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March 15

HOW TO BE A BETTER BIRDER FORUM will be held at 7pm at the BP Energy Center. The Spring Birding Season is right around the corner, and the Anchorage Audubon Society's March program is an exceptional treat. This is an opportunity to go to school with the big guys. When any of us see an expert birder in action, we always seem to ask ourselves the same question: "How the heck did he know That?" This is a chance to answer that question. Moderator White Keys will lead the questioning with the goal of allowing us to learn more about birding in one evening than we would usually learn in a whole week! It'll be just like getting a full scholarship to Harvard, except that the person sitting next to you is likely to have driven in from Wasilla. The Forum will not be based on questions from the audience, but questions for our esteemed panel may be submitted in advance to flybynightclub@gci.net.

March 15

Public hearing will be held at the Loussac Library from 4 to 5pm: open house; 6 to 7pm: EPA presentation; 7 to10pm: public testimony on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA. To attend by phone (conference line will open at 6pm) call 1-866-299-3188 (access code: 2065536524). EPA and the state are preparing the Beaufort and Chukchi General Permits at the same time, combining the statements of basis in one fact sheet, and combining public comment periods and public hearings for both permits. The Fact Sheet describes the types of facilities and proposed discharges; proposed effluent limits and other conditions; maps and descriptions of the proposed coverage areas and restricted areas; and a summary of the supporting technical materials. For more information, go to the following websites: For the Beaufort Sea, go to: Beaufort Draft Permit (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Beaufort Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF), Alaska's Draft Clean Water Act Certification to EPA (PDF), Alaska Application Form 2M - Request for a Mixing Zone (PDF), and Alaska Noncompliance Notification form (PDF). For the Chukchi Sea, go to: Chukchi Draft Permit (PDF), Technical Fact Sheet (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Chukchi Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), and Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF). For more information, contact Hanh Shaw at 206-553-0171 or email shaw.hanh@epa.gov. For state information, contact Adele Fetter at adele.fetter@alaska.gov.


March 16

Journalist BRYAN MEALER will talk about his story in THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND at 6:30pm in the Marston Theatre, Loussac Library. As a teenager in Malawi, William Kamkwamba built a windmill to provide power for lights and a water pump, using a book from his village library! His invention inspired people across the world, including the media, scholars and journalists. William’s lecture is part of a week-long tour sponsored by the Malawi Children’s Village Foundation. For more information, contact Clare Stockert at 343-2983 or email StockertCE@ci.anchorage.ak.us.


March 18

WHAT IS EARTHWATCH? Join volunteer RUTH FITZPATRICK at 2pm at the Eagle River Nature Center as she shares her many experiences volunteering on expeditions with the Earthwatch Institute, whose mission it is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Today’s program will highlight her recent experience in the Amazon, as well as opportunities in other locations around the world from the tropics to the arctic. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.

March 19

The JOINT PROTOCOL COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF FISHERIES (BOF) and the North PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (NPFMC) will meet from 10am to 4pm in the Aleutian Room, Anchorage Hilton Hotel. This committee is made up of three BOF members and three NPFMC members. No regulatory action will be taken at this meeting. The meeting primarily offers an opportunity to exchange information. Agenda topics include: Tanner Crab Rebuilding, Gulf of Alaska Halibut Bycatch, Salmon Bycatch, Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod, Bottom Gear in Prince William Sound, and miscellaneous state/federal issues. The committee will take oral public testimony during this meeting. The agenda and meeting materials will be available http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.main. For information, call (907) 465-4110.

1**March 20

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is Hosting a CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING from 6 to- 8pm in the North Terminal Lobby. All interested members of the public are invited to learn about the 2012 Summer Construction Projects. Please park in the North Terminal parking lot and bring your parking ticket to the meeting for validation. For any questions, please contact either: Mike Lee, Chief Engineer, (907) 266-2798 or email mike.lee@alaska.gov or Margaret Tyler at (907) 266-2694 or email margaret.tyler@alaska.gov.


**March 20

AWEN'S MARCH SOCIAL EVENT will be held at 5:30pm DINNER & 7:00pm MOVIE. Enjoy delicious Himalayan food at Namaste Sangri La Restaurant on Tudor and then on to Out North for a showing of Revenge of the Electric Car. To see the movie trailer visit http://www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com/.  For more information get in touch with Kate at katherynepowers@gmail.com.

 

March 20

Public hearings will be held on the PROPOSED STATEWIDE BIG GAME GUIDE CONCESSION PROGRAM from 6 to 8:30pm at Central Middle School. The proposed program will select qualified individuals to conduct big game commercial guiding on state land through an allocation process that would involve registered and master guides submitting an application with supporting documentation to the div. Of Mining, Land & Water. Through this process a limited number of commercial guides will be selected to operate in designated areas throughout the state. The Proposal and supporting documents are available at http://www.dnr.alaska.gov/mlw.gcp. For more information, call 907-269-8587 or email dnr.mlw.gcp@alaska.gov.

