Employment


LITTLE BLUE NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT – GENERAL MANAGER
POSITION CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Salaried, Exempt DATE: November 2020
The General Manager is the chief executive and supervising officer of the District office located in Davenport, Nebraska. The General Manager oversees and administers the day to day business affairs of the District and carries out the policies and directives of the Board of Directors.
GENERAL DUTIES
Office Management – Manages the District according to District Operating Policies, District Personnel Policies, Board directives and policies, and state and federal statutes and regulations.
Staff Supervision – Oversees all personnel matters and directs staff functions and insures coordination between departments.
Budget and Financial Activities – Prepares annual budget, assures proper accounting principles are being implemented. Analyzes fiscal position, funds, investments, expenditures, and needs.
Public Relations & Communications – Oversees District information and communications programs to assure that District activities, programs, regulations and projects, are communicated to public, agencies and other stakeholders.
Project and Program Oversight – Oversees project planning and development, land rights acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance activities.
Legislative and Legal – Communicates with lawmakers and policy makers on matters of interest, concern and needs of the Board of Directors and District.
DESIRABLE QUALITIES demonstrated leadership skills, experience in budgeting, managing financial resources, personnel management, and resources planning; integrity, honesty, leadership, a good communicator, inspirational, motivated, and goal oriented.
QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION: The minimum education requirement is a B.S. degree in Public Administration, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Natural Resources, Hydrology or related field.
EXPERIENCE: At least five years of related experience in natural resources, water resources or public administration, including three years of supervisory work; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Education Coordinator
Lower Platte North Natural Resources District (LPNNRD) is seeking an individual to fill the position of Education Coordinator. This is a full-time position to provide coordination of classroom and outdoor educational outreach, programs, and support for the District in specified areas of work. The full-time coordinator will work under the direction of the General Manager and within the Information and Education (I&E) Department as assigned.
For a full description, please visit https://lpnnrd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Education-Job-Announcement.pdf

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LITTLE BLUE NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT
NATURAL RESOURCES TECHNICIAN
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Natural Resources Technician will assist in carrying out specific water-related and operational programs and projects of the District. The employee will conduct many essential field functions, which are instrumental in bringing services and resource opportunities to the public.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Collect water samples for nitrate monitoring programs.
2. Conducting water flow meter maintenance activities associated with the District’s metering program.
3. Conduct chemigation inspections and field spot-checks as needed.
4. Assist in the maintenance activities associated with watershed dams, recreation areas, and other district projects.
5. Assist in the District’s tree planting operations.
6. Conduct ultrasonic water meter investigations as needed.
7. Other duties may be assigned at the discretion of the Supervisor.
KNOWLEDGE AND PERSONAL SKILLS: Individual skills considered important for this job include, but are not limited to:
1. An ability to work cooperatively and build positive relations with district constituents, other staff, the Board, or other agency and organization personnel.
2. Ability to read, good language and writing skills, effective listening and speaking skills are required for effective communications.
3. Good organizational skills and ability to record activities accurately. Initiative to keep producers and office personnel informed of activities and work schedules.
4. The ability to work independently, plan and organize work, and to make prudent and timely decisions for effective implementation of programs.
5. Ability to perform physical activities and outdoor work as required. Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Mobility is required in order to conduct field activities and inspections.
6. Have knowledge and ability to operate machinery associated with functions of this position. Have mechanical skills necessary for the maintenance and repairs of farm and light construction equipment.
7. Have good technological skills, including proficiency with the computer and knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred from an accredited college, university, or technical school with a major in agriculture, conservation, environmental studies, natural resources, or water resources. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. An agricultural, trades, or conservation background is also highly desirable.
OTHER NECESSARY SKILLS:
Individual characteristics considered valuable for this position include, but are not limited to: A self-starter with good work habits and dedication to the job; A pleasant and friendly personality; An ability to meet and work cooperatively with people; Good organizational and record-keeping skills; Good communication skills; Ability and desire to learn; Computer proficiency; Good health, a willingness and ability to work in varying field conditions; Ability to carry out technical functions efficiently.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES
Must have a current driver’s license with a good driving record. A Class A CDL Operator’s License is preferred — If the candidate does not possess a Class A CDL, the candidate must be able to obtain a Class A CDL within 60 days of employment.
Must also be able to obtain a Natural Resources Ground Water Technicians certification.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary will be based on experience and education. Benefits include: retirement, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability for employee and family.
The Little Blue NRD is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Pioneers Park Nature Center is now hiring for a Preschool Director.
This position is based at Pioneers Park Nature Center and responsible for directing year-round early childhood programs and activities at Pioneers Park Nature Center, Calvert Recreation Center, and other assigned locations. Primary teaching responsibilities will be at the nature preschool program at Pioneers Park Nature Center. The Preschool Director (Assistant Center Supervisor) will develop an environmental education curriculum utilizing lesson plans that incorporate outdoor play and nature exploration, environmental stewardship, and Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines.

