Job Title:  Forestry Education Technician

Listing open:  February 20 – March 20, 2020

The Alaska Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) is seeking a Forestry Education Technician that will provide statewide leadership for Project Learning Tree Alaska and technical assistance for Forest Management Conservation Planning to private forest landowners serviced by the Wasilla HUB office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS).

The AACD supports Alaska’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts by providing statewide services including education programs, technical assistance and information services.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a nationwide program whose mission advances natural resource literacy and promotes the responsible use of natural resources, using trees and forests as windows on the world.

USDA NRCS provides Alaska private landowners with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation practices on the ground, benefiting their lands and the environment.

The Forestry Education Technician will serve as the statewide coordinator for PLT which will make up approximately 65% of the position’s responsibilities. In that capacity, this position will work to establish and expand the capacity of Alaska PLT to meet the growing demand in Alaska from schools, teachers, parents, students and other non-profit organizations for outdoor education programs. As the PLT Coordinator, this position will initiate, supervise and promote PLT activities in Alaska.

Responsibilities of the PLT Coordinator will include:

  • Maintain a working relationship with national PLT staff; serve as a liaison and work cooperatively on joint projects; submit regular reports and updates.
  • Work with Alaska PLT Steering Committee and maintain collaborative relationship with State partners to provide leadership to meet the needs of the program; contribute to fund raising efforts including grant writing and project planning to support specific needs of the program.
  • Recruit, train and manage a network of qualified PLT workshop facilitators.
  • Design, deliver and evaluate professional development for Alaska educators.

The remaining 35% of the workload for this position will be associated with providing technical assistance for forest management planning to private landowners serviced by the NRCS Wasilla HUB office. In this capacity, the position will work with NRCS to promote and educate landowners about existing resources available to assist them voluntarily implement conservation practices on their lands. Responsibilities include:

  • Raise awareness among landowners about technical and financial assistance programs for forest management planning available from NRCS.
  • Work with individual landowners to identify appropriate conservation practices to achieve their goals for the management of their lands.
  • Conduct field investigations to collect data needed to develop forest management plans and conservation practices.
  • Assist technical service providers with development of Forest Management Conservation Plans.
  • Conduct field investigations to certify completeness and evaluate effectiveness of conservation plans implemented; advise landowners on any future practices.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Education: A minimum of a BA or BS in related field (e.g. education, environmental education, natural resource management, forestry, etc.);
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a related field;
  • Minimum 2 years’ teaching experience – formal classroom or nonformal, in a science or STEM field preferred;
  • Broad understanding of the connections among Alaska’s forest ecology, economy and forest-based communities;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, and ability to travel.
  • Communication skills with proficiency in writing, speaking and listening to diverse audiences;
  • Experience with grant writing and program evaluation preferred;
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and various social media;
  • Ability to work independently, with little daily supervision;
  • Ability to manage a network of volunteers and partners;
  • Ability to design, deliver and evaluate effective facilitation skills and to model best practices in education;
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions;
  • Ability to work with a variety of audiences, including adult and youth.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and education. The position will be located at the NRCS Wasilla HUB office, 1508 E. Bogard Rd. in Wasilla, AK.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample and three references (to be contacted for finalists only) to:  wasillaswcd@gmail.com. If you have questions about the position or anything else related to this listing, please contact Meg Burgett at tripleb@mtaonline.net.