Your Very Next Step newsletter for July 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for July 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

- John Updike

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu
“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.
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*** In this issue:
***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  My flight home from Abu Dhabi:

***  United has moved the goal post yet again.

***  How to Effectively Complain to The Hotel’s Front Desk (As Told By a Former Front Desk Agent)

***  Conch:  Let me count the ways…

***  Connecting Stewards with Trails: Meet Libby Wile, American Hiking’s Volunteer Director

***  Volunteer Vacations

***  Boy Scouts of America and American Hiking Society trail stewardship

***  Rail Trail of the Month: June 2014

***  Rail Trail of the Month: July 2014

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Best Outdoor Summer Volunteer Opportunities

2.)  Guide to Volunteering Outdoors in Parks and Wilderness Areas

3.)  Volunteer opportunities, Idaho State Parks

4.)  Fish Hatchery Tour Guides, Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery, Riverdale, ND

5.)  Bird watching tour guide – Fish and Wildlife Service

6.)  Volunteer Map Editor, The National Map Corps, Rolla, MO (Work from anywhere)

7.)  History Tour Guide, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, TX

9.)  Biology Volunteers, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Homer, AK

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Shisha Boy, Marjan Island Resort & Spa, Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, Subai, UAE

2.)  Media Manager, Visit Orlando, Orlando, Florida

3.)  Boat Mate, Marriott, St Thomas, VI

4.)  Stewardess, Nautic Crew International, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.)  Canoe Livery Attendant I, City of Ann Arbor,  Ann Arbor, MI

 

…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:

 

August 1-3, Auburndale, Mass.

 

August 17-20, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 20 – 23, San Diego, Calif.

 

September 12-14, Charleston, S.C.

 

September 20-27, Florence, Italy

 

October 27-28, Norfolk, VA

 

October 29-30, Nassau, Bahamas

 

November 24-27, Doha, Qatar

 

December 8-10, Aubu Dhabi, UAE

 

January 27-30    Genoa, Italy

 

***  My flight home from Abu Dhabi:

 

When checking out of the Westin, Caterina asked me if there was anything else she could do to make my stay as pleasant as possible.  I said, “Can you get me an upgrade on my 15-hour, 50-minute flight to Washington.  She immediately got on the phone to Etihad.  Turns out there were no seats available, but, wow, the fact that she even tried is remarkable.  I gave myself plenty of time so I could have a chance to snag one of the up-until-now unavailable exit row seats.  Plus I wanted to have time to enjoy the Etihad lounge and take advantage of my Gold status.  Big surprise, upon check-in the exit row seats were already gone, and since I was not first or business class I was not entitled to use the Terminal three lounge.  If I wanted to avail myself of my Gold privileges I could trek all the way over to terminal one, but, he told me, I needed to going through passport control by 0830 for my 1100 flight.  AUH is a pre-clearance entry, which means after you go through UAE passport control you go through US passport control in the Abu Dhabi airport terminal (not upon entry in the U.S.  I was able to use Global Entry to breeze through, and they even stamped my passport).

 

Personally I am disappointed that I was not able to use the lounge as expected.  This is a pretty important value-for-membership benefit, and to have been told that I was not entitled to use it is more than a disappointment.

 

But all was not lost. When the gate opened for boarding, I happened to be first in line.  For whatever reason, the gate agent crossed out 43K and wrote 8C on my boarding pass and smiled as he told me I had a seat change, and was being upgraded to Pearl business class.  I could have kissed him.

 

Business class is really a full reclining chair in an enclosed area with a place to put your legs up so that you really can sleep.  It’s a shame because my “sleep strategy” for this flight, which was chasing daylight, was to stay awake.  My little area had space to put my stuff, a quilt instead of a flimsy blanket, and a big pillow instead of, well, you know.  I had a power plug and a usb to charge a phone or tablet.  I was offered a beverage before takeoff and was constantly offered food and beverage throughout the flight.  I had the beef tenderloin after take off, and later had the steak sandwich, then scones with strawberries and clotted cream, and still later a chicken salad.  We flew over Iceland, and later Greenland, which is rare to see both.

 

***  United has moved the goal post yet again.  They are following Delta’s frequent flier lead in awarding MileagePlus credit based on dollars spent instead of miles flown.  It has steadily become harder to retain status or use miles for upgrades or free trips.  I think UA is telling me that my loyalty isn’t important to them.  Even though I will have more than enough miles for Gold, I will not even qualify for Silver.  However, the upside is I can plan my travel now without trying to get on a Star Alliance flight, because, I mean, why bother?

 

***  How to Effectively Complain to The Hotel’s Front Desk (As Told By a Former Front Desk Agent)

http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2014/6/3/125446/3648/hotels/How_to_Effectively_Complain_to_The_Hotel%27s_Front_Desk_%28As_Told_By_a_Former_Front_Desk_Agent%29

 

***  Conch:  Let me count the ways…

 

Like many islands in the Caribbean, conch is a staple of the food scene in Turks & Caicos. Every menu features it, and every local seems pretty fond of it. Provo is even home to the world’s only conch farm, raising the endangered Caribbean Queen Conch for wholesale consumption.

 

Conch appears on menus in a variety of ways, and the toughest part of a trip to Turks and Caicos is avoiding bad jokes (Dude, I’m totally conched out!). Here’s a rundown of how you’ll see conch prepared:

 

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2014/6/2/19536/11309/travel/How+to+Eat+Conch+%28Like+a+Local%29+on+Turks+%26+Caicos+

 

***  Connecting Stewards with Trails: Meet Libby Wile, American Hiking’s Volunteer Director

by Alicia MacLeay

Trailspace Blog

http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2014/06/12/libby-wile-american-hiking-society.html?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=2014-06-18

 

***  Volunteer Vacations

http://www.americanhiking.org/volunteer-vacations/

 

***  Boy Scouts of America and American Hiking Society trail stewardship

 

Here are exclusive opportunities to participate in trail stewardship weeks at two of Boy Scouts of America’s high-adventure bases – Philmont Scout Ranch and Northern Tier.  Jointly organized by American Hiking Society and BSA, these weeks of trail building will provide you with an unforgettable backcountry adventure, pristine hiking, & camaraderie with fellow crew members.

 

CONTACT

 

Phone: Libby Wile at (301)565-6704 ext. 206

Email: LWile@AmericanHiking.org

 

http://www.americanhiking.org/volunteer-vacations/volunteer-philmont-northern-tier/

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month: June 2014

Ohio’s Great Miami River Trail

By Laura Stark

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/archives/1406.html

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month: July 2014

Michigan’s Macomb Orchard Trail

By Laura Stark

 

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/archives/1407.html

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Best Outdoor Summer Volunteer Opportunities

 

The benefits of volunteering are innumerable. Not only does volunteering give you the chance to help others in your community, but it’s also good for your physical and emotional health, particularly if you are enjoying the volunteer work. If you love being outdoors and giving your time to make your city a better place to live, make a difference with these five causes and volunteer opportunities

http://washington.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-outdoor-summer-volunteer-opportunities/

 

2.)  Guide to Volunteering Outdoors in Parks and Wilderness Areas

 

Love being outside? There are a variety of volunteering opportunities for those who love the outdoors. Most of these opportunities require the volunteer to pay for all travel costs. Some require the volunteer to hike and camp as well. Please read the volunteer requirements of each opportunity carefully before signing up to help.

 

Also check with state parks, and local advocacy groups like the Sierra Club or trail volunteers (like the Maine Appalachian Trail Club), for information about outdoor volunteering in your area, or in an area you plan on visiting.

 

http://www.serviceleader.org/volunteers/parks

 

3.)  Volunteer opportunities, Idaho State Parks

 

Spread your wings in some of the most spectacular places! Choose to volunteer at a park in an old growth forest, along a trout filled stream, or on the shores of a pristine mountain lake. Or, you may want to help us maintain trails, teach boating safety, or work at a visitor center. As part of our team, volunteers provide essential services with a personal touch. You can make visitor experiences more enjoyable and complete. Your volunteer efforts help preserve the natural treasures of Idaho for generations to come.

 

How to volunteer….

 

To volunteer your services and share your knowledge and expertise, please fill out a volunteer application online, or print one out. Selected volunteers will be asked to sign an agreement outlining their responsibilities as well as those of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Keep in mind that not all parks or programs need all the different types of volunteers.

 

What you do as a Volunteer…

 

A person may volunteer as an individual or as a part of a group on short term projects of a day or less, or on a long term project in specialized programs. There are many ways to volunteer your time with Idaho State Parks and Recreation.

 

You are invited to join our Idaho Team!

 

THE BEST JEWELS OF THE GEM STATE are in Idaho State Parks! Fish our world famous trout waters, take in the breathtaking beauty of the Snake River and the Sawtooth Mountains, or be amazed by our gigantic Ponderosa Pines all while volunteering for the best park system anywhere.

 

We are seeking energetic individuals/couples as campground, maintenance, interpretive, and visitor services hosts MARCH- OCTOBER 2014. Full/partial hook-ups provided with a minimum of 30 day, 24 hours/week/person working.

 

Enjoy free entrance/camping, prime host sites, training, and the friendliest staff in the country! Contact: Kathryn.Hampton@idpr.idaho.gov or

 

Idaho State Parks has all of the jewels of the Gem State!

 

THESE PARKS STILL HAVE VACANCIES for 2014:

 

* Land of the Yankee Fork State Park

* Lake Cascade State Park

* Heyburn State Park

* Hells Gate State Park

* Henrys Lake State Park

 

Volunteer Activities

• Campground Host

• Construction/Maintenance

• Computers

• Conservation Education

• Historical Preservation

• Office/Clerical

• Trail/Campground Maintenance

• Tour Guide/Interpretation

• Visitor Information

• Natural Resources Planning

• Fish/Wildlife

• General Assistance

 

APPLY ON-LINE at: http://www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/volunteering or

 

call (208) 514-2493 for more information and an application packet NOW.

 

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?states=ID

 

4.)  Fish Hatchery Tour Guides, Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery, Riverdale, ND

 

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is one of the largest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hatcheries in the nation. We raise a wide variety of fish species from trout and salmon to walleye, pike and the endangered pallid sturgeon. The hatchery is located directly below Lake Sakakawea on the banks of the Missouri River. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, plenty of opportunities exist. Fishing, boating, birding, hiking, camping, hunting…it is all right here!

 

All in all we have a very interesting program here and are in need of assistance. We rely on our volunteers to help conduct tours of the hatchery. Our tour groups range from a few visitors to bus loads of school kids anxious to see the hatchery. In addition we like to involve our volunteers wherever possible with the fish hatchery programs – spawning fish, caring for trout, managing aquariums, mowing lawns, watering flowers, maintaining hiking trails – anything you feel comfortable doing.

 

We try to accommodate the volunteers wishes as much as possible. If you decide to stay with us you will be asked to be available to give tours as scheduled. Group reservations are typically set up in advance so you know when they will be arriving. You can set up your own schedule with the other volunteers to allow you the freedom to enjoy your stay here.

 

There are three camping pads at the hatchery complete with water, sewer and electric hookups. A washer and dryer are located in a trailer house next to the pads for your use. The towns of Riverdale and Pick City are only a couple miles away. We are an hour’s drive from Minot and Bismarck.

 

Check us out on the web at http://www.fws.gov/garrisondam/

 

Fish Production . . . North Dakota Style

 

Early Spring marks the beginning of the cycle of life for many of our native fishes. Northern Pike, a dominant predator species, are the earliest of the many North Dakota fishes to spawn. As the ice begins to recede from the lake’s edge and snowmelt causes increased flows into the river systems, the pike arouse from their period of Winter dormancy and migrate into the flooded shallows to spawn. Frame nets set by fishery biologists capture the adult fish and they are stripped of eggs and milt at the site. The eggs are brought to the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery where they are incubated in special hatching jars. The newly hatched fry emerge from the eggs in about two weeks. It will be another week before the fry are able to swim or feed. The ‘swim-up’ fry spend the last month of their stay at the hatchery in ponds which have an abundance of zooplankton, the food necessary to provide for the rapid growth of the fish. At the month’s end, the northern pike fry, now called fingerlings, are a couple inches long and ready for stocking into area lakes. If the fingerlings are left in the ponds any longer, the zooplankton will no longer satisfy their hunger, and the fish will begin to eat each other!

 

If you have a taste for the prehistoric, stop by the hatchery in June. The pallid sturgeon, a North Dakota native and an endangered species, are approaching their spawning time. These fish are undoubtably the strangest looking of the North Dakota fish. The fish has a ‘sucker’ type mouth, beady eyes, whiskers (or barbels), and a body covered with ‘scutes’, a scale like structure that gives them the appearance of having a coat of armor. The fish are a long lived fish, probably more than 50 years, reach lengths of six feet and nearly 100 pounds. Both the paddlefish and the sturgeon have changed little since the Carboniferous to early Triassic times. During the reign of the dinosaurs 200 million years ago, their ancestors were the dominant freshwater fish. Jurassic Park is alive and well at the fish hatchery!

 

If you’re in the area, northern pike spawning begins in mid-April, followed by walleye and sauger. Sturgeon are spawned in late June. Coldwater species, trout and salmon, are at the station year-around, however if you visit the station in October, you will be able to witness the annual migration of chinook salmon up the hatchery’s effluent stream and watch as eggs are collected from these awesome fish.

 

A visitor center at the hatchery complete with five 400 gallon aquariums will give you the pleasure of viewing the fishes of North Dakota in their environment. A wetlands hiking trail provides an abundance of opportunities for the photographer or naturalist. Waterfowl, fish and a variety of birds and mammals can be viewed in their natural surroundings year-around. An observation blind provides the perfect opportunity for watching the waterfowl migration. The visitor center is open Labor Day through Memorial Day from 8:00 – 3:30. The hatchery is open year-around. Admission is free. Group tours are available year-around with prior reservations and we are handicapped accessible.

 

The Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is located in mid-central North Dakota, an hour’s drive north of Bismark on Highway 83. Contact: Rob Holm, Project Leader, Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery Complex, (701) 654-7451.

 

http://www.fws.gov/garrisondam/

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=13954

 

5.)  Bird watching tour guide – Fish and Wildlife Service

www.fws.gov/deerflat/pdf/llbirdtour.pdf

 

6.)  Volunteer Map Editor, The National Map Corps, Rolla, MO (Work from anywhere)

 

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. Similar to how other online crowdsourcing cartographic applications allow anyone to collect, edit, and use geographic data through an online map editor, the USGS has developed an online editor customized to our data needs that allows volunteers to contribute data to The National Map.

 

We are looking for people like you to work with us to collect data for the USGS. The data you will collect during this project will be loaded into The National Map.

 

If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating!

 

You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.

 

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=13593

 

7.)  History Tour Guide, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, TX

 

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=11280

 

8.)  RESIDENT VOLUNTEERS , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries

 

Resident volunteer housing opportunities are available at many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Resident Volunteers provide their own “homes” (some type of recreational vehicle), or they stay in refuge or hatchery housing if available. The field station typically provides such amenities as an RV pad with septic, water and electricity hook-ups. In some cases, there will be a “common area” provided with laundry facilities, Internet access, phones, etc. Government housing may consist of shared spaces such as houses, bunkhouses, cabins, mobile homes, trailers, and even field camps at some Alaska refuges.

 

It is important to note that providing a daily or flat rate allowance, per diem or subsistence pay to volunteers for the intent of covering their expenses is not allowed. Volunteers may be reimbursed for substantiated and actual expenses directly related to their contributed services.

 

Each field station will have a unique set of opportunities and requirements. Most sites require a minimum of 40 hours per week for a couple, and 32 hours a week for a single person living on an RV pad. Some sites may require more or fewer hours. It’s important to make sure both the volunteers and the field station are very clear on the hour-requirements BEFORE the volunteers commit to the site. Guidelines suggest that the number of hours required and the value of the type of work assigned should roughly equal the “going rate” for a camper pad in the local area. For this reason, the requirements will vary widely from place to place.

 

Resident volunteers are encouraged to give more time and energy than the “minimum required.” The more of yourself you invest, the more fulfilling will be your experience. At some locations, the minimum hours might be assigned to a specific job at a specific time in order to keep the basic operations of the refuge or hatchery covered. For example, if sea turtles are hatching, you may have the opportunity to participate in “Turtle Watch” in the evenings, but those hours will not take the place of your assigned duties.

 

Resident volunteers especially enjoy working side-by-side with refuge or hatchery staff and becoming part of the refuge or hatchery family. They have a beautiful place to live for a period of time and are able to explore and experience the refuge or hatchery, as well as the local area. And, in return, the refuge or hatchery gains valuable volunteer assistance.

 

http://www.fws.gov/volunteers/VolResidentOpp.html

 

http://www.fws.gov/volunteers/residentVolPrograms.html

 

9.)  Biology Volunteers, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Homer, AK

 

Please send a resume and a cover letter indicating the kind of positions you are interested in and any special skills you have such as bird surveys, isolated field camps and/or skiff and outboard operation, by e-mail alaskamaritime@fws.gov or mail to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, 95 Sterling Highway # 1, Homer, AK 99603.

 

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alaska_Maritime/what_we_do/volunteer.html

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Shisha Boy, Marjan Island Resort & Spa, Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, Subai, UAE

 

As a Shisha Boy you are responsible to provide basic support and service task to the outlet aiming for the highest possible customer satisfaction and your role will include key responsibilities such as:

 

•Ensure that the service to the guest is as per hotel standards in order to maximizeguest satisfaction and departmental profit

•Interact positively and professionally with guest, colleagues and other departments as appropriate and required

•Welcome guests on arrival and help to seat them

•Recommend and suggest specialties to guest and up sell whenever possible

•Take order from guests, put item through micros and follow through service in compliance with hotel standards, clearing and resetting tables once the guests have finished

•Collect supplies from store and ensure all side stations are correctly stocked, tidy and clean

•Report any breakage to Superiors

•Attend all regular departmental briefings and contribute to an open communication within the assigned team

•Be familiar with the company’s internal policies and safety procedures.

 

http://www.catererglobal.com/job/10892473/shisha-boy/

 

2.)  Media Manager, Visit Orlando, Orlando, Florida

http://careers.prweekus.com/jobseeker/job/18606022

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

3.)  Boat Mate, Marriott, St Thomas, VI

http://bit.ly/1p1mYSh

 

4.)  Stewardess, Nautic Crew International, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

http://bit.ly/1p1ogg6

 

5.)  Canoe Livery Attendant I, City of Ann Arbor,  Ann Arbor, MI

http://bit.ly/1p1owf8

 

*** Send your job opportunities to share with the YVNS network to lundquist989@cs.com.

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for June 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for June 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Memories are hunting horns whose sound dies on the wind.”

- Guillaume Apollinaire

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu
This edition of Your Very Next Step comes to you from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.
***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:
***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  The Singapore Girls

***  The Dos and Don’ts of Visiting India

***  Test Your Survival Skills

***  Travel Secrets of a Flight Attendant

***  Great photos from Royal Navy photojournalists.

***  35 Most Amazing Places To Travel Before You Die

***  World’s Most Amazing Elevators

***  Travel crossword for June 2014 from International Travel News

***  The British Royal Legion Remembrance Travel

***  10 natural wonders to see before they disappear

***  Casual Float Trip Essentials

***  The Molokini all-transparent two-passenger kayak

***  Festivals of the world: where to go in June

***  Ten months of amazing travel, recorded one second a day at a time (VIDEO)

***  The Complete Guide to Surviving Long-Haul Flights

***  The Great Eastern Trail

***  What is the Finger Lakes Trail System?

***  More Airports Adopt Free Wi-Fi

***  First Atlas of Inuit Arctic Trails Launched

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Carnivore track survey, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wisconsin (volunteer opportunities throughout Wisconsin)

2.)  Campground Host Service, Florida Forest Service, Various locations in Florida

3.)  Trail Section Adopter, Finger Lakes Trail, Finger Lakes Trail Conference Service Center, Mt. Morris, NY

4.)  The Cumberland Trail Adopt-a-trail program, The Cumberland Trail Conference, Crossville, Tennessee

5.)  Invasive plant control, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wisconsin (opportunities throughout the state)

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
2.)  Communications Director (full-time), Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance,  Jackson Hole, WY

3.)  Outreach and Events Manager, Flint River Watershed Coalition, Flint, Michigan

4.)  Communications Manager, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, New York

5.)  Social Media Coordinator, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Anaheim, California

6.)  Canopy Course Tour Guide, Empower Adventure Operations LLC, Middleburg, VA

7.)  PARK RANGER SPECIALIST (Temporary/Seasonal Position), Oracle State Park, Arizona State Parks, State of Arizona, Oracle, AZ

8.)  Biological Science Technician (Fire Effects Monitor), National Park Service, Sanford, TX

9.)  Disc Jockey, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., United States

10.)  Manager, Public Relations – Travel, AAA, Heathrow, Florid

11.)  Senior Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, 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:

 

 

August 1-3, Auburndale, Mass.

 

August 18-19-22, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 22, 23, 24, San Diego, Calif.

 

September 12-14, Charleston, S.C.

 

September 19-26, Florence, Italy

 

October  28-29, Nassau, Bahamas

 

***  The Singapore Girls

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/gsingaporegirls/flash.htm

 

***  The Dos and Don’ts of Visiting India

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2014/5/16/16256/1284/travel/Jon+Hamm+Shares+the+Dos+and+Don%27ts+of+Visiting+India+

 

***  Test Your Survival Skills

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/outdoor-skills/survival/Test-Your-Survival-Skills.html

 

***  Travel Secrets of a Flight Attendant:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-chesnut/rocko-galvez-on-jetsetting_b_5425229.html

 

***  Thanks to Jennifer Wah for turning me on to these great photos from Royal Navy

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/29/24-stunning-images-from-royal-navy-photographers-competition_n_5411844.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

 

***  35 Most Amazing Places To Travel Before You Die

http://dailynewsdig.com/travel/

 

***  World’s Most Amazing Elevators

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/photos/photos-worlds-amazing-elevators-11569212/image-11649406

 

***  Travel crossword for June 2014 from International Travel News

http://www.intltravelnews.com/2014/06/travel-crossword-june-2014

 

***  The British Royal Legion Remembrance Travel

http://www.remembrancetravel.org.uk/news/anniversaries

 

***  10 natural wonders to see before they disappear

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42723289/ns/travel-destination_travel/

 

***  Casual Float Trip Essentials

From the coolest kayak we’ve ever seen to a super grippy water shoe, this is the gear you need for those quiet days on the river.

By: Michael Malone

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/pro-shop/Casual-Float-Essentials.html

 

***  The Molokini is an all-transparent two-passenger kayak made out of the same durable polycarbonate material used in the production of bulletproof glass and fighter jet canopies

http://clearbluehawaii.com/

 

***  Festivals of the world: where to go in June

From Lonely Planet

This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet’s A Year of Festivals.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/77205#ixzz33FkujlAc

 

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/77205#ixzz33Fjt7or6

 

***  Ten months of amazing travel, recorded one second a day at a time (VIDEO)

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/11/12/ten-months-of-amazing-travel-recorded-one-second-at-a-time-video

 

***  The Complete Guide to Surviving Long-Haul Flights

Qantas and Emirates airlines have some of the longest routes in the world. Here’s how to stay sane during hour 13 of your journey.

By ANNA CODREA-RADO

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/03/the-complete-guide-to-surviving-long-haul-flights/274456/

 

***  The Great Eastern Trail:

 

A project of the Great Eastern Trail Association, working with American Hiking Society and local trail partners, to create America’s newest long distance trail for hikers from Alabama to New York!

 

The Great Eastern Trail (GET) provides a premier hiking experience on a series of existing trails that are being linked to each other into a long-distance footpath in the Appalachian Mountains stretching from Alabama to the Finger Lakes Trail in New York.

 

http://greateasterntrail.net/about_us.html

 

***  What is the Finger Lakes Trail System?

 

The Finger Lakes Trail System includes the main Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The main FLT is 558 miles long. There are six branch trails and 29 loop trails and spur trails that extend from the main FLT. These branch, loop and spur trails currently total 400 miles. Including the Main Trail and all branch, loop, and side trails, the Finger Lakes Trail System offers 958 miles of hiking.

 

The Trail System has been and continues to be built and maintained by 15 organizational and approximately 60 individual and family trail sponsors.  (See volunteer adopt-a-trail opportunities below.)

 

http://www.fltconference.org/trail/go-hiking/about-trail/

 

***  From Bernie Wagenblast’s Transportation Communications Newsletter:

 

***  More Airports Adopt Free Wi-Fi

The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/business/more-airports-adopt-free-wi-fi.html

 

***  First Atlas of Inuit Arctic Trails Launched

Link to article from the University of Cambridge:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/first-atlas-of-inuit-arctic-trails-launched

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Carnivore track survey, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wisconsin (volunteer opportunities throughout Wisconsin)

 

Become a tracker!

 

Help Wisconsin track and survey (or determine the existence of) wolves, Canada lynx, cougar, wolverine, fisher, bobcat.

 

Because carnivores are often secretive and occupy very large home ranges, it is difficult to monitor them by direct observation. However, we can still estimate the abundance and distribution of carnivores by observing the number and location of their tracks. Volunteers have been conducting snow track surveys for wolves and other carnivores since 1995. To participate, trackers are expected to attend a wolf ecology course, attend a track training course, take a mammal track test and agree to complete three surveys following DNR guidelines

 

Learn tracking skills and assist in wildlife surveys

 

Researchers from the Department of Natural Resources have conducted track surveys of fur-bearing mammals since 1977. In 1979, the DNR began conducting formal wolf track surveys as part of the state wolf monitoring program. A separate survey program for American marten began in 1981. Snow track surveys have also been used to determine distribution and abundance of fisher, bobcat and other forest carnivores in Wisconsin. Since 1995, the Wisconsin DNR has used volunteers to conduct snow track surveys for wolves and other carnivores.

 

The goals of the survey are to:

 

  • determine the number, distribution, breeding status and territories of wolves in Wisconsin;
  • develop a sense of the abundance and distribution of other medium-sized and large carnivores in the state; and
  • determine the existence of rare carnivores such as Canada lynx, cougar and possibly wolverine.

 

Become a tracker!

 

Help monitor Wisconsin’s wolf population by conducting winter track surveys

 

To participate, you will be expected to:

  • attend a wolf ecology course sponsored by DNR, Timber Wolf Alliance or Timber Wolf Information Network;
  • attend a track training course sponsored by the WI DNR;
  • take a mammal track test; and
  • agree to complete three surveys following DNR guidelines [PDF] and submit their findings.

Data received from this program is used to supplement DNR surveys and provide the public with opportunity to be involved in determining the status of our forest carnivores.

Carnivore tracker forms

 

Forms are available as online forms or PDF

 

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/volunteer.html

 

2.)  Campground Host Service, Florida Forest Service, Various locations in Florida

 

Campground Hosts stay on-site at one of the Florida Forest Service recreation areas and assist managing the campground. Hosts answer camper’s questions, give directions, pass out literature, help with light maintenance and make themselves available for late-night emergencies. In return, campground hosts get a free campsite for the time they volunteer and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping folks fully enjoy their forest experience. For more information on how to volunteer as a campground host, please contact Blackwater Forestry Center, Withlacoochee Forestry Center, Lake Talquin State Forest, or Tate’s Hell State Forest.

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Communities/Programs/Volunteer-Opportunities#host

 

3.)  Trail Section Adopter, Finger Lakes Trail, Finger Lakes Trail Conference Service Center, Mt. Morris, NY

 

As a trail section adopter you assume responsibility for a section of the Finger Lakes Trail, generally 1 or 2 miles in length. Working for your club or trail sponsoring organization, or as an individual trail sponsor under one of the FLTC’s volunteer Regional Trail Coordinators, you agree to visit your section three times per year. You perform routine inspection and maintenance: clear vegetation and fallen branches, pickup litter, refresh blazes and signs as needed, check up on trail infrastructure such as register boxes, benches, bridges, lean-tos, etc.

 

To access the services of a roving certified chainsaw operator or for anything else you can’t handle yourself, you will contact your club or organization’s trails chairperson, or the FLTC’s Regional Trail Coordinator who oversees your area. They will help you organize a work day with a local work crew.

 

You will keep a log of your activities and report total hours of trail work, drive time, and administrative work, and report it to your trails chairperson or sponsor.

 

You will also be invited to attend occasional training meetings in your region.

http://www.fltconference.org/trail/members1/volunteer-trail-workers/trail-section-adopter/

 

4.)  The Cumberland Trail Adopt-a-trail program, The Cumberland Trail Conference, Crossville, Tennessee

 

Adoptees are individuals or organizations who have committed

to assist in the maintenance of a particular portion of the Cumberland Trail.

http://cumberlandtrail.org/website/get-involved/adopt-a-trailsegment/

 

5.)  Invasive plant control, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wisconsin (opportunities throughout the state)

 

Invasive plants, animals and pests are taking a toll on Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and landscapes. The DNR is working with citizens and partners to slow the spread of invasive species. Through educational outreach, strategic planning and active management we are protecting our environment and economy from invasives.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Invasives/?utm_source=Banner&utm_medium=Homepage&utm_campaign=20140601_ISAM

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Manager, Public Relations – Travel, AAA, Heathrow, Florida

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?job=18438222

 

***  From Heather Murphy:

 

Good afternoon, Ned,

 

Here is a submission that might be apropos for YVNS and JOTW.  The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is seeking a full-time Communications Director.  The deadline for applications is June 20, 2014.

