Frontcountry and Backcountry Jobs, USFS

Please share with anyone who might want to work in New Hampshire, Vermont or in 40 other states - supporting environmental and conservation efforts (includes office and outside positions). The USDA Forest Service is currently hiring for Full-Time Permanent, Seasonal (summer), and Internship positions. To qualify, you must be a US Citizen, 18 years old and older, and eligible for Federal employment. Some positions may require a driver's license. Special consideration given to Veterans, persons with a disability, and to students and recent graduates applying under the Federal Pathways to Employment Program (enrolled in college, trade-school, certificate programs, etc; or graduated within the last 2-years from high school, a GED program, college, trade-school, certificate program, etc.). Contact Jessie Scott at JLScott@fs.fed.us or 617-548-2546 for more information. Hourly wages for entry level positions: GS-3 = $11.95 GS-4 = $ 13.41 GS-5 = $15.00 Pay levels will be based on previous work experience, education, and training, as required by Federal Guidelines. * Soon accepting applications for the following positions on the White Mountain National Forest (NH): Trail Crew: Performs maintenance and construction/reconstruction on foot trails and bridges that form part of the 1,200 miles of footpaths on the WMNF. Backcountry Ranger: Performs maintenance of back-country shelters, cabins, and campsites, and makes visitor contacts promoting Leave-No-Trace principles. Developed Recreation Staff: Performs maintenance and operational support at developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and trailheads, across the Forest. Visitor Information Services: Provide services directly to the visiting public through face-to-face contact and telephone at one of our four information centers. Timber Stand Improvement Crew: Performs brush saw/chainsaw removal of non-commercial trees, collects seedling and tree data, and marks timber for harvest. Construction & Maintenance Crew: Work as a la-borer or equipment operator (CDL required) on road projects across the Forest. Archaeologist: Conducts field surveys for historical and archaeologist resources in support of ongoing projects. Biological Technician: Conducts field surveys of wild-life , birds, fisheries and eradicates invasive plants. Fire Technician: Part of a fire/fuels crew preparing burn units, prescribed fire, and part of an organized crew fighting wildland fire. Positions will be stationed at administrative sites in Bartlett, Gorham, Conway, and Campton NH. Currently accepting applications for the following positions on The Green Mountain (Vermont) and Finger Lakes National Forests FISHERIES & WILDLIFE: Typical duties include but are not limited to; stocking brook trout, Management Indicator Species surveys, stream and pond habitat surveys, participating in prescribed fires, apple tree release, wildlife opening maintenance/mowing, fisheries population surveys, and stream habitat improvement projects. We anticipate offering Biological Aid/ Technician positions at the GS-3, 4, and 5 levels on both the Rochester and Manchester Ranger Districts with Government housing likely to be available on the Manchester Ranger District. SERIES/GRADE TITLE GS-0404-03 Biological Aid GS-0404-04 Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-05 Biological Science Technician (Fish) RECREATION: Typical duties include clearing fallen trees and campground maintenance activities. Checks for compliance with regulations, issues notices for common violations, and reports other violations to supervisor. Assures recreation area and trails are maintained in accordance with standards. Constructs and rehabilitates minor recreation facilities and trails. Makes safely checks of public use areas and takes corrective action. We anticipate offering Forestry Aid/ Technician positions at the GS-3, 4, and 5 levels on both the Hector and Manchester Ranger Districts with Government housing likely to be available on the Manchester Ranger District. SERIES/GRADE TITLE GS-0462-03 Forestry Aid (Gen) GS-0462-04 Forestry Technician (Recreation) GS-0462-05 Forestry Technician (Recreation) TIMBER: Takes and or records basic measurements such as compass readings, distance measurements, tree heights, tree diameters, tree growth, and determines common species. Receives training on marking trees for cutting using tools such as Spiegel Relaskop, clinometer, compass, chain, diameter tape, increment borer, electronic field data recorder, etc. Selects and marks individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silvicultural prescriptions, and specific instruction. We anticipate offering Forestry Aid/ Technician positions at the GS-3, 4, or 5 levels on the Manchester Ranger District with Government housing likely to be available. SERIES/GRADE: TITLE GS-0462-03 Forestry Aid (Gen) GS-0462-04 Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep) GS-0462-05 Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep) Hourly wages for: GS-3 = $11.95 GS-4 = $ 13.41 GS-5 = $15.00

