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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

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,; 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.


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



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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



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

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer


AZGFD Wildlife Specialist Regional Supervisor | Phoenix, AZ | Closes 06/23/2017


AZGFD Wildlife Specialist Regional Supervisor

CLOSING DATE: 6/23/2017

DEPARTMENT: Arizona Game and Fish Dept.

JOB TYPE: Full Time/Permanent

SALARY: $43,239 – $77,468


Under direction of the Statewide Native Aquatics Program Manager, this position is the statewide lead for multiple native fish species, including Colorado River big river fishes, Virgin River fishes, and the Little Colorado Spinedace. This position will plan, organize, coordinate, develop funding for, administer and implement projects related to the inventory, status, monitoring, management, and conservation of Colorado River basin native fishes and their associated habitats. More specifically, this position works on projects with an emphasis on recovery efforts tied to species recovery plans, watershed management plans, conservation agreements, and/or mitigation requirements, thus working with a diverse group of partners in multiple states, agencies, and regional offices. Works with partners to set priorities and provides technical guidance for complex research projects; prepares recommendations for species-specific fisheries and habitat management, research, conservation, protocols and guidelines; develops recommendations and reports on highly complex and significant specialized surveys, habitat evaluations, environmental inventories, and other studies.
Develops and coordinates implementation of interagency agreements and projects; assists with development of watershed management plans and cooperative agreements relative to Colorado River basin native fishes; makes presentations at scientific conferences, to other agencies and to the public. This position may plan and implement piscicide treatments. Develops implementation plans and multiple reports annually. Attends and organizes multi-agency coordination and planning meetings statewide pertaining to native fish and conservation. Facilitates volunteer recruitment and hiring seasonal interns. Manages budgets and grants for assigned projects, and actively seeks funding for projects. Coordinates with Regional Aquatic Program Managers and Aquatic Specialists to develop and prioritize Colorado River basin native fish activities. Assists with administration of In the Current blog. Performs other duties as assigned.




  • The candidate will have knowledge in the following areas: fish and wildlife management and techniques, wildlife biology, wildlife habitat requirements, wildlife survey and monitoring techniques, analysis of survey and monitoring data, GPS devices and technology, and effective training and leadership techniques.
    The candidate will have skill in: program administration, demonstrated ability to communicate complex statistical, mathematical, and modeling concepts clearly and effectively to technical and lay audiences in both oral and written format, think critically and creatively to apply the appropriate statistical, mathematical, and modeling approaches to specific wildlife management questions, ability to manage multiple projects and to develop effective and positive working relationships with the public, tribes, various governmental agencies, special interest groups and the media, supervision, mentoring, delegation. Must be able to work as part of a team with diverse members.
    The preferred candidate must have skill in writing grant proposals, managing grants, and administering and managing multiple budgets. The preferred candidate will have the ability to identify native and nonnative fishes found in Arizona and be able to fly in small aircraft and have the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, work irregular hours including weekends, holidays and at night and work outdoors in extreme and isolated conditions, identify wildlife in less than optimal conditions, and operate boats, four wheel drive vehicle and ATV’s.
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or closely related field from an accredited college or university. The preferred candidate will have at least three years of professional experience in fisheries and/or wildlife research/management. An advanced degree in fisheries and/or wildlife sciences may substitute for one year of required experience.
    Employment may be contingent upon completion of a post-offer physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions. Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
    All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.

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