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Permanent, Full Time

US Forest Service (Outreach Notice) Wilderness/Wild & Scenic Rivers Staff Assistant - This full time position works closely with the Director of Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers in the National Forest System (NFS) Deputy Area. This notification is circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity and to determine interest in the position. This position will likely be advertised government-wide. There will likely be Transfer of Station benefit offered for this position.

The U.S. Forest Service’s National Forest System is looking for highly qualified candidates to be Staff Assistant to the Director for the Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Rivers programs in the agency’s headquarters office in Washington, DC. Working in the Washington Office, you’ll have a direct opportunity to make a lasting impact and ensure the continued successful management of the Forest Service’s 193 million acres.  

Massachusetts Division of Ecological RestorationWatershed Ecologist (Environmental Analyst IV)
The Watershed Ecologist provides overall leadership and administration of the Division of Ecological Restoration's (DER) Flow Restoration Program and manages staff and fiscal resources to achieve Flow Restoration Program goals. The position directs and oversees the priorities, strategic planning, resource allocation, scientific integrity, and overall operations of the Flow Restoration Program and coordinates stream flow restoration activities within the Division. The position supervises staff scientists as well as interns, ensuring that their work is scientifically sound and supports DER strategic priorities. This position also serves as an advisor to state agency workgroups, commissions, and initiatives to inform science, policies, and regulations that impact in-stream flow and aquatic ecosystem protection and restoration. Interested candidates can learn more about DER and view the full job announcement.

Environmental Traveling Companions - ETC Youth LEAD Program Manager (San Francisco, CA)
The Central Zone of the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests is outreaching a permanent, full time Wild and Scenic Rivers and Scenic Easement Coordinator position (Interdisciplinary Social Scientist/Natural Resource Specialist/Landscape Architect, GS-0101/0401/0807-11). The duty station is Kooskia, Idaho at the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District, Lochsa Ranger Station. Interested individuals must submit the attached outreach response form to Brandon Knapton, by May 13th, 2016 and attach their most recent resume and non- award Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50b). Interested individuals may contact Brandon at 208-926-6400, or Carol Hennessey at 208-935-4270 for additional information.

The Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP), the “friends” organization for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, seek an Executive Director for this great non-profit based in Kanab UT, working on woody invasives removal, offering a variety of citizen science programs, and conducting paleontological research and collection. Please review the Position Description and Performance Evaluation.
Rogue Riverkeeper/KS Wild is hiring a new Rogue Riverkeeper Conservation Director that will be based in Ashland. “It's a full-time gig that will focus mainly on Clean Water Act permitting and technical analysis of various statewide permits. They'll also get to work on campaigns like the Wild Rogue Wilderness expansion and National Recreation Area legislation, which would add about 80,000 acres to the National Preserve system. Ultimately, we're looking for someone who likes to geek out but can also communicate with the public.”  Closes May 27th.

Centers LLC / UAB Campus Recreation -  Coordinator of Adventure Recreation. This person will be the sole professional running the largest outdoor program in the state of Alabama. Please share this information with anyone you know that may be interested in this great opportunity. (Master’s degree required.)
East Carolina University's Campus Recreation and Wellness is looking for an Assistant Director of Adventure Leadership. Open until filled.

Coordinator of Outdoor Excursions - University of California, Riverside. Responsibilities include working with the trip and rental programs, staff training, leadership development and mentoring. Jen Hopper, University of California, Riverside

The Dickinson College Office of Student Leadership and Campus Engagement is hiring a Director of Experiential and Outdoor Education
Western Carolina University seeks an Instructor of Parks and Recreation Management with an Outdoor Leadership Focus 
Green Mountain College is pleased to accept applications for a full-time Adventure Education faculty position to begin August of 2016. Though a Ph.D. is preferred, applicants with a masters degree and excellent experience will be considered.

Northland College, on the south shore of Lake Superior, is hiring for an endowed professorship at either the Assistant or Associate professor level. This person will work to promote sustainability through outdoor and environmental education and outreach. Please see the attached position description, or visit

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Western Water Assessment (WWA) is seeking a  Professional Research Assistant to serve as the Utah Research Integration Specialist, based in Salt Lake City.

Fellowships, Assistanceships

The University of Dayton (UD) Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is seeking two Graduate Assistants for the Rivers Institute; one starting fall 2016 and the second in January 2017. The UD Rivers Institute is a collaboration of students, faculty, staff and community partners who engage in inter-disciplinary and experiential learning, civic engagement, and sustainable community development around rivers; the strategic natural resource central to communal, economic, aesthetic and ecological vitality of the Dayton region and beyond.

Grad Assistantship - Stephen F. Austin State University 

Internships, Seasonal and Part-Time

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Outdoor Recreation Leadership Internship
19.5 paid hours per week @ $8 /hour, with the other 20.5 being volunteer hours.
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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 under the “partner” button 

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