Student Job Openings from Conservation Job Board

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
Riverside Technology, inc.
Panama City, FL

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:13 PM PDT
U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Amboy, WA

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
American Conservation Experience
Asheville, NC

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
State of Ohio
Preble County, OH

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
Green Bay , WI

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
Arizona Conservation Corps
Tucson, AZ

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
Mile High Youth Corps
Denver, CO

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
ICF International
Seattle, WA

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park, WY

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:13 PM PDT
Ecova
Portland, OR

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
Mile High Youth Corps
Denver, CO

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:13 PM PDT
Ash Creek Forest Mgmt
Tigard, OR

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:13 PM PDT
North Olympic Salmon Coalition
Port Angeles, WA

 

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:14 PM PDT
New Mexico Land Conservancy
Santa Fe, NM

Summer Temp Openings on the Ottawa National Forest

 

2014 Summer Season

Temporary Employment Opportunities

 

US Forest Service, Eastern Region

Ottawa National Forest

 

Positions available at the following locations:

Ironwood, MI (Bessemer RD)

Kenton, MI (Kenton RD)

Ontonagon, MI (Ontonagon RD)

Watersmeet, MI (Iron River and Watersmeet RD’s)

 

The Ottawa National Forest is seeking qualified applicants to fill up to 6 temporary full-time positions for the 2014 summer season.  For additional information on the Ottawa National Forest and employment opportunities please call any of our offices.

 

Temporary Positions:  Temporary positions will be advertised on the USAJobs website (www.usajobs.gov).  To receive information on how to apply for any of the positions identified, please call the Point of Contact identified on the next page. Individuals that wish to be considered for any position must apply to the appropriate vacancy announcement by the closing date. Please specify only those locations for which you wish to be considered.  All applicants who have applied to announcements on or before the closing date and are found to be qualified will be referred for consideration.  Length of season and number of positions will depend upon budget. Seasonal housing may be available for employees in Watersmeet or Kenton only.

 

How to apply:  Apply online at www.USAJobs.gov.  This online application process allows applicants to submit employment information, which can be printed for personal use and/or edited on the website for future use.  If you do not have a USAJobs account, the system will help you establish one.  Your account can be used for all federal job vacancies.

 

 

POSITIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THE OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST

 

YCC Crew Leader,  GS-0186-05 As the YCC Crew leader this position directs the work of 7 YCC enrollees in the accomplishment of conservation work projects.  Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that crew members are properly equipped for work duties and submits requests for supplies and equipment as appropriate to accomplish assigned tasks. The crew leader plans, coordinates, and schedules the daily activities of all crew members, including the development of lesson plans for programmed work projects.  The incumbent is responsible for maintaining crew records and completing required reports. Incumbent drives the crew to and from the work sites daily; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.   Contact: Melissa Simpson, 906-358-4017 or mdsimpson@fs.fed.us

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14-TEMP110907-035800JT-DT

 

 

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) GS-0404-05– Applicant provides support to the Forest’s Wildlife staff.  Duties include: conducting Forest Plan implementation monitoring surveys, habitat management using hand tools and power equipment, and potentially assisting with aquatic passage projects, stream surveys, riparian planting inspections, electro-shocking, etc.  Applicants need to have a valid driver’s license.  The work can be physically demanding and usually consists of a 40 hour work week, Monday-Friday.  Applicant must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.  Contact: Lee Humberg, 906-852-3500, ext. 19 or lahumberg@fs.fed.us

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14-TEMP110907-037467JT-DT

 

 

Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation) GS-0462-05 — Applicants will serve as part of the Forests’ timber sale preparation programs.  Duties include: stand layout; timber cruising and marking; mapping and aerial photography interpretation and production; and, other forestry work.  The work is performed primarily in a field environment. Field work often requires moderate to strenuous physical exertion, including walking, bending, and climbing, in rugged terrain under adverse conditions for long periods of time. Locations: Ironwood, Watersmeet, Ontonagon, and/or Kenton, Michigan.  Contact: Trevor Hahka, 906-358-4038 or thahka@fs.fed.us

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14-TEMP110907-036353JT-DT

 

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

FOR A TEMPORARY POSITION

The vacancy announcements for positions identified are available at:  www.usajobs.gov.  Applicants must submit their application through www.usajobs.gov.  Candidates can select from any of the following duty stations:  Ironwood, MI; Watersmeet, MI; Ontonagon, MI; or Kenton, MI.

