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Permanent Positions. Internships. Tips for job seekers. Advice for employers seeking awesome candidates.

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(Note: We try to maintain our list of open positions.  Sometimes position descriptions do not include closing dates

Permanent, Full Time

Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh - Paddle Sports Manager
The Paddle Sports Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of Kayak Pittsburgh, which includes three concessions, and other paddling programs and pop-up events that annually provide over 40,000 paddling experiences in the region.
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Northwest Treaty Tribes are hiring! Take a look and pass along these job openings from Treaty Tribes in Western Washington, posted at NWIFC 
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Wake Forest University - Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator
The Outdoor Pursuits (OP) Coordinator, under the direction of the Assistant Director, OP, aids in the delivery of adventure based programs and services to the Wake Forest University community: OP Base Camp Rental and Resource center, wilderness trips program, the Wilderness to Wake pre-orientation program, “ReCycle” campus bike share program, and the OP community events program. The OP Coordinator will provide direct supervision, training, and evaluation for staffing related to the stated program areas and form strategies to aid in the personal and professional development of student and non-student personnel. Provides direction and vision for growing both the quantity and diversity of OP programs and participants. 

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Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) - Outdoor Rx Program Manager
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Wake Forest University- Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator 
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Georgia River Network (GRN) – Executive Director
Georgia River Network is a statewide, non-profit river conservation organization working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore, and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast. We envision rivers that are clean, safe and healthy for drinking, swimming, fishing, and boating, as well as add beauty and value to our communities and meet the needs of the natural communities they support. The Executive Director provides professional leadership and staff oversight to ensure that the organization is effectively managed to achieve its mission. The ED must be a strong, ethical leader with excellent communication skills and dedication to the mission of GRN. The ED is the public and professional representative of the organization.
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Idaho Rivers United is hiring, seeking to fill two positions:
Conservation Director -  The senior staff person 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.
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Communications Director - The Communications Director is the senior staff position responsible for directing and implementingIRU’s communications program. This position requires intensive journalistic style writing, 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. Also required is a broad skillset that includes strong experience in natural resource, public land, legal, political, collaborative, communication, public speaking and social skills.
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The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is looking for an Executive Director!
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Hydropower Reform Coordinator - This position supports a national consortium of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations that protect and restore rivers harmed by hydropower dams. American Rivers is the Coalition’s fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1992, the Coalition works exclusively on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower projects. The coalition has a proven track record of policy reform and environmental and recreational restoration of rivers. Responsibilities include: analyzing and evaluating policies, and regulations impacting hydropower licensing; promoting the Coalition’s policy river restoration agenda in state and federal policy arenas; evaluating decisions made by federal agencies pertaining to certain hydropower projects; and conducting research on trends related to federal hydropower licensing, environmental reviews (including NEPA and CEQA reviews), and related processes.

Works closely with Coalition staff in California and the Pacific Northwest to coordinate and promote information and strategy exchanges between Coalition members. Applications will be considered immediately. 

Fellowships, Graduate Assistants

University of Utah - Graduate Assistant Outdoor Adventures
The Outdoor Adventures Graduate Assistant position involves rolling responsibilities over the two-year commitment. In the first year your focus will be on managerial tasks within the trips program and outdoor orientation programming, which includes a commitment during the summer in between your first and second year. In the second year your focus will be on student trainings and the Outdoor Leadership Floor LLC.
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Eastern Washington University - Graduate Assistants 
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University of Utah- Graduate Assistant 
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Illinois State University - Graduate Assistant Adventure
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University of Alabama Birmingham - Graduate Assistant (1) Positions
UAB University Recreation will be offering one graduate assistant position for the fall of 2019. Our department is seeking motivated, organized individuals who can work in a diverse campus environment. Graduate Assistants are members of the professional staff and are expected to be leaders in their respective areas. Each position will offer hands-on experience and learning. 

Temporary, Part-Time and Seasonal Positions, Internships  

UMass Lowell Campus Recreation - Summer Kayak Center and Outdoor Adventure Internship/Practicum 2019
The Summer Kayak Center and Outdoor Adventure Internship/Practicum program is designed to enhance students’ academic education with hands-on experience as part of a university recreation program. The Kayak Center and Outdoor intern’s primary responsibilities will be with our summer Kayak Center. Our Kayak Center operates out of the Bellegarde Boathouse, located on the shores of the Merrimack River.  

North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits - Internship 
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]
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Maine Bound Adventure Center - Summer Internship
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University of Alabama Birmingham - Internship Positions (3)
UAB University Recreation will be offering three internship positions for the summer of 2019. Our department is seeking motivated, organized individuals who can work in a diverse campus environment. Interns are members of the professional staff and are expected to be leaders in their respective areas. Each position will offer hands-on experience and learning. 
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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 www.environmentalstewards.org under the “partner” button 

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