Preschool Director (Assist Center Supervisor) assists with planning, coordinating, and implementing licensed preschool and other early childhood programs; administrative tasks; hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating program staff; and, community engagement and promotions.

Full time with benefits. Schedule: weekdays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm For more information and to apply visit Lincoln.ne.gov.
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The Pioneers Park Nature Center is now hiring for part-time seasonal for spring/summer 2021.
For more information and to apply visit Lincoln.ne.gov.

Nature Camp Head Counselor
Responsibilities: To coordinate camp activities and counselors, complete the camp curriculum, supervise campers and deal with any discipline problems, communicate with parents and maintain camp equipment and supplies. Needs to be a strong leader, excellent communication skills, experience teaching children about nature; ability to plan programs, supervise counselors and volunteers, complete reports, and ability to work in an outdoor setting. Previous camp experience and natural science knowledge valuable. Will be required to be CPR and first aid certified, training will be available after hiring. Starting at $11.00; some part time hours in the spring, 40 hours per week May 24-August 6.

Nature Camp Counselor
Responsibilities: Conduct and participate in nature activities for children who have completed K – 6th grade. Assist in curriculum development and program planning, supervise participants and deal with discipline problems, communicate with parents, complete reports and time entry. Experience working with children; ability to work in an outdoor setting for entire day. Previous camp counseling experience and natural science knowledge helpful. Will be required to have CPR and first aid, training will be available after hiring.

Land Management and Facilities Seasonal Worker
Responsibilities: Must be able to perform manual labor to maintain native habitats in natural areas and/or do general building maintenance or be mechanically inclined. Will maintain trails and grounds by weeding, mowing, pruning; treat plants for disease and insect damage; remove undesirable plant species by cutting, digging, pulling or spraying. Will paint and clean buildings, maintain vehicles and equipment and complete other jobs as assigned. Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Starting at $11.00 per hour; Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday shifts; 40 hours per week; April – September or May – August, possible additional fall and winter hours.

