Your Very Next Step newsletter for May / June 2015

Your Very Next Step newsletter for May  / June 2015

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“There’s no one thing that is true. They’re all true.”

– Ernest Hemingway

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

 

“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:
***  Travel News:

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  The Power Grab at Airports Has a New Headache

***  10 SHAMELESS TRICKS FOR SCORING FREE TRAVEL UPGRADES

***  Fodors’ 12 things not to do in Los Angeles

***  10 BEST NEW UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

***  Saturday night in Ubud…the Kecak Fire & Trance Dance By Taman Kaja Community.

***  Travelers still want free Wi-Fi

***  National Safe Boating Week kicks off May 16, 2015.

***  Pre-Check for Free?

***  Passports, Ranked by ‘Power’

***  The 7 Best Hotels for Business Travelers

***  GELATO FESTIVAL

***  WORLD’S 20 MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN STATIONS

***  13 WORST COUNTRIES TO VISIT

***  WORLD’S BEST DESTINATIONS FOR SOLO TRAVEL

***  Teach English in Rabat

***  TOP 20 MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES YOU’LL FIND ANYWHERE

***  Habitat for Wildlife

***  What U.S. travelers want most: Free Wi-Fi

***  The world’s eeriest abandoned theme parks

***  The world’s rudest air travellers

***  Starbucks’ secret menu – the drinks you didn’t know you can ask for

***  5 Marketplaces Around The World That Will Probably Leave You Cursed

***  How to Win at the Airline Miles Game: Frequent Flyers Spill Their Secrets

***  Airfares Are Down, and They Should Be

***  Best burger in Singapore?

***  Payogan Villas Resort

*** Ayung River rafting

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Visitor Center Volunteer, Voyageurs National Park, East International Falls, MN

2.)  Communications Adviser (Volunteer), Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA), Majuro and Pohnpei, Marshall Islands

3.)  Vol.Weed Eating, Riffle Run-Facility Maint., Burnsville Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Burnsville, WV

4)  The National Map Corp – Volunteer Map Editor, US Geological Survey (USGS), Work from anywhere

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  General Manager of the Tonga Tourism Authority, Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

2.)  Chesapeake Bay Region Steward, Dept of Conservation & Recreation, Richmond, VA

3.)  Avian Keeper, Lorikeet Landing, Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN

4.)  Canopy Tour Guide, Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

5.)  Marketing/Public Relations Volunteer, Wright County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Service Center,  Buffalo, MN

 

…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:

 

July 7-8, Cleveland, Ohio

 

July 15-17, San Diego, Calif.

 

August 3-8, East Lansing, Mich.

 

August 17-19, San Diego, Calif.

 

September 30-1 October, Tokyo, Japan

 

***  The Power Grab at Airports Has a New Headache

By Joe Sharkey

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/business/the-power-grab-at-airports-has-a-new-headache.html

 

***  10 SHAMELESS TRICKS FOR SCORING FREE TRAVEL UPGRADES

by Jenni Cairo

http://travelversed.com/tips-and-tricks/10-shameless-tricks-for-getting-free-travel-upgrades/

 

***  Fodors’ 12 things not to do in Los Angeles

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/12-things-not-to-do-in-los-angeles?ref=news_fd_050915

 

***  10 BEST NEW UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites?obref=obinsite#!1-intro

 

***  Saturday night in Ubud…the Kecak Fire & Trance Dance By Taman Kaja Community.

http://www.kecakdance.com/

 

***  Travelers still want free Wi-Fi

12 May, 2015

By: Esther Hertzfeld

Hotel Management

http://www.hotelmanagement.net/technology/travelers-still-want-free-wi-fi-31189

 

***  National Safe Boating Week kicks off May 16, 2015.

Time to Check for Safety Items

http://blog.wildlife.virginia.gov/outdoor-report/2015/05/safe-boating-week-begins-may-16-time-to-check-for-safety-items

 

***  Pre-Check for Free?

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/News/Products-and-Services/Lawmakers-Introduce-Bill-to-End-Managed-Inclusion-for-PreCheck/?cid=eltrMtgNews

 

***  Passports, Ranked by ‘Power’

Browse the world’s passports by color, country, and most crucially, how many countries citizens can travel to without a visa.

SHAUNA MILLER

http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/04/passports-ranked-by-power/390402/

 

***  The 7 Best Hotels for Business Travelers

By Jessica Hullinger

http://theweek.com/articles/541579/7-best-hotels-business-travelers

 

***  GELATO FESTIVAL

Piazzale Michelangelo, 23th-27th May 2015

The not to be missed date with ice-cream ! From 23rd to 27th May, you don’t want to miss one of the tastiest Festival of Florence. The city turns into an outdoor ice-cream parlor. Piazzale Michelangelo will host the best ice-cream makers of the country with their handmade products. You will find “ice-cream villages” where educational and cultural paths will be organized, together with meetings and theme events!

 

http://www.firenzegelatofestival.it/

 

***  WORLD’S 20 MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN STATIONS

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/worlds-20-most-beautiful-train-stations?obref=obinsite

 

***  13 WORST COUNTRIES TO VISIT

by TravelTheGlobe

http://travelversed.com/travel-spots/9-worst-countries-to-visit/

 

***  WORLD’S BEST DESTINATIONS FOR SOLO TRAVEL

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/worlds-best-destinations-for-solo-travel

 

***  Teach English in Rabat

http://www.goabroad.com/providers/ubelong/programs/teach-english-in-rabat-from-usd570-for-2-weeks-111007

 

***  TOP 20 MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES YOU’LL FIND ANYWHERE

by TravelTheGlobe

http://travelversed.com/travel-spots/15-most-beautiful-beaches-youll-find-anywhere/

 

***  Habitat for Wildlife

 

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to help you help wildlife on your property. The Habitat Partners© program encourages corporate landowners, private landowners, schools and homeowners to improve habitat in their community that will benefit Virginia’s songbirds, mammals, amphibians and other wildlife.

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/

 

***  What U.S. travelers want mots: Free Wi-Fi

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/News/Research-and-White-Papers/What-U-S–Travelers-Want-Most–Free-Wi-Fi/?cid=eltrMtgNews

 

***  The world’s eeriest abandoned theme parks

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/11600861/The-worlds-eeriest-abandoned-theme-parks.html

 

***  The world’s rudest air travellers

Instagram travel accounts you must follow: Passenger Shaming, where sockless, shirtless, filthy fliers are put to the sword

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11599320/The-worlds-rudest-air-travellers.html

 

***  Starbucks’ secret menu – the drinks you didn’t know you can ask for

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/picture-galleries/11375182/Revealed-The-drinks-you-didnt-know-you-could-order-at-Starbucks.html

 

***  5 Marketplaces Around The World That Will Probably Leave You Cursed

May 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by TipsyTraveler

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2015/4/1/194552/9302/travel/5+Marketplaces+Around+The+World+That+Will+Probably+Leave+You+Cursed

 

***  How to Win at the Airline Miles Game: Frequent Flyers Spill Their Secrets

Robert McGarvey

Main Street

https://www.mainstreet.com/article/how-to-win-at-the-airlines-miles-game-frequent-flyers-spill-their-secrets

 

***  Airfares Are Down, and They Should Be

http://www.frequentflier.com/blog/airfares-are-down-and-they-should-be

 

***  Best burger in Singapore?

 

I was told that Omakase Birger was the best in Singapore, and one of the best in the world:

http://www.omakaseburger.com/

 

***  Payogan Villas Resort

 

Here’s where I stayed in Bali, with a duplex villa with private pool.  I loved it.  Not many people during the kff season, which is good, but felt a little eerie sometimes.

http://www.balipayoganresort.com/

 

*** Ayung River rafting

 

There are many companies that offer white water rafting on the Ayung River.  Our hotel uses Toekad Rafting.  I was not disappointed.  The ride is long (two hours), and even in the dry season we had class II and III rapids.  The gorge is incredible.

http://www.balitoekadrafting.com/

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

Strolling the Chessie Nature Trail

www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/may/18/destination-virginia-strolling-the-chessie-nature-trail/

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Visitor Center Volunteer, Voyageurs National Park, East International Falls, MN

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=9199

 

2.)  Communications Adviser (Volunteer), Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA), Majuro and Pohnpei, Marshall Islands

http://www.seek.com.au/job/28427434?pos=6&type=standard

 

3.)  Vol.Weed Eating, Riffle Run-Facility Maint., Burnsville Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Burnsville, WV

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=12868

 

4)  The National Map Corp – Volunteer Map Editor, US Geological Survey (USGS), 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.

https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/nationalmapcorps/Home

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=13579

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  General Manager of the Tonga Tourism Authority, Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

 

The Government of Tonga seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for the General Manager position of the Tonga Tourism Authority.

 

The Authority is a recently established organization responsible for the marketing and development of Tonga as a visitor destination.  The General Manager heads the Tonga Tourism Authority and is responsible for managing and leading the development of Tonga as a tourism destination. The General Manager will ensure that the Authority develops and efficiently, yet effectively, implements a Business Plan and a Destination Marketing Plan which meets KPIs as outlined in the agreement signed between the board of the Authority and the Government of Tonga. This is the lead role within Tonga’s tourism sector and the General Manager is expected to work closely with the private sector and with relevant government and non-government organisations to maximise the benefit which tourism brings to the country.

 

Individuals with a mix of complementary skills are sought, with selection being based on preference for the following skills and experience;

 

  • Knowledge and experience of the tourism and related service sector industries at a CEO or senior management level. Ideally will have managed a national or regional tourism organisation and have reported to a board.
  • Has demonstrated stakeholder relationship skills and industry leadership skills
  • A small existing staff is currently employed with Tourism Tonga, therefore experience in leading and managing a team in a high pressure and political environment is very much required
  • Sound demonstrable ability and experience in monitoring and managing finances to remain within acceptable variances
  • Culturally sensitive and able to uphold Tongan culture to enhance Tonga’s tourism product
  • Has a tertiary qualification with preference given to a qualification in a tourism, marketing or business management discipline
  • Solid experience in all aspects of destination marketing and the marketing mix including; brand development, research, analysis, strategy, budget management, promotion and publicity.
  • Strong business acumen
  • Has a passion for Tonga and the development of Tonga as a visitor destination
  • Ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and to prioritise competing commitments
  • Proposals are to be received by 4pm Friday 29 May 2013. Email proposals are preferred and all proposals should be clearly marked “Proposal for General Manager – Tonga Tourism Authority”.

 

To obtain a copy of the Terms of reference for this project, please contact:

 

Email: ungateap@mctl.gov.to/rosscochapman@gmail.com

http://www.seek.com.au/job/28644453?pos=2&type=standout

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

2.)  Chesapeake Bay Region Steward, Dept of Conservation & Recreation, Richmond, VA

http://1.usa.gov/1IjNZw3

 

3.)  Avian Keeper, Lorikeet Landing, Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN

http://bit.ly/1IjO7f0

 

4.)  Canopy Tour Guide, Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

 

As grand as the history behind it, the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, is gracious in ambiance and generous in amenities. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, the hotel delights every sense with enchanting music, refined dining and luxurious décor.

 

Omni Mount Washington Resorts associates enjoy a dynamic and exciting work environment, comprehensive training and mentoring, along with the pride that comes from working for a company with a reputation for exceptional service. The Omni Mount Washington Resort is committed to serve our associates and nurture their growth. We embody a culture of respect, gratitude and empowerment each day. If you are a friendly, motivated person, with a passion to serve others, the Omni Mount Washington Resort may be your perfect match.

 

Job Description

 

Summary: The Canopy Tour Guide will have excellent communication, customer service skills, organizational and leadership skills and be comfortable working at heights of 200+ feet.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership, organizational, and customer service skills.
  • Comply with all safety standards, at all times.
  • Be comfortable working at heights of 200+ feet.
  • Assist desk staff with check in process, waivers and storing belongings.
  • Greet guests and give an introductory orientation talk.
  • Inspect, repair as needed and prepare guide equipment, guest equipment, and Canopy Tour course daily.
  • Complete Daily Operations Check List and Report and Equipment Use Log. Complete Near Misses/Incidents when pertinent.
  • Inform Canopy Tour director of any maintenance needs on the course.
  • Guide groups of up to 8 guests on the Canopy Tour, and demonstrate proficiency in the multitude of skills required to guide.
  • Ensure that all procedures covered in the Guide Training Manual are followed.
  • Respond when necessary to evacuate participants from the course.
  • Provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for Canopy Tour guests.
  • Assist in operating the Williwaw Dual Racing Zip
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification is required of all guides.

 

Job Requirements

 

  • Must be able to stand for 8+ hrs per day.
  • Comfortable working in extreme weather conditions.
  • CPR and First Aid certification is desired.
  • Experience in the ski industry, outdoor education, recreation management, high angle ropes courses, and/or interpretive/educational programming a plus.

https://omnihotels.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/31161/0

 

5.)  Marketing/Public Relations Volunteer, Wright County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Service Center,  Buffalo, MN

 

The Wright County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is looking for a marketing/public relations volunteer to help create a cohesive educational outreach plan and relate it to the public. This talented person will reach the public through various types of media: print, social, and events.

 

This position will need a creative individual, who can work independently, with minimal supervision to allow their talent and drive to excel. It is a great opportunity for entry-level or retired individuals. This is an opportunity to use your talent in a fun and creative way while helping to protect and restore our natural resources in the county/watershed.

 

Project examples can include: writing press releases, developing factsheets or newsletters, connecting with media outlets, developing and promoting educational events and updating Facebook and websites.

http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=14332

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for March/April 2015

Your Very Next Step newsletter for March/April 2015

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

– Buddha

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from the United Club at Los Angeles International Airport.

 

“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:
***  Travel News:

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  Sierra Club National Outings Training Trip – Southeast/Northeast, May 6–10, 2015.

***  Where will Americans travel in spring 2015?

***  Best Beach-Vacation Destinations in the World

***  Hotels You Need to Have Sex in Before You Die

***  Planned Elopements Are the New Destination Wedding

***  When things go wrong: Taking care of the business traveler

***  10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015

***  Rediscovering Hawaii Regional Cuisine

***  Lollapalooza and Coachella Officially Ban Selfie Sticks

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

Rail Trail of the Month for April 2015

Nevada’s Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail

 

Rail Trail of the Month for March 2015

Pennsylvania’s Montour Trail

 

Rail Trail of the Month: February 2015

West Virginia’s Mon River Trails

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Editorial internships at Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA

2.)  Volunteer Opportunites, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, Great Circle, Steelville, MO

3.)  Resident Volunteer, Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex, Pinetop, Arizona

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Marketing Coordinator, New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

2.)  Chief of Strategic Communications (Public Affairs Officer), National Park Service, Department Of The Interior, Yellowstone National Park, WY

3.)  4H Outdoor Learning Center Program Director, Upham Woods 4H Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells  WI

4.)  Outdoor Sculpture and Conservation Coordinator, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

5.)  Fox Landing Summer Instructor, The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), Avalon  CA

6.)  Director of Communications and Marketing, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC

7.)  Summer Instructors, Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

8.)  Outdoor Instructors/Outdoor Education Program, The YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, Possum Kingdom Lake TX

9.)  Program Supervisor, Pacific Quest, Naalehu, HI

10.)  Adjunct Faculty, HMI GAP, The High Mountain Institute, Leadville, CO (basecamp in Moab, Utah)

11.)  Chapter Director, Hawaii Chapter, Sierra Club, Honolulu       HI

12.)  Senior Press Secretary, Sierra Club, San Francisco or Washington, D.C.

13.)  Sr. Comm Specialist, Hispanic Media Outreach, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Washington, District of Columbia

14.)  Outdoor Guides, ARIZONA OUTBACK ADVENTURES, Scottsdale, AZ

15.)  Hiking/Trip Leaders/Rock Climbing (and other openings), Camp Nashoba North, Raymond, Maine

16.)  English Language Teacher in China (Foreign Trainer), Disney English, China

17.)  Communications Manager, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

18.)  SUMMER-Mountain Adventure Program Counselor, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc., Crested Butte, CO

19.)  Summer Racing Instructor/Coach for Opti and 420 – Summer youth Instructor/Coach (Opti trainer, Opti, O’pen Bic, Hartley 12, 420, Sonar, J-105, Windsurfing), New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

20.)  C5 Bridges Backcountry Team Leader, C5 Youth Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (Camp Address: Hyattville, WY)

 

…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:

 

April 22-27, Los Angeles, Calif.

 

May 10-18, Jakarta / Surabaya / Banyuangi / Denpasar, Indonesia

 

May 18-21, Singapore

 

July 7-8, Cleveland, Ohio

 

July 15-17, San Diego, Calif.

 

August 3-8, East Lansing, Mich.

 

August 17-19, San Diego, Calif.

 

September 30-1 October, Tokyo, Japan

 

***  Sierra Club National Outings Training Trip – Southeast/Northeast, May 6–10, 2015.

 

The National Outings Training Trip is designed to train new Sierra Club National Outings leaders in the trip planning and leadership skills necessary to lead safe, happy and inspiring Sierra Club Outings. Each trainee will plan, design and submit their own National Outing in the months prior to the four-day field section. Subsequent to the training, trainees are expected to lead a National Outing at least once every other year but ideally once a year.

http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/national-outings-training-trip-southeastnortheast

 

***  Where will Americans travel in spring 2015?

 

To some places you might expect (Las Vegas) and to others that are a bit of a surprise (El Paso, TX). According to hotel bookings made through CCRAtravel.com, here are the top ten spring travel destinations in the U.S.:

 

  1. Kissimmee, FL *
  2. El Paso, TX *
  3. Anaheim, CA
  4. Orlando *
  5. Miami
  6. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  7. Nashville, TN
  8. New York City
  9. New Orleans
  10. Las Vegas

 

http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/SM-Top-10/The-Top-10-Spring-Travel-Destinations-in-the-U-S-/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  Best Beach-Vacation Destinations in the World

http://www.fodors.com/trip-ideas/beach/?ref=news_fd_042515

 

***  Hotels You Need to Have Sex in Before You Die

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/07/hotels-to-have-sex-in-before-you-die/palms-resort

 

***  Planned Elopements Are the New Destination Wedding

The Caribbean’s new twist on the destination wedding

By: Lena Katz

http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Caribbean/Planned-Elopements-Are-the-New-Destination-Wedding/#.VTjpQSHBzGc

 

***  When things go wrong: Taking care of the business traveler

By Carl Dombek

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-things-go-wrong-taking-care-business-traveler-carl

 

***  Sea Kayaking in Alaska

No Alaska adventure is complete without a sea-kayaking excursion

By: Chris Batin

http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/USA-Canada/Sea-Kayaking-in-Alaska/?a=/travel/adventure-travel#.VTjqGSHBzGc

 

***  10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-national-parks-to-visit-in-2015?ref=news_fd_042515

 

***  Rediscovering Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Where to find food by the original Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs

By: Marty Wentzel

http://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Hawaii/Rediscovering-Hawaii-Regional-Cuisine/#.VTjppCHBzGc

 

***  Lollapalooza and Coachella Officially Ban Selfie Sticks

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2015/3/30/11207/7340/travel/Lollapalooza+and+Coachella+Officially+Ban+Selfie+Sticks

 

***  Rail Tril of the Month:

 

Rail Trail of the Month for April 2015

Nevada’s Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail

by Laura Stark

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/april/10/nevada-s-lower-las-vegas-wash-trail/?tag=Trail+of+the+Monthk

 

Rail Trail of the Month for March 2015

Pennsylvania’s Montour Trail

by Laura Stark

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/march/16/pennsylvanias-montour-trail/?tag=Trail+of+the+Month

 

Rail Trail of the Month: February 2015

West Virginia’s Mon River Trails

by Laura Stark

 

“I can’t imagine Morgantown without the rail-trail … I think it adds so much to the community.”

 

“Wild and Wonderful” is West Virginia’s slogan, but the same could be said of the Mon River Trail system in the north-central part of the state. The beauty of the trail network spiraling out of Morgantown is that you have access to four trails—and four unique experiences—all in one interconnected system spanning nearly 50 miles. Head away from town and you are quickly encompassed by lush woodlands and the quiet splash of small waterfalls. Or, stay in town and have a number of city parks, as well as great dining and shopping opportunities, at your fingertips.

 

“It’s a wonderful mix of urban and rural,” says Ella Belling, executive director of the Mon River Trails Conservancy (MRTC). “It’s a nice combination for the people that live here and want to get a break from the urban world and enjoy nature.”

 

Picture the area’s trail system as an upside down “Y.” The Mon River Trail North, surfaced with crushed limestone, comes down from the Pennsylvania state line hugging the gentle curves of the Mon River (short for Monongahela). The waterway, which Belling likens to the Mississippi, cuts a wide, slow-moving path through the forested terrain. After six miles, the trail seamlessly blends with the paved Caperton Trail, which is more urban than its country cousins as it links Star City and Morgantown. Downtown, the trail splits; the fork heading southwest is the Mon River Trail South, and the one heading southeast is the Deckers Creek Trail. Both are crushed stone pathways guiding you through one scenic vista after another for nearly 20 miles each.

