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Arizona Wilderness Coalition: Field Data Collection and Management Team Leader

CLOSING DATE: 7/23/2017

DEPARTMENT: Arizona Wilderness Coalition

JOB TYPE: Full Time/Temporary

 

Arizona Wilderness Coalitions seeks an individual to provide contract services to lead a two-person team for Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) monitoring on the Tonto National Forest. This contract project is expected to extend for approximately three months, and a more detailed description of project requirements is found below.
Because of the remote location of the work site, time in the field can extend up to 10 days at a time. Each crew member will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the work location on the Tonto National Forest, which may require a vehicle with high clearance and possibly 4-wheel drive. Periodic trips to AWC’s office in Prescott, Arizona, may also be required. Individuals may submit a joint proposal that includes shared transportation, or the selected team members may arrange to share transportation between them following selection for this project.
The selected individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with AWC, and must supply their own work clothes, backpacks, hiking boots and camping gear. Contractors must supply their own computer equipment with basic MS Office applications, and have internet access, to prepare any necessary reports or communications. Specialty equipment such as GPS, SPOT device, I Pad or Tablet with installed Arc Collector, solar charger, etc. will be provided by AWC through the length of the project. The crew Leader will be responsible for the care and return at the end of the project of any equipment provided by AWC. Veterans are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

 

This project will consist of hiking up to 180 miles of designated trails within the Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, collecting data for trail conditions and features that diminish opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation, with the potential to conduct surveys for Opportunities for Solitude in select areas. Specific data will be documented and recorded directly onto a Tablet or IPad using Arc Collector. Once the data has been collected, it is the responsibility of the team leader to organize the data and produce reports. Data reports will be generated through the software and submitted to AWC’s Stewardship Coordinator (SC) bi-weekly. In addition, to the bi-weekly reports the crew leader will be responsible for submitting a written final report at the completion of the project. The contracted team leader and additional crew member will participate in a planned 4 day training. This training will include background information on protocols for collection, methods, and use of the Arc Collector. Additionally, all team members will be led in multiple field exercises to help to identify the specific trail features that will be documented.

The crew leader will be responsible for the following:
– Creation of travel and route plans prior to any time spent in the field,
– Following all check-in and check-out and medical emergency procedures as described by SC and
assigned FS points of contact,
– Maintenance of thorough and accurate data collection throughout the project,
– Bi-weekly organization and submission to the SC of trail reports (written and/or oral)
– Care for all data collection devices and handling in a safe and protected manner,
– The safe and usable return of all electronic devices,
– Transportation to and from the work area,
– Submission of detailed mileage log and any food receipts,
– Providing their own personal computer with standard MS Office software for drafting any
documentation outside of the Arc Collector software

Fees:
The contractor will be compensated through fees based on percentage of total work completed. The
project is expected to take 2.5 to 3 months. It is expected the total fee will be payable in four
increments.
A modest amount of funds are also available under this contract to cover mileage and food costs
associated with this project. A detailed mileage log and food receipts will be required to obtain any
reimbursement.

Essential Accountabilities and Functions:

Leadership & Mentorship
 Manage, supervise, and participate in day-to-day work activities of paid crews
Safety & Risk Management
 Monitor, manage, and promote paid crew’s physical and emotional safety and health
throughout the project.
 Transport paid crews and equipment safely when directed by Stewardship Coordinator.
Project Management & Implementation
 Train and motivate paid crews of various ages to efficiently complete the work goals for each
project area.
 Coordinate logistics with Stewardship Coordinator
 Ensure that supplies, tools and task assignments are organized daily for proper work completion
Administration
 Complete professional documentation of bi-weekly reports, quarterly reports, invoicing,
expense, incident reports, etc.
Physical Requirements
 Required to walk on uneven, slippery terrain, in remote and rugged areas, kneel for extended
periods of time
 Must be able to speak, read, and write English.
 Sense of humor and desire to make a positive impact for the environment
 Must be able to live and work in potentially undesirable conditions in variable weather
conditions for multiple days

Required Skills & Qualifications
 Leadership experience with volunteer groups, youth, or young adults.
 Leadership with stewardship, trail, or other conservation skills.
 Excellent organizational skills and the ability to stay on task.
 Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse weather conditions
 Bachelor Degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, or similar
 Must hold a current Wilderness First Responder (or higher) and CPR certification
 Must have a valid AZ Driver License and Insurance
 Ability to work both independently and as a team member
 Ability to manage health and safety issues for physical crew work in a remote location

Preferred Qualifications
 Experience in Conservation Corps, Youth Corps, Student Conservation Corps, National Outdoor

Leadership School or similar work
 Familiar with basic data collection tools including GPS, GIS, tablets
 Participation in conservation volunteer work.
 Experience teaching environmental education or outdoor experiential education.