 

Hope all is well with you and your travels,

Heather

 

2.)  Communications Director (full-time), Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance,  Jackson Hole, WY

http://jhalliance.org/About/Jobs/201405-Comm_Director-Position.pdf.

 

3.)  Outreach and Events Manager, Flint River Watershed Coalition, Flint, Michigan

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs/9429-outreach-and-events-manager

 

4.)  Communications Manager, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, New York

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs/9427-communications-manager

 

5.)  Social Media Coordinator, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Anaheim, California

http://jobs.prsa.org/jobseeker/job/18515602/

 

6.)  Canopy Course Tour Guide, Empower Adventure Operations LLC, Middleburg, VA

 

EMPOWER Leadership Sports and Adventure Center

 

Job Title: Seasonal Adventure/Zip Line Canopy Tour Guide

 

EMPOWER Mission: EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center is committed to delivering extraordinary customer experiences that promote self and team development. By creating a unique and stimulating environment, we provide the opportunity for individuals and groups to embark on a one of a kind adventure that will enhance their mental and physical fortitude. Coupled with the towering experimental learning elements, our curriculum-based programming will help people better manage the way they communicate and interact with others in team situations. EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center will help equip individuals with the life skills necessary to transform the way people interact at work, school, home and in all walks of life.

 

Job Qualifications:

 

- Contribute to a positive, supportive team atmosphere and model a “can do” attitude

- Responsible, reliable, punctual and committed to job

- Family friendly, pleasant and courteous in all interactions with guests

- Able to make risk management decisions

- In alignment with EMPOWER mission

- Communicates well with co-workers and managers

- Safe and responsible use of all EMPOWER gear and equipment; including but not limited to:

o Zip line canopy tour gear (i.e. harnesses, carabiners, trolleys, tethers, helmets)

o Rescue equipment (i.e. static ropes, carabiners, figure 8 friction devices, throw bags)

o Tree climb equipment (i.e. dynamic climbing ropes, carabiners, ATC belay devices, harnesses, helmets)

o Four wheel all-terrain vehicle

o Grounds equipment (i.e. lawnmower, shovels, pole saw, chain saw)

- Experience working in varied weather conditions

- Experience working with diverse clientele

- Flexible Schedule

- Must successfully complete EMPOWER training; to include various physical and written examinations and evaluations

- Must be committed to work entire season (April through November)

- Participate in regular staff development workshops and meetings and maintain proficiency in all technical skills

- Ability to walk, stand, and/or hang in a harness for long periods of time

- Able to lift and carry 50lbs. of weight and hike 3 miles per day

- Able to handle demanding work schedule with long work weeks in a multi-task environment

- Strong self-care skills

- Drug Free

 

 

Job Descriptions/Responsibilities:

 

- The Seasonal Adventure Guide is an “at will” position and works under the General Manager. The responsibilities include but are not limited to:

o Arriving ready to work for scheduled guide responsibilities as assigned on the EMPOWER staff schedule

o Meet and great EMPOWER guests and assist in customer registration and payment

o Maintain a professional sense of humor and a cooperative attitude in dealing with all EMPOWER guests. Treat guests in a manner that makes them feel respected, valued, and cared for

o Inspection of zip line canopy tour equipment prior to each use; including appropriate completion of evaluation form

o Leading pre-trip briefing and equipment outfitting for EMPOWER adventure activities

o Acting as sending and/or receiving guide for zip line canopy tours

o Management of risky behavior and maintaining control of the tour group at all times

o Responsible for personal safety and safety of others

o Use and protection of digital camera in various adventure situations

o Break down and appropriate storage of zip line canopy tour equipment after use

o Set up and break down of zip line canopy tour course

o Assisting in maintenance of grounds/property related to check in area, equipment shed, and trails/forest

o General customer services

 

Interested parties should send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Dan Jaskot, General Manager EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center (dan@leadershipsports.com or Dan Jaskot, 2011 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457). Feel free to contact the EMPOWER office (860-638-4754) with any questions regarding potential employment.

http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Empower-Adventure-Operations-LLC/jobs/Canopy-Course-Tour-Guide-35740d7613ce8e47

 

7.)  PARK RANGER SPECIALIST (Temporary/Seasonal Position), Oracle State Park, Arizona State Parks, State of Arizona, Oracle, AZ

http://bit.ly/Us9jdS

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

8.)  Biological Science Technician (Fire Effects Monitor), National Park Service, Sanford, TX

http://1.usa.gov/1myZGBJ

 

9.)  Disc Jockey, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., United States

http://bit.ly/1myZjXY

 

10.)  Manager, Public Relations – Travel, AAA, Heathrow, Florid

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?job=18438222

 

11.)  Senior Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC

 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO), to support the Private Sector Engagement (PSE) unit. The SPO will lead, manage, and coordinate communications with select corporate partners including WWF’s global partnership with The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). This includes developing a strategic approach, identifying key areas for collaboration, working closely with the company and its representatives to develop mutual objectives and project manage the shared work plan. The SPO serves as a key bridge between Program areas and PSE, while working closely with program leadership at WWF-US and the broader WWF international network to position and grow WWF’s work.

 

Major Duties & Responsibilities

 

•             Leads the TCCC-WWF partnership communications work stream, helping to establish the partnership as a global model for environmental sustainability and cross-sector collaboration. This includes: programmatic execution, such as developing the communications work plan, supervision of material development, and stakeholder outreach; preparing briefing materials; message development; website materials; and public speaking at a variety of internal and external events. Develops and manages crisis communications plans and outreach as needed.

 

•             In cooperation with PSE staff and the Marketing/Communications team at WWF-US and throughout the WWF Network, develops the foundation for communication strategies to guide the roll-out of locally relevant communications tactics. These strategies may include communications goals, audiences, messengers, key messages and challenges/ opportunities associated with reaching goals. Anticipates communication conflicts, as well as risks to our reputation and brand, that may arise through our engagements with external stakeholders. Mitigates these risks by coordinating with key audiences, providing a proven step-wise approach to problem solving.

 

•             Engages with agencies and research organizations, partner organizations and consultants as necessary. Maintains regular contact with representatives from peer organizations, WWF offices and professional networks.

•             Manages the Communications work stream partnership budget by working with Manager, PSE and Program Administration.

Supports the PSE team as time allows and as is appropriate in efforts such as general capacity building and tools and materials development.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Education/Experience:

 

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business, journalism, communications, environmental studies or a related degree is required. A working knowledge of general business and sustainable business practices is preferred. Minimum of five years private sector, agency or non-profit experience is required. Experience with mission-oriented, strategic communications or brand marketing, and success as a creative and effective communicator are essential.

 

Skills and Abilities

 

Proven success in conceptualizing, developing, implementing and managing communication strategies that support an entity’s goals, using creative and strategic thinking.

 

•             Strong project and relationship management skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a high-level, multi-dimensional, international team.

 

•             Tech savvy, with experience in producing communication materials for a variety of channels, including digital and multimedia.

•             Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) that can be used internally and externally to persuade others towards an idea or goal.

 

•             Ability to effectively prioritize and work skillfully under time constraints

 

•             Involvement with budgetary oversight is a plus.

 

•             Must be willing to travel up to 25% both nationally and internationally

 

•             Knowledge of other languages is an advantage

 

To Apply:

 

Please visit our careers page and submit an online application.

 

Submit cover letter and resume to http://worldwildlife.org/about/careers/jobs, job #14049

The most compatible browser that supports the application process is Internet Explorer 7, or version 8 and 9 in “compatibility mode”

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

 

http://worldwildlife.org/about/careers/jobs

 

*** Send your job opportunities to share with the YVNS network to lundquist989@cs.com.

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for May 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for May 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“Memories are hunting horns whose sound dies on the wind.”

- Guillaume Apollinaire

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

 

This issue of YVNS comes to you from Denver International Airport.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  10 Mouth-Watering Culinary Tours Around the World

***  Washington Monument reopens after repairs

***  Anacostia Watershed Society

***  Freedom to Float

***  Anacostia Paddle Night

***  America’s 10 Best State Parks

***  PLANET EXPLORE

***  Reviewer Bill “Laughing Dog” Garlinghouse Wins Old Town Kayak Package

***   Here’s Bill’s winning review:

***  Hammock Camping 101

***  The Ultimate Hang

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: May 2014

Wisconsin’s Shoreland 400 Rail Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer & Stewardship, Anacostia Watershed Society, Bladensburg, MD

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Social Media Manager, The North Face, Alameda, CA

2.)  Sports Marketing Coordinator, The North Face, Alameda, CA

3.)  Deputy Vice President of Communications, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

4.)  Media Relations Summer Intern, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

5.)  Fish Hatchery Superintendent, State of Wyoming, Dubois, WY

6.)  Fisheries Technician 1- Tagging Trailer Assistant, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Lewiston, ID

7.)  Coho Fisheries Monitoring Intern, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Olema, CA

8.)  Bicycle Technician, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Hilton Head Island, SC

9.)  Field Bike Technician – Bay Area Bike Share, Alta, San Francisco, CA

10.)  Party Bike Tour Driver, The Thirsty Pedaler, Louisville, KY

 

…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:

 

May 11-16, Seattle / Bellingham / Bremerton

 

June 9-10, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

June 11-12, Bahrain

 

August 18-19-22, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 22, 23, 24, San Diego, Calif.

 

October 28-29, Nassau, Bahamas

 

***  10 Mouth-Watering Culinary Tours Around the World

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-mouth-watering-culinary-tours-around-the-world?obref=obinsite#!1-intro

 

***  Washington Monument reopens after repairs

Steve Hendrix

Washington Post

Visitors can go inside the obelisk for the first time since it was damaged by an earthquake nearly 3 years ago.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/washington-monument-attracts-line-of-eager-visitors-as-it-reopens-after-repairs/2014/05/12/1f71658e-d9d0-11e3-8009-71de85b9c527_story.html?wpisrc=nl_buzz

 

***  Anacostia Watershed Society

 

The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. The vision is to make the Anacostia River and its tributaries swimmable and fishable, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community.

 

http://www.anacostiaws.org/

 

***  Freedom to Float

 

The Chesapeake Bay watershed has a storied history and great natural beauty, but it can be difficult to explore because of limited shoreline access. A new coalition is working to help more people enjoy these remarkable waters.

 

http://www.npca.org/protecting-our-parks/air-land-water/great-waters/freedomtofloat/

 

***  Anacostia Paddle Night

 

Friday, June 6: Join NPCA and Anacostia Watershed Society for a free night of paddling along the Anacostia River. We’ll launch from the Ballpark Boathouse and explore the new Anacostia Water Trail. Learn more about Anacostia Paddle Nights and  register online at: anacostiaws.org/calendar.

 

***  America’s 10 Best State Parks

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-10-best-state-parks?ref=news_fd_042614

 

***  PLANET EXPLORE

 

PlanetExplore is an on-line community designed to help individuals and families learn about and participate in outdoor activities and events in their area.  Powered by partner organizations that share our passion, PlanetExplore is a portal to the outdoors designed to inspire and enable people of all ages to become regularly active outside, and to develop the benefits gained through a connection to nature.

 

We have teamed up with a host of like-minded partners to deliver a calendar brimming with local events for you and your family to become involved.  Using PlanetExplore, you can find local outdoor events, become a PlanetExplore member to receive updates based on your interests, explore local parks and outdoor spaces using our Urban Nature Guides, and be inspired by our partner and visionaries blogs, videos and podcasts.

 

We at The North Face® love the outdoors.  It’s in our DNA, and it defines us as a company.  That passion and our desire to share this is the catalyst behind PlanetExplore.  Our collective goal is to inspire the next generation of enthusiasts and increase outdoor participation among people of all ages.

 

Join us at PlanetExplore to get connected, get involved, and get outdoors! This is your first step to define for yourself what it means to Never Stop Exploring™.

 

http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/our-story/planetexplore/

www.planetexplore.com

 

***  Reviewer Bill “Laughing Dog” Garlinghouse Wins Old Town Kayak Package

http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2014/04/30/old-town-camden-kayak-review-winner.html

 

***   Here’s Bill’s winning review:

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/hennessy-hammock/ultralight-backpacker-asym/?review=31033

 

***  Hammock Camping 101

http://outdoors.campmor.com/hammock-camping-101/?cm_cat=TRAILMAIL&cm_ite=TrailMail-April62014#fbid=oXfSSwT2klY

 

***  The Ultimate Hang

Hammock camping tips, reviews and illustrations

http://theultimatehang.com

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

Trail of the Month: May 2014

Wisconsin’s Shoreland 400 Rail Trail

By Laura Stark

 

“At all levels of government—local, county, state and federal—everybody was really interested in this project.”

 

Sheboygan County is rural, small-town America—no doubt about it. This is Wisconsin dairyland, situated halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, where the county seat is the Bratwurst Capital of the World. It’s not the type of place that one would expect a thriving walking and biking culture, which made it the perfect candidate for a grand, national experiment that began in 2005. And in Sheboygan, the county’s largest city, the Shoreland 400 Rail Trail was a little trail designed to have a big impact on changing modes and minds on transportation.

 

“We’re not like larger cities,” says Chad Pelishek, the City of Sheboygan’s director of planning and development. “We don’t have traffic jams or difficulty finding parking. Walking to downtown is something new because it’s so easy for us to get in our cars and go.”

 

The Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) has a long name but a simple premise: What happens to a community when people-powered transportation is made a priority? To find out, the federal government gave four communities across the country, including Sheboygan County, $25 million to invest in walking and biking infrastructure. A report detailing the results of the NTPP is expected to arrive by the end of this month.

 

“Sheboygan County is 500 square miles in size, so our municipalities are fairly spread out,” says Emily Vetting, associate planner for Sheboygan County’s planning and conservation department. “Because it’s so spread out, there are a lot of barriers to biking and walking, so we directed the focus of the NTPP in Sheboygan County on short trips within those communities that could be made by biking and walking.”

 

The Shoreland 400 Rail Trail is short—less than two miles—but according to the county’s website, within one mile of the corridor lies approximately 31 percent of the county’s population, 10 of the 16 Sheboygan public schools, 53 churches and approximately 80 manufacturing/production employers.

 

Not only does the trail thus provide a prime opportunity for walking and biking to work and school, less than a mile away lies the grand jewel of the city, sparkling Lake Michigan. Perhaps surprisingly, blue-collar Sheboygan—where nearly half the jobs are in the manufacturing sector—is known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its exceptional freshwater surfing. With the rail-trail so close to the shoreline, the city’s well-loved beaches are only a short stroll or ride away. Topping it off, less than three miles in the other direction, a connection can be made to the Old Plank Road Trail, which offers a 17-mile journey west through tranquil countryside.

 

This is quite a comeback story for what was once an eyesore for the city. “The rail corridor was a blighted area,” says Pelishek. “People were dumping junk there, and it was overgrown with brush. It’s really a night-and-day difference with what it looks like now.”

 

And it will just keep getting better. A new landscaping plan will add greenery all along the trail’s winding black path. “We really dreamed big with it,” says Vetting. “We’re aware that logistically we may not be able to fund everything at once, so we’ll do it in phases.” This summer will see the completion of the plan’s first phase, and future phases will roll out as funds become available.

 

“The chosen plants will tie into the neighborhood’s identity,” says Vetting. “For example, there’s a bar along the trail that brews its own beer, so hops will be planted there, and next to an Asian food market there will be trees native to that area that are also sustainable in a Midwestern climate. An area near a pizzeria will get shrubs and flowers with Italian feeling.”

 

Says Vetting, “Once you have these landscaping facets in place, it helps to ensure the trail’s longevity. People take ownership of it. Success is more guaranteed when neighborhoods take pride in it.”

 

Although rail-trails have been around since the 1960s, including Wisconsin’s famed Elroy-Sparta State Trail, this was the city’s first, and the NTPP funding was essential to it being built. Vetting estimates that about $1.3 million for the trail came from the program. The first shovel was turned at the trail’s groundbreaking ceremony last summer, attended by Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI), who campaigned the NTPP through Congress, and Marianne Fowler, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s senior vice present of federal policy.

 

“At all levels of government—local, county, state and federal—everybody was really interested in this project,” Fowler recalls. “There was more public engagement in Sheboygan than in any of the other pilot program communities.”

 

By the fall of 2013, the trail was complete, but being that Wisconsin was itself on the cusp of winter, the trail’s usage is just getting off the ground this spring. In fact, the trail’s official dedication will take place this coming June 2.

 

“The trail opened in the fall, and just a day or two after it was finished, it snowed,” says Bob Esler, a retired high school teacher who has lived in Sheboygan since 1967.

 

Esler, a railroad buff, was so enthused about the project that he wrote a small book—160 pages—on the area’s railroad history and designed historical signage that will be placed along the trail this summer. The trail will also sport a new logo he designed, inspired by the logo of the Chicago and North Western Railway, which once utilized the rail bed. The trail’s name itself comes from the bright yellow trains that once whistled down the tracks from Chicago to Minneapolis, a trip that was 400 miles and took 400 minutes.

 

“The 400 was a streamliner,” says Esler. “Its first car was a tavern lunch-counter car with a soda fountain and a short order cook. They used them from 1942 to 1971 when the trains stopped running.”

 

Esler himself was once a passenger. “As a kid, I grew up in Milwaukee, so when I went to college in Chicago, I rode the 400 to visit home,” says Esler. “It was a nice way to go. I’d sit in the parlor car and, after I turned 21, I’d get a drink!”

When RTC spoke to Esler last week, the weather had finally taken a turn for the better. It was 70 degrees after a long, cold winter, and he was airing up his tires for his first ride down the rail-trail. Perhaps an echo of the community’s sentiment, he enthusiastically exclaimed, “I haven’t been on the trail yet, but I plan to go on it soon!”

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer & Stewardship, Anacostia Watershed Society, Bladensburg, MD

 

If you are looking for a good cause that deserves your time and effort, look no further! Here at AWS no contribution is more valuable to us than your hard work. We offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that will engage your hands, your head, and your heart in the protection and restoration of our local lands and water. Volunteers are accommodated individually and in groups.

 

Volunteer Outdoors!

 

Interested in hands-on environmental restoration work? Help us with one of these outdoor stewardship projects—

• River & Community Trash Cleanups

• Non-native, Invasive Plant Removals

• Native Plant Restoration

• Meadow Restoration

 

Regularly scheduled volunteer events are listed on our event calendar at http://www.anacostiaws.org/calendar.

 

Please see the calendar for complete event details and participation instructions. Other types of activities, including native wetland plantings, may be available from time to time. AWS will arrange special projects for organized groups of volunteers. Please see A Note About Volunteer Groups below for more information.

 

Attention Students! Community service hours are available when you volunteer with AWS! Ask us for details, or bring your community service form with you.

 

Photographers and Videographers are also needed to document our restoration work along with capturing the beauty of the wildlife and the river. Contact our Communications Manager at 301-699-6204 x117 or email info@anacostiaws.org.

 

A Note About Volunteer Groups

 

Does your business, organization, church, or school want to volunteer with AWS? Volunteering in a group is simple and easy. All you have to do is contact an AWS volunteer project coordinator to make arrangements. We will match the size and capacity of your group to a fun and rewarding volunteer activity that everyone will enjoy! Visit the links under

 

Stewardship Projects above for descriptions of all our volunteer activities.

 

AWS tries to accommodate all special requests for group volunteer events. Dates and times for special group projects depend upon availability of AWS staff and project resources. All volunteer events are subject to rescheduling or cancellation in the event of severe weather or emergencies.

 

AWS volunteer projects are funded, in part, through government grants. In compliance with the terms of those grant awards, AWS maintains the right to invite members of the general public to participate in all volunteer events, scheduled or arranged independently.

 

Anacostia Watershed Society

 

The George Washington House, 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710

phone: 301-699-6204  fax: 301-699-3317

 

http://www.anacostiaws.org/get-involved/volunteer-stewardship

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Social Media Manager, The North Face, Alameda, CA

 

At The North Face, we push the boundaries of innovation with our product design and development of premier apparel, equipment and footwear to enable and inspire athletes and enthusiasts to Never Stop Exploring. We remain deeply proud to

 

be the first choice of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers. If you have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy a fast-paced environment, this is the place for you!

 

The key responsibility of the Social Media Manager is to manager all TNF social media efforts across Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, activity-specific social media sites, and other emerging media to deliver key brand messaging and content.

 

Leverage end-to-end creative, copy, and sports marketing content across relevant sites to drive awareness, tnf.com database growth, and traffic for tnf.com. The Social Media Manager will be the internal champion and evangelist for social media across the organization. Establish control-related standards and procedures.

 

Qualifications

 

Education/Experience:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5.

BA/BS in Marketing, Digital Marketing, Communications, or Design or equivalent years of education and experience. 5 years experience in digital marketing. Strong preference for a background in the outdoor and/or apparel industry.

 

Skills:

· Demonstrated social crisis management experience.

Prior management of agencies, freelancers, and/or direct reports.

Proven ability to grow communities, in terms of engagement rates, raw growth in

follower numbers, and rank vs. brand competitors.

Competency in coordinating programs with distributed global teammates.

Organized, flexible, and collaborative.

Advanced knowledge of digital media (search, email, affiliate, mobile, etc).

Knowledge of web development.

Strong project management skills.

Ability to lead cross functional digital marketing projects for on-time

in-budget delivery.

Strong written and verbal communications and negotiations skills.

 

Special Requirements:

Travel – 10%

 

Key Responsibilities

 

1. Direct team of coordinators to manage the daily tasks of sourcing and publishing social media content, maintaining a daily dialogue with the brand’s fans and followers, and moderating, monitoring, and measuring the flow of both fan and brand content.

2. Coordinate with the content development and production teams to devise both paid and organic content distribution strategies.

3. Set the path and POV for the brand’s social media editorial voice, purpose, and short-term and long-term calendars.

4. Broaden social media access and tactics beyond the marketing function to other areas of the business, including customer service, retail, sales, and product.

5. Advise brand and media planning teams on the newest and most effective paid social media placements.

6. Devise brand-accurate strategies for consumer engagement, including user-generated content, sweepstakes, and contests.

7. Communicate with VF sister brands on social media wins, campaigns, tactics, pitfalls, agencies, and toolkits.

8. Determine and continuously adjust the brand’s social media software toolkit for publishing, monitoring, and quantifying the impact of social media content and communication.

9. Contribute to both seasonal and go-to-market campaigns with innovative social media strategies.

10. Collaborate with corporate communications to establish and refine or crisis management monitoring and response protocols.

 

https://vfc.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=THE0023I&lang=en&sns_id=addthis-service-code

 

2.)  Sports Marketing Coordinator, The North Face, Alameda, CA

https://vfc.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=THE0024D&lang=en&sns_id=addthis-service-code

 

3.)  Deputy Vice President of Communications, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

 

Spearheads the development and implementation of integrated media and marketing campaigns to support our programmatic priorities and raise the visibility of our brand with key audiences. Determines the overall content of, and coordinates

 

operations for, all earned media, including digital, print, radio, and television. Works closely with the Vice President of Communications to ensure coordination and integration of ongoing communications campaigns, including media, online, and design. Participates in organizational messaging, and provides strategic guidance to media team and policy leads in developing talking points and collateral materials to support those messages.

 

Seeks opportunities to raise the organization’s visibility through marketing initiatives tied to our strategic Communications efforts, working closely with staff in Communications, Development, and Membership. Monitors the media landscape to keep tabs on issues that could potentially harm the organization, and alerts the VP of potential crises communications issues. Oversees the media team and the media budget, including related consultants.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

 

·         Provides strategic direction for the organization’s integrated media campaigns, working in concert with policy

 

staff and the media team to develop targeted, integrated campaigns, including related materials such as radio campaigns and Public Service Announcements. 30 percent

 

·         Develops and maintains relationships with key national media reps, including bloggers; oversees creation and implementation of all media campaigns (regional and national) and activities. 20 percent

 

·         Manages media relations staff, interns, and consultants, and the media budget. Seeks opportunities through marketing initiatives to raise the organization’s brand visibility. 20 percent

 

·         Provides support for creation of tactics such as policy position papers, testimony, congressional letters, reports, and other materials, which support organizational priorities. 15 percent

 

·         Serves as an integral member of the Communications management team. 10 percent

 

·         Monitors landscape for potential crises communications issues. 5 percent

 

TOUR OF DUTY:  9:00 to 5:00, Monday – Friday

 

SCOPE OF POSITION:  Some interaction via telephone with donors and members, members of the Board of Trustees, NPCA staff, outside groups, and vendors. Interacts with all departments as well as regional directors.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

•Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance mission and goals.

•Innovative thinker and creative implementer of strategic communications campaigns.

•Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing strategic communications campaigns to support programmatic work.

•Demonstrated expertise using social media in a strategic, creative way to support integrated communications campaigns to

 

enhance brand recognition and programmatic priorities.

•Demonstrated skill in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors and successfully positioning subject matter with the media (traditional and digital) to achieve high-impact placements.

•At least 5 years of experience in a management role.

•At least 7 years of experience engaged in strategic communications

•Experienced in conservation policy

•Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills

•Proven ability to manage an efficient, effective team.

•Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.

•Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

•Baccalaureate degree in communications, journalism, or related field, master’s preferred.

 

Core Values

 

Live, honor, and own the organization’s Core Values:

 

1.    Commitment to Mission:  Commitment to the national parks is essential to our success.

 

2.    Empowerment: Having the tools, skills, facts and inspiration to advocate on behalf of the national parks.

 

3.    Teamwork:  Teamwork, built on a fundamental trust in and respect for each other, is integral to our success.

 

4.    Accountability: Being accountable to each other, our members, and the public, as well as to the excellence, timeliness, and integrity of our work, and the implementation of these core values.

 

5.    Innovation: Exercising insightful creativity, perseverance, and strategic risk-taking to successfully complete our work.

 

6.    Diversity: We believe in and celebrate the diversity of cultural backgrounds, community traditions, and political perspectives at NPCA and in the National Park System.  By integrating such diversity into our work, we will most effectively accomplish our mission.

 

http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH12/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NPCA&cws=1&rid=318

 

4.)  Media Relations Summer Intern, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

 

Join the media team that successfully works to protect America’s national Parks!  National Parks Conservation Association media relations interns research, develop, implement, and evaluate campaigns, including writing press materials and pitching and placing news stories.  College juniors, seniors, or recent graduates with an interest in public relations and national parks are encouraged to apply. Candidate must be a strong writer who can juggle multiple tasks. Preferred candidate has background in public relations, public affairs, social media, or communications

 

http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH12/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NPCA&cws=1&rid=319

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

5.)  Fish Hatchery Superintendent, State of Wyoming, Dubois, WY

http://bit.ly/1iQCCPn

 

6.)  Fisheries Technician 1- Tagging Trailer Assistant, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Lewiston, ID

http://bit.ly/1iQCO1f

 

7.)  Coho Fisheries Monitoring Intern, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Olema, CA

http://bit.ly/1iQD7ZN

 

8.)  Bicycle Technician, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Hilton Head Island, SC

http://bit.ly/1pWjuVO

 

9.)  Field Bike Technician – Bay Area Bike Share, Alta, San Francisco, CA

http://bit.ly/1pWkppd

 

10.)  Party Bike Tour Driver, The Thirsty Pedaler, Louisville, KY

http://bit.ly/1pWkCIP

 

*** Send your job opportunities to share with the YVNS network to lundquist989@cs.com.

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for April 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for April 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“We travel for many reasons: to escape, relax, learn, startle ourselves, sometimes to meet new people, sometimes to get away from familiar ones. But as visitors, we touch only the surface of a place.”

 

- Carl Hoffman

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  10 Castles You Can Actually Afford to Sleep In

***  40th Annual Mount Rogers Naturalists Rally

***  Wild Edibles and Plants

***  How to Take a Luxury Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

***  Cheap and Chic: 10 Affordable Hawaii Hotels

***  Traverse City woman gives adventure travel a whole new meaning

***  Adventure travel vs. conservation

***  Primal Travel: Alone in Papua

***  Pennsylvania officials urge anglers to prevent wildfires

***  Live Webcast from GOM Ocean Floor

***  Small Town Travel: Four of America’s Most Iconic Trails Converge in Damascus, Virginia

***  Ecologists track D.C. ospreys’ long journey home — from South America to the Anacostia

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

April 2014

Minnesota’s Dinkytown Greenway

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Communications Assistance, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

2.)  Spring Volunteer Day April 26, Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA

3.)  Mounted Assistance Unit (MAU), Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) / Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Angeles, CA

4.)  Volunteer Naturalist, Conservation Commission of Missouri, throughout Missouri

5.)  Arizona Trail – Maintenance – South of Rogers Trough Trailhead, Arizona National Scenic Trail, Arizona Trail Association, Phoenix, AZ

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Ridgerunner- Appalachian Trail CT/MA, Berkshire Trails Program, Appalachian Mountain Club Southern New England Office, South Egremont, MA

2.)  Communications Director, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Cheyenne, Wyo.

