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Job Opening: Avian Biologist, Audubon Louisiana

December 16, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

Audubon Web stacked colorOverview:

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

The Avian Biologist will be responsible for assisting Audubon Louisiana’s Director of Bird Conservation and other staff in field and office activities associated with conservation, research, and education programs.

This is a full-time position providing field and analytic support for the Coastal Bird Stewardship Program and other monitoring and research initiatives principally in Louisiana.

Essential Functions:
  • Collect and analyze data on birds to support research projects through a variety of techniques including point and transect counts, nest searching, mist-netting, and radio telemetry and input bird data into databases.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Conservation and others, lead and assist in the writing of technical reports and scientific manuscripts.
  • Develop and lead educational programs, aimed at increasing awareness of the threats birds face, for a variety of audiences. Engage volunteers and community leaders to participate in conservation efforts.
  • Cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including other Audubon offices and chapters, state and federal agencies, other non-governmental organizations, and community and government leaders.
  • Maintain vehicles and all assigned field gear.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ornithology, ecology, or a related field required.
  • 2+ years of applied field experience is required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • Knowledge in the identification and ecology of a variety of waterbirds, shorebirds, songbirds, and marshbirds, as well as proven experience using statistical techniques for analyzing bird data (e.g., distance sampling, capture-mark-recapture, other demographic modeling approaches, spatial and movement analyses, etc.).
  • Experience and working knowledge of Louisiana’s diversity of habitats, especially coastal wetlands, bottomland hardwood forests, and/or estuaries is a plus.
  • At least one year experience developing and providing environmental education programs to a variety of audiences and/or working with volunteers is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field.
  • Ability to maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats desirable.
  • Willingness to work long hours in sub-tropical wetland, coastal, and forest environments exposed to harsh Louisiana field conditions (sun, heat, biting insects, alligators, venomous snakes, wading in water or mud), sometimes alone.
  • Ability to walk long distances (at least two miles) while carrying field equipment (e.g., tripod and spotting scope) and/or other materials. Ability to lift and carry over short distances at least 40 pounds, with or without accomodation.
  • Regularly travel within the state of the Louisiana to field sites, often for several days at a time. Some work on weekends is necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license required, experience with small boats, and operating ATVs strongly preferred.

To apply, please visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2293/avian-biologist/job.

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Job Opening: Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf Coast Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

December 15, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf Coast Restoration to join our staff in Washington, DC. In this role you will advocate on behalf of NWF's Gulf Coast Restoration and Mississippi Delta Restoration (MRD) programs to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coastal area to greater resiliency in the face of storms, floods, sea level rise, human-caused erosion, oil spills, and other threats to wildlife and to coastal communities.

This includes leading the national portion of the National Wildlife Federation's campaigns to secure authorization and federal funding for restoring Coastal Louisiana and to direct funds from the BP oil spill to the restoration of coastal areas Gulf-wide. This position will also work, to a lesser extent, on the broader goals of Everglades restoration as it relates to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senior Policy Specialist will work in concert with NWF's team in Louisiana, with the Gulf Team in the other Gulf states, with NWF's partner organizations in both campaigns and with NWF's national restoration team. This position will be NWF's key voice advocating to the federal government and members of Congress on behalf of NWF's Gulf restoration and MRD priorities, and in particular for the use of all post-BP oil spill funds to advance those priorities.

In this role you will:

  • Advocate for NWF's and MRD campaign priorities to Congress and the Administration. This includes campaign's priorities with Congress and the Administration on RESTORE implementation and authorizations through WRDA and appropriations. Work includes policy analysis, materials production, and participation in relevant meetings.
  • Advocate for NWF's Gulf restoration priorities, particularly regarding the use of post-BP oil-spill funds, to Congress and the Administration. Work with the Gulf Restoration Director to identify NWF's restoration priorities. Work includes policy analysis, materials production, and participation in relevant meetings.
  • Integrate coastal Louisiana and Gulf campaigns with other NWF national programs and interests, engaging in National Advocacy Center meetings, supporting overlapping institutional priorities and collaborating with on-line, communications, lobby team and other key staff to advance agenda. Advocate for and otherwise support key policy reforms that will better protect people, communities, and wildlife, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Candidates must have at least 7 years progressively responsible experience required in helping develop and implement advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, media, and environmental advocacy. Congressional experience and/or pertinent federal agency experience preferred.
  • Must be knowledgeable of how Federal agencies and Congress work.
  • Must know how to use water restoration laws, programs and policies as a tool to protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, well organized, strong communicator, and have a demonstrated ability to set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess ability to work collaboratively with others.