March 21

BEAVER! is the topic at 7pm at the Campbell Creek Science Center. Ever wonder how beavers chew wood all their lives but don't wear out their teeth? Or why a beaver has such a big, flat tail? Or what beavers eat in the wintertime? Come learn the answers to these questions and much more about beaver from JESSY COLTRANE of the AK Dept. of Fish & Game. You'll also find out where beavers are active in Anchorage and what to do when a beaver is getting "over busy" near you. Hot drinks and cookies provided by Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.
March 24

BIRD TLC’S “FOR THE BIRDS” LIVE & SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER will be held from

6 to 10pm at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa. Visit with our Live Education Birds while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, and a no host bar. Tickets are $60 a person or $1000 for a table (seats 10). This is Bird TLC’s largest annual fundraiser so plan on attending, having a good time, and helping us raise funds! We are always looking for unique items, trips, or artwork to auction off as well. Auction items can be dropped off at the clinic. You can email our auction chairperson, Ginamaria Smith with questions at auction@birdtlc.net.


MEETINGS & EVENTS OUT OF ANCHORAGE
1**March 10

JUNEAU - Public hearing will be held by the TAKU RIVER TASK FORCE from 10am to Noon in the at Alaska Capitol, Committee Room 124. The purpose of the Task Force is to: 1. view biological health and status regarding Taku River fish stocks, habitat, and game resources. 2. Investigate who is responsible (e.g., Alaska departments of Fish and Game, Natural Resources, Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Coast Guard) for monitoring industrial vessel traffic on the river and determine if industrial vessel safety and spill response requirements are appropriately met; and 3. Assess current state and federal statutes and regulations and their effectiveness. The Task Force report is available at http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_documents.asp?session=27&docid=9636.

1**March 11 & 12

HOMER - AGRICULTURE IN BETHEL?: Tim Meyers While Eliot Coleman is in Anchorage, one of Alaska’s most notable entrepreneurs in agriculture is coming to Homer. Tim has made a hugely successful farm in the tundra of Bethel so he indeed is inspiring. He will be presenting at the Bidarka Inn at 2pm on Sunday and there will be a community potluck with him at the Kachemak Community Center out East End Rd. on Monday the 12th starting at 6pm. For more information call 235-6953 or go to http://www.meyersfarm.net/.
March 12

POINT HOPE – Open House public informational meeting will be held from 6 to 9pm at the Qalgi Community Center for presentation on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA.


March 13

BARROW – Public hearing will be held in the Inupiat Heritage Center – 4 to 5pm: open house; 6 to 7pm: EPA presentation; 7 to10pm: public testimony on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA. To attend by phone (conference line will open at 6pm) call 1-866-299-3188 (access code: 2065536524). EPA and the state are preparing the Beaufort and Chukchi General Permits at the same time, combining the statements of basis in one fact sheet, and combining public comment periods and public hearings for both permits. The Fact Sheet describes the types of facilities and proposed discharges; proposed effluent limits and other conditions; maps and descriptions of the proposed coverage areas and restricted areas; and a summary of the supporting technical materials. For more information, go to the following websites: For the Beaufort Sea, go to: Beaufort Draft Permit (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Beaufort Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF), Alaska's Draft Clean Water Act Certification to EPA (PDF), Alaska Application Form 2M - Request for a Mixing Zone (PDF), and Alaska Noncompliance Notification form (PDF). For the Chukchi Sea, go to: Chukchi Draft Permit (PDF), Technical Fact Sheet (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Chukchi Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), and Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF). For more information, contact Hanh Shaw at 206-553-0171 or email shaw.hanh@epa.gov. For state information, contact Adele Fetter at adele.fetter@alaska.gov.


March 14

FAIRBANKS - Public hearing will be held from 6 to 8:30pm in the FNSB Noel Wien Library on the PROPOSED STATEWIDE BIG GAME GUIDE CONCESSION PROGRAM. The proposed program will select qualified individuals to conduct big game commercial guiding on state land through an allocation process that would involve registered and master guides submitting an application with supporting documentation to the div. Of Mining, Land & Water. Through this process a limited number of commercial guides will be selected to operate in designated areas throughout the state. The Proposal and supporting documents are available at http://www.dnr.alaska.gov/mlw.gcp. For more information, call 907-269-8587 or email dnr.mlw.gcp@alaska.gov.
March 16

KETCHIKAN - ALASKA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL will start at 6pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center The Alaska Ocean Film Festival celebrates our ocean bounty for several months each winter. From Alaska’s biggest city, Anchorage, to outposts around the state, the festival brings ocean film to urban and rural residents alike. Short films of all types including narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental will be considered relating to Saltwater Adventure, Marine Science, and Coastal Cultures. Join us for a festival that will take you underwater and around the world!
1**March16 & 17

FAIRBANKS - INTERIOR ALASKA GREEN STAR's ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DEPOT will be open to collect old and unwanted electronics for recycling on the third weekend of every month – Friday and Saturday. Collections are held at the Alaska Waste Recycling Center, 3050 Phillips Field Road (west of Peger Road) from 10am to 4pm both days. More information about this and other recycling programs can be found at www.iagreenstar.org, or contact us at info@iagreenstar.org or 452-4152. The Electronics Recycling Depot is sponsored in part by Design Alaska.

