Environmental Professionals Training Program

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 03 Jan 2022

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The Dawes Arboretum
Newark, OH
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The Environmental Professionals Training Program is an advanced training program specifically designed for recent graduates and emerging conservation professionals, seeking direct experience and practical skills to enhance credentials and assist in career advancement opportunities. This program provides specialized knowledge in conservation of natural resources and landscape management through training alongside Arboretum staff. Participants gain the skills necessary to conduct ecosystem restoration, invasive species control, plant propagation, wildlife monitoring and presenting educational programs, while networking with fellow conservation professionals in the field. Opportunities: • Learn hands-on ecosystem restoration techniques and natural resource management within wetlands, woodlands, streams, and prairie habitats • Apply adaptive management through a variety of field research methods • Utilize GIS applications, photo point documentation, and report writing • Develop skill in greenhouse operation, seed collection, and native plant propagation • Practice herbarium mounting, specimen accessioning and managing collections records • Learn native plant identification and invasive species management techniques • Conduct biodiversity surveys and vegetation monitoring protocols • Participate in wildlife monitoring projects and nesting structure maintenance • Present educational programs on project outcomes* • Engage volunteers and organize events* *Some opportunities may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific Training & Career Skills Offered*: • Advanced botany and comprehensive vegetation monitoring techniques • Herbarium vouchering and collections • Native plant propagation and greenhouse care • Sustainable landscaping and habitat design • Invasive species identification and management • Project design and reporting • Research plot delineation and photo point documentation • ArcGIS software applications and map making • Grant writing, project management and budgeting • Reforestation planning and forest management • Long-term native butterfly population monitoring* • Citizen science monitoring, including monarch butterfly rearing and tagging* • Trail mapping, maintenance and wayfinding strategies • Stream, pond, and wetland conservation and management • Sustainable agriculture practices, soil testing and erosion control methods • Wildlife nesting structure installation, monitoring and maintenance • Prairie habitat establishment and maintenance • Prescribed fire management techniques* • Field methods for monitoring vegetation and wildlife populations • Wildlife management and nuisance trapping • Environmental education, public speaking and visitor engagement** • Licensure as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator (optional) • Licensure as a Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator (optional) • Local conferences, workshops and professional development events, as available** *Please note certain training opportunities are seasonally dependent and may not be offered to every cohort. **Some trainings (including conferences and educational workshops) may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Compensation: This program and the included trainings and licensures (see above) are provided at no cost to participants. The Dawes Arboretum also provides on-site housing and all utilities as compensation to participants (equivalent $2,000). Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive an Arboretum-issued certificate of completion and if applicable, letters of recommendation. Please note that housing availability is currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TERMS: WINTER / SPRING: mid-January to early June (Applications due January 3, 2022) SUMMER / FALL: mid-June to early November (Applications due May 6, 2022) To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and one (1) letter of recommendation to Shirley Drake at smdrake@dawesarb.org.
Qualifications: • Degree in Ecology, Horticulture, Botany, Natural Resources or related field • Good organizational skills and computer proficiency (Windows, Word, Excel, etc.) • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and eagerness to apply newly acquired skills • Independent decision making and problem solving ability • Desire to work outside at any time of year • Ability to maintain professional, positive communication in person and in writing • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required • Successful completion of pre-start background check
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Shirley Drake, Human Resources Manager
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740-323-2355 x1212
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