 

For Laurie Abildso, who directs the regional chapter of Girls on the Run, the Mon River Trail system is the perfect setting for their annual 5K run. “A lot of people who do the event are doing it for the first time,” she says. “So the trail is a nice, gentle introduction to running for long distances. They’re well maintained and safe.”

 

The event—which draws more than 1,000 participants, including the girls, their families and the general public—is the culmination of a 12-week program that uses physical activity as one way to help girls in third to eighth grade gain self-esteem and learn positive life skills. “When they start the program, they don’t think they’ll be able to run three miles,” says Abildso. “But then they do it, and it’s such a powerful experience.”

 

When Belling visits the trails, she confesses to being a slow cyclist. With binoculars in hand, she likes to “soak up nature,” frequently stopping to “bike and bird” as well as identify the trees and plants around her. Deer are common here, and even black bears and coyotes are occasionally sighted.

 

With spring on the way, another “W” that could be applied to the trail system is wildflowers. Belling notes that many of them grow along the trail, and her favorite time to see them is just around the corner. “There’s a four-week period with amazing bursts of color right before the leaves burst out on the trees at the beginning of spring.”

 

An especially good place to spot them is the Caperton section, which runs right through the arboretum on the campus of West Virginia University (WVU) and also traverses Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, known for its showy cherry blossoms. The park pays homage to the trail’s heritage with a restored railroad depot that first saw passengers in 1886 and now serves as a visitor center and bus station. Both the Caperton and the pair of Mon River Trails on either side of Morgantown follow a branch of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, which primarily carried coal, coke, sand and limestone between the mines of Fairmont and the industrial city of Pittsburgh. (The Deckers Creek Trail follows the former Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad, which met the B&O line in Morgantown and extended to Rowlesburg.)

 

“There are a lot of remnants from the railroad and the coal mines along the trails,” says Belling. “You can feel the history of the place.”

 

In the warmer weather, the stately red brick buildings of WVU’s Woodburn Circle—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—make an especially vivid contrast to the wide green expanses of the school’s well-manicured grounds. Founded in 1867 (only a few years after West Virginia became a state), the university has long been Morgantown’s flagship institution, and the city frequently finds its way onto lists of the country’s top college towns.

 

West Virginia native Kelly Pack, trail development director for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), remembers the early development of the Mon River Trail system when she began attending WVU in the late 1990s.

 

“It has drastically changed since I was there,” Pack says. “When I was running on the Caperton Trail, I felt like I had a backstage pass to the community. Morgantown was just starting the revitalization of the riverfront, so you were going behind these vacant areas. Now, there’s new development along the river—hotels, restaurants and shops—with the trail as a focal point. The whole landscape along the trail in Morgantown has completely changed for the better.”

 

Mon River Rail-Trail at Pricketts Fort | Photo by Steve Shaluta, courtesy Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County

 

Twenty years ago, the MRTC acquired the rail corridor through which the trails now run, and the future only looks brighter today. This year, the Mon River Trail North will connect to Pennsylvania’s Sheepskin Trail, which will continue north to the community of Point Marion. Although the new segment is short—just over a mile—it signifies a big step toward connecting the Morgantown system to the Great Allegheny Passage, a distinguished member of RTC’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new section will be made during RTC’s upcoming West Virginia Rail-Trail Sojourn, April 24-26. Registration is going on now!

 

In the other direction, a more distant dream is to one day close about 20 miles of gaps to connect the Mon River Trail system with the North Bend Rail Trail, a rural scenic gem that stretches 72 miles west to Parkersburg. Together, they would create a 150-mile trail that Pack says would be “incredible” and on the scale of the renowned Great Allegheny Passage.

 

All of these regional trails are pieces of a much larger puzzle. RTC is partnering with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to lead a collaborative effort involving dozens of trail groups and other organizations in closing gaps and building out a 1,600-mile trail network spanning five states (Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York). Originally known as the Power of 32+ for the number of counties involved, the growing project now includes trails in 53 counties.

 

The hub of this network is Pittsburgh, and Morgantown—just 75 miles south— serves as an important spoke in the wheel. “There’s a great energy to Morgantown,” says Abildso. “More and more people are out there on their bikes. And there are lots of running events in the spring and summer; most Saturday and Sunday mornings, you’ll see an organization out there.”

 

In addition to wild, wonderful and wildflowers, we have one last “W” to add to the list. With its genuine charm, beautiful views around every bend in the river, unique historical and cultural sites, and a well-loved, well-cared-for trail system linking it all, this thriving trail town is welcoming.

 

“I can’t imagine Morgantown without the rail-trail,” says Abildso. “I think it adds so much to the community.”

 

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/?tag=Trail+of+the+Month

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Editorial internships at Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA

 

Editorial internships at Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, provide an overview of the process of selecting and preparing manuscripts for publication. Interns sit in on all editorial meetings and perform a variety of research and fact-checking tasks for our editors. This position requires strong editorial skills (writing, video, photography, design, etc.) and a well-rounded awareness of environmental issues.

 

Internship periods are winter-spring (January through April), summer (May through August), and fall (September through December). Interns are required to work 20 hours a week; however, the scheduling of these hours is at the intern’s discretion. The position is unpaid. Travel is reimbursed up to $600.

 

Internship applicants should send a letter describing their qualifications and interests, along with a resume and a brief writing sample to, communications.internships@sierraclub.org. Although we are mainly looking for writers, the internship is also offered to people with multimedia skills that translate well to internet journalism.

 

In general, the most helpful writing samples show your ability to research facts, organize information, and interview a variety of sources. Journalistic samples are much preferred to research papers and personal essays, please send files as PDFs. If you will be including links in your cover letter, please also submit a copy of your work in PDF format.

 

Applicants should indicate which internship period they prefer. The deadline for application is March 12 for the summer period, July 16 for the fall period, and November 1 for the winter/spring period.

 

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact the intern manager by e-mail at communications.internships@sierraclub.org.  No phone calls please. We only meet in person with applicants under serious consideration for the internship.

 

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/internships

 

2.)  Volunteer Opportunites, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, Great Circle, Steelville, MO

http://meramecranch.greatcircle.org/get-involved/volunteer.html

 

3.)  Resident Volunteer, Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex, Pinetop, Arizona

 

Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex participates in the Resident Volunteer program. Contact the hatchery for more information on requirements and availability.

 

Volunteer Tasks

 

The tasks that volunteers perform at the Alchesay-Williams Creek NFH Complex are extremely diverse in nature depending on the time of the year, assignment priorities, and the skills and abilities of the individual volunteer. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed at the hatcheries. A person can volunteer as little or as much of their time as they choose. Housing may be available to those volunteers willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

 

Volunteer tasks can include grounds and building maintenance, cleaning, basic fish culture (feeding and cleaning), inventorying, loading and stocking fish, marking fish, running errands, taking photos and videos, handling fish, feeding fish, collecting fish spawn taking (eggs), collecting water quality data, participating in outreach activities, assisting staff with fish tagging, and pond harvesting. Some projects may include hands-on construction. Examples of such projects are constructing outreach aquaria displays, refurbishing public walking decks, outdoor classroom design and implementation.

http://www.fws.gov/southwest/fisheries/awc/volunteers.html

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Marketing Coordinator, New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

 

Position Summary

The Marketing Coordinator assists in developing and implementing NESS’s Strategic Marketing Plan,

including coordinating print and digital marketing communications, advertising, and public relations. In

addition to coordinating documentation of NESS’s programs, stories, and events, this position works

with Program Directors to develop year round programming. The Marketing Coordinator reports to the

Director of Marketing.

 

Duties and responsibilities

– Implement activities to manage and enhance NESS’s brand, image, and messages across all

constituents

– Develop and maintain NESS’s calendar and communications plan, including

o Events

o Communications schedule

o Online calendar posts

– Manage website

o Update as required

o Schedule/manage/delegate blog posts

o Coordinate with website designer/administrator

– Manage social media posts and updates

– Coordinate and implement advertising; develop plan and budget

– Coordinate and implement public relations activities and events, representing NESS as needed

(open houses, camp fairs, press conferences, etc.)

– Coordinate and implement marketing communications, including print, digital, and broadcast

media, coordinating with outside designers as needed

– Write marketing materials, press releases, articles, blog posts, newsletters, etc.

– Develop marketing communications collateral plan (list, updates required, schedule, etc.)

– Coordinate documentation of programs, stories, and events via pictures and videos

o Develop and manage picture and video library

o Take pictures/contract photographers

o Take videos/contract videographers/produce videos

– Maintain displays

o Bulletin boards (Stonington, Dodson Boatyard)

o Window displays (Stonington, Ocean Beach)

o Mystic welcome center

-Develop, implement, and report on customer feedback

– Track and report on performance metrics

– Support program development

o Work with Program Directors to develop programs, both summer and off season,

including pricing

o Perform competitive analyses

– Manage NESS’s store, both in-house inventory and online through vendor

– Cultivate relationships with/sell programs to customers/partners/communities

– Represent NESS to constituents, articulating NESS’s mission, strategy, and programs

– Support Marketing Committee as required

– Support Development as required

– Miscellaneous

o Use ideas, feedback, and suggestions to continuously improve the services provided to

the community

o Perform other ad-hoc duties as assigned by the Director of Marketing

 

Minimum Requirements:

Skills/Knowledge:

– Excellent inter-personal skills

– Excellent oral and written communication skills

– Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, some HTML)

– Excellent social media skills (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked In)

– Excellent organizational skills

– Detail-oriented with a penchant for accuracy

 

Experience/Education:

– 4 year degree

– Prior marketing experience preferred

– Prior graphic design experience preferred

– Prior website design and management experience preferred

– Adult and child first aid and CPR certifications

– Connecticut Safe Boating certification helpful

 

Compensation

– Salary commensurate with experience

– 10 paid holidays per calendar year

– 3 weeks of paid vacation per calendar year

– Contributions to health and dental insurance premiums

– Short term disability insurance

 

NESS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

http://www.nessf.org/Media/Default/Forms/MarketingCoordinatorPositionDescriptionFINAL.pdf

http://www.nessf.org/work-with-ness/employment-opportunities

 

2.)  Chief of Strategic Communications (Public Affairs Officer), National Park Service, Department Of The Interior, Yellowstone National Park, WY

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398851900

 

3.)  4H Outdoor Learning Center Program Director, Upham Woods 4H Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells  WI

 

The Program Director works in partnership with the Director and Assistant Director in providing leadership and operational management of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center. The Program Director manages the seasonal naturalist staff and oversees marketing as well as programmatic development. Upham Woods is a year-round educational facility that provides outdoor education, environmental education, and leadership education opportunities for over 9,000 youth and adults each year. In the summer, users are primarily 4-H groups, while during the spring, fall and winter, the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center serves school groups and other youth organizations. Upham Woods strives to provide the community with outdoor educational programming and partnerships as a way to provide local accessibility to University resources and research.

 

TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

– Bachelors degree in education, recreation management, biology, youth development or a related field

 

– Experience in developing, implementing, managing, or teaching educational programs

 

– Experience utilizing outdoor education as a way to teach leadership skills, environmental concepts, STEM or social development skills

 

– Experience working collaboratively in a team environment to accomplish program goals

 

– Experience or education in marketing educational programs

 

– CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certifications, or ability to obtain certifications shortly after hire

 

– Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

To receive full consideration, you must submit all of the following documents. when uploading documents, pdf format is preferred. Any documents, other than those requested, will be deleted from your application.

 

– COVER LETTER (up to two pages) in which you summarize how your qualifications meet those of the position. Please note that your response will be evaluated not only for content but for written communication skills as well. You are encouraged to refer to formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research and any related life experiences in your response.

 

– PROFESSIONAL RESUME, including related education, professional work history and volunteer experience.

 

– CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL WORK REFERENCES, including at least one person who has been your immediate supervisor.

 

– FINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS for each of your degrees.

 

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/hr/

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=93666

 

***  From Bridget Ann Serchak:

 

4.)  Outdoor Sculpture and Conservation Coordinator, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Check this out – first time I have ever seen the word Frisbee in a job

posting!

 

http://job-openings.monster.com/monster/0b846925-ef18-47bf-92d6-fea2c7db8e6f?mescoid=1900248001001

 

5.)  Fox Landing Summer Instructor, The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), Avalon  CA

 

The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) is looking for excited college graduates who would like to be a part of the summer program at the historic Camp Fox on Catalina Island.  CIMI staff provide support to YMCA groups throughout their week long trips to Camp Fox.  Each day consists of taking campers kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking, as well as through our archery course and high ropes elements.  Each CIMI instructor must be a physically fit, dedicated, flexible and excited team player to spend the summer on Catalina Island.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Minimum of a bachelors degree, biology or marine biology highly preferred.
  • Excellent water skills
  • Capable of completing a Waterfront Lifeguarding course, including CPR and First Aid
  • Experience teaching elementary, middle or high school students, highly desired
  • Ability to live and work in a small, remote island community

 

Compensation:

 

  • Paid training
  • Full room and board
  • Starting salary of $275 per week
  • Use of program equipment, such as kayak, boats and paddle boards during off time
  • Island playground to explore

 

If interested please email resume and cover letter to Charlie@cimi.org.

Check out our camp website: http://cimioutdoored.org/cimi-fox-landing/

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=93763

 

6.)  Director of Communications and Marketing, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC

http://www.glassdoor.com/job-listing/director-of-communications-and-marketing-JV_IC1138213_KO0,40_IE683660.htm

 

7.)  Summer Instructors, Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

 

Job Description

Instructors are expected to be excellent role models as they teach a variety of outdoor skills and foster a close community. Course size is generally 24 students with 6 instructors. Outdoor skills taught include: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, cooking, orienteering, Leave No Trace concepts, and general environmental education. Other specialized skills will be taught in conjunction with outfitters. On each adventure, the six-person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip including: instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, menu planning, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues. Instructors receive support while in the field from the Regional Directors.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 21 years old
  • College graduate strongly preferred
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR
  • Several years experience working with teenagers
  • True concern for students’ growth
  • Solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities
  • Several years experience leading wilderness programs
  • Expertise in Leave No Trace principles
  • A clean driving record
  • Ability to work with little/no time off and limited personal time

Benefits

  • Opportunity to be a teacher, mentor and role model to highly motivated students
  • Up to five months of employment. In addition to Summer Adventures, opportunities are available in North Carolina during the fall as an outdoor educator for our School Programs.
  • Dynamic work environment with other incredible instructors
  • Highly organized and well planned Adventures
  • Professional development
  • Outdoor experiences throughout the United States
  • Competitive Salary
  • Travel stipend for transportation
  • Professional purchase discounts

To Apply

We will be accepting applications until March 30th for the 2015 summer season. However, we will accept applications for the fall season until August 15th. If you meet our qualifications, please email a copy of your resume to our Associate Director, Josh Goldbach at josh@adventuretreks.com.

 

Adventure Treks provides unique experiences for teenagers ages 13-18, through wilderness based adventure programs. Designed to teach leadership and build confidence through the formation of positive communities and fun outdoor adventures, these 18-30 day expeditions take place in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North Carolina, and British Columbia. Field Instructors manage group dynamics, coordinate logistics, and teach outdoor skills, with activities that include backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Benefits include a competitive salary, travel stipend, pro-deal privileges, and the opportunity to work both the summer and fall school group programs, which are located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (college graduate or degree in progress), have a valid WFR/CPR certification (or be willing to acquire one), have several years experience working with youth and/or leading wilderness programs, and the ability to work long hours with little to no time off. To apply, email your resume to Josh Goldbach. Applications are due by April 30th for summer positions and August 15th for the fall season.

 

https://www.adventuretreks.com/about-us/employment.html

 

8.)  Outdoor Instructors/Outdoor Education Program, The YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, Possum Kingdom Lake TX

http://www.ecojobs.com/jobs_details.php?sec=5EW&AID=93775

 

9.)  Program Supervisor, Pacific Quest, Naalehu, HI

 

NOW HIRING

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to wilderness therapy by replacing hiking and survival skills with work on our organic farm and sustainable life skills. Our approach is based on structure, support and choice as opposed to coercion or punitive consequences; it allows for students to grow individually, at their own pace, with their own motivations.

 

The mission of Pacific Quest is to provide individualized, sustainable, personal development within a safe, structured, experiential and natural environment in a culture of unconditional support and personal responsibility.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

 

The primary responsibility of the Program Supervisor is as facilitator for the Program at the Kau facility (Na’alehu area), which includes: Daily Schedule and Routine Facilitation; Therapeutic and Academic goals and outcomes (experience with addictions a plus); Community Service, Farming and Group Outings.

 

The Program Supervisor is responsible for training and developing staff, and working directly with the students. This supervisor shares “on-call” responsibilities around crisis management and works with the Therapists to support outcomes. The position is directly under the supervision of the Program Director and is supported by the Program Direct Care Staff, and other program departments (logistics, farming, wellness, outings, etc). The training and development of staff occurs both in the field and at the field office in the Kau district of Hawaii (Na’alehu). The position is full time with benefits, salary DOE.

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

 

  • Clear, thorough and timely communication and documenting
  • Evaluating, managing, reporting and monitoring risk management
  • Program development and maintaining and updating systems
  • Supervising staff and students
  • Co-development of program policies and procedures

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Industry experience and experience working with adolescents of a similar population
  • Experience in supervision and able to work with students in crisis
  • Experience with crisis intervention
  • Valid drivers license and clean driving record
  • Basic computer skills and the ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work with team of professionals as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check

Please submit resume and cover letter along with application materials to jobs@pacificquest.org, to fax (855) 317-6304, or mail to Pacific Quest, PO Box 540, Naalehu, HI, 96772

 

http://www.pacificquest.org/job-opportunities/program-supervisor

 

10.)  Adjunct Faculty, HMI GAP, The High Mountain Institute, Leadville, CO (basecamp in Moab, Utah)

 

The High Mountain Institute seeks an Adjunct Faculty, a seasonal position in our HMI Gap program.

Responsibilities include: instruct and supervise outdoor rock climbing, facilitate various residential life

activities, and fulfill other faculty duties during our one-month basecamp in Moab, Utah. For more

information on HMI Gap, please see www.hminet.org/gap.

 

About the High Mountain Institute

HMI joins the best of a traditional independent school environment with top-class outdoor education

opportunities. We seek candidates who share our passion for educating adolescents to be good

students and good adults. HMI seeks to connect our students to the natural world and teach them

essential leadership and communication skills through participation in a rigorous, experiential

academic program, extended wilderness trips, and an intentional community. In addition to a high

school semester, HMI also offers a summer term for high school students, a gap semester for 18-22

year olds, and a variety of adolescent and adult programming. For more information, please visit

www.hminet.org.

 

Position Details Include:

  • Instruct and supervise ½ and full day climbing activities 4-5 times per week
  • Assist in leading a 2-day canyoneering trip and other weekend activities
  • Lead 3-5 evening activities per week
  • Teach and support the Environmental Field Studies and Leadership curriculum
  • Support other core program activities and operations as needed
  • Participate in rotating duty schedule
  • Act as an advisor for 3-4 students
  • Maintain Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications (Wilderness First Responder strongly preferred)
  • Room and board provided; program is conducted in a front-country “basecamp” setting
  • Compensation: $3,100-$3,400
  • Dates: October 9 through November 8, 2015
  • Adjunct faculty is required to participate in a 3-day training on HMI’s campus September 16-18, 2015

Minimum Qualifications: BA or higher, current WFA & CPR certifications, prior teaching experience,

extensive prior experience instructing/guiding outdoor rock climbing, enthusiasm for working with young adults in an intensive community setting, criminal and driving background checks required.

 

Desired Qualifications: Highly motivated & organized individual with prior relevant experience;

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or Rock Guide training; Significant prior experience working with late high

school and/or college-age students; Familiarity with climbing and other outdoor activities in the Moab

area; Significant trail crew experience.

How to Apply: Please submit the following items as Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word files to Chris

Barlow, Gap Coordinator, via e-mail at cbarlow@hminet.org:

  • 1-page cover letter including a discussion of the applicant’s teaching philosophy, leadership style,

and reasons for applying

  • Resume and list of 3-5 references

Complete application should be submitted to Chris Barlow, Gap Coordinator at cbarlow@hminet.org.

After an initial review, HMI will solicit further information from some candidates, such as a practical test,

writing sample, and other information. We will contact finalists for a formal interview. HMI is committed to taking the time to carefully review candidates and will not fill the position until an ideal candidate is found.

