TWO ALASKA ENERGY REPORTS have been released: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALASKA ENERGY EFFICIENCY and CONSERVATION PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH, has been prepared for the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) by Information Insights, Milepost Consulting and additional project advisors. The report provides research-based recommendations for the creating of an education and outreach plan to promote successful energy efficiency and conservation behavior in both urban and rural areas in Alaska. Recommendations include; localizing the message, framing the message and providing a clear direct energy measure. Report is available at http://www.akenergyauthority.org/Efficiency/12-2011_Recommendations-PublicEducationandOutreach.pdf. The second is SOUTHEAST INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN (SEIRP) TECHNICAL DRAFT REPORT prepared for AEA by Black & Veatch and HDR Alaska. The SEIRP is a directional plan that identifies the types of resources, including alternative resources that should be developed in the future in the Southeast Alaska region. The report addresses demand-side management/energy efficiency and emerging technologies, such as tidal. The report is available at http://www.akenergyauthority.org/southeastIRP.html. AEA will be accepting comments on the draft until March 19.
PROTECTING SOUTHWESTERN ALASKA FROM INVASIVE SPECIES – A GUIDE IN THE ENGLISH AND YUP’IK LANGUAGES is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5348027.pdf. The people’s strong sense of stewardship, wealth of traditional knowledge, and limited routes of transportation are key components of preventing invasive species from disrupting the ecosystems of Southwest Alaska. Learning how invasive plants, insects and animals spread and interact with their environment, how other communities have worked to prevent or eradicate them, and what resources exist to help control the spread of exotic organisms may be critical to preserving the landscape and culture for future generations.
To see a 5 MINUTE VIDEO that tells the story of the CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT TANGLE LAKES and to prevent it from becoming home to an industrial, foreign-owned mine, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSor9nKgO-8.
INTERNSHIPS 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/
KACHEMAK BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE in Homer is recruiting college students for summer Volunteer internships. 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. The deadline for applying is March 18. For more information, contact Jessica Ryan with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve at 907-226-4657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER is sponsoring AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM for COLLEGE STUDENTS or RECENT GRADUATES who are interested in gaining an educational experience in a world-class marine facility. ASLC internships offer a well-rounded, educational experience working in a variety of areas within the Center. Depending on the type of internship, duties may include assisting aquarium, avian or marine mammal staff with animal husbandry tasks; helping with marine-related research projects as well as teaching and/or preparing lessons in our education department. Interns will be required to participate in a variety of areas and all interns are required to participate to some extent in the interpretive aspects of our operation. Please visit our website at, http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/about-ASLC/index.php?page=internship-program.php, for details and to apply.
VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES **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 emailStreamWatch@kenaiwatershed.org.
**The ALASKA MARINE CONSERVATION COUNCIL, ALASKA YOUTH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION and RENEWABLE RESOURCES FOUNDATION are searching for more SALMON LOVING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS to help get a BIG, positive message out there about how fabulous wild, Alaska salmon and Bristol Bay are at this year's FUR RONDY PARADE. Last year was the first annual Celebrate Wild Salmon & Bristol Bay float in the parade and this year we need your help to do it bigger and better. We found the parade was a fantastic way to reach a very large crowd (thousands of people attend the parade) in a positive way with little time and financial investment. It's one of those events that creates good karma amongst the conservation community and the public and helps demonstrate our common values. Last year the crowd cheered like crazy for us and we were definitely a favorite. This year the parade is Saturday, February 25th at 10:30 am (line up begins around 9 am).
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, contact Board Chair Toby Smith at (907) 317-5726 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Applications are currently being accepted for position(s) on the BIRD TREATMENT AND LEARNING CENTER BOARD of DIRECTORS. We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals with financial, engineering and/or fundraising expertise. Candidates will be considered for openings available in December 2011. Please consider joining the Bird Treatment and Learning Center board to support the work of rehabilitating injured, orphaned and sick wild birds and providing experiential, dynamic and science based education programs to the public. This is a working board; so please apply only if you have the time and commitment to be an active participant. To apply send letter of interest and background to email@example.com.