 

Interested individuals should provide a resume and two references, along with a cover letter detailing
previous experience in field data collection and your proposed equivalent hourly compensation rate or
project fee to complete this project, to Brian Stultz, Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator, in Prescott,
Brian@azwild.org; 928-350-2204. Deadline for submission is midnight on July 23, 2017.

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Arizona Wilderness Coalition: Field Data Collection and Management Team Member

CLOSING DATE: 7/23/2017

DEPARTMENT: Arizona Wilderness Coalition

JOB TYPE: Full Time/Temporary

Arizona Wilderness Coalitions seeks an individual to provide contract services to be a member of a two-person team for Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) monitoring on the Tonto National Forest. This contract project is expected to extend for approximately two and a half months, and a more detailed description of project requirements is found below. This position serves as the assistant to the team leader.
Because of the remote location of the work site, time in the field can extend up to 10 days at a time. Each crew member will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the work location on the Tonto National Forest, which may require a vehicle with high clearance and possible 4-wheel drive. Periodic trips to AWC’s office in Prescott, Arizona may also be required. Individuals may submit a joint proposal that includes shared transportation, or the selected team members may arrange to share transportation between them following selection for this project.
The selected individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with AWC, and must supply their own work clothes, backpacks, hiking boots and camping gear. Specialty equipment such as GPS, SPOT device, Tablet with installed Arc Collector, solar charger, etc. will be provided by AWC through the length of the project. Veterans are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

 

Project Locations Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Project Start Date October 9, 2017 or thereabouts

This project will consist hiking up to 180 miles of designated trails within the Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, collecting data for trail conditions and features that diminish opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation, with the potential to conduct surveys for Opportunities for Solitude in select areas. Specific data will be documented and recorded directly onto a Tablet using Arc Collector.
The contracted team leader and additional member will participate in a planned 4- day training. This training will include background information on protocols for collection, methods, and use of the Arc Collector. Additionally, all team members will be led in multiple field exercises to help to identify the specific trail features that will be documented.
The team member will be responsible for assisting the team leader with the following:
– Creation of travel and route plans prior to any time spent in the field,
– Following all check-in and check-out and medical emergency procedures as described by SC and assigned FS points of contact,
– Maintenance of thorough and accurate data collection throughout the project,
– Care for all data collection devices and handling in a safe and protected manner,
– Transportation to and from the work area,
– Submission of detailed mileage log and any food receipts

Fees:
The contractor will be compensated through fees based on percentage of total work completed. The project is expected to take 2.5 months. It is expected the total fee will be payable in four increments.
A modest amount of funds are also available under this contract to cover mileage and food costs associated with this project. A detailed mileage log and food receipts will be required to obtain any reimbursement.

Physical Requirements
– Required to walk on uneven, slippery terrain, in remote and rugged areas, kneel for extended periods of time
– Must be able to speak, read, and write English.
– Sense of humor and desire to make a positive impact for the environment
– Must be able to live and work in potentially undesirable conditions in variable weather conditions for multiple days

Required Skills & Qualifications
– Experience working in a group setting
– Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse weather conditions
– Associates Degree or in a current degree program in Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, or similar
– Must hold a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
– Must have a valid AZ Driver License and Insurance
– Ability to work both independently and as a team member
– Ability to manage personal health and safety issues

Preferred Qualifications
– Experience in Conservation Corps, Youth Corps, Student Conservation Corps, National Outdoor Leadership School or similar work
– Familiar with basic data collection tools including GPS, GIS, tablets
– Bachelor’s degree or student enrolled in a relevant program.
– Participation in conservation volunteer work.

