Your Very Next Step newsletter for November / December 2016

Your Very Next Step newsletter for November / December 2016

 

By Ned Lundquist www.yourverynextstep.com
Perhaps they are not the stars,

But rather openings in heaven where

The love of our lost ones pours through

And shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

 

– Eskimo Legend

 

“With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.”

– C.S. Lewis

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
This edition of YVNS comes to you from Singapore.

 

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*** In this issue:
***  Travel News:

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel, maybe, perhaps:

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Native Seed Collection Internship (candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,800 for the season), Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute,  AmeriCorps,  Boulder City, NV

2.)  Trail Crew, Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association (SCMTA), Castle Rock State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

3.)  Alpine Stewards, White Mountains, Appalachian Mountain Club, White Mountains National Forest, NH

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Executive Director, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. Louisville, KY

2.)  Executive Director, Conservation Lands Foundation, Durango, CO

3,)  WCS Bison Project Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Bozeman, Montana

4,)  FOREST CONSERVATION DIRECTOR, Pacific Forest Trust (PFT), San Francisco, CA

5,)  Communications Manager, Pacific Forest Trust (PFT), San Francisco, CA

6,)  Environmental Education and Camp Coordinator, Galena Creek Visitor Center, Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Camps, Reno, NV

7,)  Director, Communications, Rare, Arlington, VA

8,)  Knowledge Management & Learning Director, Rare, Arlington, VA

9,)  Media Relations Manager, African Wildlife Foundation, Washington, DC

 

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

*** Do you have a travel adventure, conservation or outdoor update  to share? Send me your stories and I’ll post in the “Your Very Next Step” and on the YVNS website (http://www.yourverynextstep.com/).

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel, maybe, perhaps:

 

November 29-30              Singapore

January 24-26                    London, UK

March 7-9                            Galveston, Texas

 

***  How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

By Christopher Ingraham

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/08/02/how-to-visit-nearly-every-national-park-in-one-epic-road-trip/?tid=a_inl

 

***  The New Retro JetBlue Jet Is Simply Gorgeous

by GABE ZALDIVAR

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/the-new-retro-jetblue-jet-is-simply-gorgeous.html

 

***  One Surefire Way to Spot Bedbugs in Your Hotel Room

By Caroline Morse

https://www.smartertravel.com/2016/05/10/one-surefire-way-to-spot-bedbugs-in-your-hotel-room/

 

***  45 years of Amtrak locomotives

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2016/11/23/amtrak-train-engine-locomotive/94274774/

 

***  TSA’s Tongue-In-Cheek Air Travel Tips

By RICH THOMASELLI

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/tsa-s-tongue-in-cheek-thanksgiving-air-travel-tips.html

 

***  Oddball museums around the world

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-oddball-museums-around-the-world

 

***  Best tech gifts for travellers

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-12-03/the-20-best-tech-gifts-for-travelers

 

***  Design Your Own Pop-Up Hotel and Sleep Literally Anywhere in the World

A high-end travel operator will actually build a hotel from the ground up, just for you, the way you like it.

by Nikki Ekstein

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-01/design-and-sleep-in-your-own-bespoke-pop-up-hotel

 

***  A Long Winter’s Nap

How does bear hibernation work? Learn about this metabolic process

By Heather Stephenson

http://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/a-long-winters-nap-bear-hibernation

 

***  MAD MEN OF THE MOUNTAINS: VINTAGE GEAR ADS

By Emily Monac

http://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/vintage-gear-ads/

 

***  The 10 cheapest European city breaks for winter

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/galleries/The-10-cheapest-European-city-breaks/

 

***  Air India Sets Record for Longest Flight in the World

by Cynthia Drescher

http://www.cntraveler.com/story/air-india-sets-record-for-longest-flight-in-the-world

 

***  Stockholm vs Copenhagen?

by Chris Girdler

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/stockholm-or-copenhagen/

 

***  Africa mythbusting: 10 ‘facts’ that just aren’t true

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/africa-mythbusting-10-facts-that-just-arent-true/

 

***  7 hot travel spots to check out in 2017

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/7-hot-travel-spots-to-check-out-in-2017/

 

***  Super-Wealthy Men Are Now Entitled to Free Facials Before Their Flights

Stop sweating your long layover—luxurious spa treatments, especially geared toward men, are the latest development in the airport lounge arms race.

by Eric Rosen

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-30/best-airport-lounge-spa-treatments-for-men-a-global-guide

 

***  This airport has America’s best bathroom

by Harriet Baskas

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2016/11/22/minneapolis-st-paul-airport-cintas-best-restroom-contest/94266170/

 

***  Solo travel 101: how to be prepared and stay positive

by Joni Taisey

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/solo-travel-101-how-to-survive-when-it-all-goes-wrong/

 