**March 19


FAIRBANKS - THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF THE YUKON DELTA is the topic at the Arctic Audubon meeting from 7 to 9pm at the Noel Wien Library. TORRE JORGENSON and FRANK KEIM will tell a story of climate change on the Lower Yukon Delta. Based on 15 years of scientific studies done by Torre and thirty years of observations by Frank while living in and visiting the Yukon Delta, both of them have seen profound changes in habitats and landscape patterns related to climate warming, storms, and permafrost degradation. They offer perspectives on how these processes will affect future landscapes, wildlife (including birds), and local residents and their connections with the land.
**March 17 & 18

PALMER -COLLECTIBLE DOLL SALE will be held at the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) from 3 to 5pm on Saturday and from Noon to 4pm on Sunday at the new recycling facility next to the Mat-Su Central Landfill.  Collectible old-fashioned, porcelain dolls in several sizes and ages, doll clothes and doll furniture are all priced to sell at this two-day event.
March 17

TALKEETNA - The SUSITNA FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold an election meeting at 6pm at the Talkeetna Senior Center. Seats available for the election are the following 3-year seats:  Peters Creek, Sunshine, Big Lake; one 2-year seat for Houston; and up to two 1-year alternate seats.  Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the BOG meeting results and Statewide fisheries proposals. For more information contact Steve Runyan at 495-2697.
March 19

NUIQSUT - Open House public informational meeting will be held from 6 to 9pm at the Kisik Community Center for presentation on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA.


March 20

KAKTOVIK - Open House public informational meeting will be held from 6 to 9pm at the Kaktovik Community Center for presentation on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA
**March 21

RUBY - THE RUBY ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold a public meeting and election at the Ruby Tribal Council at Noon. Agenda items will include the following items: Discussion of BOG Interior Meeting results. Discussion of Fisheries Issues, including submission of BOF proposal for the 2012-2013 season. For further information contact Nissa Pilcher at 907.459.7263, Fax 907.459.7258 or email nissa.pilcher@alaska.gov.
March 23

KETCHIKANIN SEARCH of the WILD ORCHID: FROM the NOTES of a BOTANIST is the program at 7 at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Ladies’-tresses, fairy slipper, and coralroot; seventeen different orchids have been recorded in Southeast Alaska. During this program, SHAUNA HEE, Botanist for the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords and Wrangell Ranger Districts, will explore the diversity, special adaptations, distinctive characteristics and fascinating life histories of the local, native orchids.
**March 24

JUNEAU - JUNEAU RAPTOR CENTER ANNUAL MEETING/OPEN HOUSE will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Nugget Mall Shopping Center, Juneau, AK

ITEMS OF INTEREST
INTERNSHIPS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ITEMS OF INTEREST

BLM has released the EASTERN INTERIOR DRAFT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN/ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (RMP/EIS) for public review and comment. When finalized, the plan will provide future direction for approximately 6.7 million acres of BLM-administered public land, including the White Mountains National Recreation Area, Steese National Conservation Area and Fortymile area, three wild and scenic rivers, and lands in the upper Black River and greater Fairbanks area currently not included in a land use plan. Comments are due by July 23. For information about the Eastern Interior planning process, go to http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/planning/east_int_rmp.html or contact the BLM at (907) 474-2340 or (800) 437-7021 (within Alaska).


OCEAN ACIDIFICATION AND FISHERIES: ALASKA'S CHALLENGE AND RESPONSE is the topic of the latest ALASKA SEAS AND COASTS PUBLICATION. Author TORIE BAKER, an Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent based in Cordova, explains ocean chemistry basics needed to understand the effects of increasing acidity in northern waters. This issue also highlights some of the current research under way aimed at better understanding likely impacts on increasing acidification on Alaska's marine ecosystems. To download this free, must-read, primer on ocean acidification in Alaska, go to Alaska Sea Grant Bookstore at www.alaskaseagrant.org.