Correspondence via e-mail is strongly preferred. The High Mountain Institute is an equal opportunity

employer.

https://www.hminet.org/sites/hminet.org/files/hmi_gap_adj_faculty_description_2.pdf

 

11.)  Chapter Director, Hawaii Chapter, Sierra Club, Honolulu       HI

https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SIERRACLUB&cws=1&rid=461

 

12.)  Senior Press Secretary, Sierra Club, San Francisco or Washington, D.C.

 

Context:  Provides strategic media planning, oversight and implementation for Sierra Club local, regional, and national campaigns including major featured objectives of the Dirty Fuels initiative and all other related programs. Serves as communications strategist for Tar Sands campaign, and coordinates communications work with the Tar Sands coalition. Writes long-term and rapid-response media outreach plans to position the Sierra Club and promote its national and regional conservation campaigns. Oversees editorial production process for media communications, ensuring timely and accurate materials with a consistent tone and message.  Develops relationships with regional and national reporters and producers, pitching stories, providing Sierra Club’s viewpoints and serving as a Club spokesperson.

 

Scope: The Senior Press Secretary acts as a liaison between the various communications department teams and program teams to plan and carry out media strategies.  Also serves as a liaison between the Sierra Club and key media contacts, to develop relationships that advance the Sierra Club’s media coverage, serving regularly as a spokesperson. Serves as Sierra Club representatives to key partners like the Tar Sands Coalition, the Alberta Clipper Coalition, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, anti-fracking activists, and others.  Researches and delivers reports for release to media, develops and drives overall media strategy, writes media messages, op-eds, press releases, talking points and other materials, and coordinates media events as necessary. Works with other environmental groups in the Tar Sands coalition to guide the strategic objectives and communications tactics for the campaign to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and related Tar Sands projects.

 

Job Activities:

 

  • Works with Sierra Club campaigns and volunteers to develop the concept for reports to release at press conferences and other appropriate media events. Oversees the researching and writing of those reports.
  • Oversees Sierra Club’s rapid-response program, developing messages and writing op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points and other media materials. Creates strategic media responses to published comments regarding the Sierra Club and to the positions of politicians, institutions or groups.
  • Oversees strategy, message and materials development for the Dirty Fuels initiative—, including Tar Sands and Natural Gas campaigns, serving as liaison across various teams and committees.
  • Performs necessary research and crafts long-term strategic vehicles for promoting Sierra Club messages and stories, including but not limited to writing letters to the editor, reports, op-eds, radio actualities, press releases, fact sheets, and talking points.
  • Collaborates with the National Press Secretary, Communications Director and Deputy Directors, as well as outside consultants, to provide assistance and guidance in developing long-range media strategies. Drafts communications plans and coordinates communications work around Sierra Club campaigns across internal work groups including but limited to web, social media,Sierra Magazine, creative and video teams.
  • Develops relationships with regional and national reporters and pitches stories to those reporters.
  • Trains and coaches staff and volunteers in media skills.
  • Contributes to staff strategy meetings, and stays current on substantive and political developments in major conservation campaigns by reading latest literature, attending meetings and maintaining contact with relevant sources.
  • Advises and assists communications staff to pitch other Sierra Club messages, events, and reactions to the working press as needed.
  • Mentors, trains and coaches volunteers and interns in media skills while working alongside them.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

 

— B.A. degree in communications, journalism, or a closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

— 4 years prior experience as a journalist, media liaison or other position involving media/press relations.

 

— Excellent writing and verbal communications skills

 

— Demonstrated knowledge of environmental issues and national politics

 

— Ability to interact cooperatively effectively with staff, volunteers and the public

 

— Ability to meet strict deadlines and work under pressure

 

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local or Sierra Employee Alliance, depending on location.

 

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 4 exempt position.

 

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

 

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

 

*If you are applying for more than one position with us, please attach your job-specific cover letters in the ‘Attachments’ section.

 

https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SIERRACLUB&cws=1&rid=517

 

13.)  Sr. Comm Specialist, Hispanic Media Outreach, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Washington, District of Columbia

http://www.latpro.com/jobs/3044140.html

 

14.)  Outdoor Guides, ARIZONA OUTBACK ADVENTURES, Scottsdale, AZ

 

Description

 

AOA prides itself on having the best guide staff, because our guides love what they do and it shows. AOA specializes in providing a superior guest experience from the initial contact and the hotel pick-up to the on-trail meals and equipment condition. As a guide you will be responsible for leading tours; carrying-out transfers, servicing equipment and ensuring guest safety and comfort. With training – your understanding of the natural highlights of the regions we operate in will be second to none. Your ability to transfer your knowledge efficiently and enthusiastically will underscore for our guests the natural wonders and beauty of the Southwest.

 

Core Competencies

 

  • A flair for dealing with people
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Experience as a leader
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Wilderness First Responder or EMT certification a plus
  • Mechanically adept [mountain bike preferred]
  • Schedule and work hours flexibility
  • Knowledge of local history, geology, flora and fauna
  • Enjoyment of hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and kayaking
  • Willingness to learn new things

 

http://aoa-adventures.com/job-opportunities/

 

15.)  Hiking/Trip Leaders/Rock Climbing (and other openings), Camp Nashoba North, Raymond, Maine

http://campnashoba.com/staff/working-at-cnn/

 

16.)  English Language Teacher in China (Foreign Trainer), Disney English, China

 

Your adventure with Disney starts now!

 

Set out on the journey of a lifetime while enriching children’s lives with Disney English. Disney English has grown across China since opening in 2008, by shaping children’s love for learning with Disney’s innovative, award-winning curriculum. Join this dynamic team that provides and engages children the way children learn – through stories, songs, characters and above all – fun!

 

We’re looking for passionate, out-going, native-like speaking English Language Teachers (Foreign Trainers). In this unique opportunity you will discover a new culture, inspire children to learn a new language while growing and developing your own skills in ways you never dreamed.

 

Become part of the Disney legacy… your journey awaits.

 

What you need to know:

 

  • Foreign Trainers provide a highly engaging and effective learning experience to children between 3-12 years old through the delivery of innovative and immersive Disney educational content.
  • Successful Foreign Trainers have high energy! Delivering curriculum with energy and enthusiasm is a must. Our Trainers use immersive learning techniques such as story telling, singing, dialogue and role-playing in combination with formal exercises.
  • Foreign Trainers work a 40 hour work week (20-25 contact teaching hours – (up to 30 hours if working with our special summer course) including evening and weekends.
  • Measuring progress as well as educational results while providing on-going support and development to the students is required for success.
  • Foreign Trainers build strong relationships with parents and keeping them “in-the-know” on their child’s journey.

 

What you’ll need:

 

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 months teaching experience (post Bachelor’s degree) for major Cities
  • OR a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 months work experience (post Bachelor’s degree)
  • To be at least 21 years old
  • Native English Speaker able to communicate with learners where English is not their first language
  • Internationally recognized advanced TEFL or CELTA Qualifications are highly desirable
  • A flexible “can do” attitude, a thirst for learning and an adaptable approach to working
  • Passion for Disney and for working with young children is essential

 

What we offer:

 

  • Salaries start at $1,610 USD (10,000 RMB) per month (dependent on qualifications/experience)
  • Monthly housing allowance up to $782 USD (up to 4,850 RMB)
  • Resettlement allowance of $1,127 USD (7,000 RMB)
  • Paid airfare to China and a monthly travel stipend toward return trip
  • Three weeks hotel accommodation provided upon arrival in China
  • Health, dental, paid sick and vacation time
  • Robust academic training including assistance obtaining a TEFL-C certification as well as a Rosetta Stone Mandarin license
  • Various Disney discounts* including a limited theme parks admission pass

*Benefits subject to change

 

Disney will give you the opportunity to learn, grow, teach and lead – apply now!

https://xjobs.brassring.com/tgwebhost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25348&siteid=5039&jobid=240721&loc=US

 

17.)  Communications Manager, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

http://jobs.prsa.org/jobseeker/job/23429794

 

18.)  SUMMER-Mountain Adventure Program Counselor, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc., Crested Butte, CO

http://job-openings.monster.com/monster/fa9abdc4-2492-4a02-b1d6-b9265ca27745?mescoid=2100314001001&jobPosition=3

 

19.)  Summer Racing Instructor/Coach for Opti and 420 – Summer youth Instructor/Coach (Opti trainer, Opti, O’pen Bic, Hartley 12, 420, Sonar, J-105, Windsurfing), New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT

http://www.nessf.org/Media/Default/Forms/positiondescriptionsailingcoach2015.pdf

http://www.nessf.org/work-with-ness/employment-opportunities

 

20.)  C5 Bridges Backcountry Team Leader, C5 Youth Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (Camp Address: Hyattville, WY)

 

Change the world this summer by working with our amazing young leaders! Summer camp, college tours, Wyoming backpacking treks, and community action summits are all activities you can be a part of if you join our C5LA summer staff.

 

C5 Los Angeles is looking for dedicated, high-caliber leaders to teach and inspire young people to reach for their best.  C5LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

The C5 Bridges Backcountry Group Leaders help lead 13-day travel experiences with small groups of teens. Trips include backpacking in the remote Big Horn Mountain Range of Wyoming. The position is physically demanding. Success requires insightful facilitation and dynamic leadership to promote positive relationships, sharpening of leadership skills, and connecting trip-related challenges to skills needed for success in college, work, and life.

 

Responsibilities

 

Travel with groups along a 6-7 day, 35-mile backpacking route

Help Facilitate activity sessions (rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, etc.)

Manage risks; comply with safety protocols; involve youth in building a safety-conscious culture

Facilitate structured curriculum

Assist with logistical support (transportation, packing food, issuing gear)

Minimum Requirements

 

23 years old; some college experience

Experience in working with youth

Experience leading trips similar in scope

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Lifeguard training

Ability to carry a 55-pound backpack over rugged terrain up to 12 hours a day for 6 days

Commitment to Leave No Trace ethics and practice

Clean driving record

Drug-free

 

http://c5la.org/AboutUs/Employment.aspx

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for January/February 2015

Your Very Next Step newsletter for January/February 2015

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“There’s a place

in the middle of the wine-dark sea called Crete,

a lovely, fruitful land surrounded by the sea.”

– Homer (“Smyrns of Chios”), Odyessey

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from Chania, on the Greek island of Crete.

 

“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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Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

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

***  Trail of the Month:  Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

***  Ned’s upcoming travel

***  Genoa

***  Crete

***  While waiting for my flight from Athens to Crete

***  Two interesting blogs from Rohit Agarwal

***  Free Admission Days to U.S. National Parks

***  15 of the Worst Airlines in the World Destination Tips

***  Planes, clouds and votices

***  Top 10 European tourist traps USA TODAY

***  Hate Flying? It’s Your Fault

***  Wisconsin’s Kinnickinnic River Trail

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Residential Outdoor Science Instructor, Grizzly Creek Ranch, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Portola, CA

2.)  Youth and Family Outdoor Program Coordinator, Outdoors Rx, Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Boston MA

3.)  Project Manager – Philadelphia Region (Full-Time), Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Philadelphia, Pa.

4.)  Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Land Management, Department Of The Interior, Billings, MT

5.)  Residential Outdoor Educator, Friends of the National ZOO, Maurertown, VA

6.)  Executive Director, Prairie Rivers Network, Champaign, Illinois

7.)  DIRECTOR OF OUTDOOR SERVICES, Cabela’s, Sidney, NE

 

…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:

 

January 31-February 3, Chania, Crete, Greece

 

February 3-5, Rota Spain

 

February 5-6, Madrid, Spain

 

March 10-12, Jacksonville, Fla.

 

March 15-20, Accra, Ghana

 

April 22-27, Los Angeles, Calif.

 

August 17-19, San Diego, Calif.

 

***  Genoa:

 

Here’s a fun store to visit in the Porto Antico, and get fresh and local treats and products from Geona and Liguria.  Also a great place to eat.  You can now find Eataly in far flug locations, like Rome and Milan.

http://www.eataly.net/it_en

 

Here’s a facinating location to have a dinner for the attendees of Surface Warships 2015 in Genoa.  Dine with the sharks!

http://www.acquariodigenova.it/en/

 

***  Crete:

 

While wandering around the old city of Chania, I wandered into a gift shop named “Anastasia,” in a lovely 600-year old building.  I was looking for a local hand-made nativity for my mother’s collection.  I had a nice chat with Karen, an American who has been living in Greece with her husband and family for three decades now.  She told me of a shop that sells icons that also carries olive wood nativities.  They were closed, but Karen called the owner.  Later in the afternoon they brought a couple of them over to Karen’s shiop, and she called me at my hotel to let me know she had them.  I raced over before she closed the store and completed the transaction, and also bought a glass “eye” to ward offf evil spirits.

 

Crete, and Chania in particular, is living in layers of history dating back to the beginning of civilization.

 

According to Wikipedia, Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.  Crete is part of Greece, but has significant autonomy.  The largest city on the island and the capital, Heraklion, has about 600,000 people.  Chania is a tenth of that.  There are some famous gods from Crete, including Zeus.

 

Crete was the hub of the earliest known advanced European civilization, the Minoan (c. 2700–1420 BC), which had aa good run until overtaken by the Mycenaean’s from mainland Greece.  The Romans finally conquered the island in 69 BC, and they and their successors, the Byzantines ran the place, although not without lots of wars, until around 820 AD.  You had your attacking Vandals, Slavs, and Arabs.  You know, the usual.   It was captured by Andalusian Muladis who established the Emirate of Crete, but the Byantines tried to take it back until the did in 960-ish.

 

The Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople, and one of the leading crusader, Boniface of Montferrat, was awarded Crete.  He in turn sold his claim to the Republic of Venice, which didn’t sit well with their rivals in Genoa, who seized the island.  Finally, in 1212 Venice established its colony on Crete.  That’s why my hotel is named Porto Veneziano; the big old buildings are known aas the Venetian dockyards, and the Capuchins run the Catholic church here.

 

The merchants of Venice ran Crete for more than four centuries.  From 1212, during Venice’s rule, which lasted more than four centuries.  Called Candia by the Venetians, the city was well fortified with walls, forts and other defenses.  The port is shallower than nearby Souda Bay, but well protected, particularly with the sea walss constructed, which suited the Venmetians with their shallow draft vessels.

 

Then the Ottomans showed up in 1669,.  Many Cretans leff for safer parts of the Republic of Venice.  The Ottomans began the Islamic presence on the island (not counting some brief Arab occupations), was cemented by the Ottoman conquest. Some Cretans converted to Islam, and some converted to Christianty when the Turks left. When the Ottoman Empire fell apart, there was a “population exchange” between Greece and Turkey in 1924.

 

When the modern Greek State was established in 1830, but Crete was not a part.  In fact, the island was yielded to Egypt by the Ottoman sultan, but sovereignty was returned to the Ottoman Empire in 1840.

 

An autonomous Cretan State was established  in 1898, and eventually the island became part of Greece in 1913.

 

The island was invaded by Musssolini’s forces and then by the Germans during World War II.   The Battle of Crete was especially bloody.

 

***  While waiting for my flight from Athens to Crete:

 

I am so very humbled. I was getting ready to leave the Lufthansa business lounge a little early and head to the gate for my 17:30 to Chania. By my watch it was 16:30, so plenty of time. When I went to put away my cell phone it showed 17:30. I ran out to the counter and asked them what was the correct time. Turns out I was still on Rome time, and Athens was an hour later. No experience traveler would make that mistake. The flight was already closed, but the lady at the desk started making calls as I contemplated my dismal options. Then she says, “Let’s go!” One of the ladies ran with me through the Fast Track security check, and all the way to the gate. They scanned my boarding pass and I ran down the stairs to the tarmac where one of the big buses was waiting …just for me. The aircraft was waiting on the flight line. I ran aboard, took my seat, they pulled the stairs away and we left about 25 minutes late. I am very lucky, and I know it. I still haven’t stopped hyperventilating.

 

***  Two interesting blogs from Rohit Agarwal (who writes for TransIndiaTravels.com):

 

http://jessieonajourney.com/spiritual-india/

http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/five-bizarre-temples-in-india/

 

Rohit has offered to contribute content to our YVNS readers next month.

 

***  Free Admission Days to U.S. National Parks

 

Those credit card bills from the holidays are going to be here sooner than later, so it’s time to take advantage of some travel freebies. Just as in years past Uncle Sam is giving away access to a slice of his backyard, as there are a bunch of free admission days to national parks across the nifty fifty during 2015.

 

The government will get you back around Tax Day, but for now look forward to the following free admission days:

 

  • January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

  • February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

 

  • April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

 

  • August 25—National Park Service Birthday

 

  • September 26—National Public Lands Day

 

  • November 11—Veterans Day

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2015/1/6/185838/1606/travel/New+Year%2C+New+Free+Admission+Days+to+U.S.+National+Parks

 

***  15 of the Worst Airlines in the World Destination Tips

http://www.destinationtips.com/advice/15-of-the-worst-airlines-in-the-world/13/

 

***  Planes, clouds and votices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfY5ZQDzC5s

 

***  Rick Steves: Top 10 European tourist traps USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2014/12/06/europe-tourist-trap/19961805/

 

***  Hate Flying? It’s Your Fault

 

By Megan McArdle

 

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-01-06/hate-to-fly-these-days-its-consumers-fault-too

 

***  Wisconsin’s Kinnickinnic River Trail

by Laura Stark

 

Lined with concrete in the 1960s in an effort to improve floodwater flows, the channel deteriorated over time, becoming contaminated, filled with trash and defaced with graffiti. What was once a vibrant waterway along a busy harbor of Lake Michigan was reduced to nothing more than an ugly and forgotten drainage ditch.

 

A few years ago, a plan was put in motion to change the course of its future. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) would widen the river from 50 feet to 200 feet to improve its ability to channel floodwater, replace the concrete with river stone and add natural vegetation to restore the river’s allure for both wildlife and people. Although only 1,000 feet of the watercourse have been improved so far, the difference is astonishing. Its once steep slopes are now beautifully tiered and accessible, and trout and salmon can be seen swimming in its waters. For the remainder of the river project, about 75 percent of the private property needed for completion has been acquired.

 

“We want to make this corridor into an asset for the community, rather than this open sewer,” says Patrick Elliott, MMSD’s senior project manager. “It’s an urban watershed, so it’s struggled, but the river is definitely on its way to getting better.”

 

In tandem with these efforts, an existing rail-trail adjacent to the river project will be extended westward along the river to provide better access to the newly revitalized waterway, and to connect parks, businesses and schools throughout the neighborhood. Elliott says MMSD was already planning to create a basic, unpaved trail along the river for maintenance and upkeep, so it was a natural fit to improve on that idea and create a paved trail that the public could use as well.

 

“Now you see people actually using the river,” he says. “It’s encouraging to see families getting out there, even doing some fishing. You don’t see that on the part that’s still concrete on the other side of the bridge.”

 

The first segment of the KK River Trail opened in 2013, and while just a little more than two miles have been completed, its benefits are still rippling through the adjacent Lincoln Village and Bay View neighborhoods.

 

“The trail is a big asset in an extremely dense, urban neighborhood,” says Kristin Bennett, Milwaukee’s bicycle and pedestrian transportation coordinator. “There aren’t large swaths of open space, so it creates this recreational opportunity right in the heart of all these people.”

 

Elliott says residents have rallied around the project, recalling one particular river clean-up event this past October. “It was 30 degrees out and rainy, a miserable day, but it was packed! The community involvement in this area is really great.”

 

Recognizing the connection between the health of the river and the health of the community, the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC) became a key partner in the project early on. The healthcare provider, serving the city’s south side in an area where 80 percent of the population is Latino, has been working to build awareness of the river and trail among residents and foster educational programming and volunteering efforts. The group worked with students from local schools to create public art and a butterfly garden along the trail, as well as trail signage in both English and Spanish.

 

“The trail was a new space for the community,” says Iris Gonzalez, SSCHC’s community engagement specialist. “This past year, we started a weekly summer camp program along the trail where participants learned biking skills and explored the natural surroundings in this urban environment. Part of the trail is really wooded.”

 

The public art that the students created included colorful tiles that lined three wooden pillars carrying a symbolic message. “This river is undergoing transformation, and the woods and the neighborhood are undergoing transformation as well, so they used the imagery of a caterpillar and a butterfly to represent that,” says Gonzalez.

 

Plans are underway to add another two miles to the trail, nearly doubling its length as it continues west along the ever-improving river from 6th Street to 27th Street. This phase of the project is in the design and engineering stage with construction anticipated to begin in 2018 and end in 2022.

 

“Opening up access in these neighborhoods to new recreational opportunities is challenging because we’re so land-locked,” says Ben Gramling, director of the environmental health department for SSCHC. “This trail will open up more territory for people to lead more active lifestyles and provide access to the Kinnickinnic River Parkway and Jackson Park, a jewel in Milwaukee’s park system.”