**CLINICIAN for the ALASKA CROSSINGS, A DIVISION OF ALASKA ISLAND COMMUNITY SERVICES. Alaska Island Community Services (AICS), Alaska Crossings Wilderness Programs is seeking masters-level professionals to join our growing clinical team. This is an opportunity for an unparalleled breadth of clinical experience working with a group of dedicated professionals in Alaska’s largest therapeutic wilderness program. We are looking for clinicians with skills in substance use disorders, mental health issues and aftercare coordination. These services are provided in an environment that is unique in terms of both its physical landscape and client cultural composition. Clinicians work with the clinical support team under the direction of the AICS Clinical Director. Together the unit is responsible for client intake and assessment, development of clinical treatment goals, facilitation of treatment team meetings, wilderness guide briefing, crisis field support, weekly participant clinical rounds, and discharge planning. Other duties include: program outreach, guide clinical skills training, and participation in program direction planning. AICS is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive behavioral health and primary care (medical) services. The program is located in the rural Southeastern town of Wrangell near the mouth of the Stikine River. The Alaskan wilderness--with hiking, kayaking/canoeing, boating, fishing, and camping opportunities--is right outside your door! Wrangell is a beautiful community that has an amazing array of services for a community its size. The community enjoys a laidback lifestyle which includes: low crime rate, short commutes, clean air, andaccess to the wilderness within the largest national forest in the United States. Visit www.wrangell.com for more information on the community and surrounding areas. Applicants must be well-educated in professional ethics, have sound clinical judgment, and be able to document the services they provide. Specific Education, Certification and Skill Requirements: Masters in psychology, social work, or counseling required. Prefer applicants to be licensed or license eligible in Alaska. Applicants must have professional energy and competence in mental health, substance abuse, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills. Solid assessment, organizational, and documentation skills required. In addition to a positive work environment, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Start Date: As soon as available. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**ARCTIC ALASKA AVIAN FIELD BIOLOGISTS for the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (1) FIELD ASSOCIATE and (1) CREW LEADER needed from 25 May to 25 July 2012 to participate in two projects with the Wildlife Conservation Society in an oil-developed area near Prudhoe Bay. For Project 1: we will conduct an artificial nest experiment assessing predation rates near and far from oil field infrastructure. For Project 2: we will assess breeding bird usage of rehabilitated sites previously disturbed by oil drilling activity. Duties will include placing artificial nests along transects and monitoring them for nest survivorship. A subset of artificial nests will be monitored with remote cameras. For the rehab project, duties will include nest searching and monitoring, floating eggs to determine age, area search surveys and behavioral observations of all bird species at both rehab and undisturbed sites. Micro-site habitat characteristics will we be measured using a bird-centered vegetation sampling approach. Data entry and proofing will also be required. The crew will access sites in the oilfields using a vehicle and will interact with oilfield personnel on a daily basis. Preferred applicants will have excellent bird identification skills, solid nest-searching experience, and be familiar with using a compass and GPS. Applicants must be enthusiastic, in excellent physical condition and willing to hike many miles each day in hip boots, and be able to work independently as well as with others for long hours in, sometimes, difficult field conditions. Field conditions will often be wet and cold, then buggy later in the season. tlineApplicants must be comfortable working in bear country. Employees will be paid a monthly stipend of $1200 - 1800 depending on experience. Travel/hotel costs within Alaska will be provided. Room and board (at facilities in the Prudhoe Bay oil field) will be provided. Travel to Alaska will be partially covered ($500 voucher) by WCS. Please send a cover letter, resume and at least three references (with contact information) by email to Joe Liebezeit at email@example.com. A valid driver's license is required. A B.S. degree in wildlife ecology or a related field is preferred, but not required. *Please send application materials as a SINGLE MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT*. Non-U.S. citizen applicants must have (or obtain) a social security number. Include in your cover letter any relevant experience and your interest in applying for this position. Application deadline: April 15 although hiring will begin AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
PRESIDENT and CEO for the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER in Seward. The President & CEO, under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Company, shall have general oversight and direction of the Company’s operations. Minimum Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge: 15+ years in a senior-level position that has had oversight and management responsibilities of multiple programs. A balance of scientific research and facilities operation a must; aquarium experience preferred; must have demonstrated excellent communication skills with the ability to be a relationship builder. Must have a background in fundraising and development coupled with knowledge of foundations and other donors who have a philanthropic desire to support similarly situated programs and research activities. Education/Training Requirements: While a PhD is desired, an advanced degree is required coupled with an academic and/or scientific background. Travel: The successful incumbent can expect extensive travel within Alaska as well as between Alaska and the lower 48. More information about ASLC and the position is available at http://www.alaskasealife.org/. Please send electronic versions of a letter of application and resume/curriculum vitae to: Cindy L. Ecklund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE MANAGER for the NORTHERN ALASKA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (NAEC) in Fairbanks. NAEC offers a great position overseeing the daily operations of our non-profit organization. The office manager is critical to NAEC’s overall functioning—keeping our friendly, informal office organized, and our productivity high. Main areas of responsibility include office administration, finance and records compliance, organizational sustainability, and communications and IT support. The successful applicant will bring strong MS Office and web maintenance skills, be organized, self-starting, familiar with business protocols and light bookkeeping procedures, and will demonstrate an interest in environmental conservation. The Office Manager will start at a flexible 30-35 hours per week, with a clear path to greater responsibility, swankier job title, and full-time employment for the right professional. For more information, go to http://northern.org/about-us/job-opportunities/office-manager-job-announcement-2.