There will be travel involved in this role – approx. six trips per year and some weekend work may be required.

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children's future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

To apply, please visit: https://nwf.applicantpro.com/jobs/170809.html.

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Job Opening: Communications Director, National Audubon Society

November 6, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

Position: Communications Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign
Job Location: Baton Rouge or New Orleans, La.
Type: Regular, Full-Time
Job Category: Communications/Marketing

Overview:

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Purpose of the Position:

The Communications Director for the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign (MRDRC) will play a key role in raising awareness of and building a constituency for the Walton Family Foundation-funded MRDRC. The Communications Director, working in concert with partner organizations, will advance MRDRC goals by leading the Communications Committee to implement measurable integrated communications plans. The Communications Director will integrate MRDRC strategies with Audubon’s broader Gulf-wide communications plans, providing strategic counsel and collaboration toward Gulf Coast region and national issues.

Essential Functions:

WFF Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign (90%)

  • Lead MRDRC Communications Committee through restoration implementation phases, including: state and federal policy fulfillment, conservation agenda advocacy and restoration project advancement.
  • Implement, update and design new communications and engagement plans and sub-strategies to support MRDRC and related Audubon conservation priorities.
  • Drive strategic plan execution in a manner that meets the quantitative, qualitative and best-practice goals outlined in measurement sections. Lead measurement protocol.
  • Pursue integration of communications planning and action with other committees’ strategic planning initiatives, including: policy, science, field, online and business partnerships. Deploy joint Building a Pro-Restoration Movement campaign.
  • Proactively identify and leverage emerging communications opportunities, including pitching stories to media, drafting op-eds and letters to the editor and other efforts to support MRDRC and Audubon’s objectives in the Delta region.
  • Deploy reactive communications strategies surrounding unexpected media, policy and community developments and issues response needs.
  • Guide planning and execution of press conferences and special events in conjunction with key policy, media and community landmarks and anniversaries.
  • Lead planning and execution of comprehensive paid media plans, including management of agency personnel and partners in advertising campaign planning, deployment and measurement.
  • Manage agency and contractor engagement; monitor interactions to achieve desired outcomes. Oversee budget.
  • Pursue public opinion and sociological research, building on previous research when available, to refine targeting, messaging, messengers, and other elements of strategy.
  • Oversee development of communications collateral materials to support campaign committees, including fact sheets, press materials, reports, promotional items, mailers, videos, online and multimedia resources.
  • Promote adherence to and update content of (as needed) MRDRC communications guidelines, with focus on social/online media. Devise and manage training protocol for new staff, in collaboration with online team leader.
  • Build awareness and support for Mississippi River Delta conservation throughout the Audubon organization, including staff, board members and chapters through close coordination and active participation with Audubon national outreach efforts.
  • Attain strategic alignment with National Audubon communications leads to integrate MRDRC communications strategies accordingly and complement overarching organizational goals.
  • Supervise MRDRC Communications Coordinator in fulfillment of the tasks described above.

Audubon Gulf Coast Coordination (10%)

  • In coordination with MS Flyway Vice President and Gulf states Audubon staff, manage Audubon Gulf-wide Communications Plan implementation and related WFF Gulf-wide initiative progress.
  • Collaborate with Gulf states teams to track measurable outcomes toward attaining set qualitative and quantitative goals.
  • Support proactive storytelling and participate in issues-driven communications strategy and response as needed through region.

Relationships:

Internal: National Audubon Society staff at all levels, especially management and conservation staff within Mississippi River Delta, Gulf Coast and national arenas. Second-tier reporting to VP, Gulf Coast/Mississippi Flyway on Gulf matters.

External: Partners, especially related to the Walton-funded Mississippi River Delta restoration collaborative, media, vendors, contractors, scientists and government officials.