Handy Guides For My Grad Students

My Dear Graduate Students, Here athesis committee dog asks u to defend ur dissurtashunre a few links to guides I have compiled with you and my previous grad students. I hope that they make your life easier!   Article Summary Form - Not sure how to summarize the key bits of an article? Feeling intimidated about compiling your personal annotated bibliography? Use this form to get the boulder rolling. Best Ways To Accomplish a Lit Search - A couple sensible guidelines about shrinking your blind spots while performing a lit search. Course of Study Template - A couple remarks that my graduate students have supplied concerning classes to take as a grad student. Detailed Outline Format for Theses - This document serves like a little template. Use it, or the one supplied by the grad school. Example Poster Abstracts - Headed to a conference? You might refer to this if you're stumped about drafting your abstract. Gaining Entrance Into Closed Groups - Is your research project about a sensitive social topic? Take a look here as a jumping-off point to more detailed discussions in your textbooks. How To Read Articles - Another take on getting what you need out of an article without grinding to a halt. Milestones to Graduation - This guide is outdated--visit our Google Docs version instead. On-Campus Assistantships - Searching for funding support? More than one of my grad students has been able to take advantage of these. Presidential Management Fellowship Checklist - The PMF program is highly prestigious and the application is not trivial. Here's a short guide we compiled to help ourselves for next time. Survey Editing Template - This guide is a short jumping-off point to the more detailed survey/questionnaire instrument editing checklist in Vaske's textbook. Surviving Grad School in the PARCS Research Group - This list collects the survival strategies of your fellow research grad students. How to manage Dr. Park! How to stay sane! Why you always inspect data visually - Once you've collected data, read this. It will sober you up.  

Environmental Ed Tool Tested For Effectiveness.

Laura Baird and I just completed a presentation about helping kids to Leave No Trace effectively (and enjoy it!) for Keep America Beautiful's 2014 conference in Charlotte, NC.  Here's the PowerPoint file and a .pdf version. Laura also put together a handout to illustrate some of what we talked about.  Finally, I was able to capture part of the session as an audio recording (very soft, turn your volume up; also a huge file). The whole point is to let nerdy researchers like me make the life of not-for-profit executive directors a little easier through research and avoid having to reinvent the wheel. --Dr. Logan Park

Keep America Beautiful 2014 Conference Notes

My graduate student, Laura Baird, and I have just returned from Keep America Beautiful 2014. Truly enjoyed a well-organized conference and the chance to translate some complex research topics into useful tools for local executive directors. Below, I reproduce my notes for anyone who wasn't able to make the conference. Hope they help you!  I have linked the Word .docx version Keep America Beautiful 2014 Notes here. --Dr. Logan Park

Keep America Beautiful 2014 Notes

 

The Power of Storytelling

 

We deeply understand stories

   

Statistics don’t move or motivate us [or grant funding sources], stories do.  Statistics are required and ubiquitous after funding is secured.

   

The canonical storyline

 

·      Once upon a time…[setting]

 

·      And every day…[introduction]

 

·      Until one day…[hook]

 

·      And because of this…[rising action]

 

·      Until finally…[climax]

 

·      And ever since that day…[resolution]

   

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Cigarette Butts Litter Prevention

 

Four highly tested strategies

 

·      Support/advertise local anti-littering laws

 

·      Build awareness with public outreach

 

·      Install ash receptacles at transition points

 

·      Distribute portable pocket ashtrays

   

Partnerships multiply reward : effort ratio

 

Usual suspects:

 

·      City agencies, public works

 

·      Business improvement districts

 

·      Town councils, city councils

 

·      Hospitality groups

 

·      Main street associations

 

·      County board of Supervisors

 

·      Volunteer groups: Rotaries, Kiwanis

 

Get on their public meeting agendas and talk about pairing up to extend matching funding

   

Media blitz

 

to get the word out to the public and serve your project partners’ metrics as well

   

Small business impacts

 

Marinas and small businesses concentrate butts at the land/water interface.