***  Rail Trail of the month:

 

Michigan’s Saginaw County to Bay County Connector

by Robert Annis

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2016/november/11/michigan-s-saginaw-county-to-bay-county-connector/

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Native Seed Collection Internship (candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,800 for the season), Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute,  AmeriCorps,  Boulder City, NV

http://bit.ly/2gnHxuW

 

2.)  Trail Crew, Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association (SCMTA), Castle Rock State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

https://sempervirens.org/protect-redwoods/volunteer-opportunities/

 

3.)  Alpine Stewards, White Mountains, Appalachian Mountain Club, White Mountains National Forest, NH

 

PROTECTING WHITE MOUNTAIN ALPINE VEGETATION

 

The joint U.S. Forest Service (USFS)/Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Alpine Stewardship Volunteer program started in 2000, sparked by the dedicated interest of a few individuals. Today the program has developed new partnerships with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and expanded its efforts to include both Franconia Ridge and the Mt. Washington summit.

 

The AMC, USFS, and ATC hope to increase the public’s awareness of its impact on the alpine environment and educate visitors about preservation of alpine vegetation. The volunteer Alpine Stewards address topics such as the importance of staying on the trail, prevention of “summit sprawl,” Leave No Trace ethics, alpine safety and low-impact trail tending. While on the trail, Stewards respond to questions or concerns of hikers and engage visitors in a friendly, educational manner.

 

ALPINE STEWARD QUALITIES

 

  • Individuals interested in applying should:

 

  • Have a friendly, outgoing, professional manner, in addition to experience working with the public in a recreational setting.

 

  • Have extensive hiking experience and an understanding of AMC and the White Mountain National Forest.

 

  • Are committed to the protection of the alpine zone and the promotion of Leave No Trace ethics.

 

  • Have comfort in approaching individuals to provide educational conservation and safety information.

 

  • Hold a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification;or are willing to be certified.

 

  • Can provide coverage at least two weekends per year.

 

  • Can attend the annual training held one weekend in the spring.

 

  • Are AMC members.

 

In addition, Alpine Stewards also:

 

  • Demonstrate appropriate alpine zone behavior and Leave No Trace ethics and approach hikers to provide education on these matters as well as ecology, Forest Service backcountry camping regulations, and low-impact trail tending.

 

  • Provide information to visitors about safety concerns, particularly regarding weather.

 

  • Participate in AMC’s Mountain Watch program by monitoring plant phenology stages and collecting data for AMC research.

 

SUPPORT

 

  • Partners provide the following support for alpine stewards:

 

  • Room and board on the weekends they serve at Greenleaf hut or Joe Dodge Lodge.

 

  • Gear and uniform to use while working.

 

  • Recognition for their efforts through Stewardship Society awards, based on the number of hours contributed annually.

 

  • Discounts on AMC retail merchandise while volunteering.

 

http://www.outdoors.org/volunteer/trails/apline-stewards.cfm

 

*** Adventure/Outdoor/Conservation job opportunities:

 

1.)  Executive Director, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. Louisville, KY

http://www.conservationjobboard.com/job-listing-executive-director-louisville-kentucky/147948344661

 

2.)  Executive Director, Conservation Lands Foundation, Durango, CO

http://www.conservationjobboard.com/job-listing-executive-director-durango-colorado/147977645637

 

3,)  WCS Bison Project Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Bozeman, Montana

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/jobdetails.aspx?jobId=305634

 

4,)  FOREST CONSERVATION DIRECTOR, Pacific Forest Trust (PFT), San Francisco, CA

https://www.pacificforest.org/about-us/careers/forest-conservation-director/

 

5,)  Communications Manager, Pacific Forest Trust (PFT), San Francisco, CA

https://www.pacificforest.org/about-us/careers/communications-manager/

 

6,)  Environmental Education and Camp Coordinator, Galena Creek Visitor Center, Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Camps, Reno, NV

http://bit.ly/2f9dv0G

 

7,)  Director, Communications, Rare, Arlington, VA

https://careers-rare.icims.com/jobs/1173/director%2c-communications/job

 

8,)  Knowledge Management & Learning Director, Rare, Arlington, VA

https://careers-rare.icims.com/jobs/1172/knowledge-management-%26-learning-director/job

 

9,)  Media Relations Manager, African Wildlife Foundation, Washington, DC

http://www.awf.org/about/careers/media-relations-manager

 

*** Send your job opportunities to share with the YVNS network to lundquist989@cs.com.   *** Your Very Next Step is a service of the Job of the Week Network LLC © 2016 The Job of the Week Network LLC Edward Lundquist, ABC – Editor and Publisher Your Very Next Step 7813 Richfield Road Springfield, VA 22153 Home office phone: (703) 455-7661 lundquist989@cs.com   www.nedsjotw.com

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