 

Opening and closing dates will vary.  Positions will be open no sooner than 04/15/2014 and close no later than 05/15/2014.

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS and PAY ESTIMATES

 

 

Grade

Hourly Rate

GS-1

$9.84

GS-2

$11.06

GS-3

$12.07

GS-4

$13.55

GS-5

$15.15

 

 

 

Example of Minimum Qualification Requirements for GS-3, GS-4 and GS-5 Forestry Technicians

 

Grade 03: Qualifying experience for the GS-3 level includes six months general experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position or that provided familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the occupation.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements may be met by successful completion of one (1) academic year of post high school education which included at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

 

Grade 04: Qualifying experience for the GS-04 level includes six months general experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position or that provided familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the occupation AND six months specialized experience at the GS-03 level that is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements may be met by successful completion of two (2) academic years of post-high school education which included at least 12 semester/18 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 05:  Qualifying experiences includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-4. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors’ degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester/9 quarter hours in mathematics is creditable.

 

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

 

Grad Student Job Opening

Interdisciplinary (Social Science Specialist/ Natural Resources Specialist), GS -0101/0401-09/11position located on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, with a duty location of Mountain Gate, CA has opened. 
 
The vacancy opened open April 10, 2014 and close April 21, 2014.
 
The vacancy announcements are posted on the USAJOBS website and can be viewed at: www.USAJobs.gov
 
Vacancy announcement numbers are 14-0514-013963G-GH (Merit Promotion – internal open to status eligibles) and 14-0514-013963DP-GH(Demonstration Project – external open to U.S. Citizens). 
 
Merit Announcement Number: 14-0514-013963G-GH Direct link is:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366873500 (Merit is open to government status employees)
 
Demo Announcement Number: 14-0514-013963DP-GH  Direct link is:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366872800    (Demo is open to the general public)
 
 
*Note – When searching for the Merit Announcement you need to refine your search by clicking on the “federal employees” button on the left side of the USAJobs screen.
 
Applicants should review the announcement carefully for required documentation and ensure their application is filed on or before the application closure date.
 
We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!
___________________________________
 
 
Frances Lindquist
Shasta Trinity NF, Civil Rights Officer
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
 
(530) 226-2367
(530) 605-6313 (c)
 

National Wildflowers week at the Shawnee National Forest

Join with the Shawnee National Forest (NF) in celebrating the arrival of spring as Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has proclaimed May 18th – 24th, 2014 as “National Wildflowers Week.”  Warmer weather has officially arrived to the region, and with it comes a multitude of native wildflowers around the Shawnee. For outdoor enthusiasts looking to connect with nature, the springtime setting provides not only a wonderful backdrop for doing so but also offers some exciting places to visit that are complimented by the beautiful colors that only spring can provide.

Needing help deciding which locales to visit to see the beauty that springtime provides? If so, the U.S. Forest Service offers an online wildflower map with hundreds of locations on national forests for prime wildflower viewing, making it easier than ever to enjoy America’s great outdoors. The wildflower map includes wildflower viewing areas on National Forest System lands and can be referenced by specific states, individual national forests and geographic regions. Four of these areas are highlighted on the Shawnee NF.

For many rural communities, the tourist revenue generated by thousands of wildflower festivals and events held each year helps support local economies. According to recent research, viewing and photographing wildflowers and trees is the fastest growing nature-based outdoor activity.

If you are seeking advice on where to view wildflowers locally on the Shawnee, front desk personnel at one of our three offices, located in Harrisburg, Vienna and Jonesboro, can provide excellent hiking recommendations along with other helpful tips to aid you on your outing. A wildflower themed Connecting Families with the Forest display is also available at the Harrisburg office. All offices are open Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. CST.

The map is part of the agency’s Celebrating Wildflowerswebsite which includes more than 10,000 plant images and information about the aesthetic, recreational, biological, medicinal, and economic values of native plants. Feature sections focus on the role of pollinators, overviews of flower types, and spotlights rare and interesting plant communities. An ethnobotany page also highlights how people of particular cultures and regions make use of indigenous plants. Educational activities for kids and resources for teachers are available too.