FERC just accepted a Preliminary Permit application for a project that would USE WATER LAKE ELVA AND GRANT LAKE WITHIN WOOD TIKCHIK STATE PARK from the Nushagak Electric & Telephone Cooperative, Inc. for a preliminary permit proposing to study the FEASIBILITY OF THE DILLINGHAM AREA HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT to be located on Elva Creek and Grant River, near Dillingham. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission. The proposed project has two developments. The total installed capacity of both developments would be 3.2 megawatts (MW) and the total estimated annual generation of the Dillingham Project would be 20.057 gigawatt-hours (Gwh). Lake Elva Development project would consist of: (1) a 50-foot-long, 10-foot-high rock-fill diversion dam constructed on the outlet of Lake Elva; (2) a 4,100-foot-long, 4-foot-diameter lake tap pipeline; (3) a 3,200-foot-long, 3- to 3.5-foot-diameter penstock leading from the lake tap pipeline to the powerhouse; (4) a powerhouse containing two 0.75-MW Francis turbine/generator units; (5) a 40-foot-long, 20-foot-wide tailrace discharging flows from the powerhouse into Elva Creek; (6) a 49-mile-long, 34.5-kilovolt (kV) transmission line extending from the project powerhouse to a new substation approximately 5 miles north of Dillingham; (7) an approximately 3-mile-long access road; and (8) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the Lake Elva development would be 7.927 GWh. Grant Lake Development would consist of: (1) a 900-foot-long, 20-foot-high rock-fill diversion dam constructed on the outlet of Grant Lake (main dam); (2) a 1-mile-long, 20-foot-high diversion canal excavated approximately 1-mile-north of the main dam; (3) a 300-foot-long, 20-foot-high rock-fill diversion dam constructed at the terminus of the diversion canal; (4) an intake structure on the diversion dam leading to a 5,000-foot-long, 5-foot-diameter pipeline; (5) a 3,100-foot-long, 4-foot-diameter penstock leading from the pipeline to the powerhouse; (6) a powerhouse containing a 1.7-MW Turgo turbine/generator unit; (7) a 40-foot-long, 20-foot-wide tailrace discharging flows from the powerhouse into Grant River; (8) a 46-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line extending from the project powerhouse to a new substation approximately 5 miles north of Dillingham; (9) an approximately 2.5-mile-long access road; and (10) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the Grant Lake development would be 12.13 GWh. Deadline for comments is April 16.and may be filed at FERC’s website, http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp or at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp.More information about this project, including a copy of the application, go to http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P-14356) in the docket number field to access the document.

INTERNSHIPS
OUTREACH/COMMUNICATIONS and PUBLIC POLICY INTERNS (paid-step) for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anchorage Office Work with a team (supervisor and two other interns) to create a communications plan for the Service in Alaska. Compile, archive and edit Service video footage and digital libraries. Create outreach products (videos, social media plans and presentations). Assist with natural resource planning, fire ecology, interpretation, environmental education, data base maintenance, technical writing, and more. All projects are meant to expose interns to the diversity of careers available. Most of the work is office based, but there will be periodic opportunities for field days. Depending on experience intern will receive approximately $12.05- $14.65 per hour. The internship will be 12 weeks up to 40 hours week beginning mid May 2012. Housing will NOT be provided. To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume and two references addressing the following items a An interest in the outdoors

and wildlife conservation. Experience working in team oriented environments. Knowledge, skills and

experiences in written, oral, visual communication (video photograph), and new media tools like: Flickr, Facebook Twitter, RSS feeds, and more. Send these items via email to: Kristen_gilbert@fws.gov by March 12. This is a STEP position and you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18 years of age; enrolled or accepted school at least half-time in technical school, a two or four-year college or university; and in

good academic standing. For more information, contact Kristen Gilbert at 907-786-3391 or email Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov.

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE with ALASKA YOUTH for ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION. AYEA is a youth leadership and civic engagement program for high school students from across Alaska to build skills and take action on issues they care about. We host youth leadership summits focused on project planning, community organizing, and political action, and we support youth-led projects throughout the school year. We are currently looking for volunteer interns to lead a variety of projects in 2012. Gain mad skillz in community organizing, navigating the political system, event planning, communication, and/or fundraising. AYEA staff are super cool and it will probably be the best internship EVER. Rolling deadline. Positions open until filled. Applicants do not have to live in Anchorage to be eligible. http://ayea.org/internship-positions-available.

March 18

HOMER - Deadline for applications for the COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR SUMMER VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP for the KACHEMAK BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE in Homer is recruiting ips. They are looking for 2 MARINE SCIENCE EDUCATION INTERNS to work with Reserve staff from June 11 - August 18, 2012 to enhance the experience of Homer visitors through interpretation, one-on-one assistance, and hands-on demonstration related to a variety of marine/coastal environment themes at KBNERR Discovery Labs, outdoor Estuary Hikes, and special events. Interns will also assist Research Reserve staff on science outreach and research projects. Housing and a food stipend is provided. For more information, contact Jessica Ryan with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve at 907-226-4657 or email jessica.ryan@alaska.gov.
VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES

COASTWALK JAPAN TSUNAMI DEBRIS MONITORING - As debris from the tsunami in Japan makes its way to our shores, it is important to learn as much as possible about the issues connected with it and to stay up to date on the facts as they become known. The CENTER FOR ALASKAN COASTAL STUDIES is a statewide leader in marine debris prevention education and community cleanups through our CoastWalk program, need a few VOLUNTEERS who have experience with our CoastWalk program to begin more regular monitoring of select beaches. Through monthly monitoring we hope to be able to track changes in the debris items and amounts. When confirmed sightings of debris are made in Alaska, we will expand or monitoring and cleanup efforts to include more beaches and more frequent CoastWalks. By comparing incoming data to the past 28 years of data we have collected, we will be able to observe if the type or amount of debris is changing and what the impact of the new debris is. For more information, contact Patrick Chandler at 907-235-6667. For more information about the CoastWalk monitoring program, marine debris, or to report debris items on local beaches, please contact the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at 907-235-6667 or info@akcoastalstudies.org.


