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Job: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist In Restoration Ecology, CA
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

The University of California Davis, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Restoration Ecology located in Yolo County, California. An 11-month, career-track extension position with 100% CE responsibilities. This specialist will provide statewide research and extension leadership in restoration and conservation in working landscapes, ranging from natural to managed ecosystems (e.g., grasslands, woodlands, as well as associated freshwater wetlands). The position should address conservation and restoration of Californian plant communities that enhance production, wildlife habitat, fertile soil, erosion control, pollination, air and water quality, or pest management. This CE specialist will bring statewide leadership, visibility, and cohesion to the research and extension efforts of an interdisciplinary team of CE academics and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty as well as private and public stakeholders. This position will support relevant UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources strategic initiatives and program teams (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/). This CE specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized research and extension program, secure extramural funding, and publish research results in appropriate refereed journals and extension publications. The appointee will have the opportunity to support departmental teaching and direct graduate research. For more information, click here or go directly here. Closing date is April 30, 2014.

 
Job: Botanist/Wetland Technician, OR
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

SWCA Environmental Consultants is actively seeking a botanist/wetlands technician in their Portland, Oregon, office. The position entails assisting with botany and wetland-related projects, including fieldwork, data management, and reporting. This is a temporary, hourly position and the candidate will typically work 25- 40 hours per week depending on workload or projects. For more information, click here. Tracking Code: 20140089.

 
Job: Water Resources Engineer, NC/TX
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC, (EPR) has an open position for a full-time Water Resources Engineer in their Cary, North Carolina and/or Houston, Texas offices.  EPR specializes in ecosystem restoration and mitigation, environmental studies, permitting, and watershed studies.  They are a growing firm with East Coast and Gulf Coast locations, and are actively looking for motivated, high quality individuals to help build our business. Qualified Water Resources Engineer candidates will be licensed Professional Engineers with at least five years direct experience in ecosystem restoration and mitigation projects, stormwater management, and construction phases services.  Experience should include existing condition assessments, development of conceptual and final design plans and specifications, project management, report writing, client interface, hydraulic studies, and permitting.  Preferred candidates will be self-motivated, be able to show detailed experience leading ecosystem restoration designs and projects, demonstrate professional growth, have a thorough understanding of geomorphology and hydrology, and work well in a team setting.  Must be willing to travel.  Duties will include preliminary and formal design work, project management, business development, construction oversight, and staff development. Benefits include health insurance, 401K with company match, employee bonus plan, vacation and sick leave, and continuing education training.  Salary commensurate with experience and abilities.  Please send resume and cover letter to Mr. Kevin Tweedy, 104 Fountain Brook Circle, Cary, NC 27511, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.eprusa.net

 
Job: Environmental Specialist, TX
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC, (EPR) has an open position for a full-time Environmental Specialist in their Houston, Texas office.   EPR specializes in ecosystem restoration and mitigation, environmental studies, permitting, and watershed studies.  They are a growing firm with East Coast and Gulf Coast locations, and are actively looking for motivated, high quality individuals to help build our business. Qualified Environmental Specialist candidates will hold a four-year degree related to their profession and have at least 4 years direct experience in ecosystem restoration and mitigation projects, environmental permitting, delineation of jurisdictional waters, and/or environmental field assessments.  Experience should include wetland and stream delineations, field data collection, development of all phases of environmental permitting, NEPA/SEPA compliance, endangered species investigations, and detailed vegetation assessments.  Plant identification experience is a plus. Preferred candidates will be self-motivated, be able to show detailed experience working on a wide variety of environmental projects, work well in a team setting, and have the ability to travel periodically.  Duties will include working with project managers and other technical staff to assist with environmental projects. Benefits include health insurance, 401K with company match, employee bonus plan, vacation and sick leave, and continuing education training.  Salary commensurate with experience and abilities.  Please send resume and cover letter to Mr. Sonny Kaiser, 350 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 290, Houston, TX  77060, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.eprusa.net.

 
U.S. DOT: TIGER Discretionary Grant Program Focus on Capital Projects
Monday, 17 March 2014 11:08

U.S. DOT – March 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER Discretionary Grant program) has up to $600 million available for capital projects related to highways, bridges,public transportation, rail,ports, and intermodal projects. A primary selection criterion specifically mentions addressing stormwater through natural means, avoiding impacts to water quality, and providing benefits like groundwater recharge, brownfield redevelopment, and stormwater mitigation including green infrastructure. Of this funding, $35 million is available for project and regional-level planning that include factors like stormwater and future risks and vulnerabilities like extreme weather and climate change. Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a lead applicant. TIGER applications are due April 28, 2014. Learn more.

 
ID: Tundra swans flock to restored Idaho wetlands
Monday, 17 March 2014 11:04

By Becky Kramer  The Spokesman-Review – March 13, 2014

Hundreds of tundra swans suddenly rose off of a marsh, the strokes of their powerful wings making a whistling sound as they flew. They landed a short distance away at another marsh, where other tundra swans were gliding over the water like a flotilla of toy sailboats. Mike Schlepp doesn’t know what triggers the swans’ abrupt change of location, but he observes the flights of the showy birds daily. About 3,000 migrating swans are using the wetlands on his farm south of Rose Lake, Idaho. Schlepp and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials couldn’t be happier. This is the first year they’ve counted large numbers of tundra swans on the farm, where nearly 400 acres of clean-feeding areas were established in 2007 through a conservation easement. For full story, click here.

 
CA: Biologists move 500 red-legged frog eggs to mountain wetlands
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:59

By Louis Sahagun –  Los Angeles Times – March 12, 2014

Federal biologists clad in waders and armed with long-handled nets this week moved hundreds of red-legged frog eggs from a San Fernando Valley stream to carefully selected wetlands 10 miles away in the first attempt to expand the threatened species' range in Southern California. Five hundred eggs transported from the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to the Santa Monica Mountains are expected to hatch any day. When they do, they will reintroduce red-legged frog tadpoles to historic haunts that are free of predatory fish, snails and crayfish that could tear them apart. About two years from now, if all goes according to plan, the mating calls of the largest native frog west of the Mississippi will rejoin the natural sounds in remote mountainous terrain where the species has not been seen in nearly half a century. For full story, click here.

 
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