Below are the wildflower areas located on the Shawnee National Forest that are identified on the newly released map:

Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area

Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area is a popular destination for wildflower enthusiasts, hikers and picnickers. There are a couple of interesting trails that traverse the area, allowing visitors to experience a wide variety of natural communities and marvelous geological settings, such as sandstone cliffs, a sandstone canyon, a natural bridge and a gentle stream flowing across a sandstone escarpment. Natural communities include sandstone glades, sandstone cliffs, sandstone boulders, xeric, dry, dry-mesic and mesic upland forests.

LaRue-Pine Hills

 

LaRue Pine Hills’ unique characteristics dictate and support a rich biodiversity. It covers about 4.5 square miles (3,547 acres) and contains 14 natural communities including forests, swamps, ponds, wetlands, hill prairie, limestone barrens and striking geologic features. LaRue Pine Hills supports nearly 1,200 species of vascular plants and as such is one of the country’s most diverse areas.

 

Pounds Hollow Ecological Area

 

Pounds Hollow is a popular destination for wildflower enthusiasts, hikers, picnickers and folks who enjoy swimming and relaxing on a beach. There are two interesting trails that traverse the area, allowing visitors to experience a wide variety of natural communities and marvelous geological settings, such as sandstone glades and cliffs and a sandstone canyon with a gentle stream flowing through the canyon and into Pounds Hollow Lake.

 

Simpson Township Barrens

 

Simpson Township Barrens is a unique ecological area containing several native plant communities such as limestone barrens, seeps, dry and dry-mesic upland forest and an intermittent creek drainage. The topography of the area supports a rich diversity of plant life as well. The limestone barrens communities are characterized by very dry, calcium rich soils that support a flora more commonly encountered on the tall grass prairies found north of the Shawnee National Forest.

Administered by the USDA Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee and follow us on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/shawneenf.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

Invasive Species Events at the Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest Announces Invasive Species Events in Support of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month

HARRISBURG, Ill. (APRIL 21, 2014) – On Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., the Shawnee National Forest will host an Invasive Species Presentation. The event will be held at the Crab Orchard Visitor Center located in Marion, Illinois. Matthew Lechner, Shawnee National Forest, and Karla Gage, River to River Cooperative Weed Management Coordinator with Crab Orchard Wildlife Management Area, will be the hosts for the presentation.

On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., the Shawnee National Forest will host an Invasive Species Workshop for Educators. The event will be held at Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District in Jonesboro, Illinois.  Karla Gage, River to River Cooperative Weed Management Coordinator, will be the host for the presentation.

Both events are being held as part of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month. To learn more about ISAM, including additional events being held around the state, please visit http://www.invasive.org/illinois/

Administered by the USDA Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee and follow us on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/shawneenf.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

Newly Announced Forestry Jobs

Employment Opportunities:  http://www.forestryusa.com/jobs.html

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–>    Texas A&M Forest Service –  Staff Forester: Forest Inventory &
–> Analysis (posted April 8, location: Texas)

–>    LandVest Timberland Division –  Staff Forester (posted April 7,
–> location: Vermont)

–>    Rayonier –  Land Portfolio Manager (posted April 4, location:
–> Florida)

–>    Laval University, Department of Wood and Forest Sciences –   Professor in Conservation of Biodiversity (posted April 2; location: Quebec, Canada)

–>    Rayonier –  Resource Forester (posted March 31, location:
–> Florida)

–>    Neiman Timber Company –  Forester (posted March 28, location:
–> South Dakota)

–>    Olympic Resource Management –  Area Forester (posted March 26,
–> location: Oregon)

–>    University of Alaska Fairbanks –  Forestry Field Assistant
–> (posted March 19, location: Alaska)

–>    Idaho Department of Lands –  Fire Warden (posted March 19,
–> location: Idaho)

–>    Olympic Resource Management –  Inventory Forester / Analyst
–> (posted March 18, location: Oregon, Washington)

–>    Colorado State Forest Service –  Supervisor – Forest Management
–> Division (posted March 18, location: Colorado)

–>    Colorado State Forest Service –  Forester (posted March 18,
–> location: Colorado)

–>    Colorado State Forest Service –  Forester I, 2-year appointment
–> (posted March 18, location: Colorado)

–>    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department –  Forester (posted March
–> 17, location: Oregon)

–>    American Stave Company –  Log Buyer (posted March 14, location:
–> Western Carolinas)

–>    American Stave Company –  Log Buyer (posted March 14, location:
–> Western Tennessee)

–>    Forecon, Inc. –  Forest Technicians (posted March 13, location:
–> West Virginia)