Qualifications and Experience:

Qualifications: (e.g., education, training, experience, licenses and skills)

  • No fewer than five years of experience in public relations, journalism or other communications and marketing fields with a demonstrated record of success dealing with national-international media and communications issues.
  • Demonstrated success in leading a team and creating and implementing communications strategies.
  • Experience in planning and executing web-based communications campaigns and other electronic communications products; leadership in environmental campaigns and with social media preferred.
  • Ability to maintain strong and productive relationships with media, Audubon staff, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Exceptional writing, reporting and editing skills. Must write well quickly and under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to various audiences, in writing, one-on-one, and in formal presentations.
  • Exceptional time-management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of conservation issues, especially related to birds and their habitats, desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Regular travel required.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Equipment:

Ability to operate Windows-based computers (including Microsoft Office); proficiency with public relations software, Adobe creative software, social media platforms, and other software; and experience in operating still cameras, video cameras, and sound-recording devices preferred.

To apply, please visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2267/communications-director%2c-mississippi-river-delta-restoration-campaign/job.

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Job Opening: Senior Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

July 11, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

DESCRIPTION:

The Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to advance priorities of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration program. Focusing on the Greater New Orleans area, the Outreach Coordinator will educate and engage community leaders and other key stakeholders, such as the faith community, neighborhood associations, student groups, landowners, and elected officials.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Plan, develop, and execute an education and outreach campaign in the Greater New Orleans area to garner support for coastal restoration
  • Identify, engage and cultivate community leaders and other key stakeholders in support of coastal restoration and MRDR program initiatives
  • Organize information sessions, events, and field trips for stakeholders
  • Provide stakeholder updates and recruiting for engagement opportunities, such as letters to the editor, blog posts, public comment, etc.
  • Organize and present at meetings to engage stakeholders with campaign experts in order to increase leader confidence and understanding of coastal issues and needs
  • Maintain a database tracking leaders, issue interests, asks and actions taken
  • Present and table at community events
  • Write blog posts, contribute to social media outreach, and develop educational materials as needed
  • Manage MRGO Must Go campaign efforts, in coordination (coalition of 17 independent organizations working to restore the ecosystem impacted by the Mississippi River Gulf shipping channel).
  • Assist with the implementation of two multi-year grants to a local government and community organization, serving grantees, organizing and attending meetings, and providing tracking and reporting support.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Political Science and/or Environmental studies or other related field.

EXPERIENCE:

  • At least three year’s professional work experience in political campaigns or nonprofit advocacy organizations.
  • Three years advocacy or campaign experience.
  • Experience with/knowledge of Louisiana Coastal a plus!

SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated ability to organize community leaders in advocacy efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong planning and prioritization skills and ability to work strategically
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Facility with all aspects of Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with community leaders and elected officials preferred
  • Experience with environmental advocacy preferred
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

TO APPLY: Please visit http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH18/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NWF&cws=1&rid=611.

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Job Opening: Communications Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

July 10, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is a non-profit advocacy organization established in 1988 to unite business interests, scientists, landowners, national and local conservation groups, local governments, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens in a shared mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.

CRCL seeks to hire a Communications Director that is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating all communication activities to consistently articulate CRCL’s mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.

The CD reports to the Executive Director and supports the organization's staff and board in developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with external organizations and funders by using appropriate communication strategies and tools. The CD will create and communicate the organization's messages and ensure overall continuity of institutional brand consistency and image.

The CD manages or assists with all forms of CRCL communication efforts, including, but not limited to advocacy, fundraising, membership development, public relations, event promotion and any other tasks assigned by the Executive Director. The CD should participate at all decision-making levels of the organization to, at a minimum, give guidance when the CRCL’s image might be affected and to stay abreast of emerging communication needs.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, and/or three years experience in a communication related field such as public relations, marketing, journalism or political campaigns.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills, including experience in writing press releases, annual reports, articles, blogs, newsletters, op-ed pieces, advertisements and speeches.
  • A sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently and is able to produce measurable and positive results.
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Should be proficient using Microsoft Office Suite and familiar with digital information and content management systems.
  • Knowledge of coastal issues a plus

Duties:

  • Develops and executes communication strategies, plans and campaigns.
  • Manages creation, development, distribution and maintenance of all print and electronic media including, but not limited to website, newsletters, press releases, brochures, annual report, and action network.
  • Represents CRCL at committee meetings, public hearings, press conferences, speaking events and exhibit events.
  • Assists with special events, including workshops and public meetings.
  • Develops communication materials to support strategies, campaigns, proposals, grants and presentations.
  • Manages media relations and contacts

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Health and retirement benefits provided.