 

The trail’s north end—where it currently ends just two miles shy of the downtown core and the city’s famed Hank Aaron State Trail—already caters to a growing center of activity. Last fall, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee opened a new state-of-the-art research facility for its School of Freshwater Sciences near the city’s lakefront, about a block from the trail. In that same area, a new mixed-use development with residences, office space and a grocery store is anticipated to open along Greenfield Avenue in 2016. And a stone’s throw away is the Oak Leaf Trail, an extensive and primarily on-road bicycling network of more than 100 miles that puts many areas of the city within reach.

 

“It’s all right there,” says Bennett. “The potential for the trail is astronomical because of all the development happening around it.”

 

With these connections, the KK River Trail ties into an already vast and growing trail network; Milwaukee is serving as a hub of potential with trail spokes stretching outward north toward Sheboygan, south to Racine and Chicago, and westward to Madison, La Crosse and Minneapolis’ doorstep.

 

Perhaps Gonzalez sums up the evolving trail best by saying, “It’s just the beginning of something that will be even more wonderful.”

 

The story of Milwaukee’s Kinnickinnic River Trail is the story of its eponymous river; paralleling each other through the city’s south side, the fate of the two is intimately intertwined. The KK River Trail, as it’s known locally, is also referred to as the “lost river.”

 

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/?tag=Trail+of+the+Month

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Lonesome Lake Hut Adult Volunteer Vacation, Appalachian Mountain Club, Pinkham Notch, NH

 

May 17, 2015 – May 23, 2015 (Sun – Sat) Join us for our volunteer crew based at AMC’s Lonesome Lake Hut. Crewmembers will be spending the week at the hut and working to help maintain the trails in the Kinsman Range. All of the crew will meet first at Camp Dodge Volunteer Center on Sunday evening for dinner and a chance to meet everyone.

 

On Monday morning, after dividing the food, tools, and group gear, the crew will depart for the Lonesome Lake trailhead and hike to Lonesome Hut. On Tuesday and Thursday, the crew will work on the trails in the area of the hut, building bog bridges, improving drainage, and brushing out the corridor. Wednesday will be a free day for participants to enjoy the scenic wonders of the area, or go for an epic day hike up to Kinsman Ridge.

 

The crew will return on Friday to Camp Dodge to clean-up and have dinner. Friday evening stay and Saturday morning breakfast are included in the program cost.

 

Camp Life:

After spending you first night in the bunkhouses at Camp Dodge Volunteer Center, you will head out to one of AMC’s popular huts, Lonesome Lake. Our crew will be there during non-peak season, so there may be other visitors, but not many, thus allowing for greater peaceful enjoyment of the hut and all it has to offer. Meals will be provided by AMC and prepared as a group or by the crew leaders. Participants will have their own bunk and access to the full kitchen and all participants will be expected to chip in to help keep the hut clean during their stay. You can expect to enjoy peace and beauty of the Kinsman Range; just remember to bring warm outer layers, as it can still be cold and wet in the mountains in May. The hut has cards, board games, a well-stocked library, and more for you to enjoy while you are on your crew.

 

Trip at a Glance

Activity: Backpacking

Conservation

Hiking

Trail Work

Volunteering

Construction

Offered By: AMC Staff

Status: Open

Duration: Week

Location: Lonesome Lake Hut,  New Hampshire, White Mountains,  NH

Nearby AMC Destination: Lonesome Lake Hut

Camp Dodge

Audience: 50+

Adults

Beginners

First Timers

Young Adults

Past participants say…

“This was an awesome week, I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” Tom, Adult Hut Crew Participant

 

“Another great crew and hard work, will be back next year,” Mike, Adult Hut Crew Participant

 

2015 Dates:

May 24-30

 

Contribution:

$350.00 for AMC Members

$385.00 for non-members

 

Contact for information or to register:

Alison Violette

361 Rt 16, PO Box 298 , Gorham , NH 03581

603-466-8156 (best time to call: 9:00am – 5:00pm)

http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/79975

 

2.)  Internship, Trails and Greenways Program – West Coast, Western Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Oakland, Calif.

http://www.railstotrails.org/about/careers/internship-trails-and-greenways-program-west-coast/

 

3.)  Saving Cross River Gorillas and Chimpanzees, Volunteer in the Highland Rainforests of South West Cameroon, African Conservation Foundation

http://www.africanconservation.org/volunteer/item/saving-cross-river-gorillas-and-chimpanzees

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Residential Outdoor Science Instructor, Grizzly Creek Ranch, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Portola, CA

 

We’re hiring Outdoor Science Instructors (Mar-Nov) at SNJ for our science campus 30mi north of Lake Tahoe.

 

Sierra Nevada Journeys takes an “Employees First” approach. Working with Sierra Nevada Journeys is as much a transformative life experience for our staff as it is for our students. We look for the most talented, passionate, entrepreneurial, and enthusiastic educators who want to help us change students’ lives. And because we value your energy and your contributions, we also offer competitive salaries and wages. We look forward to hearing about your experience and background. Come join the Sierra Nevada Journeys’ family today!

 

We are seeking Outdoor Science Instructors with passion and experience delivering outdoor school programs and summer camps. During the fall and spring seasons, instructors deliver residential, 1-5 day Outdoor Science educational programs to 5th and 6th graders from regional elementary schools. Instructors are responsible for leading and educating a group of 12 – 15 students throughout the week, as well as facilitating large group activities. During the summer season, SNJ delivers traditional summer camp programs and tailored programs for special needs and leadership development groups. SNJ’s , week-long summer camp programs are designed with an educational and experiential focus for our resident campers. Instructors supervise the campers overnight, as well as facilitate activities such as archery, swimming, kayaking, campfires and skits. Come join a fun, dynamic, hardworking team of outdoor school educators!

 

Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus is a fully ADA accessible outdoor science learning facility in Portola, CA, just 45 minutes from Reno, NV and 2 hours from Sacramento. GCRC operates year round to deliver programs focused on critical thinking and collaboration through our outdoor science campus for schools, campers, and community members.

 

http://sierranevadajourneys.org/about-us/jobs/

 

2.)  Youth and Family Outdoor Program Coordinator, Outdoors Rx, Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Boston MA

http://www.outdoors.org/about/employment/fulltime/youth-and-family-outdoor-program-coordinator.cfm

 

3.)  Project Manager – Philadelphia Region (Full-Time), Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Philadelphia, Pa.

http://www.railstotrails.org/about/careers/project-manager-philadelphia-region-full-time/

 

4.)  Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Land Management, Department Of The Interior, Billings, MT

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/390622300

 

5.)  Residential Outdoor Educator, Friends of the National ZOO, Maurertown, VA

 

Friends of the National Zoo, a nonprofit member organization dedicated to supporting the education, research, animal care, visitor experience, and sustainability mission of the Smithsonians National Zoological Park is seeking individuals who have experience working with children ages 10-15 for the Residential Outdoor Educator position at the residential camp. This position is located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. Applicants must have experience in either camp or informal education settings, knowledge of the natural sciences, and a love and appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors.

 

Qualifications:

 

At least 21 years of age.

Minimum of one year of college required.

Experience working with children, preferably in a camp setting.

Experience in informal or formal lesson development and facilitation.

Coursework / experience in science, nature studies, or outdoor education.

Current certification in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR required; additional lifeguard certification preferred (must be obtained by June 01, 2015).

Valid drivers license.

Ability to hike up to 4 miles a day in all weather conditions.

Responsible, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and punctual.

 

Job Responsibilities:

 

Live on-site during 6 week camp session.

Assume accountability for the health and welfare of campers entrusted to his/her charge.

Understand, follow, interpret, and enforce all camp rules, policies and procedures.

Serve as a good example to campers in personal language, appearance, and health habits.

Provide leadership and guidance to campers with special attention to:

o             personal hygiene and safety

o             behavior toward themselves and others

o             camper participation in camp activities

Develop and teach two, 1.5 hour classes per week around the theme of conservation, nature, wildlife and the outdoors.

Plan and lead daily activities such as hikes, classes, crafts, meals, and other programs as required.

Reports to Camp Director(s), Senior Resident Outdoor Educators, and FONZ Staff.

Communicate daily with the Camp Director and Senior ROE.

Assist with camp evaluation.

 

Term of Employment:

Friday, June 26- Sunday, August 9, 2015

 

Stipend:

Competitive stipend includes housing and meals.

 

Location and Lodging:

All camp staff lives at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

 

As an equal opportunity employer, FONZ values workplace diversity.

http://www.getsummercampjobs.com/residential-outdoor-educator-maurertown-virginia-62016761.htm

 

6.)  Executive Director, Prairie Rivers Network, Champaign, Illinois

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs/14453-executive-director

 

7.)  DIRECTOR OF OUTDOOR SERVICES, Cabela’s, Sidney, NE

 

Become a part of The World’s Foremost Outfitter team. At Cabela’s we passionately serve people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle by delivering innovation, quality and value in our products and service. Live…Dream…Work the Adventure!

Cabela’s has an opportunity for a Director of Outdoor Services. This position will be based out of our corporate office located in Sidney, NE.

 

**For appropriate and accurate consideration for this position, please attach a cover letter along with your resume outlining your specific job related experience, as well as any specific outdoor experience and/or interest you may have.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The primary purpose of this position is marketing and growing Cabela’s market share for the unique additional services made available to our customers by each of the Outdoor Services business units. This is accomplished by continuing to offer superior customer service and the highest quality hunting/fishing trips, easy State draw application processes, wide access to recreational real estate services and a full service corporate and leisure travel agency.

 

This position’s duties include:

  • Develops the strategy and overall execution of marketing, sales and service of all four business units in Outdoor Services all in accordance to retain engaged employees and continually grow the number of loyal, multi-channel customers.
  • Stay current on all functions and events in regards to the corporation and with the outfitting industry, State draw application processes, recreational real estate trends and the travel service industry. Cascade information down to the business units in a timely and confidential manner. Treat all internal information with respect and be able to communicate publicly a positive reflection of the Brand as an ambassador of the enterprise.
  • Training and development of department personnel in leadership competencies, systems, and tools (such as PDQ’s, PCN’s, AS400, JDA, Kenexa, TMC, Wiki, Cabela’s University, Serena, IT Business Cases, Strategic Projects, FOP’s, etc.), educate internal employees in all services offered by Outdoor Services, and provide education to external customers on the value and range of services offered.
  • Manage business unit promotions, advertising, travel and education internally and externally.
  • Manage business unit financials in regards to budgets, departmentals, sales goals, salary and wages.
  • Develop and create functions to capture data that can be used to measure the business units in Outdoor Services. Educate managers and teams to utilize this data and existing data to manage the businesses for higher profitability and enhance customer engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

 

This position requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field plus 10 years of progressive retail management experience.
  • World-wide, specialized hunting and fishing experiences in order to decipher quality opportunities, understanding of availabilities of species in different geographic regions, State license application opportunities, competent understanding of the industry and its terms.
  • Full understanding and experience with outdoor products and specific applications in regards to fly fishing, conventional tackle, rifles, reloading, shotguns, boats, bird dogs, camping and taxidermy.
  • Knowledgeable in travel industry terms and procedures.
  • Ability to function as a team player.
  • Strong leadership experience and ability to build strong partnership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong decision making skills.
  • Strong technical aptitude and expertise (Excel, Word, Power Point).
  • Ability to travel.

 

Cabela’s offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including, product discounts, 401K savings plan, and Health and Dental coverage for you and your family.

 

Cabela’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and we seek to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives.

https://sjobs.brassring.com/tgwebhost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25405&siteid=5454&jobid=1213607

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for December 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for December 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from San Diego, California

 

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

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

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

***  Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

***  DFW’s complimentary Travel Lounges

***  Find a Volunteer Vacation That’s Right For You!

***  The future of airport service is at JFK T4 – and it works!

***  The Best Budget Airlines In The World

***  Top Ten on-time airlines

***  ATTA Takes “Pulse” of U.S. Adventure Travelers for Latest Research

***  Rail Trail of the Month: New Hampshire’s Presidential Range Rail Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteers/Internships, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, Ca.

2.)  Habitat Restoration and Assessment Surveys, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson, AZ

3.)  Adopt a Trail or Shelter, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

4.)  Bark Mulch Packers, Backcountry Composting Sites, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

5.)  Interpretive Volunteers, Santa Clara County, Open Space Authority, San Jose, CA

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Lead paddler 2015, Coastal Odyssey/kayak more tomorrow, Ålesund, Norway

2.)  Waitstaff, Turpin Meadow Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

3.)  University of Minnesota Recreation, Park & Leisure Studies Dept. Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester.

4.)  Government Relations Internship, The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC

5.)  Communcations Manager, Four Corners, The Wilderness Society, Denver, CO

6.)  Trail Guide, Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

7.)  Adventure Forest, Wilderness at the Smokies, Sevierville, TN

8.)  Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Sustainable Travel International, New York, Oregon, or 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:

 

December 8-10, Aubu Dhabi, UAE

 

December 11, Bahrain

 

December 20-22, San Diego, CA

 

January 27-30    Genoa, Italy

 

March 15-20, Accra, Ghana

 

***  Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

 

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. This program has received multiple awards from the City of Albuquerque, a “Best Community Impact” award from Eastern Kentucky University, and is featured on thousands of web sites. View recent Apprentice Ecologist Projects and past Apprentice Ecologist Awards to get ideas for your own environmental stewardship project. The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to:

 

  • Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects,
  • Empower young people to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities,
  • Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action.

 

Here’s how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist and be considered for a scholarship:

 

  • Conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2014 .
  • Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  • Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  • Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.
  • Examples of projects that other Apprentice Ecologists have completed in the past include:

 

  • Removing and recycling trash from a local park, river, beach, or other natural area
  • Planting native trees at a school, local park, or in a deforested area
  • Starting a community or school recycling/composting program
  • Protecting a terrestrial or aquatic area for native wildlife
  • Promoting the conservation of an endangered species or area
  • Educating others about wildlife or conservation issues
  • Removing graffiti from natural areas
  • Taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination locally
  • Removing nonnative vegetation so that native vegetation can flourish
  • Improving awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
  • Reducing soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
  • Assisting the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat

 

Building a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat

After uploading your project photo and essay, we will publish your work on our Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists and provide links to download an official Apprentice Ecologist heat transfer (for T-shirt). Please only upload an image that you took or one that you have permission to post (this avoids copyright problems). If you do not have a project photo, simply upload the NWP logo image along with your essay. An NWP tote bag (made with organic cotton) will be awarded to the authors of the 10 best essays on an annual basis. School and community groups, especially those working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, are highly encouraged to participate.

 

Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. The top author will also receive a personalized crystal award courtesy of Crown Awards & Trophies. By registering and submitting your essay, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to include your full contact information (always private) when registering so that we can process any scholarships/awards that you may win. Scholarships are available to any student (ages 13 to 21) who is a candidate for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary (undergraduate at college or university) educational institution from any country around the world. The award covers 1) tuition and fees to enroll in or attend an accredited post-secondary (undergraduate or graduate at college or university) educational institution and/or 2) fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their project. Essays will be judged by a committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members, volunteers, and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners. Please see tips below for additional elements that the committee considers important when judging essays.

While there is no minimum/maximum length for essays, most of our past winners have written essays that ranged from about 750 to 1,500 words long. The deadline for uploading your Apprentice Ecologist project essay is midnight GMT on December 31, 2014 .

Winners of the annual Apprentice Ecologist Awards will be published online on Earth Day (April 22).

 

Note: There is a separate Apprentice Ecologist Open Space Initiative scholarship if your project benefitted any lands managed or co-managed by the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

 

Important tips for writing an award-winning essay about your Apprentice Ecologist project:

 

Briefly describe your personal background and why you chose to do an Apprentice Ecologist project on behalf of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project.

 

  • Name and describe the area where you conducted your project.
  • Provide details about what you did and accomplished during your project.
  • If your project was part of a multi-year effort, focus your essay on the work that you conducted in 2014 .
  • Describe why you think it is important to take care of the area where you conducted your project.
  • Explain how your project helps benefit your community and the environment.
  • Describe how your Apprentice Ecologist Project has helped to enrich your life and what it has inspired you to do in the future.
  • Check and correct any spelling and grammatical errors prior to submitting your essay.

 

Important tips for conducting a safe and successful Apprentice Ecologist project:

 

  • Listen to weather reports and plan your project accordingly.
  • Always stay with at least one other person. Teams of three or more are preferable.
  • Make sure that someone knows where, when, and for how long you will be out.
  • Look out for poisonous plants, venomous snakes, and stinging insects.
  • Leave syringes and needles alone! Notify authorities about their location.
  • Bring or wear: boots, gloves, hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, water, food.
  • Notify landowners about your plans prior to conducting your project.

If you need help or have questions, you can contact us any time at: mail@wildernessproject.org.

 

http://www.wildernessproject.org/volunteer_apprentice_ecologist.php

 

***  DFW’s complimentary Travel Lounges

 

While awaiting my connection between San Diego and Washington national at DFW, I had some time to kill.  I have no status on American (despite being one of AA’s original Aadvantage members), but stumbled into a little quiet “Dallas Lounge” that was free and open to the public.  Just a quiet place to sit, plug in a laptop, recharge a phone, and stay out of the melee.

 

Here’s what the website says:

 

Relax and recharge in DFW’s complimentary Travel Lounges, which provide a welcome setting with warm lighting, lounge and workstation seating, and power outlets at every seat.

 

https://www.dfwairport.com/shops/finder.php?type=services

 

***  Find a Volunteer Vacation That’s Right For You!

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

 

***  The future of airport service is at JFK T4 – and it works!

Dec 8, 2014 by Karen Walker in ATW Editor’s Blog

 

I’m at New York JFK Terminal 4 between flights from DCA and GVA and there is something very interesting happening here that I think marks the future for great airport customer service.

 

At the dedicated Delta part of T4, you are shown to a table in the Due Amici restaurant, from where everything is automated via on-the-table iPads.  A server shows you how to do it if you are a first-timer, but it’s pretty simple. Just pick what you want from the tablet menu, complete with detailed descriptions, see your bill total, swipe your credit card in the on-table slide, select a gratuity percentage, and your order is confirmed and a receipt immediately sent to your email if you wish.

 

But it gets better. You can order food and beverages to eat at the table or in a bag to go. It will be delivered within 15 minutes –my order came much quicker. There are power sockets at each table so you can also charge up your own portable devices while waiting. And the iPad is free to use while you are there to surf the net, check your flight status, take a look at the weather forecast for where you are going or whatever. It has multiple language options and everything is at your fingertips.

 

This part of T4 is equipped with many of these auto-iPad service stations throughout the facility. A waiter told me that the Due Amici iPads were installed about three months ago and he admitted they were still adapting to the concept. He said customer reaction has been mixed: frequent travelers and younger passengers love it; older people who don’t fly often are taken aback and say they want a “real person” taking their order. That’s still an option – you can ask for conventional service or press the icon on the tablet for assistance.

 

As far as I’m concerned, based on my experience today, I can’t wait to see more airports adopt this (and more airlines for in-cabin service). There’s no trying to flag up a waiter for your order or your check, you can continuously monitor your flight, news and anything else, and you are charged up and ready to go when you need to leave.

 

Delta, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK IAT opened the revamped T4 in May 2013. JFK IAT is wholly owned by Schiphol USA, a subsidiary of Amsterdam Airport owner and operator Schiphol Group, and privately operates the terminal under a development/management lease from PANYNJ.

 

From what I’ve seen, they’ve got the future of airport service worked out.

http://atwonline.com/blog/future-airport-service-jfk-t4-and-it-works

 

***  The Best Budget Airlines In The World

By MELISSA STANGER

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-budget-airlines-2014-12

 

***  Top Ten on-time airlines

http://successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/SM-Top-10/The-Top-10-On-Time-Airlines/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  ATTA Takes “Pulse” of U.S. Adventure Travelers for Latest Research

Written By: CHRISTINA BECKMANN

http://www.adventuretravelnews.com/atta-takes-pulse-of-u-s-adventure-travelers-for-latest-research

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

New Hampshire’s Presidential Range Rail Trail

 

We’ve found New Hampshire’s best-kept secret—the Presidential Range Rail Trail—and winter is the perfect time to visit it. With a long snowy season, generally running between mid-December and early April, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy its spectacular views on a pair of Nordic skis or snowshoes.

 

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2014/december/09/new-hampshire-s-presidential-range-rail-trail/?tag=Trail+of+the+Month

 

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteers/Internships, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, Ca.

http://www.fws.gov/saltonsea/volunteer.html

 

2.)  Habitat Restoration and Assessment Surveys, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson, AZ

http://www.skyislandalliance.org/volunteer.htm

 

3.)  Adopt a Trail or Shelter, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

 

Help enhance the hiking experience for everyone by becoming a Long Trail adopter.  We can help you get started on basic maintenance of a trail or shelter.  Whether you want to volunteer on your own, with your family, or with your outing group, maintaining the Long Trail is a great way to give a little back to the Green Mountains.  For a current listing of available trails and shelters click here or contact Thorin Markison at tmarkinson@greenmountainclub.org.