KENAI PENINSULA: STREAM WATCH, an award winning volunteer program founded in 1994, is making a difference on the Kenai Peninsula! Join the team of more than 60 trained Ambassadors to share river stewardship information and complete river restoration projects along the pristine waters of the Kenai, Kasilof and Russian Rivers. Protect world famous fisheries while enjoying the beauty of the peninsula. All of the training and supplies are provided for a great day in the great outdoors. Volunteer camping sites available. For more information, visit our webpage at www.KenaiWatershed.org or email StreamWatch@kenaiwatershed.org.
CENTER FOR ALASKAN COASTAL STUDIES are celebrating their 30th ANNIVERSARY and looking for some help. At this time, we are looking for someone to work about 10 hours/week for about a month. We recognize and appreciate that amount of time and commitment. So… we’d like to offer the person who fulfills this volunteer opportunity for Intertidal & Forest Ecology Exploration and overnight stay at Peterson Bay! We can pay for RT transportation for 3 to the Field Station. Our heated yurts will sleep up to 8 (bunk beds for 6) so you may bring your family/friends if you pay just that transportation fee. The Field Station has a full kitchen with all the amenities so you just have to bring food, sleeping bags and a sense of adventure. If you are interested in ‘applying’ for this, contact Melanie Dufour at (907) 235.6746, FAX: (907) 235.6668, or email melanie@akcoastalstudies.org. For more information, go to www.akcoastalstudies.org.

DENALI EDUCATION CENTER SEEKS NEW BOARD MEMBERS. The Denali Education Center board is composed of a dedicated group of individuals who actively work to fulfill the Denali Education Center’s mission to foster understanding and appreciation of Denali through informative and inspiring programs. A park partner, Denali Education Center offers youth programs in Denali National Park through the Murie Science and Learning Center. The board supports and oversees Denali Education Center operations, finances and staff, and engages in strategic planning that contributes to the organization’s success. People eager to work on furthering the Denali Education Center’s mission are encouraged to apply. Denali Education Center will hold an election for board members in April. To learn more about our programs, visit www.denali.org. To apply, review the Board Member Position Description and submit a completed Board Member Application Form to Toby Smith, Denali Education Center, P.O. Box 212, Denali Park AK, 99755 or email it to tobydsmith@hotmail.com . For more information, contact Board Chair Toby Smith at (907) 317-5726 or tobydsmith@hotmail.com. The deadline for submitting your name is March 31.

FAIRBANKS - INTERIOR ALASKA GREEN STAR is SEEKING NEW MEMBERS for its BOARD OF DIRECTORS. If you care about promoting green living, recycling, and community sustainability, this is the position for you. We are looking for energetic, creative, and enthusiastic people to support Interior Alaska Green Star’s mission to encourage households and businesses to practice waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention. Benefits of becoming a board member include forming meaningful and lasting connections in the community, contributing to the impact Interior Alaska Green Star makes in our community, and supporting locally-based sustainable practices. If this sounds good to you, we would love to hear from you! For more detailed information about the time commitment and required duties, please visit: www.iagreenstar.org/participate/join-the-board for links to additional information, or email us at info@iagreenstar.org.