Closing Date: August 25, 2013

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, resume, and references. Materials should be sent by email or post to Amy Tyrrell at amyt@crcl.org or 6160 Perkins Rd., Suite 225, Baton Rouge, La. 70806

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Job Opening: Communications Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign

July 1, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

Position: Communications Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign
Job Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Type: Regular, Full-Time
Job Category: Communications/Marketing

Overview:
Now in its second century, the National Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 44 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:
The Communications Coordinator for the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign will play a key role in building nationwide awareness and support for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of Audubon, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation. The coordinator will work closely with other staff members to create and produce content for web and print, conduct media outreach, and distribute key information to campaign staff. While the coordinator will work under the National Audubon Society, subject to all its human resource policies and benefits, s/he will have a primary reporting role to the joint campaign’s communications committee.

Essential Functions:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of communications work plans supporting Mississippi River Delta restoration goals.
  • Manage committee functions, including weekly agendas, meeting arrangements and project tracking.
  • Create and execute a wide range of communications tactics, including print, web and electronic communications; print collateral; media outreach; public opinion research; and social media.
  • Manage content on campaign website and blog, working with science, policy, and other campaign staff to create, compile, edit, post, organize, and update multimedia resources on the site.
  • Monitor the media, web news sources, and social media for news stories and features relating to the campaign, compiling news clippings to inform campaign staff, building reports of campaign coverage, and identifying opportunities for media outreach and communications strategies.
  • Oversee media tracking and measurement aspects of communications plans.
  • Assist other communications staff with preparing materials for the press and with outreach and pitching to reporters, editors, and producers.
  • Facilitate the timely coordination of communications among key collaborative partners and help track progress toward key deliverables under the work plan, including tracking and coordinating budget expenditures with senior communications staff.
  • Assist with planning and coordinating media and community events.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field required.
  • 2+ years experience in project and/or coalition coordination/management and 2+ year experience public relations, journalism or other communications and marketing fields with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Demonstrated time-management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Experience in planning and executing traditional and web-based communications campaigns and other electronic communications products; experience with environmental campaigns and with social media preferred.
  • Exceptional writing, reporting and editing skills. Must write quickly and well under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to many audiences in writing, one-on-one, and in formal presentations.
  • Ability to work under minimal direct supervision; self-starter.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience in operating still cameras, video cameras, and sound-recording devices required. Proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, WordPress, social media platforms, and PR software strongly preferred.
  • Must be willing to travel, as well as commit to some evening and weekend work as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
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Job Opening: Coastal Scientist, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

January 6, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

LPBF-logo-new-smallPosition Open Immediately – Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Position in Coastal Restoration – Coastal Scientist / GIS
New Orleans, Louisiana
Deadline: COB January 27, 2014

About Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation:
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is a not-for-profit environmental organization and is an equal opportunity employer. LPBF has an immediate opening for a coastal scientist at our offices at Pontchartrain Beach Office (2045 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA.).

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin. As the public's independent voice, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Pontchartrain Basin. Through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory process, applied scientific research, and citizen action, LPBF works in partnership with all segments of the community to reclaim the Basin for this and future generations. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed encompassing 16 Louisiana parishes. Go to SaveOurLake.org to learn more.

About the position:
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is seeking to immediately hire or contract a qualified scientist to assistant with the execution of the Coastal Sustainability Program. The contractual position is expected to require 20 to 40 hours a week and includes some local travel. The position may be contractual or staff. The term of the position is expected to be at least for twelve months, but could be extended pending performance and available funding.

Applicants should have at least a Masters degree in physical sciences (coastal processes, geomorphology) with strong GIS training, and have good technical writing and verbal skills. Professional experience in coastal wetlands restoration is preferred. Typical work is expected include GIS mapping, land surveys (Trimble), technical report writing, coastal data analysis, sedimentological studies, participation in coastal planning meetings, and project management (Visit the SaveOurLake.org Website to learn more of the Coastal Sustainability Program). Boating skills are desirable. A successful applicant would be reporting to the Director of the Coastal Sustainability Program of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Candidates should have an ability to handle diverse situations and field work in a highly professional and effective manner.

Applications should include:

  • A letter of introduction
  • Resume
  • Example of past technical writing (just a few pages please)

Compensation:

  • Salary – $40,000 – $50,000 annually pro-rated to actual part time work, rate depending on qualifications
  • Benefit package – vacation and sick leave, and health insurance

To Apply:

Please email (preferred) application materials to John Lopez at jlopez@saveourlake.org with subject line Coastal application. May be mailed to LPBF Attn: John PO Box 6965, Metairie, LA 70009-6965.