Interested individuals should provide a resume and two references, along with a cover letter detailing previous experience in field data collection and your proposed equivalent hourly compensation rate or project fee to complete this project, to Brian Stultz, Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator, in Prescott, Brian@azwild.org; 928-350-2204. Deadline for submission is midnight on July 23, 2017.
AWC reserves the right to negotiate pertinent contract terms with any potential consultants, and AWC reserves the right to accept any proposal, or to reject any and all proposals. This RFQ does not commit AWC to either to award a contract or to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute Manager, June 2017

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is Hiring:

 

Job Title: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute Manager
Reports To: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute Director
Supervises: Citizen Science Program volunteers, interns.
Status: Full Time, Salary, Exempt

 

Position Summary:
Coordinate with research partners, volunteers, City of Scottsdale, and interns to plan and lead fieldwork supporting Field Institute ecological research in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Develop and promote the Citizen Science and Nature Guides (children’s education) programs, and support Conservancy K-12 and public education STEM efforts.

 

Essential Duties

 

Research:

  • Work with Field Institute Director to conduct ecological research on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona and beyond as needed.
  • Work with Field Institute Director, principal investigators, interns, students, and volunteer leaders to plan, schedule, and conduct fieldwork, and collect, manage and store data.
  • Ensure field collections, data management, and reporting adhere to professional standards.
  • Manage and update research permits.
  • Work with Field Institute Director on grant funded project reporting, including keeping detailed records of hours and spending, writing project end reports and other according to funder requirements.
  • Ensure all project protocols are clearly documented and accessible to a public audience.

Education:

  • Work with Conservancy volunteers and education partners to enhance the Junior Citizen Science Festival and develop other appropriate Conservancy education programs.

Volunteer management:

  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Citizen Science and Nature Guides programs.
  • Recruit and train volunteers, and cultivate volunteer leadership.
  • Evaluate progress and needs of the volunteer programs and provide guidance and support to program leadership.

Communications and marketing:

  • Draft periodic updates on findings to promote the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute to public, stewards, the MSC Board of Directors, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, scientific partners, and other interested organizations and individuals.
  • Maintain regular communications with volunteers and supporters through the website, The Mountain Lines magazine, and other media.
  • Give public talks regarding the program or scientific results to a variety of audiences.

Events:

  • Supervise steward teams to organize and manage research and education events:
    • Annual research symposium – a 2-day research symposium held in January on research and monitoring to inform natural resource management in the arid southwest.
    • Annual Field Institute update held in May in which volunteer leads give formal presentations of the past field season’s results, working with the
      volunteers to develop professional level presentations.
    • Jr. Citizen Science Festival – 2-day festivals held twice per year (Fall and Spring) to educate and inspire children about their natural world and the
      Sonoran Desert

Anticipated Support Duties:

  • Aid Field Institute Director in recruiting interns to participate in research projects.
  • Work with the development team to cultivate sponsors for children’s educational events and the symposium.
  • Assist Field Institute Director in budgeting and strategic planning.
  • Support Field Institute Director and development staff fundraising efforts for the Field Institute and education programs.
  • Other items assigned from time to time by the Field Institute Director and Executive Director.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in a biological or ecological science
  • Ability to plan, schedule, provide structure, set expectations, and follow-up on results
  • Significant fieldwork experience and field skills including plot sampling, plant and animal identification, and use of GPS. Leading field project teams a plus.
  • Education or experience in environmental education and K-12 STEM education
  • Must be organized, fast, efficient and particularly skilled at prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to interact well with a wide variety of people, including volunteers, scientists, donors, elected officials, the general public, and the Conservancy Board of Directors.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Effective writing and public speaking skills
  • Experience communicating complex scientific ideas to the public with various experience levels preferred.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with the ability to keep a positive outlook under pressure.
  • Preferred skills and experience
    • Skill in using ArcGIS software
    • Sonoran Desert plant identification
    • Experience in event planning

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work is performed in an office setting as well outdoors in the Preserve. Must be able to hike up and down hills and significant distances in a variety of weather conditions. Some local travel to meetings is required.

 

The deadline for applications is 12:00 am (MST) on June 27, 2017. Please email cover letter, resume or cv, and 3 references to McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Interim Executive Director at Paul@mcdowellsonoran.org.


McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer

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