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=388

 

4.)  Bark Mulch Packers, Backcountry Composting Sites, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

 

Mulch Packers carry 40-50 lb. bags of bark mulch into backcountry shelters over rugged terrain for use at composting privy sites. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for backpacking trips and scheduling is flexible to meet your needs.

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/images/File/Shawn_Flanigan/Bark_Mulch_Packer_01_03_2008.pdf

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=9

 

5.)  Interpretive Volunteers, Santa Clara County, Open Space Authority, San Jose, CA

 

Interpretation is about providing an enjoyable nature experience and a positive memory. A comfortable and fun environment encourages people to make connections between their lives and the natural world. Visitors learn through conversations, activities, stories, and close observation of their surroundings. The goal is to leave them with a sense of nature’s value and significance rather than filling them up with facts.

 

The OSA program explores a wide range of topics related to the open space areas of Santa Clara County. Hikes and activities are designed to appeal to people of different ages, backgrounds and levels of outdoor experience.

 

Volunteers have the opportunity to serve as interpretive docents or aides and lead or help with hikes, activities and outreach events.

 

Interpretive Aides

 

Helping at events, day camps, hikes and other OSA activities can be a one-time volunteer job or an ongoing commitment. Aides will have the chance to receive training in the materials and activities used to engage the interest and curiosity of young visitors.

 

Docents

 

Interpretive training photoInterpretive training

Being a docent is a chance to share your personal interest in nature or the cultural history of the south bay area and have a good time doing it. Docents can learn how to present OSA programs on topics such as early Ohlone Indians or mountain lions. And they can work under the direction of the Interpreter to develop an appropriate nature program on a favorite subject of their own. All docents need is an interest in the outdoors and a desire to help others learn.

 

Besides learning about the different subjects relevant to open space preservation, docents will receive training in such interpretive skills as how to work with groups, create interesting programs and use hands-on materials. Docents-in-training will also have the opportunity to partner with experienced docents and interpreters in front of “live” audiences in order to polish their skills.

 

For more information, call Interpreter Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476 or send an email to trogoway@openspaceauthority.org.

http://www.openspaceauthority.org/volunteer/interpretivevolunteers.html

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Lead paddler 2015, Coastal Odyssey/kayak more tomorrow, Ålesund, Norway

http://kayakmoretomorrow.com/about/careers/job-application/lead-paddler/

 

2.)  Waitstaff, Turpin Meadow Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

http://www.coolworks.com/turpin-meadow-ranch/help-wanted-now/3654-passionate-about-the-outdoors-spend-a-winter-with-

 

3.)  University of Minnesota Recreation, Park & Leisure Studies Dept. Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester.

http://www.cehd.umn.edu/future/undergraduate/majors/Recreation/default.html

 

4.)  Government Relations Internship, The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC

https://jobs.washingtonpost.com/job/35698534/government-relations-internship/

 

5.)  Communcations Manager, Four Corners, The Wilderness Society, Denver, CO

https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit2/?id=11275701&t=1

 

6.)  Trail Guide, Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

http://intranet.wildernessinquiry.org/jobinator/jobdesc_detail.php?j=1

 

7.)  Adventure Forest, Wilderness at the Smokies, Sevierville, TN

http://www.wildernessatthesmokies.com/employment

 

8.)  Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Sustainable Travel International, New York, Oregon, or Washington, DC

 

Sustainable Travel International is seeking an experienced and highly motivated marketing and communications professional to lead the development and implementation of our organizational marketing strategy and plan. This is a significant opportunity for a high-performing individual to join our team’s effort to redefine travel and tourism as a force for good, while positively impacting lives in tourism communities worldwide.

 

Sustainable Travel International is preparing to launch a major global campaign, which will enable us to achieve our organizational goals and catalyze new partnerships. This new member of our core team will play a critical role in the development and evolution of this initiative, and will help us to shape and share the resulting stories of impact.

 

As Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, you will be:

 

The Gatekeeper of Our Brand: You will help to raise the visibility and value of Sustainable Travel International’s brand, while enhancing public perceptions of the ways in which the organization is redefining travel and tourism as a force for good, and the ways in which tourism is a means for social change. This will be achieved through enhancement and refinement of our existing brand platform, and improvement of the tools utilized by the team to fundraise, develop partnerships, and communicate impact.

A Strategic Planner with Specialized Expertise and Passion for Marketing and Communications: You will be responsible for the development of our annual marketing and communications strategy across different marketing mediums, including traditional and digital. You will also develop and execute a cause-based marketing campaign focused on positively impacting the lives of 10 million residents of tourism destinations around the world by 2025 (10in10), which we plan to launch in March 2015.

A Tactician with a Desire to Roll Up Your Sleeves: Working closely with a support team and other key internal partners, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of the subsequent tactical marketing and communications plans. This will include the development and implementation of marketing campaigns tied to specific metrics and the development of consistent, compelling brand communications that resonate with target audiences and help the organization to exceed its fundraising and partnership development goals. You will also be a contributing member of our partnership development team, rolling up your sleeves to fundraise and secure new partners where appropriate.

 

Responsibilities

Primary Duties and Core Responsibilities

 

  • Develop annual marketing and communications strategy, and set strategic marketing direction to support overall organization strategy and goals.
  • Establish and implement annual marketing plan which clearly defines the goals and tactics needed to achieve marketing goals and increase the reach and impact of all marketing campaigns
  • Utilize systems such as Salesforce.com to track and report all campaign results, identify new trends and recommend improved and innovative campaign approaches.
  • Provide marketing and communications guidance and project leadership to all team members, and act as lead marketing resource for staff, board members, and other members of the support team
  • Plan, develop and manage the implementation of effective cause-based campaigns that support fundraising, partnership development, and program growth and retention.
  • Utilize a mix of traditional outreach and new media as appropriate to achieve marketing and organizational goals while staying within budget, including:
  • Plan, manage and oversee all social media presence including publishing engaging and quality content, implementing social media campaigns, tracking trends and best practices and incorporating new techniques and applications.
  • Create, implement and oversee all e-marketing communications and campaigns, including webinars
  • Determine the most effective way to spend advertising dollars. Develop and execute an advertising plan including online, print and multi-media.
  • Take a lead role in planning, organizing, and managing elements of key internal and external events, such as trade shows and conferences.
  • Manage external and internal resources to develop effective and compelling marketing materials that are appropriate for target audiences, including:
  • Develop content and key messages to support all marketing initiatives and provide extensive editing support to ensure quality and consistency in all communications.
  • Monitor and help to update website content to ensure its ongoing usability, relevance and accuracy.
  • Identify and develop testimonials and stories from beneficiaries of Sustainable Travel International’s work, including residents in tourism destinations, volunteers, donors and staff for use throughout internal and external communications efforts.
  • Plan, coordinate and direct video shoots, and manage the editing and production process to create compelling videos for multiple uses.
  • Develop and cultivate a library of presentation materials to be used in partner development and engagement, and in global speaking opportunities.
  • Manage budget and financial projections for organizational marketing and related campaigns.
  • Monitor industry, market and non-profit trends, research and analyze audience data and feedback, and recommend strategic or tactical changes accordingly.

 

Qualifications

Requirements

 

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies and plans
  • Demonstrated experience achieving specific goals in fundraising and partnership development
  • Evidence of successful leadership of marketing campaigns
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively engage and convey ideas to cross–functional technical and non-technical teams as well as senior level executives in a corporate setting
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and creative approach
  • A proven ability to thrive in an environment that is characterized by significant growth, diversity and constant change
  • A proven ability to prioritize and multi-task, work efficiently and consider a wide variety of perspectives
  • Solid understanding of systems required to manage marketing performance and deliver on marketing tactics; interest in learning new technologies and tools in order to develop organizational best practices
  • Passion for travel, sustainability, and social responsibility

 

Preferred

 

  • Master’s Degree or higher in a marketing and communications-related field of study

Experience in a non-profit environment

 

Requirements/Other

  • We operate a virtual office environment, however candidates must be located within two hours of our offices in Portland, Oregon, Washington, DC, or New York City. Opportunities exist to work part-time from home and part-time from an office.

 

How to Apply

Complete your application by submitting your cover letter and resume here: http://ht-jobs.net/97KDQ73

 

Sustainable Travel International

(http://www.sustainabletravel.org)

 

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs/13232-senior-director-of-marketing-and-communications

 

9.)  Communications Manager, WWF Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

 

WWF, the Global Conservation Organization, through its office in Kenya, is seeking to recruit key strategic roles for its National programme as listed below:

 

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Director, Business Development and Communications to ensure strategic promotion of the WWF Kenya Brand and to ensure that effective and strategic communication strongly supports resource mobilization from diverse partners, ensuring widespread engagement and dissemination to key target groups, including policy, business, network members and the general public.

 

Among others, the key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Works in close partnership with WWF Kenya SMT and programme teams to develop, organize and deliver effective internal and external public relations & communications strategies, building WWF Kenya public recognition and network profile.
  • Participates in developing, orchestrating and implementing strategic outreach programmes and campaigns to positively shape the thinking and public policy outcomes on conservation.
  • Provides support to fundraising team in designing fundraising information as part of the wider resource mobilization strategy;
  • Provides leadership and supervises the communication team.
  • Coordinates setting of both departmental work plans and staff performance targets and undertakes periodic performance appraisal for communication staff;

The prospective candidate should possess:

  • An advanced university degree in Communications, Public Relations, Media Relations, or other related fields;
  • Proven track record, and at least 7 years’ experience (Preferably in Kenya) in communications or PR
  • Member of Public Relations Society of Kenya;
  • Understanding of institutional and legal framework in Kenya as it relates to PR, media and communications issues;

A good understanding of the realities of PR and communications for promoting conservation issues;

For a detailed Job description, kindly visit: http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/kenya/

Interested candidates who wish to apply for the above position and who meet the above requirements should submit a cover letter and CV to: HResource@wwfkenya.org not later than 15th December 2014.

WWF Kenya

ACS Plaza, 5th Floor, Lenana Road,

P.O Box 62440-00200

Nairobi, Kenya

+254 20 3877355

+254 20 3872630/1

http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/jobs/?234111/Communications-Manager—WWF-Kenya

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for November 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for November 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Wild beasts and birds are by right not the property merely of the people who are alive today, but the property of unknown generations, whose belongings we have no right to squander.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from San Diego, California

 

“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

***  Travel Tip: Visiting National Parks in the Off Season

***  Why you should visit national parks in the off-season

***  Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

***  Virginia Feral Hog Action Team newsletter

***  10 Airlines That Still Give Flyers Free Perks

***  The Top 10 Air Travel Pet Peeves

***  Travel with the National Parks Conservation Association

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

New Jersey’s Columbia Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteers/Internships, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, Ca.

2.)  Habitat Restoration and Assessment Surveys, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson, AZ

3.)  Adopt a Trail or Shelter, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

4.)  Bark Mulch Packers, Backcountry Composting Sites, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

5.)  Interpretive Volunteers, Santa Clara County, Open Space Authority, San Jose, CA

 

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Lead paddler 2015, Coastal Odyssey/kayak more tomorrow, Ålesund, Norway

2.)  Waitstaff, Turpin Meadow Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

3.)  University of Minnesota Recreation, Park & Leisure Studies Dept. Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester.

 

4.)  Press Secretary , Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

5.)  Government Relations Internship, The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC

6.)  Communcations Manager, Four Corners, The Wilderness Society, Denver, CO

7.)  Trail Guide, Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

8.)  Adventure Forest, Wilderness at the Smokies, Sevierville, TN

 

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!
*** Do you have a travel adventure, conservation or outdoor update  to share?

Send me your stories and I’ll post in the “Your Very Next Step” and on the YVNS website (http://www.yourverynextstep.com/).

 

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

 

November 18-20, San Diego, California

 

November 24-27, Doha, Qatar

 

December 8-10, Aubu Dhabi, UAE

 

January 27-30    Genoa, Italy

 

***  Travel Tip: Visiting National Parks in the Off Season

http://petergreenberg.com/2014/10/06/travel-tip-visiting-national-parks-season/

 

***  Why you should visit national parks in the off-season

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/11/05/why-should-visit-national-parks-in-off-season/

 

***  Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

 

The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. This program has received multiple awards from the City of Albuquerque, a “Best Community Impact” award from Eastern Kentucky University, and is featured on thousands of web sites. View recent Apprentice Ecologist Projects and past Apprentice Ecologist Awards to get ideas for your own environmental stewardship project. The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to:

 

  • Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects,
  • Empower young people to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities,
  • Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action.

 

Here’s how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist and be considered for a scholarship:

 

  • Conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2014 .
  • Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  • Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  • Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

 

Examples of projects that other Apprentice Ecologists have completed in the past include:

 

  • Removing and recycling trash from a local park, river, beach, or other natural area
  • Planting native trees at a school, local park, or in a deforested area
  • Starting a community or school recycling/composting program
  • Protecting a terrestrial or aquatic area for native wildlife
  • Promoting the conservation of an endangered species or area
  • Educating others about wildlife or conservation issues
  • Removing graffiti from natural areas
  • Taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination locally
  • Removing nonnative vegetation so that native vegetation can flourish
  • Improving awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
  • Reducing soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
  • Assisting the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat

 

Building a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat

After uploading your project photo and essay, we will publish your work on our Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists and provide links to download an official Apprentice Ecologist heat transfer (for T-shirt). Please only upload an image that you took or one that you have permission to post (this avoids copyright problems). If you do not have a project photo, simply upload the NWP logo image along with your essay. An NWP tote bag (made with organic cotton) will be awarded to the authors of the 10 best essays on an annual basis. School and community groups, especially those working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, are highly encouraged to participate.

 

Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. The top author will also receive a personalized crystal award courtesy of Crown Awards & Trophies. By registering and submitting your essay, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to include your full contact information (always private) when registering so that we can process any scholarships/awards that you may win. Scholarships are available to any student (ages 13 to 21) who is a candidate for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary (undergraduate at college or university) educational institution from any country around the world. The award covers 1) tuition and fees to enroll in or attend an accredited post-secondary (undergraduate or graduate at college or university) educational institution and/or 2) fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their project. Essays will be judged by a committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members, volunteers, and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners. Please see tips below for additional elements that the committee considers important when judging essays.

While there is no minimum/maximum length for essays, most of our past winners have written essays that ranged from about 750 to 1,500 words long. The deadline for uploading your Apprentice Ecologist project essay is midnight GMT on December 31, 2014 .

Winners of the annual Apprentice Ecologist Awards will be published online on Earth Day (April 22).

 

Note: There is a separate Apprentice Ecologist Open Space Initiative scholarship if your project benefitted any lands managed or co-managed by the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

 

Important tips for writing an award-winning essay about your Apprentice Ecologist project:

 

Briefly describe your personal background and why you chose to do an Apprentice Ecologist project on behalf of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project.

 

  • Name and describe the area where you conducted your project.
  • Provide details about what you did and accomplished during your project.
  • If your project was part of a multi-year effort, focus your essay on the work that you conducted in 2014 .
  • Describe why you think it is important to take care of the area where you conducted your project.
  • Explain how your project helps benefit your community and the environment.
  • Describe how your Apprentice Ecologist Project has helped to enrich your life and what it has inspired you to do in the future.
  • Check and correct any spelling and grammatical errors prior to submitting your essay.

 

Important tips for conducting a safe and successful Apprentice Ecologist project:

 

  • Listen to weather reports and plan your project accordingly.
  • Always stay with at least one other person. Teams of three or more are preferable.
  • Make sure that someone knows where, when, and for how long you will be out.
  • Look out for poisonous plants, venomous snakes, and stinging insects.
  • Leave syringes and needles alone! Notify authorities about their location.
  • Bring or wear: boots, gloves, hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, water, food.
  • Notify landowners about your plans prior to conducting your project.

If you need help or have questions, you can contact us any time at: mail@wildernessproject.org.

 

http://www.wildernessproject.org/volunteer_apprentice_ecologist.php

 

***  Virginia Feral Hog Action Team newsletter

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/feral-hogs/pdf/the-sounder-october-2014.pdf

 

***  10 Airlines That Still Give Flyers Free Perks

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/10/30/free-flight-amenities/18115351/

 

***  The Top 10 Air Travel Pet Peeves

http://successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/SM-Top-10/The-Top-10-Air-Travel-Pet-Peeves/?cid=eltrTop10

 

***  Travel with the National Parks Conservation Association

http://www.npca.org/exploring-our-parks/travel-with-npca/

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month:

 

New Jersey’s Columbia Trail

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2014/october/16/new-jerseys-columbia-trail/

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteers/Internships, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, Ca.

http://www.fws.gov/saltonsea/volunteer.html

 

2.)  Habitat Restoration and Assessment Surveys, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson, AZ

http://www.skyislandalliance.org/volunteer.htm

 

3.)  Adopt a Trail or Shelter, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

 

Help enhance the hiking experience for everyone by becoming a Long Trail adopter.  We can help you get started on basic maintenance of a trail or shelter.  Whether you want to volunteer on your own, with your family, or with your outing group, maintaining the Long Trail is a great way to give a little back to the Green Mountains.  For a current listing of available trails and shelters click here or contact Thorin Markison at tmarkinson@greenmountainclub.org.

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=388

 

4.)  Bark Mulch Packers, Backcountry Composting Sites, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

 

Mulch Packers carry 40-50 lb. bags of bark mulch into backcountry shelters over rugged terrain for use at composting privy sites. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for backpacking trips and scheduling is flexible to meet your needs.

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/images/File/Shawn_Flanigan/Bark_Mulch_Packer_01_03_2008.pdf

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=9

 

5.)  Interpretive Volunteers, Santa Clara County, Open Space Authority, San Jose, CA

 

Interpretation is about providing an enjoyable nature experience and a positive memory. A comfortable and fun environment encourages people to make connections between their lives and the natural world. Visitors learn through conversations, activities, stories, and close observation of their surroundings. The goal is to leave them with a sense of nature’s value and significance rather than filling them up with facts.

 

The OSA program explores a wide range of topics related to the open space areas of Santa Clara County. Hikes and activities are designed to appeal to people of different ages, backgrounds and levels of outdoor experience.

 

Volunteers have the opportunity to serve as interpretive docents or aides and lead or help with hikes, activities and outreach events.

 

Interpretive Aides

 

Helping at events, day camps, hikes and other OSA activities can be a one-time volunteer job or an ongoing commitment. Aides will have the chance to receive training in the materials and activities used to engage the interest and curiosity of young visitors.

 

Docents

 

Interpretive training photoInterpretive training

Being a docent is a chance to share your personal interest in nature or the cultural history of the south bay area and have a good time doing it. Docents can learn how to present OSA programs on topics such as early Ohlone Indians or mountain lions. And they can work under the direction of the Interpreter to develop an appropriate nature program on a favorite subject of their own. All docents need is an interest in the outdoors and a desire to help others learn.

 

Besides learning about the different subjects relevant to open space preservation, docents will receive training in such interpretive skills as how to work with groups, create interesting programs and use hands-on materials. Docents-in-training will also have the opportunity to partner with experienced docents and interpreters in front of “live” audiences in order to polish their skills.

 

For more information, call Interpreter Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476 or send an email to trogoway@openspaceauthority.org.

http://www.openspaceauthority.org/volunteer/interpretivevolunteers.html

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Lead paddler 2015, Coastal Odyssey/kayak more tomorrow, Ålesund, Norway

http://kayakmoretomorrow.com/about/careers/job-application/lead-paddler/

 

2.)  Waitstaff, Turpin Meadow Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

http://www.coolworks.com/turpin-meadow-ranch/help-wanted-now/3654-passionate-about-the-outdoors-spend-a-winter-with-

 

3.)  University of Minnesota Recreation, Park & Leisure Studies Dept. Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester.

http://www.cehd.umn.edu/future/undergraduate/majors/Recreation/default.html

 

***  From Carol Gregory: 

 

4.)  Press Secretary , Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

 

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a proactive and strategic Press Secretary with advocacy, political and/or campaign experience to oversee the nonprofit environmental organization’s day-to-day external communications and media outreach. The Press Secretary must have strong relationships with national and New England news decision makers (reporters, broadcast producers, editorial boards, influential bloggers), a proven track record for generating positive earned media coverage, excellent writing skills, an innate understanding of leveraging the changing digital landscape to increase visibility, and the ability to turn complex topics into messages that resonate with various audiences. S/he will take the lead on identifying opportunities and platforms for increasing CLF’s visibility, training CLF staff as spokespeople, monitoring the news, and preparing media reports for key stakeholders. The Press Secretary is a member of the Communications and Marketing Department, and reports to the Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Serves as the lead on all media outreach and is the point of contact for media calls and inquiries.
  • Develops, strengthens, and maintains regular contact with news decision makers including reporters, broadcast producers, editors, and influential bloggers on both the regional and national level.
  • Turns CLF’s work into newsworthy stories, and takes the lead on pitching those stories to media (print, broadcast, online).
  • Monitors news and develops rapid response to relevant breaking stories that are opportunities for pushing CLF’s position, programs, and experts. Must be able to write quickly under pressure, and efficiently collaborate with advocacy staff in creating and implementing efficient and rapid response.
  • Identifies strategic media targets and maintains media database.
  • Writes or edits external content for media including press releases, news advisories, statements, and opinion pieces.
  • Oversees and plans press events including press conferences, teleconferences, and other press events ensuring all participants are trained and prepared to deliver CLF’s core messages. Must frequently work within coalitions and ensure CLF’s position and spokespeople receive visibility.
  • Keeps abreast of current and emerging advances in digital communications including areas of information dissemination, social media platforms, and multimedia.
  • Closely monitors environmental news and events to identify and develop media outreach plans.
  • Prepares media analysis and reports for executive staff and board of directors.
  • Some travel in New England required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required
  • Minimum of 5 to 10 years experience leading advocacy, campaign, or campaign media relations in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of AP style guidelines
  • Proficiency in video and photo editing software a plus
  • Knowledge of environmental issues including energy, climate change, and clean water preferred

 

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

To Apply

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to careers@clf.org.  Please make “Press Secretary” the subject of your e-mail. The position will remain open until filled. Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.