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Internship: Communications Intern, Mississippi River Delta, Environmental Defense Fund

December 12, 2013 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

EDF_tm_CMYK-logo-for-webWith world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Environmental Defense Fund is partnered with two other leading national environmental groups and a number of local Louisiana groups in a bold initiative to restore the Mississippi River Delta (MRD) system. This multi-faceted program deals with many challenges associated with restoring coastal wetlands on a working coast and aims to restore natural system processes to create sustainable communities with improved infrastructure and robust economies. A key part of the MRD work is advancing new thinking in the restoration and resilience of coastal Louisiana by finding answers to key science and engineering challenges.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the complexities of restoring the Gulf Coast region through the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign. The Campaign works with prominent state and national environmental organizations, which will provide opportunities for the intern to connect across multiple organizations and platforms. This position is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and insight in nonprofit, campaign-driven public relations work. You will work side-by-side with top members of EDF's Mississippi River Delta Restoration team in a fast-paced work environment that requires quick learning and accountability for results. By the completion of the internship, you will have gained an understanding of coastal restoration issues, nonprofit communication systems and strategies, and the mechanics of writing and advocacy to diverse audiences.

Reports to 
Communications Manager, Mississippi River Delta Restoration (MRDR)

Overall Function

  • Supports EDF's work on the Coalition’s Communication committee; conducts research and manages information to support implementation of EDF MRDR communication and media strategies; supports social media (e.g., Delta Dispatches blog, Twitter, and Facebook) activities, EDF MRDR web presence, and traditional media outreach mechanisms.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Participate in coalition strategy discussions and follow up.
  • Follow MRDR-related blogs, craft responses to create online dialogue, enhance connections between others’ blogs and MRDR/Coalition’s blog and website, and help promote MRDR and Coalition websites and social media accounts.
  • Manage coalition’s Twitter account, including sharing campaign news, interacting with followers, and helping expand and diversity follower base.
  • Find related online video content for use on MRDR and/or Coalition web pages, seek permissions from author/owners for EDF use.
  • Improve knowledge management capacity by contributing to photographic library for easy retrieval of specific subject matter.
  • Build media lists.
  • Conduct research on advertisement (stations, costs, etc.).
  • Conduct research on effectiveness of advertisements, press, social media and other outreach.

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years undergraduate educational training in strategic communications, marketing, advertising, print or broadcast journalism or communication majors or pursuing graduate degree in similar fields.
  • Ability and comfort with fast-paced, time-sensitive assignments of short duration while simultaneously making progress on longer-term projects.
  • Independent and highly organized and able to create systems for collecting, organizing and retrieving information.
  • Proof of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with social media such as development and management of material for websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook.
  • Adept with word processing programs.
  • A demonstrated commitment to conservation or environmental issues is preferred but not required.
  • Desirable Qualification: Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, SharePoint, and/or WordPress
  • Desirable Qualification: Ability to edit and generate video for use by EDF and Coalition.

Location
Washington, DC

Term
January through May 2014 (exact term and start date are negotiable and to be determined between EDF and intern)

Hours
Part-time (not to exceed 350 hours)

Compensation
Dependent on number of hours, not to exceed $3,000

Application
Please apply through the EDF website here: http://www.edf.org/jobs/communications-intern-mrd. Interested applicants should attach the names/contact info of references, transcripts, writing sample, resume and a cover letter to the EDF application.  In your letter please describe your interests in environmental law and policy work and relevant completed course work. Applications are considered immediately and on a rolling basis.Environmental

Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Opening: Coastal Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Wildlife Federation

December 4, 2013 | Posted by Delta Dispatches in Job openings

JOB NOTICE

POSITION: COASTAL OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Baton Rouge, LA

(posted December 4, 2013 – open until filled)

Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF), a statewide organization representing a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, anglers, campers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts who believe in conservation and protection of our state's natural resources, is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to serve as the LWF Coastal Outreach Coordinator.

