The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Conservation Practitioner IV

OFFICE LOCATION

Mobile, Alabama, USA

AL302


A LITTLE ABOUT US

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit http://www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Conservation Practitioner IV develops, manages and advances coastal and marine conservation projects, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas.  The position will be part of the Coastal Team in Alabama which implements watershed and coastal restoration projects to reduce shoreline erosion and improve the condition of coastal habitats and estuaries in Mobile Bay and along the coast. The Coastal Program also supports broad partnerships by providing planning support, advancing large grants, and developing new analysis tools to ensure that projects benefit the environment, economy, and local communities.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Practitioner IV (CPIV) provides technical leadership and support to a business unit and plans and directs coastal and marine restoration projects, including permitting and contracting, monitoring activities, and land stewardship activities.  The CPIV addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process.  The CPIV develops and implements conservation strategies and employs a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.  The CPIV coordinates community support, coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines, and manages completion. As part of this team, the CPIV will assist with grant writing, management, and reporting; participate in all aspects of data collection and fieldwork; coordinate with local, state, federal, and private partners; and engage local communities and private landowners in coastal restoration actions. CPIV is expected to work with the Philanthropy and External Affairs teams to provide expertise to donors and elected officials when necessary to advance conservation goals.


RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
Executes and manages projects and monitoring tasks in a timely manner.
Supervises technical, administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development. 
Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience or Master’s degree and 1-2 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing staff or volunteers.  
Experience working in a team atmosphere with multiple stakeholders on multi-component collaborative projects.
Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
Must have valid driver's license and good driving record, as well as AL Boat Operations Endorsement.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
Experience working on restoration projects that require Federal and State regulations and permitting.
Experience managing engineers and contractors to carry out specific project tasks in a timely manner.
Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.
Knowledge of ecological resource management principles.
Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, coastal restoration, and natural resource conservation.
Familiarity with ArcGIS application and GPS equipment and software.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


HOW TO APPLY

Click here to apply.

Posted on 10/30/19 at 03:12 PM Permalink

Rain Barrels Helping Alabama City Combat Flooding

Patsy Stallworth loves her rain barrels.

“I didn’t understand it at first, but after my husband explained it to me, I like it.”

Stallworth has two 55-gallon rain barrels installed at her home in the Mobile suburb of Prichard, catching up to 110 gallons of rainwater for her to use to water her flowers, wash her cars and wash the dirt off the house.

“I was amazed at how it worked,” Stallworth said. “When it rains it fills up really quickly. This is a new adventure for me.”

Rain barrels helping alleviate flooding issues in Prichard from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

The rain barrels were installed at Stallworth’s home, free-of-charge, thanks to a stormwater mitigation program organized by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Christian Miller, Watershed Management Coordinator for the Mobile Bay NEP, said the rain barrels are a big help in reducing flooding in Prichard, which is part of the Three Mile Creek Watershed.

“We’ve had a lot of issues with residential street flooding and some issues with sanitary sewer runovers, so some of the ways to combat this are to put in these rain-catchment devices,” Miller said. “These two 55-gallon drums aren’t going to solve all of our problems, but as we get more of these out it will hopefully help to reduce these localized issues with residential flooding.”

An inch of rain falling on a typical 1,000-square-foot roof yields more than 600 gallons of water which, in urban areas like Prichard, ends up washing down streets and other hard surfaces, picking up and carrying pollutants into waterways. Miller said increased rainwater harvesting will help reduce impacts associated with residential stormwater runoff.

Rain barrels helping alleviate flooding issues in Prichard from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

“The residents have been the biggest champions,” Miller said. “Once we get them in and see what utility they have, they go around and tell their neighbors, the neighbors come to see them and we get phone calls at the office. People really like them and want to have them installed at their house.”

Miller said dozens of rain barrels have been installed in Prichard thanks to donations of materials and labor, including 98 barrels at 46 homes installed by volunteers from Alabama Power Service Organization.

“We’ve got a really good partnership with several different entities,” Miller said. “Greif Packaging and Soterra LLC have donated the barrels and Alabama Power has been really helpful providing supplies and labor to help install. With those folks and Mobile Bay NEP, we’ve really had a good combined effort to put all of these rain barrels out around the community.”

To learn more about the rain barrel program, visit mobilebaynep.com or call the Mobile Bay NEP at 251-431-6409.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

Source: https://yellowhammernews.com/rain-barrels-helping-alabama-city-combat-flooding/

Posted on 10/22/19 at 10:16 AM Permalink

Mobile Bay NEP Watershed Management Plan Collaboration

On July 11, 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill to broaden the state’s definition of litter and increase fines and enforcement capabilities. This state-wide legislation is supported by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) Government Networks Committee. MBNEP recently collaborated with partners to implement comprehensive litter mitigation strategies recommended in the Three Mile Creek coastal watershed management plan. 