–>    Green Diamond Resource Company –  Forester (RPF) (posted March
–> 12, location: California)

–>    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation –  Procurement Representative
–> (posted March 12, location: Michigan)

–>    Oregon State University, Department of Forest Engineering,
–> Resources, and Management –  Assistant/Associate Professor in Forest
–> Economics (posted March 11, location: Oregon)

–>    Oregon State University, Department of Forest Engineering,
–> Resources, and Management –  Assistant/Associate Professor in Forest
–> Management (posted March 11, location: Oregon)

–>    F&W Forestry Services, Inc. –   Forester/Technician (posted March 6, location: Arkansas)

–>    Menominee Tribal Enterprises –   Forest Inventory / GIS Project Forester (posted March 4, location: Wisconsin)

–>    Sierra Pacific Industries –   Forestry District Manager (posted February 26, location: Washington)

–>    Weyerhaeuser – Forester (posted February 26, location:
–> Washington)

–>    American Forest Management Inc. – District Manager (posted
–> February 25, location: Alabama)

–>    Deltic Timber Corporation – Forester (posted February 24,
–> location: Arkansas)

Please say you saw these jobs on FORESTRYUSA WEBSITE.  Thanks!

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For more information on these and other employment opportunities, visit our website at:  http://www.forestryusa.com/jobs.html

Chris Benda Leads Wildflower Walks Throughout Southern Illinois

In 2014, the Illinois DNR is sponsoring 10 wildflower walks led by naturalist/botanist Chris Benda. The hikes will be held at different state parks in southern Illinois and will feature basic wildflower and plant identification.  Invasive species and the threats they pose to natural areas will also be discussed. All the hikes will start at 10:00am and will be limited to the first 20 participants. Spots can be reserved by emailing Chris at botanizer@gmail.com or calling him at 217-417-4145.
The first session is this Sunday, April 13th, at 10:00am at Round Bluff Nature Preserve within Ferne Clyffe State Park in Goreville, IL.  Please see the attached flier.

Christopher David Benda, M.S.

Visiting Plant Ecologist – Illinois Natural History Survey
Instructor – Flora of Southern Illinois – Southern Illinois University
President – Illinois Native Plant Society, Southern Chapter
Carbondale, IL 62901
217-417-4145

Opening at White Mountains National Forest, NH

Outreach Notice

USDA Forest Service  l   Eastern Region
White Mountain National Forest

Campton, New Hampshire

 

 

Administrative Support Services Specialist, GS-342-5

Reply by April 21, 2014

The White Mountain National Forest will soon be advertising to fill a Support Services Specialist position located in the Forest Headquarters (Supervisor’s Office and Pemigewasset Ranger District) in Campton, NH.  The level of interest to this outreach notice will help determine the area of consideration.

About the Position:

  • Performs duties independently, following established policies to ensure that clerical and administrative requirements are accomplished effectively in accordance with established procedures.  Advice and guidance is available on unusual, difficult or controversial issues. Work is reviewed through general observation for compliance, effectiveness, and complaints received.

 

Administrative and support duties:

  • The primary purpose of this position is to assist with the management and coordination of the clerical and administrative functions and provide support services to both Supervisor’s Office and District personnel.

 

  • Performs a variety of duties which include, but are not limited to, records management, correspondence, procurement (Integrated Acquisition System Requisitioner and Micro-purchase cardholder), property management, mail processing, and clerical support.  Plans and organizes all tasks to accomplish workload in a timely fashion.

 

  • Additional responsibilities include acting as the unit expert for the Point of Sale System (POSS) and performing Unit Collection Clerk duties for the Pemigewasset Ranger District.  Property management duties include those related to selling maps, passes and other forest products.  Position provides guidance to and assists organization personnel on all of the above, as well as other related administrative functions.

 

Records Manager:

  • Ensures proper filing of publications, directives and disposition of records; determines overall file methods and plans; the preservation of records and the systematic elimination of all other records according to the District and Forest file plan.

 

Additional information regarding the White Mountain National Forest can be found at the website:      http://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain

 

This position will be advertised at: https://www.usajobs.gov

For more information about this position, contact Lola Morse at 603 536-6204 or by mail lmorse@fs.fed.us.

 

“The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer”

 

OUTREACH NOTICE REPLY

Administrative Support Services Specialist, GS-342-5

Campton, NH

Replies must be received by:  April 21, 2014.  The level of interest to this outreach notice will help determine the area of consideration.