3.)  Mid-Atlantic Corridor Stewardship Coordinator, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Boiling Springs, PA

4.)  Trails Coordinator, Maine Woods Trail Crew, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (MBPL) / Plum Creek / Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Moosehead Lake Region, Maine

 

…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:

 

May 11-16, Seattle / Bellingham / Vancouver

 

June 9-10, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

June 11-12, Bahrain

 

August 18-19-22, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 22, 23, 24, San Diego, Calif.

 

October 28-29, Nassau, Bahamas

 

***  The Vikings Land at British Museum

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/The-Vikings-Land-at-British-Museum-2014-03-06/

 

***  10 Castles You Can Actually Afford to Sleep In

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-castles-you-can-actually-afford-to-sleep-in?ref=news_fd_041214

 

***  40th Annual Mount Rogers Naturalists Rally

 

The 40th Annual Mount Rogers Naturalists Rally will be held in Konnarock, VA on Mother’s Day weekend May 9-10, 2014. The many different and overlapping eco-systems of the Mount Rogers area have fascinated scholars and explorers for decades. The event begins with a gathering Friday evening at the Konnarock Community Center-VA 600–for a fried chicken dinner prepared by the Community Association of Konnarock, and a speaker ( this year on pollinators). Field trips depart from the Community Center on Saturday a.m. and p.m. with a wide variety of topics being investigated by participants and the expert trip-leaders. Join us this year to celebrate 40 years of rallying to explore the Mount Rogers biosphere. Go to the mountrogersnaturalistrally.org site for more specifics on the field trips and to reserve your spot for this year’s dinner. Reservations are absolutely, positively necessary as seating is limited.

 

http://mountrogersnaturalistrally.org/

 

***  Wild Edibles and Plants

 

Knowing how to identify what plants you can and can’t eat is one of those skills that may not be essential to modern man, but it can certainly make camping or hiking a little more interesting.

 

http://outdoors.campmor.com/wild-edibles/?cm_cat=TRAILMAIL&cm_ite=TrailMail-March282014#fbid=OsOFUai_NGF

 

***  How to Take a Luxury Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

 

The Savor Blog

http://blog.savor.co/post/80975536922/how-to-take-a-luxury-vacation-without-breaking-the-bank

 

***  Cheap and Chic: 10 Affordable Hawaii Hotels

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/cheap-and-chic-10-affordable-hawaii-hotels?obref=obinsite#!1-intro

 

***  Traverse City woman gives adventure travel a whole new meaning

 

By Ellen Creager

Detroit Free Press Travel Writer

http://www.freep.com/article/20140330/FEATURES07/303300008/adventure-travel-women-WANT-Pociask

 

(I agree with this comment:  “You can fly to Bora Bora for the same price as flying to Traverse City.”)

 

http://wantexpeditions.com/

 

***  Adventure travel vs. conservation

 

A conversation with outdoor entrepreneur Bill Bryan.

 

High Country News Apr 16, 2014

 

by Ray Ring

 

http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.6/adventure-travel-vs-conservation

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/new-guinea-traveler/

 

***  Primal Travel: Alone in Papua

 

Posted by Keith Bellows of National Geographic Traveler in Travel with Heart on April 14, 2014

 

http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/14/primal-travel-alone-in-papua/

 

***  Pennsylvania officials urge anglers to prevent wildfires

 

By Ashley Bennett

 

http://www.gsnmagazine.com/article/40909/pennsylvania_officials_urge_anglers_prevent_wildfi

 

***  Live Webcast from GOM Ocean Floor

 

From April 12-30, members of the public are invited to join NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as it explores deep-sea habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Virtual ocean explorers will have the chance to see canyons, deep-sea coral communities, and shipwrecks dating to the early 1800s via live video transmitted from the deep seafloor.

 

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Live-Webcast-from-GOM-Ocean-Floor-2014-04-13/

 

***  Small Town Travel: Four of America’s Most Iconic Trails Converge in Damascus, Virginia

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2014/4/7/12523/28596/

 

***  Ecologists track D.C. ospreys’ long journey home — from South America to the Anacostia

 

By Michael E. Ruane

The Washington Post

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ecologists-track-dc-ospreys-long-journey-home–from-south-america-to-the-anacostia/2014/04/18/78a5dd18-c3fc-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.htm

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

Trail of the Month: April 2014

Minnesota’s Dinkytown Greenway

By Laura Stark

 

“It isn’t the longest bike trail in the city, but it is probably one of the most important,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, clad in shorts and running shoes on a bright August day last summer before an energetic crowd celebrating the opening of the Dinkytown Greenway.

 

Although only a mile long, the new paved greenway provides a key piece in a biking network that connects the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. First envisioned 20 years ago, the long-awaited project was eagerly embraced by the community.

 

“I could not believe the size of the turnout,” says Steve Sanders, the University of Minnesota’s alternative transportation manager. “By far, it was the most I’ve ever seen.”

 

Paul Ogren, project manager and engineer for the City of Minneapolis, had the same impression. “I was expecting 50 people, and 250 showed up.”

 

So with virtually no opposition, what took so long?

 

“The Dinkytown Greenway has a long history,” says Sanders. “It was first planned back in 1994, and there’s always been recognition of it as an important piece of infrastructure. But we couldn’t come to an agreement with BNSF Railroad, so the original route had to be changed.”

 

When negotiations with the railroad fell through, Ogren rolled-up his sleeves. With the loss of the potential use of the BNSF corridor for a rail-trail, the route had to be redrawn. But where?

 

“We had to try something entirely different,” Ogren states. “All the neighboring property belonged to the University of Minnesota, so we made a series of designs, even going into the field with a can of spray paint to try and figure out how to fit in a trail.”

 

The University of Minnesota (U of M) was fully supportive of the effort, and the trail now rests entirely on the school’s property. Sanders notes that school administrators were “bound and determined” to make it happen. In particular, he points to the support of Kathleen O’Brien, vice president for university services. “She said, ‘If our stuff is in the way, we’ll move it,’” he affirms.

 

Buildings, loading docks and parking facilities made finding a suitable pathway tricky. “The Dinkytown Greenway has a railroad corridor on one side, and its paving goes right up to the walls of some of the university buildings on the other side,” says Ogren. “It’s shoehorned pretty good.” But, with such a collaborative and cooperative relationship between the City and the University, the trail eventually got done.

 

Critical to the project’s development was funding from the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP), a federally funded initiative launched in 2005 that provided $25 million to each of four communities across the country, including Minneapolis, to make biking and walking infrastructure a priority of transportation planning and to measure any resulting changes in transportation behaviors. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is one of three managing partners and was involved in the program’s design and inception.

 

In Minneapolis, Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC) is the local entity for this federal transportation initiative. “The Dinkytown Greenway, long in everyone’s eyes, finally got done thanks to the persistence and funding that came from BWTC,” says Hilary Reeves, communications director for the group. “Funding from the pilot program kicked into reality an incredible expansion of on-street bikeways and trail connections that really make it possible to get anywhere needed on a bike.”

 

Part of the greenway’s new route runs through an old railroad trench, with the Dinkytown commercial district (for which the trail is named) visible 30 feet overhead. A staircase—the slope was too steep to put in a ramp—will be built this year to connect riders in this “Dinkyditch,” with Dinkytown proper up top. The vibrant community (once home to a young Bob Dylan) offers an eclectic mix of stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Different theories swirl about its unusual name, but the most popular one is that it’s named for the small engines—called “dinkys”—that were once a frequent sight in the area’s railroading past.

 

The trail begins near TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Golden Gophers college football team, and continues through the U of M campus on the east bank of the Mississippi River. On the east side of the stadium, a connection can be made to U of M’s Transitway, a three-mile bikeway that connects the school’s Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

 

The university has truly embraced bike commuting for its students and employees (the school is one of the top employers in the state). It offers a full-service bike center on campus—just blocks from the Dinkytown Greenway—that has bike parking, bike repair facilities and showers. A dozen bike-sharing Nice Ride stations also dot the campus. According to Sanders, the amenities have made alternative transportation so popular at U of M—bike use has gone up by 40 percent between 2009 and 2013—that the University has actually had to remove car parking to make room for more bike parking.

 

Sanders also notes that new housing is springing up next to the Transitway. “It’s a vibrant place where a lot of redevelopment is happening. They advertise the bikeableness of the area and the fact that you can hop onto this network and go places.”

 

The Dinkytown Greenway is a boon for the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood, which abuts the university and has a high percentage of renters, largely students, whom Cordelia Pierson, president of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, says are “very interested in biking and walking access throughout the neighborhood and to the Mississippi River.”

 

She adds, “The trail’s name is kind of funny right now because it doesn’t access Dinkytown and it isn’t green.” But both of those issues are soon to change: In addition to the new staircase to access Dinkytown, the neighborhood association is fundraising to plant native prairie grasses, flowers and trees along the trail to bring a sense of vitality to an otherwise utilitarian corridor. Public art and wayfinding signage are also in the works. “We want to help the greenway thrive, so people aren’t just passing through, but want to visit and stay,” she says.

 

The trail’s location adjacent to TCF Bank Stadium may also help bring in some new fans. “The [NFL's] Vikings are moving to the stadium next to the Dinkytown Greenway,” says Pierson. “For the next two years, while their new stadium is being built, they’ll use this one, so we’re thinking of doing a ‘Biking to the Vikings’ promotion. Getting football fans on bikes can’t be that hard.”

 

Fortuitously, two months before the Purple People Eaters begin playing in August, the METRO light rail system—which welcomes bicyclists with onboard bike racks and station bike lockers—will christen its Green Line that will run through the heart of the U of M campus and include three new stations within a half-mile of the Dinkytown Greenway. This opens up a variety of mixed transit opportunities for residents all over the city, including connections to the famed Mall of America, the Metrodome and the airport on the system’s existing Blue Line.

 

As the trail heads west, it crosses Bridge 9, once used by the Northern Pacific Railroad, but now open for bicyclists and pedestrians. The bridge—a dusky pink of faded U of M maroon—offers spectacular views. Lush tree tops line the Mississippi in vibrant green strokes, while white paddleboats offer splashes of brightness against the dark river.

 

It’s an understandably popular place, especially now that it connects to the Dinkytown Greenway. BWTC, which takes annual biking and walking counts at dozens of locations throughout the Twin Cities, noted in their 2013 report that bicycling on the bridge increased by 53 percent from 2012 to 2013, when the greenway opened.

 

On the river’s west bank, the trail ends at Bluff Street Park, but will be extended under the I-35W Bridge to 13th Avenue South this summer. From there, it’s a short hop to the heavily used bike lanes along 2nd Street that lead to downtown Minneapolis.

 

“The Dinkytown Greenway’s Phase 2 went out to bid, and we wanted to start construction,” says Ogren. “But the weather hasn’t cooperated. We had eight inches of snow three days ago.”

 

In Minneapolis, this is par for the course, but the hardy biking culture is a year-round endeavor. “If you’re a cyclist, these paths are open to ride all winter long,” says Reeves. “You can count on that. They have the same priority as roads.”

 

The cherry on top of the project is that the greenway connects to the Mississippi River Trail, a vast biking route that will one day span the country along America’s most iconic waterway. Minnesota, 1 of 10 states in the network, is in the process of signing its more than 600-mile portion of the route (a mix of on- and off-road segments) from the Iowa border north to the river’s headwaters in Itasca State Park, a project that will be completed by 2015.

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Communications Assistance, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

 

Assist our communications office with publications and media relations activities, such as writing, photography, and graphic design.

 

Specific Tasks:

•Write article and copy for newsletters, brochures, Web site, and other publications.

•Take photographs on assignment for use in VOF publications.

•Assist with graphic design and conceptualization of VOF publications.

•Conduct interviews for stories and press releases.

•Assist with permissions and fact-checking activities.

 

Qualifications:

•Must have proven skills in writing, photography, or graphic design. Applicants will be asked to submit samples of their work.

•Must be able to project an image, in appearance and character, that reflects positively on VOF and its mission.

•Must be able to effectively convey the mission and message of VOF to the target audience.

•Prior knowledge of VOF’s programs and activities is preferred

 

Training:

•VOF orientation

•On-the-job training

•Experience may substitute for some training

 

Time Commitment:

 

This work can be accomplished on an as-needed basis.

 

http://www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/communications-assistance/

 

2.)  Spring Volunteer Day April 26, Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA

http://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar/view_event.asp?CalendarID=34687&Location=List

 

3.)  Mounted Assistance Unit (MAU), Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) / Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Angeles, CA

 

The MAU patrols Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) managed parks in the Santa Susana Mountains from Moorpark to Santa Clarita. They also patrol Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority owned or managed properties in the cities of Whittier, Hacienda Heights and La Habra Heights in addition to Bosque del Rio Hondo. Members of the unit ride their own horses on trails and fire roads providing visitor services under the supervision of MRCA rangers. Each member is asked to patrol a minimum of 60 hours and attend at least two quarterly meetings per year.

 

http://www.lamountains.com/involved.asp

 

4.)  Volunteer Naturalist, Conservation Commission of Missouri, throughout Missouri

 

Witnessing the wild-eyed excitement of a kid reeling in her first fish and feeling the satisfaction of teaching others to build butterfly gardens are just some of the fun you can experience as a Conservation Department volunteer naturalist. Volunteer naturalists help assure that each visitor to a conservation facility gets the most out of his or her visit. Our comprehensive training program enables volunteer naturalists to lead a wide variety of conservation activities. The program has limited openings and age requirements. The volunteer naturalist position also requires a higher level of commitment, but those who are up to the task will find it very rewarding. For more information contact the volunteer coordinator for the facility at which you would like to volunteer.

http://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/get-involved/mdc-volunteer-programs/become-conservation-volunteer

 

5.)  Arizona Trail – Maintenance – South of Rogers Trough Trailhead, Arizona National Scenic Trail, Arizona Trail Association, Phoenix, AZ

 

Join Arizona Trail Association Segment Steward Craig Gregory and other hardy volunteers as we take revenge on the infamous cats claw on AZT Passage 18b. It isn’t too bad yet but a little work now will save a lot of work later. Tasks include pruning and grubbing out the roots of this particularly nasty bush, as well as some light tread work. RSVP to unlimitedduck@gmail.com for additional details, to reserve your lunch and to let us know if you can drive up the mountain.

 

Contact: Craig Gregory   unlimited_duck@yahoo.com.

 

Offered by: Arizona Trail Association

 

http://www.outdoorvolunteer.org/viewevent.aspx?eventid=891

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Ridgerunner- Appalachian Trail CT/MA, Berkshire Trails Program, Appalachian Mountain Club Southern New England Office, South Egremont, MA

 

Job Dates:  May 19 – August 22, 2014

 

Hiring Timeline:  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, starting in December.  Interviews are held in January and February.  Final notice is sent out by the end of March.

 

Position Summary

 

AMC Ridgerunners on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and the southern part of Massachusetts are a vital part of the management of the trail in these states.  Ridgerunners live on the trail all summer, in ten-day shifts, hiking 8-12 miles per day and camping out at campsites along the way.  Ridgerunners contact over 5,000 trail users annually, informing them of Leave No Trace principles, area regulations and trails, backpacking techniques, AT history, and management practices.  Ridgerunners gather important information such as maintenance concerns and use patterns.  They are the eyes and ears of the AT and the public face of the AMC.

 

Ridgerunners work ten days on with four days off, and weekend work is required.  Duties include backpacking and camping, accurate collection of information including report writing, light trail maintenance, and participation in volunteer trail work parties, among other duties.  The position is from mid-May to late August and is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position reporting to the AMC Regional Trails Supervisor.

 

Responsibilities

•Backpack or day hike (depending on assigned route) up to 12 miles per day and camp in specified, designated camping areas for 10 days/nights in a row.

•Interact with as many backcountry visitors as possible, providing trail information and promoting Leave No Trace ethics.

•Lead Leave No Trace Awareness workshops and Leave No Trace Trainer courses for teens, as needed.

•Assist with light trail maintenance including drainage clearing and participating in weekly trail work parties as needed.

•Foster professional relationships with local officials and AMC volunteers.

•Legibly fill out daily reports about trail conditions and backcountry use.

•Pack out litter from backcountry.

•Monitor and maintain backcountry waste management facilities and assist trail work crews.

 

Qualifications

•Extensive backpacking experience, required.

•Solo backpacking experience required

•Willingness to work long hours in solitude, frequently in isolated areas, required.

•Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, required.

•Wilderness First Aid and CPR or Wilderness First Responder certifications, required (training can be provided prior to the start date at no-cost).

•Excellent communication skills.

•Strong desire and ability to work with the public.

•Ability to work unsupervised, to take initiative, and to work as part of a team.

•Ability to make professional decisions under pressure.

•Physically able to travel safely in the backcountry in all weather conditions carrying up to 50 lbs. of gear.

•Background in environmental sciences, natural resources or education, preferred.

•Strong interest in backcountry management, desirable.

•Knowledge of the Appalachian Trail, helpful.

•High School diploma, GED preferred.

 

Benefits

•AMC Membership

•30% Staff discount on AMC retail products

•4 Free Nights at AMC Huts, Lodges and other facilities while employed

 

Questions and Additional Information:

Alice P. Webber

Southern New England Trails Supervisor

P.O. Box 131

South Egremont, MA 01258

413.528.8003

awebber@outdoors.org

 

To apply, please fill out an online application at http://www.outdoors.org/seasonal or submit a cover letter and resume to awebber@outdoors.org.

 

AMC has zero tolerance for the abuse of children. Any employee with access to children will have a criminal record check performed and have references checked regarding their past work with children.

 

The AMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and an Equal Opportunity Service Provider. The AMC values diversity in the workplace.

https://apply.coolworks.com/amc/job-details.asp?JobID=21386

 

***  From Amber Leberman:

 

Hello, Ned,

 

Thanks in advance for your consideration of a job opening at my agency for “Jobs of the Week.” Details below.

 

Amber

 

2.)  Communications Director, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Cheyenne, Wyo.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Serving as Public Information Officer (PIO) directs and guides public information campaigns and strategies; develops media, marketing and communications plans and strategies to guide overall outreach efforts; works closely with Director’s and Governor’s office, addressing important information and education issues and priorities; serves as a member of Game and Fish Department staff which collectively addresses management issues, polices and overall budget. Working under the Deputy Director of External Operations, supervises the following programs: Conservation Education Services; Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation of hunters and anglers; Publications; Video Production; Graphic Design; Human Dimensions; Volunteer Program; and Customer Outreach Services.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Works closely with Director’s office, other agency administrators and regional personnel coordinating media contact; guides public information campaigns and strategies.
  • Develops media, marketing and communications plans and strategies, guiding agency in its overall outreach efforts; works closely with agency Director’s and Governor’s office to address important information and education issues and priorities (PIO functions).
  • Directs, supervises and delegates supervision to subordinate personnel.
  • Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Hire, evaluate and develop staff to support the achievement of the objective and goals related to communications, media relations, and partner cultivation and events.
  • Works continuously to gain a deep understanding of stakeholder needs.
  • Demonstrates effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills that keep our clients, partners and colleagues informed and engaged as we operate in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
  • Administers Education functions, including Conservation Education Services, Publications and Customer Outreach Services (Publications, Customer Outreach).
  • Create continuity and clarity in communication across all departments.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

PREFERENCES:

Preference will be given to those with experience or training in communication, marketing, public relations and/ or media relations.

 

Must have a valid drivers license.

 

KNOWLEDGE:

  • The ability to take knowledge and transform into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Knowledge of public information and media practices; knowledge of marketing principles, brand creation and integrity, and targeted messaging.
  • Knowledge of conservation education programs; knowledge of publication production; knowledge of recruitment and retention principles; knowledge of principles, concepts and current practices of Wyoming State Government, including budget development and management and purchasing.
  • Knowledge of personnel management; knowledge of wildlife management and state wildlife agency operations.
  • Skill in communicating issues to a wide array of professional and lay persons.
  • Skill in oral and written communications; skill in interpersonal relations; skill in fiscal control and budget preparation.
  • Skill in decision-making and directing and delegating work activities; skill in prioritizing allocation of finite personnel and financial resources to meet intra- and inter-departmental needs.
  • Open to and thoughtfully considers the ideas, input, and perspectives of others.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to adapt to changing situations, needs and environments.

 

SALARY: $6,581.00 – $7,742.00 Monthly

http://wgfd.wyo.gov/gameandfishjobs/frmViewJobListings.aspx

 

3.)  Mid-Atlantic Corridor Stewardship Coordinator, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Boiling Springs, PA

 

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

 

CORRIDOR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Corridor Stewardship Program is to support the Trail Clubs and steward the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) National Park Service corridor lands (fee lands and easements), which protect the Appalachian Trail corridor and the Trail ‘experience’, through effective implementation of the cooperative management system involving ATC, Trail-maintaining Clubs, and public-agency partners. The Corridor Stewardship Program implements the annual task agreement developed with the National Park Service’s Appalachian Trail Park Office (APPA).

 

POSITION SUMMARY

This position serves as the primary point of contact for all boundary monitoring and maintenance related stewardship actions for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in the assigned region.  The Corridor Stewardship Program Coordinator facilitates collaboration and cooperation between Trail-maintaining Clubs and public-agency partners to achieve monitoring and management of tracts and boundaries that protect the Appalachian Trail.  This position is responsible for supporting and coordinating regional corridor boundary monitoring and maintenance programs, collecting, organizing and analyzing boundary data, conducting boundary monitoring and maintenance training, conducting and coordinating encroachment mitigation efforts, and supervising seasonal Boundary Technicians. The Coordinator works with other ATC staff, volunteers, the Appalachian Trail Park Office, National Park Service Land Acquisition Office for National Scenic Trails, numerous state agencies, and other entities involved with the Appalachian Trail. The position requires frequent travel and weekend work.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

•In collaboration with program staff and agency partners, establishes a structured, systematic program of boundary monitoring and maintenance that will facilitate perpetual protection of Appalachian National Scenic Trail tracts and boundary lines

•Responsible for planning and managing program budget, implementing annual task agreement, purchasing supplies, and maintaining tools and equipment.

•Aggregates, organizes, maintains, and analyzes boundary data to develop work projects for supporting and coordinating boundary monitoring and maintenance activities

•In collaboration with program staff and agency partners, develops and revises standard operating procedures and protocols that contribute to program operations and standardization of methodology

•Facilitates communication and cooperation with Trail-maintaining Clubs and agency partners

•Coordinates boundary monitoring and maintenance projects with Trail Clubs.

•Maintains computerized data management systems which manage boundary data and information and produce reports in collaboration with program and agency partners.

•Compiles monthly and annual summaries of regional program accomplishments to be presented to ATC senior staff and agency partners

•Reinforces, sustains, and acts as the ATC proponent for regional Trail Club corridor stewardship programs

•Responsible for collaboratively developing and presenting standardized training methodology, materials, and learning opportunities to regional Trail Clubs, volunteers, staff, and agency partners

•Responds to, manages, and mitigates reported threatened or actual corridor and boundary violations/ encroachments in accordance with established standard operating procedures

•May assist Trail Clubs with episodic crew recruitment, training, and management for boundary monitoring and maintenance projects

•Supervises seasonal Boundary Technicians; includes administrative duties related to supervisory responsibilities

•Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS

•BA/BS degree. Degree in conservation biology, ecology, forestry, natural resources management, engineering, surveying, or outdoor resource related field preferred.

•Creativity and attention to detail while handling multiple tasks and meeting assigned deadlines

•Ability to solve problems and handle issues of a complicated / complex nature

•Skilled in project management and contract oversight.

•Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail or other trail work experience is desirable

•Strong communication skills, ability to maintain favorable relations, and inspire cooperation with volunteers

•Supervisory and project planning and implementation experience is required

•Ability to develop and present training programs with a variety of media.

•Experience living and working outdoors, including primitive, backcountry camping

•Demonstrated proficiency with map and compass, survey plats, and orienteering

•Ability to interpret and work with maps/plans oriented towards natural resources, land use, development, or engineering/construction

•Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Google applications and GIS

•Must be willing and able to work flexible schedule including weekends

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

•Work environment is in a multi-person office situation with moderate noise

•Regular use of a computer is required; Microsoft Office, ESRI GIS, and Google applications are used

•Frequent travel and weekend work is required

•Requires Wilderness First Responder and CPR Training; can be obtained post-hire minimum WFA at hire

•Requires valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record,

•Incumbent will be exposed to hazardous physical conditions and seasonal exposure to extreme weather conditions, including rain, snow, humidity, intense heat, and sunlight

•Incumbent must be able to handle heavy brush, walk for extended periods, stand for long periods, perform routine moderate lifting, and to carry up to 50 pounds in a backpack over a minimum of three miles, traverse rough uneven terrain, and wet and slippery surfaces.

 

TO APPLY

 

The deadline to apply is May 2, 2014. To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to lbresette@appalachiantrail.org.   All resumes should be titled as “Last Name_First Name.”  Please include the position title and your name in the email subject line.  An example subject line will read: “Mid-Atlantic Corridor Stewardship Coordinator: Joan Smith.”

 

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/job-opportunities/mid-atlantic-corridor-stewardship-coordinator

 

4.)  Trails Coordinator, Maine Woods Trail Crew, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (MBPL) / Plum Creek / Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Moosehead Lake Region, Maine

https://apply.coolworks.com/amc/job-details.asp?JobID=39403

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for March 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for March 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

- Saint Augustine

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

This issue of YVNS comes to you from Accra, Ghana.

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  Safe!  Or not?  Baseball on donkeys?

***  Reforesting your land in Virginia

***  Top 10 wackiest hotels

***  Are airlines right to change their miles programs?

***  America’s 10 Best Spots for Seeing Wildflowers

***  10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the US

***  Eight islands you’ll never set foot on

***  My Ghana adventure

***  The Top 10 Weird Restaurants Around the World

***  What’s a Lasher?

***  World’s 20 Most Stunning Libraries

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: March 2014

Georgia’s Atlanta Beltline

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer opportunities, The New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors, Albuquerque, NM

2.)  Volunteer opportunities, The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe, NM

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Philadelphia Community Conservation Crew Leaders, Student Conservation Association (SCA), Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ

2.)  Facilities Coordinator, Special Events, National Audubon Society, Inc., Audubon, PA

3.)  Marketing Strategy Officer, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California

4.)  The Manager, Federal Relations, National fish and 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:

 

March 25-26-27, Monterey, Calif.

 

April 11-13, Boston/Bath, Maine

 

June 9-10, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

June 11-12, Bahrain

 

August 18-19-22, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 22, 23, 24, San Diego, Calif.

 

November 3-6, Nassau, Bahamas

 

***  Safe!  Or not?  Baseball on donkeys?

Katie Rosenbrock, TheActiveTimes.com

http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2014/03/03/68620896/there-are-people-playing-baseball-while-riding-on-donkeys

 

***  Reforesting your land in Virginia:

 

Tree Seedlings Selling Fast—Order Yours Before They’re Gone Each year, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) grows and sells more than 24 million tree seedlings. And every year, many of the more than 40 species sell out before the harvest season ends in April. If you are looking to plant tree seedlings or reforest your land this year, you still have a few weeks remaining to order your seedlings. Landowners may still purchase seed mixes, shrubs and quality bare-root tree seedlings in specialty packets for wildlife habitat enhancement, stream bank stabilization, Christmas tree plantations, fall and spring colors, timber stand establishment, urban forests, biodiversity and improvement of watersheds management. Learn why Virginia trees are your best choice. Order yours today by visiting the VDOF Web store, calling the Augusta Forestry Center at (540) 363-7000, or contacting your local VDOF office.

 

http://www.dof.virginia.gov/nursery/research.htm

 

***  Top 10 wackiest hotels

 

Our compilation of the world’s most unusual places to stay

http://www.hotels.com/deals/us-wackiest-hotels/

 

***  Are airlines right to change their miles programs?

Christopher Elliott , Special for USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/03/03/airline-frequent-flier-loyalty-program-changes/5968455/

 

 

***  America’s 10 Best Spots for Seeing Wildflowers

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-10-best-spots-for-seeing-wildflowers?ref=news_fd_030814

 

***  10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the US

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-all-inclusive-resorts-for-families-in-the-us?ref=news_fd_030814#!1-intro

 

***  Eight islands you’ll never set foot on

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2014/03/04/private-exclusive-forbidden-island/5978811/

 

***  My Ghana adventure:

 

My flight from Washington to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian was aboard a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Originally I was booked on a 777 flight connecting to a 767.  When it was changed to a 787 connecting to a 757 the seat assignments were mixed up.  (I believe now that my return flight will be on a 767 connecting to a 787.)