The Mobile Bay NEP is currently working on a multi-phase litter abatement project in the watershed. This project includes (1) deploying and maintaining 10 “Litter Gitter” small stream litter collection devices; (2) developing litter profiles at each site using the EPA’s Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol (ETAP); (3) conducting single pass tactical cleanups of shoreline throughout the watershed; (4) developing a web-based publicly available litter collection/ETAP reporting system; and (5) creating an alternative packaging program in the Three Mile Creek Watershed. To date, the Three Mile Creek Trash-Free Waters project has removed 7,963 lbs (5,085 cubic feet) of litter, exceeding the overall project goal of 4,800 lbs. Of the waste collected, 1,475 lbs (1,274 cubic feet) of the material has been recycled.  —Romell Nandi, Nandi.Romell@epa.gov

Source: The Flow of...Trash Free Waters October Newsletter

Posted on 10/18/19 at 09:52 AM Permalink

Partnership Brings Trash Collection Devices to Proctor Creek Georgia

The Coca-Cola Company, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the City of Atlanta, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Groundwork Atlanta, Park Pride, and EPA Region 4 have partnered to install six innovative trash-trap systems along Proctor Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River on Atlanta’s Westside. On September 19, 2019, partners held a kickoff event for the Coca-Cola World Without Waste Campaign in Atlanta and Proctor Creek showcasing the Bandalong Trash Trap and installation of the Litter Gitter, both litter capture technologies. Coca-Cola provided a grant to NRPA to support the installation of five Litter Gitters and one Bandalong Litter Trap with a goal of collecting and reducing 80% of downstream litter in the creek. 

The Litter Gitter is a smallstream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff using floating booms that guide trash to a large wire-mesh collection container. The Bandalong Litter Trap is an industrial strength litter trap that uses the current to guide debris into the trap. Educational signage at the park will inform visitors about the litter catchment systems and provide education on how to reduce litter by recycling and disposing of trash in receptacles. For more information, contact Cynthia Y. Edwards, PE, at edwards.cynthiay@epa.gov

Source: The Flow of...Trash Free Waters October Newsletter

Posted on 10/18/19 at 09:47 AM Permalink

Litter Gitter Collecting Trash on D’Olive Creek

By Guy Busby

DAPHNE – Don Bates pointed to a bucket of moldy plastic and Styrofoam sitting on the bridge over D’Olive Creek. The trash was collected during a test of a small-stream litter collection device in D’Olive Creek. “That was with no rain,” he said. “When it rains, these things will have a lot more than that.” The device, known as a “Litter Gitter,” is now deployed in the creek upstream from the Gator Alley boardwalk and will be used to intercept floating litter from storm water runoff. Bates, the owner of Osprey Initiative, which developed the Litter Gitter, said 10 of the devices are now in place in Three-Mile Creek and three in Dog River in Mobile County. Another trap is being used in Foley. He said initial tests indicate a 95-percent success rate in preventing the downstream loss of floating litter.

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Posted on 10/15/19 at 09:46 AM Permalink

MAA Master Plan Open House

Posted on 09/26/19 at 09:54 AM Permalink

Trash Blows - Boy Does It Ever! By Everett Johnson

By Everett Johnson

Last month I reported on an organization that is doing an amazing work in Aransas County, helping restore the communities of Fulton and Rockport as they get back on their feet after a bad actor named Harvey drew a bullseye on the two coastal communities. The group is Keep Aransas County Beautiful (KACB) and their post-Harvey mission and accomplishments continue to be highly-commendable.  Click here to read more 

Posted on 08/21/19 at 08:47 AM Permalink

GCERC is seeking public comment on the Council’s proposal to amend its FPL

Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras Street
Suite 1117
New Orleans, LA 70130
http://www.RestoreTheGulf.gov

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) is seeking public comment on the Council’s proposal to amend its FPL in order to approve implementation funding for the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), specifically for restoration of a portion of Twelve Mile Creek, Alabama. In 2015, the Council approved $358,000 in planning funds for this stream restoration project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At that time, the Council budgeted $1,742,000 for potential implementation of the project. The Council is now proposing to approve this implementation funding to restore approximately 1,800 linear feet of stream, including vegetated banks. The project design scope was originally to restore 1,300 linear feet of stream. The design was subsequently enhanced and permitted to allow restoration of 1,800 linear feet of stream. Before voting on approving funding, the Council will open this FPL amendment for a seven-day public comment period beginning on Monday, July 29, 2019 and concluding at 11:59 pm on August 5, 2019. You may submit those comments using one of the two methods below:

By Email to restorecouncil@restorethegulf.gov:  
Email submission of comments ensures timely receipt and enables the Council to make them available to the public. All comments received, including names, email addresses, attachments and other supporting materials, will be part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should only submit information that you wish to make publicly available.