If you are interested in this opportunity and/or plan on applying for this vacancy, please return this Outreach Response Form electronically to Lola Morse at lmorse@fs.fed.us

Contact Information:

Name:      

E-mail address:      

Contact Number:      

Current Federal Employees:

Agency/Forest:      

Series:      

Grade:      

Position Title:      

Type Appointment:      

Non-Federal Employees

Current Occupation:      

Agency/Company:      

Are you eligible to be hired under any of the following special authorities?

      Person with Disability

      Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) If you would like to be considered for a VRA appointment include your resume, DD214 and transcripts (if available) with your reply.

      Former Peace Corp Volunteer

      Other ____________________________________________

 

We appreciate your interest in the White Mountain National Forest

 

Student Trainee Opening at EPA

EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

EPA Region 5 has an excellent opportunity for current college and graduate students who are interested in employment with the
EPA.

Who May Apply: Individuals who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment seeking a diploma, certificate, bachelor’s
degree, graduate degree, or professional degree from a qualifying educational institution on at least a half-time basis, including
awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program.

Announcement Number: CI-R5-OT-2014-0001

Interested Applicants MUST apply online at www.usajobs.gov between 4/14/2014 – 4/18/2014

ONLY THE FIRST 75 APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

All applications must be submitted through the USAJOBS website. No mailed applications will be accepted.

Required Documents:

ALL APPLICANTS MUST provide proof of successful completion of required course work (copy of transcripts or a list of
courses that show title, credits earned, dates completed and degree awarded if applicable).

VETERANS: To receive consideration as a veteran, you must attach a DD-214 indicating the character of discharge you
received. To receive consideration as a disable veteran, you must attach a Standard Form 15 and letter from the VA certifying
your disability along with a copy of your DD-214 indicating the character of discharge received.

Interested applicants must either create a resume on-line using the USAJOBS resume builder or upload their own resume, then
upload all other required documents under the following options: Transcript, Transcript 2, Transcript 3, supporting
documentation. Please note only one document may be uploaded under each option.

Position will be available in the following occupation:

Student Trainee (Office Automation), GS-0399-4/5, GS-4 Starting Salary: $30,969*, GS-5 Starting Salary:
$34,659* (*Full Time, part time positions will also be offered.)

Duties & Responsibilities: Utilize the features and capabilities of Microsoft Word to type drafts/finals versions
of regular and complex correspondence, memoranda, reports, forms, questionnaires, charts and records
pertaining to the Office. Receive telephone calls and visitors for the Office. Route incoming mail and visitors to
the appropriate staff. Provide answers to routine, non-technical requests. Prepare outgoing correspondence and
material. Review correspondence for format, clarity, accuracy, conformance with procedural instructions,
appropriate signatures and attachments are prepared and included. Prepare biweekly time and attendance reports,
travel authorizations and vouchers. Arrange travel for office staff. Procure supplies, equipment, printing and
maintenance services for the Office.
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Protecting Human Health and the Environment

U.S. EPA Region 5 Office, Chicago, IL

EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Insurance: Student Loan Repayment (optional)
Variety of health insurance Ten paid federal holidays
Providers to fit personal needs Chicago Region 5 Office
Dental insurance In the heart of Downtown Chicago
Vision insurance Close to public transportation
Long-term insurance Employee Fitness Center
Life Insurance Flexible work schedules/time off:
Flexible Spending Accounts for Daily flex work schedule
Healthcare and dependent care 2 ½ weeks of vacation first year (full-time)
Retirement/Savings Plan: 2 ½ weeks of sick leave first year (full-time)
Opportunity to participate in Thrift Savings Training/educational opportunities
Plan (high-performing pre-tax 401K) Tuition reimbursement for approved courses
Agency matches up to 5% of salary Career and personal development opportunities
Contributions to the program Transit subsidy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a
federal agency whose mission is to protect human health
and the environment. EPA employs 17,000 people across
the country, including on-scene coordinators,
1“` environmental protection specialists, engineers, scientists,
policy analysts, public affairs specialists, financial and
information management analysts and many others.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Protecting Human Health and the Environment

UNITED STATES EVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY . . .
A CAREER THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
EPA Employee Benefits:
U.S. EPA Region 5 – 77 W. Jackson Blvd – Chicago, IL 60604

Fish Tales on the Shawnee

Download Link: Fish_Tales_2014_Pounds_Hollow_Lake_Flyer

SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST PRESENTS:

FISH TALES
An aquatic education adventure!