5.)  Government Relations Internship, The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC

https://jobs.washingtonpost.com/job/35698534/government-relations-internship/

 

6.)  Communcations Manager, Four Corners, The Wilderness Society, Denver, CO

https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit2/?id=11275701&t=1

 

8.)  Trail Guide, Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

http://intranet.wildernessinquiry.org/jobinator/jobdesc_detail.php?j=1

 

9.)  Adventure Forest, Wilderness at the Smokies, Sevierville, TN

http://www.wildernessatthesmokies.com/employment

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

– L.M. Montgomery

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from Nassau, Bahamas.

 

“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 Most Epic Safety Video Every Made.”

***  Carolina Mountain Club Hike Leader Guidelines

***  Kalaeloa Airport

***  Flight Delays Are Mostly Airlines’ Faults? Yes, Says a Pilot

***  Why TSA Is Letting More People Into the Line Where They Can Keep on Their Shoes, Belt

***  The Seven Most Annoying Myths About Flying

***  The Smart Floors Making Airports More Accessible for Disabled Travelers

***  The “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass

***  Rail Trail of the Month: October 2014 – New Jersey’s Columbia Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Adopt a Trail or Shelter, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

2.)  Bark Mulch Packers, Backcountry Composting Sites, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

3.) Interpretive Volunteers, Santa Clara County, Open Space Authority, San Jose, CA

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Park Ranger – Part-time, City of Round Rock, Round Rock, Texas

2.)  Press Secretary, Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

3.)  Park & Recreation Ranger, Sterling State Park, State of Michigan, Monroe, MI

4.)  PARK NATURALISTS, LONG KEY STATE PARK; MONROE COUNTY, State of Florida, Long Key, FL

5.)  Park Ranger I (2 openings), City of Austin, Austin, TX

6.)  Park Ranger I, City of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

7.)  Parks Manager – Recreations and Aquatics, City of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

8.)  Natural Resources Specialist (Ranger) (Recent Graduate), Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Copan, OK

9.)  Natural Resources Specialist (Park Ranger), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Peck, MT

10.)  Conservation Officer, Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, Michigan

11.)  Park Ranger, LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, CA

13.)  Open Space Operations Superintendent, City of Aurora, Aurora, CO

14.)  Residential Outdoor Science Instructor, Full Time – Seasonal Position March-November 2015,

Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus, Portola, California

15.)  Recreation Manager, Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, HI

 

…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:

 

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

 

***  “The Most Epic Safety Video Every Made.”

 

And Elijah Wood, doesn’t even look stricken…

 

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2014/10/22/16454/562/travel/Buckle+Up+with+Elijah+Wood+in+%27The+Most+Epic+Safety+Video+Ever+Made%27

 

***  Carolina Mountain Club Hike Leader Guidelines

 

(Ned notes:  Normally I’d post this with the volunteer opportunities, but it has some very interesting information and valuable advice for everyone who go forth into the great outdoors, especially with groups.)

 

CMC leads well over 200 hikes per year. This requires many hike leaders. Each needs some hiking experience and leadership training, and needs to commit to leading at least one hike per year.

 

Leading a hike takes a little more time than just hiking, because the hike needs to be scouted ahead of time, and there is some preparation and paperwork required. But leading a hike can be fun, and is a great way to really learn the trails you lead hikes on, and the routes to the trails. You can find your own strengths and build on them as you develop your own style and hike preferences as a leader.

 

Become a Leader with the Carolina Mountain ClubHiking is a healthful, social and pleasant activity, and hikers enjoy meeting and conversing with their fellow hikers.  Hike leaders will enjoy the opportunity to interact with the other hikers and to lead an activity where everyone is up-beat, friendly and enjoying their day in the woods.  These guidelines will help the hike leader to make the hike a successful experience for all.

 

Preparing Hike Description

 

  1. A hike description must be prepared for Let’s Go. This description will usually be prepared by the hike scheduler, with the assistance of the hike leader. Information sources are the hike database, previous hike sign-up sheets, the hike leader, and/or the hike scheduler. The hike description will include:

 

Text describing hike

Hike length

Cumulative hike ascent

GPS information, if available

Type of hike (in & out, loop, car shuttle or key swap)

Driving distance

A requirement for reservations if the number of hikers is to be limited (NOTE: Wilderness areas are limited to 10 hikers);

Starting time and meeting place.  NOTE:  CMC guidelines require hikes to end one hour before sunset (all-day hikes) or 30 minutes before sunset (half-day hikes)

List second meeting place and meeting time, if to be used

  1. The Hike scheduler will prepare the text and send it to the hike Leader for proof-reading and approval.

 

Month Before the Hike

 

  1. Scout the hike, preferably within one month of the hike, to verify:

 

Trail accessibility and condition

Adequate parking at trailhead

A desirable lunch or snack stop

Points of interest along the trail

Hiking time

  1. If the scout results in changes to the hike or if the leader wants to communicate additional information about the hike, the leader can post the information as a scout report. This will be put in the hiking schedule on the website. This could also be an opportunity to promote the hike with more text than Let’s Go descriptions allow.  A picture could be included as well.

 

  1. Obtain permission to park and/or hike across private property, if required;

 

  1. Answer phone calls and e-mails concerning questions about the hike;

 

  1. Make a reservation list for any hike with an attendance limit.

 

  1. Although not a requirement, preparation of a hike map for distribution to hikers (especially for complicated routes) is always appreciated by the hikers.

 

Day of Hike (before hike)

 

As a Hike Leader you have obligations to your Hikers1. As hike leader, you have the right and obligation to:

 

Limit the number of hikers, if necessary;

Exclude those who, in the opinion of the leader, are not physically capable or experienced, or not properly clothed and equipped for the  hike.  Especially take note of footwear on new hikers;

Change the hike from the printed description if trail conditions have changed, particularly if hiker safety will be jeopardized.  Avoid changing the difficulty of the hike significantly.  If the hike has changed, be very clear, at the meeting places, what the changes are.

  1. Assume full charge and responsibility for the trip. Appoint a sweep who is a strong hiker and who will accept responsibility for checking the hiker count and assuring that no one is lost.

 

  1. Take a simple first aid kit. Both the leader and sweep should carry whistles for communication.  Optionally, a cell phone can also be taken, although reception is sometimes poor in the mountains.  For cold weather hiking, carry extra food rations, a space blanket, light source and matches.

 

  1. Meet the hikers at the primary meeting place, or appoint someone to represent you. If the hike is canceled, the leader or representative must still go to all meeting places to inform hikers of the cancelation (unless driving conditions are hazardous).

 

  1. At the meeting places ask: a) Is anyone allergic to anything, particularly bee stings?; b) Does anyone have a health or medical condition that could be influenced by this hike?; c) Are there any conditions that could cause the hiker to slow down significantly?; d) Does everyone have any medications that they could possibly need on the hike? e) When was the last time that you went on a x mile hike? (and follow up with questions to determine fitness).

 

  1. Have all hikers sign the sign-in sheet, and do a head-count – Hike Sign-up Sheet

 

  1. Hike leaders should remember that hikes are social occasions and should take an opportunity at the beginning for everyone to introduce themselves if new hikers are present. Hikers new to the group should be educated as to proper hike etiquette and each hiker’s responsibility to the group (being mindful of the hiker behind as well as the one in front).

 

  1. Arrange car pooling and verify that everyone has a ride.

 

  1. Before leaving, explain the driving route to each driver and count the number of cars. For complicated routes, it is helpful to prepare a map for drivers.

 

  1. When driving to the trailhead, drive at a speed that enables the following cars to keep up. When making a turn, assure that all cars have made the turn.

 

Day of Hike (during hike)

 

  1. The hiking pace should be controlled by the leader to keep all hikers within reasonable distance behind the leader. Occasionally, check that the sweep is visible to assure that the group stays together.

 

  1. Hikers must not go ahead of the leader or behind the sweep except by specific permission of the leader/sweep.

 

  1. The hike leader should stop at prudent intervals for:

 

Trail breaks

Rest and water stops

“Catch-up” stops to assure that slower hikers catch up with the rest of the hike, and to allow them resting time if needed (NOTE:  Beginning hikers especially get frustrated by a leader who hikes way ahead, then waits for everyone to catch up, and then starts hiking as soon as the last hiker shows up, without allowing the last hiker to rest)

Snack and lunch stops

  1. The hike leader must stop at all trail intersections, junctions or any place where there might be confusion, and assure that all hikers see the correct direction of travel. This usually requires that the leader wait until the sweep is visible.

 

  1. If the time needed to complete the hike would be later than the minimum “ending-time-before-sunset” time, the hike leader must stop the hike and return to the trailhead.

 

Day of Hike (End of Hike)

 

  1. The leader should give non-members a CMC application form and encourage them to join the club.

 

  1. Encourage a photographer to email a picture to the leader if the leader has not made one himself.

 

  1. If there is no map and GPS track of the hike on the website, encourage a hiker with a GPS to send the track to the Hiking Webmaster.

 

  1. The leader must not leave the trailhead until all hikers are present and all car engines have been started.

 

5 .If necessary (use personal judgment), lead the other drivers back to familiar roads.

 

After the Hike

 

  1. Prepare a short description of the hike and post the report on the website.

 

  1. Fill in the requested data on the back of the CMC Sign-in Sheet and mail it to the hike scheduler at the address listed. Your information and suggestions will be very helpful for the next time the same hike is scheduled.

 

Conclusion

 

Welcome to Carolina Mountain Club!Carolina Mountain Club thanks you for leading a hike for the club.

 

We hope you have enjoyed the experience and that you would like to lead another hike for us in the future!

 

http://www.carolinamountainclub.org/index.cfm/do/index.cfm/do/pages.view/id/107/page/Hike-Leader-Guidelines

 

***  Kalaeloa Airport :

 

Kalaeloa Airport (JRF), also called John Rodgers Field (the original name of Honolulu International Airport) and formerly was the Naval Air Station Barbers Point.  Kalaeloa is located between Honolulu and the western O’ahu communities of Ewa Beach, Kapolei, and Campbell Industrial Park.  Mokulele Airilines is pleased to announce that they will be the first-ever scheduled airline to provide service between Kalaeloa and Kahului, Maui on July 1st, 2014.

 

Kalaeloa, will provide hassle free commuting between O’ahu and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands.  This includes:  avoiding heavy traffic on the H1, no TSA screening, and free parking with a valid permit.  Kalaeloa will also provide an easier access to the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa on  the southwestern coast of O’ahu.

 

http://www.mokuleleairlines.com/kalaeloa-oahu.php

 

***  Flight Delays Are Mostly Airlines’ Faults? Yes, Says a Pilot

By Justin Bachman August 26, 2014

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-26/pilot-flight-delays-are-airlines-fault

 

***  Why TSA Is Letting More People Into the Line Where They Can Keep on Their Shoes, Belt

By Liz Klimas

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/08/security-issue-why-are-more-people-being-funneled-through-tsas-precheck-line-that-havent-gone-through-the-application-process/

 

***  The Seven Most Annoying Myths About Flying

http://www.askthepilot.com/seven-myths/

 

***  From Bernie Wagenblast’s TCN newsletter

 

The Smart Floors Making Airports More Accessible for Disabled Travelers

Link to article on Skift:

http://skift.com/2014/10/23/the-smart-floors-making-airports-more-accessible-for-disabled-travelers

 

 

***  The “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass

 

Volunteering for the Public Lands Just Got More Rewarding!

 

What are the benefits of the pass?

The pass covers entrance and/or standard amenity fees on lands managed by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation, and the Department of Agriculture’s USDA Forest Service. Passes are valid for one year from the issuance date.

 

How can I qualify for a Volunteer Pass?

Accrue just 250 hours of volunteer service on participating Federal public lands, and you can receive the new Volunteer Pass in recognition of your efforts. Simply coordinate tracking of your hours with your volunteer supervisor or volunteer coordinator. For information on the “American the Beautiful” Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program, please contact your state volunteer coordinator.

 

Click here to locate your state coordinator: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Volunteer/contacts.html.

 

Download the America the Beautiful interagency pass program brochure: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Law_Enforcement/nlcs/education__interpretation/volunteers.Par.21468.File.dat/America_Beautiful_Pass_Brochure.pdf.

 

***  Rail Trail of the Month: October 2014
New Jersey’s Columbia Trail

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

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Adopt a Trail or Shelter, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

 

Help enhance the hiking experience for everyone by becoming a Long Trail adopter.  We can help you get started on basic maintenance of a trail or shelter.  Whether you want to volunteer on your own, with your family, or with your outing group, maintaining the Long Trail is a great way to give a little back to the Green Mountains.  For a current listing of available trails and shelters click here or contact Thorin Markison at tmarkinson@greenmountainclub.org.

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=388

 

2.)  Bark Mulch Packers, Backcountry Composting Sites, Long Trail System, Green Mountain Club, Vermont

 

Mulch Packers carry 40-50 lb. bags of bark mulch into backcountry shelters over rugged terrain for use at composting privy sites. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for backpacking trips and scheduling is flexible to meet your needs.

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/images/File/Shawn_Flanigan/Bark_Mulch_Packer_01_03_2008.pdf

http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=9

 

3.) Interpretive Volunteers, Santa Clara County, Open Space Authority, San Jose, CA

 

Interpretation is about providing an enjoyable nature experience and a positive memory. A comfortable and fun environment encourages people to make connections between their lives and the natural world. Visitors learn through conversations, activities, stories, and close observation of their surroundings. The goal is to leave them with a sense of nature’s value and significance rather than filling them up with facts.

 

The OSA program explores a wide range of topics related to the open space areas of Santa Clara County. Hikes and activities are designed to appeal to people of different ages, backgrounds and levels of outdoor experience.

 

Volunteers have the opportunity to serve as interpretive docents or aides and lead or help with hikes, activities and outreach events.

 

Interpretive Aides

 

Helping at events, day camps, hikes and other OSA activities can be a one-time volunteer job or an ongoing commitment. Aides will have the chance to receive training in the materials and activities used to engage the interest and curiosity of young visitors.

 

Docents

 

Interpretive training photoInterpretive training

Being a docent is a chance to share your personal interest in nature or the cultural history of the south bay area and have a good time doing it. Docents can learn how to present OSA programs on topics such as early Ohlone Indians or mountain lions. And they can work under the direction of the Interpreter to develop an appropriate nature program on a favorite subject of their own. All docents need is an interest in the outdoors and a desire to help others learn.

 

Besides learning about the different subjects relevant to open space preservation, docents will receive training in such interpretive skills as how to work with groups, create interesting programs and use hands-on materials. Docents-in-training will also have the opportunity to partner with experienced docents and interpreters in front of “live” audiences in order to polish their skills.

 

For more information, call Interpreter Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476 or send an email to trogoway@openspaceauthority.org.

http://www.openspaceauthority.org/volunteer/interpretivevolunteers.html

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Park Ranger – Part-time, City of Round Rock, Round Rock, Texas

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/roundrock/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=980883

 

***  From Carol Gregory:

 

2.)  Press Secretary, Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

 

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a proactive and strategic Press Secretary with advocacy, political and/or campaign experience to oversee the nonprofit environmental organization’s day-to-day external communications and media outreach. The Press Secretary must have strong relationships with national and New England news decision makers, a proven track record for generating media coverage, excellent writing skills, expertise in leveraging digital platforms to increase visibility, and the ability to turn complex topics into messages that resonate with diverse audiences. The Press Secretary is a member of the Communications and Marketing Department, and reports to the Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

 

To Apply

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to careers@clf.org.  Please make “Press Secretary” the subject of your e-mail. The position will remain open until filled. Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.

For a full description visit here:

http://www.clf.org/about-clf/employment-opportunities/#presssecretary

 

3.)  Park & Recreation Ranger, Sterling State Park, State of Michigan, Monroe, MI

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/michigan/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=978228

 

4.)  PARK NATURALISTS, LONG KEY STATE PARK; MONROE COUNTY, State of Florida, Long Key, FL

http://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-755012

 

5.)  Park Ranger I (2 openings), City of Austin, Austin, TX

https://www.austincityjobs.org/postings/45593

 

6.)  Park Ranger I, City of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/hollywoodfl/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=981926

 

7.)  Parks Manager – Recreations and Aquatics, City of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/hollywoodfl/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=981934

 

8.)  Natural Resources Specialist (Ranger) (Recent Graduate), Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Copan, OK

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/383084500

 

9.)  Natural Resources Specialist (Park Ranger), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Peck, MT

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/383464400

 

10.)  Conservation Officer, Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, Michigan

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/michigan/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=600429

 

11.)  Park Ranger, LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, CA

www.bit.ly/1qKzKUl

 

13.)  Open Space Operations Superintendent, City of Aurora, Aurora, CO

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/aurora/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=980239

 

14.)  Residential Outdoor Science Instructor, Full Time – Seasonal Position March-November 2015,

Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Grizzly Creek Ranch Campus, Portola, California

http://sierranevadajourneys.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Residential-Outdoor-Science-Instructor-2015.pdf

 

***  From Mark Sofman:

 

15.)  Recreation Manager, Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, HI

http://bit.ly/1pHU0GO

 

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

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”

– Samuel Johnson

 

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

This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from Florence, Italy.

 

“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

***  Air France Strike:

***  15 Must-See Literary Sights in London

***  AMERICA’S MOST SCENIC ROADS

***  AMERICA’S BEST FALL FOOD FESTIVALS

***  How to Become a Travel Writer

***  10 BEST U.S. TRAIN TRIPS TO TAKE THIS FALL

***  10 PLACES TO GO THIS FALL

***  10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

***  How to Avoid Thunderstorms While Hiking and Backpacking

***  Avalanche Safety

***  NOLS Backcountry Lightening Safety Guidelines

***  Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)

***  The 10 Best Parks for Beach Camping

***  Trail of the Month:  Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer opportunities, Chugach National Forest, Anchorage, Alaska

2.)  Volunteer opportunities, Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol (MWVSP)/Mount Washington Avalanche Center, Pinkham Notch, NH

3.)  Backcountry Volunteer Opportunity, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Arctic Lands Conservation Specialist, Wilderness Society, Anchorage, AK

2.)  Ski Patrol, SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT, Solitude, UT

3.)  Web Content Editor, The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Boulder, CO

4.)  Digital and Social Media Manager, USA Cycling, Colorado Springs

6.)  Crown of the Continent Conservation Specialist, Wilderness Society, Bozeman, MT

7.)  Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Montpelier, Vermont

8.)  CONSERVATION STAFF SPECIALIST II, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State of Nevada, Ely, NV

9.)  PARK NATURALISTS, Long Key State Park, State of Florida, Long Key, FL

10.)  Field Operations Manager – Arizona, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Tucson, AZ

11.)  NOLS Curriculum Publications Manager, National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander, WY

12.)  Web Graphic Designer, Backcountry, Park City, UT

12.)  Public Relations Manager, Tourism Australia, New York, New York

 

…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:

 

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

 

***  Air France Strike:

 

The air travel for our family vacation to Florenece, Italy, was booked on Air France.  However, Air France has a strike in effect now.

 

Due to some pilots’ strike action, from September 15th to 22nd, and due to the extension of the social movement from September 23rd to 26th, our flight schedule operated by Air France has been disrupted since Monday, September 15th, 2014.

 

According to the Air France web site, about half of all AF flights were being cancelled.  They also said all passengers would be notified by email flights regarding potential disruption (although we never received any email).  They said passengers would be notified 24 hours in  advance if their flights were being cancelled.  Anyone potentially affected could move their  flights until later.   We did not get any email, but our flight to Paris and on to Florenece departing on the 20th would be in the “window.”  When I learned about this on the 15th, I decided not to take a chance.  We had non-refundable tours and hotel reservations.  I called Delta and was able to rebook.  We had to leave a day earlier, which meant an extra night in our hotel in Florence, and our flights would take much longer.  We now would fly to Detroit and then Amsterdam, and then Florence after a 12 hour layover.