By U.S. Mail:  
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 
Attn: MBNEP Amendment Comments
500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117 
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Council’s Standard Operating Procedures require a minimum of seven days of public notice prior to a Council vote. The Council believes that a seven-day comment period is appropriate in this case, given the scope of the project and the associated permit documentation. You may request an extension of this comment period if you need more time to review and consider this matter. To request an extension, please contact Keala J. Hughes at (504) 717-7235 or by e-mail at keala.hughes@restorethegulf.gov.

Background: 
Pursuant to the RESTORE Act, the Council is responsible for administering portions of Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds for the purpose of restoring the environment and economy of the Gulf coast. The Council administers two funding programs, one of which is the “Council-Selected Restoration Component” or “Bucket 2.” Under Bucket 2, the Council votes to approve Gulf ecosystem restoration projects and programs proposed by the Council members. Bucket 2 projects and programs approved for funding by the Council are included in what is called a “Funded Priorities List” or “FPL.”

The Twelve Mile Creek project was included in the Council’s Initial FPL in 2015, under the name “Mobile Bay National Estuary Program.” As noted above, in 2015 the Council approved planning funds for this project and identified it for potential implementation in the future. When the Council approves funding for a project or program in an FPL, the activity is included in “Category 1” of the FPL. When the Council identifies a project or program as a potential future priority but has not yet approved funding for it, the activity is included in “Category 2.”  Thus, the previously-approved planning component of Twelve Mile Creek is in Category 1; the Twelve Mile Creek implementation component is currently in Category 2.

A Council vote is needed to approve funding for a Category 2 project and move it to Category 1. Prior to approving implementation funds for a Category 2 project and moving it to Category 1, the Council must comply with all applicable environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). On May 13, 2019, the Corps of Engineers issued a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the Twelve Mile Creek project. To comply with NEPA, the Council is proposing to adopt the Corps of Engineers NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. The Corps of Engineers permit documentation for this project also addresses other applicable environmental laws.

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Posted on 07/29/19 at 08:26 AM Permalink

Congressman Malinowski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect and Restore Water Quality

Congressman Malinowski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect and Restore Water Quality and Ecological Integrity

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Tom Malinowski introduced the Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). He was joined by original cosponsors Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-Tex.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.), fellow members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment.

Among other provisions, the legislation:  

  • Increases funding for the NEP’s 28 estuaries of national significance, including the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, of which the 7th District is a part;
  • Ensures that the management plans governing nationally significant estuaries consider the effects of recurring extreme weather events, and that they develop and implement appropriate adaptation strategies; and
  • Expands eligibility for NEP grants to organizations working to address storm water runoff, coastal resiliency, and accelerated land loss issues.         

“Estuaries support a diverse array of wildlife, protect inland areas from floods and storm surges, and act as economic drivers for communities around the country,” said Congressman Malinowski. “I'm proud to introduce bipartisan legislation to protect these important waters, and to preserve the natural beauty of our state.”

“Along the Texas Gulf Coast, we know the importance of protecting the water quality and wildlife in our estuaries. Galveston Bay is a great benefit—supporting our economy through the Port of Houston and providing a natural habitat that protects us and enriches our quality of life,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. “I am proud to join with my colleagues today to introduce this legislation to make sure that Galveston Bay and estuaries like it have the resources available to support their diverse marine life, maintain water quality, and encourage economic opportunity.”

“Representative Malinowski is demonstrating vision and leadership through his efforts to affirm strong congressional support for the National Estuary Program. This locally-based, non-regulatory program has an unparalleled track record of engagement with fishers, businesses, citizen groups, and government at all levels to develop a range of effective, durable solutions” said Rich Innes of the Association of National Estuary Programs. “It is designed to safeguard and restore the estuaries and bays which define our communities, and provide us with jobs, inspiration, and safe places to recreate and raise our families”.

“Each of the 28 National Estuary Programs mobilizes a diverse set of partners to improve the nation’s waterways through locally-supported, science-based action” said Rob Pirani, Director of the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program. “We appreciate the leadership taken by Congressman Malinowski and his colleagues to ensure that this vital federal program continues to serve communities in New Jersey and across the nation.”

The National Estuary Program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, is comprised of a network of organizations working to improve the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries—areas where freshwater from rivers and streams mixes with salt water inflows from the ocean. The NEP was created by Congress in 1987 through amendments to the Clean Water Act.

Posted on 07/29/19 at 08:24 AM Permalink

RFQ - Mobile Tensaw Delta Watershed Management Planning

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental planning, engineering, natural resource planning, or other similar firm to prepare a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Mobile Tensaw Delta complex of watersheds in Mobile and Baldwin counties, Alabama.

A Request for Qualifications process is being used to select a firm who can develop such a conceptual engineering master plan based on new and available data. A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at the International Trade Center located at 250 N. Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602.  

 Statements must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 23rd, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to: Christian Miller, cmiller@mobilebaynep.com 251-459-8871. The most recent RFQ from MBNEP's Website.

Posted on 07/26/19 at 04:22 PM Permalink