 

I watched a couple of movies because I couldn’t plug in my laptop.  I saw The Departed and looked for—and saw—Scot Cregan who was an extra in the film.

 

It was my second time on a 787 (my first was on Air India between Delhi and Bangalore).  I sat next to a young lady from Accra now living in the U.S. going back to visit family, and an elderly woman who was not an experienced traveler.  The woman spoke no English, but that didn’t stop her from talking to me.  I occasional asked the flight attendant to interpret in Amharic.  The various containers on her meal tray, such as salad dressing, butter, yoghurt, jelly, were mysteries and challenges to her.

 

I had a short connection time in Addis, with no time to check on my seat assignment at the transfer desk.  When I got to the gate, I noticed that the temporary toilets in the Gate 1 area were over flowing.  I cleaning woman finally showed up with a dustpan, bucket and mop and started scooping.  One of the passengers from my DC flight who was also continuing on to Accra jumped in to help the lady sent to try and clean up the mess, but together they could barely keep up.

 

I did manage to get myself a bulkhead exit row seat, and promptly fell asleep.  I woke up a couple of hours into the flight, but then realized we hadn’t taken off yet.

 

I was met upon arrival at Accra by a member of the Ghana Army, helped me through “diplomatic” passport control, helped me retrieve my bags, and then representatives from the Ghana Navy repos took me to my hotel and made sure I was settled in.

 

The Novotel pool was warm, but not too warm.  It’s the hangout for the Delta crews that layover at the Novotel.

 

The Sunday buffet at the Movenpick hotel in Accra is the place to be.  After a long walk in the hot sun it was a cool and appetizing way to enjoy the afternoon.

 

Our Monday agenda featured a flight to Takoradi aboard a Ghana Air Force C295, and a visit to the Naval Dockyard at Sekondi and the base at Takoradi.

 

I moderated the third day of the Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa 2014 conference.  I thought the Ghana Navy and IQPC produced a fabulous event and was delighted to be a part of it.

 

Ghana is a beautiful country with warm and friendly people that make youy feel safe and welcome.  It is an English-speaking nation surrounded my Francophone countries.  It has a transparent busiess and governance environment and is much more conducsive to investment because of it.  There are many valuable resources here, so the question is why is Ghana still relatively a poor country.  I see great opportunity and a bright future for Ghana.

 

***  The Top 10 Weird Restaurants Around the World

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Event-Planning/SM-Top-10/Articles/The-Top-10-Weird-Restaurants-Around-the-World/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  What’s a Lasher?

 

By Laughing Dog

 

In the last couple of years, the term “Lasher” has wormed its way into the long-distance hiker’s vernacular. It’s an acronym for Long-Ass-Section-Hiker, meaning one who hikes a long trail in, uh, really long sections. While that seems lacking in clearly defined parameters, distances hiked are apparently greater than yer run-of-the-mill section hiker, which is not, in itself, defined by any distance parameters.

 

But, in the words of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart “I know it when I see it.”

 

Neville, of Woods Hole Hostel, told us a story about a hiker who, upon hearing the distance a self-proclaimed section hiker was hiking, said “that’s a long-ass section, dude!” (Or words to that effect.) Neville spontaneously suggested that made him a “Lasher.” Now, in her characteristically unassuming way, she allowed that she’s subsequently heard that others have claimed to have made up the term. But I give credit to Neville.

 

And it has come to define how I am hiking the Appalachian Trail.

 

In spring of 2012, I started out like most, hiking north from Springer Mountain in Georgia in a thru-hike attempt. A bursitis in my knee cut that short just across the North Carolina border . I went home, treated the pain, and saw a physical therapist who found the underlying cause. That summer I climbed Mt Katahdin, and headed south on another thru attempt. 538 miles later, I was in a hostel looking at a big lump in my abdomen. The doctor said I needed hernia surgery, stat …

 

With 644 miles of the trail behind me, I redefined myself as a section hiker, got back on where I got off the previous spring, sprained my ankle 3 hours in, and hiked north, slowly, till it was time to go to our family’s reunion. That took me 674 miles to the James River Bridge. Just shy of Shenandoah. That’s a long-ass section if ever I seen one.

 

1318 miles down, 867 to go …

 

In between sections, I saved my pennies and tweaked my gear. My pack’s base weight is now just short of 15 lbs, and a good deal of that can be sent home when the mountains warm up.

 

This spring I’ll get back on at James River bridge, and hike north. Barring injury, emergent surgical needs, vector-borne diseases, hurricanes, or government shut downs, I may just finish the AT in one last, Long-Ass Section Hike.

 

(Note: All distances were taken from the appropriate year’s database at atdist.com/.  Who in turn get theirs from the ATC’s annual publication “Appalachian Trail Data Book.”

 

***  World’s 20 Most Stunning Libraries

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/worlds-20-most-stunning-libraries?ref=news_fd_031514

 

***  Learning to Lead

 

Inside AMC’s Mountain Leadership School

 

Story by Ty Wivell

 

AMC Outdoors, March/April 2014

 

http://www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2014/features/learning-to-lead.cfm?utm_source=magazine

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

Rail Trail of the Month: March 2014

Georgia’s Atlanta Beltline

By Laura Stark

 

Railroad corridor: Southern Railway, Seaboard Air Line Railroad, Atlanta and West Point Railroad, and Louisville and Nashville Railroad

 

Trail website: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (http://beltline.org/)

 

Length: A total of 33 miles are planned for the Atlanta BeltLine. Currently, 6.8 miles are paved and open in four disconnected segments: Eastside Trail, West End Trail, Northside Trail, and Southwest Connector Trail. An additional three segments awaiting development (totaling about four miles) are available as unpaved hiking trails in the interim.

 

Start Point/End Point: The Atlanta BeltLine will form a loop around the city from Lindbergh Drive in the north to Lee Street in the south, and from Marietta Boulevard in the west to DeKalb Avenue in the east.

 

To navigate the area with an interactive GIS map, and to see more photos, user reviews and ratings, plus loads of other trip-planning information, visit RTC’s free trail-finder website, TrailLink.com.

 

Rentals: Near the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, bicycle rentals are available from Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle (151 Sampson Street NE; 404-588-9930) and Skate Escape (1086 Piedmont Avenue NE; 404-892-1292).

 

Spring is upon us, and perhaps no region is more thankful than the South, hit especially hard by an unusually brutal winter. Residents of The Big Peach are more than ready to head out on the Atlanta Beltline to soak up the warmer weather. In a city once known as Terminus, the BeltLine trail network is a re-envisioning of its railroad past for a new wave of pedestrian and bike-friendly urban design.

 

“We have an electric counter on the Eastside Trail, and it logged 9,700 people on the trail this past Sunday,” says Lee Harrop, program management officer for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “There was no one in Atlanta sitting on their couch.”

 

The two-mile Eastside Trail, which starts at Piedmont Park, the crown jewel of Atlanta’s park system, is one of the most popular segments of the BeltLine. And perhaps there’s no prettier time to enjoy it; this month, showy pink and white blossoms—the stars of the guided Magnolia Tree Walks hosted by Trees Atlanta, which has planted hundreds of trees along the BeltLine—will be on full display.

 

Three other BeltLine trails, West End, Northside and the Southwest Connector, have also been built around the city and total about seven miles. All are paved. Another three trail segments awaiting development (totaling about four miles) are available as natural hiking trails in the interim. Eventually, the trail will connect more than 40 neighborhoods.

 

“The minute we start connecting them together will be an incredible day for the city,” says Ed McBrayer, executive director for the PATH Foundation, which manages the construction of the trail. “People are starting to exercise that never used to, and the trail’s proximity to their houses seems to be the key. The BeltLine has a significant impact on the health of the people around it, no doubt about it.”

 

Even at this stage, with only a handful of its proposed 33 miles completed, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., which implements the project, estimates that the annual trail usage exceeds a million people.

 

“People love the BeltLine,” says Curt Soper, Georgia/Alabama state director of the Trust for Public Land, which helps acquire the land for the trail. “The neighborhoods that are touched by it see the value it brings. It improves their quality of life.”

 

Rather than the straight line of a typical rail-trail, the growing BeltLine will form a 22-mile loop around the city, with another 11 miles of spur trail that tie in to neighborhoods and parks. While not precisely a circle—it was once dubbed the “green ghost” for its shape—the rail-trail at the core of the project comprises four different inactive freight lines.

 

“Atlanta has always been a railroad town,” says Ryan Gravel, senior urban designer for Perkins+Will, the firm that designed the Eastside Trail. “There were railroads everywhere.”

 

Gravel, whose 1999 master’s thesis helped the BeltLine concept take wing, grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he remembers enjoying the sound of the trains at night. For him, the “adventurous quality” of railroads was captivating. A culmination of his experiences exploring the city’s old rail corridors, and a trip abroad, where he was inspired by Paris’s rail-trail greenbelt known as the Promenade Plantée, planted the seeds for his exposé on reusing Atlanta’s ring of freight railroad to meet modern public transportation needs.

 

“At the end of the 1990s, the idea was emerging that a lot of this industrial land laying fallow could be repurposed for a new way of life,” says Gravel, who is now a Board member of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and support for the trail.

 

As a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Gravel’s thesis focused on utilizing the rail corridor for a new light-rail system. The idea took hold when he sent the proposal to city officials and caught the eye of Cathy Woolard, who immediately championed the idea and pushed it forward when she became president of the Atlanta City Council. This spring, the long-awaited first phase of the Atlanta Streetcar will open downtown, just five blocks from the Eastside Trail. Future expansion is planned to connect the streetcar with the BeltLine. The trail and active rail line will form a parallel loop around the city in what is known as a rail-with-trail.

 

More than two decades ago, when Marianne Fowler—then new to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (now senior VP of federal relations)—was tasked with visiting Atlanta to survey the city’s aging railroad corridor for potential conversion to rail-trail, she was “astounded by what a connector it was.”

 

Seeing the startling potential of the city’s ring of railroads that were likely to soon be abandoned, she wrote in her 1991 report, “As Atlanta surveys its sobering lack of open space and its diminished prospects for linear greenways, the 20 miles of rail line circling downtown gain significance… To encircle a major American city with a combined 20-mile rail rotary and rail-trail park would be a feat of extraordinary vision and brilliant engineering.”

 

Today, such a feat is becoming reality. To provide people with a peek at the trail’s progress, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership offers free, narrated bus tours of the developing trail on Friday and Saturday mornings, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition leads guided bicycle tours on the weekends.

 

“In the beginning, we were selling air, we had nothing to show,” says Harrop. “So we started giving three-hour tours that zigzag around the proposed BeltLine. The tours are so popular now, they book up within a couple of hours.”

 

Not only is the BeltLine itself a recreational amenity, it’s spurring the development of new parks and improvements to existing parks throughout the city. The trail’s open segments already link to several of these parks, and more are on the way. In 2004, the Trust for Public Land commissioned an urban planner at Yale University to address the need for more park acreage in the city and investigate opportunities for green space along the BeltLine.

 

“Alexander Garvin took Ryan’s thesis and added to it,” says Soper. “He added nodes of parks so the BeltLine would be more than just a rail-trail loop. It’s helping Atlanta move up the list of world-class cities as far as parks are concerned.”

 

After the study’s publication, the Trust for Public Land began acquiring land for the parks outlined in the report. The first major city park built on the BeltLine was completed in 2012. “Historic Fourth Ward Park is built on what was a dilapidated, run-down area,” says Soper. “Now that neighborhood is booming. It’s ground zero for the economic recovery in Atlanta.”

 

Harrop agrees, “You walk down the Eastside Trail, and there’s so much construction it’s unreal. There’s been $1.1 billion in private investment along the trail: a 3-to-1 return on investment.”

 

Gravel lives along the Eastside Trail and could not be happier with all the growth stemming from the trail. “When we’re out on the trail, there are always mobs of people. The BeltLine is changing the way that people live in a really profound way.”

 

Another emerald on the trail’s necklace will be Westside Reservoir Park, estimated to open within the next five years on the northwest stretch of the BeltLine. At 300 acres, it will be the city’s largest park. The site—due to its towering granite walls nearly 450 feet high, the remnants of a quarry more than a century old—was used for the filming of the second Hunger Games movie. And like that film’s revolution, the BeltLine and the revitalization of Atlanta that it brings are truly “catching fire.”

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer opportunities, The New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors, Albuquerque, NM

 

The New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors is an all-volunteer, non-political organization that is dedicated to improving trails and outdoor facilities throughout the state.

 

The NMVFO is an all-volunteer group so there are lots of ways to volunteer, both on and off the trail. You can help us make outdoors great even if you can’t get to the outdoors!

 

ON THE TRAIL

 

Contact the project leader for a specific project to sign up

 

Project Volunteer: help with the physical aspects of building or improving a trail or public land area. No experience necessary.  All tools provided.

 

Assistant  Project Leader:  Assist the project leader in organizing work crews, gathering tools, gathering project materials. Contact the project leader on a specific project to sign up.

 

Cook or Assistant Cook:  Multi-day or weekend projects require a cook to prepare food for volunteers.  Contact the project leader to sign up.

 

Photographer:  Record the project’s events to be posted on the website, newsletter or used in future promotions.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES – Contact us if you are interested in helping with one of these positions

 

Project Planning Committee: Help with developing our yearly schedule of outdoors projects.

 

Membership Committee: Assist the membership committee in recruiting new volunteers. This may include attending events to promote the NMVFO, distributing brochures, helping with writing for the website, newsletter & local newspaper, placing ads or presenting to other organizations.

 

Tool Team: Trail tools need cleaning, sharpening and organizing! Best suited for an Albuquerque area volunteer.

 

Office management: We need help with collecting mail and other office duties. Best suited for an Albuquerque area volunteer.

 

Website Administrator: Help with updating and maintaining the website.

 

Board Member: Board members make the decisions that direct the NMVFO. Positions are best suited for people in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Bernalillo/Belen area, but we do welcome long-distance board members as well.

 

http://nmvfo.org/volunteer

 

2.)  Volunteer opportunities, The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe, NM

 

Seasonal or occasional Volunteer needs:

 

Laboratory of Anthropology Library Annual Book Sale Fundraiser:

 

Donations or inquiries to volunteer can be made by calling or e-mailing the Librarian Allison Colborne at (505) 476-1264 or allison.colborne@state.nm.us. To see a listing of the better books LOA Library has for sale throughout the year, please visit the MIAC-LOA Library Abebooks.com Bookstore by searching MIAC-LOA at http://www.abebooks.com/docs/Bookstores/ . Book donations are accepted throughout the year.

 

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival:

 

Memorial Day Weekend: Help is needed for all days, all shifts and all types of jobs

 

Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Each artist generously donates a portion of sales to the Museum’s programs. So you can support your favorite artists and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at the same time! www.nativetreasuressantafe.org.

 

Regular Volunteer needs:

 

For more information about any volunteer needs please contact Dawn Kaufmann, Docent Coordinator and Educator, at 505-476-1271.

 

(Please Note: All volunteer areas require some availability during regular office hours M-F 8 am-5 pm, except Special Events and Fundraisers) :

 

Education:

 

The Living Traditions Educational Program provides the opportunity for volunteers and docents to assist in the school tour program through preparation of curriculum and materials for the outreach, and museum tour hands-on activities. Docents are trained to guide students through the museum exhibits, providing unique tours to the youth visitors. Docents and volunteers also work with students in the classroom and outdoors doing hands-on activities, as well as special educational yearly events such as Sun Mountain Gathering and Winter Feast. Volunteers are needed Tuesday through Fridays and occasionally weekends.

 

Contact Joyce Begay-Foss , Director of Education at 505-476-1272 or joyce.begay-foss@state.nm.us

 

Docent Training Program:

 

Docents are an essential and sustaining part of the Museum, and indeed serve as the public face of the Museum for our visitors from around the state and around the world. We rely on our docents to give guided tours, to help with our hands-on classroom activities and outreach visits, and to participate in our fundraising and special events for the public.

 

Please inquire for the next scheduled docent training class. Docent training classes will be led by the docent coordinator, other museum staff, guest artists and speakers, tribal representatives, with panel discussions, and studio tours as well as other fieldtrips. The class will take place at the Museum once a week on Monday mornings from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The training class is about seven months long. Docent training is considered similar in scope and commitment to a college level course. Following successful training as a docent, we ask that you be able to commit to serving two years as a docent. For more information please

 

Contact Dawn Kaufmann, Docent Coordinator and Educator, at 505-476-1271.

 

Museum Gift Shop:

 

The Colleen Cloney Duncan Museum Shop reflects the collections of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and is a unique shopping experience. The shop provides visitors with a wide array of contemporary Native arts—ceramics, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, kachina dolls, works on paper, and baskets—along with clothing and an extensive selection of popular and scholarly books on Native cultures.  Volunteers are needed to help with retail sales and general shop needs, volunteer needs include weekends.

 

Contact the Museum Gift  Shop at 505-982-5057.

 

Laboratory of Anthropology Library:

 

The Laboratory of Anthropology maintains an extensive research Library and Archives. The museum has a 25,000 volume non-circulating special research library, computer catalogued and available to the public and researchers in the library or on-line via OCLC. The library specializes in the southwestern American Indian cultures from earliest times to the contemporary. We are looking for people willing to shelve books (knowledge of Dewey Decimal system necessary) as well as repair books and periodicals, check-in journals, indexing projects and assist patrons. We also need volunteers to help organize and run the annual Book Sale Fundraiser held annually. Tasks include sorting donations and pricing books, cash handling, supervising booksale areas. Special projects may include placing leftover donated items on Ebay or other online listing (Amazon.com or Abebooks, etc.), book weeding projects, or updating/cleaning up catalog database.

 

Volunteer hours are available from 8:30 am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday, except during the booksale weekend  when we will need volunteers Saturday and Sunday. Donations or inquiries to volunteer can be made by calling or e-mailing the Librarian Allison Colborne at (505) 476-1264 or allison.colborne@state.nm.us.

 

Finance Office and General Office Assistance:

 

Volunteers are needed for basic help in finance with Xeroxing, data entry, and filing, mailings.

 

Archaeological Research Collections (ARC):

 

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture will be moving its archaeological collections to a new repository at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in a couple of years, and the Archaeological Research Collections staff is looking for some individuals to lend a hand to prepare for this big move of approximately 10 million objects.

 

Volunteers are needed for various and sundry tasks such as compiling or checking inventories, and re-housing and re-boxing artifacts. These tasks will require attention to detail and a tolerance for repetitive tasks. They may also involve some heavy lifting of boxes of 30-40 lbs, and working in very dusty areas. Volunteers will be part of a team, working during one day per week, in either a morning or afternoon shift (9 am – Noon or 1 to 4 pm). Contact Julia Clifton , Curator of the Archaeological Research Collections at 505-476-1268 or julia.clifton@state.nm.us.

 

Archaeological Records Management Section (ARMS):

 

The Archaeological Records Management Section (ARMS) of the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs maintains a statewide repository of archaeological records for purposes of cultural resource management and research. Working in conjunction with numerous state and federal land managing agencies such as the State Land Office, and Bureau of Land Management field offices, access to archaeological records and survey documentation, either in paper or electronic form through the New Mexico Cultural Resource Information System (NMCRIS) is determined by the registrar as mandated by law through the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee (CPRC).

 

Volunteers are essential to the operation of ARMS due to chronic understaffing and the need to deal with massive amounts of new material received on a regular basis. Volunteers should have an interest in the archaeology of New Mexico, willing to process paper records, enjoy detail work, and have clear readable handwriting. A willingness to learn new software applications is a plus.

 

Tasks include:

•filing maps

•housing photographs

•record keeping

•record maintenance

 

Volunteers are preferred Tuesdays, a.m. or p.m. up until 4pm. Other possible days for volunteering are Monday, Thursday, and Friday. For more information please contact: Louanna (Lou) Haecker at 505-476-1280 or louanna.haecker@state.nm.us or drop by ARMS is located at the Laboratory of Anthropology on Museum Hill, Santa Fe.

 

MIAC Native Gardens and the Avanyu Trail

 

Outdoors work with replicas of Historic and Prehistoric structures and native plants

 

http://www.indianartsandculture.org/volunteer

 

Volunteer Ranger Program Opportunities, San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, Mentone, CA

 

Whatever their primary activity, volunteers may be assigned to work  at one of our visitor centers up to four days each summer as needed. There is no enforcement work done by volunteers. Volunteers perform as always friendly hosts to provide information and assistance to visitors and to keep trails and camping areas clean and in good repair.

 

• Naturalist: Give nature walks and/or present programs.

 

•Information Specialist: Staff the Mill Creek, Barton Flats, Big Falls, and Horse Meadows Stations to provide permits, maps, and other information to forest visitors.

 

•Trail Crew: Improve trails throughout the San Bernardino National Forest.

 

•Recreation Maintenance Crew: Improve recreation facilities in the forest.

 

•Forest Patrol: Backpack overnight in the wilderness, ride your horse along trails and dirt roads, or perform day patrols along the upper Santa Ana River to assist visitors, protect the forest, and perform minor trail and camp maintenance.

 

Where:  In and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Big Bear Lake areas east of San Bernardino. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is located on the San Bernardino National Forest, approximately 75 miles east of Los Angeles.

http://www.sgwa.org/volun.htm

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Philadelphia Community Conservation Crew Leaders, Student Conservation Association (SCA), Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ

 

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire youth crews in the Community Crew Program working in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ, over an 8 week period of time in the summer of 2014.

 

Co-lead, mentor and coach a crew of 12 students, ages 15-19, while completing various conservation service projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Projects include a range of activities such as trail and park maintenance, habitat restoration, revitalization of abandoned urban properties or to urban agriculture.

 

Program Dates: July 1 – August 8, 2014 and a mandatory Training from June 18 – June 27, 2014.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

 

-Follow all SCA policies & procedures as required for the position

-Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project

-Manage relationship with agency partner

-Facilitate crew operations: tools & equipment, work schedule, etc.

-Manage all medical and first aid aspects

-Communicate with full time SCA field staff as required

-Supervise crew members during the work day

-Train & supervise Crew Members in safe and proper tool use

-Organize & lead recreation trip after completion of work project

-Complete required program reporting and documentation

 

Qualifications:

 

-Be at least 21 years old

-Must have ability to legally work in the US

-Valid driver’s license

-Successful completion of criminal background check & MVR check within SCA guidelines

-Must possess current First Aid certification & CPR by the start of the orientation training.

-Documented experience working with urban youth or young adults (ages 14-18)

-Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment

-Preferred experience with conservation work skills or related skills, i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening.

-Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more.

-Attend Mandatory Leader training June 4 – June 13, 2014.

-Must have personal housing arrangements in Philadelphia, Camden or the surrounding areas.

 

Compensation:

 

$575/week, depending on experience, for up to 8 weeks. Paid Crew Leader Training & Work Skills ($455/week, travel, food & lodging provided)

 

Contact Information:

Please visit the link below to view the full position description including application instructions.

 

http://www.thesca.org/philadelphia-community-conservation-crew-leaders

 

Email leaders@thesca.org with any questions. – See more at: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/philadelphia-community-conservation-crew-leaders#sthash.RotUhqZf.dpuf

 

***  From Bill Seiberlich:

 

2.)  Facilities Coordinator, Special Events, National Audubon Society, Inc., Audubon, PA

 

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

Position Summary:

 

Reporting to the Facilities Manager, the Facilities Coordinator will primarily be responsible supporting special events and rentals at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, including cleaning facilities, supervising the activities of rental parties, securing buildings, processing rental contracts, scheduling event staff, and providing other event related support as needed.  S/he will assist with general site maintenance and also help staff the Center’s gift shop during periods when rentals are not scheduled.

 

The Facilities Coordinator will be scheduled work no less than 20 hours per week, and may be scheduled for up to 30, at times, to accommodate event demands. The majority of events and rentals occur during evenings and weekends and scheduled hours will vary depending on the of events booked; however, the Facilities Coordinator should expect to work some part of every weekend. The Center will attempt to honor occasional requests for schedule changes, which are made at least two weeks in advance, in order to accommodate personal/family commitments.

 

Essential Functions:

 

•Act as Audubon’s representative to address guest and vendor needs before, during and after events.

•Clean restrooms, operate industrial floor cleaner, vacuum areas, and thoroughly clean facilities prior to and after events.

•Pick up litter and other debris, including apples and tree nuts, from event areas.

•Conduct inventory, receive and stock event supplies, and report low stock items.

•Assist with and monitor pre-event set-up, including but not limited to setting up tables, chairs, and audio visual equipment.

•Assist with and monitor proper installation and removal of event decorations.

•Oversee day-of events coordination, to include: monitoring noise levels, identifying and minimizing safety hazards, ensuring event users adhere to all rules established by Audubon and Montgomery County.

•Act as a key holder ensuring facilities are both opened and locked at appropriate times, ensure security protocol is strictly adhered to by all parties.

•Initiate and monitor fireplace usage on site; communicate safety instructions to guests.

•Inspect restrooms during events; restock supplies, clean areas, and empty waste baskets as needed.

•Operate the site’s golf cart to shuttle guests and equipment as needed.

•Notify the on-call manager of all major or unusual incidents; notify police, fire or other emergency services as needed.

•Complete nightly reports following events; document major incidents, including all injuries requiring medical attention and/or damage to property, on the Incident Report Form; provide additional information to the Facilities Manager, Director, Risk Manager or others as needed.

•Assist with scheduling, supervising and training other event staff.

•Perform rountine maintenance and janitorial tasks at the site, including but not limited to stocking supplies, weeding/mulching gardens, power washing, raking/blowing, painting, and cleaning.

•Provide staffing support in the gift shop/museum when assigned; process sales and other transactions in the gift shop following established policies and procedures.

•Participate in scheduled staff meetings and trainings.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

 

•Minimum high school diploma or equivalent; additional professional training or degree preferred.

•1-3 years’ experience interacting with facilities coordination or similar field in a fast-paced environment; ability to remain composed under pressure; experience working at a museum, historic site, and other sensitive properties highly desirable.

•Demonstrated ability to safely operate equipment commonly used for janitorial and maintenance tasks, such as ladders, vacuums, and floor cleaners.

•Ability to write and speak fluently in English.

•Valid driver’s license.

•Self-starter with the ability to organize/prioritize workload and complete assignments on time.

•Positive attitude and professional work ethic; prompt and dependable.

•Commitment to the Audubon mission.

•Must be able to engage in physical activity, such as lifting, bending, climbing stairs and ladders, and walking unpaved trails with steep hills, as well as have a willingness to work outdoors on a regular basis in all types of weather conditions.

 

https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2060/job

 

3.)  Marketing Strategy Officer, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California

 

The Marine Mammal Center, an equal opportunity, non-profit employer, is seeking a Marketing Strategy Officer to join our team. The Marine Mammal Center’s mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

 

Job Summary

The Marketing Strategy Officer is a full-time, exempt position with competitive benefits. This management position is responsible for setting and implementing the marketing, branding and communications strategy for the Center. The objectives of this position are to increase visibility and awareness of the Center and as a result increase the potential to raise critical operating funds through the creation and execution of targeted marketing initiatives. The overarching goal is to increase on-site and on-line visitation at the local level, and improve on-line visitation and awareness on the regional, national and global level. This position manages the Center’s two largest fundraising events, the annual Run For The Seals, and the Gala. The position reports to the Director of Development and Marketing but works across divisions in support of integrated programming and initiatives.