 

 2014 Program

Vision Statement – Fish Tales is a fishing program designed to involve children from underserved communities in an environmental education program that introduces environmentally healthy habits to last them a lifetime, while enjoying a fun summer experience.

Come join us for a morning of aquatic education fun!  Learn how to bait your hook, cast, knot tie, fish and more.  Enjoy hands on, aquatic based activities too and come explore the great outdoors!

Saturday April 26, 2014 – Meet at Pounds Hollow Lake


Time:  9:00 a.m. – Noon

 

Directions:  From Route 1, take Pounds Hollow Road 2 miles.  Take a right into Pounds Hollow Recreation area to the day use area. From Route 34, take Karbers Ridge 9 miles and turn left into Pounds Hollow Recreation area to the day use area.

 

  • Sign-in at 9 am, introductions, safety information/facilities information, pole, bait demonstration, catch and release, casting, fishing, break, knot tying and fishing.  PLEASE NOTE:  All activities will be finished by noon.

 

  • Do not forget to wear a hat or cap, sunglasses and sunscreen for protection from the sun.  Also, please wear tennis shoes or good walking shoes – No sandals or flip flops.

 

  •  Fishing Poles and tackle will be provided.

 

If you would like to preregister, please call Wendy Cowsert at (618) 253-7114, email to wcowsert@fs.fed.us  or fill out and submit this form by April 24th by mail or FAX to:

 

Wendy Cowsert                                                                      or FAX to (618) 253-1060

USDA Forest Service

50 Hwy 145 South

Harrisburg, IL  62946

 

  • Print Name__________________________________________Age:__________

 

  • Email____________________________________________________________

 

USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

i2i Ideas 2 Investigation Summer Opportunity

i2i – Summer Employment Opportunity
 
 
Background:  A professional full-service agriculture futures trading brokerage firm specializing in both commercial and individual accounts wants to explore options for students (i2i project and/or summer employment).  The firm offers risk management which helps to maximize profit performance for their clients.  The firm is located northwest of Chicago in McHenry County IL. 
 
 
Opportunity:  The Company desires to work with a student and faculty member interested in an i2i project exploring strategic marketing techniques using blogs, podcasts, webinars, e-magazines, e-newsletters, e-books and event series. Content marketing and web traffic analysis will be instrumental in final results. Ideally, the individual should have some studies in marketing and familiar with social media technology.  Additionally, there may be opportunities for summer employment beyond the i2i project. 
 
 
i2i:
A video clip about the i2i program can be found at this link
 
 
Contact: Susan Graham sgraham@siu.edu by Friday, April 18, for consideration. Provide a one-page or less summary of how this opportunity will enrich your education and also your availability for summer employment in McHenry County, Illinois.  Include your academic discipline, and year of school.  Dean Latour will review candidate selection with the company.
 
 
 
SUSAN GRAHAM
Business Manager II


COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
MAIL CODE 4416

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

1205 LINCOLN DRIVE

CARBONDALE, IL  62901

sgraham@siu.edu
P: 
618/453-1764
F: 
618/453-2505
SIU.EDU

Extra Credit Opportunity

Ag in the Classroom is looking for a few great aggie volunteers!
 
 
We are sponsoring an Earth Day celebration to the 2nd graders from Carruthers and Gen. John A. Logan Attendance Center at the GJAL Center in Murphysboro on Tuesday, April 22 from 9am -12:30pm. We will have 7 stations set up outside (weather permitting) with activities like making a recycle bracelet, making a vermicompost bin, etc. We are also hoping to have someone from the Fisheries Dept. to bring an Emriver demo unit. Please let me know if you would be able to assist us.
 
Additionally, we are doing a pizza presentation (they are lots of fun) for the 3rd graders at Thomas School her in C’dale onTuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 from 1:15pm-2:30pm. We need at least 3-4 volunteers per day.
 
I have Saluki Volunteer forms available for each event. Show your true Saluki Aggie spirit!! 
 
Thanks!
 