MAT-SU/COPPER BASIN AREA CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS are needed. Each member's term is three years, with an option to renew. Board members are recruited from the community at large to represent the various recreational, historical, and cultural resource interests in a balanced manner for the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. The Citizen Advisory Board members fulfill an important role of communication between Alaska State Parks and Mat-Su/Copper Basin communities. In the past year, the board considered issues such as the Hatcher Pass Management Area Plan Revision, the South Denali Project development, Fishhook Hydroelectric Projects, and cell towers in Denali State Park. This year the board will be working on the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Management Plan update, the Denali State Park Trails Plan, and capital improvement projects in the Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area. Each fall, the board assists with a legislative briefing for the Mat-Su Legislative Delegation. Board meetings are held September through May, on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Wasilla Middle School Library. Members from outlying areas can attend meetings telephonically. The board welcomes the public to attend its monthly meetings. Go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/brdappgeneric.pdf for the on-line PDF application. Applications are also available at the state parks office at 7278 East Bogard Road in Wasilla. For more information, contact the Park office at 745-8935.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE
** TRAIL CREWS are needed for the AK Dept. of Natural Resources for Nancy Lake, Denali and Hatcher Pass State Park area for summer 2012 season. Park/Area: Hatcher Pass Management Area / Nancy Lake State Rec. Area / Denali State Park. Hatcher Pass is high above tree line in the Talkeetna Mountains and about 60 miles north of Anchorage. The Hatcher Pass road is a high country route between the Matanuska and Susitna valleys. This is gold country, with several mines still in operation and much evidence of past mining activities The area of responsibility includes the 48,000 acre Hatcher Pass East Management area, a mostly alpine, mountainous park. Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is located in Southcentral Alaska, 67 miles north of Anchorage. Located in the community of Willow, with a population of about 1,650, Nancy Lake SRA is situated on the east side of the broad Susitna River Valley. Nancy Lake SRA has the typical geography formed by the retreat of large glaciers - forested, rolling hills of glacial moraine and countless lakes, ponds, and streams. This recreation area is well known for its canoe trail system and public use cabins. The 22,685 acre park is home to moose, beaver, fox, black bear, waterfowl, and many other wildlife species. Summer recreation activities include canoeing, camping, hiking, and fishing. Denali State Park: Just south of Denali National Park, this state park has some of the best views of the Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley. At 325,220 acres, most of it wilderness, it is almost half the size of Rhode Island. A major highway and three large rivers pass through the park providing access to camping, boating, fishing, hiking and climbing. The Byers Creek Ranger Station is a homestead site on Byers Creek at the base of Kesugi Ridge, with nearby spectacular views of the Alaska Range with quick access to wilderness recreation and abundant wildlife. The closest community is Trapper Creek, 30 miles away with a population of 400. Main Tasks: Perform trail improvements and maintenance of summer hiking and winter ski trails.  Work may include trail maintenance, new trail construction, bridge building, retaining walls, brushing, revegetation, and other projects as assigned. Special Projects: May occasionally work with other staff on larger projects. Required Skills: Prefer person with education/experience in resource or recreation management. Experience in hand tool use, backcountry travel/recreation. Desired Skills: Ability to work independently, experience in backcountry conditions, and carpentry skills. Applicants with a valid driver’s license preferred. Internship: May be available with prior arrangements. Allowance/Housing:  Hourly wage, depending on experience. Time Commitment: 3 months minimum, May 15 – Aug 15. Positions can remain open as long as May 15 to September 15 depending on weather and funding. Note: Applications must include a resume. Applications should be received by APRIL 1: Applications: ACC (Alaska Conservation Corp) application available at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/vip/apps.htm. For more information please contact: Ranger O’Connor – Hatcher Pass trail crew – (907) 745 8943 email: amy.oconnor@alaska.gov, Ranger Wilber – Nancy Lake trail crew –phone: (907) 495-6210 email: john.wilber@alaska.gov, Ranger Neilsen – Denali State Park trail crew - phone: (907) 495-6210 email: Jason.neilsen@alaska.gov.

1**POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS for the ALASKA CENTER FOR CLIMATE ASSESSMENT AND POLICY (ACCAP) and the ALASKA CLIMATE SCIENCE CENTER (ACSC) to conduct social network analysis in climate science, assessment, delivery and information needs in Alaska. Successful applicant must have a Ph.D. with experience in social network data collection, analysis, and interpretation as well as strong written and oral communication skills and record of peer-review publication. Familiarity with climate science, science outreach and delivery, climate impacts in Alaska, and Alaskan stakeholders is an asset. Application must include a current CV, writing sample, and cover letter. Position open immediately. For more information contact: Sarah Trainor, sarah.trainor@alaska.edu. See full announcement & apply on-line at: www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=76577. Application review begins March 11. The

**Regional Wildlife Education Specialist (Education Associate III) position for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation. This position will design and deliver education and outreach programs and materials for the Region I Wildlife Education Program. This requires working with regional management and research staff to identify and prioritize issues that may be addressed by using education as a tool, identifying target audiences and appropriate education methods for each issue, and developing project budgets and evaluation tools to measure whether educational projects are achieving the desired outcomes. This position works in collaboration with the other Regional Education Associates and the Program Coordinator to assess the wildlife-related educational needs and desires of the public (including teachers, students, and other specialized groups) and assists with developing statewide community education programs (including school-focused education, community lecture series, newspaper articles, publications, and radio and television programming). Also, this Regional Education Associate facilitates teacher training workshops using the Project WILD, the Alaska Wildlife Curricula, and other community workshops that support the Division's biological and educational goals. The position's duties also include assisting the wildlife education area staff and other agency and non-profit organizational partners with outdoor skills program development and delivery. The

position will be located in Juneau, and some travel will be required. For full notice go to: http://notes4.state.ak.us/wa/PostApps.nsf/0/C0DACAB9E02AB420892579B8006AED5A?OpenDocument. Deadline for Applications: March 27, 2012