 

For several reasons we decided not attempt a foray into the city.  But I didn’t have the status to get us into the lounge.  We ended up getting a day pass for the KLM Crown lounge for 45 Euros each, which is steep, but worth it considering the circumstances.

 

(Update: The Air France pilots work stoppage has been extended to September 30th, which has affected our return travel on the 27th.  Our CDG-IAD flight is still on, but FLR-CDG is cancelled.  So I spent hours in the past few days trying to resolve this.  The result ithere are not optiond from Florence for four or more dayts.  As of last night I have arranged to get us to Rome to catch a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt,and connect to a United Flight to Washington.  Stay tuned.)

 

***  15 Must-See Literary Sights in London

 

Whether you’re a fan of Shakespeare, Dickens, Keats, or other British scribes, London has plenty of activities for literature lovers.

 

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-must-see-literary-sights-in-london?ref=news_fd_083014

 

***  AMERICA’S MOST SCENIC ROADS

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-most-scenic-roads#!1-intro

 

***  AMERICA’S BEST FALL FOOD FESTIVALS

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-best-fall-food-festivals?obref=obinsite#!1-intro

 

***  How to Become a Travel Writer

By Andrea M. Rotondo

http://www.fodors.com/news/how-to-become-a-travel-writer-10773.html

 

***  10 BEST U.S. TRAIN TRIPS TO TAKE THIS FALL

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-us-train-trips-to-take-this-fall?obref=obinsite#!1-intro

 

***  10 PLACES TO GO THIS FALL

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-places-to-go-this-fall?obref=obnetwork#!1-intro

 

***  10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

http://sectionhiker.com/10-ultralight-backpacking-foods/

 

***  How to Avoid Thunderstorms While Hiking and Backpacking

http://sectionhiker.com/how-to-avoid-thunderstorms-while-hiking-and-backpacking/

 

***  Avalanche Safety

http://www.avalanche.org/tutorial/tutorial.html

 

***  NOLS Backcountry Lightening Safety Guidelines

By John Gookin

http://rendezvous.nols.edu/files/Curriculum/research_projects/Risk%20Management%20Reports/NOLS%20Backcountry%20Lightning%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf

 

***  Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)

A certification to get you a job in the front country or wilderness.

http://www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wemt.shtml

 

***  The 10 Best Parks for Beach Camping

Top Ten Cheap All-Inclusive Resorts

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

 

***  Trail of the Month: September 2014

 

Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River Trail

By Laura Stark

 

“The Allegheny River Trail is one great vista after another.”

 

Unparalleled natural beauty? Check. Welcoming towns with friendly people? Check. Unique historical sites and a smooth, easy riding surface? Check, check. The 32-mile Allegheny River Trail in northwestern Pennsylvania seemingly has it all for a perfect getaway. And it’s on the cusp of being even better; peak fall colors are expected to arrive in early to mid-October; the trail, lined with oaks, maples, elms and other tree varieties will be spectacular.

 

“The Allegheny River Trail is one great vista after another,” says Tom Sexton, RTC’s northeast regional director.

 

“It’s quite scenic, and you see wildlife constantly,” adds Kim Harris, project manager for the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism. “Every time I’m on the trail, I see deer, and often wild turkeys and chipmunks galore. Many eagles are also spotted there because of the trail’s location by the river.”

 

Though the trail would be a worthwhile visit in and of itself, it’s directly connected to or near several others in the region. It serves as a key component of the growing Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail, a 270-mile network comprised primarily of rail-trails, which is currently 60 percent complete. Earlier this month, locals got to experience the trail system firsthand on a 60-mile memorial bike ride to honor the trail’s guiding soul, the late Jim Holden, a man of warmth, drive and—most of all—vision.

 

“We had a wonderful event with about 50 participants,” says Harris, who organized the ride and is secretary of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail Alliance. “It rained, but it didn’t dampen any spirits.”

 

Twenty-five years ago, such a trail system would have been a far-reaching and unlikely dream. Holden, a university professor and farmer, seeing that there were limited areas for safe cycling in his community, co-founded a nonprofit group called the Allegheny Valley Trails Association (AVTA) in 1990. With fellow university professor David Howes, he worked to acquire local unused rail corridors for conversion to rail-trails, and the Allegheny River Trail was their first success. The Sandy Creek Trail and Clarion Highlands Trail later followed, offering dozens of scenic miles of trail dotted with trestles, tunnels and other railroad relics across Clarion and Venango counties.

 

“Jim was one of the visionaries for the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail and the founding president of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail Alliance,” says Harris. “He was an advocate for trails and for getting people to go outdoors and enjoy nature no matter what their skill level.”

 

Right off the bat, as one travels down the Allegheny River Trail, you know you’re in for a treat. Just five miles from its starting point in Franklin is the Belmar Bridge, its crisscrossing rusty-red beams a striking contrast to the tree-covered hillsides and the dark blue waters of the Allegheny, which it spans. The bridge, dating back to 1907, is part of the 12-mile Sandy Creek Trail, running above the Allegheny River Trail and unfurling east and west from the river. The two trails are linked by a stairwell, but a switchback is planned to make the connection more bike and wheelchair friendly; construction is likely to be completed next year.

 

For much of the journey, the river—designated a National Wild and Scenic River—is by your side. “It’s very popular with local canoers and kayakers,” says Bill Weller, AVTA president. “It’s not unusual to see 50 to 100 canoes and kayaks on the river in the summertime. It’s heavily used for water recreation.”

 

Two other highlights of the trail are its tunnels, both with dog-leg bends, so as one peers down their inky blackness, there’s no metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel. There are reflectors down the center and off to the sides to guide the way, but riders will need headlights for the venture. However, Harris notes that there is a friendly, retired gentleman who lives between the two tunnels who greets passersby, providing drinking water and headlamps to the unprepared.

 

Though bridges and tunnels make for a fun adventure, the Allegheny River Trail also offers something unusual for a rail-trail: petroglyphs. At about the eight-mile mark, right on the riverbank, sits Indian God Rock, a large sandstone boulder on which one can still see carvings of animals and people believed to have been created by Native Americans around A.D. 1200.

 

The main spine of the trail ends in Emlenton, but after a three-mile gap, a short, paved segment of trail picks up again in Foxburg and continues 2.6 miles south to end near the community of Parker. Unfortunately, there’s currently no easy way to navigate the gap by bicycle, but AVTA has their sights on closing the gap and is negotiating with the landowners there.

 

“We’re working on the right-of-way between Emlenton and Foxburg,” says Weller. “Right now, it’s an overgrown railroad grade.”

 

Residents of Foxburg are eager for the connection. The charming riverfront community offers restaurants, lodging, a winery and other businesses that could see a noticeable boost from bike tourists. The town also has the distinction of having the oldest continuous golf course in the United States; it was built in 1887.

 

“There has been increased excitement within the last two years,” says Harris. “You can just feel it. People are really talking about the trail.”

 

Sexton adds, “Venango County is very rural. To have this type of trail system there is impressive. If you want to move somewhere with access to a really great rural trail system, this is the place to go. There’s nowhere else like it.”

 

The future looks bright for this already popular and well-loved amenity. With the closing of its gap and the build-out of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail network, it promises to only get better.

 

“Thank goodness for people with dreams,” says Weller of his friend and mentor, Jim Holden.

 

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

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer opportunities, Chugach National Forest, Anchorage, Alaska

 

Volunteers have become a very important part of the Forest Service workforce, helping out each year with everything from office work to trail maintenance. If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Forest Service in Alaska please contact:

Aaron Poe

Partnership & Volunteer Coordinator

Chugach National Forest

907-743-9568

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/about-forest/jobs/?cid=STELPRDB5286341

 

2.)  Volunteer opportunities, Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol (MWVSP)/Mount Washington Avalanche Center, Pinkham Notch, NH

http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/mount-washington-volunteer-ski-patrol/

 

3.)  Backcountry Volunteer Opportunity, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT

http://www.nps.gov/zion/supportyourpark/backcountry-volunteer-opportunity.htm

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Arctic Lands Conservation Specialist, Wilderness Society, Anchorage, AK

http://www.simplyhired.com/job/arctic-lands-conservation-specialist-job/the-wilderness-society/4f26534q7s

 

2.)  Ski Patrol, SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT, Solitude, UT

 

Solitude Mountain Resort is hiring full-time professional ski patrollers for the 2014-2015 season. Expert skiing skills and a current EMT or OEC certification is required. Previous ski patrol and avalanche work experience is recommended.

Contact: marvin@skisolitude.com

Close Date: 2014-10-31

http://www.avalanche.org/employment.php

 

3.)  Web Content Editor, The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Boulder, CO

http://andrewhudsonsjobslist.com/index.cfm?PID=805&ID=9456,31733,0#j082514_10

 

4.)  Digital and Social Media Manager, USA Cycling, Colorado Springs

http://andrewhudsonsjobslist.com/index.cfm?PID=805&ID=9456,31733,0#j082514_11

 

5.)  Ski Patrol, HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT, Vail Resort, Cail, CO

 

Experienced Ski Patrol – Winter / Seasonal / Full Time – Heavenly

 

Job Summary:

Heavenly Ski Patrol’s primary responsibility is to provide and promote a safe environment for our guests and employees as well as to provide exceptional guest service. Ski Patrol is responsible for excecuting essential guest service functions such as responding to medical emergencies on the mountain, transporting injured guests off the mountain to appropriate facility, and general hill safety. Ski patrol is also responsible for enforcing safe skiing and riding practices, enforcement of the Skier’s and Rider’s Responsibility Code, interacting with unsafe guests, and educating our guests. Special circumstances include chairlift and gondola evacuation, avalanche control, and explosives handling. Other duties can be assigned as needed. Ski patrol is a highly visible role on the mountain, and a great deal of guest interaction is required. Please note: This position is posted for experienced Ski Patrol. If you do not have previous experience, please consider applyint to requisition ID 35944: Ski Patrol Apprentice.

 

Entry-level responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Supervising and promoting guest safety on varied terrain in high altitude, with varying winter weather conditions

Provide guests with exceptional guest service

Assisting injured guests on the mountain and administering first aid

Transporting injured guests off the mountain using a toboggan or supporting air lift operations

Performing sweeps at the end of the day to ensure that all guests are safely off the mountain

Maintaining trails, identifying and mitigating hazards to our guests

Transporting and setting up mountain safety equipment

Transporting supplies and heavy equipment to areas of need on skis

Completing all the above with the utmost attention to personal and guest safety

Continuing on the job training

 

Intermediate level responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

All criteria listed for Entry Level, plus:

Avalanche control including safely transporting and placing explosives on the mountain and stabilizing snowpack and cornice edges on skis

Driving snowmobiles to various areas of the mountain, as needed

 

Advanced level responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

All criteria listed for Entry and Intermediate Level, plus:

Strong working knowledge and experience with snow safety

Assist with in house training

Attend advanced out of area trainings as assigned

Possession of advanced skills/certifications such as AIARE Level 2, Technical Rope Rescue training, etc.

 

Entry Level Requirements:

High School Diploma or Equivalent

Must be able to pass on-mountain ski test

Demonstrate, at minimum, a strong advanced skiing ability

California EMT or OEC certified with CPR for the professional rescuer- Must be certified by November 2013- required

Must be fluent in all aspects of the English language (spoken and written)

Some basic knowledge of computer – preferred

Must have excellent guest service skills

Must work well in a team

Must be able to work in inclement weather in a high alpine environment

Must have manual dexterity to operate equipment

Must successfully complete the Fit to Ride fitness assessment program

Must have sight, speech, and hearing abilities sufficient to learn skills, follow and provide directions

Must be available to work full time including holidays and weekends

Previous patrol experience – required, otherwise please apply for Patrol Apprentice position, which will be posted in July 2014

Must have the ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

 

Intermediate Level Requirements:

All criteria listed for Entry Level, plus:

CalOsha Blaster’s license – Preferred

AIARE Level 1

Clean driving record

 

Advanced Level Requirements:

All criteria listed for Entry and Intermediate Level, plus:

AIARE Level 2 certification

Technical Rope Rescue certification

 

At the Vail Resorts® family of companies (collectively “Vail Resorts”), we consider safety for employees and guests our number one priority. Ensuring that employees are capable of performing physically demanding jobs is an important factor in our ability to fulfill this commitment. This position is among the most physically demanding at our resorts. Therefore, the position requires successful completion of our Fit to Ride fitness assessment program as a condition of employment. A detailed description of our Fit to Ride program and its requirements are available at: www.vailfittoride.com. Vail Resorts will provide reasonable accommodations whenever necessary to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to participate in and/or complete the Fit to Ride program, provided reasonable accommodations do not pose an undue hardship on the company.

 

Apply Online: www.jobs.vailresorts.com

Search for Requisition ID: 65572

Contact: personnel@vailresorts.com.

http://www.avalanche.org/employment.php

 

6.)  Crown of the Continent Conservation Specialist, Wilderness Society, Bozeman, MT

http://www.simplyhired.com/job/crown-of-the-continent-conservation-specialist-job/the-wilderness-society/5di3z5xvjb

 

7.)  Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Montpelier, Vermont

https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=42395&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

 

8.)  CONSERVATION STAFF SPECIALIST II, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State of Nevada, Ely, NV

https://nvapps.state.nv.us/NEATS/Recruiting/ViewAnnouncement.aep?recruitmentId=22942

 

9.)  PARK NATURALISTS, Long Key State Park, State of Florida, Long Key, FL

http://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-744080

 

10.)  Field Operations Manager – Arizona, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Tucson, AZ

http://www.conservationjobboard.com/Job-Listing-Field-Operations-Manager—Arizona-Tucson-Arizona/39363398

 

11.)  NOLS Curriculum Publications Manager, National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander, WY

http://www.nols.edu/alumni/employment/jobdescriptions/curriculum-publications-manager.shtml

 

12.)  Web Graphic Designer, Backcountry, Park City, UT

http://hire.jobvite.com/CompanyJobs/Careers.aspx?c=q7l9Vfwg&page=Job%20Description&j=ouvpZfw7

 

13.)  Public Relations Manager, Tourism Australia, New York, New York

http://jobs.prnewsonline.com/jobseeker/job/20216669

 

14.)  Professional Observer, Northwest Avalanche Center, US Forest Service, Seattle, WA

 

The Northwest Avalanche Center is looking to hire two additional Professional Observers to provide backcountry observations in the Seattle zone and the Mt Hood zone to the NWAC forecast team.

The Professional Observer’s Network provides timely and relevant professional-level observations to the NWAC team, thus reducing the data gaps in NWAC forecast areas. All observations will be focused outside of ski area boundaries in unmitigated terrain.

 

Background

 

Currently, the NWAC forecast team receives routine snow and weather observations from our team of six observers complementing the condition reports from most local ski areas, remote weather stations, NWAC cooperator input, and volunteer observations. The objective of the Professional Observer’s Network is to reduce the NWAC forecasters’ workload while creating more accurate backcountry avalanche forecasts.

 

Responsibilities

 

The primary responsibility of the Professional Observer is to communicate with the NWAC forecast team to analyze snow, provide weather and avalanche observations, and determine current and future trends in avalanche danger. In addition, providing assessment of current avalanche danger compared to posted forecast levels will be a key function of the role.

Each Observer is responsible for two backcountry observations per week. Observation requirements will vary based on the needs of the NWAC forecast team. The NWAC Program Director and the NWAC forecast team will communicate observational needs to the Observer’s Network. Observations may be submitted to the NWAC through email, phone, and/or a mobile phone application. At a minimum, observations must be relevant to pertinent avalanche concerns and submitted on a timely basis. Some examples of the observations that may be recorded are: snow height, taken at many locations throughout a tour; full snow profiles; and various test profiles on multiple aspects and elevations throughout a valley. Observers will be asked to provide photos and/or videos of observations that will be incorporated into the next day’s forecast to help illustrate conditions and concerns to the general public. Observers will also be asked to submit a blog post per week to the new NWAC blog.

 

Required Qualifications

 

All Observers in the Network will, at a minimum, work (or have worked) in the snow industry. This includes ski patrol, highway workers, mountain guides, forecasters, etc. The minimum qualifications are as follows:

– Completion of AIARE or AAA Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche classes

– Exceptional organizational skills

–  The ability to take initiative and work with little daily supervision

– Strong written and verbal skills

– Thorough knowledge of avalanche hazards and a minimum of five years of experience recreating in backcountry avalanche

terrain

–  Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills

–  Previous professional snow and weather data recording experience

–  Ability to write accessible and technically accurate descriptions of snow and avalanche conditions

http://www.nwac.us/media/filer_public/15/78/1578d75c-b2ee-4794-bfa9-2061cd74a75c/proobs_job_announcement_2014-15.pdf

 

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Your Very Next Step newsletter for August 2014

Your Very Next Step newsletter for August 2014

 

By Ned Lundquist
www.yourverynextstep.com
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
This edition of “Your very next step” comes to you from Tacoma, Washington.

 

“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

***  25 Natural Phenomena You Have To See To Believe

***  FLIGHT OF THE CONDORS: HAIN WILDERNESS

***  50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act

***  National Wilderness Conference

***  Wilderness Kitchen — Appetites: Shore lunch puts freshest fish on menu

***  You caught ’em, now how to cook them? Favorites from the pros

***  Beth Dooley’s “Make Dinner On the Trail” | Star Tribune

***  A day in the desert: Saguaro Wilderness

***  This will get you chirping: Bars made with cricket flour

***  Travel for Free by House-Sitting Your Way Around The World.

***  Birding Skills: October 2015

***  Birdwatching Holidays

***  Hiking 101: Using a Compass

***  15 Essential Tech Gadgets for Travelers

***  From Air Asia: Penang!

***  AMERICA’S 15 BEST ROOFTOP BARS

***  River Recreation in Virginia is Focus of Workshop Sep. 17-18, 2014, in Mecklenburg County

***  20 Nastiest Things People Have Tweeted to Airlines This Month

***  The 2014 Conde Nast Traveler  list of Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

***  ICS, IMEC and ITF issue guidance on Ebola virus risks to crews

***  Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

***  Southeastern Sportsman Expo

***  2015 The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

***  38th Annual Virginia Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours

***  10 Trips To Take That Will Actually Teach You Something

***  10 BEST WATER PARKS IN THE U.S.

***  Trail of the Month: August 2014

Missouri’s MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer Positions, Peak 7 Adventures, Mead, WA

2.)  Volunteer Vacation, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring, Maine

3.)  Volunteer Vacation, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Paragould, Arkansas

4.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Acadia National Park, Wilderness Volunteers, Mount Desert Island, Maine

5.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Rincon Mountain District, Wilderness Volunteers, Saguaro National Park, AZ

6.)  Sierra Club VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators, National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), Joshua Tree, CA

2.)  Wilderness Instructors (Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North/South Carolina, and British Columbia), Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

3.)    Urban Wilderness Canoe Guide (Twin Cities Metro Area), Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

4.)  Career Seasonal Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 In-training, State of Washington, Auburn, WA

5.)  Communications Manager (CC5), Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program, Dept. of Ecology, State of Washington, Lacey, Washington

 

…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 17-20, Tacoma, Wash.

 

August 20 – 23, San Diego, Calif.

 

August 25 – 30, Aarhus/Grenaa/Lystrup/Copenhagen, Denmark

 

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

 

***  25 Natural Phenomena You Have To See To Believe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyz0QYFq8bc

 

***  FLIGHT OF THE CONDORS: HAIN WILDERNESS

 

Take flight with the majestic condors of Pinnacles National Park! Watch this new video for a birds-eye-view flyover exposing one of California’s most unique wilderness landscapes. Glide through breathtaking spires, rocky mountain ridges, grassy meadows and tumbling waterfalls to experience the awe inspiring power of Hain Wilderness.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knRwAfxJYBQ&feature=youtu.be

 

***  50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act

 

September 3, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act. Please join us in celebrating our National Wilderness Preservation System at national and local 50th Anniversary events throughout the year.

 

http://www.wilderness50th.org/index.php

 

***  National Wilderness Conference

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

Early registration pricing for the National Wilderness Conference, October 15-19, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM, has been extended until at least September 1 to ensure that agency employees awaiting travel approval, and others, can attend. Register online for only $350 ($175 for seniors/students/seasonals) and secure your spot at the associated events including field trips, pre-conference training, and film gala.

 

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1522004

 

***  Wilderness Kitchen — Appetites: Shore lunch puts freshest fish on menu

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/appetites-shore-lunch

 

***  You caught ’em, now how to cook them? Favorites from the pros

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/walleye-cooking-techniques-from-the-pros

 

***  Beth Dooley’s “Make Dinner On the Trail” | Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/262737441.html

 

***  A day in the desert: Saguaro Wilderness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWM0hYyHDvQ

 

***  This will get you chirping: Bars made with cricket flour

 

WHY EAT INSECTS?

