General Manager – Nemaha Natural Resources District

The Nemaha NRD is accepting applications for the full-time position of General Manager at its office in Tecumseh, Nebraska.
This is the chief executive officer responsible for overseeing and carrying out the natural resources programs and projects identified by the 21-member, elected board of directors for the Nemaha NRD’s eight-county area of southeast Nebraska. Responsibilities of the NRD include flood and erosion control, water quality and quantity, outdoor recreation, soil conservation, tree, grassland, and wildlife programs. The General Manager is responsible for the annual budget and for supervision of 17 full-time employees. Projects and programs include working with local, state, and federal agencies, landowners, and committees. Occasional overnight travel is required.

A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, agriculture, public administration, or a related field is preferred with at least five years’ experience in one or more of the following fields: water resources, project management, public administration, employee supervision, and budgeting. Candidates must demonstrate skills in public speaking, communication, leadership, project management, personnel management, budgeting, and organization. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and the ability to delegate and manage multiple priorities is expected.
An excellent benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement program, vacation/sick leave, and paid holidays is provided.

More details and a full job description are available on the District’s website:  www.nemahanrd.org, upon request by contacting the NRD office at 402-335-3325 or jobs@nemahanrd.org. Submit resume, application and cover letter by October 14, 2020, to Bill Niedfeldt, NNRD Chair, 71626 651 Ave, Shubert NE 68437, or by email: jobs@nemahanrd.org.


University of Nebraska   Open Rank Extension Educator – Watershed Science
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The educator’s base will be in Lincoln, Nebraska. The subject matter focus for this educator is watershed science, including regional-scale water resources management. The primary responsibility for the Watershed Science Educator is to coordinate the development and delivery of Watershed Science education to adults in Nebraska, including key decision-makers at local and state levels. Collaboration with Nebraska state agencies, including Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, and local Natural Resources Districts is a critical component of the position. This educator will conduct programming statewide and be an active participant in the statewide Crops and Water Systems Team.

In this position the educator will:
1. Use innovative education and communication methods and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate Watershed Science Extension program aimed at increasing the application of scientific information in water resources management decisions.
2. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment including faculty and staff with expertise in Human Dimensions, Science Literacy, Extension Education, Distance Education, Hydrology and Watershed Science, Geological Science, Agricultural Economics, Political Science, Communications and Outreach, Graphic Design and Web/App Development.
3. Work with partner agencies, Extension Educators, and research faculty to co-develop and expand on existing online interactive educational modules (e.g., go.unl.edu/gwtest), hybrid and in-person training, and Watershed Science educational tools such as podcasts and webcasts.
4. Tailor educational products to key water resources decision-makers at local and state levels, including Natural Resources District Directors and other elected or volunteer officials. Work closely with NRD staff, including Water Resources, Public Information and Education staff to prioritize and develop educational topics and learning objectives.
5. Coordinate and conduct capacity-building training webinars and face-to-face workshops with Natural Resources District staff and other educational partners. This effort will include recruitment of new and existing educators to facilitate formal and informal adult education in Watershed Science across Nebraska.
6. Partner with research faculty to develop and deliver timely and relevant Watershed Science information, with a balance between statewide relevance and location-specific information.
7. Conduct needs assessments, prioritize programming, and document impact. Report results at professional meetings and in peer-reviewed publications.
8. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the educational program’s resource base and reach.
9. Develop and engage in a professional development plan to build on existing expertise in Watershed Science and/or Extension pedagogy for adult audiences.
10. Develop and implement a communications plan to promote Watershed Science education for adults and the scientific endeavors which contribute to the educational content.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.  Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

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Wildlife Education Assistant
FLSA Status: Full-Time/Temporary/Non Exempt Position
Reports to: Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator
Location: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Salary: $12 per hour
Duration: October 2020 – June 2021

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in partnership with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC), has outlined conservation and educational activities that will inform and educate students, teachers, landowners, and resource professionals about the shortgrass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Nebraska. We work with a diversity of partners including organizations at the state, federal, and nonprofit level and private landowners. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is looking for a motivated, dynamic education assistant who will effectively bring wildlife conservation topics to a variety of audiences.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assisting with implementation of educational programs, including classroom presentations, field trips, outreach events, after school programs, citizen science events, partner events and virtual programs.
• Assisting with development/expansion of educational programs and materials.
• Assisting with organizing registrations, program and inventory data.
• Assisting with general educational project day-to-day operations.
• Assisting with development of reports for various projects and grants.
• Dissemination of Bird Conservancy/NGPC’s conservation messages.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• Undergraduate degree in environmental education or environmental studies or related degree, with an emphasis in education, environmental science, ornithology, wildlife/ecosystem conservation, or related fields preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with prior environmental education experience. Background in shortgrass prairie wildlife ecology and/or birds preferred.
• Public speaking skills and the ability to work with people of all ages
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate through multiple media formats (print, TV, radio, Internet, public events, social media, etc.)
• Experience and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Publisher, Adobe products, and Google Suite
• Responsible, creative, relatable, enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, and resourceful team player
• The ability to multi-task, prioritize, and display excellent time management skills
• A valid U.S. driver’s license and personal transportation. Must be willing to travel to program sites in western Nebraska. NGPC vehicle provided but some use of personal vehicle may be required
• Ability to lead hikes on various terrain in outdoor settings
• Ability to communicate (speak, read, write) in Spanish preferred
To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to applicants@birdconservancy.org. For questions, please contact Delanie Bruce, Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator at delanie.bruce@birdconservancy.org.
Applications accepted until October 5, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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