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Job Opportunity: Managing Editor – Natural Areas Association Natural Areas Journal

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Natural Areas Journal Managing Editor Job Description

Position: Managing Editor
Status: This is an hourly contracted (non-employee) position requiring an average time commitment of 30 hours/month
Reports to: Director of Operations
Location: Managing Editor’s current location
Compensation: Dependent on experience

General Description
The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is seeking a Managing Editor (ME) for the Natural Areas Journal (NAJ). This contracted, part-time position averages 30 hours/month (the hours/week will vary) and will formally begin in mid-late June 2016 (or as soon as filled). The Managing Editor will work from their current location. The current ME and/or production manager will be available to facilitate a smooth transition, and to ensure continuity and the ongoing success of the NAJ.

Natural Areas Journal Background The NAJ is the NAA’s flagship publication. The Journal provides a forum for communication among persons involved in the identification, preservation, protection, and management of natural areas and elements of biological diversity. The NAJ focus is on nature preserves, natural areas, state or national parks, rare and endangered species, land preservation, and practical approaches to natural areas work. The Journal includes peer-reviewed original research articles on applied conservation biology, ecological restoration, natural areas management, ecological assessment and monitoring, invasive and exotic species management, habitat protection, fire ecology, natural areas identification, natural areas programs and conservation ethics.

The Journal is published quarterly and is available in hardcopy and online to NAA members. A sample issue can be viewed online via the NAA website, naturalareas.org (you may contact the NAA for guest online access or to request a sample hardcopy at info@naturalareas.org). More information is available on the NAA website: www.naturalareas.org.

Each issue averages 100-120 pages and generally contains 10-12 articles, plus editorial content and 5 book reviews. The managing editor (a contracted position) is responsible for all tasks involved in the development/production of the Journal that occur after manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and accepted by the editor, up to the time of transmittal to the Production Manager, who is responsible for the design/layout of the issue and sending the print-ready files to the printer, Allen Press.

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Job Opportunity: Environmental Educator – Missouri River Bird Observatory

Missouri River Bird Observatory LogoEnvironmental Educator
Missouri River Bird Observatory
Arrow Rock, Missouri
Website: http://www.mrbo.org

The Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) seeks a seasonal environmental educator for the period of 10 March – 10 July, with possibility of extension. This position will be based in Arrow Rock, MO, which is a National and State Historic Site; therefore education programs will be tied into the natural history of the town and surrounding area. The educator will be responsible for conducting ecology and natural history walks for 3rd – 6th grade classes during the period of mid-April – 20 May. The educator will also facilitate programs for groups of all ages across the state of Missouri on a wide variety of topics from bird identification, life history, climate change, general ecology, habitat conservation and the importance of MRBO’s monitoring projects in the context of Missouri conservation. There will be extensive interaction, networking, and collaboration with representatives of local non-profits and other agencies throughout the course of the position.

The educator will receive valuable training in mist-netting and bird-banding, the Flying WILD program, local habitat, natural history and conservation issues, and MRBO’s programs during the first two weeks of employment. He or she will then work independently to develop programs, including effective ways of disseminating climate change information. The educator will spend April – June independently conducting a wide variety of indoor and outdoor programs as well as assisting MRBO staff with other public events as needed. If programs include bird-banding demonstrations, a bander will be assigned to work with the educator. Other occasional duties include generating portions of reports and newsletters and helping with social media outlets.

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Job Opportunity: Field Instructor – Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at Northern Arizona University (Deadline: 02/01/16)

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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at Northern Arizona University
Location: Flagstaff , Arizona
Website: http://lci.nau.edu/ddcs
Category: Ecology, Education, Land Trust, Policy And Law, Wildlife

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at NAU

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program, hosted by Northern Arizona University’s Landscape Conservation Initiative, is a multi-year program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that serves to strengthen the conservation profession by training students who can make significant contributions to broadening the field of conservation. The program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in mentored research activities in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water, and wildlife conservation. DDCSP@NAU provides learning and research opportunities for 20 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars who were chosen from a national pool of undergraduate students through a competitive process. For more information about the program in its entirety, visit http://lci.nau.edu/ddcs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Experience managing, supervising, and/or leading groups in a wilderness setting.
  • Graduate-level coursework in ecology, conservation biology, or a related field.
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to drive 12-passenger vans.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications by program start.

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Fellowship Opportunity: Science Education Fellow – Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) LogoScience Education Fellow
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Chevy Chase, Maryland

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has a national and international role in advancing biomedical research and science education. We have an exciting fellowship opportunity to contribute to the work of HHMI’s film production unit, Tangled Bank Studios, at the Institute’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD.

