The Nature Conservancy in Oregon is looking for a Sandy River Field / Volunteer Program Assistant June 15 through August 13, 2010.
Project Location: 821 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Transportation Information: We are located on Tri-Met bus line #15. We provide an agency vehicle for transportation to and from the Sandy River Watershed each field day.
Position Summary: The Sandy River Restoration Field / Volunteer Program Assistant will dedicate time to two Nature Conservancy priorities: the Sandy River Habit! at Prote ction Program and management of our statewide volunteer program. The Sandy River program includes both a successful, ongoing landscape level project led by The Nature Conservancy staff to control the spread of invasive knotweed species and other invasive plants as well as several new, site-based vegetation restoration projects within the Sandy River Watershed. The project work includes invasive species control, monitoring, public education and outreach. The Nature Conservancy in Oregon’s statewide volunteer program involves more than 800 community members in direct service each year, greatly expanding the capacity of our organization. Last year’s volunteers contributed more than 46,000 hours of time toward helping us meet our priority conservation goals. As a member of the volunteer programs team, the Vol
unteer Program Assistant will coordinate and manage field and restoration volunteers during the busiest part of our field season.
1. Base knowledge of ecology conservation and restoration principles.
2. First Aid/CPR certification preferred (we can provide if course is available at appropriate time).
Member Benefits Include:
? Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $1,000. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans, for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or for trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used.
? Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay a portion of the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
? Training related to volunteer management, whitewater safety, equipme! nt orien tation and safety.
? Sandy River natural history educational materials and field training.
? Guide to Controlling Knotweed in the Pacific Northwest
? Opportunity to learn and play an important role in a watershed-scale protection project alongside conservation professionals, the opportunity to work outdoors in scenic natural settings and to learn more about the natural history of the Sandy River basin and the work of The Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers.
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