promote information and strategy exchanges between Coalition members. Applications will be considered immediately. 

Fellowships, Graduate Assistants

Boston College Recreation Center - Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventure is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure in developing and organizing a comprehensive outdoor recreation and education program. This includes operating our new climbing wall,
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University of Alabama Birmingham - Graduate Assistant Position
UAB University Recreation will be offering one graduate assistant position for the fall of 2019. Our department is seeking motivated, organized individuals who can work in a diverse campus environment. Graduate Assistants are members of the professional staff and are expected to be leaders in their respective areas. Each position will offer hands-on experience and learning. Apply by February 22.

Temporary, Part-Time and Seasonal Positions, Internships  

El Dorado County (CA) - River Instructor Extra-Help Positions 
'Extra help' positions are seasonal Parks River Patrol staff who work on the river Hiring term: continuous.
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UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Outdoor and Bicycle Programs - Internship 2019-2020 
The Outdoor and Bicycle Programs Intern reports directly to the Assistant Director of Outdoor and Bicycle Programs and will be responsible for assisting in the following areas:

  • Outdoor Adventure Program 60%
  • Bike Shop and Bike Share Program 15%
  • Summer Kayak Center 25%

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North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits - Internship
 
May-September position applications are closed. Spring 2020 positions (2) applications due 11/1/2019. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]
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University of Alabama Birmingham - Internship Positions (3)
UAB University Recreation will be offering three internship positions for the summer of 2019. Our department is seeking motivated, organized individuals who can work in a diverse campus environment. Interns are members of the professional staff and are expected to be leaders in their respective areas. Each position will offer hands-on experience and learning. 
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Environmental Stewards Program (Available year-round)

What can stewards do?

  • Water/Vegetation monitoring
  • GPS use and GIS mapping
  • Grant Writing
  • Interpretive Services
  • Program Development
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Outreach and Education
  • And other hands-on work related to environmental stewardship

Benefits of Using Environmental Stewards

  • Stewards are locally recruited but logistically supported by ES staff
  • Environmental Stewards provides payroll, worker’s comp, and liability insurance
  • Environmental Stewards can provide an AmeriCorps Educational Award based on the amount of hours served
  • ES already has some national cooperative agreements with land management agencies – Stewards can be placed easily, they can be, but do not have to be students and are selected by the hiring agency or organization. 
  • Stewards can potentially qualify for the Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring authority, and/or the PLC Direct Hire authority. 
  • ES is an official 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) program – Steward’s work supports the national efforts of the 21CSC.

How to Partner With Us describes the Environmental Stewards program.  You can find the application at www.environmentalstewards.org under the “partner” button 

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