Tangled Bank Studios produces award-winning science documentary films for general audiences. In addition to the films, we develop an array of supporting resources, including websites, classroom activities, and outreach materials. The Science Education Fellow will play a key role in all these projects, ensuring that they meet high standards of scientific rigor and are engaging and accessible to various public audiences.

Candidates must have a strong science background, preferably in the field of ecology, conservation biology, or environmental science. Experience in science communication and participation in outreach activities is highly desirable. Candidates should be able to take initiative and work independently in a highly interactive team environment. The Fellow will be assigned to specific film projects, but also contribute to other ongoing projects on an as-needed basis. The tenure of the fellowship is one year with a possibility of renewal for an additional year.

Primary Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with film producers and the outreach manager, provide research guidance and support for film projects in development.
  • Identify relevant scientific research, salient story lines, scientists, and partnerships that support development of film projects and extend their reach and impact.
  • Work closely with all members of the project team, including producers, editors, scientific advisors, and graphics artists to ensure scientific accuracy of final products.
  • Review film cuts, scripts, and graphics for accuracy, incorporating comments from scientific advisors.
  • Collaborate with the Educational Media Group to initiate development of classroom materials, such as short films and activities, related to the film project.
  • Generate web content, such as articles and infographics, for promotion and engagement with the film online and via social media.

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Job Opportunity: Ocean Advocate – Oceana

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Website: http://www.oceana.org

Oceana, an international conservation organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, is seeking a government relations professional for its Responsible Fishing and Seafood Fraud Campaigns. Oceana achieves measurable change by conducting fact-based advocacy campaigns with clearly articulated goals.

The Ocean Advocate reports to Oceana’s senior director for federal policy and works with the Responsible Fishing Campaign and Seafood Fraud Campaign teams to achieve Oceana’s policy goals. The Ocean Advocate will lead the campaign’s advocacy with Congress and the executive branch, working closely with the science, legal, communications, and development teams, and may also assist in fulfilling other organizational objectives. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Occasional travel is required.

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Job Opportunity: Staff Scientist (Oceans) – Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Biological Diversity LogoStaff Scientist — Oceans
Full Time
Position locations: San Francisco, California, or Anchorage, Alaska

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a Staff Scientist for its Oceans program. The aim of the position is to advocate for the protection of marine life from threats including climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, offshore oil development, and overfishing. This position will also support our Arctic and Alaska conservation work on land and at sea. Science forms the basis of our advocacy work and is integral to our legal strategies, policy advocacy and public education.
The staff scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for our administrative and policy advocacy, litigation, and grassroots and media outreach.  The staff scientist’s work will focus on improving the management of endangered sealife, marine habitats and Alaska wildlife. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Lead scientific and advocacy efforts to protect marine species.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments and reports on policy and management proposals (the position will require extensive scientific and policy writing and periodic public testimony).
  • Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach and delivering effective statements to reporters.
  • Engage the public, scientists, and opinion leaders on marine issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Build scientific and conservation coalitions and partnerships on ocean conservation initiatives.

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Job Opportunity: Scientist and Communications Specialist (Environmental Health) – Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Biological Diversity LogoScientist and Communications Specialist — Environmental Health
Full Time
Portland or San Francisco Bay Area Preferred

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced and motivated person who combines the skills of both a scientist and an expert communicator to join our work to protect wildlife, people and our environment from the effects of toxics. The Center’s new Environmental Health program will play a leading role in helping the public understand the inextricable link between human health and the health of all other species. Our Environmental Health team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle key threats such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollutants, and air and water pollution. The right candidate for this position combines excellent scientific research and writing abilities with proven media outreach and communication skills. Specific tasks will include researching the impacts of toxic substances on imperiled communities and species; providing expertise to support legal advocacy; preparing Endangered Species Act listing petitions; generating positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about environmental health; and playing an integral role in raising the Center’s national profile and work on this critical issue. This position reports to the Environmental Health Director.

The ideal candidate for this position must be able to: 

  • Act as a public spokesperson and engage the public, scientists and opinion leaders on toxics issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Produce compelling press releases and effective statements to reporters, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other written material.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments, white papers, reports and listing petitions.
  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans.
  • Track news stories pertaining to core areas of programmatic focus and establish new ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize environmental health–related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing Environmental Health communications materials, including website content and print publications to help inform and activate the Center’s 825,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially regarding the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

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