AmeriCorps West Virginia Volunteer Restoration and Monitoring Organizer

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national organization with about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of restoration professionals who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals work at the local, state and national levels to ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration and protection. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds. Our vision is that by the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure robust populations of native and wild cold water fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

Position Summary

This position will begin in September 2017 and is a one-year full-time AmeriCorps Member position sponsored by the Appalachian Forest and Heritage Area and Trout Unlimited. The position is housed within the Trout Unlimited West Virginia Field Office in Davis, West Virginia.

Since 2005, TU has been working in the headwaters of the Potomac River watershed in West Virginia to protect, restore, and re-connect native brook trout resources. Through TU's Potomac Headwaters Home River Initiative (PHHRI) staff works with public and private landowners to restore riparian and in-stream habitat, stabilize eroding stream banks, mitigate barriers to aquatic organism passage, and monitor projects for success. The PHHRI is spearheaded by TU; however, a variety of other partners are actively engaged in the project, including TU council and chapters, state and federal agencies, landowners, industry, land trusts, and watershed groups.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience while serving your community. The AFHA AmeriCorps/TU Position, known as the West Virginia Volunteer Restoration and Monitoring Organizer, will focus on promoting awareness of restoration activities available to TU grassroot members through presentations to local TU chapters, TU council, partners, and media. This position will organize, coordinate, and assist a cadre of volunteers who regularly assist TU in the installation of riparian and in-stream restoration projects, as well as, stream monitoring across the Potomac.

Stipend: AmeriCorps Members receive $12,630 annual living stipend and an education award of $5,815 toward qualified student loans or future tuition, with most students loans deferred during service.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Volunteer coordination and management of restoration projects and workshops
  • Assist with fish community, benthic macroinvertebrate and water quality monitoring
  • Regular email and phone communications with volunteers and partners
  • Production of outreach material to social and local media outlets
  • Public speaking and presentations to local chapters and partners
  • Reporting on volunteer participation and data collected during workshops
  • Assist TU staff with the installation of riparian and in-stream restoration projects

Fieldwork is a large component of this position with an estimated 40% of the member's time spent on field work and monitoring projects, and 60% of the member's time for communications and outreach. Most projects contain a volunteer management component.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher. Preference given to candidates with a major of Biology, Agriculture, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, Environmental Sciences or other related degree. Preference will be given to advanced degree holders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Background in Wildlife and Fisheries, Natural Resources, Agriculture, or Biology preferred
  • General knowledge of stream ecology
  • Passion for the outdoors
  • Preference will be given to candidates with Fisheries or Volunteer Coordination experience

How to Apply

To apply send cover letter and resume by August 1, 2017 to afha@appalachianforest.us or apply through AmeriCorps portal at www.nationalservice.gov. For more information see www.afha.us/americorps.htm.

Contact Person
Alison Thornton

Contact Phone
304-636-6182

Contact Email
afha@appalachianforest.us

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.

Please fill out this voluntary form and submit it as an attachment to this email address.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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