**SCA AK CONSERVATION CREW OPPORTUNITIES Enroll now, application deadline is Apr 15.

Open to Youth 15 – 19 years of age The SCA Alaskan Youth Conservation Crews are a tuition-free conservation service learning experience. We have 5 Alaska-based crews that will serve our public lands. The crew will consist of 6 crew members & 2 adult leaders. Crew members will camp & work outdoor...s together on conservation and restoration projects. Location: Chugach National Forest –Kenai & Cordova1st Crew: June 11 - July 10, 2nd Crew: July 16 - August 14, Location: Lake Clark National Park – Port Alsworth Crew Date: July 23 – August 11, Location: Talkeetna Lodge –CIRI Crew Date: June 18 – July 9, Contact Jillian Morrissey at jmorrissey@thesca.org or text/call 907.715.2381 for questions. For more information, go to www.thesca.org

** AMERICORPS POSITION CREW LEADER for the term of March 19 – August 17. SAGA’s Mission: SAGA provides service learning to enhance lives, lands, and communities in Alaska. We are dedicated to helping young people make the connection between what they learn and how they live. Program Summary: Serve Alaska Youth Corps (SAYC) is the youth division of the Alaska Service Corps, and is specifically designed to provide leadership, work readiness, and life skills to young Alaskans who have barriers to their education or employment. These skills are gained through the service projects performed and through educational activities on nights and weekends. Position Summary: Serve Alaska Youth Corps (SAYC) Crew Leaders have experience in both the essential technical and interpersonal skills needed to assure projects are completed in a safe, efficient, and team-based manner with high-quality results. Crew Leaders will be selected to co-lead and live with a crew of five to six Crew Members. These AmeriCorps members are 17 to 24 years old, come from a diverse array of backgrounds, and travel from rural and urban communities in Alaska. These young adults may be struggling in school, with prior experience involving chemical dependency, defiance, depleted motivation, or no prior work experience – willing to take the steps to reconnect with a positive lifestyle.

