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Part-time Coordinator - Colorado Conservation Exchange
The Colorado Conservation Exchange is a watershed investment fund that will accelerate investment in watershed health and wildfire risk reduction, initially in the Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds. We are hiring a part-time Coordinator to assist in all aspects of the Exchange, with an emphasis on communications and writing (marketing materials, social media, grant reports, etc.). 
Please submit a cover letter, resume, examples of writing and the names of three references to Heather Schinkel heather.schinkel@colostate.edu, Director, Colorado Conservation Exchange


Board of Directors Member - Institute for Environmental Solutions

The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is an independent nonprofit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems — without unwanted side effects.

Members of the IES Board of Directors are responsible for promoting the welfare of IES and for overseeing the activities of the Institute established by the Board. The Board of Directors has the principal responsibility for fulfillment of the organization's mission and the legal accountability for its operations. As a group, it is in charge of establishing a clear organizational mission, forming the strategic plan to accomplish the mission, overseeing and evaluating the plan's success, hiring a competent Executive Director, and providing adequate supervision (including an annual performance review) and support to that individual, ensuring financial solvency of the organization, interpreting and representing the organization to the community, and instituting a fair system of policies and procedures for human resource management.

More inforamtion is available at this link: www.i4es.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IES-Board-of-Directors-Job-Description.pdf

Please contact IES at solutions@i4es.org for more information.

Sustainability Leadership Fellows - School of Global Environmental Sustainability - Apply by March 21

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) seeks applications from Colorado State University advanced PhD students and early career postdoctoral fellows for the 2017-2018 Sustainability Leadership Fellow program. 

The SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellows program prepares future innovators and thought leaders with state-of-the-art science communication and career development training. Over the course of one year Fellows receive training to effectively communicate science to the media and public; professional development skills and techniques; and strategies to build successful careers that incorporate meaningful science communication, engagement, and interdisciplinarity.

Application deadline: March 21, 2017

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://col.st/RMNgU

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Director - Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute

We have a bold vision:  to create a restoration based economy in the borderlands region of Arizona and Sonora while restoring land and water, training future leaders, and working directly with local communities and land owners to design projects, build knowledge and skills, create new sustainable businesses and jobs. The bi-national commitment reflects the ecology of the sky island region and respects the rich cultures and knowledge on both sides of the border.

Five organizations have come together to form the Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute (BRLI). They include Borderlands Restoration, Cuenca Los Ojos, Wildlife Corridors, Deep Dirt Farm Institute, and Borderlands Habitat Restoration. We collectively have been doing restoration work in the borderlands of Arizona and Sonora for 50 years.  The BRLI founders include a remarkable group of entrepreneurial leaders from academia and from the private sector who have the vision, credibility, and track record to take on this venture.  A significant grant from the Biophilia Foundation gives us the opportunity to plan for and deliver the initial BRLI program.   Over the long term, we believe BRLI can fuel a restoration based economy in our region that both restores our remarkable natural resources and sustains the people who live here.

We are looking for a dynamic leader who is ready to help us implement and grow BRLI. The Director will lead an enterprise which has both a non-profit and social for- profit entity, a single program group of faculty and staff drawn from partner organizations and elsewhere who both do the work and teach the work, an administrative group who support the BRLI program activities, and a development group to expand existing public and private grants, individual and corporate donations, private investments, and, increasingly, earned income. 

All BRLI activities will be guided by an Institute Council which includes representatives from founding partners, future partners, and communities where we work.  The BRLI Director will chair the executive committee of the Council and report to the governing boards.

In 2017, we expect part time faculty of 10-12, as well as approximately 30 staff (including restoration staff, administrative staff, and development support staff). The Institute Director oversees educational programs and also will have two senior staff as direct reports: the Director of Administrative Support Services (hired in the spring of 2017) and the Director of Business Development (hired in 2018).  The education program will include a prototype six week summer course, a series of workshops, and 6-8 internships of varying lengths. We expect students from both Mexico and the US.  The curriculum will focus on four issue areas: Watershed Restoration, Native Plant Materials, Foodshed Restoration, Communities and Building the Restoration Economy.