 

·      Butts are a direct fire hazard to boats

 

·      Butt cleanup is a direct impact to small businesses’ bottom lines


 

 

Talking Trash Plenary Session

 

Handling trash

 

250 M tons of waste generated per year in the USA

 

Getting people to think about what happens to the waste beyond the curb, and the workers

 

New York City has added entire city blocks extending beyond geologic shoreline by building atop dumps

 

Political and class divisions meant New Yorkers endured disease and trash problems solved long ago by other similar cities (Paris)

 

The mix of litter and manure was called corporation “pudding”

 

A colonel (Waring) was put over street sweeping

 

·      White uniforms

 

o   Esprit

 

o   Hard to sneak off to pub

 

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·      Standardized horse breeds

 

·      Replaced wood carts with durable metal carts

 

·      Setup curbside recycling

 

·      Permitted women to be employed by the city for gleaning recyclable scrap

 

·      Before/after photos used as PR in Harper’s Weekly

 

·      Staged a parade before a reviewing stand, invited press, awards given

 

·      Trash loaded onto scows

 

o   Families could trim the scows looking for recyclables

 

o   Manure, ash, refuse

 

Snow removal

 

·      Horse, then ICE powered

 

·      First piled in street

 

·      Then dumped in river

 

·      Now treated as sewage then discharged

 

·      Tandem plowing used to clear entire multilane roads at once using trucks in chevron formation

 

Disposal of material

 

·      Landfills noted as parks on public maps

 

·      Barges no longer used

 

·      Maxed-out landfills re-contoured into public parks and wetlands(!)

 

Emergency response

 

·      Sanitation was the first department onsite, last to leave after hurricane Sandy steamrolled New York

 

·      Outpouring of public gratitude for their efforts

 

Demographics and social commentary

 

·      7000 workers, several hundred women

 

·      Legacy work, not uncommon to find generations of families working in it

 

·      Much more likely to be injured on the job as sanitation versus being police or fire

 

·      Fatalities receive less press, if any, but draw hundreds of workers in “class A’s” (dress parade uniform).

 

·      Police and fire museums, etc. but no explanation or celebration of sanitation workers

 

Logistics and deployment

 

·      Still using paper-based and handwritten records

 

·      In the process of being computerized

 

·      Delays in construction of a transfer station near a recently residentialized area, city has won legal cases to continue

 

Alternatives

 

·      Green markets with organics recycling bins available

 

·      Many restaurants pulled into organics recycling program

 

·      All hard plastics recyclable as of 2012

 

·      Food waste composting, urban facilities


 

Getting the Most Out of Re-TRAC

 

Information management platform for recycling and waste management

 

Gazillions of client orgs big and small

 

KAB affiliates can use free accounts to report up to KAB; 4000+ already are

 

Use cases

 

Walkthrough

 

Data backs up funding requests, but costs gathering, processing, and presentation time

 

Re-TRAC automates everything but gathering and transcription

 

Analytics and reports generated automagically

 

·      Charts

 

·      Graphs

 

·      Comparisons

 

·      Ad messaging

 

·      Sliced any way

 

BIBB

 

·      Baseline

 

·      Identify

 

·      Build

 

·      Better

 

 

 

Honeybees Collapse

 

Example of tragedy of the commons

 

Underlying reasons

 

·      Mites

 

·      Too much/too little mitocide on bees

 

·      Too much/too little insecticide/badly timed application on crops

 

·      Fatigue

 

·      Monoculture diet

 

Stakeholder meetings

 

·      Big ag

 

·      Small farmers

 

·      Beekeepers

 

·      Chemical manufacturers

 

·      Researchers

 

·      Facilitators

   

For KAB affiliates, local bee gardens and networking to beekeeping orgs are smart actions


 

Vibrant Urban Tourism and Leisure Spaces

 

History of urban shared spaces

 

WWII created suburbs, which started malls

 

Then strip malls

 

Downtowns died.

 

Vacancy is twice as high in urban vs suburban

 

But major shift toward European model of carfree plazas and downtowns, street festivals, etc

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors don't hang out in downtowns where locals won't hang out. 

 

Shopping dining lounging in downtowns is 80% of tourism economically

 

This is why Disney built downtown Disney next to each of its parks

 

 

 

Twenty things roger brooks learned by studying vibrant downtowns. The best achieved seventeen

 

 

 

1 Have a plan

 

Branding, development, marketing, action plan

 

Not 300 page master plan, do a 50 page action plan

 

Assessment: secret shopping your downtown

 

Ask roger for checklist of 60 things 

 

Make my own checklists to give as freebies

 

 

 

2 Clustering and critical mass

 

in three lineal blocks...