 

Reports To

Director of Development and Marketing

 

Responsibilities

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

 

  • Ability to brand and market the Center, its varied programs and events
  • Vast understanding of marketing, branding and communications
  • Excellent project management skills – including the ability to create and implement complex marketing campaigns and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent strategist with the ability to evaluate programs within all departments and advance the mission of the organization through targeted marketing
  • Ability to produce small to medium-sized fundraising events (30-3,000 people)
  • Ability to multi-task while being very efficient with time
  • Skill and ability with using marketing databases (Convio) and ability to record, manage, report and analyze data
  • Ability to be entrepreneurial – envision and create new programs and utilize mutually agreed decision making tools
  • Ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion with minimal supervision
  • Embodiment of the following leadership attributes sought by the Center for its personnel. These include:
  • An articulate person with creative and strong organizational skills
  • An initiator who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; a team player who is inclusive and flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded
  • A strong interpersonal and communication skill set and demonstrated ability to work effectively with, and gain the respect and support of, varied and changing constituencies including staff, board members, potential donors, volunteers and the like
  • An individual who is equally comfortable to lead and delegate, when appropriate, and who has the sense and humility to dive into and address the most mundane of details, as is warranted by the situation
  • A person who is decisive and resourceful, with the willingness to accept responsibility and take charge of results
  • Imagination, vision, leadership, integrity and an entrepreneurial “can do” attitude.
  • Ability to function well in a balanced culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact
  • A self-starter who is confident in expressing opinions, has the foresight to forge ahead when appropriate and alternatively hold back when necessary, employing either tactic with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others
  • An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual
  • Ability to manage contractors and key stakeholders and manage and mentor staff
  • Excellent communication, writing, inter-personal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary, integrated team to advance the mission of the Center

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead the Marketing and Communications Team (70%)

  • Define, shape and execute the marketing/communications strategy for the Center
  • Ensure that marketing strategies and goals are incorporated into the Center’s visitor programs and on the Center’s website
  • Create strategy and implementation for increased visitation in conjunction with education team and other stakeholders
  • Set annual revenue goals and suggest annual long term revenue goals with input from the Director of Development and Marketing
  • Analyze metrics on a regular basis to determine ongoing progress of online activity
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of marketing content online
  • Work closely with the Direct Response Membership Officer to help manage the relationship with the web strategy consultant; communicate and disseminate data results and trends and utilize data to drive decision-making
  • Manage partnerships with key organizations to promote visitation
  • Manage advertising and agency relationships for the Center
  • Manage public relations consultant, and serve as liaison to appropriate staff
  • Oversee creation of long-lead PR strategy with agency and Event and Marketing Assistant
  • Serve as a center PR spokesperson or delegate to staff
  • Help Story and Communications Curator manage volunteer Social Media Manager (oversee relationship as necessary)
  • Work closely with the Website Specialist and the Direct Response Membership Officer to ensure membership campaigns and all web content is integrated into overall marketing strategy
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and Marketing to strategically create and implement new initiatives for the Center
  • Work closely with Education and Retail departments and other stakeholders to drive visitation and improve visitor experience, and provide advice and tactical ideas to help retail sales

Personnel Management (20%)

  • Manage the Event & Marketing Assistant, Story and Communications Curator, and volunteer Social Media Manager and set goals and metrics for each position
  • Measure success through assessment of duties on a routine basis

Major Event Management (10%)
Direct the annual Run for the Seals event:

  • Set gross and net revenue goals for the event
  • Manage and oversee the creation and implementation of all event logistics, budgeting and marketing elements i.e. event plans, staffing briefs, timelines, expense and revenue budgets, marketing plans, fundraising tactics etc.
  • Work with other departments, contractors and volunteers to ensure event success
  • Manage and work closely with Direct Response Membership Officer and other key staff to implement a sponsorship plan
  • Manage live event

Manage the gala:

  • Set gross and net revenue goals for the event
  • Devise a theme that threads through the entire event and all marketing
  • Create and implement a marketing plan and collateral tied to the theme
  • Serve as staff point person to the venue, AV, caterer and other logistics suppliers
  • Utilize other departmental staff as production back-up
  • Hire external events person if needed

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 7+ years marketing/advertising/branding experience
  • Communications/PR experience a plus
  • Demonstrated experience with implementing a marketing plan
  • Ability to optimize automated systems; Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and experience with relational databases.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Compensation

DOE and excellent benefit package

How to Apply

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume attention Human Resources Director & I.T. Manager to admin@tmmc.org. Please put “Marketing Strategy Officer” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is March 28, 2014. We hope to hire this position as soon as possible. Please no phone calls or faxed submissions.

Marine Mammal Center

(http://www.marinemammalcenter.org)

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs/8336-marketing-strategy-officer

 

From Bridget Serchak:

 

4.)  The Manager, Federal Relations, National fish and wildlife foundation, Washington, DC

http://www.nfwf.org/whoweare/careers/Pages/manager-great.aspx

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for February 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for February 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

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*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  World’s 14 best aviation museums

***  Sexiest bars in the Caribbean

***  17 luxury tented guest suites, New Finch Hattons Camp, Kenya to open April 2014

***  10 Best Safari Destinations in Africa

***  Best Places to Retire

***  Top Ten Cheap All-Inclusive Resorts

***  50 States, 50 Pizzas

***  The Top 10 Cities for International Tourists

***  2014 EarthShare New Jersey Nature Photography Competition

***  Buying a New Sleeping Bag

***  America’s Most Unusual Museums

***  It’s straight up George Jetson

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: February 2014

Washington’s Centennial Trail State Park

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  AT Endangered Plant Monitor, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Harriman State Park, NY

2.)  Trail Crew, Montara Mountain, San Mateo, California

3.)  Work Party, Taylor Mountain – King County Parks Department and Seattle Public Utilities, Hobart, WA

4.)  Adopt-a-Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Adopt-a-Garden program, The Trail Foundation, Austin, TX

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Communications Coordinator, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

2.)  Summer Camp Counselor, City of New York/Parks & Recreation, NY, NY

3.)  Marketing, Program & Administrative Coordinator, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), Basalt, CO

4.)  Associate Director of Communications, American Rivers, 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:

 

March 10-13, Boston, Mass.

 

March 17-18-19, Accra, Ghana

 

March 25-26-27, Monterey, Calif.

 

April 11-13, Boston/Bath, Maine

 

June 9-10, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

June 11-12, Bahrain

 

***  World’s 14 best aviation museums

 

By Tamara Hinson and Tara Donaldson, for CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/07/travel/best-aviation-museums/index.html

 

***  Sexiest bars in the Caribbean

 

By Melanie Reffes

http://www.usatoday.com/experience/caribbean/best-of-caribbean/sexiest-bars-caribbean/5392045/

 

***  17 luxury tented guest suites, New Finch Hattons Camp, Kenya to open April 2014

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/new-finch-hattons-camp-kenya-to-open-april-2014/

 

***  10 Best Safari Destinations in Africa

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-safari-destinations-in-africa?ref=021514#!1-intro

 

***  Best Places to Retire

 

10 Great Small Cities for Retirement

Looking for a place where there’s lots to do, but you won’t get lost in the crowd? Check out our top picks

 

AARP Bulletin

http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-10-2011/Great-Charming-Small-Cities-for-Retirement.html?cmp=BAC-OUTBRAIN-HOME_5780413_10-Great-Small-Cities-for-Retirement

 

***  Top Ten Cheap All-Inclusive Resorts

http://www.tripcurator.com/p-caribbean-top-ten-budget-all-inclusive-resorts/

 

***  50 States, 50 Pizzas

By Zagat Staff

http://www.zagat.com/b/50-state-50-pizzas

 

***  The Top 10 Cities for International Tourists

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Event-Planning/SM-Top-10/Articles/The-Top-10-Cities-for-International-Tourists/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  2014 EarthShare New Jersey Nature Photography Competition

 

EarthShare New Jersey invites nature photographers to share your vision of New Jersey’s diverse natural resources. Enter our juried photography exhibition and competition—promote your work to thousands of nature lovers and environmentalists. Submitted images may be used by EarthShare New Jersey to help further our mission even after the contest has concluded. Photographers will be given credit for any images used.

 

Submission Deadline:  5 pm, Saturday, March 8, 2014

There are two categories for the competition: Wild Beauty of New Jersey (wildlife) &  The Bounty of New Jersey (landscapes and waterways)

 

Each of the top two images will receive an award generously provided by our event sponsor, Cooper Pest Solutions. Prize winners will be selected by popular online vote from April 1 – May 1.

•             First prize: $150 gift certificate

•             Second prize: $75 gift certificate

All accepted work will be projected in a continuous slideshow at the EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey event at the Grounds of Sculpture, Hamilton N.J., May 30, 2014. First and second place award winners will receive a complementary ticket to the event and will be recognized during the evening. All others are welcome to purchase tickets.

 

Now in its 8th year, EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey draws more than 200 nature lovers, environmentalists, and corporate supporters from all over the state who spend a relaxed evening together celebrating the natural beauty of NJ.

http://www.earthsharenj.org/get-involved/events/photo-submissions/

 

***  Buying a New Sleeping Bag

http://bit.ly/1j0VHxo

 

***  America’s Most Unusual Museums

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-most-unusual-museums?ref=021514#!1-intro

 

***  It’s straight up George Jetson.

Virgin Atlantic Becomes First Airline to Test Google Glass

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Conference-News/Presentation-Solutions/Articles/Virgin-Atlantic-Becomes-First-Airline-to-Test-Google-Glass/?cid=eltrMtgNews

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: February 2014

Washington’s Centennial Trail State Park

By Laura Stark

“The Centennial Trail was a community-born idea and the community loves it … It’s a recreational opportunity, a commuting corridor and an economic driver for the region.”

Railroad corridor: Unlike a traditional rail-trail, Centennial Trail State Park does not follow a single rail corridor for its entire length. Instead, it utilizes former railroad tracks, bridges and rail yards in a few short sections. Additionally, a short section of the route is rail-with-trail, paralleling active BNSF tracks near Spokane’s Mission Park.

Side-by-side as close as close as lovers, Centennial Trail State Park and the Spokane River run together for nearly 40 miles through eastern Washington, offering both a city and country experience.

“The trail runs along the river and is just beautiful,” says Steve Worley, who runs on the paved pathway each day before heading to his job as Spokane Valley’s public works engineer. “I love it best early in the morning in winter when the moonlight shimmers off the water. It’s a ‘wow’ moment.”

Stoically, wildly, beguilingly, the river is there from the trail’s beginning in Nine Mile Falls, east through Spokane and Spokane Valley, to the Washington/Idaho border, where it seamlessly connects with the 24-mile North Idaho Centennial Trail.

This steadfast partnership is symbolic of the spirit of collaboration that made the trail a reality. In a time when Democrats and Republicans seem to have retreated to separate corners, with fists up and eyes blazing, it’s refreshing to reflect on a project like this whose story is one of unabashed cooperation.

Spearheading the effort in the political sphere was U.S. Congressman Thomas S. Foley, Spokane’s hometown hero whose large personality matched his six-foot, four-inch frame. Len Zickler, who played a lead role in executing the trail’s master plan, says, “Tom Foley was able to secure nearly $8 million [in federal funding] for the trail. That was unheard of.” Foley worked hand-in-hand on the effort with Larry Craig (R-Idaho), who wished to secure federal funding for the connecting trail in Idaho.

In 1987, in a letter to the newly formed Centennial Trail Steering Committee, Foley wrote, “I am delighted in the way this project is bringing citizens together from both the great states of Washington and Idaho. I am encouraged at the broad-based, bipartisan support that has developed on all levels of the government: federal, state, county and local.”

The trail committee, a handful of local citizens from all walks of life, appreciated the support for the daunting task ahead of them. “The Centennial Trail was a community-born idea and the community loves it,” says Audra Sims, a park ranger with Washington State Parks, the managing agency for the trail. “It’s a recreational opportunity, a commuting corridor and an economic driver for the region.”

Zickler points out, “Spokane is not like Seattle. We have a population of close to 500,000. To have more than 2 million people using the trail each year—that’s remarkable. Many are using the trail to commute, not just as a recreational amenity. That’s an important legacy. We should climb to a mountain and shout this to other communities. Who would have thought a facility like this would have such a tremendous benefit beyond just recreational use?”

Foley, a Democrat, represented the state’s fifth district for 30 years and rose to Speaker of the House in 1989. It was a momentous year for the trail as well; that fall, newly elected President George H.W. Bush paid a visit. To the ripple of small American flags handed out to the crowd of 20,000, and the enthusiastic music of high school and college bands, Foley and Bush unveiled a plaque for the first phase of the Centennial Trail named for this very occasion, the state’s 100th birthday.

“Washington State is very lucky to have a great friend like Tom Foley in the nation’s capital,” said Bush to a great roar of approval from the crowd. “He’s a man I’m very proud and honored to work with.”

The setting was Spokane’s Riverfront Park, which itself is celebrating 40 years this May. The site, once a tangle of railroad tracks and warehouses that blocked public access to the river, was revitalized for the 1974 World’s Fair. The event transformed an industrial eyesore of smog and grit into an eyeful of spectacular sights and activities.

“After the World Fair, the fairgrounds were converted into this wonderful downtown park,” says Zickler, who recently became board president of the Friends of the Centennial Trail. “And the Centennial Trail winds right through the middle.”

Rising 155 feet above the park, a remnant of its rail history remains. The impressive brick clock tower, dating back to 1902, was once part of the Great Northern Railroad Depot, which was torn down during preparations for Expo ’74.

“When I was a kid, our downtown was characterized by the railroad,” says Zickler. “There were huge switching yards in the middle of downtown Spokane. In the central core, the Centennial Trail follows the railroad corridor from downtown for a couple of miles. In fact, the first trail bridge, as you leave downtown and head into the Gonzaga University campus, is an old railroad bridge.”

The unique teal-tipped A-framed structure, once a route for the Burlington Northern line, is now called the Don Kardong Bridge after one of the early advocates for the trail. Kardong, a former Olympian marathon runner and longtime Spokane resident, founded the Lilac Bloomsday Run, one of the largest annual races in the country, attracting more than 50,000 to the city each May.

A few paces from the clock tower lie two other sights not typically found trailside. With its hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden horses and Chinese dragons, the turn-of-the-century Looff Carrousel is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Next door, another unusual experience can be had on the Spokane Falls SkyRide. Highlighted in a list of world-class gondola rides by Conde Nast Traveler just last year, the cable car offers panoramic views over a series of rushing waterfalls.

Winding from Riverfront Park east to the state line, the trail’s first phase of 21 miles opened in 1990. Construction on the second phase—from the park west to Riverside State Park—immediately followed and was completed in 1992. Although 37.5 miles of the trail are now in use, a few short sections still need work.

“After 22 years, there are still some gaps,” says Loreen McFaul, executive director of Friends of the Centennial Trail. “But exciting things are happening.”

About half a dozen of these short gaps are outlined on the group’s website, the longest of which is a nearly two-mile extension from the trail’s western end in Nine Mile Falls up to the lakeshore in the Nine Mile Recreation Area. Construction is expected to start this June and take a year to complete.

On this western end, about 10 miles of the trail runs through the wild, wooded beauty of Riverside State Park, Washington’s second-largest state park. Almost every type of outdoor recreation imaginable happens here. In ranking Spokane as one of the “Best Towns 2013,” Outside magazine cited both Riverside State Park and the Centennial Trail as reasons. For the adventurous, the terrain offers some steeper climbs for a more challenging ride than the rest of the trail. And it’s here that equestrians will feel at home. Horseback riders are permitted on the Centennial Trail within the park, and other natural trails for riding are easily accessible from the main trail.

Another gap, through Kendall Yards, was closed just this past September. The site, once a railroad yard, is being re-envisioned as a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use community by Greenstone, a local developer. With spectacular views of the Spokane River Gorge, the new section fits well with the rest of the scenic trail experience.

Most promisingly, the trail’s bipartisan support continues after almost two decades. In a press release announcing the opening of the Kendall Yards segment, Spokane Mayor David Condon, who ran for office on a non-partisan platform, stated, “Downtown is just a short, beautiful walk away along the picturesque Spokane River. This is another example of a partnership delivering a great community asset.” Earlier in 2013, during a tribute to Foley, Condon also praised the work of the legendary Congressman on establishing the trail, and, in 2012, Condon declared the week of Sept. 9 as “Centennial Trail Week” in honor of the trail’s 20th anniversary.

But these positive political partnerships are not the only unexpected collaborations brought together by the Centennial Trail. Innovative partnerships with businesses have also moved the project forward and lowered its development costs. Greenstone, who built the trail piece through Kendall Yards, is a recent example, but perhaps the most significant one was a land swap made between Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP) and Washington State Parks in 1987. In exchange for giving up company-owned riverfront property needed for the trail, IEP received a section of park-owned timberland.

“Inland Paper was a timber company that also produced paper products for local newspapers,” says Zickler. “In the early 1900s, they purchased all the land along the river east of town. They cut the trees in the forest and floated the logs down the river to the paper mill in Millwood. By the 1980s, they were no longer doing that, but they still owned that land. When Inland Paper made the land trade, all of a sudden we had most of the land needed for the trail and it was basically free.”

Another opportunity came in 1989. In return for being allowed to lay fiber-optic communications cable under the trail, AT&T paid for the clearing and grading of the first phase of the trail. All this effort from so many diverse sources has resulted in a trail that Washington State Parks estimates adds $30 million to the region’s economy each year.

“People seek us out for vacation information from all over the country and Canada,” says McFaul. With the trail being such a tourism driver, Friends of the Centennial Trail is planning to add a new trip planning feature on their website this April.

“We’re trying to create an easy way for visitors to learn about the trail, and some of the amenities and attractions along its length,” says Zickler. “The trail is a wonderful way to access many special places in the community.”

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  AT Endangered Plant Monitor, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Harriman State Park, NY

http://www.nynjtc.org/vop/endangered-plant-monitor

 

2.)  Trail Crew, Montara Mountain, San Mateo, California

 

Montara mountain (also called McNee Ranch) is part of Montara State Beach. The mountain is a northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found over 100 miles of coastline. Its highest point rises to 1,898 feet above sea level. An unpaved fire road, the North Peak Access Road, accessible from the Pedro Mountain Road, provides access to the summit by hikers. On rare occasions light snow has dusted the summit. On clear days the summit provides spectacular views of much of the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

McNee Ranch State Park shares a boundary with San Pedro Valley County Park. The Montara Mountain Trail (4.3 miles one way) begins on the north flank of Montara Mountain in San Pedro Valley County Park and ends on the south flank at Montara State Beach.

 

Birds and animals are abundant at McNee Ranch. If observant, you will notice tracks of Coyotes, Fox, Bobcats, Deer, Raccoons, Squirrels, Brush Rabbits, and other small mammals. Mountain Lions live in the area, but are rarely sighted. McNee Ranch is home to California Quail, Ravens, Flickers, Hummingbirds, Wrentits, and other species. During the fall, you will notice a remarkable increase in the number of hawks as they migrate south along the Pacific flyway.

 

For this project the Trail Center will be working with two agencies: California State Parks on the west face of Montara Mountain, and San Mateo County Parks, on the northern and eastern face of Montara Mountain.

 

Location: Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park, San Mateo, California – Montara MountainTrail

 

Directions: On the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County, approx. 20 miles south of San Francisco. We will be staging from the southern entrance to McNee Ranch using the entrance at the Martini Creek gate.

 

Agency: California State Parks – Chris Pereira, Supervising Ranger

 

Supervisor: Dave Croker

 

Project Lead: Dave Croker

 

Additional Information: Participants should bring 2 quarts/liters of water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, lunch and normal precautions against poison oak exposure (work gloves, long sleeved shirts and long pants). The Trail Center provides tools, training, gloves, and refreshments after the workday.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Montara Mountain Trail

 

Activities: Meet at 8:30 a.m. at southern entrance to McNee Ranch using the entrance at the Martini Creek gate. Drive down the road to the Ranger’s house where we will be assembling. Transportation to the work site will be arranged from that location. We must have an accurate volunteer count to arrange for shuttles, so please make sure you have RDVP’d to the Volunteer Coordinator.

We will continue the tread repair work we were doing in 2013.

 

All volunteers MUST bring two quarts/liters of water or other liquid (e.g. sports drinks) as conditions on the trail and at the worksites may be very hot and exposed. Risk of dehydration needs to be avoided and a single 12 oz. bottle of water is not adequate for a workday of this length.

Volunteer

http://www.trailcenter.org/trailbuilding/projects/2014/montaramountain2014/montaramountain2014.html

 

3.)  Work Party, Taylor Mountain – King County Parks Department and Seattle Public Utilities, Hobart, WA

http://vols.wta.org/web/web.pl?sm+21231+WP

 

4.)  Adopt-a-Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Adopt-a-Garden program, The Trail Foundation, Austin, TX

 

Feel the urge to garden along the Trail?  Through our Lady Bird Johnson Adopt-a-Garden program, a Trail lover can adopt an individual garden and design, plant and tend it. Gardens are adopted for a year and put up for adoption as they become available. This successful and innovative program is in its sixth year, with 28 gardens adopted.  When gardeners work at their gardens, many people thank them for their gardening creativity and work!

 

To volunteer with this program or to adopt a garden, please email info@thetrailfoundation.org.

http://www.thetrailfoundation.org/portfolio/lady-bird-johnson-adopt-a-garden-program/

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

***  From Meghan Snow:

 

Thank you for posting!

 

Meghan Snow

Director, Strategic Communications

Ocean Conservancy

Washington, DC 20036

 

1.)  Communications Coordinator, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/who-we-are/job-listings/communications-coordinator-2.html

 

2.)  Summer Camp Counselor, City of New York/Parks & Recreation, NY, NY

http://www.nycgovparks.org/opportunities/jobs/seasonal

 

3.)  Marketing, Program & Administrative Coordinator, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), Basalt, CO

 

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects.

 

Position Description:

 

The Marketing, Program and Administrative Coordinator serves as the primary support staff person to coordinate and implement RFOV’s marketing and volunteer recruitment programs and oversee the management of the RFOV office operations, including data management.  Additional duties include support for RFOV projects, programs and volunteer committees.

 

Specific Responsibilities:

Marketing – in coordination with the volunteer Marketing & Publications Committee:

-  Create fliers; posters; email blasts, print and radio advertisements to promote RFOV projects and events.

-  Help design and produce newsletters, the annual project announcement brochure, and other printed materials.

Media Outreach:

-  Draft public relations materials, including news releases, media alerts, fact sheets and other materials as directed; assemble media and sponsor packets as needed.

-  Develop and maintain relations with editors, reporters and other media contacts.

Web and Social Media:

-  Manage RFOV websites, including updates and maintenance;

-  Manage and maintain RFOV’s social media policy and accounts;

-  Develop and maintain e-communications with constituents, e.g. e-newsletters to donors, volunteers, internal newsletter, etc.

Volunteer Coordination and Program Assistance:  Respond to volunteer queries and sign-ups.  Facilitate the development of specific RFOV programs in one or more areas in addition to marketing.  This typically means working with a volunteer committee or team.

RFOV Memberships:  Maintain records, send renewal letters and process returns.

Data Management:  Manage the RFOV database, and online data collection technology.  Tasks include data input, assembling cumulative data from various sources for report generation, and processing volunteer sign-ups.

Office Management:  Provide general supportive services to RFOV staff and volunteers including scheduling, working with vendors to maintain the computer network and office machines, ordering office supplies, and coordinating meetings.

Communication:  Facilitate good communication between RFOV and volunteers, funders and the community at large.

Other Duties as Assigned:  Perform related duties as required for purposes of supporting and strengthening the mission and purpose of RFOV.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree is preferred, however, applicable work experience may substitute for the educational preferences.

Well developed graphic design skills with experience in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop required.

One to two years of nonprofit or small business marketing and/or administrative support experience.

Highly proficient with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, email, the internet; and Microsoft Access or other data bases.

Experience managing websites required with WordPress experience preferred.

Self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, with a results- and solution-oriented perspective, organized with an attention to detail, flexible with strong time management skills.

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.  Able to prepare special reports according to general instructions.

Good interpersonal skills, team-oriented, enjoy working with others.

Valid Colorado driver’s license and clean driving record.

 

Manual Functions:

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk and/or hear.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to focus.

 

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  RFOV is an equal opportunity employer.  All individuals are encouraged to apply.

 

Application Deadline: February 3, 2014 by 4:30 MST

 

How to apply:

 

Send a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and three examples each of your of your writing and graphic skills to: David Hamilton, Executive Director, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, PO Box 1341, Basalt, CO  81621.

Phone and email inquiries acceptable.

 

Organizational information can be found at www.rfov.org.

 

***  From Andrew Hudson’s Job List:

 

4.)  Associate Director of Communications, American Rivers, Washington, DC

 

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

 

JOB SUMMARY

 

American Rivers has an opening for an Associate Director of Communications. This position is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies for American Rivers’ priorities, primarily in the Colorado River Basin and Intermountain West. The staff person will work closely with conservation, government relations, and communications staff to develop and manage integrated communications campaigns, spearheading media outreach, developing messaging, writing and editing content for print and online, and completing other writing and communications tasks.

 

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Work with key conservation, government relations, and communications staff to develop communications plans for river conservation efforts in the Colorado River Basin and Intermountain West.

Spearhead implementation of communications plans, which may include message development, print/TV/radio media outreach, multimedia and web content development, electronic advocacy outreach, and social media outreach.

Write and edit compelling content for a variety of channels, including American Rivers’ print newsletter, web site and blog, press releases, pitch memos to reporters/editorial boards, speeches and presentations, and other writing tasks such as reports to funders.

Develop an in-depth knowledge and stay current on American Rivers’ conservation/policy work and stay up to date on river news in the region.

Cultivate relationships with the reporters/bloggers covering river issues. Pitch story ideas and provide useful, timely information that helps secure stories on American Rivers’ issues and create opportunities for our spokespeople.

Coordinate press events.

Work with communications, government relations, and conservation staff to develop advocacy communication strategies for key issues. Coordinate with web team to develop strategies and content for online campaigns.

· Work with creative agencies and other vendors on integrated campaigns and manage project budgets.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

 

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, environmental studies, political science, or other relevant area of study.

Four to five years of work experience in communications, media relations or similar area, preferably in conservation, advocacy, or political campaigns.

Proven ability to gain media coverage in targeted publications. Ability to pitch and advance stories.

Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.

Working knowledge of environmental issues and the political system.

Experience in public speaking.

Self-starter able to work independently and juggle multiple projects and priorities. Able to work well with colleagues in different offices and time zones.

Excellent computer skills.

Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.

 

COMPENSATION, TERM & BENEFITS:

 

Salary is commensurate with experience. This full-time position is funded for 2 years but may be extended if the existing funding is renewed or new funding is found. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

How to apply

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: jobs@americanrivers.org with “Assoc. Dir. Comm. Position” in the subject line or to American Rivers, Attn: Assoc. Dir. Comm. Position, 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20005. No phone calls please.

 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

http://andrewhudsonsjobslist.com/index.cfm?PID=805&ID=9272,30011,0&S=innruioruwr#j021714_1

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for January 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for January 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

Isoja kaloja kannattaa pyytää vaikkei saisikaan.”

(Translation: Big fish are worth of fishing even if you don’t catch one.)

- Yhdistys Fyysikkoseurs,

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

 

***  This edition of YVNS comes to you from Helsinki, Finland.

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel:

***  Feeling insecure: Pre-Checked?  Pre-Rejected?

***  Ned’s January trip tp Sweden by way of Austria:

***  I love Kayak.  So does mother.

***  Norweigian airlines

***  World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails

***  Value of Frequent-Flyer Miles Will Soon Drop for Delta and United Travelers

***  Check out these amazing hotels

***  Confessions of Hotel Housekeepers

***  Fodor’s Travel Names Top Destinations for 2014

***  Condé Nast’s GOLD LIST 2014

***  Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2014

***  Virginia’s Acorn Crop Very Light This Year

***  Learn to Handle Back Country Emergencies

***  Video Interlude: Take a Few Minutes to Fly with Air Tahiti Nui

***  Which perk is morer important?  Mini-bar or Free Wi-Fi?

***  A cave is just a hole sitting on its side

***  Time to start planning summer expeditions

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

 

Trail of the Month: January 2014

Florida’s Blountstown Greenway Bike Path

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Osprey Watcher, The Center for Conservation Biology, Williamsburg, VA (various locations)

2.)  Internships, The Center for Conservation Biology, Williamsburg, VA

3.)  Volunteer, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Manager, Corporate Marketing Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC

2.)  Office Manager (Part-Time), Golden Gate Audubon Society, Berkeley, California

3.)  Lead Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Lexington, Kentucky

4.)  Chapter Liaison and Communications Assistant, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Alexandria, VA

5.)  Communications Coordinator, Oregon Wild, Portland, Oregon

6.)  Habitat Restoration Coordinator/Project Manager, The Freshwater Trust, Portland, Oregon

7.)  Snowmaking Supervisor, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, PA

 

…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:

 

January 18-25, 2014 — Stockholm ; Karlskrona, Linkoping, Gothenberg, Sweden.

 

January 25-28, 2014 — Helsinki, Finland

 

January 28 – February 1, 2014 — Portsmouth, UK

 

March 17 – 20, 2014 — Accra, Ghana

 

March 24 -  28, 2014 — Monetery, Calif.

 

June 2 – 4, 2014 — Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

***  Feeling insecure: Pre-Checked?  Pre-Rejected?

 

Thanksgiving holiday…went to Baltimore (BWI) airport. Two security people standing at the entry to the security line waved me off to a new security line (security area C), saying that I had been pre-cleared by TSA for expedited screening, meaning I didn’t have to remove my laptop or take my shoes off. I looked at my boarding pass, printed at the office, and could see nothing special that indicated pre-clearance. But no one else was at security C, the security agent stamped an X in a circle on my boarding pass and I zoomed through.

 

On the way BACK to Baltimore, I printed my boarding pass at the airport. It clearly said TSA PRE at the top. I had to go through the regular line with all the other people.

 

This makes no sense, being backwards of what should have happened. I have no idea why the TSA selected me and then rejected me.

 

I have NOT paid the $100 fee to TSA for pre screening, had an interview, etc.

Anyone else have this experience?