The ideal candidate for the BRLI Director will have:

  • a strong commitment to the BRLI vision,
  • some history of living or working in the southwest US or Mexico
  • a desire to work in an organizational culture that values: building a diverse workforce, collaboration and partnership, distributed leadership and decision making, supporting employees to learn, grow, and be compensated fairly for their contributions,
  • graduate level training and experience in a discipline relevant our work,
  • teaching experience including developing curricula, teaching in the classroom and the field, overseeing graduate student research,
  • strong management skills and experience,
  • community development /economic development knowledge and experience,
  • a track record of successfully raising funds,
  • experience working with and for boards of directors,
  • experience working with and facilitating discussions and decisions with diverse communities and groups.

We will negotiate an initial salary and benefit package with the selected candidate.  Salary growth for the Institute Director will be commensurate with program growth.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English are also particularly encouraged.  We hope to have the Institute Director at work in the spring of 2017. 

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity, please check out, after February 8th, the BRLI website www.borderlandsinstitute.org, and then send your resume and cover letter to the Chair of the Hiring Committee, c/o sksborderlandsrestoration@gmail.com.  Please put your name and Institute Director in the subject line.

Call for Articles : African Review of Migration and Environment - Submit by April 30

African Review Migration and Environment (ARME), is a bilingual international journal, published twice annually in French and English. It is a collaborative publication by two leading African Universities: Peleforo Gon Coulibaly University, Ivory Coast and Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Call for Proposals - 2017 Natural Areas Conference

Now accepting proposals! For the 2017 Natural Areas Conference. The 44th annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Fort Collins, on the edge of the Colorado State University Campus, in the shadow of Colorado's beautiful Front Range. The theme this year is Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management.

Deadline for the Call for Proposals is May 12.

We invite proposals related to these topics:

  • Conservation Across (Natural/Political/Cultural) Boundaries
  • Urban/Wildland Interface
  • Wilderness and Research Natural Areas Management
  • Value of Healthy Land in Water Resource Management
  • Role of Native Plant Materials in Restoration & Rehabilitation
  • Role of Natural Areas in Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation
  • Natural Areas Management in Light of Climate Change
  • Value of Ecosystem Services and Working Landscapes
  • Restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Communicating About Natural Areas Conservation
  • Technology for Land Management Success
  • Forest and Range Management
  • Wildland Fire as a Management Tool
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Species Re/Introductions & Assisted Migration
  • Rare Species Management

Visit the conference website to find more details about proposal types and to submit your proposal.

Types of proposals:

Special Sessions

  • Organized oral sessions
  • Symposia
  • Workshops

General Sessions

  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations

Students are especially encouraged to submit abstracts for General Session oral and poster presentations. Students will be eligible to compete for prizes in the student presentation competition. Find out more about what the 2017 Natural Areas Conference offers students.

Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance - National Park Service

When a community asks for assistance with a project through the application, National Park Service staff provide free, on-location facilitation and planning expertise. We draw from project experiences across the country and adapt best practices to a community's specific needs.

NPS staff help:

  • Define project vision and goals
  • Inventory and map community resources
  • Identify and analyze key issues and opportunities
  • Engage collaborative partners and stakeholders
  • Design community outreach and participation strategies
  • Develop concept plans for trails, parks, and natural areas
  • Set priorities and build consensus
  • Identify funding sources
  • Develop a sustainable organizational framework to support the project

Interested? Apply Today. In order to obtain National Park Service assistance for your community project, please visit the application page for more information.

Additional Funding Opportunities............

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Event Planning Coordinator - For CSU Graduate and Undergraduate students
Job Description: We are seeking an organized and motivated CSU student employee or intern to provide administrative support in event/conference planning. He/she will primarily be responsible for print program layout and design, social media promotion, website updates/development, volunteer recruitment, placement, training and coordination, and social event planning/field trip coordination for two large international conference and training programs. The conference and training programs are Pathways 2017 (September 17 - 20, 2017, Estes Park, Colorado), and Pathways Africa (January 8 – 10, 2018, Windhoek, Namibia). Other job duties will include correspondence with conference attendees, soliciting donations, marketing the event, ordering supplies, running errands, and graphic design. Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. Our mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management field.
This position demands a flexible work schedule and someone who has good interpersonal communication skills, works well on a team, and is very organized. The applicant must demonstrate a strong work ethic. The applicant must also be proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word (including mail merge tools). Experience using at least one graphic design program (In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and WordPress is strongly preferred. Interest in and knowledge about wildlife conservation and management issues is helpful, but not required.