 

...ten places that sell food

 

...ten destination retail shops 

 

...ten things open after six pm bars bistros movies

 

Auto malls do seven times the business when clustered together

 

 

 

3 Have anchor tenants

 

Like nordstroms or Macy's at the mall

 

An anchor tenant is the place you go out of your way to visit.

 

Not the same as big box, gourmet rolls...

 

 

 

4 Lease agreements include defined operating hours and days, usually evening hours

 

Seventy percent of consumer retail spending happens after six pm

 

Malls used to be closed on Sunday's

 

Eating and shopping are shifting later into the night

 

Farmers market ran from ten to two, five hundred people

 

Shifted to staying open till p nine pm, went to ten thousand attendance

 

 

 

5 People living and staying downtown in condos and apartments

 

 

 

6 Pioneers with patient money were convinced to invest and wait

 

The big property owners can themselves cause the beautification

 

 

 

7 Start with one block, a demonstration block

 

Great lighting, street trees, Garden club took over street corner gardens called bulb outs

 

Must be with the collection of property owners and businesses most ready to work with you

 

 

 

8 Solve the parking dilemma

 

Two hour parking is a good way to punish your customers and keep them away

 

On the two hour parking sign put directional arrow to all day parking

 

 

 

9 Public restrooms

 

Number one need for people stopping in rural communities

 

McDonald's never puts a customers only sign up, seventy percent of bathroom stoppers buy something, many out of guilt

 

Port o let sized single stalls with one way glass

 

 

 

NEVER SAY NO TELL ME WHERE I CAN GO

 

 

 

Relieved visitors spend more money

 

 

 

Info pamphlets right outside the door to provide reading material

 

 

 

Visitors four times more likely to spend once they are out of the car

 

 

 

10 Development of gathering places

 

The age of third places, home work, plaza

 

 

 

Replacing a single sixty slot parking lot centrally located with a plaza/piazza.  Rapid city matched the visitation of mount Rushmore in one year by doing this. Average age of home buyers dropped by twelve years after two years

 

 

 

11 Narrow roads, widen sidewalks, make crosswalks awesome, street trees every ten meters

 

Alcoves in sidewalks for street musicians

 

Angle in parking can increase retail sales thirty percent

 

Street trees increased retail sales 18 percent by itself

 

 

 

12 Create community gateways

 

Rickety Kiwanis signs scare people away

 

The entrance is the first impression and sets the norm 

 

gateways create the sense of exclusivity and luxury

 

Real estate sells faster for more

 

 

 

The sign goes where it makes the first best impression, not at the city limit

 

 

 

13 Unify way finding with classy design, clear branding

 

Pedestrian maps and way finding, not just street signs

 

Never more than five items on the sign 

 

 

 

14 Gateway to the smaller downtown area

 

Pole banners, physical arches

 

Decorative sidewalks can be cut right into asphalt for 6.50$ per square foot, cheaper than pavers and resistant to snow plow blades

 

 

 

 

 

15 Blade signs perpendicular from the facade

 

Consistent height and size

 

Signage says a lot about you... Misspelling a school sign, crooked sign saying alignment, slow church services

 

Never use script writing

 

No lower than seven feet, no higher than nine

 

 

 

16 Outdoor dining as third place after bedroom and office

 

Convert intermittent parking spots during summer into cafe table seating

 

Doubles downtown retail sales

 

 

 

17 Verdant shop fronts

 

We judge the book by its cover

 

Extend window displays to exterior setups, not outdoor merchandising, which looks cheap

 

Potted flowers and greenery

 

Buy out an entire nurserys leftover stock at the end of the year and string along the whole block

 

Seventy percent of first time sales come from curb appeal

 

Adding evergreen and blooming plants increase retail sales by thirty percent

 

 

 

Makes women, who spend eighty percent of expenditures, feel safe and welcome

 

 

 

So add benches against facade facing out, not against curb facing in. Flank both side with plantings

 

 

 

18 ??

 

 

 

19 Give the downtown district a name

 

Names are powerful

 

Distinguish the place and make it rare

 

 

 

20 Experiential marketing

 

Deliver on the promise