Member development and educational activities occur throughout the term of service. These may include organizing volunteer projects, gaining skills in cross-cultural communication and group living, and educational/vocational planning. SAYC Crew Leaders are responsible for developing these activities with the support of the Education Coordinator. Member development and educational activities will take place in the evenings and on weekends. Following a two-month orientation at our facilities in Juneau, which includes Wilderness First Responder and hard and soft skills training needed to work successfully with young adults and disconnected youth, Crew Leaders will work on projects as a crew before meeting the incoming Crew Members and receiving crew and location assignments. Crew Members work on service projects throughout Alaska while living and working with their crew in a field camp setting. Following a weeklong orientation, members receive their crew assignments and project locations before being deployed. Project Summary: Serve Alaska Youth Corps projects are located throughout Alaska. All projects are located outdoors and are completed in all weather conditions. Typical projects include roadside safety projects (tree clearing, brush removal, clearing behind highway guardrails), invasive species removal and train maintenance. Projects such as stream restoration and cabin maintenance are also possible. Project Sponsors: We serve the Alaska Department of Transportation, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Alaska State Parks, local municipalities, trail associations, and Alaska Native groups. Project Locations: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Kodiak Island, Valdez, Yakutat, Juneau, and Prince of Wales Island are representative of project locations. Most projects are front-country, where crews will live in established campgrounds – possibly within a community – and have access to services. Backcountry projects are possible, where access to services will be limited or not present. Our crews are often more than 1,000 miles apart. Education Summary: The SAYC education program connects what your crew members learn with how they live. During the service day, crews travel to some of Alaska’s most beautiful areas. In the field camp at night, you will help them connect with their fellow crew members to learn about these areas, as well as helping them gain effective communication skills, group living skills, and an introduction to the world of work including job searches and resume building. Responsibilities: • Co-lead a crew of AmeriCorps Members while living in field camps; participate in and ensure completion of camp chores and evening and weekend activities, • Perform strenuous physical labor while completing outdoor service projects in all weather conditions, • Ensure projects are completed in a safe and timely manner according to project specifications, • Uphold and follow SAGA’s policies and procedures, • Take action and respond appropriately if emergency situations arise, • Promote safety and positive crew morale by facilitating conflict resolution and addressing dysfunction in crew dynamics, • Serve as the on-site liaison between project sponsors, your crew and SAGA staff, • Complete paperwork related to service projects and member development in a timely manner. Position Requirements: • Must be at least 21 years of age, • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien with current passport for Canadian border crossings, • High school diploma or GED, • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record, • No drug or alcohol convictions in the last three years, • Experience working in a supervisory role or prior leadership experience, preferably in a team-based model, • Excellent communication skills, • Tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, • Sincere interest in being a healthy role model and leader for disconnected youth, • Must be comfortable co-leading a crew in outdoor settings in extreme weather conditions, • Willingness to maintain a rigorous crew schedule, • Willingness to make team-based decisions that have a positive impact on the crew without jeopardizing project success, • Trail work or comparable experience, • Chainsaw and power tool experience, • Able to provide the gear necessary to live and work for nine months in the Alaskan outdoors, • Must be committed to completing the full term of national service, • Selection is contingent upon passing national criminal background and sex offender checks. Benefits: • Approximately $1,000 monthly living stipend, • AmeriCorps Educational Award of $2,775 upon successful completion of term of national service, • Reimbursement of the partial cost of Wilderness First Responder training, • SAGA’s paid Leadership Training Modules, including: Power Tool Operation and Maintenance, Professional Driving, Alaska Trail Construction and Maintenance, Leadership and more • Living in Alaska’s wild backyard with world-class recreation at your fingertips. Transportation: Travel to & from program: Each Crew Leader is responsible for the cost of travel to SAGA’s orientation site (Juneau or Anchorage). You can make reservations with Alaska Airlines, the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry), or choose to drive a personal vehicle via the Alaskan-Canadian Highway (note: personal vehicles are to remain parked at SAGA headquarters during the project season). Travel within Program : SAGA provides 15 passenger vans and ferry travel for project-related travel. Interviews: Ongoing Until Positions Filled Term of National Service: 900 hours & 22 weeks. To Apply: Please call or email with additional questions: SAGA Recruiter at (907) 790-6412 or recruiter@servealaska.org or Fax: (907) 789-3118 or go to www.servealaska.org.
** AMERICORPS POSITION TRANSPORTATION SAFETY CREW LEADER for the term of March 19 – October 31, 2012. SAGA’s Mission: SAGA provides service learning to enhance lives, lands, and communities in Alaska. We are dedicated to helping young people make the connection between what they learn and how they live. SAGA is a statewide Service Corps dedicated to fulfilling our mission by providing high-quality services throughout Alaska. Project Summary: Alaska Service Corps projects are located throughout Alaska. For the 2012 project season, SAGA will form two Transportation Safety Crews to serve most of their terms of service in the Interior of Alaska, in service to the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT). All projects are located outdoors and are completed in all weather conditions. The bulk of the service projects will focus on road safety projects – tree-clearing, brush removal and clearing behind highway guardrails and fences. Project Sponsors: This crew will primarily serve the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Some service projects may be done for other public land agencies. Project Locations: This crew will serve on DOT projects in the Interior (Fairbanks, Tok, Healy, Valdez) for most of the season, as well as a few other locations in South Central Alaska (Anchorage, Wasilla, Homer). Position Requirements: • Must be at least 21 years of age • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien with current passport for Canadian border crossings, • High school diploma or GED, • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record, • No drug or alcohol convictions in the last three years, • Experience working in a supervisory role or prior leadership experience, preferably in a team-based model, • Excellent communication skills, Selection is contingent upon passing national criminal background and sex offender checks. Benefits: • Approximately $1,000 monthly living stipend • AmeriCorps Educational Award of $4,243 upon successful completion of term of national service • Reimbursement of the partial cost of Wilderness First Responder training • SAGA’s paid Leadership Training Modules, including: Power Tool Operation and Maintenance, Professional Driving, Alaska Trail Construction and Maintenance, Leadership and more • Living in Alaska’s wild backyard with world-class recreation at your fingertips. Transportation: Travel to & from program: Each Crew Leader is responsible for the cost of travel to SAGA’s orientation site (Juneau or Anchorage). You can make reservations with Alaska Airlines, the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry), or choose to drive a personal vehicle via the Alaskan-Canadian Highway (note: personal vehicles are to remain parked at SAGA headquarters during the project season). Travel within Program : SAGA provides 15 passenger vans and ferry travel for project-related travel. Interviews: Ongoing Until Positions Filled Term of National Service: 1,350 hours & 32 weeks Please call or email with additional questions:


SAGA Recruiter at (907) 790-6412 or recruiter@servealaska.org or go to www.servealaska.org
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for the TAIYA INLET WATERSHED COUNCIL in Skagway. Primary duties include administration, fundraising, and project management. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic team leader with the proven ability to manage daily operations and programmatic activities while promoting the overall mission of the organization. The E.D. directs and manages the daily and long-range activities of TIWC and is responsible for implementation of the organization’s 3-year strategic plan. Desirable Qualifications: The ideal candidate would exhibit a deep and abiding commitment to the conservation of the Taiya Inlet watershed and the good stewardship of water resources. Compensation and Hours: Compensation is $15-$20/per hour depending on skills and experience. Position is 30-35 hours a week, 10 months a year. Extension of the position beyond the first 6 months requires implementation of successful fundraising efforts through grants and membership fundraising. Salary and benefits can be renegotiated as fundraising benchmarks are achieved. Benefits include a flexible work and vacation schedule. To apply: submit a resume, 3 references and a writing sample to Taiya Inlet Watershed Council, P.O. Box 826, Skagway, Alaska, 99840. We encourage you to contact us with questions and to discuss the position, call (907) 983-2426 or email us at: taiyawatershed@gmail.com. For more information, go to http://www.taiya.org/about_us.html. Position is open until filled. Preferred start date: April 16.




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