 

Sue Bumpous

 

***  Ned’s January trip tp Sweden by way of Austria:

 

(Written before departure) – My upcoming trip to Sweden has been booked (not by me) on Austrian, with a five hour layover at Vienna.  I’ve done a little research on line and I can’t say the majority of reviews about Austrian and thweir lounge at Vienna are great.  Even thiough I have Star Alliance Gold / United MileagePlus Premier Platinum status, I can’t reserve a seat without paying (more than $100 for an exit row window), until 36 hours before departure.  But Austrian is a new carrier for me, and Vienna will be a new airpot.  So watch for my review in an upcoming issue of YVNS.

 

As an aside, I will also be flying two flights on Norweigian and one on SAS on this trip, and returning from London on United.

 

Apart from the Norwegian miles, I’ll accumulate some miles on my UA MileagePlus account.  But new rules on United make it much more difficult to earn Priemier qualifying milede.  There ‘s a minimum dollar amount you have to spend, and tickerts must be written by UA.  This makes it doubly and triply difficult to attain elite staus starting in 2014.

 

Since USAirways is now American, Washington Reagan National goesa from being a Star Alliance hub to a One World hub.  I fly a lot of flights on US, but book my miles on UIA.  Time for a new strategy.

 

***  I love Kayak.  So does mother.

 

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2014/1/22/65517/6651/travel/New+Kayak+Ad+Deemed+Offensive+and+Insensitive+and+Reprehe…Yawn

 

***  Norweigian airlines is all the good things a low cost carrier should be (cheap, efficient), and apparently none of the really bad things it could be (arogrant, rude).  I flew from Stockholm to Helsinki, a one hour flight, and paid extra for two bags and seat selection ($11 for the exit row window).  The plane-a new and spacious 737-was half full, so I would have been able to sit in a window seat if i picked my seat at checkin. Norweigian touts themselves as being the “greenist” fleet in Europe, partly because its planes and thus its engines are newer and more fuel efficient.  You pay for drinks and snacks, so I declined to buy a cup of coffee, but the flight was not long.

 

Because I originally thought I was going to have just one bag, I had to purchase an additional “bag” at the airport the night before my flight (if it was 24 hours

 

before the flight I could have done so online and saved some money, but it wasn’t much to begin with).  Armed with my voucher, I had now problems checking two bags the next morning.  Airport checkin and security were pretty standard.  I wasn’t running late, so no pressure, and I seated myself at the gate and read my book.  The planes are spotless.  The seats comfortable.  Staff is friendly.  Air fares are cheap.  If only I could get miles where I could use them, but that’s another story, right?

 

***  World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails

From national Geographic

http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/worlds-best-hikes-dream-trails/

 

***  Value of Frequent-Flyer Miles Will Soon Drop for Delta and United Travelers

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-19/value-of-frequent-flier-miles-will-soon-drop-for-delta-and-united-travelers#!

 

***  Check out these amazing hotels:

http://www.huilohuilo.com/en/accommodations

 

***  Confessions of Hotel Housekeepers

by Laura Daily, AARP The Magazine

http://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/info-02-2013/hotel-housekeepers-share-cleaning-and-gratuity-tips.html

 

***  Fodor’s Travel Names Top Destinations for 2014

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Conference-News/Site-Selection/Articles/Fodor-s-Travel-Names-Top-Destinations-for-2014/?cid=eltrMtgNews

 

***  Condé Nast’s GOLD LIST 2014

 

The World’s Best Places to Stay

http://www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/2014

 

***  Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2014

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/travel/lonely-planet-best-destinations/

 

***  Virginia’s Acorn Crop Very Light This Year

 

Oaks are among the most common hardwood tree species in many parts of Virginia. Because of their importance both as a source of forest regeneration and as a mast crop for wildlife, each year’s acorn crop is the subject of much attention. Many reports from various parts of the Commonwealth indicate that the acorn crop this fall is very light, according to officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

 

VDGIF Upland Game Bird Biologist Gary Norman noted, “Acorn production in Virginia in 2013 was low – comparable to the previous low in 2008. The white oak crop appeared to uniformly fail across the state, while some pockets (generally in eastern Virginia) of good red oak production were found. Mast production has alternated from high to low levels since 2010. The impacts of acorns on wildlife populations are extensive and complex. And they are most dramatic where there is little diversity of habitat types and few alternative food sources to acorns.”

 

VDGIF biologists are concerned about a light crop because acorns are a preferred food for many wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey. Oftentimes the search for food creates situations that bring wildlife closer into residential areas to find human-related food sources resulting in unwanted interactions between animals and people.”

 

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/outdoor-report/2013/11/27/#acorn-crop-very-light-this-year

 

***  Learn to Handle Back Country Emergencies with Wilderness Medical Associates, The Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, ME

 

Two wilderness medicine courses are offered each year on the Chewonki campus in Wiscasset. Trip leaders, outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts who want sound strategies for dealing with emergency medical situations in wilderness settings benefit from these thorough programs. The internationally renowned staff of Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) teaches these intensive courses. Instructors combine morning lectures with realistic simulations that are videotaped and critiqued. WMA courses are widely considered the most complete medical training for outdoor professionals.

 

Please note: These courses fill early. Advance registration is recommended.

 

http://www.chewonki.org/news_detail.asp?news=209

 

***  Video Interlude: Take a Few Minutes to Fly with Air Tahiti Nui

 

We hope that Santa brought you exactly what you wanted this year, and if not there’s always your credit card to bring happiness in the final few days of 2013. We’re thinking some airfare is probably a good idea, and that’s especially the case if you’re headed somewhere aboard Air Tahiti Nui.

If you need further evidence that French Polynesia is a place that you need to visit just head to YouTube, as there’s a new video—shot with one of those GoPro things—that’ll quickly sell you on the idea of a visit.

 

The thing runs about five minutes in length, and it reveals views from the cockpit, the wing, the ground crew, and plenty of crystal clear water. If you don’t have time to visit before the end of the year that’s fine, as 2014 can certainly be your chance to check out Air Tahiti Nui and one of their warm weather destinations. It’s certainly on our list!

 

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2013/12/26/8433/1573/travel/Video+Interlude%3A+Take+a+Few+Minutes+to+Fly+with+Air+Tahiti+Nui

 

***  Which perk is morer important?  Mini-bar or Free Wi-Fi?

 

A recent TripAdvisor.com survey finds that the minibar isn’t getting much love. In fact, just 21% of travelers say it’s an important amenity in a hotel, and many hoteliers believe it will soon be a thing of the past. According to analysts, minibars pull in no more than 0.24% of hotel revenue. Lynn Mohrfeld, president of the California Hotel and Lodging Association, said minibars are a hassle because of fees and restocking.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/travel/la-fi-mo-the-hotel-mini-bar-extinct-20131226,0,5825766.story#axzz2pOMH8xWZ

 

***  A cave is just a hole sitting on its side:

 

Cave Adventurers, Mill Pond, Marianna, Florida

http://www.caveadventurers.com/

 

***  Time to start planning summer expeditions:

 

BWCA/Quetico Lake Database

 

If this is your first time (or your 50th time) to the Boundary Waters, you should consider hiring an outfitter. There are many outfitters in the area. They are very experienced in helping people plan canoe trips. Their services range from renting canoes to full-fledged outfitting and guiding. They can help you with any or all of the steps below. If this is your first trip to the BWCA (especially if it is your first canoe trip), I would highly recommend talking to an outfitter. Their knowledge and services will greatly enhance your experience, and you will probably enjoy your trip a lot more. See our list of outfitters for more information.

 

The basic steps for planning a canoe trip are:

1.Decide when and where you want to go

2.Reserve a permit (BWCA or Quetico)

3.Review the rules and regulations

4.Buy the necessary maps

5.Make sure your canoe is licensed

6.Obtain a Minnesota fishing license (if desired)

7.Plan, prepare, and pack the food

8.Pack your gear

9.Pick up your permit the day before or day of your entry date

10.Drive to the entry point and enter on the day on your permit

11.Have fun!

 

The Superior National Forest has a publication titled 2013 BWCAW Trip Planning Guide that is a good reference in addition to the steps and information that are outlined here.

 

BOUNDARY WATERS

CANOE AREA WILDERNESS

T R I P P L A N N I N G G U I D E

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5417451.pdf

 

http://www.mncanoeing.com/tools/lakedatabase.aspx

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: January 2014

Florida’s Blountstown Greenway Bike Path

 

Straddled between two well-known tourist hubs in the Florida Panhandle is Blountstown, a small city in Calhoun County with only two traffic lights. Nonetheless, it is a growing destination. At the center of this movement is the Blountstown Greenway Bike Path, which was taken from an unlikely prospect to the “heartbeat of the community” by a surprising trail hero, a radio-station owner.

 

“When the planning was going on, there were some who couldn’t imagine spending the money on a walking and biking trail that now can’t imagine life without it,” says Kristy Terry, executive director of the county’s chamber of commerce.

 

She continues, “Blountstown is about 50 miles from Tallahassee on its east side and Panama City to the west. We get lots of pass-through traffic. Many [people] who are headed to the beach from Tallahassee, or who are on their way to Tallahassee for a football game, stop and stretch their legs here and really enjoy the trail.”

 

Offering a pleasant respite for both road-weary travelers and locals, the trail’s northern end is pine forest and gently rolling hills that give way to swampy lowlands as it ventures toward the Apalachicola River. Even through downtown, it retains its serene character; restaurants and shops just a few feet away are accessible but don’t disturb those on a quiet retreat, and the lush natural surroundings are a haven for wildlife.

 

“I saw three deer yesterday, and I’ve seen foxes, wild hogs, hawks and a coyote,” says Ben Hall, the city’s fire chief, who runs on the trail every day after work. “It’s safe and well marked. About the only thing you might have to worry about is a squirrel running up your pants leg.”

 

Its very peacefulness and beauty have gone a long way toward dispelling the fears that surfaced when the idea for the trail was first brought forward more than a decade ago.

 

“Opponents were worried about potential crime associated with the trail. They worried that there would be people loitering up and down the trail,” says David Melvin, owner of Melvin Engineering, the firm that guided the trail’s development. “But they came around after the trail was complete. They couldn’t catch the vision of it until they really saw the use. Now it’s a huge source of pride for the community.”

 

The trail’s purposeful design, stringing together the city’s most-prized attractions, also enriches and broadens the experience that one would anticipate from a mere four-mile trail. One of these highlights is the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement on the north end of the trail. With several historical buildings in a rustic farm setting—a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, grist mill and others—the museum provides a glimpse of life in Northwest Florida during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Mid-trail, exhibits inside the restored depot at M&B Railroad Memorial Park tell the story of the Marianna and Blountstown line on which the rail-trail was built. Out front, the railroad’s original steam locomotive #444 is a cheerful sight with its cherry-red caboose. With less than 30 miles of track, the railroad was Florida’s shortest, but it was so important to the region that the M&B was dubbed “Meat and Bread.” During its long tenure, from 1909 to 1972, it carried, at one time or another, agricultural products, lumber, manufactured goods, mail and passengers.

 

“Tourism is considered one of our best forms of economic development,” says Terry. “We see the trail as a way to capitalize on the resources that we have.”

 

For Hall, the trail’s value is personal. “I started running two-and-a-half years ago for health reasons,” he says. “I’m 5’6″, and I weighed 200 pounds. My doctor said, ‘You’ve got to do something, or I’m going to have to put you on medication.’ So I just started walking, then running, and lost 50 pounds. At first, I could only run for five minutes. Now I’m training for an ultra-marathon that should take five hours.”

 

This current zest for the trail has come a long way from its beginning in the late 1990s when faith in the trail was less certain. “The city and county governments were pretty hesitant on going forward with it,” says Melvin. “They had concerns about how it would work and if it would benefit the community.”

 

But there was one person who never doubted. “Harry Hagan was a real champion for the project,” says Melvin. “He pushed the project through major hurdles because he thought it would make a real difference in the community.”

 

Hagan could be considered a celebrity for a place like Blountstown. He owns two local radio stations, WYBT (1000 AM) and WPHK (102.7 FM), which broadcast music and community news. He is also involved in the city’s Rotary Club. A runner or bicyclist he’s not; he’s simply a citizen with a vision for the trail and the will to see it through.

 

It was a long and arduous journey. “It’s not an easy thing to put one of these trails together. There’s a lot of opposition to them,” says Hagan. “It took us 15 years to do it. It didn’t just happen.”

 

In addition to obstacles of perception, there were logistical hurdles to face. “The biggest issue in those early days was acquiring the right-of-way,” says Melvin. “The Marianna and Blountstown Railroad was in bankruptcy court, and there were confusing titles to the property. It was a real challenge to make it happen.”

 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy became involved in 1996, purchasing the corridor from bankruptcy court and later selling a section of the corridor to the Florida Department of Transportation who in turn conveyed it to the City of Blountstown. To move the project forward, RTC also developed a concept plan for the trail and made presentations to the city commissioners to advocate for the trail.

 

In 2005, the developing pathway got a boost when it was designated as part of the Florida Trail, a hiking and backpacking route winding through the state from the Georgia border to the Everglades. The trail stretches more than 1,000 miles and is one of 11 such National Scenic Trails in the country (including the well-known Appalachian Trail). It’s maintained and constructed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Florida Trail Association (FTA), whose Panhandle Chapter now helps out with the Blountstown Greenway.

 

But the real payoff came in 2007 with the gleaming of golden, oversized scissors snipping the trail’s ribbon under a bright April sun. Music, food and colorful balloons greeted the droves of people who came to celebrate the trail’s completion and explore the novel recreational asset.

 

Today, the trail continues to be a venue for several races and community events each year, including the popular 5K Catfish Crawl, which the fire department organizes to raise scholarship funds for high school students. It draws about 300 people, a significant amount for rural Florida and a sign of how much the trail has truly been embraced.

 

On a visit last April, Ron Peterson, chair of FTA’s Panhandle Chapter, organized about 20 hikers for a trek down the Blountstown Greenway. Not only did Mayor Tony Shoemake greet them at the railroad museum, he joined them for lunch. This welcoming nature of the city was just one of many reasons that FTA also named Blountstown a Gateway Community for the Florida Trail.

“I love the interactions I have with people on the trail,” says Hall. “I get a lot of thumbs up, high fives and fist bumps. It makes it fun.”

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Osprey Watcher, The Center for Conservation Biology, Williamsburg, VA (various locations)

http://www.osprey-watch.org/

 

2.)  Internships, The Center for Conservation Biology, Williamsburg, VA

 

Interns and technicians are the lifeblood of field research

 

Much of the field research that CCB conducts requires teams of biologists that are often deployed in remote locations.  Interns and technicians represent critical components of those teams and CCB has been fortunate to have had several hundred dedicated interns and technicians working on projects over the years.

 

Additional information will be posted here on application deadlines for the Summer internship Program and Shorebird internship Program. Interns are typically hired in the fall of each year.

 

http://www.ccbbirds.org/what-we-do/education/internships/

 

3.)  Volunteer, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas

 

Volunteer in Arkansas

 

Are you interested in

•Working with others who share your love of nature?

•Contributing your time and skills to an organization you believe in?

•Broadening your resume and life experiences?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got some great opportunities for you. Volunteers help The Nature Conservancy devote a major portion of its funds to land conservation, keeping our effectiveness high and our costs low.

 

Contact Us

 

The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas

601 North University Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: (501) 663-6699

Fax: (501) 663-8332

 

Ozark Highlands Office

38 West Trenton Blvd., Suite 201

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 973-9110

Fax: (479) 973-9135

 

Staff

Worldwide Office: +1 (703) 841-5300

 

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/arkansas/volunteer/index.htm

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

***  From Jennifer Jackson:

 

Hi,

 

I’d like to have a position posted on your website.   Here are the details and feel free to contact me if you need any additional information.

 

Jennifer Jackson

The Nature Conservancy

Worldwide Office

Arlington, VA

 

1.)  Manager, Corporate Marketing Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Corporate Marketing Partnerships Manager is responsible for identifying, cultivating, negotiating and securing new cause-related marketing and sponsorship programs that generate revenue, awareness and consumer engagement for The Nature Conservancy’s mission and conservation goals.

 

The Manager will research and cultivate priority corporate partners that are capable of increasing visibility and funding for the Conservancy through innovative marketing programs/campaigns.  At the same time, s/he will be responsible for working with senior team members to develop creative pitches, sponsorship packages and comparable benefits for existing and potential partners. The Manager may also be responsible for negotiating financial terms and contracts with new corporate partners. S/he will manage internal review/approvals/tracking and communication of Corporate Marketing Partnerships to various committees and internal stakeholders.

 

The Manager will also develop, manage and implement program logistics, including relationships with internal and external partners and outside vendors. This role will implement marketing/promotion plans—engaging corporations, developing promotional materials, and working with internal operating units to implement social media, web, media relations and creative efforts associated with the goals of each partnership.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 41731 , submit resume and cover letter as one document.

 

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 17th 2014.

 

Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. The information entered in the education and work experience sections are auto screened by the system based on the basic qualifications of the position.

 

You must click submit to apply for the position. Click save if you want to be able to return to your application and submit it later. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited.

 

EOE STATEMENT

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

https://careers.nature.org/psp/P91HTNC_APP/APPLICANT/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=41731&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

 

2.)  Office Manager (Part-Time), Golden Gate Audubon Society, Berkeley, California

http://www.philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs/6794-office-manager-part-time

 

3.)  Lead Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Lexington, Kentucky

 

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/  aboutus to learn more.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

The Lead Burn Crew Member participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc.  The Lead Burn Crew Member will oversee Burn Crew Members with preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. The Lead Burn Crew Member will perform and coordinate other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive for prescribed burning

 

Assist with, oversee, and coordinate the following activities:

• Perform prairie and forest restoration activities including invasive species eradication using both mechanical and chemical treatments.

• Perform preserve maintenance activities including, but not limited to, boundary marking, trail maintenance and fence repair.

• Maintain fire and stewardship equipment including off-road vehicles, tractors, chain saws, and various hand tools.

• Prepare weekly reports.

• Assist Director of Land Management with other duties as assigned.

 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

 

• High school diploma and 1 year training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management.

• Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss). Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/SquadBoss.htm.

• Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.

• Experience supervising staff is required.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• High school diploma and 2 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management.

• Qualified as or able to quickly meet qualifications for NWCG Firefighter Type 1 (Squad Boss) position. Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/SquadBoss.htm.

• Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner

• Ability to follow instructions from colleagues and supervisor

• Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect firefighters within squad.

• Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather

• Ability to achieve physical fitness standard as set by local Fire Manager

• Obtain licenses and certifications related to first aid.

• Obtain related licenses or certifications such as CPR, herbicide application, driver’s license.

• Experience recognizing plant and animal species.

• Experience operating various types of equipment including power tools, tractors and off-road vehicles.

• Experience loading and pulling trailers.

• Experience performing physical work.

• Valid driver’s license.

• Experience working with and knowledge of natural systems.

 

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION

 

• The Lead Burn Crew Member to lead up to three Burn Crew Members from February – June 2014.

• The position is based in Munfordville, KY where crew housing is available.

• This position requires extensive travel throughout Kentucky.

• Primitive camping may be required while traveling.

 

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

 

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.  Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.”  Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

 

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT

 

The Burn Crew Manager may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:

• require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain

• present frequent possibility of injury

• require long hours in isolated settings

 

BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITIONS

 

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

 

SALARY INFORMATION :  $15.00/hour

 

HOW TO APPLY :  To apply to position number 41754, submit resume and cover letter as one document.  All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 14, 2014.

 

Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. The information entered in the education and work experience sections are auto screened by the system based on the basic qualifications of the position.

 

You must click “submit” to apply for the position. You may select “save for later” if you prefer to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited.

 

If you are experiencing technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

 

EOE STATEMENT

 

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process

 

https://careers.nature.org/psp/P91HTNC_APP/APPLICANT/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=41754&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

 

4.)  Chapter Liaison and Communications Assistant, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Alexandria, VA

http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Cheetah-Conservation-Fund/jobs/Chapter-Liaison-Communication-Assistant-73bfd983b43a59b1

 

5.)  Communications Coordinator, Oregon Wild, Portland, Oregon

 

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild is a non-profit conservation organization with a history of accomplishment. Our victories include safeguarding over 1.7 million acres of Wilderness and 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers through federal legislation, legal victories that have protected hundreds of thousands of acres of old-growth forests and preserved critical wetland habitat, and the preservation of numerous endangered species, from coho salmon to northern spotted owls. Oregon Wild enjoys a national reputation as a pioneering organization that is both highly strategic and effective, with strong policy expertise.

 

The Communications Coordinator catalyzes public demand for protecting Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters. This position involves specific electronic communications, media outreach, and writing tasks as well as general outreach duties to current or prospective Oregon Wild supporters.

 

This is a diverse and fast-paced position requiring experience in advocacy or campaign communications. The focus of this position is on increasing public and political support for Oregon Wild conservation campaigns though electronic communications and social media; outreach to traditional print, radio, and television outlets; and the development and use of effective public messaging.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Electronic Communications (50%):

• Develop and implement an overall electronic communications strategy, encompassing social media, website, email, and other resources, to increase support for Oregon Wild campaigns

• Grow the Oregon Wild supporter base of online supporters, activists and donors

• Coordinate e-mail action alert lists, Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog, and other electronic communications, assigning writing and content generation as necessary

• Oversee the Oregon Wild website, including the coordination of a 2014 redesign and content update

• Shoot and edit video and audio clips, produce video spots and other materials to support advocacy campaigns

• Working with other staff, develop and place content on major blogs and other online publications

 

General Communications (40%):

• Draft and distribute press releases, editorial board mailings, opinion columns, and letters to the editor

• Maintain Oregon Wild media distribution lists, distribute press releases and other materials to the news media

• Make pitch calls to reporters and editorial writers to generate media coverage of Oregon Wild campaigns

• Organize regular press events, teleconferences, editorial board briefings, field tours and other forums to promote Oregon Wild campaign objectives

• Provide drafting and editorial support on fact sheets, appeal letters, postcards, and other written materials including occasional conservation reports

• Working with the Conservation Director and appropriate staff, develop communications strategies and messaging in support of Oregon Wild conservation campaigns

 

Outreach Functions (10%):

• Generate public comments in support of Oregon Wild conservation goals

• Recruit and educate prominent community members, business leaders, and others as spokespeople for conservation campaigns

• Organize occasional outreach events such as Oregon Wild Wednesday, film screenings, happy hours, etc

• Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

Required:

• Experience in electronic communications, preferably in an advocacy or political campaign setting

• Ability to balance competing deadlines across multiple campaigns

• Excellent writing skills for traditional and online formats

• Excellent oral communication skills

• A keen sense of effective communications and campaign strategies

• A demonstrated commitment to protecting and restoring Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters

Desired:

• Experience working with traditional print, TV, and radio media

• Skills in HD video filming and editing

• Knowledge of Salsa CRM or similar supporter management and e-mail action tool

• Experience working in Drupal CMS or similar website management platform

• Experience working in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop

 

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position that includes benefits. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. The starting salary for this position is between $32,000 and $40,000, depending on experience. Benefits include paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan option, generous vacation, and other paid time off.

 

 

Application Guidelines/Contact:

Applications must be sent by e-mail to: jobs@oregonwild.org. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two work samples consolidated into a single PDF or Word document. Review of completed applications will begin on February 3, 2014.

 

Salary:

$32,000 and $40,000, depending on experience

http://www.macslist.org/macs-list/Oregon-Wild/Communications-Coordinator/p7KWn6MLZGCh/

 

6.)  Habitat Restoration Coordinator/Project Manager, The Freshwater Trust, Portland, Oregon

https://www.macslist.org/macs-list/The-Freshwater-Trust/Habitat-Restoration-Coordinator-Project-Manager/pkZtc6d2m9dS/

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

7.)  Snowmaking Supervisor, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, PA

http://bit.ly/KofnyC

 

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for December 2013

Your Very Next Step newsletter for December  2013

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild.’ Only to the white man was nature a “wilderness” and only to him was the land ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people.”

- Chief [Luther] Standing Bear

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

 

“Your Very Next Step” adventure/outdoors/conservation newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel:

***  Ned’s January trip tp Sweden by way of Austria

***  Feeling insecure: Pre-Checked?  Pre-Rejected?

***  World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails

***  Value of Frequent-Flyer Miles Will Soon Drop for Delta and United Travelers

***  Check out these amazing hotels:

***  Confessions of Hotel Housekeepers

***  Fodor’s Travel Names Top Destinations for 2014

***  Condé Nast’s GOLD LIST 2014 -  The World’s Best Places to Stay

***  Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2014

***  Virginia’s Acorn Crop Very Light This Year

***  Learn to Handle Back Country Emergencies

***  Video Interlude: Take a Few Minutes to Fly with Air Tahiti Nui

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: December 2013

The Frisco Trail – Fayetteville, Arkansas

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Trail Crew openings, Shenandoah National Park, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

2.)  Bluebird Trail Monitoring, Jennings Environmental Education Center, Brady Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania

3.)  Volunteer expeditions in Madagascar, Blue Ventures, London, UK (expeditions based at Andavadoaka, Madagascar

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Trail Crew Leader, Baxter State Park, Millinocket, ME

2.)  VP of Marketing & Communications, Trout Unlimited, Arlington, Virginia

3.)  Executive Director, JACKSON HOLE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE, Jackson, Wyoming

4.)  Marine Science Instructor Positions, Seacamp Association, Inc., Big Pine Key FL

5.)  Outdoor Education Instructor, Pali Institute, Running Springs CA

6.)  Field Project Coordinator, Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), Bozeman / Helena / Kalispell / Missoula, Montana

7.)  Associate Director for Communications, Conservation Lands Foundation, Durango, CO

8.)  Executive Director, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Waitsfield, Vermont

 

…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:

 

January 18-25, 2014 — Stockholm ; Karlskrona, Linkoping, Gothenberg, Sweden.

 

January 25-28, 2014 — Helsinki, Finland

 

January 28 – February 1, 2014 — Portsmouth, UK

 

March 17 – 20, 2014 — Accra, Ghana

 

March 24 -  28, 2014 — Monetery, Calif.

 

June 2 – 4, 2014 — Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

***  Ned’s January trip tp Sweden by way of Austria:

 

My upcoming trip to Sweden has been booked (not by me) on Austrian, with a five hour layover at Vienna.  I’ve done a little research on line and I can’t say the majority of reviews about Austrian and thweir lounge at Vienna are great.  Even thiough I have Star Alliance Gold / United MileagePlus Premier Platinum status, I can’t reserve a seat without paying (more than $100 for an exit row window), until 36 hours before departure.  But Austrian is a new carrier for me, and Vienna will be a new airpot.  So watch for my review in an upcoming issue of YVNS.

 

As an aside, I will also be flying two flights on Norweigian and one ion SAS on this trip, and returning from London on United.

 

Apart from the Norwegian miles, I’ll accumulate some miles on my UA MileagePlus account.  But new rules on United make it much more difficult to earn Priemier qualifying milede.  There ‘s a minimum dollar amount you have to spend, and tickerts must be written by UA.  This makes it doubly and triply difficult to attain elite staus starting in 2014.

 

Since USAirways is now American, Washington Reagan National goesa from being a Star Alliance hub to a One World hub.  I fly a lot of flights on US, but book my miles on UIA.  Time for a new strategy.

 

***  Feeling insecure: Pre-Checked?  Pre-Rejected?

 

Thanksgiving holiday…went to Baltimore (BWI) airport. Two security people standing at the entry to the security line waved me off to a new security line (security area C), saying that I had been pre-cleared by TSA for expedited screening, meaning I didn’t have to remove my laptop or take my shoes off. I looked at my boarding pass, printed at the office, and could see nothing special that indicated pre-clearance. But no one else was at security C, the security agent stamped an X in a circle on my boarding pass and I zoomed through.

 

On the way BACK to Baltimore, I printed my boarding pass at the airport. It clearly said TSA PRE at the top. I had to go through the regular line with all the other people.

 

This makes no sense, being backwards of what should have happened. I have no idea why the TSA selected me and then rejected me.

 

I have NOT paid the $100 fee to TSA for pre screening, had an interview, etc.

Anyone else have this experience?

 

Sue Bumpous

 

***  World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails

From national Geographic

http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/worlds-best-hikes-dream-trails/

 

***  Value of Frequent-Flyer Miles Will Soon Drop for Delta and United Travelers

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-19/value-of-frequent-flier-miles-will-soon-drop-for-delta-and-united-travelers#!