Since 2010, LWF has built a broad constituency of Louisiana sportsmen and other wildlife enthusiasts in support of large-scale strategies to restore Louisiana’s coast to a sustainable ecosystem. The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will continue to enhance and strengthen this outreach effort by identifying and engaging sportsmen and other members of the conservation community to work with state and federal officials to gain their support for restoration strategies. Such strategies include implementation of large river diversions and sediment distribution to rebuild wetlands and natural coastal barriers, and prudent application of standards to prevent land loss and sustain coastal communities. Emphasis will be on the habitat benefits of restoration to fish and wildlife, and people.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing advocacy campaigns and establishing regular communication with a network of grassroots and grasstops stakeholders. This will include creating and pursuing a vigorous schedule of presentations to hunting, fishing and other conservation-oriented clubs; speaking at conferences, public meetings, and other social and professional events where sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts are attending; and tabling at outdoor shows, fundraising banquets and other outreach opportunities. Extensive travel around the state will be required.
  • Coordinating outreach to business owners, community leaders, media contacts, and policy makers.  This could include in-office meetings with agency representatives and/or educational trips or tours including but not limited to fishing and hunting trips on the coast.
  • Working collaboratively with local, state and national organizations with an interest in coastal restoration, including such groups as the National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited.
  • Generating earned media including print stories and radio and TV interviews from outlets throughout Louisiana.
  • Working with the Executive Director to identify and integrate fundraising opportunities through outreach work focused on coastal restoration and sportsmen engagement.

Qualifications include:

  • B.A. or B.S. required; degree in environmental science, natural resource management, ecology, fisheries, political science, communications or related field preferred.  Demonstrated knowledge of the challenges of coastal land loss and coastal restoration in Louisiana required.
  • Strong organizational skills, strong oral and written communication skills, an outgoing and engaging personality and the ability to set priorities and follow through to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Experience in motivating, training, recruiting, and organizing people from broad and diverse backgrounds, including sportsmen, media and decision makers.
  • Proficiency with word processing, maintaining databases and PowerPoint software is required.

The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will work out of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) office in Baton Rouge and report to the LWF Executive Director.  The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will be part of an integral team of organizations working to restore the Mississippi River Delta.  Those groups include but are not limited to the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society and Environmental Defense Fund. The assignment will be for 1 year with potential for renewal depending on funding availability.

SALARY & BENEFITS

Salary ($45,000 – $50,000) dependent on experience. Benefits include a contribution toward the health insurance coverage of the employee’s choice, contribution to a retirement plan of the employee’ s choice, specified paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and resume including availability date, salary expectations, and a list of references from previous employers. Apply only if you have the skills, experience and qualifications described above. Resumes will be considered until December 31, 2013 or the position is filled. Applications may be emailed to Rebecca Triche, Executive Director, Louisiana Wildlife Federation at jobs@lawildlifefed.org.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

Learn more about the LWF at www.lawildlifefed.org/.

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Job opening: Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana opens search for new Executive Director

November 20, 2013 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings, Latest News

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Position Announcement

Executive Director

 

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is a non-profit advocacy organization established in 1988 to unite business interests, scientists, landowners, national and local conservation groups, local governments, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens in a shared mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.

CRCL seeks to hire an Executive Director (ED) that is responsible for executing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization. The ED is the chief executive officer of CRCL. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for working with the Board to develop strategic plans, programs and budgets to advance the mission of the Coalition. The ED is responsible for the execution of those plans and programs and for directing and overseeing the staff, contractors, and volunteers employed to implement them.

Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience in management, fundraising, and environmental policy development.
  • Familiarity with Louisiana coastal issues.
  • Experience with events, foundation and corporate grants, membership, coalition building and working with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills, speaking and writing ability, and attention to detail.
  • A demonstrated commitment to integrity and honesty.

Duties:

  • Strategic Vision and Program Management – Interfaces with the Board of Directors to develop and execute strategic plans and programs.
  • Financial Management – Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and manages organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Human Resource Management — Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
  • Community and Public Relations – Serves as the primary public spokesperson to ensure that the organization and its programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  • Fundraising — Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.

Salary: DOE. Health and retirement benefits provided.

Job Description Link: http://crcl.org/about-us/employment-opportunities-menu/171-about-us/employment-opportunities/executive-director/316-job-opening-at-crcl-executive-director.html

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, resume or curriculum vitae, and references. Materials should be sent by email or post to Amy Tyrrell at amyt@crcl.org or 6160 Perkins Rd., Suite 225, Baton Rouge, La. 70808

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