Mary M. Fischer
Jackson County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator
220 N 10th Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966
 
“Like” us on Facebook–Jackson County Ag in the Classroom

Invasive Weeds Presentation May 8th

INVASIVE SPECIES PRESENTATION

Hosted at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

May 8th, 2014- 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Karla Gage; River To River Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) in cooperation with the Shawnee National Forest

      

www.rtrcwma.org                                                www.fs.usda.gov

Download link: CWMA_NNIS May 8

Forest Rec Summer Camp Meeting 2: Tuesday April 15th 5-7pm OR 7-9pm

Bring everything you’re intending to use on summer camp to our meeting in Ag 166.  Not done borrowing/renting/buying?  No problem, bring everything you do have.

We will go over skills, equipment use, safety training, etc.

As with the first meeting, this session is mandatory if you intend to go on summer camp.

If you missed the first meeting, it is not good.  We must circle back and get you informed.

Dr. Park

Student job openings across the country

Northeast
View more jobs in this region: Connecticut | Delaware | Maryland | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York |Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | Vermont | Washington, DC
CT
Seasonal Teacher/Naturalist: Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center

DE
Seasonal Naturalists: Cape Henlopen State Park

MA
Lead Garden Counselor: Farrington Nature Linc

NJ
Manager – Education: Duke Farms

NY
Environmental Education Summer Internship: Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Seasonal Educator: Green Chimneys

PA
Public Programs Educator: Briar Bush Nature Center

DC
Education Programs Specialist: Friends of the National Zoo

Southeast
View more jobs in this region: Alabama | ArkansasFlorida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Carolina | South Carolina |Tennessee | West Virginia | Virginia
FL
Paid Marine Science Education Internship: The Pigeon Key Foundation
WV
Summer Camp Leader: The Children’s Tree House
Midwest
View more jobs in this region: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | Nebraska | Ohio | South Dakota |Wisconsin
MN
Public Program Coordinator: River Bend Nature Center
SD
Environmental Educators: Outlaw Ranch
Southwest
View more jobs in this region: Arizona New Mexico Oklahoma | Texas
NM
Environmental Education Intern: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
TX
Environmental Educator: Keep Austin Beautiful
Western
View more jobs in this region: Alaska | California | Colorado | Hawaii | Idaho | Montana | Nevada | Oregon | Utah | Washington | Wyoming
CA
Administrative Assistant: Coastal Camp at NatureBridge
Environmental Education Volunteer Position: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Outdoor Education Intern: Mono Lake Committee
STEM Coordinator: Chico Creek Nature Center
Trail Construction and Maintenance: Trails Forever
Trail Stewardship Internship: Trails Forever
CO
Sawyer Day Crew Corpsmember: Mile High Youth Corps
Trails Day Crew Corpsmember: Mile High Youth Corps
UT
Instructor Internship: Youth Garden Project
Summer Camp Instructor Internship: Youth Garden Project

Sustainable Forest Management PSAs with Christina Hendricks

Taking a minute to share three short PSAs that we developed in support of the Montreal Process and Sustainable Forestry.  The PSAs, 14 months in the making, feature Emmy Nominated Actress Christina Hendricks, most famously known for her role in Mad Men, though she has appeared and will be appearing in a number of high profile feature files.  Christina is on the cover of time this week.
 
The 60, 30 & 10 second PSAs feature a crisp message about taking a personal role in sustaining the world’s forests.  I trust that you will find these clips to be effective.  We are now working on a rollout strategy to get these PSAs seen by as many people as we can.  It includes TV & web distribution. 
 
It is also important to highlight the high quality and professional work of the Creative Media & Broadcast Center, USDA Office of Communications.  They did an exceptional job of taking our initial idea and polishing it into our final product.
 
Please feel free to share them widely, including your staff areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Gaulke
NEPA, Strategic Planning & Sustainability
USDA Forest Service, EMC
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC  20250-1104
Desk:  202-205-1521
FAX:  202-205-1012

Seminar I Just Gave: Rise of the Robots: Machine vision and your cellphone’s all-seeing sensors in forest recreation ecology

Long title, interesting talk.  This seminar was about the hard work we’re doing to train cellphones to make detailed measurements for recreation ecology.  It is going very well. 🙂

Links to downloads below.  If you use the PDF version, I don’t believe it will include the embedded videos…

Logan

Link to presentation powerpoint slide deck

Link to PDF version

 

Seminar I Just Gave: Rec Without Wrecking

Here’s a link to the HTML version (Warning, it is HUGE).

Link to original OSX Keynote version

We’re doing a lot of work in recreation ecology lately.  Very exciting stuff!  This talk was designed to spur some conversation among the audience regarding current topics and controversies in recreation ecology.  We also talked a lot about applying rec ecology principles on the Shawnee National Forest in our backyards.  The talk was sponsored by the Friends of the Shawnee National Forest.  If you like what you see, join up!