 

***  Check out these amazing hotels:

http://www.huilohuilo.com/en/accommodations

 

***  Confessions of Hotel Housekeepers

by Laura Daily, AARP The Magazine

http://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/info-02-2013/hotel-housekeepers-share-cleaning-and-gratuity-tips.html

 

***  Fodor’s Travel Names Top Destinations for 2014

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Conference-News/Site-Selection/Articles/Fodor-s-Travel-Names-Top-Destinations-for-2014/?cid=eltrMtgNews

 

***  Condé Nast’s GOLD LIST 2014

 

The World’s Best Places to Stay

http://www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/2014

 

***  Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2014

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/travel/lonely-planet-best-destinations/

 

***  Virginia’s Acorn Crop Very Light This Year

 

Oaks are among the most common hardwood tree species in many parts of Virginia. Because of their importance both as a source of forest regeneration and as a mast crop for wildlife, each year’s acorn crop is the subject of much attention. Many reports from various parts of the Commonwealth indicate that the acorn crop this fall is very light, according to officials at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

 

VDGIF Upland Game Bird Biologist Gary Norman noted, “Acorn production in Virginia in 2013 was low – comparable to the previous low in 2008. The white oak crop appeared to uniformly fail across the state, while some pockets (generally in eastern Virginia) of good red oak production were found. Mast production has alternated from high to low levels since 2010. The impacts of acorns on wildlife populations are extensive and complex. And they are most dramatic where there is little diversity of habitat types and few alternative food sources to acorns.”

 

VDGIF biologists are concerned about a light crop because acorns are a preferred food for many wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey. Oftentimes the search for food creates situations that bring wildlife closer into residential areas to find human-related food sources resulting in unwanted interactions between animals and people.”

 

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/outdoor-report/2013/11/27/#acorn-crop-very-light-this-year

 

***  Learn to Handle Back Country Emergencies with Wilderness Medical Associates, The Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, ME

 

Two wilderness medicine courses are offered each year on the Chewonki campus in Wiscasset. Trip leaders, outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts who want sound strategies for dealing with emergency medical situations in wilderness settings benefit from these thorough programs. The internationally renowned staff of Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) teaches these intensive courses. Instructors combine morning lectures with realistic simulations that are videotaped and critiqued. WMA courses are widely considered the most complete medical training for outdoor professionals.

 

Please note: These courses fill early. Advance registration is recommended.

 

http://www.chewonki.org/news_detail.asp?news=209

 

***  Video Interlude: Take a Few Minutes to Fly with Air Tahiti Nui

 

We hope that Santa brought you exactly what you wanted this year, and if not there’s always your credit card to bring happiness in the final few days of 2013. We’re thinking some airfare is probably a good idea, and that’s especially the case if you’re headed somewhere aboard Air Tahiti Nui.

If you need further evidence that French Polynesia is a place that you need to visit just head to YouTube, as there’s a new video—shot with one of those GoPro things—that’ll quickly sell you on the idea of a visit.

 

The thing runs about five minutes in length, and it reveals views from the cockpit, the wing, the ground crew, and plenty of crystal clear water. If you don’t have time to visit before the end of the year that’s fine, as 2014 can certainly be your chance to check out Air Tahiti Nui and one of their warm weather destinations. It’s certainly on our list!

 

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2013/12/26/8433/1573/travel/Video+Interlude%3A+Take+a+Few+Minutes+to+Fly+with+Air+Tahiti+Nui

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: December 2013

 

The Frisco Trail – Fayetteville, Arkansas

 

“Like many American communities developing their trail networks, Fayetteville is booming…”

 

Used railroad corridor: A portion of the trail follows the former St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, from which the trail gets its name. Another section, nearly a half-mile long, is immediately adjacent to an active railroad corridor, which is used by the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.

 

Getting There: Frisco Trail is a short drive east of I-540 in Fayetteville. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (One Airport Blvd., Bentonville) lies about 30 miles north of the trail.

 

Access and Parking: Frisco Trail can be accessed at the intersection of West Spring Street and West Avenue. Public parking is available at that intersection. The trail can also be accessed in the 500 block where it crosses Center Street, Prairie Street, and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

 

To navigate the area with an interactive GIS map, visit RTC’s free trail-finder website, TrailLink.com.

 

Although only a relatively short rail-trail at 1.3 miles, the Frisco Trail in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has had an oversized impact on its city.

 

Since the entire length was opened in 2010, the Frisco Trail has provided a convenient connection right into the vibrant entertainment center of Fayetteville, and along with the Scull Creek Trail forms the spine of Fayetteville’s extensive trail network.

 

Interestingly, the Frisco Trail parallels, at various stages, both an active and a disused rail corridor. The northern end of the trail, from West Spring Street to West Prospect Street, runs adjacent to an active Arkansas & Missouri Railroad line, which carries freight and excursion rail traffic. This sharing of rail corridors for both motorized and non-motorized travel is a growing trend in the American rail-trail scene – today, almost 10 percent of rail-trails are actually rails-with-trails – adjacent to or within an active rail corridor right-of-way.

 

Like many American communities developing their trail networks, Fayetteville is booming – its population has grown 27 percent in the last decade and in the past few years it’s been ranked one of the best places to live, to go to college, to do business or to retire. It is no coincidence that this acclaim has come as the city’s long-range trails and greenways plan has started to come to fruition – all anchored by the short but powerful Frisco Trail.

 

The Frisco Trail is one of the many rail-with-trail projects featured in our new report, America’s Rails-with-Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors.

 

Among the number of developers drawn to Fayetteville by its trail system is the Specialized Real Estate Group, which is building an apartment complex for more than 600 residents close to the Frisco Trail.

 

“The people we serve love the connectivity and health benefits of the trail,” says Specialized Real Estate Group President Seth Mims. “There are obvious environmental benefits of choosing walking or biking over using a car, and these benefits give our developments an edge over conventional apartments built on the outskirts of town. In addition to our proximity to campus, we chose to build on the trail to give residents access to the entertainment district and greenspaces.”

 

The realization of the Frisco Trail is a study in the challenges and opportunities common to many potential rail-with-trail projects. It took two years for the City of Fayetteville and the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad to find common ground over the railroad’s fencing and insurance requirements, and how close the trail could be to the tracks. In exchange for complying with these requirements, the railroad gave the city a 99-year lease for the corridor for free. “I think they finally signed the document because they wanted me to go away,” says Fayetteville’s Trails Coordinator Matt Mihalevich.

 

A big selling point for the railroad was that a trail would improve safety around the corridor. There had been a number of incidents of trespassers (often inebriated) crossing the tracks on their way to and from the downtown entertainment district. The provision of a safe and convenient pathway has now eliminated the need to dangerously cross the active tracks. Since the trail was opened, there have been no accidents involving a trail user and a train.

 

Besides the decrease in trespassing, the railroad has also received a functional benefit from the trail, in that they often board for their excursion train trips in Fayetteville directly from the trail.

 

On its route from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the connection with the Scull Creek Trail, the Frisco Trail passes through Frisco Park, an undeveloped section of woods. Night-time travelers need not worry, though—the trail is well-lit. This portion of trail follows an abandoned railroad bed that was originally built by the Pacific & Greater Eastern Railroad at the end of the 19th century. Later it was used by the Ozark & Cherokee Central during the early part of the 20th century before it was taken over by the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, better known as the Frisco. The corridor was abandoned in the early 1980s but remained undeveloped until the city bought the right-of-way at the beginning of this century.

 

When Rails-to-Trails Conservancy caught up with Mihalevich last week, he was keen to let us know that Fayetteville is continuing to work toward its goal of making trails a key part of the city’s identity – an extension of the Frisco Trail and construction of the new Tsa La Gi Trail are currently underway and due for opening in March.

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Trail Crew openings, Shenandoah National Park, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/get-involved/volunteer

 

2.)  Bluebird Trail Monitoring, Jennings Environmental Education Center, Brady Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania

 

The weekly monitoring Jennings’ bluebird nest boxes during the bluebird breeding season.

 

https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/ProjectSearch.aspx

 

3.)  Volunteer expeditions in Madagascar, Blue Ventures, London, UK (expeditions based at Andavadoaka, Madagascar

http://www.blueventures.org/#

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Trail Crew Leader, Baxter State Park, Millinocket, ME

 

(Length: 26 weeks)

 

Class Code: 9436

Range: 14

Salary: $12.27 hourly / $981.60 bi-weekly

Value of 100% State Paid Health and Dental: $377.46 biweekly

Value of 95% State Paid Health and Dental: $359.27 biweekly

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 11.54% of base pay.

 

DESCRIPTION: This is maintenance and personal services work in coordinating and overseeing work crews involved in Baxter State Park trail construction and maintenance. Responsibilities include prioritizing projects, scheduling daily activities, assigning tasks, providing training, and overseeing work crews in their daily operations. Supervision is exercised over students, volunteers and laborers. Work is performed under general supervision.

 

TYPICAL DUTIES:

…Establishes priorities for the workweek and sequence of projects in order to coordinate and

ensure efficient completion of the established project work schedule.

…Coordinates and schedules work crews’ daily activities in order to ensure trail construction

and maintenance projects are completed efficiently and in a timely manner.

…Assigns tasks on a daily basis in order to provide direction and ensure completion of

projects.

…Oversees the daily activities of work crews in order to provide direction and ensure comple-

tion of projects.

…Makes decisions regarding natural materials to be used on projects, areas to be used for

living space during projects, and methods to be used in performing tasks in order to

ensure safety and protection of the environment during construction and maintenance

projects.

…Assesses trail conditions, processes observations into written reports, and makes recom-

mendations in order to provide training and ensure protection of the environment.

…Maintains a variety of specialized hand and power tools in order to ensure and maintain

continued working order of tools.

…Communicates with laborers, volunteers, supervisors, and others in order to provide

information, training, and motivation.

…Inventories tools, equipment, camping and other gear in order to maintain records and

ensure accountability of materials, tools, and equipment.

…Plans and orders food for crews on a weekly basis in order to ensure crews have food

during long projects.

…Organizes crews, tools, and equipment to respond to search and rescue operations as well

as forest fires within the Park in order to provide assistance and direction in emergency

situations.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

…Knowledge of trail construction and maintenance techniques.

…Knowledge of specialized tools and equipment used in trail construction and maintenance.

…Knowledge of specialized tools, equipment and techniques used in forest fire suppression.

…Knowledge of first-aid procedures.

…Knowledge of backpacking, camping and hiking techniques.

…Ability to plan, organize, assign, and direct crews of students, volunteers and laborers.

…Ability to motivate and supervise work crews during short and long-term projects.

…Ability to plan and implement daily activities for projects.

…Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

…Ability to safely utilize and maintain specialized tools and equipment.

…Ability to hike long distances carrying heavy packs (50+ lbs.) and perform strenuous manual labor.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Two seasons of trail work experience which includes at least one season of leading projects crews.

 

APPLICATION FORMS AT: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/employment/seasonal.htm

 

Questions about the application process?

Contact Jean Howes at  (207) 723-9616  or Jean.Howes@maine.gov

 

Questions about the BSP Trail Maintenance Program and operations? Contact Paul Sannicandro – Trail Supervisor at Paul.Sannicandro@maine.gov

 

http://www.americantrails.org/NewsAction/baxter-crewleader-job-14.html

http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/employment/seasonal.htm

 

2.)  VP of Marketing & Communications, Trout Unlimited, Arlington, Virginia

 

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 155,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of organizers,

 

lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

 

Position Summary

 

This is an exciting opportunity to join Trout Unlimited preferably in their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia – as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications.  The VP of Marketing &

 

Communications will report directly to the CEO and is member of the Senior Staff.  The VP of Marketing & Communications will be responsible for the execution of Trout Unlimited’s communications,

 

marketing and branding strategies. The VP of Marketing & Communications will oversee all activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation and identify communication

 

goals. A key objective is to manage the development and production of Trout’s varied and integrated communications activities and tools including: supporting all events and initiatives, direct mail and

 

marketing, newsletters and other print publications; Website content, E-news and other online communications, social and conventional media and public relations, and marketing.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

-Manage the development and production of all Trout Unlimited’s communications tools, with a particular emphasis on online communications and tools such as social media.

-Develop and promote the TU brand.

-Experience in deploying community building web sites is important.

-Manage production of all marketing and promotional materials.

-Increase membership acquisition program.

-Increase Trout’s online community activity.

-Improve internal processes to improve implementation of the communications strategy.

-Expand partnerships within the outdoor, and related, industry.

 

Job Requirements

 

Qualifications

-10 years of relevant professional experience.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated versatility in writing for all media platforms.

-Creative and strategic application of digital and social media technologies.

-Experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications.

-Innovative thinker, with a track record for problem solving and developing action plans and managing output.

-Self-reliant, results oriented, and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and collaborate and develop consensus with staff and colleagues.

-Experience managing a diverse and remote staff. ◾Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.

-Background in policy and advocacy communications a plus.

-Passion for Trout Unlimited’s mission is essential.  A passion for fishing is helpful.

-A professional and resourceful style; flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical communication initiatives.

-Ability to work with grassroots leaders and volunteers.

-Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of TU.

-Previous experience in conservation organization or the outdoor industry.

-Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.

 

How to Apply:  Please send a letter of interest and resume to Vivie Yen at vyen@tu.org by January 24, 2014. No phone calls please.

 

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

 

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

 

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

http://jobs.prnewsonline.com/jobseeker/job/12953830/

 

3.)  Executive Director, JACKSON HOLE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE, Jackson, Wyoming

 

JACKSON HOLE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE seeks an Executive Director. Based in Jackson, Wyoming, the Alliance works to protect the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole. As the Alliance heads into its 35th year, a new ED will have the rare opportunity to lead an organization with a high profile, dedicated staff, committed supporters, and engaged Board of Directors in one of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Key factors for successful candidates include at least five to seven years in a non-profit leadership position; ability to act as the lead advocate for the Alliance with a genuine passion and concern for the mission; and a proven track record of effective staff management, strategic planning, campaign development and oversight, internal and external relations, fundraising, and budget management. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply (by January 10), please visit the jobs section of our website: JHAlliance.org/Jobs

 

http://hcn.adqic.com/finder/ad_1785633.html

 

4.)  Marine Science Instructor Positions, Seacamp Association, Inc., Big Pine Key FL

 

Company Description: A non-profit, residential, environmental educational organization offering marine science programs for 10-17 year olds in a summer camp setting and to visiting elementary, middle, secondary, college, and adult groups throughout the school year.

 

Year Round Position: Full time Marine Science Instructor positions available.

 

Description: Staff lead interpretive programs in tropical marine science for campers/visiting schools and participate in hospitality services required to run a residential facility. Extensive training: science seminars; American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding, Oxygen Administration, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer; skin diving leadership and Rescue Diver (for currently certified divers only); seamanship and boat handling leading to a Limited license by the USCG; camp life; and teaching techniques.

 

Qualifications:  College graduate with a degree in marine science, the biological sciences, or a related field.  All applicants must be strong swimmers.  Prefer one year of teaching experience and SCUBA certification.

 

Benefits: Salary, housing, meals when participants are in residence, training, worker’s compensation insurance, and staff boat use during time off.

 

To apply: Send resume with complete work history and cover letter to info@seacamp.org. We will contact you to complete your employment packet.  The process will include an application, official college transcripts, and references. Applicants will be required to submit a Level II fingerprint background check and drug screening prior to employment

 

Seacamp Association, Inc.

1300 Big Pine Avenue

Big Pine Key, FL 33043

1-877-SEACAMP

info@seacamp.org

 

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=87414

 

5.)  Outdoor Education Instructor, Pali Institute, Running Springs CA

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=87391

 

6.)  Field Project Coordinator, Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), Bozeman / Helena / Kalispell / Missoula, Montana

 

The Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is hiring the position of Field Project Coordinator, one position in Bozeman, Helena and Kalispell and two positions based in Missoula, Montana.

 

MCC is a crew based program whose mission is to inspire young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities.   MCC has an annual $5 million budget and receives funding from AmeriCorps, project sponsors, grants and private donations.  Statewide each year, the MCC has over 200 AmeriCorps young adult members and 100 youth corps members who perform natural resource work across the region with a variety of land use agencies and non-profit partners.

 

The Field Project Coordinator is a seasonal staff position whose primary duties include technical and logistical support for MCC crews in the field, coordination of crew projects and communication between the MCC and project partners.  Activities will include field visitation to help insure the successful and safe completion of MCC projects, technical guidance, logistical support, tool/gear maintenance and inventory, and oversight to insure compliance with MCC policies and procedures.

 

Primary duties include:

•Provide technical and logistical support for conservation, natural resource and other service projects.

•Visit crews in the field to provide guidance, support and assistance to Crew Leaders.

•Work with leaders to ensure quality field work performance; write performance evaluations of crew leaders.

•Oversee compliance with field safety procedures; support the creation of a ‘culture of professionalism’ within the each crew.

•Ensure field work and activities are in compliance with MCC policies and regulations.

•Be in the field for multiple days to work alongside crews.

•Submit required reports and documentation of field visit and other activity.

•Collect written and photographic documentation of projects.

•Monitor projects to assure that pre, during and post-site visits are performed and documented.

 

Qualifications:

•At least two years of college or equivalent work experience.

•Previous leadership and corps experience.

•Relevant technical skills and experience with a wide range of power and hand tools.

•Effective communication skills.

•A valid driver’s license. Able and willing to travel extensively and work a variable schedule.

•Advanced first aid certification desirable.

 

Salary is $1,043 biweekly.  MCC is accepting applications now.  Start date is early April, 2014; end date October 31, 2014.

 

To apply for Bozeman submit resume and cover letter to chris@mtcorps.org

 

To apply for Helena submit resume and cover letter to tim@mtcorps.org

 

To apply for Kalispell submit resume and cover letter to clifford@mtcorps.org

 

To apply for Missoula submit resume and cover letter to bgrillo@mtcorps.org

 

http://mtcorps.org/about/career-opportunities/

 

7.)  Associate Director for Communications, Conservation Lands Foundation, Durango, CO

 

The Associate Director for Communications will work with staff to develop a communications platform for the Conservation Lands Foundation, inform targeted audiences about the National Conservation Lands, conduct communications trainings and engage the public through traditional and non-traditional media.

 

Please click on link for full job description, salary, benefit package and how to apply: http://www.conservationlands.org/job-announcement-associate-director-for-communications-at-clf

 

Conservationist II $4115 – $5110 Full Time – Permanent, CCC Ukiah, California Conservation Corps, Ukiah, CA

http://www.ccc.ca.gov/about/staffjobs/Documents/14-1121%20%20CII%20Ukiah.pdf

 

8.)  Executive Director, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Waitsfield, Vermont

 

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) seeks an experienced, energetic, and passionate Executive Director to lead a dynamic, multi-state organization. Under the leadership of a collaborative Executive Director, with the help of an experienced staff, NFCT will continue strengthening Trail stewardship, catalyzing rural community vitality, introducing future generations to this resource, and envisioning and implementing new ideas which will have a positive impact along the Trail. The Executive Director will have primary responsibility for leading and securing funding for NFCT’s 2020 Strategic Plan in close partnership with partners, volunteers, funders, and Board of Directors. We seek a leader with a demonstrated ability to uphold and communicate a strong and compelling vision, and to deploy innovative thinking to move the organization to the next level.

 

The Organization: NFCT is a leader in water trail stewardship and management, inspiring public access, outdoor experience, and community vitality along our 740-mile corridor that traverses New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Founded in 2000, NFCT established our route based on traditional Native American travel routes across the Northern Forest Region.  In our first decade plus, we have developed a suite of tools and programs to support our mission of leveraging the corridor for public recreation and health benefits, conservation efforts, and rural economic development. Current resources include navigational maps, a guidebook, online tools, and several programs to develop and support recreational access for paddlers.  We have maintained a small, highly skilled staff (total of five currently) and an extensive network of partners to enable us to be effective across a large geography.  NFCT is highly regarded as a regional leader, exceptionally skilled as a collaborator, and consistently diligent with a commitment to attaining outcomes.

 

While NFCT is by some measures a small organization, it has firmly established itself as a leader with and among partners in the region.  The brand of the organization and its leadership has been important and refreshing across the four-state territory in creating real results.  The culture and strategy of the organization is inclusive across a range of sectors including environmental, economic and rural development, recreation, outdoor industry, and state and federal agency, all with a focus on convening and leading efforts to maximize shared outcomes. NFCT is committed to continuing this approach, and seeks an Executive Director with the requisite leadership skills and commitment to this collaborative approach.

 

Duties of the Position:  The Executive Director will lead and manage NFCT staff, and work with the board of directors, partners, and volunteers to achieve strategic goals.  The Executive Director will also work to strengthen the capacity of NFCT to pursue its mission, including fundraising, staff development, administrative systems, financial management, and board development.  Specific duties include but are not limited to:

•Leading and managing a talented, dynamic staff, some of whom work remotely

•Developing and leading an engaged Board of Directors

•Leading organizational fundraising efforts, both private and public

•Leading and coordinating partnerships that are core to mission delivery

•Managing organization’s finances

•Coordinating overall organizational strategy and program plans

•Writing and speaking to a wide variety of audiences

•Forecasting and addressing obstacles

•Creating and maintaining a fun and healthy culture of engagement and accomplishment

 

Qualifications:

•Strong and proven leadership, management, and fundraising experience

•Specific experience in both collaborative and public leadership

•Strong fundraising capability, including direct cultivation and solicitation of individuals, foundations, and other funding entities

•Preference for 5–7 years of experience in a non-profit leadership role, or comparable evidence of experience leading and managing a complex enterprise

•Excellent writing and public speaking skills

•Experience with financial management, including budgeting and financial reporting

•Experience / comfort managing remotely located staff

•Familiarity with Northern Forest Region and/or recreation field a plus, but not required.

 

Compensation:  Robust compensation package including competitive salary and health benefits, sick leave, comp time, and paid vacation.  NFCT offices are based in Vermont’s beautiful Mad River Valley.  Remote work location within region would be considered.

 

To Apply:  Please email your resume and cover letter as one document in PDF format to jobs@northernforestcanoetrail.org, addressed to Warren Cook and Betsy Paine, Co-Chairs NFCT Search Committee. The position will remain open until an outstanding candidate is found. The search committee will begin reviewing the applicants’ statements of interest and qualifications beginning December 15, 2013. It is the NFCT Board of Director’s desire to have an Executive Director hired by February 2014.

 

No phone calls to the office, please.

 

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/AboutNFCT-2/NFCT-Jobs-83

 

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for November 2013

Your Very Next Step newsletter for November  2013

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“No effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”

- Helen Keller

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

“Your Very Next Step” newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Ned’s upcoming travel:

***  Google Launches World’s First High-Resolution Interactive Map of Global Deforestation

***  Illegal lumber – Wood you buy?

***  Here’s a neat sports park reusing packing materials to create trick spots

***  The Radisson Blu Hotel’s 82-Foot Aquadom Aquarium Brings Sea-Life and Scuba Diving to Berlin

***  From Business Travel News:  BTN’s 2013 Airline Survey: Follow The Leader

***  Fodors: Where to Go This Winter

***  More charging stations added at airports for power-hungry travelers

***  10 Cheeses Worth Traveling For

***  The Secret to Booking a Cruise at a Deep Discount

***  Swimming Upstream – Freshwater Fish in a Warming World

***  America’s elk migration

***  15 Cool and Unusual Hotel Lobby Features

***  New United Plan Puts Profit Ahead of Passengers

***  Fodor’s 10 Best US Ski Resorts for Families

***  Restoring your faith in mankind, From Jack Duggan:

 

***  National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: November  2013

Michigan’s Dequindre Cut Greenway

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer service opportunities, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, Illinois

2.)  Volunteer Project, Lapolosa Wilderness, Enkpsini Wilderness Experience, South Africa

3.)  Climb Leader, Mazamas, Portland OR

4.)  Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, Green Mountain Club, Waterbury Ctr, VT

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Senior Director, Corporate Relations, National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA

2.) Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA

3.)  Development Officer, Foundation Relations, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.

4.)  Marketing and Communications Manager, Discover Prince William & Manassas, Manassas, Virginia

5.)  Senior Program Officer, Forestry and Climate Change, African Wildlife Federation, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kinshasa, DRC

6.)  Guest Services Manager – Worldmark Bison Ranch, Overgaard, AZ

7.)  Communications and Outreach Manager, American Prairie Reserve, Bozeman, Montana

 

…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:

 

December 6-12 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

January 18-25, 2014 — Copemhagen, Denmark; Karlskrona, Sweden; Gothenberg, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden.

 

January 25-28, 2014 — Helsinki, Finland

 

January 28 – February 1, 2014 — Portsmouth, UK

 

March 17 – 20, 2014 — Accra, Ghana

 

***  From Barbara Lundquist:

 

I found a cool google deforestaion map. It’s interacvtive, too.  Here’s a story on it:

 

***  Google Launches World’s First High-Resolution Interactive Map of Global Deforestation

 

by Lidija Grozdanic

 

Google Earth just launched the first high-resolution map of global deforestation. The project was developed in collaboration with the University of Maryland, NASA and USGS by analyzing 654,178 Landsat images from the last ten years. The interactive map (http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest) will hopefully make a difference in fighting deforestation – especially since studies have shown that tropical forest loss is increasing by 2,101 square kilometers (811 square miles) each year.

 

http://inhabitat.com/google-launches-worlds-first-high-resolution-interactive-map-of-global-deforestation/#ixzz2l0kfLSyJ

 

***  Illegal lumber – Wood you buy?

 

http://www.wri.org/blog/lumber-liquidators-raid-shows-companies-need-heed-us-lacey-act

 

***  Here’s a neat sports park reusing packing materials to create trick spots

 

http://inhabitat.com/crazy-extreme-sports-park-combines-snowboarding-organic-food-and-repurposed-shipping-containers-in-vegas/

 

***  The Radisson Blu Hotel’s 82-Foot Aquadom Aquarium Brings Sea-Life and Scuba Diving to Berlin

 

by Diane Pham

 

‘Scuba diving in Germany’ isn’t usually penned into many tourists’ to-do lists — for obvious reasons — but at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin this far-fetched idea becomes a reality with their towering Aquadom aquarium.

 

Read more:

 

http://inhabitat.com/the-radisson-blu-hotels-82-foot-aquadom-aquarium-brings-sea-life-and-scuba-diving-to-berlin/

 

***  From Business Travel News:  BTN’s 2013 Airline Survey: Follow The Leader

 

http://www.businesstravelnews.com/Business-Travel-Research/BTN-s-2013-Airline-Survey–Follow-The-Leader/?ib=Airlines&a=btn&cid=eltrDaily

 

***  Fodors: Where to Go This Winter

 

We’ve compiled our favorite picks for a cold-weather escape, whether you fancy zooming down the slopes, sipping hot toddies by the fire, or enjoying culinary and cultural hotspots like Houston and Cape Town. Bonus: If you travel during the first few weeks of January, you’re likely to score great deals on hotels and airfare.

 

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/where-to-go-this-winter?ref=news_fd_112313

 

***  More charging stations added at airports for power-hungry travelers

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2013/11/20/airport-power-electric-outlet-charging-station/3641489/

 

***  10 Cheeses Worth Traveling For

 

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-cheeses-worth-traveling-for?ref=news_fd_112313#!1-intro

 

***  The Secret to Booking a Cruise at a Deep Discount

 

http://lifestylejournal.com/the-secret-to-booking-a-cruise-at-a-deep-discount/?ref=ob&ad_id=19084756

 

***  Swimming Upstream – Freshwater Fish in a Warming World

 

http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/Reports/Archive/2013/09-04-13-Freshwater-Fish-Climate-Change-Report.aspx

 

***  America’s elk migration

 

Elk are naturally a migratory species.  If the seasons are mild,  with little variation between their winter and summer climates, they might not migrate.  For example, Roosevelt Elk found in the Pacific Coast regions in California, Oregon and Washington States do not migrate.   But other subspecies of elk in North America migrate—between high elevations in the summer and lower in the winter—up to a 100 miles.  Elk are often referred to by their native name, wapiti.  A herd is actually called a gang.

 

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/elk/

 

Tom and I camped during the summer in a large plain that was a wintering ground for elk in the Gros Ventres valley in Wyoming.  Elk bones were everywhere.

 

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem elk herd numbers over 200,000 individuals and during the spring and fall, they take part in the longest elk migration in the continental U.S. Elk in the southern regions of Yellowstone National Park and in the surrounding National Forests migrate south towards the town of Jackson, Wyoming where they winter for up to six months on the National Elk Refuge. Conservationists there ensure the herd is well fed during the harsh winters.

 

Many of the elk that reside in the northern sections of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem migrate to lower altitudes in Montana, mainly to the north and west.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk

 

While in the Gros Ventres wilderness, Tom and I worked with fellow Scouts participating in the 2008 ArrowCorps 5 service project in Bridger-Teton National Forest, removing barbed wire from rangeland so the elk and pronghorn antelope can follow their migratory routes.

 

“In the Pinedale Ranger District of the forest, the Dutch Joe Fence Removal project will remove five miles of fence that will then be packed out on a mule string.   This project takes place at Dutch Joe which is south of Pinedale, Wyoming.  2-5 miles of fence will be removed from remote sites in the Dutch Joe area resulting in wildlife habitat enhancement.”