Insects are an extremely healthy, delicious, and sustainable form of protein. Humans have evolved eating insects, and even today, 80% of countries around the world have them on the menu in some form.

 

http://chapul.com/

 

***  Travel for Free by House-Sitting Your Way Around The World.

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/travel-for-free-how-to-house-sit-your-way-around-the-94846747042.html

 

***  Birding Skills: October 2015

Tucson Audubon Society

http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/education/eduadult/221.html

 

***  Birdwatching Holidays

 

AMAZON WILDLIFE; ANTARCTICA, THE FALKLANDS AND SOUTH GEORGIA; BRAZIL JAGUARS – THE PANTANAL; BIRDING JAMAICA; CHRISTMAS ISLAND…and more

http://www.wildwings.co.uk/holidays/birdwatching-holidays

 

***  Hiking 101: Using a Compass

http://www.americanhiking.org/resources/how-to-use-a-compass/

 

***  15 Essential Tech Gadgets for Travelers

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/15-essential-tech-gadgets-for-travelers?ref=news_fd_080214

 

***  From Air Asia:

 

Get Your FREE Awesome Penang Travel Guide!

Which island in Malaysia is the by-word for yummy food, renowned for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed George Town, and offers a rich tapestry of nature, culture and much more? Penang, for sure!

From restored shophouses to architectural gems, Penang offers photo-worthy scenes, not to mention the famous street art that will have you snapping away. Just don’t forget to make time for assam laksa, char kuey teow and all of Penang’s yummy treats!

Plan your visit and experience the best that the Pearl of the Orient has to offer:

•             Food, Food, Food!

•             Art, Heritage, Crafts & Cafes

•             Lifestyle & Nature

•             Getting Around

•             Calendar of Events

 

http://edlink.airasia.com/r/Z60WHZU/C9QCY/62TNBV/12NKE1/ADSZV/9M/h?a=391266

 

***  AMERICA’S 15 BEST ROOFTOP BARS

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-15-best-rooftop-bars?ref=news_fd_080214

 

***  River Recreation in Virginia is Focus of Workshop Sep. 17-18, 2014, in Mecklenburg County

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9g9a8sd80d1b223&llr=bmfhuxcab&showPage=true

 

***  20 Nastiest Things People Have Tweeted to Airlines This Month

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/top-20-nastiest-things-people-c1406909232035.html

 

***  The 2014 Conde Nast Traveler  list of Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/08/friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-in-us

 

***  ICS, IMEC and ITF issue guidance on Ebola virus risks to crews

http://maritimeintel.com/ics-imec-and-itf-issue-guidance-on-ebola-virus-risks-to-crews/

 

***  Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents

by Seth Levy

Trailspace

http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2014/08/09/retro-raingear-glowing-tent-and-titanium-infused-garments.html

 

***  Southeastern Sportsman Expo

The first annual Southeastern Sportsman Expo scheduled at the Hampton Convention Center Sept 13-14, 2014′

http://www.southeasternsportsmanexpo.com/about.html

 

***  2015 The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

February 13-14-15, Charleston, SC

http://sewe.com/about/

 

***  38th Annual Virginia Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours

 

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program, in collaboration with Virginia’s natural resource agencies, companies, and associations, will be holding their 38th Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours starting September 29-30, 2014. The tours will promote wise resource management on private forestlands and will focus on science-based forestry and wildlife management practices, public and private sources of technical and financial management assistance, and networking among landowners and natural resource professionals. There will also be demonstration stops on private, industry, and public lands that will center on multiple-use management opportunities and practices. Tours will be held:

 

September 29-30

Chesapeake Bay Fall Forestry & Wildlife Bus and Boat Tour (overnight) Meet in Warsaw For more info, contact Adam Downing adowning@vt.edu  540/948-6881 or Neil Clark, southeast@vt.edu  757/653-2572 http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu

 

October 10

Halifax County Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour Meet in South Boston For more info, contact Jason Fisher, jasonf@vt.edu, 434/476-2147 http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu

 

October 30

Grayson-Carroll Counties Fall Forestry & Wildlife Field Tour Meet in Galax For more information, contact Bill Worrell, bworrell@vt.edu  276/889-8056 http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $45/person for the Highland and Charles City County tours, $25/person for the Wise County tour and $30/person for the Prince Edward County tour. This fee covers lunch, refreshments and transportation and is due one week before the tour date. Registration is available online. Come participate in the longest running program of its kind in Virginia! For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at jgagnon@vt.edu.

 

***  10 Trips To Take That Will Actually Teach You Something

http://www.buzzfeed.com/statefarm/trips-to-take-that-will-actually-teach-you-something?b=1

 

***  10 BEST WATER PARKS IN THE U.S.

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-water-parks-in-the-us

 

***  Trail of the Month: August 2014

Missouri’s MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

By Laura Stark

 

“The trail system provides a way to see the county in an up close and personal way … I love living here because of it. It makes it such a better place to live.”

 

True to its name, within minutes, travelers on the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail are spirited away from lively downtown Columbia, Mo., and taken into the forest. Although the city is so close at hand, it’s forgotten in the company of wild turkeys, deer and a flash of orange as a fox darts across the path. The trail—just a tad shy of nine miles—is serene with the soft crunch of feet on crushed stone, the rustle of leaves overhead and the gentle gurgle of its many creek crossings.

 

“I love the tree canopy,” says Janet Godon, outreach coordinator for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, who rides the MKT Trail every day to work. “It could be 100 degrees out, but you get on the trail and you don’t feel it. It’s a backyard gem for the city.”

 

Mike Griggs, director for the Parks and Recreation Department, uses the trail often, too. “When I commute in my car, I get stuck in traffic and I feel frazzled by the time I get to work. When I ride a bike to work, I’ve done something positive to start the day. I feel much better physically and emotionally when I use the trail.”

 

Columbia—affectionately called CoMo by locals—is a college town, home to the University of Missouri, the largest university in the state (famed alumni include Brad Pitt and Sheryl Crow). Before the trail’s dive into nature, it hugs the west end of the campus, and when the fall semester begins, this part of the trail will be transformed with all the vibrancy and activity of its youthful neighbors.

 

MU’s campus is itself a beauty and worth a side trip; its entire grounds are a designated botanical garden. And, only blocks from the trail, the school’s oldest section—the Francis Quadrangle, or more commonly just “The Quad”—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its cluster of dusky red brick buildings and an unusual set of towering, roofless columns (the remains of a burnt down building) date back to the late 1800s.

 

In fact, the rail line on which the MKT Trail was built—a spur of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad—was created in part to service students and faculty at MU, a 175-year-old institution and the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

 

A nod to this railroad history is anticipated to be ready next spring. Jay Dix Station, a county-owned but city-managed park that the MKT Trail runs through, is currently under renovation. Plans for the 30-acre site include a train-themed playground and shelter, and a refurbished caboose.

 

But the trail’s southern end is its pièce de résistance. Here, it directly ties into the Katy Trail State Park, one of the longest rail-trails in the country at 238 miles, which nearly traverses the state from border to border. People doing the long haul can conveniently come into town for refreshments or to spend the night. The point where the two trails meet is Hindman Junction, named in honor of a key trail advocate and five-time mayor of Columbia, Darwin Hindman.

 

“The MKT Trail’s connection to the Katy Trail draws people into Columbia that otherwise wouldn’t have seen it,” says Janet Thompson, northern (District II) commissioner for Boone County. “It’s a lovely segue into our community and provides a really great impression of the city. It’s not just an exit ramp.”

 

Incredibly, this trail network could potentially get even better; late last month came the surprising news that a 145-mile segment of inactive rail corridor, which crosses the Katy Trail in Windsor, was going up for bid. Seeing the potential for conversion to a rail-trail, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) put in an offer to purchase the corridor, but won’t know for a few weeks yet if it will be accepted.

 

In Columbia itself, trails are thriving thanks in part to funding the city received through the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). Launched in 2005, the federal government gave four communities across the country, including Columbia, dedicated funding to invest in walking and biking infrastructure and to measure any resulting changes in transportation behaviors. RTC is one of three managing partners and was involved in the program’s design and inception.

 

“We received a $22 million federal grant, of which $6 million was dedicated for trails,” says Griggs. “Trails are still being built with the [NTPP] funding. Some of the money is being used to build spokes off of the MKT Trail. It’s allowing us to build those connections to where people eat, play, work and are entertained.”

 

Locally, the federal program was managed by GetAbout Columbia, and the funding generated more than 125 miles of new on-road bike lanes, multi-use trails, sidewalks and bicycle boulevards in the city, as well as hundreds of new bicycle parking spots.

 

Griggs, who has lived in Columbia all his life, is excited by the new developments. “We’re working on a lot more things to take us to the next level,” he says. “If you’re going to downtown or to the University of Missouri, we have trails that will get you there. Connecting those trails to more shopping centers and neighborhoods—that’s our next step.”

 

The granddaddy of these new paths, the MKT Trail, has been around since 1982. “Columbia is building on investments made previously,” says Marianne Fowler, RTC’s senior strategist for policy advocacy, referring to this longtime showpiece of the community. “Rail-trails have truly forged the movement for active transportation.”

 

Like a piece of a puzzle, the MKT Trail is fitting into a planned 30-mile trail loop around the city. “The loop is our long-range plan; we’re slowly adding segments to it,” says Griggs. “A lot of land is already set aside for it; we just have to find the money to develop it. We’ll probably be able to get it done in the next 10 or 15 years.”

 

Much of the loop, like the portion along the MKT Trail, is already completed. “We think of it as a wheel and it has spokes that come in to central Columbia,” says Godon. “The southern and the northern portions of the loop are built, so we’re filling in the east and west sides.”

 

In 2013, the Show Me State was named “Best Trails State” by the nonprofit American Trails, and with all these exciting trail projects newly completed or underway, it’s certainly showing the country that it has earned it.

 

“The trail system provides a way to see the county in an up close and personal way,” says Thompson, who has walked both the MKT Trail and the Katy Trail with her friends. “I love living here because of it. It makes it such a better place to live.”

 

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

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Volunteer Positions, Peak 7 Adventures, Mead, WA

 

Along with the positions listed below, here are some other needs that you could fill as a volunteer:

Photography

Video

Office Work

Warehouse

Fundraising events

Driving

Staff Appreciation

 

http://www.peak7.org/about/volunteers.htm

 

2.)  Volunteer Vacation, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring, Maine

09/21/2014 – 09/27/2014

https://www.americanhiking.org/events/moosehorn-national-wildlife-refuge-2/

 

3.)  Volunteer Vacation, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Paragould, Arkansas

11/02/2014 – 11/08/2014

https://www.americanhiking.org/events/crowleys-ridge-state-park/

 

4.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Acadia National Park, Wilderness Volunteers, Mount Desert Island, Maine

 

Sep 28th – Oct 4th 2014  Acadia National Park, ME

 

Acadia National Park is located in Maine on the rock-bound shore of Mount Desert Island. Here you will find granite cliffs side-by-side with sand and cobblestone beaches, and glacier-carved mountains rising from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. The geography of Acadia National Park ranges from meadows and marshes to dense evergreen forests. Everywhere the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound or smell. Additionally, Acadia has over 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of old carriage roads, which can be used for either hiking or mountain biking. Birding is excellent with over 273 species of birds identified on Mount Desert Island and adjacent waters.

 

Our ongoing service project is conducting trail maintenance and construction on a wide variety of park trails; in the highlands of the island or close to the ocean. The park staff will train, supervise and work with us on this task, and there will be a wide variety of jobs for volunteers of all strength and ability levels (no advanced skills are necessary). However a sense of humor and a willingness to get dirty are required.

 

We will camp in a park campground, and hike or make short drives to our work site each day. Acadia has an excellent schedule of evening interpretive programs at their campground amphitheaters and we’re close by the oceanside town of Bar Harbor. Free day activities include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, sight seeing, and more park interpretive programs. An autumn hawk watch atop Cadillac Mountain is a popular activity as is being there at sunrise to catch the day’s first rays hitting the continental United States.

 

http://www.wildernessvolunteers.org/php/project/Acadia+National+Park/1594301b00da449afef8a44b20a2b225.html

 

5.)  Volunteer Opportunity, Rincon Mountain District, Wilderness Volunteers, Saguaro National Park, AZ

 

Nov 16th – Nov 22nd 2014

The Sonoran Desert is the world’s lushest desert. Saguaro National Park contains one of the most diverse assortments of plants in the entire southwestern United States with more than 900 native species. It is one of the best bird watching spots in the southwestern United States; over 200 species are found here. The area in and around Saguaro National Park offers one of the most spectacular flower displays of any desert area in the country.

 

The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,670 ft to 8,666 ft and contains six biotic communities. Starting from the lowest elevation, the communities include desert scrub, desert grassland, oak woodland, pine-oak woodland, pine forest and mixed conifer forest. The Rincon Mountains peak at a considerably higher elevation than the Tucson Mountains that make up the western section of the park, therefore there are more biotic communities and increased plant and wildlife diversity. Because of the higher elevation in the Rincons, animals like the black bear, Mexican spotted owl, Arizona mountain king snake, and white-tailed deer live in this district. The Rincons are a region sandwiched between the southern Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, and by the hot Sonoran and cool Chihuahuan deserts — they are a globally unique ecosystem. These bioregional convergences set the stage for an eruption of life; an intermingling of different life forms evolved from vastly different places on the continent, finding themselves tucked together in unusual associations experienced nowhere else. The mountains are very secluded, accessible by foot and horse travel from only a handful of trails.

 

Our service project is conducting trail maintenance on the south flank of the Rincon Mountains on the Manning Camp Trail. We’ll set up a tent and car camp at the closed Madrona Ranger Station at the base of the mountains, and make daily round-trip hikes of up to 6 miles into the wilderness to repair damage from erosion to the trail, cut back overgrown vegetation and generally maintain this trail that provides access to hikers seeking the cool, higher elevations of the Rincons. On our free day, we can hike to a nearby peak to explore the forested highlands and take in vistas of southern Arizona, explore beautiful granite canyons, or relax in camp.

 

http://www.wildernessvolunteers.org/php/project/Saguaro+National+Park/2023255b21c4a48c851ea201ce1a990f.html

 

6.)  Sierra Club VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Connecting people to the outdoors is what we love to do! There are many ways that you can volunteer your time to connect America to beautiful spaces near and far. Whether you are an expert on your local trail system or you want to support your local outdoors group as a webmaster, volunteer coordinator, or fundraiser, the Sierra Club wants you! Read on to find out about the various volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

 

http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/volunteer/opportunities

 

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:
1.)  Outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators, National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), Joshua Tree, CA

 

NCOAE is seeking exceptional individuals to add to their growing team of outdoor and adventure-based educators and program administrators!

 

Program in the Spotlight Based minutes from the sandy white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina, the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is a values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. From teen adventures in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming to adult courses in California and North Carolina, the outdoors is where abilities are transformed and a unique quest for discovery is fostered. NCOAE is looking for individuals who are committed to the educational, emotional and physical development of people on a personal, group and larger societal level. Staff will be experts in leading participants through the rigors of backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting, surfing and sea kayaking adventures as well as to help them draw valuable life lessons through wilderness curricula and from their own experiences. Summer positions include Lead Instructors, Assistant Wilderness Instructors and Course Directors, with staff training beginning in mid-May. All staff are required to possess a WFR certification, and priority will be given to those who have the experience, skills, certifications and requirements to serve as the whitewater rafting instructor and/or rock climbing instructor. Applications from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field staff and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis. NCOAE.org

 

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education is now accepting applications from experienced Outdoor Educators to help facilitate a private three-day course for 120 seventh and eighth grade students in Joshua Tree National Park (southeastern California) from October 7-9, 2014.

 

One NCOAE staff member is paired with one teacher and ten students. If hired, you will be responsible for facilitating a meaningful and safe outdoor education experience. This includes teaching specific aspects of the NCOAE curriculum (which they’ll train you in), as well as guiding such activities as day and night hikes, team building games and initiatives. You’ll also be responsible for supervising group meals, and for providing continuous guidance to students throughout the course. All student groups will be setting up at a base camp, while a separate kitchen staff will be on hand to facilitate all logistics associated with meals.

 

NCOAE programs expose students to a core curriculum built upon the concepts of Self, Community, Action and Impact. They factor in specific topics during what they call daily Educational Groups (known as “Ed Groups”), and these same topics are revisited for reflection during evening Process Groups (known as “The Summit”). One of your responsibilities will be to teach two to three Ed Groups, which begin with a didactic presentation and end with an experiential activity. As a result, while students are learning the skills needed to adjust to the elements of Joshua Tree, they are also learning the skills needed to improve in the areas of Self, Community, Action and Impact.

 

As a result of this approach, the Joshua Tree course incorporates the very best practices from experiential education — it’s hands-on, student directed, project-based, and interdisciplinary and provides a new and exciting opportunity for the students to apply academic concepts to the real world. They also teach the principles of Leave No Trace.

 

Required Education, Experience and Certifications

• All staff selected must attend a paid two-day training in Joshua Tree from October 5-6, 2014 (each training day starts 8:00 a.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m.).

• All staff must have a minimum of three years current and continued professional outdoor education experience, preferably with multi-day expeditions.

• A Wilderness First Responder certification is required.

 

Pay Scale

Depending on experience, education & certifications, the rate varies from $100–$140 per day. NCOAE is not able to reimburse for travel, however, they will be providing a full moon for the night of October 8th.

 

Interested?

Please send a resume to hr@ncoae.org with a subject J-Tree 2014.

http://www.backdoorjobs.com/ncoae.html

 

2.)  Wilderness Instructors (Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North/South Carolina, and British Columbia), Adventure Treks, Flat Rock, NC

 

With programs designed to teach leadership, teamwork, creative problem solving, self-responsibility, confidence building, community living and outdoor skills, Adventure Treks provides unique outdoor experiences for teens, ages 12-18. In the summer months, 16-29 day adventure program destinations include Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, North/South Carolina, and British Columbia; while in the fall, wilderness-based programs are offered for up to a week for school students in the mountains of North Carolina. Doubling as teacher, role model and trip coordinator with five other leaders, Wilderness Instructors manage group dynamics, coordinate trip logistics, maintain outdoor equipment and teach outdoor skills, including backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sailing, whitewater kayaking, cooking and orienteering. Benefits include a competitive salary, travel stipend, room and board while training and working, pro-deal purchases and the opportunity to work during the summer and fall. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (college graduate preferred), certified in WFR/CPR, have several years experience working with teens and/or leading wilderness programs, solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities and the ability to work long hours with little or no time off. To begin the application process, email your resume to Josh Goldbach. Applications are due by April 30th for summer positions and August 15th for the fall season.

 

If you meet our qualifications, please send a resume to:

 

Adventure Treks Attn: Josh Goldbach

PO Box 1321

Flat Rock, NC 28731

phone: 888-954-5555

fax : 828-698-0339

josh@adventuretreks.com

http://www.adventuretreks.com/about-us/employment.html

 

3.)    Urban Wilderness Canoe Guide (Twin Cities Metro Area), Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN

 

Whether by canoe, sea kayak, skis, dog sled, horse pack or backpack, Wilderness Inquiry connects people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with the natural world while inspiring personal growth. Trail staff are responsible for organizing and leading rigorous single-day events and extended wilderness adventures primarily in North America. Typically, 2-3 staff conduct each trip for 10-14 participants. Over the course of a single trip, leaders may fill the roles of pack horse, teacher, rehabilitation specialist, folksinger, chef, personal-relationship counselor, storyteller, disciplinarian, dishwasher, and bush doctor. Seasonal positions are offered from May through October with potential opportunities for continued work throughout the winter. A 10-day staff training conducted in early June provides skills in canoeing, camp craft, leadership and risk management. Benefits include a per diem stipend from $45 to $110, along with meals while working and staff housing between trips. In addition to having current certification in advanced first aid, water safety and CPR, individuals with previous experience working outdoors and with people with disabilities are desired. Urban Wilderness Canoe Guides and year-round Internships are also available. Details and application materials are available at WildernessInquiry.org.

http://intranet.wildernessinquiry.org/jobinator/jobdesc_detail.php?j=12

 

4.)  Career Seasonal Fish Hatchery Specialist 1 In-training, State of Washington, Auburn, WA

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=941591

 

5.)  Communications Manager (CC5), Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program, Dept. of Ecology, State of Washington, Lacey, Washington

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=939193

 

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

Contact Ned at lundquist989@cs.com.

 

*** 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.

*** Your Very Next Step is a service of the Job of the Week Network LLC
© 2014 The Job of the Week Network LLC
Edward Lundquist, ABC –
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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.
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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

 

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