Link to powerpoint version

Logan

Heartland Region Student Symposium (Conference)

The Student Summit is a phenomenal opportunity for Students to attend there first conference, present for the first time, or network with their future colleagues.  The purpose of this email it two fold.
1.  It is my hope that you will spread the word and encourage your students to attend the summit. This model was designed to provide students an affordable opportunity to embrace the professional world of experiential education.  I have grown personally and professionally from this event and I have no doubt it will have a profound impact on your students.
2.  Convince you to come!  We like to embrace a concept called “campfire mentoring.”  An opportunity to have a conversation with a professional around the fire is something special, and we would love for you to come be part of this event.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email.  I have attached additional event information as well as a video with first hand student accounts of their experiences at the student summit.
http://youtu.be/rUPkhkaK5y0 – Student Summit Video (Worth the Watch)
Thanks again,
Brian Croft
The Third Annual Heartland Region Student Summit is taking place at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Carbondale, IL in a little over two weeks!  Thanks to you, and the others who joined you around the fire at Camp Ondessonk in 2012, the momentum surrounding this event continues to build.  We are now reaching out for your help in spreading the word about this year’s experience.

Even if you have already graduated, you are invited to attend and perhaps you know of some solid students still around in your program.  We have a couple spots left for workshop presentations and are looking for great ideas worth sharing with this year’s attendees.

Some key things to know:
  • The Early Bird registration rate of $90.00 for the weekend has been extended until Monday, March 24th.  This fee covers the conference, lodging, meals and entertainment.
  • Check-in starts at 2:00pm Thursday, April 3rd.  Opening Circle starts at 4:30pm.
  • Highlights of the event include 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act celebration; student-presented workshops; representatives from federal land management agencies and regional outdoor recreation and education programs; an awesome jazz and blues band playing live Friday night; and campfire mentoring.
  • Keynote Speaker: Karl Rohnke, one of the founding fathers of team building and the challenge course industry.
  • Closing circle takes place at 10:00am on Saturday.
  • Touch of Nature staff will be facilitating post-conference activities on Saturday, including high-ropes course programming, rock climbing, and paddling experiences.
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You can find out more about this year’s Student Summit, our keynote speaker, submit a workshop proposal and register for the event by clicking here.
 
Please consider joining us again, and helping us to spread the word!

Best regards,
Brian Croft and the 2014 Convening Committee

Heartland Regional Student Symposium Is Coming Up!

The Third Annual Heartland Region Student Summit is taking place at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Carbondale, IL in a little over two weeks!  Thanks to you, and the others who joined you around the fire at Camp Ondessonk in 2012, the momentum surrounding this event continues to build.  We are now reaching out for your help in spreading the word about this year’s experience. 

Even if you have already graduated, you are invited to attend and perhaps you know of some solid students still around in your program.  We have a couple spots left for workshop presentations and are looking for great ideas worth sharing with this year’s attendees. 

Some key things to know:
  • The Early Bird registration rate of $90.00 for the weekend has been extended until Monday, March 24th.  This fee covers the conference, lodging, meals and entertainment.
  • Check-in starts at 2:00pm Thursday, April 3rd.  Opening Circle starts at 4:30pm.
  • Highlights of the event include 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act celebration; student-presented workshops; representatives from federal land management agencies and regional outdoor recreation and education programs; an awesome jazz and blues band playing live Friday night; and campfire mentoring.
  • Keynote Speaker: Karl Rohnke, one of the founding fathers of team building and the challenge course industry.
  • Closing circle takes place at 10:00am on Saturday.
  • Touch of Nature staff will be facilitating post-conference activities on Saturday, including high-ropes course programming, rock climbing, and paddling experiences.
Inline image 1 

You can find out more about this year’s Student Summit, our keynote speaker, submit a workshop proposal and register for the event by clicking here.
 
Please consider joining us again, and helping us to spread the word! 

Best regards,
Evan Coulson and the 2014 Student Summit Convening Committee
 
Evan Coulson

Instructor, Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Department of Health Education and Recreation
Southern Illinois University
475 Clocktower Drive
Pulliam 216F—Mail Code 4632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone (618) 759-1547
 
PhD Student, Recreation Ecology
Forest Recreation and Park Management

 

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

 

o  

 

·      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