 

***  15 Cool and Unusual Hotel Lobby Features

 

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-cool-and-unusual-hotel-lobby-features#!1-intro

 

***  New United Plan Puts Profit Ahead of Passengers

 

United today unveiled a plan to cut costs by $2 billion annually, and increase ancillary revenue by $700 million. Conspicuously missing: anything benefiting its customers.

http://www.frequentflier.com/blog/new-united-plan-puts-profit-ahead-of-passengers/

 

***  Fodor’s 10 Best US Ski Resorts for Families

 

These 10 resorts across the country have a reputation for being especially kind to kin. Not only will kids of all ages be happy, there’s plenty for parents to enjoy, too.

 

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-us-ski-resorts-for-families?ref=news_fd_112313#!1-intro

 

***  Restoring your faith in mankind, From Jack Duggan:

 

Ned –

 

Not, perhaps, the most dramatic travel story, but certainly anxiety-provoking for a  few hours.

 

With my youngest son I arrived at the Rogue Valley/Medford International Airport (yes, locals laugh at the “international” designation) with plenty of time.  We checked in and I tucked my I.D. into my shirt pocket.  I set my coat on the back of a chair, my bag beside me.  They called the flight and I got up and went through security.

 

We were flying to L.A. where I was to appear as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune (show will air Jan. 23, 2014).  As we touched down at LAX I thought, “Where’s my jacket?”  With my wallet, my cash and my credit cards!  Most important, my Social Security I.D., required of contestants on WoF, was in that wallet.  As my mind backtracked, I realized I had left the jacket hanging on the chair in the Medford Airport.  ULP!

 

I turned my phone on when we reached the terminal and there was a message from my wife; my jacket had been turned in and was being held for me in Medford.  But I still had no Social Security I.D., no credit cards and only the cash in my pocket.

 

At the hotel I somewhat sheepishly explained the situation to the manager and used their cash machine (that card I keep with me) to pay for our lodging.  Then I called my brother, who is also my tax preparer, and he faxed me Social Security documents.

 

I can’t reveal the outcome of my appearance on WoF, but I can’t wonder if it mightn’t have been different.  If only….

 

Walk in Peace – Jack

 

***  How about you?  Any wardrobe advice for fellow flyers?

Any interesting stories while going through security?

 

Send to Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: November  2013

Michigan’s Dequindre Cut Greenway

By Laura Stark

 

“It went from a really crazy idea to a world-class community asset.”

 

Everyone has heard about Detroit’s troubles: the bankruptcy, the population decline, abandoned buildings and urban decay. What’s not often heard is the story of the strength, resilience and pride of Detroiters. Underneath the rubble of bad press, hope grows as a revitalized riverfront and developing trail system are changing the way people think about the Motor City. A signature component of this movement, the Dequindre Cut Greenway, is itself a Cinderella story.

 

“Detroit is not some dying city that nobody wants to be in,” says Eric Oberg, trail development manager in the Midwest Regional Office of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). “That’s not the narrative on the ground there. We can’t say that everything is rainbows and unicorns; there are problems, but people are facing those problems, not dwelling on them.”

 

The Dequindre Cut—once a haven for derelicts and drug activity and now a well-loved showpiece with a uniquely Detroit flavor—is the epitome of this sentiment. The “Cut” is a wide trench in downtown Detroit, just over a mile long, that was sunk 25 feet below street level in the 1920s by the Grand Trunk Railroad to avoid foot and vehicle traffic, which continued overhead unimpeded on more than a dozen bridges. Passenger and freight service was discontinued on the line in the early-to-mid 1980s and the corridor sat vacant. Weeds and underbrush took over, and trash littered the way.

 

“The immediate universal reaction to the idea of building a trail there was, ‘You are out of your freaking mind,’” recalls Tom Woiwode, director of the GreenWays Initiative of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

 

Yet, anchored by two of the city’s cultural and historical touchstones, the corridor held promise. At its northern end was Eastern Market, a commercial district centered around a six-block farmers market in operation since 1891. At the other end was the Detroit River, a key part of the Great Lakes system and an international border (counterintuitively, you have to go south from Detroit to enter Canada).

 

This was not the first time Woiwode had faced an uphill battle. In 1999, he had the vision of using greenways to connect 250 municipalities within the seven-county area that included and surrounded Detroit. The program he developed, the GreenWays Initiative, was the first of its kind in the country. The effort was launched in 2001 with the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan setting out to raise $25 million from the private sector to leverage $50 million in public dollars for the design, planning, and funding of greenways in the region.

 

RTC supported the effort, compiling a report on the abandoned rail corridors in the greater Detroit region that could potentially be converted into rail-trails. At first, not everyone was on board. “There was a sizeable push-back by a number of foundations,” says Woiwode. “They said ‘Detroit is the Motor City. You’re never going to be able to build trails here.’”

 

But enthusiasm for the idea grew and eventually the organization surpassed even its most ambitious goals. One of the projects that was partially funded by the GreenWays Initiative was the Dequindre Cut. The trail’s pavement was laid in the 2008 and, although it wasn’t officially opened yet, Woiwode recalls the high sense of anticipation. “I would be standing on a bridge looking over the construction site and would see people crawling over the barricades because they were so excited by how cool this thing was.” When the greenway opened the following summer, “It went from a really crazy idea to a world-class community asset.”

 

To help allay fears, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, stewards of the trail, installed a series of emergency call boxes and security cameras along the route, and created a uniformed security force to patrol the Cut and adjacent Detroit RiverWalk by foot and bike. Today, Marc Pasco, communications director for the organization says, “Crime along the riverfront and the Dequindre Cut is virtually nonexistent.”

 

Not only was the new trail a safe and useful link through the city, it offered something not found elsewhere: The graffiti-covered walls along the Cut were left alone by the trail’s proponents.

 

“The artwork is a local stamp that lets Detroiters know that this is us, this is who we are, this is our trail,” says Oberg. “The graffiti along the trail makes a big impact that people get. The artwork is prominent, not subtle, and makes an impression.”

 

Prior to the greenway’s opening, the revitalization of city’s riverfront—which the Dequindre Cut would eventually link to—paved the way for change. “Ten years ago, the Detroit riverfront wasn’t a very attractive place,” says Pasco. “There were abandoned buildings, weeded lots, cement silos, and it offered very little public access to the river.”

 

Momentum took off when the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy formed in 2003. Through a public/private partnership with the City of Detroit, General Motors, the Kresge Foundation, and others, the area has been reclaimed for the public good, generating thousands of jobs and an annual spending along the riverfront of $43.7 million, according to an economic impact study published just this year.

 

The RiverWalk, at the southern end of the Dequindre Cut, connects to Milliken State Park, numerous plazas and pocket parks, and the Renaissance Center, a cluster of seven skyscrapers serving as General Motors’ world headquarters, as well as a massive shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment complex.

 

Soon, both the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut Greenway will be expanding. “When we first started talking about the Dequindre Cut, a lot of people were skeptical,” says Todd Scott, the Detroit greenways coordinator for Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “They thought no one would use it, but now people keep asking, ‘When are you going to make it longer?’”

 

The answer is fall 2014. A northern extension of the greenway is currently underway that will add just shy of a mile of trail along the former railroad corridor up to Mack Avenue.

 

“I’ve lived in Southeast Michigan my entire life,” says Pasco. “I’ve seen it through not so great times, but things are starting to transform. There’s an electricity in the air now that you can almost feel, a sense of vibrancy and urgency in Detroit that’s been missing for a long time.”

 

Oberg, who met with the city’s trail advocates and planners this summer felt it, too. “The take-away from our visit was that Detroit is not going to stay down,” he says. “There’s a lot of positive energy and good things going on there. It’s a wonderful American city.”

 

Grade: The trail itself is relatively flat, but runs through a corridor 25 feet below street level.

 

Getting There: Detroit Metro Airport (1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport Tram) sits about 20 miles southwest of the trail.

 

Access and Parking: Free parking is available at Rivard Plaza, one block west of William G. Milliken State Park. From the lot, take the Detroit RiverWalk east along Atwater Street to the start of the Dequindre Cut Greenway.

 

To navigate the area with an interactive GIS map, and to see more photos, user reviews and ratings, plus loads of other trip-planning information, visit RTC’s free trail-finder website, TrailLink.com.

 

Rentals: Bicycle rentals—cruisers, hybrids, road bikes, and tandems—are available along the RiverWalk from Wheelhouse Detroit (1340 E. Atwater Street; info@wheelhousedetroit.com; 313-656-2453). Helmets and locks are included, and accessories such as baby seats and trailers are also available. A variety of guided tours are available from the shop as well.

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer service opportunities, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, Illinois

 

Join the Shawnee Volunteer Corps !

 

Volunteers with many different skills are needed to assist with the various programs on the Shawnee National Forest. Volunteer opportunities vary in length, type of skill required, and even where they are located (outside on the trails or in the office at a desk).

 

Public involvement plays an important part in managing our national forest lands. The Shawnee National Forest relies more and more on volunteers to assist with campgrounds and other programs.  Concerned citizens help the forest to provide better wildlife habitat, identify and preserve historic sites, and build and maintain trails. Read the latest news about the Shawnee Volunteer Corps in the Volunteer Vibe newsletter.  There are numerous volunteer trail improvement projects offered through out the year. College Groups are welcome to complete our Alternative Spring Break Application so that we can plan and organize their volunteer experience.

 

For more information about volunteering for specific projects on the forest, contact the Shawnee Volunteer Corps at (618) 833- 8576 extension 115 or email at shawneevolunteercorps@yahoo.com.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/shawnee/home/?cid=fsm9_038600

 

2.)  Volunteer Project, Lapolosa Wilderness, Enkpsini Wilderness Experience, South Africa

http://www.enkosini.org/LapolosaWilderness.htm

 

3.)  Climb Leader, Mazamas, Portland OR

 

Our climb leaders go through a rigorous training program that teaches both hard skills of technical climbing and the soft skills of managing a climb team.

 

For complete details, see the Climb Leader Development pages (http://www.mazamas.org/your/adventure/starts-here/C85/).

 

A vital part of the Mazamas mission is to provide climbing opportunities for Mazamas members and non-members. These climbs depend on the volunteer efforts of climb leaders. The history of the Mazamas is one of a proud tradition of volunteerism, leading climbs in the Northwest and beyond for well over a century. While the Mazamas are not a guide service, all climb leaders receive training at the highest standards. This training is monitored and encouraged through the Mazamas Climb Leader Development Program.  The purpose of the Leadership Development Program is to provide sufficient training and learning opportunities for the development of climb leaders for Mazama activities.

 

A leader is a member whose skills and experience are considered to be adequate for assuming the formal leadership role for an activity. The leader is NOT a commercial guide and Mazamas provides no certification to a leader. Leaders have some expenses reimbursed, but are NOT paid for their role.

 

A leader is expected to have sufficient technical skills in mountaineering to comfortably complete the routes he/she leads.  Required skill levels will vary depending on the difficulty of routes the leader wants to climb.

 

A leader is expected to have both studied and demonstrated in the field basic accident management and rescue skills appropriate to the climb being led. First aid skills appropriate to mountaineering are required.

 

Experience is a key element for a qualified leader. As a general rule, a climber is expected to have completed at least a dozen climbs before applying to the program.  No list of criteria alone is sufficient to ensure any individual is appropriate to be a leader for the Mazamas. The Climbing Committee will always use their judgment in appointing leaders.

 

The Mazamas climb leadership development program is designed to:

•Provide opportunities for candidates to develop leadership skills and additional mountaineering experience.

•Increase candidates visibility within the Mazamas, increasing opportunities to meet as many leaders and members as possible.

•Allow the maximum number of leaders to view and critique the climbing and leadership skills of the candidate.

•Provide a standardized review base for evaluating a candidate’s leadership development; ensuring the level of leadership proficiency expected by the Mazamas.

 

http://www.mazamas.org/your/adventure/starts-here/C5/

 

4.)  Volunteer Long Trail Patrol, Green Mountain Club, Waterbury Ctr, VT

 

Run away and join the trail crew for a week! Meet new people – all ages, backgrounds, and from all over the U.S. and the world. Camp out in the Vermont mountains. Learn how to build and maintain hiking trails – or, if you’re already an experienced trail maintainer, practice your skills on some neat projects.

 

The crew is made up of 8 – 10 volunteers each week led by experienced paid staff. The GMC will provide food, group camping gear, tools, skills training, and pretty good times. This crew works every year from mid- July through late September. A minimum of one week commitment is required, although people can choose to stay longer!

 

To apply, just use the standard volunteer application. To learn about our sister volunteer trail crews on other parts of the Appalachian Trail go to Appalachian Trail Conservancy web page.

 

For more details about the volunteer crew see Long Trail Patrol and Outdoor Leadership.

 

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=181

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Senior Director, Corporate Relations, National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Jobs-at-NWF/Search-Openings.aspx

 

2.) Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Jobs-at-NWF/Search-Openings.aspx

 

3.)  Development Officer, Foundation Relations, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs/job_item.jhtml?id=396900015

 

4.)  Marketing and Communications Manager, Discover Prince William & Manassas, Manassas, Virginia

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?job=15575603

 

5.)  Senior Program Officer, Forestry and Climate Change, African Wildlife Federation, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kinshasa, DRC

http://www.awf.org/about/careers/senior-program-officer-forestry-and-climate-change

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

6.)  Guest Services Manager – Worldmark Bison Ranch, Overgaard, AZ

http://bit.ly/19pQWWt

 

7.)  Communications and Outreach Manager, American Prairie Reserve, Bozeman, Montana

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?job=15611912

 

*** Send your job opportunities to share with the YVNS network to lundquist989@cs.com.

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2013

Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2013

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
John Muir

 

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
- Lao Tzu

 

“Your Very Next Step” newsletter, published by Ned Lundquist, is a cooperative community, and everyone is invited, no…encouraged, no…urged to participate.   Share your adventures with the network today!  Send to lundquist989@cs.com.

***  To subscribe for free:  http://bit.ly/JOTWSubscribe

 

Send us your comments, questions, and contributions to lundquist989@cs.com.

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** In this issue:

***  Any interesting stories while going through security?

***  China report from Bill Ryerson

***  Top 10 Food Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

***  19 Idiotic (But Real) Travel Complaints

***  Festivals of the world: where to go in November

***  Four Things NOT to Do With Your Passport

***  27 Solid Reasons Why Palm Springs is the Bomb Diggity

***  Roadkill Permits? There Will Be an App for That

***  Fodor’s 100: World’s Best Budget Hotels of 2013

***  Some of the best High Adventure opportunities—including volunteer opportunities and employment—are at Boy Scout High Adventure bases:

***  National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer Opportunities, 2013-2014 winter programs, Outdoors for All Foundation, Seattle WA

2.)  Volunteer position, Evening Lantern Tour at Carriage Hill MetroPark, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

3.)  Recreation Services Internship, Outdoors for All Foundation, Seattle WA

 

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Recreation Program Coordinator, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin, Texas

2.)  Director, Outdoor Connections, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

3.)  AmeriCorps Leadership and Conservation Corpsmember, Mile High Youth Corps, Denver, Colorado

4.)  AS Outdoor Center Marketing Resources Coordinator 2013-2014, Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA

5.)  Assistant Director of Campus Life and Director of Outdoor Education, Colby College, Waterville, ME

6.)  Center Director, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, National Audubon Society, Holly Springs, Mississippi

7.)  Berkshire Outdoor Center Assistant Director, YMCA, Becket, MA

8.)  Professional Outdoor Instructor , Bradford Woods Outdoor Center – Martinsville, IN

9.)  Part time Orienteering & Geocaching Instructor – Spring 2014, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

11.)  Communications Technician – Antarctica, GHG Corporation, United States

12.)  Elk Camp Snowcat Operator, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO

 

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

*** Do you have a travel adventure 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/).

 

 

***  How about you?  Any wardrobe advice for fellow flyers?

Any interesting stories while going through security?

 

Send to Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

***  China report from Bill Ryerson:

 

Hi Ned,

 

I just spoke yesterday at the Climate Change Communications Conference, sponsored by the Yale Climate Change Communications project of the Yale University Forestry School and the China Center for Climate Change Communication. Despite the finger pointing at China for now being the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, the country is doing a lot to combat climate change. In some ways, China may be the world’s best hope for innovations to address global warming. There are tree planting initiatives that include giving gifts of trees planted in someone’s honor during events like major birthdays as carbon offsets, and activities by the Environmental Protection Volunteers Association to reduce emissions that make China a beacon for innovations in fighting climate change.

 

I’m not here on tourism, but Beijing has continued to modernize, and the new airport is very efficient and quite beautiful. Population Media Center is here planning a soap opera to reduce demand for ivory by Chinese consumers and to address climate change and other key issues.

 

Best wishes,

Bill

 

***  Top 10 Food Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

 

Now that the Food Network has profiled everything from chili cook-offs to Gilroy’s Garlic Festival you probably think you’ve seen it all when it comes to food festivals. Well, think again! These 10 festivals are guaranteed fun, and we’ve even included a story from SuccessfulMeetings.com to help you get started planning.

 

1. Biscuit Festival: Knoxville, TN

 

2. Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival: Pueblo, CO

 

3. Dudie Burger Festival: Tupelo, MS

 

4. Barbecue Festival: Lexington, NC

 

5. RC and Moonpie Festival: Shelbyville, TN

 

6. Happy Harry’s Rib Fest: Fargo, ND

 

7. Soul Food Cook-Off: Muskogee, OK

 

8. Gingerbread House Festival: Provo, UT

 

9. Oregon Truffle Festival: Eugene, OR

 

10. Tomato Festival: Newark, OH

 

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Event-Planning/SM-Top-10/Articles/Top-10-Food-Festivals-You-ve-Never-Heard-Of/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  19 Idiotic (But Real) Travel Complaints

 

A trip is supposed to be your time away from the crazy. Remind me never to travel to any of the same vacation spots these people have booked! These are actual complaints received from dissatisfied customers by Thomas Cook Vacations, via the Huffington Post, via Meeting News:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blogdramedy/idiotic-travel-complaints_b_4073107.html

 

***  Festivals of the world: where to go in November

 

From Lonely Planet’s A Year of Festivals.

 

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/caribbean/travel-tips-and-articles/77491#ixzz2hhAND6nV

 

***  Four Things NOT to Do With Your Passport

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2013/10/18/6039/7129/travel/Four+Things+NOT+to+Do+With+Your+Passport

 

***  27 Solid Reasons Why Palm Springs is the Bomb Diggity

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2012/12/27/35712/263/travel/27+Solid+Reasons+Why+Palm+Springs+is+the+Bomb+Diggity

 

***  Roadkill Permits? There Will Be an App for That

 

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/roadkill-permits-app-20526348

 

***  Fodor’s 100: World’s Best Budget Hotels of 2013

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/fodors-100-worlds-best-budget-hotels-of-2013?ref=news_fd_101213#!1-intro

 

***  Some of the best High Adventure opportunities—including volunteer opportunities and employment—are at Boy Scout High Adventure bases:

 

Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, Islamorada, FL

http://bsaseabase.org/Resources/Employment.aspx

 

Northern Tier National High Adventure Program, Ely, MN

http://www.ntier.org/

 

Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM

 

Each season, Philmont Scout Ranch employs more than 1,000 staff members to operate and support Philmont’s program, Training Center, food service,  ranching museums and maintenance and to assist the administrative staff. A wide variety of paid positions are available, including Rangers, Backcountry Program Counselors and Training Center and base camp support staff.

 

The majority of contracts coincide with the summer season, from late May through mid-August. However, some temporary positions are available that support the spring, fall, and winter programs. All staff members, no matter what their job is or where they work, have a very important role to play in the total success of Philmont.

 

http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/

 

Chilkoot High Adventure Base, Great Alaska Council Boy Scouts of America and the International Wilderness Leadership School, Haines, AK

http://alaskascoutingadventures.org/

 

Teton High Adventure Base, Great Salt Lake Council, Jackson, WY

http://www.gslc-bsa.org/teton-high-adventure-base/27545

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: October 2013

Illinois’ Old Plank Road Trail

By Laura Stark

 

“We knew it was a darn good thing worth putting up the good fight for.”

 

 

Traveling along the tranquil Old Plank Road Trail today, you would never know the site was once the cause of heated debate and a contentious struggle lasting 20 years. The paved 22-mile rail-trail now offers a canopy of oak trees and sugar maples rustling overhead, delicate prairie grasses that stir with the passage of bicyclists, and soft purple wildflowers that peek up through the green underbrush.

 

The dream for this idyllic path in the southern suburbs of Chicago began in the mid-1970s, when the railroad line upon which the trail now rests was formally abandoned. By the end of the decade, locals were already casually using the corridor for nature hikes. The effort to fully convert it to a biking and walking path was championed by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, but as the trail plan took shape in the 1980s, they faced a big hurdle – the public perception of what developing a trail would mean.

 

“At that time, the county was fairly rural,” says Ralph Schultz, director of planning and operations for the district. “There were a lot of misunderstandings about what the trail would be, who it would serve, and what it would cost.”

 

John Joyce remembers feeling the heat at presentations he gave about the project to drum up support. “The townships would have public meetings to involve the public on decisions about the trail,” he says. “Some people hated the trail. They thought people would come into the neighborhood, steal things out of their homes, and go down the trail to make their escape.”

 

Newly arrived from Minnesota, Joyce had become familiar with the emerging trend of rails-to-trails after hearing about Wisconsin’s Elroy-Sparta State Trail that opened in 1967. He worked as director of parks and recreation for Park Forest, one of the communities along the trail, retiring just last year after nearly four decades of service.

 

Though the project had its vocal opponents, support for the trail was steadfastly building. “When the meeting was over and people were filing out, someone who lived along the trail would always come up to speak to you quietly about the project,” recalls Joyce.

 

A united front was created in 1988 when the Old Plank Road Trail Management Commission was formed. Consisting of the city and county governments along the right-of-way, the group still meets regularly on topics affecting the entire trail. Recently, a friends group supporting the rail-trail has formed to assist with trail cleanup and beautification, including adding benches and signage. In recognition of these efforts, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is providing financial support to the friends group through its Metropolitan Grants Program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

 

In 1992, the land for the trail was acquired from Penn Central Railroad. And after two decades of planning and perseverance, its first 12 miles—from Park Forest to Hickory Creek Forest Preserve—was completed in 1997. A highlight of the grand opening was a 24-foot-long cake decorated to look like the new trail.

 

Construction continued over the next several years on three more short sections before its planned 22 miles were fully realized. Today, the trail is one of the most widely visited in the state, according to data collected by statewide trail counts conducted last summer by Trails for Illinois in partnership with RTC.

 

“We had a counter on the Old Plank in Frankfort, and it recorded the highest annual use of any trail in Illinois that we surveyed,” says Eric Oberg, trail development manager for RTC’s Midwest
Regional Office. “We looked at a lot of major trail systems in the state, but the Old Plank had the highest annual usage by far: 127,000.” The next most-used trail was the Fox River Trail, with 86,500.

 

Frankfort is the trail’s physical, and spiritual, center. The pathway runs through its historic downtown with many charming shops and restaurants within easy reach. A bustling Sunday farmer’s market offers locally grown produce and homemade baked goods, May through October. And, as one enters town, a beautiful archway emblazoned with the trail’s name curves overhead, a welcoming sight.

 

Oddly, the trail gets its name from something that never was. A wooden boardwalk stretching from Joliet to the Indiana border was planned in 1851, but never came to fruition. It was part of a short-lived transportation craze across the U.S. of wooden toll-roads that at first seemed a vast improvement over the crude dirt pathways of the day. But wood—subject to rot, warpage, and general wear and tear—proved too difficult and expensive to maintain as a roadway, and the trend sputtered out.

 

The corridor was put to better use in 1855, when trains begin running on the newly built Michigan Central Railroad. “They shipped products of agriculture: corn, soybeans, and wheat,” says Bill Molony, president of the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. “Even today, it’s a strong agricultural area. By avoiding Chicago, they saved time and expense, so the railroad became known as the Joliet Cutoff.”

 

Though these trains have been replaced by trail traffic, a number of railroads nearby are thriving. In Park Forest, just a stone’s throw from the Old Plank Road Trail, rail fans are salivating over the new Rail Fan Park, where, from a raised observation platform, visitors can see something extraordinary. Here, a rare cloverleaf interchange for trains was needed at the intersection of two major rail routes, one going east-west and the other north-south.

 

“At that location, any train can change to any direction,” says Molony, “It gives more flexibility to their whole system.” Both freight trains and Metra and Amtrak passenger lines currently utilize the tracks.

 

Robert Gunther, director for Park Forest’s recreation and parks department describes Canadian National Railway as “a good neighbor” in helping the community develop the two-acre site, which includes interpretive signage on the railroad industry and history in the area, a bright red 60-year-old caboose, and native vegetation that railroad travelers would have seen from their windows in the late 1800s.

 

“The north-south line is elevated, so it comes around on the loop going down to grade level and crosses under itself,” says Gunther. “It’s interesting to watch the dynamics of the movements.”

 

With beautiful views, an interesting new attraction, and wide community usage and support, what could be next for the trail?

 

“On its western end, Joliet is developing a multi-modal center,” says Schultz. “The Forest Preserve has four different trails that come into Joliet. The center will become ground zero for all of our transportation systems.”

 

The new center—a state-of-the-art hub for rail, intercity buses, community shuttles, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians—will be built adjacent to a building from another era, the grand Joliet Union Station dating back to 1912.

 

“Having such a major trail artery connecting to that center, enhances it as a multi-modal transit facility,” says Oberg. “It opens up the trail for more visitor use because you could get on a train from anywhere and get to Joliet. Joliet could be a launching point for one heck of a bike vacation.”

 

Things are busy at the other end of the trail as well. “There are discussions of taking the trail to Chicago Heights,” says Schultz. If completed, the extension would reach the Thorn Creek Trail and, eventually, connect into the northwestern Indiana and Chicago lakefront trail networks.

 

“The Chicago Heights connection is not long, only a mile or two, but the impact long-term would be huge,” says Oberg.

 

Nearly 40 years since it was first envisioned, the well-loved and growing Old Plank Road Trail has proved its value. “I’m proud of the fact that we stuck with it,” says Joyce. “We knew it was a darn good thing worth putting up the good fight for.”

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer Opportunities, 2013-2014 winter programs, Outdoors for All Foundation, Seattle WA

http://www.outdoorsforall.org/documents/Programs/Volunteer_guide_web.pdf

 

2.)  Volunteer position, Evening Lantern Tour at Carriage Hill MetroPark, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

http://www.metroparks.org/GetInvolved/GetInvolved.aspx

 

3.)  Recreation Services Internship, Outdoors for All Foundation, Seattle WA

http://www.outdoorsforall.org/documents/Employment/Internships_Recreation.pdf

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

1.)  Recreation Program Coordinator, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin, Texas

http://careercenter.nrpa.org/jobs/#/detail/5741479/

 

2.)  Director, Outdoor Connections, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

http://www.metroparks.org/AboutUs/Careers.aspx

 

3.)  AmeriCorps Leadership and Conservation Corpsmember, Mile High Youth Corps, Denver, Colorado

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs/job_item.jhtml?id=399800026

 

4.)  AS Outdoor Center Marketing Resources Coordinator 2013-2014, Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA

https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=4002

 

5.)  Assistant Director of Campus Life and Director of Outdoor Education, Colby College, Waterville, ME

http://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/asst_dir_camus_life_dir_outdoor_ed_9_2013.cfm

 

6.)  Center Director, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, National Audubon Society, Holly Springs, Mississippi

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs/job_item.jhtml?id=395400013

 

7.)  Berkshire Outdoor Center Assistant Director, YMCA, Becket, MA

http://www.ymca.net/career-opportunities/open-positions.html?key=23514

 

8.)  Professional Outdoor Instructor , Bradford Woods Outdoor Center – Martinsville, IN

 

Outdoor Instructors needed for three separate 12-week seasons during the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014. Bradford Woods is known internationally as Indiana University’s Outdoor Center. We are seeking experienced candidates to run programming for youth and adults. If you are looking for that next step to full-time professional work, then look no further. We offer programs in environmental and adventure education as well as some retreat opportunities. Instructors are cross-trained in these programs. We offer $250/week with meals while working, housing, utilities, Wi-Fi, and fitness center, all on a 2500 acre facility. The full job description as well as application information are posted on our website www.bradwoods.org\employment\field-instructor. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and complete application for consideration. For more information, contact Melanie Wills at mjwills@indiana.edu or phone  765-342-2915 .

 

NOTES: 12 openings.

 

http://careercenter.nrpa.org/jobs/5742044

 

*** From Mark Sofman:

 

9.)  Part time Orienteering & Geocaching Instructor – Spring 2014, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

http://bit.ly/H3lBCL

 

11.)  Communications Technician – Antarctica, GHG Corporation, United States

http://bit.ly/H3mDij

 

12.)  Elk Camp Snowcat Operator, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO

http://bit.ly/H3lZBm

 

*** 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
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Edward Lundquist, ABC -
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Your Very Next Step
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Springfield, VA 22153
Home office phone: (703) 455-7661
lundquist989@cs.com
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