CAMPAIGN MANAGERS for ALASKA PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP (AKPIRG) Work to move Alaska beyond coal by electing pro- renewable energy utility board members. Positions available in Anchorage and The Valley from March to late May. Responsibilities include: Managing day to day campaign activities; Volunteer recruitment and management; Managing candidates call time; Staff and organize candidate events; Work closely will central staff to develop and implement media plan; Create and develop campaign plan; Data management. Qualifications: 1-2 Election cycle experience; Experience recruiting and managing volunteers; Knowledge of Votebuilder. Start Date: March 5th, End Date: May 25th. Salary: $2,200/per month. Please send resume with three references to Kathleen Cogan at email@example.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up interview.
COORDINATOR of “YOUTH VOTE 2012 for the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of ANCHORAGE. Time Frame: March 2012 through November 30, 2012 (intensive time commitment August/September/October/November 2012); Work from home, plus outside meetings; Must have insured vehicle to transport materials and attend meetings; Background check required; Non-partisan. Qualifications: Good interpersonal and communication skills, particularly with young people, Good computer skills, including social applications such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Ability to manage financial matters, set timelines, have a vision for program success, Public relations experience helpful. Job Description: Coordinator position similar to the job duties for a Meeting Planner; Assist League Finance Committee in fundraising, both in-kind donations and monetary; Coordinate Youth Vote 2012 in the Anchorage schools (public and private) with Social Studies Department chairs and League of Women Voters Board – including creation or updating and distribution of pre-election day curriculum materials for grades five through twelve, organizing a live, televised election forum, October 18, 2012, identifying questions for the mock election, coordination of a computer-based mock election, and reporting of results at Election Central on election night, among other activities; Identify, coordinate, and advise student leaders, including volunteers from the Association of Student Governments and/or Spirit of Youth, to set goals and direction and establish committees and guidelines; Coordinate activities with the Anchorage School District, State Division of Elections, Municipal Clerk’s Office as appropriate. Estimated remuneration: $7,500. Send resume with cover letter by February 29 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 274-8477
RURAL ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR for AMERICORPS VISTA LEADER NOTICE: YOU MUST HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ONE YEAR OF VISTA SERVICE TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION (AmeriCorps State, National, NCCC, and PeaceCorps programs do not count). The VISTA Leader is stationed in Anchorage and supports 12 VISTA members, who will be spread out across the state, mostly in rural locations. VISTA members are recruited locally and serve to build capacity for their home communities to better address local issues through research, planning and implementation of sustainable projects, educational/outreach events and community engagement initiatives focused around energy efficiency, awareness, renewable development and conservation, cultural preservation, and local self-sufficiency. The VISTA Leader researches energy efficiency, renewable energy, Alaska Native cultural traditions and values, and subsistence/food systems/gardening practices. Leader organizes and facilitates in-service training, creates a VISTA newsletter with input from other AK VISTA Leaders, updates social media, checks in with rural members weekly, holds biweekly teleconferences, and assists in host site troubleshooting and general project planning. The Leader attends conferences and trainings, travels to remote areas of Alaska off the road system, and experiences working cross-culturally with Traditional Councils and Tribal Offices. Applicants should be creative, good communicators, able to manage multiple tasks, be willing to serve as a mentor to others, be willing to travel to rural Alaska, be willing to work with and under multiple constituencies, have an affinity to learning about culture and sustainability, be familiar with Microsoft programs and computer/internet tasks, enjoy project planning & writing & research/resource generation. Please contact Jennifer Kehoe at email@example.com and apply on www.americorps.gov..
Two 2012 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS - The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to INDIVIDUALS WISHING to CONDUCT RESEARCH IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK and PRESERVE and OTHER ARCTIC and SUBARCTIC ALASKA NATIONAL PARKS. The Discover Denali Research Fellowship is for research in or near Denali, and the Murie Science and
Learning Center Fellowship is for research taking place in Denali or other arctic or subarctic Alaska national parks. Deadline for both fellowship applications is February 15 and a decision is expected to be made by March 1, or soon thereafter. The fieldwork of fellowship recipients must be arranged before September 1. The Discover Denali and the MSLC Fellowship Programs are designed to assist graduate students, but may be appropriate for college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, undergraduate students, and private-sector researchers. Proposals for research that will help managers make decisions about critical resource issues are particularly encouraged. If an applicant wants to be considered for both funding sources, only one application is needed; however, only one fellowship may be received per applicant. More than one fellow is expected to be selected for each program. Any previous fellow may reapply, but is not assured of additional funding. Applications for 2012 fellowships will be considered for funding requests up to $8000, to be used over one or two years. An information guide about either of the fellowships, which includes specifics on how to apply and other information helpful to the application process, may be downloaded from www.nps.gov/dena/naturescience/discodena.htm. For more information contact Denali’s Research Administrator Lucy Tyrrell at 907-683-6352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.