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Permanent, Full Time

River Management Society - Training Coordinator for Rivers Training Institute

This person will be responsible for developing an institute (official name tbd) for rivers studies and professional development training utilizing a variety of courses that include on-line classes, webinars, and in-person training classes, seminars and workshops. Under the direction of the RMS Executive Director, the Training Coordinator will work closely with representatives of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service, and others to build a program of training that will meet both the needs of federal agencies and outside interests. An advisory group of subject matter experts will be available to provide advice and counsel to the training coordinator.

The goal is for this to be a permanent position: it is funded currently until approximately December 31, 2018. Specific terms of employment are subject to negotiation. Salary is dependent upon experience. Open through August 11, 2017. 
Expeditions Coordinator – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Expeditions Coordinator provides leadership and advisement to a diverse and comprehensive Carolina Adventures Expeditions program that offers approximately 30 trips serving more than 300 participants annually. The Coordinator actively supervises and mentors student employees and volunteers to create safe, inclusive, and accessible recreational environments for the University community. The primary purpose of the position is to develop, direct, and foster an experiential learning environment and to oversee and administer the Expedition program through direct interaction with students to enhance their academic and learning experiences outside of the classroom setting. The position manages all Expeditions’ student employees, creates leadership development opportunities, maintains and updates records, policies, procedures, and provides facility and event management support to Campus Recreation.
Coordinator of Camps & Adventure Recreation Programs - Florida International University
Florida International University Wellness & Recreation Center is happy to announce the opening of a Coordinator of Camps & Adventure Recreation Programs position. Interested applicants must apply at Search for job number 513454 and submit a Cover Letter, Resume and at least three Professional References. Position will close on July 28, 2017.  Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2017
Cal State Fullerton - Rockwall and Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
Louisiana State University - Coordinator, Adventure & Experiential Education The function and purpose is to assist the Assistant Director in oversight of a comprehensive adventure recreation and experiential learning program which includes the oversight of indoor climbing area and challenge course. 
Outdoor School Senior Instructor - REI’s Outdoor Programs is a fast paced, fun, and innovative team. Over the next 2 years we are working together toward doubling the number of participants we engage through inspiring outdoor experiences while also tightening REI’s connection in the local community. The Outdoor School Senior Instructor is a key member of the Outdoor School Team. This job contributes to REI’s success by serving as a lead for local outdoor school instruction and operations. 
State of VermontEnvironmental Scientist IV – Aquatic Plant Expert

The Lakes and Ponds Management and Protection Program (LPMPP) seeks a uniquely qualified individual to serve as aquatic plant expert for the Vermont Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program. The mission of the LPMPP is to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore the health of Vermont lakes. The AIS aquatic plant expert supports all phases of this mission: participating in statewide outreach and education, coordinating plant AIS monitoring and management, and providing support for the Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit Program. Please contact Perry Thomas at for more intormaton. Applicants must apply online to be considered. Closes July 12, 2017
University of California Riverside - Outdoor Excursions Program Coordinator

REI Outdoor School Instructor - Greensboro, Raleigh, San Diego, Phoenix, and other locations

Idaho Rivers United Conservation Director - This is the senior staff position 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. Additionally, this position requires a broad skillset that includes strong natural resource, public land, legal, political, collaborative, communication and social skills.  Open until filled.

Temporary and Seasonal Positions, Internships  

South Fork American River Parks River Patrol (seasonal) - The County of El Dorado is conducting this recruitment to fill one (1) seasonal, extra help vacancies for the Parks Division of the Chief Administrative Office located in Placerville.  This recruitment will also establish a list which may be used up to three months, to fill future extra help vacancies throughout the County.  Open until filled. See 'River Instructor - Extra Help'.

University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Summer Kayak Center and Outdoor Adventure Internship/Practicum

Fellowships, Graduate Assistants

CORE Outdoors - Graduate Assistant Position, Valdosta, Georgia

Florida Gulf Coast University Outdoor Pursuits
Graduate Assistant

Corps Positions, Internships, Seasonal and Part-Time

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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