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Job Outreach – Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist
The Watershed Research & Training Center (WRTC) is seeking a Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist to
continue the development and management of our innovative work in cooperative prescribed fire planning, capacity
building, and implementation in Trinity County, California. Major responsibilities will include burn planning, risk
management, coordinating training opportunities, working with WRTC’s fuels crew on burn unit preparations,
leading cooperative burns, and fostering partnerships.
The successful candidate will be challenged to design and implement cooperative prescribed fire projects that
foster resilient ecosystems, optimize local workforce development and landowner benefits, and protect
communities from wildfire. Expect opportunities to advance your career, build professional skills and networks,
and contribute to important community and conservation outcomes in the world-renowned Klamath Mountains
bioregion, across Northern California, and beyond.
Required Qualifications: The applicant must have a minimum of 5 years wildland and prescribed fire experience,
minimally qualified as Firefighter Type 1. Must be physically fit, and able to pass the arduous work capacity test.
The applicant must be able to demonstrate leadership experience.
Desired qualifications and skills: The applicant will preferably be qualified at the Single Resource Boss level. If
not already qualified, the successful candidate will be put on a developmental track toward becoming a skilled and
experienced CARX and/or RXB2 burn boss. Aspiring individuals will be supported in advancing their
professional qualifications with funding support for training and individualized personal development. A degree in
a relevant natural resources management field would be beneficial.
Current fire management program activities and responsibilities: This position will operate under supervision
of the Co-Directors of Fire Management. At the state level, WRTC serves as a major leader in prescribed fire
policy reform, participates actively in the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force and Prescribed Fire
Workgroup, and leads a cooperative prescribed fire capacity-building initiative known as Cal-TREX. Within
Northern California, WRTC serves as the fiscal agent for the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council and
sponsors a range of networking, trainings, and workshops. In Northwest California, WRTC is working with local
partners on an “all hands/all lands” burn initiative to share resources across the region. At the local level, WRTC
fosters, develops, and leads a cooperative prescribed fire program on private lands in Trinity County, California,
with over 3,000 acres currently under burn plans. This position will serve in leadership roles at the local level, with
some spill-over into the regional and statewide initiatives.
The Trinity Integrated Fire Management Partnership is a Trinity County-wide initiative to expand the use of
prescribed fire on both public and private lands through diversified workforce development, strategic burn
planning, public engagement, and cooperative burn implementation. Major partners include WRTC, Trinity
County Resource Conservation District, US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, several volunteer fire departments, private
contractors, and private landowners. The position will be expected to host and lead the Trinity Integrated Fire
Management Partnership, and expand into new areas throughout Trinity County. Work is currently focused in and
around the Hayfork Valley and Weaver Basin, and there are exciting opportunities for cooperative burning in Mad
River, Ruth Lake, Lewiston, Big Bar and Burnt Ranch.
The successful candidate will meet with landowners, scout properties, develop burn plans, apply for permits, work
with WRTC’s fuels crew on burn unit preparations, and coordinate burn implementation during available
windows. Coordination of burns involves securing applicable permits, arranging for workforce and equipment
needs, and leading burn-day logistics with support from the Co-Directors of Fire Management. This position will
serve in a leadership role on private land burns that WRTC leads. The position will also be expected to plan
cross-boundary burns, and to serve in a supporting role on cooperative burns on federal lands.
This successful candidate will work with the Co-Directors of Fire Management to establish and maintain an
effective and reputable training program, focused on empowering and increasing the skillsets of under-represented
prescribed fire practitioners throughout the western United States. The successful candidate will serve as a lead
instructor and cadre member for a variety of NWCG courses and live fire training events. The successful
candidate will also be responsible for helping with local and non-local Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX)
events . These TREX events range from classic TREX events (10-14 day events operated as Type III incidents), to
short cooperative trainings (1-3 days events), to sustained capacity-building technical support (burn planning, basic
training, leadership of small cooperative training burns, prescribed burn association development, etc.).
Other Considerations:
● The position will be required to become a California State Qualified Burn Boss (CARX), once the
certification is available (anticipated for Spring 2021).
● This position will be responsible for working with the Co-Directors of Fire Management in fire program
evaluation and strategic planning over time to ensure the effectiveness of our investments and to
contribute to adaptive management.
● This position will be responsible for contributing to funding proposals to partner agencies and foundations
to help secure future funding support for the program and position, with support from the Co-Directors of
Fire Management and the Grants Specialist.
● This position will require written reporting in support of grant compliance, and some preparation of
popular articles and social media posts in support of public engagement and communications priorities.
● WRTC, and the fire management program, are dedicated to working on the advancement of Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion and Justice issues. The successful candidate, with support and training, will be expected
to be a leader of culture change.
About the organization: The Watershed Research and Training Center is a national leader in advancing the
practice of land stewardship through integrating fire and fuels management, forestry, and community
development. WRTC focuses on building local workforce capacity, innovative partnerships, and mobilizing
communities to take leadership in the management of their natural resources. Learn more at:
www.thewatershedcenter.com . The Watershed Research and Training Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Wages and benefits: This is a full-time, salary-exempt, position. Annual salary ranges from $55,000 to $60,000
based upon qualifications and experience. Our benefits package includes health, dental, vision and employer
retirement contribution.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Miller Bailey at firemanagement@thewatershedcenter.com
by January 15, 2021 . For more information, please email or call Miller at 619-358-3903.
The Watershed Research and Training Center is located at PO Box 356 98 Clinic Avenue Hayfork, CA 96041 Office (530) 628-4206 Fax (530) 706-5418 www.thewatershedcenter.com